It's a bit of a stretch to think that a start-up automaker can beat Tesla right away, but that seems to be the thinking from Padmasree Wwarrior, CEO of NextEV.
A factory is in the making, no physical cars exists, few employees can say they work for NextEV, yet the CEO refers to the automaker as being 3.0, whereas Tesla is only 2.0. A rather bold statement from the very beginning, considering the company really has nothing to show us.
Padmasree Warrior, NextEV U.S. chief executive officer, discusses the future of electric and autonomous cars with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West."
The plan for NextEV, offer the next several years, is to release an electric hypercar sometime in 2016. The breakdown of the company's plans go something like this:
- NextEV electric supercar to be unveiled in 2016 and sold in a “small number“
- no concept model – fully working vehicle
- new business model – “We do want people to own their cars, but we want to make it fun again. We want to take out the pain points that people complain to us about, about the ownership experience today. Not just electric vehicles, but generally.“
NextEV - High-Performance Motor Plant in Nanjing (visualization)