Audi North America President Johan de Nysschen has spent a lot of time thinking about his choice of words when he claimed only idiots would by the Chevy Volt. He began to step away from his remarks pretty much as soon as he made them, but it never hurts to spend even more time clarifying that what you said wasn’t what you really meant. To do just that, de Nysschen spoke with one of the Volt’s biggest fans, Lyle Dennis, over at GM-Volt and gave a much more in-depth discussion about what is idiotic about the Volt and what isn’t.
de Nysschen still believes that the business case for the Volt - or any EV, for that matter - just doesn’t make sense. Maybe in 20 years, he said, but not now, explaining that internal Audi studies show that current batteries will only allow “a tolerable amount of range” in heavy city traffic. Of course, Audi will likely show off an EV next week in Frankfurt.
One of his original criticisms of moving to plug-in cars was that CO2 emissions won’t be reduced. While de Nysschen still believes that alternatives like clean diesel, better ICEs and biofuels are the right way to move forwrad, Dennis got him to admit that he hadn’t seen the 2007 EPRI-NRDC study showing that CO2 emissions overall would decrease if cars were plugged in instead of gas-powered. Of course, de Nysschen stuck with his pro-diesel stance (he’s even in favor of making diesel from natural gas) throughout, but what choice does he have on the matter, really?
Audi pres walks back “Volt for idiots” comment some more, still loves diesels originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 08 Sep 2009 19:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.