Electric & Autonomous Vehicles News - 02/25/2020 - Views: 258

Argo AI’s CEO explains why its fleet of self-driving taxis won’t be all-electric (at first)

One of the burning questions facing self-driving carmakers is whether it makes sense to go all-electric. Some companies, like GM-owned Cruise, are all in on battery-electric vehicles, seeing both self-driving and all-electric as the future. Others are keeping one foot in the present, like how Waymo is building a fleet that includes both all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs and gas-burning Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving company that’s backed by Ford and Volkswagen, has concerns about an all-electric fleet, especially when it comes to recouping the cost the expensive technology that makes the car autonomous. The company’s CEO, Bryan Salesky, sat down with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and senior transportation reporter Andrew Hawkins on The Vergecast to explain why.