AD #2364 – Nissan Slashes Production, Panasonic Developing Cobalt-Free Batteries, GM Explains South Korea Decision

May 30th, 2018 at 11:31am

Runtime: 7:29

0:30 Nissan Slashes North American Production
1:18 Kia Names New Head of U.S. Operations
1:41 Jeff Bracken to Retire from Lexus
2:39 California to Test Digital License Plates
3:19 Panasonic Developing Cobalt-Free Batteries
4:19 GM Explains South Korea Decision

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12 Comments to “AD #2364 – Nissan Slashes Production, Panasonic Developing Cobalt-Free Batteries, GM Explains South Korea Decision”

  1. phred Says:

    For the GM “explanation” as how/why they decided to remain in South Korea…there were a lot of talking points covered but no disclosure how “they” removed 40% of the overhead in the So American factories and how that solution is applied to the South Korean business model.

  2. David Sprowl Says:

    Year the R plate is cool. The price tag not so much. However, I can see a path where OEM’s could be required to incorporate said item into the build of the car making is much less expensive.

  3. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Nissan makes good stuff; as mentioned yesterday, styling and design need to improve (and that could save Nissan in the U.S.).

    It seems the way of the world is electronics; why not ‘bag’ license plates altogether and use scan chip technology. For BOLO’s (be on the lookout), make and model can still be used, then go in for the kill with the chip scanner for absolute identity. Color/make/model/year have been used since day-one as primary search tools.

  4. Barry Says:

    Other car manufacturers have had labor strikes over low pay and benefits. Wonder how GM is avoiding these issues?

  5. Drew Says:

    We can’t get the 50 states to align on license plate locations (rear only vs. front and rear). I do t see them aligning on the technical requirements of an electronic license plate in a manner that makes these plates affordable. Also, there are a lot of civil servant jobs at stake here. Another issue will be digital security and anti-theft security.

    On the plus side, I could be an advocate if it allowed temporary messaging to vehicles behind me – “please dim your lights” and “beware of sudden deceleration” (for tailgaters). The total price needs to remove a digit for the initial acquisition and NOT have a monthly fee. Otherwise, it is DOA.

  6. Lisk Says:

    Digital plates could have their advantages to some degree. If a plate has expired, it could simply read “EXPIRED” or if there was a lookout for it it could flash different colors to attract attention to itself. If car designers have a hand it, front plates could be integrated into the fascia (for the states that still require them). The downside if if it gets damaged by road debris, would you want to pay $700 or even $200 (after a $500 deductible).
    Personally, I’ll stick with a metal plate.

    In Korea, GM has had a tough way to go with the unions after buying the Daewoo assets. There have been numerous strikes and work stoppages at the GM owned (sort of) facilities.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    Considering how long it took many states to catch up with technology and allow people to renew their plates on-line. I dont see them being able to gear up for something like this anytime soon. Also with many small bump to the rear end, a steel plate would probably fair far better than a screen. No need to add that huge cost for the small advantage it provides.

  8. Bob Wilson Says:

    One week after learning of a Model 3 ABS problem, it is fixed (see link.) The first emergency brake engaging the ABS worked fine, 133 ft, but the subsequent ones ran over 150 ft. It was still not working right after overnight and Consumer Reports replicated it with a borrowed Model 3.

    Elon promised a fix over the weekend and delivered using over the air update. Apparently Consumer Reports is very impressed with the speed of the fix and effectiveness.

  9. Lex Says:

    I would like to suggest to Tom Doll at Subaru that they add a chrome accent bar between the rear tail lights of the soon be released 2019 Subaru Forester. This chrome accent bar between the rear tail lights will give the New 2019 Forester an unmistakable signature to it’s rear and a more upscale look IMHO.

  10. Bob Wilson Says:

    From a recent Tesla report (see link:)

    “Cells used in Model 3 are the highest energy density cells used in any electric vehicle. We have achieved this by significantly reducing cobalt content per battery pack while increasing nickel content and still maintaining superior thermal stability. The cobalt content of our Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminum cathode chemistry is already lower than next-generation cathodes that will be made by other cell producers with a Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt ratio of 8:1:1. As a result, even with its battery, the gross weight of Model 3 is on par with its gasoline-powered counterparts.”

  11. BobD Says:

    On Telsa – I wonder how thoroughly tested the “fix” was before it was rolled out. Perhaps the tweak provided for better braking on dry payment to satisfy the testing procedure used by CR, but might degraded performance under other conditions (e.g., wet pavement or ice). Having worked for a large automotive OEM, even minute tweaks to anything safety related REQUIRED months of validation testing (physical and simulation) prior to production changes being approved. Just seems like Tesla was either sloppy in its initial calibration of its braking system, or the calibration was the way it was for a reason to balance performance under numerous conditions. I’m not sure I’d want a “fix” to my braking system that took less than a week from start to finish.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Do you know if battery cells in other EV’s are cylindrical like Tesla’s, or are most flat like the batteries in electronic devices, and electric model airplanes?