What Leaders Have To Say About The Future of Transportation


Words are a powerful tool especially when crafted by influential leaders, individuals with the power to bring the past into perspective and mold the future into action. As the year draws to a close, we would like to share our list of the top 10 quotes that are shaping tomorrow’s transportation industry:

On Zero-Emission Technology:

“Nothing can stop the car being the most coveted product that comes with development, and more efficient conventional engines are not the answer. We must have zero-emission vehicles. Nothing else will prevent the world from exploding.” -Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan

 “Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, with a zero-emission capability, represent the future of the automobile. These vehicles will be the fastest growing segment of the auto market by 2050. By 2021, at least 10 brands will be selling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. By this time, hydrogen fueling infrastructures will be sufficiently developed in several regions to allow large-scale hydrogen mobility.” -Naqui Jaffery, the lead author of Information Trend’s report Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles: A Global Analysis

On Alternative Energy:

“We’re betting that within 15 years, scientists and engineers will develop big breakthroughs that will put us on a path to zero carbon emissions and make energy more affordable for everyone.” –Bill Gates

“We need to surprise them that these alternative ways of doing energy can come along and come along in an economic way. If we are to avoid the levels of warming that are dangerous we need to move at full speed.” –Bill Gates

 On Design:

“Design is going to be increasingly important. When you move to electric vehicles, you’re not interacting anymore with a complex mechanical gasoline engine where the engine noise and response varies extremely from different car companies. So I think values from buyers in the future are going to shift. We’re all going to expect fast acceleration, instant torque that we have in acceleration – but we’re going to start looking at other ways to entice the buyer. Exterior and interior design. The user interface. The ride and handling.” -Henrik Fisker, noted auto designer

“People spend a great deal of time in their vehicles. The interior is where they live and where they feel secure to fully express who they are. After all, automobiles are about people. And this company is built with more than transportation in mind. It’s built for individuals.” –Ronn Ford, Chairman and CEO of RONN Motor Group, Inc.

On Manufacturing:

3D printing is used extensively for prototyping in product development today to accelerate design cycles and enable designers to efficiently explore multiple options. Typically, these designs were manufactured in analog processes like injection molding, but in the future, parts will be manufactured using 3D print.” -Dr. Paul Benning, HP fellow and 3D print chief technologist at HP, Inc.

“I think one of the main advantages … is to be able to adjust and adapt the whole production line with the speed of the 3D printing production lines.  For example, if we want to improve something on our machine, it’s easy – it’s just one click away. For another technology like injection, it’s not one click away; it’s two to three months away. You’d have to change molds, ship it, make sure it’s ready and working, and then start producing.” -Matt Regnier, CEO of Dagoma 3D

On The Past:

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” -Old Native American Proverb

On The Future:

“I really do encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It’s a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep iterating and improving and make better and better electric cars, and that’s what is going to result in humanity achieving a sustainable transport future.” –Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Inc.

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