AD #2775 – Tesla Could Use Cobalt Free Batteries; Swedish Road Design Reduces Accidents; New Ford Bronco Details

February 18th, 2020 at 11:39am

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Runtime: 8:02

0:07 Tesla in Talks with CATL for Cobalt Free Batteries in China
0:34 Tesla Unlocking More Range for Model S & X
1:12 Nissan CEO Hopes to Calm Shareholders
2:33 Swedish Road Design Reduces Accidents
3:34 Ride Hailing Reduces Serious Accidents
4:09 New Details on Baby & Big Ford Bronco
5:04 Daimler Expands Autonomous Semi Tests in U.S.
5:48 Audi Tests 5G in Vehicle Production
6:36 Citroen Updates Popular C3

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30 Comments to “AD #2775 – Tesla Could Use Cobalt Free Batteries; Swedish Road Design Reduces Accidents; New Ford Bronco Details”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    The alternate passing lanes proposed for use in Sweden is a very good idea, however, it is hardly new. Perhaps a more widespread use of this system is the real news here. Here, in South Carolina, there was this very system used between Charleston and Southpoint, South Carolina (terminus to getting onto I-95). This worked well (but eventually this road SC17 was widened to four lanes and made the enhancement just a stop-gap measure). Still it worked well when instituted.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    “…Why such enthusiasm for EVs when they make up such a tiny proportion of sales? One word: Tesla. The automaker sold 271,194 all-electric Model 3 sedans last year in the U.S., easily outpacing the combined tally of the two most popular Lower Luxury models, the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class….”

  3. Larry D. Says:

    Nissan. What can a major automaker do after it gets a bad name as a maker of junk? Unreliable, poorly made, poor quality vehicles barely cheaper than the Hondas and Toyotas they compete with, the darling of the Rental Fleets Nissan?

    There is a proverb in the old country, “Tis better to lose your eye than your good name”.

    What can Nissan do now? Sell in 4th world markets like India? Even the Indians hate cheap junk, why did the Tata Nano, made by them to boot, fail so miserably?

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 I’ve seen alternate passing lanes over the years, mostly in Tennessee in hilly areas, but there were/are only lane makings telling who has the “extra” lane, no physical barriers. Then, mainly before I was driving, there were 3rd “suicide” passing lanes, but not marked for either direction.

  5. Larry D. Says:

    I have a ton of die cast cars but the ‘offer’ by Citroen is a total RIPOFF.

    You mention they go from 5 to 43 Euros, but you don’t mention their scale.

    They are 1/43 to 1/64.

    43 Euros is $50+ and gets you more than two 1/18 scale models with far more detail and accuracy than these POS, and with 4 opening features or even 6 (doors, trunk, hood).

    What a ripoff!

  6. ChuckGrenci Says:

    4, Good point Kit, the lanes I was referring to didn’t have lane dividers, however, there were signs telling the intrepid that a passing zone was X miles ahead so it did keep the two-lane (passing zone) drivers a little cooler knowing they could more easily pass if they waited just a couple minutes or so.

    On to other things; all I’ve seen on the new Bronco looked kind-of not appealing in the looks department. Some spy shots look like the new Broncho will have retro-looks (good or bad I don’t know) but boxy for sure.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It sounds like the Bronco will intend to compete with Jeep Wrangler, with an available two door, and removable top, etc. Then, they will dilute whatever value the Bronco name has, with a Bronco Sport based on the Escape. Maybe all future Ford cars will be called Mustang, and all future Ford CUV/SUVs will be called Bronco.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    Living in Quebec in the ’70s we had lots of suicide lanes for passing. Speeds were incredible and so much depended on playing chicken. Amazing you can survive your youth.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I remember the suicide lanes mainly from before I was driving, in the mid-1950s, when we took my first trip from Indiana to Florida. Many of the cars would have had 0-60 times of around 20 seconds, with crappy brakes and handling to match. Now, people whine about 0-60 times of 8 seconds being slow, and don’t realize how well today’s cars handle and brake compared to cars of the ’50s and ’60s.

  10. merv Says:

    those ford bronco numbers seem to be very optimistic,but I hope they sell that many. the ranger sales here in western Canada are very low from what i see on the road,not sure if they are reaching the numbers ford was hoping for.

