AD #1830 – Car Sharing Could Increase Sales, New Automatic Turn Signal for Motorcycles, Toyota’s EV Approach

March 29th, 2016 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:49

- Study Says Car Sharing Could Increase Sales
- Boost Web Traffic with New Domain Name
- New Automatic Turn Signal for Motorcycles
- Hyundai Combines Gullwing and Sliding Door
- Toyota Working on Dynamic HUD
- Toyota’s EV Strategy

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23 Comments to “AD #1830 – Car Sharing Could Increase Sales, New Automatic Turn Signal for Motorcycles, Toyota’s EV Approach”

  1. LS Ford Says:

    So if I follow the logic correctly, I would not buy an EV car if I drive longer distances. Or would be more prone to buy an EV if I only drive short drives to work? So I will essentially need access to two vehicles unless I limit my driving to one type or the other.

    Perhaps this is why EV sales are not hitting the levels desired by OEMs or the governments.

  2. Rob Says:

    Jim Lentz doesnt think a full electric 300 mile range makes sense? I sure hope he meant from an affordability perspective because I believe a lot more people would be interested in a full electric car that had a 300 mile range, without a Tesla price tag.

  3. Rob Says:

    So the new study just proves that no one really knows for sure what effect car sharing will have on car sales.

    $170 for a device to turn off a turn signal? Ahhh Pass..

  4. Lewis Frank Says:

    Self cancelling turn signals for motorcycles, buy a harley, goldwing, they’ve had them for years

  5. Tony Gray Says:

    My 2008 Harley Davidson has self cancelling turn signals.

  6. Lisk Says:

    I’m not sure if it’s the .cars / .auto extensions that really make the difference. I think it’s the shortness of the domain name. It’s clearly easier to type or remember STL.cars rather than STLMotorcars.com. Surely the whole reason behind this is $$$. They’ve already collected the money for the .com’s, now it’s time to get companies to ante up for the .auto, .cars, and whatever comes next.

  7. Steve W Says:

    The problem with EV’s is not just range. It is also the time needed to charge them as well as finding convenient charging station locations. They are only good for meeting CAFE regulations and certainly not for general usage.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My 1982 Gold Wing had self cancelling turn signals.

  9. Rob Says:

    #6 I could see the longer range EV and ride sharing going hand in hand. If you owned an EV with a 300 mile range you could probably do 95% of your driving with that vehicle. Ride share for the trips that take you beyond that range and then charging is no longer an issue. Especially if you could get ride sharing based on usage and not a monthly fee.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    My 79 FLHC had self cancelling signals too,it was my left thumb.And it never broke or needed replacing either.

  11. Albemarle Says:

    If Toyota believes EVs are good only for very short local trips, then the vehicle would probably have to be a plug-in hybrid. After all, when you think about range anxiety, a 20 mile pure EV give you nothing but anxiety!

  12. RumNCoke Says:

    Hey, whatever happened to the idea that electric cars have to make some kind of noise so that we know they are there? Is this something the legislators are trying to mandate? Can I get my electric car to sound like a big block Corvette with side exhausts? Just a thought…

  13. GM Veteran Says:

    I predict that Toyota will change their position on pure EV’s, just as they did with Fuel Cells a year or so ago.

    With the much smaller infrastructure investment, rapidly falling battery costs, increasing range and decreasing charging times, battery EV’s will become mainstream in the near future. Fuel Cells have many more, and much more expensive, hurdles to clear before they can hope to sell in any quantity to the general public. It will be a “fleet thing” for quite a while. Check back with me around 2035, or so.

  14. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I too had self canceling turn signals (’96 Virago); they were self-defeating by hitting the button a second time (or if you forgot, they were timed). There are also other companies already offering self canceling turn-signals (though not as technically advanced as these new ones). Gonna pass on this ‘one’ as well (as yesterday’s HUD display).

  15. MJB Says:

    I finally saw my first 2016 Prius in person last week. And I thought it was just the photos doing it a dis-service… Nope. It really IS that hideous!

  16. buzzerd Says:

    The more I know the less ” they” seem to know.
    Fleet sales are bad for makes cause it reduces residuals, then it’s fleet sales are good cause people rent your car on vacation and then buy one…. Ride sharing bad because people won’t buy cars, then it’s – ride sharing good cause everyone is going to drive the cars into the ground.
    Alcohol bad, some alcohol good, chocolate bad.. wait chocolate always good…

  17. Rob Says:

    #16 Buzzerd I agree with you. There is a certain number of miles (XX)that is traveled each and every year to get everywhere where they want to go. Unless we see huge shifts of people moving back into the cities or car-pooling not “ride sharing” the mileage (XX)remains constant in not increased slightly by population growth.

    So ride sharing may change how the vehicle is used from 15k a year, over 15 years to 200k miles a year and lasting only 2 or 3 years but it still will take (XX) miles to get everyone where they need to go. Until we see a big push to make mass transit a priority or people move back closer to work I just don’t see car sales changing dramatically.

  18. Roger T Says:

    It´s clear Toyota´s position on electric cars is due to their position with fuel cell technology, but they will eventually see through this. Look at what GM is doing with the Chevy Bolt, and think what will happen if battery keeps improving while cost keeps coming down as these have been. We could see affordable EVs with 500 mile range or more in just a few years; who would be investing in hydrogen infrastructure then?

  19. Roger T Says:

    Again on autonomous driving – if we´re to expect 20% increase in total miles driven we´ll be sharing the road with empty cars, this will extend rush hour traffic and will demand tremendous infrastructure investments to keep up.

  20. buzzerd Says:

    It’s refreshing to hear a manufacturer tell some truth- electric cars don’t work for the majority of people, they are for people who don’t mind owning a commuter only car and use something else for when and if they travel

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Toyota’s talk of a pure EV with only 20 mile range doesn’t make much sense, except that it could be sold cheaply. An EV with 100 mile range, though, would work for nearly all of my driving, except for my twice a year drives between FL and IN, but as I’ve mentioned before, I’d have no place to plug one in at my FL condo.

    For now, a Prius and Corvette make a perfect pair of cars for my needs when in Florida.

  22. W L Simpson Says:

    I’m holding out, as I,ve said, for fewer batts , constant duty gen , no mechanical drive. Kiss Rules!

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 Using a motor and generator with no mechanical connection is really inefficient. That’s why no one does cars that way. A good compromise is the Toyota/Ford power splitter system, with no friction elements in the powertrain.