AD #2137 – Chicago Adds EV Garbage Trucks to Fleet, UK Car Prices to Soar, Has the U.S. Hit Peak Auto Sales?

June 23rd, 2017 at 11:44am

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- UK Car Prices to Soar
- Peak Auto Sales
- Chicago Adds EV Garbage Trucks to Fleet
- Chinese Start-Up Buys AM General Plant
- Removable Seat Covers
- Michigan’s Automotive Recovery

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9 Comments to “AD #2137 – Chicago Adds EV Garbage Trucks to Fleet, UK Car Prices to Soar, Has the U.S. Hit Peak Auto Sales?”

  1. Brett Says:

    Income inequality plays no small part in the number of passenger vehicles sold declining in relationship to population increases.

  2. Roger T Says:

    #1 – so does a couple of social factors:
    1. People keep cars for longer periods as they last longer than ever before
    2. More people are starting to treat cars as they should: a depreciating asset meant for transportation rather than fashion. This incentivizes people to choose lower cost, used vehicles instead of new

  3. Ziggy Says:

    Interesting story on the electric garbage trucks, but couldn’t they have come up with a better color for them, it looks like communist primer blue if there was such a thing.

  4. DanChester Says:

    John -
    OK, the end of R-Class production means AM General is out of the contract assembly business (a fickle one at that), but what does the sale of their Indiana plant to SF Motors mean for the future of AM General’s MV-1 wheel chair-accessible van that was also assembled at that site?

  5. Alan B Says:

    Garbage trucks are road busting and driveway breaking machines that do not need the additional weight of an electric drive train. Any person in business who has a dumpster or people who work on roads and driveways well know the damage the garbage trucks do to roadway and parking lots. Until the EV drive train is made lighter – all you have is a electric truck that should carry a smaller load.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Brett: Well once we have better paying jobs,(and more of them) then the ‘inequality’ will taper down,and they can buy a new car. Or at least a higher end used,or a lease. Until then,burger flippers will have to make do with what they have.That’s why they are called ‘entry level jobs’…

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Incone/wealth inequality reduces the number of vebicles sold relative to the population. Also, cars last longer. Maybe even more important, is that there will be fewer people like myself, who have four cars for one driver. Most of the kids I’m around want a driver’s license and use of a car, but only to get somewhere, not because the “like cars,” as most of us posting here do.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Oops, too many typos. Sry

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 The inequality will probably get worse rather than better, at keast for the next 3 1/2 years.