AD #2757 – Mercedes EQC Hurt by Battery Shortage; Cybertruck’s Paper Instrument Panel; GM Improves Trailer Braking

January 23rd, 2020 at 11:57am

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Runtime: 8:40

0:07 Mercedes Slashes EQC Production Due to Battery Shortage
0:52 Canada Slaps Volkswagen with Diesel Fine
1:26 Jeep & Suzuki Diesels Exceed EU Limits
1:49 Tesla Cybertruck’s Paper Instrument Panel
2:57 Disengagements Not a Good Way to Measure AVs
4:13 China’s AIWAYS Puts Pressure on European Automakers
6:01 Consumers Not Willing to Pay Much for Technology
6:45 Bridgestone Develops Airless Tire for Commercial Trucks
7:27 GM Concept Improves Trailer Braking

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32 Comments to “AD #2757 – Mercedes EQC Hurt by Battery Shortage; Cybertruck’s Paper Instrument Panel; GM Improves Trailer Braking”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    “European OEMs need to rush to the market with their EVs before the Chinese can gain a foothold.”

    Forget the Chinese. They need to rush before Almighty Tesla starts turning out another 500,000 a year from its planned and approved Berlin-Brandenburg plant in former East Germany.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    “Cruise also believes in being polite to other drivers, so their drivers will disengage if another driver is aggressive or confused by the AV”

    I am not sure if this will make things better. We aready know that AVs can only work under IDEAL weather and traffic conditions.

    What the Cruise type thinks is polite, an impatient Human driver behind the AV (which religiously obeys the speed limit, EVEN if it is stuck on the Left (ie PASSING, auto illiterates!) Lane, will soon show his road rage by tailgating the stupid AV and putting its impotent passengers in grave danger. What will the wise AV computer brain do in that all too frequent situation? No matter what, it is a recipe for DISASTER.

  3. Brett Cammack Says:

    Surge brakes with an electromechanical lockout for reversing is still the best trailer brake solution. Negative feedback at it’s finest.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    1 PS and while Brussels can deal with the Chinese the way it knows for decades now, by imposing more and higher tariffs on their imports under some lame excuse (European Tariffs and other protectionist measuresmake Trump’s real or threatened tariffs look like kindergarten stuff), Brussels will be 100% impotent to do so to any of the 500,000 Teslas that will roll annually from its Berlin plant. Unless of course we have a new Grexit, this time not of Greece but of GERMANY, from the EC, which will also mean the end of this most uncompetitive, protectionist racket, the EU.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Paper instrument panel sounds great for the weight and cost advantage but what about durability?

    Bridgestone airless tire sounds promising. I would imagine many people in the RV industry would like that too. Nothing can ruin a vacation than to be dealing with flat tires.
    I wonder if they get flat spots when they sit for long periods.

  6. ChuckGrenci Says:

    A little more on the E-boost braking system: in simpler form, it is like anti-lock braking for trailers and won’t come from GM but will come from the trailer manufacturers (GM is looking for partnerships/alliances to offer this braking). To maximize this type system grippier tires and a black box is required for the integration and maximization of performance. Cost was not announced (and may be a hindrance to acceptance) but if implemented could be a boon to towing those larger loads.

  7. Bob White Says:

    China will dominate the electric car market because they control the electronic supply chain as well as 95% of the rare earth metals. They have planned for this and are now in the driver’s seat.

    The special status they have given Tesla will allow them to obtain any advantages the company has and disseminate them throughout their industry and solidly beat all competitors at their own game. Exactly how they have being doing it to their chosen targeted industries by their state owned enterprises as well as their native companies.

  8. Lex Says:

    It sounds like LG Chem (a Korean Company) is feeling pressure from China and starving MB out of meeting it’s EV production goals to satisfy the EU Aristocrats in Brussels. The EU fines will further weaken MB, so that the Tycoons of Chinese Auto Companies can grab up more MB stock and take them over, IMHO. The Chinese master plan is “If you can not beat them buy them!”
    Chinese R&D = Recycle the competitions ideas and Distribute to the world at a lower price.

  9. Lex Says:

    I would suggest that if the EU wants to give the UK a rough time over Brexist, when President Trump and the US Congress should offer to the UK to join USMCA Trade Agreement. This would strengthen bonds between all four nations, and tell the Aristocrats in Brussels to watch out for the Big Russian Bear who might eat their lunch.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    7 Well said Bob! Yet in an effort to grab a buck right here and now we continue to sell our souls with no regard for the long term affects. Its like watching a real live game of Monopoly play out. If you haven’t played, the person who buys all the property typically wins the game.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    7 No. Because in the case of Tesla, it is the ONLY foreign company that the Commies in Beijing did not require to form a 50-50 partnership with a Chinese outfit so they can steal their secrets. Maybe this is why they also made Musk an honorary Chinese Citizen, to circumvent their own laws on this. The 500,000 a year Shanghai Gigafactory will be 100% Tesla-owned.

  12. Bob Wilson Says:

    In light of the “After Hours” program today:

    Given complaints about the high EV purchase price, favorable leasing options might be a break-through approach:

    1) The car will be maintained to avoid turn-in penalties.
    2) The ‘like new’, end-of-lease car will have affordable purchase price.

