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Automaker Response To Tesla Model 3, Plug-In Hybrids, & BYD (Cleantech Revolution Tour Highlights)

(Left to right, the people in the video are: Viktor Irle, Roland Irle, José Pontes, me, and Julian Cox.)

As part of the first Cleantech Revolution Tour conference, we had an EV panel discussion with several EV experts — José Pontes of EV Sales and cofounder of EV Volumes; Roland & Viktor Irle, cofounders of EV Volumes; Julian Cox, who led the first example of a market-wide conversion from fuel to lithium battery power as the CEO of a company that he founded; and me, Director & Chief Editor of CleanTechnica.com and EVObsession.com.

In the discussion, some of the panelists make short statements on BYD & China’s EV sales leadership and the useful but short stepping-stone of plug-in hybrids, and then we got into a long discussion about disruption of the auto industry — receding margins on gas & diesel cars, the self-preserving slow response of large automakers, the practically inherent need for restructuring across the auto industry in the face of external EV-only competitors. It’s a fun discussion and singles out BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Apple in some cases, aside from Tesla and BYD. While it covers topics we’ve discussed many times in articles and comments here on CleanTechnica, I think the experts bring some great and detailed perspectives that add a lot of value to anyone interested in this sector.

If you have time to stroll through the 22½ minutes, hit play.

Again, Cleantech Revolution Tour conference #2 will be in Leipzig, Germany, and is now set for June 21, 9:30am to 6:00pm. The location is Wünschmann Haus, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 10-12, 04107 Leipzig.

You can buy tickets on the eventbrite page. (If you prefer, you can pay in cash at the event, but let us know if you are planning to do that.) And you can get special early-bird discounts from CleanTechnica by following these directions:

  • Go to the eventbrite page and use one of the following discount codes (one is for individuals and one is for companies): CleanTechnicaPrivate15 or CleanTechnicaCompany15
  • First 10 to use the discount code will get tickets for just €15.

Hope to see you there!

Related:

Electric Car Sales, History, & The Future (Cleantech Revolution Tour Highlights)

Cleantech Revolution Tour Goes To Leipzig!

#1 Reason Why Big Auto Isn’t Big On EV Revolution?


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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