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It's actually funny that the "Tesla-beater" Bolt sells as much in a quarter as the Model 3 does in a week. I wonder how many of those sales are made to people who don't want to wait for the Model 3 backlog to be filled.
The pipeline isn't for American pickups, it's for China and the rest of Asia.
What about recycling. Steel and Al are easy to recycle, but composites usually aren't.
E-P, one of the pictures on Volvo's site clearly shows a turbocharger.
The "new engines, plug-in hybrid versions" from the title did not make it into the article. Nothing against fragrancing options and massage seats, but GCC is usually more about the running gear.
Look on the bright side: these Ford/Lincoln barges are more efficient than GM, Nissan and Toyota large SUVs. Especially Toyota, the Sequoia gets 14MPG on gasoline, and 10 (TEN!) MPG on E85.
How is this different from having everybody in a neighborhood running maximum A/C and cooking dinner at the same time? Electric cars are less of an issue because they can be programmed to charge overnight.
Cheeseater, Bolt sales are lower than Tesla, and they always will be. LG Chem has (inadvertently) stated that they are only contracted to build up-to 30,000 Bolt battery packs per year. Bolt sales aren't high enough to reach that target, even if you take their highest sales month and multiply by 12 (ignoring seasonal variations).
It's still a net savings, and definitely better than buying 2 SUVs.
mahonj, 75 miles is a lot in London. This isn't the California Highway Patrol.
Let us hope that this fixes the Sprinter's rust problem.
Lad, It makes perfect sense. Like it or not, there's a market for performance cars, especially "hot hatches" that regular people can afford, and that offer a good amount of practicality. This small car offers some driving pleasure, and it uses less fuel than the previous ST. Why is that a problem? Do you really believe that no cars should be fun, just because you don't like driving? Or perhaps your argument is that only rich people who can spend $100,000 on a Tesla should have fun?
"7 times the current usage rate should be possible" How's that? The kids are at school all day, parents are at work. Sure, you could haul packages around, but there's already a super-efficient fleet of private (UPS, FedEx) and public companies that do that. The reason why there is a "rush hour" in the first place is that everybody needs to be somewhere at the same time. It's the same concept as "peak demand" for electricity. Unfortunately, transportation infrastructure has do meet peak demand, not average demand.
The obvious advantage of this system is that it's a lot cheaper to produce. Clutches require much less precision machine work than differentials. It won't last as long, but that's just acknowledging the fact that cars don't need all-wheel-drive. It looks good on the brochure, but it's almost completely unnecessary. Let's hope that Opel has done the right thing and programmed this system to disconnect the rear axle at all times. They can turn it on for the first few meters on icy roads, but other than that it's just dead weight.
Henrik, I think you misunderstand the issue. All the kids in the neighborhood get to school around the same time. Workplaces are similar. So now everybody needs an autonomous Tesla because there are none available at the time we want. That's how we got into this mess in the first place!
Henrik, I am not going to get my kids to school at 2:00 AM in order to improve your ROI. I am convinced that the vast majority of humans feel the same. If that's your business plan, then you need to revise it.
Henrik, Your idea would be relevant if schools and workplaces were open 24 hours per day, and there was no such thing as rush hour. As things stand (with humans being transported), an army of autonomous cars would stay idle for 20+ hours per day, just like non-autonomous cars.
LAD, Do you realize that Nissan, with Renault, is currently the biggest seller of EVs? What exactly do they not get? Should one of the world's biggest corporations only work on one thing at a time? Your misplaced idealism would quickly put them out of business.
Henrik, Current "autopilot" implementations are only effective on the safest roads: limited access, good visibility, clear markings. Making this feature mandatory would have very little impact on crash rates (pardon the pun). It's little more than a luxury/convenience feature, as currently implemented.
Are we talking about saving 30% compared to a current state-of-the-art tractor trailer, or compared to something we haven't seen in 10 years? Volvo says that "some of its aerodynamic features have already been implemented," which tells me that the 30% improvement is compared to a rig with no side skirts, no radial tires, etc. In other words, it's 30% better than something no major operator uses on the highway anymore.
Harvey, Not only can they be turned off, they have to be turned off if you don't want to drain the battery. People forget to turn them back on and drive around with no lights. As you say, 30 years ago that was the case with all cars. Now almost every other car does that for you, but not Toyota. Of course, Toyota will also sell you a car in Canada that has daytime running lights (legally mandated), but that doesn't turn the rear lights on! The drivers think their lights are on (the headlights appear to be, and the dashboard is all lit-up), but they are not, and their cars are invisible at dusk, in the rain, in fog, etc... It's a nasty business: squeezing every penny out of customers, even if it kills them.
It seems like most cars driving around at night with their lights off are Toyotas. The drivers don't have a clue, their dashboards are all lit-up... Maybe this AHB technology will finally fix the problem, twenty years after other brands started making automatic headlights standard. Even my lowly mid-1990s Subaru had headlights that you never had to mess with: turn them on when you take delivery, leave them on for the life of the car.
Carl, Yes, one BMW was actually within the regulatory limit, and a few other marques were close. Keep in mind that the sample size show in the chart is tiny, 22 vehicles from 10 brands. One shouldn't extrapolate from that. The interesting thing is the three brands that emit way more on-track than in the lab: Opel (GM), Ford, and Renault. VW/Audi emits somewhat more outside the lab, and every other brand emits roughly the same amount in either test.
Now is hardly the right time for Europeans to relax their NOx limits. Perhaps they should adopt the EPA's stricter NOx limits and testing regimes?