Though not on the forefront, BMW has certainly been active in the push to bring electric-powered vehicles to production, primarily with its ‘i’ line of vehicles which include the i3 city car and the i8 performance hybrid, which is due out by 2013. That considered, many were taken back by his comments that indicated not only his lack of faith in electric-powered cars, but his belief that the technology is a bad one.
“(EVs) won’t work for most people,” O’Donnell said during an even before the 2011 New York Auto Show. “For at least 90 percent and maybe more of the population, (an EV) won’t work (at the current battery range).”
He also said that the government should do away with its electric vehicle incentives. “What they are doing is putting a bet on technology, which is not appropriate. As a taxpayer, I am not sure this is the right way to go,”. O’Donnell was sure to mention that the views were his own personal ones, and not connected in anyway to BMW.
He says that for now, BMW will continue to take advantage of the credits, but wants a level playing field for clean diesel – a technology he thinks is superior to electric power.
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– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Detroit News