[ad#post_ad]Fritz Henderson, the CEO of General Motors engaged in some Q&A with reporters and editors from the Washington Post while in the nation’s capital.
Some issues germane to us were discussed.
He was asked what he thought it would take for electric cars to truly gain a foothold in the marketplace.
He indicated cost to consumers was paramount.
“The three things you need are battery costs coming down, motor costs coming down, control costs coming down,” he said.
“The more companies that actually develop technologies around electric, the more the supply structure will develop, the better off we’ll be,” he said. “We can’t carry the load ourselves. GM can’t. No way. We need to have more companies. We source most of these things. We don’t do them. We’re not in the chemistry business.”
He also believes range anxiety caused by driving pure EVs is a hindrance to mass adoption.
“Everybody is trying to solve the problem of range because we have range anxiety. The consumer doesn’t want to be strained,” he said. “We had the same problem with EV1, not enough range.”
Henderson said GM is hitting the brakes on hydrogen fuel cell car production.
“Are we putting resources into it? Not as much. We spent through the mid-part of this decade a reasonably high portion of our research and our development money on hydrogen fuel cells,” he said.
Henderson was asked yet again what the Volt’s MSRP will be.
“The price is still to be determined. I have a policy of pricing the vehicle when I get close to the market. I know the cost is close to 40 [thousand],” he said.
Finally, if anyone was wondering, he said GM would not go back to the government for more funding.
Under “any reasonable planning scenario,” he said. “The amount of financing provided was sufficient.” This is consistent with what he said when I interviewed him just days after GM declared bankruptcy.
“We’re not interested in doing this twice, we’re doing this once,” he had said.
Source (Washington Post)
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