Tesla’s J.B. Straubel Discusses Trucks, Hydrogen And More – Video

1 year ago by Mark Kane 8

Tesla Motors’s CTO J.B. Straubel was present at the 2016 International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany.

J.B. Straubel at the 2016 International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany

J.B. Straubel at the 2016 International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany

During the event, J.B. shared his thoughts in an interview about quite a few topics; including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric trucks.

Because the interview is quite lengthy, here is some time-stamp bullet points to either jump to in the video, or to peruse our synopsis:

  • 11:30 – autonomous driving and electric cars (fundamental need to reduce the costs), a surprisingly high number of reservations of Tesla Model 3, German EV market is challenging, forecasts that all-electric cars are ultimate solution for mass market
  • 43:00 – innovations, Supercharging network, incentives, environment impact,
  • 1:00:10 –hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – J.B. Straubel doesn’t see future for hydrogen due to poor efficiency (three times lower than all-electric cars)
  • 1:04:00 – electric trucks – the interest is related to fuel prices, but at some point in the future electric trucks should appear on the market as well (technology is similar, but fleets are more conservative customers)
  • 1:11:00 –battery technology implementation into two wheelers, energy storage systems, Powerwall, autonomous driving systems could benefit in decreasing number of accidents
  • 1:21:50 – Energy storage systems and Tesla cars potential in the Middle East – there is potential for renewable energy, however demand must be enough to justify the entry into the market

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8 responses to "Tesla’s J.B. Straubel Discusses Trucks, Hydrogen And More – Video"

  1. Speculawyer says:

    “Tesla cars potential in the Middle East – there is potential for renewable energy, however demand must be enough to justify the entry into the market”

    Yeah, selling Teslas to people who live on the money from oil extraction is probably a bit awkward to say the least. But he is right . . . they have massive amounts of solar there that can charge up your Tesla. You can easily handle your daily EV driving needs there with just a few solar PV panels.

    1. Foo says:

      If Tesla introduces an automatic mode for two-wheeled side-wheelies, then it will be a big hit in the Middle East.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e_uxtIxHkk

    2. GRA says:

      “Yeah, selling Teslas to people who live on the money from oil extraction is probably a bit awkward to say the least.” That hasn’t been a problem in Norway, so I doubt it would be an issue in the Middle East, especially with Saudi Arabia and many of the other states now trying to diversify their economies: http://taxfoundation.org/blog/norway-s-addiction-taxes-oil

      1. Speculawyer says:

        The Norwegians are smart. They know that the oil is a one time bonanza. So they sell it, save the money, and buy EVs that they can run on their wind & hydropower. If the Saudis are smart they would do the same but with solar PV. We’ll see if they are smart. I don’t have much faith in them making wise decisions.

  2. Four Electrics says:

    This is the man who wanted to make a battery powered airplane, and he’s still CTO? A rising tide lifts all boats.

    1. Mel4EV says:

      If you know anything about EV’s, you should know about efficiency. Electric airplanes are here already, as with EV’s range is limited currently but future battery tech will solve that.

  3. Four Electrics says:

    This is an interesting article at the Huffington Post:

    The Weird Angry Politics of Batteries v. Fuel Cells in Zero Emission Vehicles: Our Transportation Future, Part 2

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/the-weird-angry-politics-_b_10009422.html

    I read the title and instantly thought of the comments on this site. Ah, the good old days.