It would be nice if we could reduce CO2 emissions significantly within a few years by means of electric driving. Electric bikes, cars and even lorries are being developed and are replacing the petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. Not entirely however, if we have to believe Atsushi Horiba.
The CEO of Horiba, world market leader in emission tests, comments on this claim. “Every academic who says 100% of the cars will be electric in the future reads too many comic books.” according to the 69-year-old Horiba. “It’s not a matter of technology, but reality.”
Following the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, sales of electric vehicles increased worldwide. In China, the world’s largest automotive market, strict emission regulations are in force, and the governments in the United Kingdom, France, Norway and India have set hard targets to limit the sale of vehicles consuming too much fossil fuel. This, together with Tesla’s popularity, will increase public awareness.
In 2019, the Volvo Car Group wants to offer electric cars in its line-up. Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming for both hydrogen cars as well as battery-driven models. The expectation is that more electric cars will be sold within 20 years than “ordinary cars”, according to Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Report from July.
Nevertheless, Horiba, which holds more than 80% of the market in emission tests, will not change its course immediately. Car producers who will not continue to invest in new and better combustion engines will not last for 15 years until the electrical technology really improves, he says.
Need for fuel
The current infrastructure is not built on so many electric cars and this will probably not happen soon. “Who is going to place a recharging station in the middle of the Arizona desert?” Astushi Horiba asked during an interview in Tokyo. “Cars with an internal combustion engine, including diesel cars, continue to play an important role, especially in emerging markets.”
The Horiba share increased by 59% since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal in 2015.