Anke Kleinschmit, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, Daimler AG

Anke Kleinschmit, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, Daimler AG

Anke Kleinschmit, Daimler's VP Of Group Research and Sustainability, and Chief Environmental Officer, recently shared her thoughts about electric vehicles in Automotive Engineering interview.

According to Kleinschmit, electrification is one major element of the future of mobility, however for today Daimler employs many solutions - more efficient combustion engines, more hybrids to reduce consumption, and finally all-electric and fuel cell vehicles.

In case of BEVs, quality, longevity and safety are all on par with conventional cars today, but like any new technology,  initial development costs are intensive, so it will take time to lower prices to market acceptable levels for mass adoption.

Kleinschmit notes that there is many new plug-ins coming soon from Daimler, including 500 km (311 miles) BEV:

"It is natural that new technologies are more cost-intensive at the time of their introduction. But we already feel a great commitment to the electrified cars in our portfolio, from plug-in hybrids up to our B-Class ED (Electric Drive) and the upcoming new generation of the smart ED - the first time as a 2- and a 4-seater. And there is more to come.

Before the end of the decade, we’re bringing a large electric vehicle to lay the foundation for our future electric strategy with a range of up to 500 km (311 mi). That’s why we are investing 500 million euros in a second battery factory on our battery production site in Kamenz. It is clear that battery technology increasingly allows higher ranges at decreasing costs."

Hydrogen fuel cell cars? Well, "generous range and short refueling" times make Kleinschmit convinced that FCV also will find an application in like larger vehicles such as sedans or even city buses.

Hat tip to Joel Sapp!

source: SAE International