Koenigsegg is considered one of the bastions that do not rely on the pure electric car. In the Swedish “Framgångspodden” by Alexander Pärleros, Christian von Koenigsegg (CvK) talks about the perspective of electric cars for his brand. And about what he owes Tesla. “Framgångspodden” is a hit format in Sweden with an audience of 2,5 million people a month.
Koenigsegg and electric car
So far Koenigsegg has refused to rely on purely electric drives. The mix of a high-performance combustion engine and electric motors seems to be the better and more economical way. Koenigsegg celebrates this convincingly with the new Regera. It runs on renewable fuels (E85), which Christian von Koenigsegg sees as optimal for performance and fun, without losing sight of environmental considerations.
But that could change.
As Koenigsegg admits in “Framgångspodden”, in German “Success Podcast”, Koenigsegg could be forced to change its strategy in 5 or 6 years. By law, the light could be blown out of the combustion engine, which Koenigsegg would not accept without resistance.
Building an electric car would be easy for Koenigsegg. 700 electric horsepower would already be in the regera present, the V8 combustion engine would be removed. More electric motors and more batteries and you would have 2000 hp. But the weight would be very high, which CvK is visibly reluctant to offer as a solution for its hypercars. And it's the emotional component that would be missing. The original sound of the in-house V8 engine.
In 5 or 6 years, Koenigsegg might still have to go this way. Or also want when batteries have become much lighter and more powerful.
What Christian von Koenigsegg owes Tesla
Koenigsegg has accomplished the feat of building a profitable manufacturer out of nothing. Its products make dreams come true, and Koenigsegg earns money with them. But not nearly as much as Christian von Koenigsegg (CvK) has earned with Tesla so far.
Elon Musk, he says in “Framgångspodden”, is his great idol. When Musk sold the payment service PayPal, he became interested in his ideas. The day after the IPO, CvK took its savings from the bank and invested them in shares of Tesla. The price at that time was US $ 23 per share. The first shares, which CvK kept buying, are now worth around US $ 2.000 each, including the split. As CEO of Koenigsegg, he could never have paid off that much money.
With images from Koenigsegg