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Maserati chief says EVs are 'not the answer'

 Maserati chief says EVs are not the answer
Maserati chief Harald Wester

'All this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense'

Maserati's chief Harald Wester declared during 2013 Auto Shanghai "all this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense."

He based his statement on statistics regarding average power station efficiency which state an average EV requires 86g of CO2 emissions per kilometer in Europe, 110 g/km in United States and 191 g/km in China. Wester said nobody in the industry is discussing how efficiently the battery pack is charged, adding that it varies from area to area depending on numerous factors like how the energy is produced.

Nevertheless, he believes at some point Maserati will be forced to create a hybrid powertrain in order to meet stricter emission regulations, especially in United States. Harald Wester mentions diesels and CNG are better for lowering CO2 emissions and he describes them as being more viable than hybrids. In addition, he thinks EVs "are not the answer" and proposes more honest solutions for calculating emissions.

Source: Maserati

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Comments (14)

 Valak Valak
Keep up the good work, Mr.Wester, haters will be haters !!!
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April 23, 2013 4:14 am
 tbrodie tbrodie
Given their current R&D, what do you expect him to say? "Don't look at the Tesla S. Don't charge it at your home from your room panels. Nevermind that AutoBild saw it as on par with an M%, ... and it doesn't use fuel." From white papers I read years ago, a lithium EV is cleaner, even when the juice is from coal. It's too bad. With Italy's sunny weather, EV's may be more viable than he thinks.
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April 23, 2013 2:24 am
 Han Solo Han Solo
This is just great...another Petrol Head who doesn't give a damn about the Environment...Grow UP People...It's time to move on...the future is either EVs or Hydrogen Fuel Cells or Cold Fusion Cars... No more Fossil Fuel... We need to catch up with the Aliens...and we are not going to come close if we have these kind of Clowns calling the shots...
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April 23, 2013 12:20 am
 ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
The Titanic is unsinkable! Never say Never you have to be open. Tesla showed the world you could have a world class EV car. Car manufacturer's do not like EV because they are essentially maintenance free!(no more oil changes, tune ups etc) Tech is rapidly changing and even hydrogen is existing as it is the ultimate forever battery, as long as you keep pumping in air and hydrogen you have EV power) We probably need a little of everything if we are to take advantage of limited resources.
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April 22, 2013 2:54 pm
 Aditya.Ramesh Aditya.Ramesh
Long live Mr.Harald Wester,i am soo happy u spoke boldly the Truth,there will come a day when Combustion engine will work @ 80% efficiency or more and ev will be no match for an IC engine
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April 22, 2013 2:37 pm
 SamKouachi SamKouachi
Thaaat's my boy
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April 22, 2013 12:08 pm
 CDspeed CDspeed
I love it when someone who knows nothing about EVs makes a misinformed statement to the press. Diesel is more hazardous for your health then petrol, and natural gas is extremely destructive being that it's obtained by fracking. Mr. Wester is just repeating anti EV statements made by skeptics and the oil industry, why else would he say "all this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense." And like most skeptics, he doesn't care about the emissions from power plants, and he has no interest in clean energy he's just making excuses so he doesn't have to be bothered getting into anything new.
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April 22, 2013 9:53 am
 kryst_PL kryst_PL
God bless You, Mr. Wester :)
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April 22, 2013 9:22 am
 alihijazi alihijazi
combustion engines rock, electric ones suck
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April 22, 2013 9:21 am