ORLANDO, Florida - Until electric vehicle powertrains reach mass production, they cost too much and don't make money, says Tomas Dohrner, director of electric vehicle programs for Siemens.
He said an EV powertrain should cost no more than an internal combustion engine powertrain. That cost - about $1,200 - will only be achieved with mass production, he said.
Mass production will not begin until battery technology improves to extend vehicle range and cut costs.
Next year Siemens expects to produce 1,600 drive systems, said Udo Winter, director of engineering for electric vehicle drive systems. Siemens will not earn a profit at that level of production, he said last month at the 14th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition.
Siemens is working with US and European automakers to develop electric and hybrid vehicles.
Siemens supplies parts to electric vehicles at Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler-Benz, Fiat and Chrysler, Winter said. Siemens is developing a hybrid vehicle with Audi. The Duo uses a small internal-combustion engine to charge a battery.
The company is not working with any Japanese manufacturers. 'They didn't want our technology in their vehicles, and we didn't want to share our technology with them,' Winter said.
However, Siemens is talking to South Korean carmakers, particularly Daewoo, about licensing technology.