AD #1800 – Tesla & GM Burn Through EV Tax Credits, Strong Yen Hurts Japanese OEMs, Lightweighting with Acoustics

February 16th, 2016 at 11:37am

Runtime: 7:40

- VW Invests Heavily in China
- Strong Yen Hurts Japanese Automakers
- Ampera-e to be Built in Bolt Plant
- Tesla & GM Burn Through EV Tax Credits
- Mercedes Sprinter for the Zombie Apocalypse
- Nissan Plays Autonomous Musical Chairs
- Faurecia Resonance-Free Exhaust Pipe

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14 Comments to “AD #1800 – Tesla & GM Burn Through EV Tax Credits, Strong Yen Hurts Japanese OEMs, Lightweighting with Acoustics”

  1. Sam Patel Says:

    STRONG YEN HURTS JAPANESE AUTOMAKERS, Well, it’s about time, How long Japan can push Yen to go lower. Forces have ended and Yen needs to go higher.

  2. David Sprowl Says:

    So the HRV is moving from Mexico to Ohio?!? If I remember correctly, that was the reason for the Mexican plant expansion. And Ford and FCA want to move more production to Mexico?!? Guess assembling cars twice wasn’t such a cost savings after all.

  3. Jonathan Says:

    That resonator pipe sounds awesome….and who cares about the 7500 dollar tax credit…

    I believe gm will sell voltec technology to other car makers to meet government fuel efficiency standards for their lineup…

    With that gm s will be fine offering it’s voltec setup to companies like Fca or anybody else who wants or needs this.

  4. Tony Gray Says:

    Cool pipe. THOSE are the kind of engineering advances I love to hear about.

  5. Rob Says:

    It was good to see Andy Pontius again. I worked with him when he was a new college graduate with much longer hair.

    As for the Tax credit, you dont think the government can extend or revise this credit? I’m sure GM and Tesla have already started lobbying for an extension.

  6. Carl from LO Says:

    Being from Lake Orion, I have heard the name bastardized in a number of ways. So to correct your pronunciation,.. it’s Or E UN. Thanks and keep up the good work on your web site.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If battery costs keep coming down, as they have been, the tax credits going away might soon be offset by lower manufacturing costs of the electric cars.

  8. HtG Says:

    Something tells me that if GM is investing in Bolt, then those tax credits are going to get extended. Generous Motors surely has a place in its heart for members of congress in need of ‘support.’

    Cynical, I know, but hey

  9. HtG Says:

    Check it out, Autolineratti, former contributor Michelle Nanranjo, Miss MotorMouth, has popped up at Consumer Reports.

  10. Puremoose Says:

    I am sure that Walker Muffler had resonators in exhaust pipes years ago.

  11. John McElroy Says:

    CORRECTION: we needed to say that the new Honda CR-V is going into East Liberty, not the HR-V.

  12. BobD Says:

    Plug-in tax credits – I suspect GM will look at running out of tax credits as a good thing, it means they have finally been able to successfully sell a legitimate number of electric vehicles. It has taken GM six years to reach 90,000 plug-in vehicles and between the Volt and the Bolt, it likely will take them at least another 3-4 years to reach the 200,000 milestone. If gas remains cheap, they might never get there (but they will continue to sell profitable full-size SUV). So either way, they will be okay.

    For Tesla, this is a much bigger problem, since all they sell are EVs and likely will get to the limit much sooner and the tax credits are crucial for the success of their more price sensitive Model 3.

  13. HtG Says:


    Attn. drivers on the Hutch north of NYC. Smokey is now driving an unmarked Polar Bear white Ford Taurus to bust you for speeding near the Cross County Expressway. I’ve seen the same vehicle for a few days in the area. Use your mirrors and be advised, a Subie STI was observed stopped by the side of the road today; PA plates, the poor guy.

  14. veh Says:

    #12, you make good points. We are discussing this right now at work–how long will it take for the second 100K EV sales at GM and Tesla? A lot of ifs–if the Model 3 comes out when they say; if battery prices fall drastically (or don’t); if gas prices go up (or don’t); if the govt decides to extend the tax credits; if the US economy doesn’t tank…

    Agreed that it’s more critical to Tesla than GM, for the Model 3. I also wonder if the Model S is on track for any sort of redesign/refresh.