Assuming it isn’t a clear-cut case of business spiel to mislead us, you can official cross off the idea of driving a Tesla hybrid anytime in the near future. Board executives for the firm have confirmed not only that Tesla customers will soon enjoy free-to-use nationwide charging stations for life, but also that any and all rumors of a Tesla hybrid are frankly ludicrous.
They also took the opportunity to turn their collective noses up at BMW’s attempt to score in the hybrid market.
The debate as to whether hybrids were in Tesla’s future has been long-winded to say the least. Some argued it was an inevitability as the firm moves forward, which it now appears is anything but the case.
“The reason is, a hybrid car is not an electric car. It’s a common misperception. You have the worst of both worlds in many cases, a gas engine and a battery, all the complexity, all the maintenance, all of the tradeoffs that occur in a hybrid car,” Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson told the Fox Business Network.
“Hybrid cars are not Tesla’s future.”
Point made pretty conclusively, but he also took the time to quote one CEO Elon Musk as saying that standard gas-electric hybrids are akin to “amphibians in a transition from dinosaurs to mammals.”
“It’s an interesting transition species. The reason people ask for it is that until you’ve driven an electric car, your perception is—and mine was as well—that I must need that ability to refuel, that I have to have that comfort of going to a gas station,” Jurvetson went on to say.
His remarks on the future of Tesla charging stations were however rather contradictory. He beamed about the way in which home-charging “changes your thinking” and he’d never even consider charging his own Tesla anywhere but at home, shortly before talking up the new network of “Supercharger” stations the firm is to open across the country.
Eventually, these charging facilities will span the country and allow Tesla vehicle owners to take long-distance journeys without the concern of losing power.
As far as the firm’s scoff at BMW went, Jurvetson said that he and Musk both found it quite hilarious that the German automaker was readying the BMW i8 hybrid.
“BMW itself said—and I’ve never heard any product release say this a year before its release—we’re not trying to make the best electric car, we’re building this vehicle because we have to for regulatory reasons,” he added.
“They’re basically they’re saying don’t judge us by this car and whether it’s any good or not a year before it’s released. It’s totally a different kind of product. It doesn’t have very good range and they’re putting in a gasoline lawnmower engine in there as a backup. It’s kind of an odd duck.”