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Maserati CEO lambasted electric cars at Shanghai Motor Show

By SYF77 on 26 Apr 2013

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Maserati CEO, Harald Wester, had some very strong and unkind words regarding electric cars at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.

"All this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense. Nobody talks about the efficiency of how the battery is charged. It varies strongly from region to region, depending on how the energy is produced, nuclear, coal and so on, but even the best is not ahead of the internal combustion engine," he said.

Wester's argument is based on data regarding power charging stations' efficiency at various parts of the world, which show that the average CO2 emission of electric cars in Europe, US and China as 86g/km, 110g/km and 191g/km respectively.

"Diesel and CNG are the more obvious answers if CO2 is the focus. Both are more viable answers than hybrid. If they gave us a CO2 target instead of imposing technology then we would go that way. If we want a realistic solution to emissions then the regulators need to be more honest in how they calculate emissions. Electric cars are not the answer," Wester added.

However, Wester commented that the Italian brand may have to look into a hybrid system in the near future to meet fuel economy regulations.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Wormvirus Apr 26 2013 09:40 PM
electric car makes miser-rati out of job thats why
Watwheels Apr 26 2013 10:13 PM
I agree with what he says. How is electricity is produced varies from country to country. In sgp we burn many barrels of oil to produce electricity. In other countries who have nuclear power plants get their electricity from there. Not really that clean and zero emissions to produce those energy.
I do not think the comments are "very strong" & "unkind". What he says are more or less the truth.
Pureness Apr 27 2013 12:09 AM
what he says is true for now, but when there is a demand there will be money and with the money there will be research.
if we can channel all the money we use for petrol into research for ways to produce cheaper electricity, then a day will come where emissions will be lowered
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