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Survey: Most Americans See EVs as City, Commuter Cars

Majority see the need for just 75 miles of daily range.

by on Apr.12, 2019

One of several recent Mini electric vehicle concepts.

Sales of battery-based vehicles have finally begun to escalate as their availability – along with public awareness – grows. But a new survey suggests that consumers are pigeonholing them into a niche that could limit their popularity.

Nearly two out of three American consumers said they saw the best way to use a battery vehicle was for commuting or as a city car, according to the survey by Mini USA, the British automaker that is itself preparing to enter the electric vehicle market.

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“It is important for us as a brand to understand how consumers want to use their electric vehicles, and what they know and don’t know about them as we move closer to the launch of the MINI Cooper S E electric vehicle in the U.S.,” said Andrew Cutler, Head of Corporate Communications, MINI USA.

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It’s Official! Really! GM to Reveal Mid-Engine C8 Corvette in July

GM President Mark Reuss releases barely camo’d pic.

by on Apr.12, 2019

The mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is finally out in the open and set for a formal July reveal.

To misappropriate a quote by Humphrey Bogart from “The Maltese Falcon,” “It’s the stuff dreams are made of.”

For decades, General Motors has sniffed off rumors that it was developing the sort of mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette that proponents said was needed to turn the classic American sports car into a true world-beater. In recent years, rumors have been rampant, along with sightings of prototypes caught with less and less camouflage. But, time and again, the automaker has refused to comment or commit.

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Until now, that is. Late Thursday, GM President Mark Reuss put his official stamp on the clearest image yet of the C8. Specifics are scarce, but for the two most important details. His tweet declared it “The Next Generation Corvette,” and announced that the C8 will make its official debut on July 18, 2019.

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Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition Bound for NYIAS

Q Inspiration Concept will share stage.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition adds more luxurious touches to the mainstream sedan.

The sedan is dead. Long live the sedan.

While SUVs and CUVs may be taking over the U.S. market at a rapid pace, there’s still a sizable market for classic, three-box models like the Infiniti Q50. Nissan’s luxury brand is betting it can increase the sedan’s appeal by upping its luxury quotient.

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An upgraded version, dubbed the 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week – sharing the stage with the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept that offers a glimpse into the future of the brand.

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Bipartisan Group Looks to Create New EV Tax Credits

The new plan calls for 400,000 more credits per automaker.

by on Apr.10, 2019

Michigan Senator Gary Peters is one of a group of legislators sponsoring the Driving America Forward Act.

Just weeks after President Donald Trump announced to the dismay of automakers and environmentalists he plans to eliminate all electric vehicle tax credits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce a bill to put new ones in place.

The group’s bill, named the Driving America Forward Act, will expand the electric vehicle tax credit by 400,000 vehicles per manufacturer. This would be an immediate boost to Tesla and General Motors, which have already blown through 200,000 of the top tier credits. Their vehicles are now only eligible for a $3,750 credit, and that will drop by half by the end of the year.

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The bill is sponsored by Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins and Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee, Reuters reported. If passed, it could boost electric vehicle sales, which would be a nice reward for automakers that have committed tens of billions of dollars to meet rising global emissions requirements. (more…)

Ford Shakes Up Senior Management Ranks – Again

Move meant to help “accelerate” its “transformation.”

by on Apr.10, 2019

Joe Hinrichs and Jim Farley shown together during the launch of the Ford Shelby GT 350.

Ford is shaking up key elements of its top management team, the automaker announced on Wednesday morning, a move it says will “accelerate” the changes that began with the appointment of Jim Hackett as CEO two years ago, with an emphasis on “smart vehicles for a smart world.”

The changes will see Hackett’s two top lieutenants, Jim Farley and Joe Hinrichs, take on broader responsibilities. At the same time, Ford’s highest-ranking woman, Marcy Klevorn, will retire from her post as head of mobility services after 36 years with the automaker.

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“In the past two years, we have made tangible progress in improving the fitness of our business, overhauled our regional strategies, created a winning product portfolio, and are working to transform Ford to succeed in an era of profound change and disruption,” CEO Jim Hackett said. “With this strong foundation in place for our auto and mobility businesses, we can now accelerate our transformation.”

