Maserati CEO Calls Shenanigans on Electric Vehicle "Nonsense"
April 25, 2013 5:15 PM
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Auto exec admits his company may have to develop a hybrid powertrain in the U.S.
-- CEO of Fiat S.p.A.'s (
) high-end subsidiaries Alfa Romeo and Maserati -- admits his performance luxury car firm may be forced to make a hybrid powertrain to satisfy U.S.
regulations. But while his peers
like Ferrari S.p.A.
Holdings SE (
Bayerische Motoren Werke
(BMW) AG (
are at least feigning genuine enthusiasm about their upcoming hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) sports cars, Mr. Wester didn't candy-coat his opinions: he thinks that EVs are "nonsense".
Shanghai Auto Show
in a keynote:
It looks like something we will have to, but the only reason to do it is to meet regulations. We don't see it as a significant business.
All this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense. Nobody talks about the efficiency of how the battery is charged. It varies strongly from region to region, depending on how the energy is produced, nuclear, coal and so on, but even the best is not ahead of the internal combustion engine.
Diesel and CNG are the more obvious answers if CO2 is the focus. Both are more viable answers than hybrid. If they gave us a CO2 target instead of imposing technology then we would go that way.
If we want a realistic solution to emissions then the regulators need to be more honest in how they calculate emissions. Electric cars are not the answer.
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli -- not an EV
By his estimates electric vehicles have a plant-to-road lifecycle output of 86g of CO2/km in Europe, 110g/km in the USA, and
191g/km in China
. In other words, he's arguing that EVs are far from zero emissions -- and he's right.
To be fair, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), the agency tasked with CAFE regulation, does somewhat take this into effect
via its mpg-e
(electric vehicle mpg) numbers. That said, the numbers do seem a bit skewed -- EVs are
scoring 100 MPGe or more
. To put that in context the 1.4L engine Chevy CRUZE from General Motors Comp. (GM) puts off
about 161 g/km, meaning that it may produce less emissions in regions like China where much of the power comes from "dirty" sources.
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4/25/2013 8:37:02 PM
Bingo. Whether electricity for EVs are made my "dirty" energy or not, the same goes for ICE powered vehicles. But for gas burning vehicles, the pollution continues while for the EV it stops at the vehicle. Not sure why others are having such a hard time with understanding this.
4/26/2013 7:39:19 PM
Not sure why others are having such a hard time with understanding this
Simple, Batteries are really, really, really, nasty for the environment.
Production of the battery pack is messy; it uses lots of toxic chemicals. But their end of life is even worse.
An ICE, that is just metal, and then it becomes scrap metal, which is recyclable :)
Hybrid battery disposal? Um... anyone?
I'm thinking... specially lined toxic landfill. I believe that kind of space in short supply.
Think beyond the box
4/26/2013 8:21:11 PM
You are referring to one type of batter which gives some validity to your point. The nickel based ones are bad for the environment. The lithium base ones like that found in Tesla vehicles are much better. Even the roadster's batteries were "lithium ion cells contain no heavy metals, nor any toxic materials." I hope we move to these type of batteries more quickly for all hybrids. Google tesla batter toxicity for more information.
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