It looks like something we will have to, but the only reason to do it is to meet government regulations. We don’t see it as a significant business.

All this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense. Nobody talks about the efficiency of how the battery is charged. It varies strongly from region to region, depending on how the energy is produced, nuclear, coal and so on, but even the best is not ahead of the internal combustion engine.

Diesel and CNG are the more obvious answers if CO2 is the focus. Both are more viable answers than hybrid. If they gave us a CO2 target instead of imposing technology then we would go that way.

If we want a realistic solution to emissions then the regulators need to be more honest in how they calculate emissions. Electric cars are not the answer.

 

—  Harald Webster, CEO of Fiat S.p.A.’s high-end subsidiaries Alfa Romeo and Maserati at the Shanghai Auto Show on why his firm will likely add hybrids to the lineup