Nissan is really excited to tell you about its new and improved electric car battery technology that, uh, could blow us all away. All this and more in The morning shift for April 8, 2022.
1st gear: that’s one way of saying it
I’m not sure the idea that better technology is what we need for greater electric car adoption (Why are range targets always moving? Why are 600 miles of range reviews when we already have 200? Or 300? Couldn’t we really survive on 100?), but Nissan says it’s working on new solid-state technology and, well, it doesn’t describe them as I expected that. here’s how Automotive News opens his article on SS tech:
True, new generation solid state batteries do not have flammable liquid electrolyte. But they accumulate a lot more energy, which could create some nasty fireworks if something goes haywire.
“The energy density is double, so you have a potential bomb that is more dangerous,” said Kazuhiro Doi, vice president in charge of advanced battery research at the Japanese automaker.
Haha…cool…I’m, uh, super excited…about five-ton VE fly the road on autopilot with “potential bomb” technology on board!
2nd gear: everyone searches for electric cars on Google
But don’t buy them, because the New York Times explains in a truly wonderful article:
Google searches related to electric cars have exploded, reached a record number last month. On the automotive classifieds site Cars.com, searches for electric vehicles rose 43% from January to February and another 57% from February to March. And car manufacturers are ready with encouragement: almost all cars advertisements during the Super Bowl in February featured electric vehicles.
But the journey to real-world purchases that put more electric vehicles and fewer gas-powered vehicles on the roads in the United States faces two major hurdles: the supply of cars and the infrastructure to charge them.
Electric cars – have you ever heard of them?
3rd gear: Ford E-Transit makes deliveries
A big problem with some of our most wanted electric cars is that they barely exist. Rivian, for example, achieved a grand total of 3,568 vehicles. Total! Already! The Rivians are truly wonderful and are getting a lot of well-deserved interest, but 3,500 trucks won’t exactly cover America’s new car needs. We’re still a long way from truly meaningful EV adoption, unless you live in areas of California that are Tesla majority at this point.
In any case, what is starting to make deliveries (in Europe, at least) is Ford’s electric Transit van. Of Detroit News:
Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Koç Holding, is now shipping the all-electric E-Transit minivan to customers in Europe, Ford announced Thursday.
The start of E-Transit production at Ford Otosan Gölcük plant in Kocaeli, Turkey, follows the Start of deliveries in February to customers in the United States from the Ford Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Missouri.
The move marks the start of mass production after European customers placed more than 5,000 orders before the E-Transit began rolling off the assembly line in Kocaeli, Ford said.
Ford’s first major modern electric car program was an electric delivery van, the Ecostar. I love that we all look at the electric vehicle landscape of the 1990s and say: “Why not start over? » The next one will be electric microcars return to the market.
4th gear: Volvo puts a price tag on Russian invasion damage to its business at $423 million
We know that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has severely damaged European automotive production supply chains, and the sanctions have further affected factory operations in Russia itself. How much does it really cost everyone? For Volvo trucks, it’s about $423 million, like Reuters reports:
AB Volvo (VOLVb.ST) expects its first-quarter operating profit to be hit by uncertainty caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war and will set aside provisions worth 4 billion crowns ($423.2 million) to cover that up, the Swedish truckmaker said on Friday.
“In the first quarter of 2022, assets in the amount of approximately 4 billion crowns will be provisioned and will have a negative impact on the operating result, mainly in the financial services segment,” he added.
In February, Volvo suspended all sales, service and production in Russia, which last year accounted for around 3% of the group’s net sales, or around 372.2 billion crowns.
5th Gear: Prepare to see a bunch of college basketball players in car dealership ads, I guess
The NCAA has relaxed its rules on what college athletes can do for money and the commercial publication of dealers Automotive News wants its readers to know that means you, car dealers!
Ohio State University running back TreVeyon Henderson is among the best football players in the nation, but at Ricart Automotive Group, he’s just one of the “trainees.”
Henderson, several of his teammates and other Ohio State athletes play in a series of advertisements which show them fetching coffee, pushing cars, and being silly with group chairman Rick Ricart.
The “Rick’s Interns” videos are a byproduct of the NCAA’s June 2021 decision to allow student athletes to profit from the use of their name and likeness. Since then, Ricart Automotive and many other dealerships have begun to leverage the star power of collegiate sportspeople through promotional offers and compensate them in various ways that would previously have violated NCAA rules.
I can only assume that means your commercial breaks are about to be filled with college basketball players. Me, I only watch French cinema in black and white on my Criterion subscription, of course.
Back: We’ll build so many bridges, you guys
Neutral: How are you?
I emailed a guy in San Diego to see if he would be willing to ship me the worst bike wheels in recent memory so I could DIY something even more terrible. Also I dipped yet another derailleur in drain cleaner. I love my silly hobby.