Few automobile engineers know extra about electrical powertrains than Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.
In his earlier existence as Nissan’s head of building, Palmer led the workforce that created the Leaf. His arrival at Gaydon has put Aston Martin on path for what’s going to be a part-electric long run, and he’s with politeness sceptical about James Dyson’s plan to introduce an electrical car in 2020.
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“I wish him the best of luck,” Palmer advised Autocar, “but on the numbers that have been reported, I know you won’t do it for that money, and you won’t do it in that timescale. At least, I know that I couldn’t.”
Aston Martin Consulting has been concerned about a number of EV initiatives for different producers (the one publicly disclosed one being Faraday Future), and Palmer says an irony of the demanding situations concerned has been a commonplace issue.
“We’ve had discussions with about 10 of them,” he endured. “Every single one has underestimated the difficulty of engineering a car to a budget and to an aggressive timescale. Some of them will get there, but always over budget and late.”
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