Maserati chief says EVs are 'not the answer'

Maserati chief Harald Wester
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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Valak Valak
Keep up the good work, Mr.Wester, haters will be haters !!!
Apr 23rd, 2013 11:14am
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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.
Apr 23rd, 2013 9:24am
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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...
Apr 23rd, 2013 7:20am
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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.
Apr 22nd, 2013 9:54pm
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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
Apr 22nd, 2013 9:37pm
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SamKouachi SamKouachi
Thaaat's my boy
Apr 22nd, 2013 7:08pm
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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.
Apr 22nd, 2013 4:53pm
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
You seem to know a lot about this person. Have you met with him? Have you talked about EVs with him? Color me doubtful. He raises valid points about how battery packs merely transfer the carbon footprint to the power plants from the driver, which happens to be true. This is what he refers to as nonsense, because the zero-emissions nature of EVs is widely misrepresented. He should have also mentioned the destructive nature of battery production & disposal after useful life (all of those chemicals may not emit CO2, but can't be good for the environment). The argument that he is just making noise to avoid innovation is, frankly, ridiculous, as you have no basis for that claim either. I agree that diesel and natural gas aren't the answer. Maybe the answer is something that's been long overlooked and/or set aside because of politics. Hydrogen immediately comes to mind...
Apr 22nd, 2013 7:59pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
Plenty of people talk about those who are making headlines without knowing them, the excuses he is making have been made before.
Apr 22nd, 2013 8:30pm
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
It doesn't mean that he's wrong.
Apr 22nd, 2013 8:45pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
So an electric car produces no emissions it's self but the grid does, if your so smart then what is the flawless plan you've come up with to clean up emissions? Should we try to get going and find the best route or do nothing? If you noticed Mr. Wester has no answer he only spoke against something. I've heard his argument before and just like yours the details are mostly incorrect and do not take technological evolution into consideration. I'm not claiming to be an expert, try searching for websites from people or groups that are involved with electric cars so you can at least way both sides more accurately and also try test driving an electric car. The electric car is at least a good start it cuts tailpipe emission so that's one thing, the rest of the zero emissions puzzle will be worked out in the coming years.
Apr 22nd, 2013 11:30pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
I totally agree, he is just another Petrol head who doesn't give a damn about the Environment... Wake Up Maseratti...replace this guy asap...he is not Good for Business...
Apr 23rd, 2013 7:24am
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kryst_PL kryst_PL
God bless You, Mr. Wester :)
Apr 22nd, 2013 4:22pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
combustion engines rock, electric ones suck
Apr 22nd, 2013 4:21pm
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