AD #2604 – AV Taxi Market Could Be Worth Trillions, China to Subsidize EV Charging, Opel Van Inspired by the A-Team

May 29th, 2019 at 11:39am

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Runtime: 6:27

0:07 China Plans to Subsidize EV Charging Costs
1:00 New JLR Steering Wheel Helps Keep Eyes on The Road
1:42 Infiniti Moves HQ From China to Japan
2:32 Opel Creates Van Inspired by the A-Team
3:20 Honda E to Use Digital Side Mirrors
4:53 Autonomous Taxi Market Could Be Worth $2 Trillion By 2030
5:42 GM Autonomous Vehicle Feedback

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16 Comments to “AD #2604 – AV Taxi Market Could Be Worth Trillions, China to Subsidize EV Charging, Opel Van Inspired by the A-Team”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Two trillion by 2030, I don’t think so; maybe the 2 trillion eventually but I wouldn’t bet on it in ten years.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It would seem that JLR could better use their resources to, say, improve quality, rather than come up with absurd gimmicks like non-uniformly heated steering wheels. Actually, what Jaguar has lacked recently is “traditional luxury,” with attractive use of wood and leather. Special interiors are what used to help sell Jaguars over other, better, similarly priced cars.

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    Note to future self: when evaluating older used vehicles in search of a fun car in the year 2035, avoid Jaguars as they will all have dried, cracking or disintegrated sections on their steering wheels.


    2) I couldn’t agree more. JLR seems to have wanted to shake the old man image and become a “youthful sporty” brand. They went too far and lost the only value proposition that they had. Used to be the prettiest car on the tow truck. Now it is just another car on the tow truck.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This is totally unrelated to today’s show, but someone here might be able to answer a question. Who are the suppliers of electric power steering units, and is there a web site listing which OEMs use what suppliers?

    The reason I ask? A friend has a Hyundai Elantra hatch, and a Kia Cadenza. I’m not sure of the years, but both are 2010 or newer. Also, both had the same failure of a rubber coupler thing between the motor and the “works” of the electric power steering. Does Hyundai make their own, substandard units, or might one expect the same problem with a Toyota, Chevy, Ford, or whatever? Thanks for any info available.

  6. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Kit, I did a search for Hyundai electronic power steering and found some recalls; link:

  7. Phred Says:

    Nissan leaving Hong Kong, sounds like the original move was for a corporate “vacation office”, No Pedals or Steering Wheel?? think jumping out for your life when the car is “hacked”.

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Phred: The hacker would probably disable the doors so they couldn’t unlock/open at speed.

    The move back to Japan,kinda like Caddy moving out of nyc. I wish I had money to just flat out waste.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Interesting. That is a different problem, but likely the same steering gear. This is what my friend had with both of his cars:

    The issue is described at about 1:00-1:20 in the video.

  10. Kevin A Says:

    … followup from yesterday. English is what they speak in England. “Murican” is spoken in the US. :>

  11. Terry Quinn Says:

    I challenge the claim that a 350 kw charger is “nearly equivalent” to filling a gas tank. A friend of mine who is doing deep work for our company on electric drive for construction equipment, notes that to provide as much energy for filling an EV as you would for filling a gasoline car tank, would take 15 minutes with a 450 kW charger. With a 350 kW charger as mentioned in the article, that would be over 19 minutes. And that may not even be a full battery, since the charging rate must drop off when you get to 80% of battery capacity. 19 minutes (or more) is not even close to the 5 minutes it takes for putting in the necessary gasoline for a fill. Now maybe 19 or more minutes might be acceptable if you are going to pee out your previous soda and buy a new soda and wander around the store. But it isn’t equivalent to gasoline.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    350 kw would provide 58 kWh of charge in 10 minutes, if conversion efficiency is 100% (it’s not). Yeah, to be equivalent to filling a gas tank, you’d need to charge in about 5 minutes, so you’d need a 3/4 megawatt charger to do that for a Tesla Model 3. If you did that, though, your batteries would be destroyed after about one charge.

  13. Carl Says:

    LMAO at anyone that believes driverless vehicles will be a reality on the roads anytime in the next twenty years. The technology and roadwork infrastructure is not developed enough to accomplish this for a long time out.

  14. Carl Says:

    What happens to vehicles with [lame duck] pop out door handles [Honda E, Range Rovers] when it’s winter and the car gets covered in a sheet of ice?

    Maybe in the owners manual it suggests pouring some of your morning coffee on the door to thaw it out so you can get inside your car. ;-)

  15. Robley Melton, Jr. Says:

    Hope Nissan finally gets rid of Carlos; now how about those SORRY CVT transmissions next!!

  16. Larry D. Says:

    “A new study from UBS says that the autonomous taxi industry could be worth at least $2 trillion by 2030″

    And you believe it I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you at a great discount.

    Throw this worthless fortunetelling report in the same wastebasket you threw the reports with all the other ridiculous claims that never materialized. And remember Nuclear power has not resulted in free electricity for all yet, so you better pay your utility bill.