Automotive | Forbes | 22 February 2017

Electric Vehicle Subsidies: Environmentally-Friendly Or just welfare for the rich?

In this article, Arthur D. Little's report on why electric vehicles may not be as environmentally- friendly as stated is discussed. The report is referenced as saying that manufacturing a compact and mid-sized electric vehicle discharges 12 thousand and 17 thousand pounds more CO2 gases than manufacturing a comparable gas-fueled vehicle.

Automotive | As Gore Told Trump | 12 December 2016

The Wall Street Journal Europe

This article mentions a new study from Arthur D. Little which finds that, over its lifecycle, an electric car will generate just 23% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gasoline powered car. If every car on earth were electric, this translates into a mere 1.8% decline in total emissions. Yet even a small electric car will cost its owner $20,816 more to own and operate than a comparable gas-powered car, and its total "human toxicity"-mainly due to heavy metals and graphite-will be three to five times greater.

Automotive | Materials & Manufacturing Technology | 01 December 2016

Changing for good

This article discusses Arthur D. Little's 'Global Automotive Mobility Study' which sheds light on the three megatrends of car sharing, autonomous driving and electric mobility. A total of 6,500 end consumers from 10 core markets of the car industry were surveyed and the results show an industry facing massive changes. In the article, Wolf-Dieter Hoppe of Arthur D. Little, says that car sharing won't replace the private vehicle, rather it is still seen as an additional mobility option.

Automotive | Automotive World | 10 October 2016

CV priorities shift as South America’s ‘little brother’ grows up

In this article about truck manufacturers in the Middle East truck market, the authors of a new report from Arthur D. Little are quoted as saying the following: "From a marketing footprint, we're not suggesting they should withdraw from the market in South America. The recommendation is to scale back on the production capacity side and reallocate capacity to Middle East in one form or another," said Roman Mathyssek, Principle at Arthur D Little's Munich Office. "It is only a temporary solution. They have overcapacity in South America but not enough in the Middle East." And they are going to need it, soon. "The region is going to see a shift to quality, which also hasn't been addressed adequately enough in the past," Arthur D Little's Michael Rüger, Partner, Frankfurt Office, told Automotive World. "People always think it's just a budget market and you just sell on price, but that's not true. You sell on quality now more than ever. That's the new name of the game, and it goes hand in hand with services and everything else that you need in order to sell a high quality truck to a fleet."

Automotive | Automotive Industries | 22 August 2016

Exploiting the opportunities in Industry 4.0, IoT and additive manufacturing

Industry 4.0 and related new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing the face of the industry. CXOs in all industries are currently defining new ways to explore and exploit the benefits. The bad news is that the variety of technologies and limited number of industrialized examples make it hard to understand the complexity of the topic. The good news is that the concepts are far more than buzzwords. The new technologies have game-changing potential. In this article, Russell Pell of Arthur D. Little, is interviewed about Industry 4.0, IoT and additive manufacturing.

Automotive | Motor Industry Magazine | 15 November 2015

An Alternative Impact

What effects will the diesel scandal have on the future of automotive mobility? Short-term effects are hard to predict and will probably vary by region, but the long-term effect is clear: all powertrain concepts will be literally put on the public test stand. In this article, Klaus Schmitz, Partner at Arthur D. Little, speculates on whether the diesel furore will have a tangible impact on the public's feelings towards alternative powertrains.

Automotive UK | Automotive World | 14 October 2015

Megatrends need careful management by OEMs

This feature discusses Arthur D. Little’s new global mobility study which sheds light on the three megatrends of autonomous driving, electric mobility and car sharing. Feedback from respondents in the recent study is decidedly lukewarm. Of the 65,000 consumers polled from 10 core automotive markets, only one-third said they would be willing to use an autonomous car. Similarly, the study notes that prospects for EVs are “not too bright” as the models’ high prices and limited range combined with a shortage of charging stations hold back demand. In this article, Arthur D. Little Partner Klaus Schmitz discusses the obstacles that are preventing breakthrough in the market and how crucial it is for customer needs to be understood.

Automotive Germany | Handelsblatt | 25 August 2015

OEMs face critical customers

The global automobile industry is facing three megatrends. Car sharing, autonomous driving and electric vehicles are the main challenges for the future. Arthur D. Little conducted a study of 6,500 global customers to find out what they thought of these new trends. Local customers are extraordinarily sceptical of all three trends, even though producers have already invested billions of euros into the new technologies. Currently only 22% of German customers say they would use a completely autonomous car, whereas 42% refuse completely. The difference of opinions is particularly large compared to those of customers in China and Korea, where the new technologies are most popular.

Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, Arthur D. Little car expert, points out that the main challenge for OEMs is to gain customers’ trust in their technologies because most people are concerned about safety. In a worldwide comparison, customers have more faith in Google and Apple than in the big OEMs, which are trusted only locally. Furthermore, the study points out that customers do not consider electronic cars a serious alternative to current car options. Arthur D. Little experts assure that car sharing will not threaten OEMs’ revenues in the long run. The niche develops constantly, but private cars will not lose their current status. The authors of the study recognize that German companies are in a leading position in the global car-sharing industry.

Automotive Germany | kfz betrieb | 22 July 2015

"It will take longer than 2020, but the future belongs to e-mobility"

Thomas Becker, Associate Director for Automotive and Mobility at Arthur D. Little, has little doubt that electric vehicles will form the future of mobility. Nevertheless, he is pessimistic about the governmental goal of 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020. Currently Germany is far behind its own ambitions. Becker points out that other nations such as Norway, the Netherlands and China have experienced a national e-mobility boom due to lavish public subsidies and incentives. German customers are restricted by the high costs of electric cars. Lack of infrastructure and low coverage also prevent a breakthrough.
Nevertheless, Becker is optimistic that the advantages of electric cars will soon lead to an increase in urban areas. Lately private investors have started to expand the infrastructure. Even though this might also be a good marketing strategy for discounters such as Aldi, Becker still believes in their function as role models. A better public infrastructure is the key to greener mobility. Furthermore, Becker is confident that new technologies are going to improve the opportunities for electronic cars. Recently several fuel cell cars were launched that may offer advantages over longer distances because of their higher range.

Automotive Germany | Rheinische Post | 19 June 2015

E-mobility – the spark is missing

The German national conference for e-mobility underlined once more the national goal of having 1 million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020. The German government has suggested purchase incentives that could initiate the breakthrough of the new technology. The speakers admitted that the goal of 1 million cars was ambitious. Nevertheless, they maintain that objective. Thomas Becker, an automobile expert at Arthur D. Little, points out that the German market is extremely price sensitive. German car buyers calculate the price-performance ratio very carefully. Electric cars are still more expensive than those with combustion engines.

Becker believes that it will take more than an ecological idea to convince German buyers. Nevertheless, he points out that infrastructure and technology have improved a lot within recent years. Still, a bigger number of electric cars will be required to spread the e-mobility infrastructure. Becker believes that monetary incentives will help the new technology to escape from that vicious circle. Company cars may be a particular key for achieving a sustainable breakthrough for e-mobility.

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