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Audi: I hate to admit it, but Tesla did everything right

Discussion in 'News' started by tess1988, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. tess1988

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    Audi’s electric-mobility chief Stefan Niemand had surprising words of appreciation for Tesla at the recent Technical Congress of Germany’s automotive industry organization (VDA) (via EETimes). Niemand commented:

    “I hate to admit it, but Tesla did everything right”

    The executive was especially praising Tesla’s EV infrastructure strategy: the Supercharger network.
    Audi’s EV Chief: “I hate to admit it, but Tesla did everything right”

    full article: Audi commits to electromobility – and bows to Tesla
     
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  2. bharat

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    High praise! Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. ModelS1079

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    When Audi praises Tesla… Tesla has earned the praise, which I love to believe, or is Audi vying to plug into the supercharger network?!
     
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    Tesla welcomes other manufacturers to use the SuperCharger network, but they have to agree to terms that Tesla has published.
     
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    Wow. High praise indeed. The Germans rarely admit someone else has done a better job than they did. Although most OEs are pushing for the J1772/CCS standard to become universal, I think it's a 50/50 chance that the Tesla connector could become the de facto universal EV standard within the next decade.
     
  6. Cobos

    Cobos S60 owner since 2013

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    Keep in mind in Europe Tesla is using the Mennekes Type 2 connector which seems like a good standard. It seems to allow as fast charging as the Type 2 Combo charger and is compatible with all type 2 charging stations with a regular type 2. Hopefully that can be the agreed on standard in Europe.

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    Not sure why he would have to "hate to admit it" for what another auto manufacturer has done. Everything Tesla has done has been outside his control.

    Now, what _is_ in his control is Audi's story around electric mobility. And for that, they've delivered nothing but vaporware and broken promises. That is what he should hate to admit.
     
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    I can't help but chuckle at how perfect is the name Stefan Niemand as director of a new EV project. If it fails and top management demands to know who is at fault, they can honestly answer "No One". :)

    (For the benefit on non-German speakers, the German word niemand means no one.)
     
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