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Electric Cars Are “Nonsense”, Says Maserati CEO

Maserati’s CEO Harald Wester said all recent discussion about zero emission vehicles are nonsense since regulatory bodies don’t have a reasonable approach to how they measure emissions.
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"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,” said the Italian company representative at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

Wester’s claim is based on statistics regarding average charging power station efficiency, which have revealed that the average electric car is responsible for about 86g of CO2 per kilometer in Europe, 110g/km in the US, and 191g/km in China.

"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,” he added.

However, Wester says Maserati may have to develop a hybrid in the near future to meet fuel economy regulations, especially in the United States of America.


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