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Fisker Teases All-Electric CUV, Hires Manufacturing Vet

Search begins for plant site; 11 states in the running.

by on Apr.09, 2019

Fisker offers another teaser image of the all-electric Model Y fighter it's developing.

Veteran auto designer and automotive entrepreneur Henrik Fisker continues to press forward on the comeback trail, his new company offering another tease of the all-electric SUV it plans to roll out.

Perhaps more importantly, Fisker is signaling this is no pipe dream by announcing that he has hired another industry veteran, Don Jackson, to head manufacturing operations. At least 11 states are now in the running for the planned Fisker assembly plant.

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“I share Fisker’s vision of driving mass electrification forward by producing more desirable EVs for the global market here in the United States, and I look forward to building a disruptive strategy that combines Fisker’s unique business model with the very best manufacturing processes that assure unparalleled results and outstanding, reliable products,” Jackson said in a statement.

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2019 Green Car Winners Announced at DC Auto Show

Gen-2 Nissan Leaf among honorees.

by on Apr.04, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus gives the brand its first real competitor in the long-range EV arena. It took home Connected Green Car of the Year award.

Its been a decade since Nissan broke ground with the rollout of its original Leaf, the first mass production battery-electric vehicle. The second-generation Leaf has lots more competition these days but remains a standout, at least according to the members of the Green Car of the Year jury.

The Leaf took honors for being the 2019 Connected Green Car of the Year during a ceremony at the auto show in Washington, D.C. Thursday afternoon, one of two awards presented at the annual event. Chevrolet, meanwhile, took honors for 2019 Green Car Technology of the Year with its Dynamic Fuel Management system.

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“Nissan’s Leaf has impeccable ‘green’ credentials and a highly-desirable array of advanced and connected features,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, which has created a series of awards for environmentally friendly vehicles, some awarded in Washington, D.C., others at the annual Los Angeles International Auto Show. (more…)

Toyota Opens Access to Electric Vehicle Patents

Action follows in steps of Tesla doing something similar a few years back.

by on Apr.04, 2019

Toyota is freeing up access to more than 24,000 patents involving its electric vehicles, hoping to speed EV development.

Toyota is freeing up the technology behind some 24,000 patents from around the world that it now holds on hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Japanese automaker said it hopes it will help spur development of hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.

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Toyota said it will grant royalty-free licenses on the thousands of patents it holds (including some pending applications) for vehicle electrification-related technologies. In addition, Toyota will provide fee-based technical support to other manufacturers developing and selling electrified vehicles when they use Toyota’s motors, batteries, PCUs, control ECUs and other vehicle electrification system technologies as part of their powertrain systems. (more…)

Tesla Suffers Massive First Quarter Sales Drop

Upside is that sales up 110% from year-ago results.

by on Apr.04, 2019

Lower-than-expected Model 3 deliveries in the first quarter sent Tesla's stock tumbling 11% in premarket trading.

Many Tesla watchers were expecting a massive drop in first quarter sales compared with last year’s final quarter, but some were buoyed by a prediction that sales would exceed analysts’ estimates. In the end, both sides were left wanting as the company’s sales dropped 31% and the company’s stock is taking the hit, falling 11% in early trading.

The automaker produced 77,100 vehicles during the first quarter, including 62,950 Model 3 and 14,150 Model S and X. However, it delivered just approximately 63,000 vehicles, which was 110% more than the same quarter last year, but 31% less than last quarter. This included approximately 50,900 Model 3 and 12,100 Model S and X.

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The 50,900 Model 3 Tesla deliveries was lower than analysts’ average estimate of 51,750, and perhaps more importantly, was lower than the two previous quarters. (more…)

Ford China 2.0: Automaker Kicks Off Second Act in China

Automaker looks to better integrate Chinese partners into business.

by on Apr.03, 2019

Ford China President Anning Chen lays out the tenets of Ford China 2.0.

When it comes to its newest business blueprint for China, Ford Motor Co. is going by the numbers, specifically Ford China 2.0.

That’s what the automaker dubbed its reworked business plan for the world’s largest auto market where it has been perpetually behind its competition. However, Ford is pinning its rebound on an influx of new product and an increased reliance on its Chinese partners.

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Ford China 2.0 comprises five key plans and four centers of competence to accelerate the redesign of its business and sharpen its focus on the Chinese market. (more…)