Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves. He told me that he, like many people, has needed to get used to the shift.
“Some days do I feel a bit like a dinosaur? Yes, because I do like to drive my own vehicle. I do sometimes like to go wide-open throttle,” he said in an interview.
When he does put his foot down hard on the pedal he has to be careful.
“My kids tell me, ‘Hey, you are polluting. Slow down.’ It is a different world we’re going into,” he said.
It’s a world that he is doing his best to embrace.
“I’m open minded when it comes to technology,” Avila said. “And when it comes to global warming, we have to make a difference. That is a responsibility we all have and it cannot be postponed. Even if it means sacrifices for guys like me.”