    In effect, the first owner, leaser will have covered the initial depreciation. The second owner will get a great EV car at a great price. Perhaps add an extra year of warranty and everyone wins.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 The UK might be more likely to want to join TPP 2.0, which includes Commonwealth countries Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore.

  14. merv Says:

    airless bicycle tires made there debut about 25 years ago for road bikes. they were green and were made out of what appeared to be some sort of high density foam,and fit a regular bike rim. they had a fairly high rolling resistance so never caught on.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    12 The real problem of much higher than their ICE peers BEV prices existed ONLY until the arrival of the base Model 3. The Model 3 is actually CHEAPER than ICE cars of the same performance and size, ie the 3 Series and its many rivals.

    This is why the Model 3 sells 10 times what even other successful Tesla models sell, like the S and the X, and also 10 times what the various loser BEVs from ‘established’ makers cost, compliance vehicles made at a loss for the most part, and still twice as expensive as their ICE twins.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    13 the 4 economies you mention are all tiny, even Canada, in comparison to the UK, much less to the US or China.

    The UK has its Commonwealth and also very strong ties with the US, as proven in WW II, where we literally saved their butts.

    IF the UK could convince INDIA, which has practically the same population as CHina (in a few years it will surpass China’s population, if they don’t get serious) to become another China, they can tell the EU and even everybody else to go to hell. But this is not likely.

    So the UK’s best bet is the USA.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    Looking forward to today’s AAH. The best AAHs are when there are no guests except the knowledgeable panel members and no peddlers of the latest Kia or Lincoln Breadvan or something.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Japan is also part of the TPP agreement. Additionally, the UK has expressed actual interest in joining TPP, but not NAFTA, from what I’ve read, but as this article says, “it’s complicated.”

  19. cwolf Says:

    I think it best for the EU and U.K. to put a hold one CO2 standards until they resolve the problem. The Europeans could never sell enough EVs to make a difference, so the China threats are a moot point. They don’t have ample charging stations and, more importantly, not one battery manufacturer in Europe.
    CO 2 emissions have been on the increase because people are buying more gas vehicles than diesels, which produce less CO2. Maybe keeping diesels more available for now isn’t such a bad idea.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Europe can’t sell enough EVs to help CO2 emissions much, but they might sell enough to clean up the air in the big cities, especially if the EVs replace dirty diesels.

    Europeans need to buy more hybrids, but they never really caught on there. Maybe it’s because the local companies don’t make them, or at least don’t make the better ones.

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    “Daimler faces a fine of over $1 billion if it doesn’t reach its goals”. So does anyone think Daimler will just absorb such fines? Of course not it gets passed onto the consumer. So while people keep complaining about the rising cost of cars remember when you force the manufacturers to produce cars that no one wants they have to prepare to pay fines in order to sell something.

    If they want to curb peoples appetite for the large trucks and SUVs make registration based on emissions. Stop forcing the manufacturers into a corner where the vehicles that sell don’t help them achieve regulatory goals. It basically costs us all as these fines are passed on to the consumer.

  22. cwolf Says:

    20). But my point is the Europeans may be putting the cart before the horse. They need to strengthen their economy and come up with a plan so their auto industry doesn’t collapse before they tighten emissions. They need to join the TPP or another to offset Trumps foolish tariffs threats.
    They have many plants in the US, employing hundreds of thousands of US workers. Wonder how they might use this to their advantage. Could they threaten Trump, in the election year, to possibly begin to close US plants and join other makers in other countries such as Canada and Mexico? Then they could rebrand and import others EVs to offset the China and Tesla problem.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 I suspect the transplant plants that export, like BMW and M-B, with their US plants being the only source for some of their SUVs are kind of waiting things out, and might move production south or north in the future, depending on things.

    The “mainstream” European companies, except maybe VW, don’t seem to be in a very strong position for the future.

  24. kelly Says:

    The revised set is much better. Background is still a touch busy but in all, more professional, crisper and more colorful.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    What’s funny in this picture? Today the CEO of VW brags that he will sell more BEVs than Tesla.

    It’s like the 12,000 elephant challenging the half-pound mouse.

    How the tables have turned in 5 short years.

  26. Larry D. Says:

    25 correction 12,000 lbs.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 Did the VW guy say when? VW probably will sell more within 4-5 years.

  28. Grant Anderson Says:

    Was that a mouse in the yellow bushes?

  29. Larry D. Says:

    27 Did not read the article, just the title, but you probably got it since it is in today’s AN or ANE.

    In 4-5 years the Berlin Tesla factory should be at full 500k/year production.

    If VW’s subcompact BEV is much cheaper than the Model 3, maybe.

  30. cwolf Says:

    Considering VW much larger sales volume they might have a chance if…..

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like VW should about tie Tesla in EV in 2025, if both remain “on schedule.”

  32. Larry D. Says:

    VW-owned Spanish SEAT had a BEV based on the sub-subcompact VW “UP!” car which is very practical and very cheap as an ICE and has clones in Skoda, SEAT etc. If I remember well, the price was in the 20s. (the ICE sold for $10k euros at first, a close friend bought and ICE one as a second car to their 2008 Golf). The “UP!” looks quite good and not cheap, is very tall-boxy so it can carry the max cargo and people for its tiny dimensions.