AD #2259 – GM Pulls the Plug on the Volt, ZF Uses Blockchain For Car Sharing, Can Tesla Hit Its Goals?

December 22nd, 2017 at 11:47am

Runtime: 9:09

0:27 GM Pulls the Plug on the Volt
1:08 All About That BAS
1:55 Who Leads with AEB?
3:22 ZF Uses Blockchain For Car Sharing
4:18 ZF’s Clever Autonomous Showcase
5:22 Can Tesla Hit Its Goals?

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27 Comments to “AD #2259 – GM Pulls the Plug on the Volt, ZF Uses Blockchain For Car Sharing, Can Tesla Hit Its Goals?”

  1. Jesse Says:

    Merry Christmas !!!

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

  3. Sean McElroy Says:

    Thanks Jesse and right back at ya.

  4. Sean McElroy Says:

    Same to you, Lambo.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    To John, Sean, Gary and all the Autoline crew: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    To all of the Autoline crew: Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The same goes to those of us who frequent this site.

    PS: @ Sean,made a new years resolution to start working on your pan? ;}>

  7. BobD Says:

    On the Chevy Volt… I think terms like “pull the plug”, granted a nice play on words, and “cancel” are a little harsh if the plan is to continue production of the Volt until 2022. It sounds like to me that GM has just decided to not invest in developing a third-generation Volt. Platforms and technologies come and go and it sounds like GM has decided by 2022 that pure-EVs will have advanced enough that a dual-powertrain vehicle is no longer warranted. The Volt has always been looked at as a transitional vehicle and stepping stone to pure-EVs until their the range of EVs could become cost competitive. And it may be that GM could still offer a plug-in version of some of their other hybrid vehicles, just not on a dedicated platform.

  8. Jeff Taylor Says:

    Happy holidays to the Autoline crew and enjoy your time off!! It is well deserved.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    I always felt the Volt was the perfect hybrid as it is an EV but with onboard generator. I’ve wanted to start a business that makes small trailers with a Generator that would provide pure EVs the needed KW to have unlimited range. Then you could buy an EV that serves your purpose 90% of the time without the extra weight and complexity of a dual system, and when you want to take a trip you attach the trailer and have all the range you need.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Oh and with that set up the “trailer generator” would not have to meet the emissions regulations either and could be diesel, gas, NG etc.

  11. Roger Blose Says:

    Team Autoline, many thanks for another great year of reporting and content. Enjoy the holidays!

  12. Sean McElroy Says:

    To Chuck, G.A., Jeff and Roger – Thanks from everyone! Hope your holidays are well and enjoy the time off.

  13. Len Simpson Says:

    Tesla needs to pull the plug on the batwing, terrible idea to start with, & I think the day of 1/2 ton batteries will eventually fade into the sunset. another mfgr is joining the 48 volt parade

  14. kurt w Says:

    Happy Holidays, Autoline!

  15. merv Says:

    Merry Christmas Sean/John and staff. Enjoy your time off and the holidays.See you next year, cheers!

  16. Sean McElroy Says:

    Happy Holidays, Kurt

  17. Sean McElroy Says:

    Thanks merv. Happy holidays and see you next year.

  18. Terry Quinn Says:

    Regarding the trailer generator, I think that is an interesting idea. But there is no way you can do it without emissions regulations. Both the US-EPA and California CARB have emissions regulations for portable generators.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Happy holidays to the Autoline staff, and to all of the comment contributors.

  20. Barry Rector Says:

    Sean, John and all,
    Merry Christmas to you all. I truly enjoy watching/learning from your programs. You are a gift that I enjoy year-round.
    All the best to you and hope you have a great Holiday.

  21. FSTFWRD Says:

    Merry Christmas to John, Sean, and the entire Autoline staff. Enjoy your well deserved holiday and time off.

  22. Roger T Says:

    I think we’ll have the mainstream buyer considering an EV by mid-2020s but I am surprised there will be no next gen Volt since this would be the platform to conquer the remaining market. Volt sales dropped because I presume the first gen Volt buyers moved to EVs.

    Don’t under estimate the value of Tesla’s supercharger network. Even the mighty competitors of Tesla lack the commitment to get a robust charging network in the wild, and this is a key differentiator. Tesla is the only EV band I would consider as my only vehicle because I find the current public charging network rather useless: Slow, inconveniently located and unreliable. If Tesla gets to crank out enough model 3s to pay their bills they will be fine longer term.

  23. Steve K Says:

    Volt: How does a drop in sales give any indication of GMs decisions for its future (other than the fact that I’ve seen no TV ads)?

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If you want a plug-in car that is pure electric until the battery runs down, an then has decent range on gas, the Volt is that car. If you don’t mind a little gas engine operation when you “get on it,” even with a full battery, a Prius Prime makes more sense. It costs less, and gets better mpg on gas than the Volt.

  25. Ukendoit Says:

    We will all miss our daily dose of Autoline, but I’m glad you get to have some time off to be with your families. Merry Christmas to the whole McElroy family, all AD staff, & regular contributors. Here’s to a great 2018!
    As entertaining as AD is, it wouldn’t be the same without the regular commenters. I will continue to check here as well as watch AD reruns for the next week so I don’t go through withdrawals!

  26. Bruce Melton Says:

    Re:48 VDC Power: In my opinion, the only reason to consider 48 VDC power is the reduced contact potential (voltage) for safety of personnel working on the vehicle. Voltages in excess of 60 VDC may be considered to be hazardous. Note: “Orange colored” insulated cables for the wiring are used in current hybrids & EV’s to indicate dangerous potential voltages. 746 watts are required for a one horsepower (HP) load, which would means ~15.5 Amps at 48 VDC. A 50 HP “load” would require ~777 Amps DC. Conversely, For example, 50 HP at 470 VDC requires ~79.4 Amps. Heating of the power conductors (copper) and junction points becomes very critical at high current – hence, the possibility of fire due to poor connections and/or insulation failure. Heating of conductors is a function I^2(t) – (Amps squared X Time (sec)). Peak demands on the batteries become more critical when continued thermal stress is already high. The continuous thermal stress at a higher DC voltage is substantially reduced at constant load. Over-current conditions are much easier to address with lower current using simple circuit breakers/fuses, etc. Spraying water on a battery fire with an internal short circuit is the worst thing you can do! – e.g. lithium-ion battery fire issues (ask Tesla and Boeing!). However, potential arcing is higher with higher VDC system vs a low-voltage DC, such as 48 VDC.

    In summary, given the choice of hi-voltage DC vs. 48 VDC (low voltage) for hybrid/EV powering, I would prefer to take my chances w/higher voltage and lower current technology!Do not forget the cost of the “copper” and added weight to handle the higher current with the low-voltage system.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 48 volt systems being discussed are generally “mild hybrid” systems, similar to ones GM used years ago. They use a belt driven motor-generator which seamlessly starts the gas engine in a start/stop setup, and produces a small amount of power, and a small amount of regenerative braking. These systems do not provide nearly the efficiency gain of a serious hybrid, like Prius, Fusion and others, but is much less expensive, and provides some fuel economy improvement.