John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Gordon Chang, Forbes, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about China and GM China.
We talked about Ford in China and the United States. Mark Fields is Fords President of the Americas. Fields said that Ford “more than tripled their capacity for electric vehicles” (in between hybrids and electric vehicles) and in doing so decided to nix the seven-seat C-Max minivan gasoline version. Available now will be the electrified five-seat C-Max. Fields says it was a conscious decision, that by listening to their customer’s preferences they decided not to ramp up capacity but to stay with the electrified versions.
University of Michigan’s Professor Larry Burns was a speaker at OECD’s International Transport Forum. Burns is also an ex-executive of General Motors’ research and development. He talked about taking ENV to China. Burns talked about creating an electric network of vehicles that communicate with each other.