Currently reading: McLaren boss calls for clarity on Britain's EV plans
Mike Flewitt is confident McLaren can meet EV targets, but wants to know how government goals will be achieved
Jim Holder
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3 March 2020

The Government's plan to push an EV-only agenda as soon as possible is laudable, but must now be presented with details of how it will be achieved, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt has said.

Talking at the reveal of the new McLaren 765LT, Flewitt reiterated McLaren's plans to transition to hybrid powertrains over the coming years before launching a range of EVs in the longer-term.

However, while he stressed that McLaren wouldn't launch an EV until it could develop one that was better in every way than it's current line-up of cars, he said he had "no doubts" that the firm could meet any deadline to sell only EVs, be it 2032 or 2035 as is being debated by the Government now.

"The issue isn't so much bringing the date forward from 2040 - this industry is famous for meeting challenges, and I'm confident we could meet the dates being proposed in the UK if it had to," said Flewitt. "We aren't here to fight an elected government's policy, but we do now need detail of how the goal will be practically achieved.

"Developing the cars is possible but what we need to know is the strategy around it, such creating a sustainable supply base, infrastructure that supports mass EV adoption and battery recycling. We need the detail so that we can plan for the long-term."

Flewitt also highlighted his belief that hybrid technology should be allowed for a longer period, seeing it as part of the solution to driving down emissions rather than a blocker to it.

"The bigger surprise than bringing the date forward was that there appears to be no place for hybridisation within the Government's latest timeline," said Flewitt. 

"Hybridisation could play a key role in the journey and I believe that a longer transition period of running hybrid and full EV alongside each other could be part of the answer.

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"We've invested in this technology with the goal of paying back that investment over a number of years. We believe it will meet customer requirements sooner than full EV. To set a deadline for its end before we have launched it is detrimental to the perception of the steps forward we've made, and it both stalls the demand and - potentially - causes people to hold on to or buy older, more polluting cars."

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HazwoldV8 3 March 2020

BRAVO FLEWITT

Everything that Flewitt has said here is excatly what the govrnment.

give hybrids longer and develop the EV infastructure

xxxx 3 March 2020

The rules are for everyone

He could always ask Musk. Compared to Tesla McLaren have a faily small task, Tesla will bang out 500,000 performance BEV's this year whilst McLaren will make around a hundreth of that, so it's obviously possible. Besides you've ANOTHER 15 years and look what Tesla has achived in 10.

CarNut170 3 March 2020

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

He could always ask Musk. Compared to Tesla McLaren have a faily small task, Tesla will bang out 500,000 performance BEV's this year whilst McLaren will make around a hundreth of that, so it's obviously possible. Besides you've ANOTHER 15 years and look what Tesla has achived in 10.

What Tesla have achieved X-) - a fantastic joke there.

Tesla have achieved little - they're a distuptor, given, but their vehicle quality is insufficient to play in the luxury sports sector as McLaren do... except in California, but US vehicle quality is generally shocking - consumers will accept it there.

Tesla will be coming on strong as they're trying to sell to China who are notoriously fussy on vehicle quality - but they'll be doing so at a time BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are also at-speed in their EV production.

Can Tesla play with the big boys? Time will tell, but they haven't had to up to this point.

xxxx 3 March 2020

CarNut170 wrote:

CarNut170 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

He could always ask Musk. Compared to Tesla McLaren have a faily small task, Tesla will bang out 500,000 performance BEV's this year whilst McLaren will make around a hundreth of that, so it's obviously possible. Besides you've ANOTHER 15 years and look what Tesla has achived in 10.

What Tesla have achieved X-) - a fantastic joke there.

Tesla have achieved little - they're a distuptor, given, but their vehicle quality is insufficient to play in the luxury sports sector as McLaren do... except in California, but US vehicle quality is generally shocking - consumers will accept it there.

Tesla will be coming on strong as they're trying to sell to China who are notoriously fussy on vehicle quality - but they'll be doing so at a time BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are also at-speed in their EV production.

Can Tesla play with the big boys? Time will tell, but they haven't had to up to this point.

Tesla achieved little in 10 years you say, you've gotta be clueless, the Germans wouldn't even be trying to make BEV if it wasn't for Tesla or Nissan. And if China are fussy on quality that's BMW out. p.s have you seen there share price over the last 7 years, it's halfed.