Wow. Big changes. Do you see a future for internal combustion engines which aren’t hybrids?
No. I think there’s a beautiful partnership between high voltage hybrid systems and internal combustion engines, where they can help each other. There’s a huge problem with the mass of batteries in pure electric vehicles. Cars want to be low, aero, lightweight. As soon as you say ‘lightweight’ and ‘electric’ it gets complex.
You want a system that recovers kinetic energy, and a system that runs on gasoline, which has great energy density. But you want an engine that converts that at greater than 50 per cent thermal efficiency. Whether that’s propelling the car directly, or whether that’s helping you top the battery up, is the thing.
We just need to make sure electricity comes from an honourable source. What comes out from our three-pin socket hasn’t necessarily come from a great source.
Speaking of electricity: are you interested in joining Formula E?
Yeah, if we could do a bespoke energy store, electronic motor… When the sport frees up in terms of technology over the next few years, it becomes a more interesting proposition.