  11. cwolf Says:

    When I drove the Ohio turnpike every day, the same stretch was under construction every year for the many I drove. So I guess one could say they too utilized alternate passing lanes but they were anywhere from 5 to 20 miles apart. Unfortunately the passing lane was no faster because there was always a few butt head semi’s in the passing lane. More than once I wanted to shoot those SOB’s.

  12. cwolf Says:

    2) Larry…. who gives a rats A$$!,,,

  13. TERRENCE Says:

    Sweden was just given a safety award from iRAP” “About 7 other countries have adopted the design, including Australia, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.” You can add the United States to the list. Missouri Department of Transportation has this arrangement on U.S. 63, which runs from the top to the bottom of the state. In the more hilly areas they have added a third lane as you described in the article. It been that way for many years. “U.S.A.”!!!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Do they have barriers, or just yellow lines? The places I’ve seen the 3rd lane in the US just have lines.

  15. Roger T Says:

    It’s funny you (Sean) mentioned the idea of placing a bond for Carlos G to return to Japan. In my view if Nissan had half the sanity they need to get back on track they would bring Carlos to save the company… for a second time. They are still in much better shape now vs where they were in Datsun days; when they were saved for the first time.

  16. Bobby T Says:

    13, 14: Michigan too. M72 between Kalkaska and Traverse City. No physical barriers.

  17. Bob Aubertin Says:

    Oh by the way Sean,The Trans-Canada hi-way in the province of New Brunswick has been using this system for several years and it works just fine,however barriers would be an added safety feature.Oh, by the way the province of Quebec have a few of these roads, however they are suicidal, hence the barrier system would be a tremendous benefit for Quebec drivers.Thanks

  18. Larry D. Says:

    12, 2 Obviously, YOU DO!! HAHAHAHA

    You have been proven wrong every day the last 365 days and yet you keep trying.

    The very definition of insanity.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    Baby, baby light my fire

    Hope Kit was not test driving it at the time

  20. Larry D. Says:

    If this passes, CO will be the next state allowing Direct EV sales, bypassing dealers.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 It was in a garage in South Florida.

  22. Larry D. Says:

    21 Yesterday I got two letters from Merc, (one for each of mine) a recall about the sunroof. Sounds very minor, should read the details more carefully. Curious how they will respond to the car that is overseas. Must be only the third recall in any of my cars the last 40+ years, I remember one for the Pontiac and one for the Accord, and none for the 740

  23. Larry D. Says:

    22 However they don’t have the parts yet so they say they will send another letter when they do, to take it to get fixed. Both my sunroofs work fine and I’m not sure if it is a good idea to let them mess with them.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 Did they say what the problem was? If it’s rain water going where it shouldn’t, I’d want to get them looked at, but if it’s mechanical function, and they seem to work fine, I’d probably rather leave well enough alone. If it’s switches, there shouldn’t be much risk from doing the recall.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I read that Bill Gates bought a Porsche Taycan. He should probably park it outside, until more is known about that fire a Florida, and what caused it.

  26. Larry D. Says:

    24 Yes, something about the adhesives, possibly the sunroof could fly off and hit another car, bike or pedestrians.

    Stranger things have happened. In an earthquake overseas back in 1999, a relative of a colleague was riding his bike in the middle of the street and was killed by a piece of masonry that fell off a building.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    It’s a big recall, affects more than 750k cars, not all E class, various models. Apparently it started oi Jan 5, 2020

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 I wonder if other brands will, or should be affected. Most sunroof mechanisms look so much alike, that there might be only two or three companies in the world making them.

  29. Larry D. Says:

    28 My 740 sunroof had problems when the 98 became 18 years old or so, but it just had to do with the fabric-lining inside the sunroof, the panel that shuts the sun out, the fabric would get in the way and jam it, so I stopped using it in its last year or two before I donated the car. The motors worked fine, and there were never any rain etc leaks, in all 3 cars with sunroofs I had.

  30. Brett Cammack Says:


    Anyone ever encounter any Depression era roads remaining in the Midwest? One lane of asphalt square in the middle and half a lane of gravel on either side.

    You drove in the middle until encountering oncoming traffic and you both shifted to your right to straddle the asphalt/gravel.