Bob Lutz in the Detroit News

Discussion in 'PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle' started by herm, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    The old master is quoted at the Detroit News, I went crazy in the comment field :)

    Former GM chairman says EV cars will gain market share

    "Electrified vehicles could make up 10 to 15 percent of global auto sales within 10 years, former automotive industry executive Bob Lutz said Thursday.

    Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors Co., said automakers will not be able to meet U.S. fuel-economy standards or European carbon dioxide standards by simply sticking with conventional gasoline engines.

    "You can't get there from here with a conventional drivetrain," Lutz said at the Autobeat Insider Conference in Dearborn.

    He said automakers instead must focus on partial-electric and plug-in electric vehicles, and must manufacture vehicles using more lightweight material without significantly increasing costs for consumers.

    He said that right now, technology for electrified vehicles is still "in its infancy," but that "at some point, that's going to change." Part of that change includes the use of more powerful batteries.

    He said in 10 years, about 6 million electric vehicles could be sold annually across the globe."

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