AD #2884 – Lucid Motors Shares ADAS Details; GM Earnings Beat Analyst Expectations; Charge Your EV For Free

July 29th, 2020 at 11:46am

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Runtime: 9:34

0:08 GM Earnings Beat Analyst Expectations
1:07 Hertz to Drastically Cut Its Fleet
1:47 Levandowski Faces Prison Term
2:59 Continental Using Supercomputer to Develop AI
3:48 Lucid Motors Shares ADAS Details
4:32 Hyundai Veloster N Updates
5:27 GM Wants to Maintain Presence in Australia
6:02 Charge Your EV For Free
7:47 What Kind of Truck Is This?
8:17 Ford Updates NAV System for Off-Roading

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31 Comments to “AD #2884 – Lucid Motors Shares ADAS Details; GM Earnings Beat Analyst Expectations; Charge Your EV For Free”

  1. Robert J Viall Says:

    Looks like a early 40′s Chevrolet Truck chassis used as a tow truck.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    I would say that Andrews business model is solid. Makes way more sense to have charging stations at the facilities you frequent. If the business offers free charging that would certainly attract EV owners. Will certainly change the way we look at refueling. It could make a gas car seem less convenient than an EV. Why go out of your way to get gas when you can just get charged where you were already heading.

  3. Dale Leonard Says:

    Appears to be a 1938 or 39 Chevy or GMC to me.

  4. Sam Fiorani Says:

    The truck looks like a 1941 Chevrolet. The lack of trim along the hood differentiates it from the very similar 1942 model. It is also similar to the ’41 GMC, which would have a “General Motors Truck” badge where the side hood louvers are on the Chevrolet.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That is a nice, really sharp picture of the truck.

  6. kevin a Says:

    … so why don’t the Aussie GM dealers approach Peugeot? The ‘Opels’ that Peugeot makes are very close to what Holden used to sell anyway.

  7. Roger T Says:

    so the point is to use the model used by Whole Foods, i.e. charge for free but slowly. Only novelty would be if chargers reliably work, unlike those currently in service.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6. That might get complicated, given the existing Peugeot and Citroen dealers in Australia.


    Charge at your destination is great for charger sales LOL.

    Obviously it will not be at your local convenience store or other location where you are going to spend 5 minutes. It will need to be at a location where you are going to be there for 30 minutes or more. It would be ideal to pair it with inductive charging so that the connection point is passive. Then just have a simple question appear on your infotainment screen asking if you want to begin charging at whatever rate is applicable to where you are at. I could see that working.

    I would get annoyed plugging and unplugging charger cables all day long every day though. Then dealing with the hassle of parking at a charger which has damaged cables or otherwise not functioning and trying to find another open spot where the equipment is functioning. That would be worse then spending 5 minutes at a gas station once a week which have never been “out of the way” as this story claims for me.

  10. Drew Says:

    I know such charging cycles are bad for lead acid and NiCad battery life/memory. Are today’s EV/PHEV completely immune?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Back when I went to restaurants, until sometime in March, that “free” charging would have worked well for me, with the ability to get a few miles of charge while I was there. Still, for me to be interested in an EV, I need to be able to charge at home. When/if the Tesla Supercharger that has been “coming soon” for about two years arrives ~13 miles from my place in Florida, I’d be able get equivalent to a half tank of gas, with a 50 minute round trip to a place I wouldn’t normally go. Five minutes at a gas station on the way to where I’m going anyway is much more convenient.

    I suppose inductive charging will become “the thing,” even though it would probably convert an extra 10 percent or so of the power to heat. People are lazy. I’d probably get tired of plugging in cables too, if I plugged and unplugged them five times a day, like if I wanted to get a few hundred feet worth of free electricity while getting a cup of coffee at 7-11.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10. Of what I read about lithium batteries, to make them last a long time, you don’t want to charge them full or run them low. Lead-acid batteries like being fully charged all the time, not what happens in most uses, except the most common, cranking ICEs.

  13. Wim van Acker Says:

    Sean, “GM EARNINGS BEAT ANALYST EXPECTATIONS”: literally yesterday you told us that the Q2 figures would be grim. What was the basis for yesterday’s story?

  14. Wim van Acker Says:

    Sean, “GM EARNINGS BEAT ANALYST EXPECTATIONS”: literally yesterday you told us that the Q2 figures would be grim. What was the basis for yesterday’s story?

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    As I thumb type this note, I’m charging free at Whole Foods at 22 mi/hr. Dog mode is keeping the puppies at 75F. After getting groceries, I’m enjoying a beverage. Soon Autopilot will drive us home.

    FYI, in addition to the built in top and bottom traction battery limits, I normally charge to 67%, 157 miles which is enough to reach Superchargers North, East, South, and West. For more technical details, read about SEI and LiON.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Do all Whole Foods locations have chargers like that? Not that it matters much to me, as they don’t have any stores nearby, but I’m curious.


    Just as an aside. That Lucid Air vehicle with the angle of that photo looks like an old GM Epsilon platform concept car. I am remembering an old SAAB concept that looked like that. Probably something that looks different in person. It just looks kind of old to me.

  18. Larry D. Says:

    Earnings?? LOL. WHAT “Earnings”?

    “GM posts $758M Q2 loss “.

    GM lost three quarters of a BILLION in Q2 alone. A service provided to all our math challenged friends here.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    Speaking of math challenged, I came across a lame “millionaire” rerun where so-called celebrities (I had never heard of any one of them except for Paul Schaffer, former Letterman’s music guy) played for charity.

    They were truly pathetic, using valuable lifelines way early in the show, where the questions were Mickey-Mouse easy so that five year olds can get thewm right and stop crying.

    Even after they used a lifeline and (for example) the audience correctly did the math for them, they still did not believe the answer was right and quit instead of accepting it.

    To give you an example of hoe easy the math in those Qs was, one Q said, if you have ONE banknote of each of our banknotes with US presidents on them, how much $ would you have? And it gave four answers, so it was even easier than actually doing all the ‘math”, such as $36, $76, $126, $176.

    The math illiteracy of the average guy on the street is mind boggling, but can be explained by a Teacher;s union who adamantly refuses MERIT PAY (which we do have in all the Nation’s best Universities, which have no professor’s unions nor do they need them!) and the K-12 students learn NOTHING.

    It’s no coincidence that, despite spending HUGE amounts per Pupil, US K-12 is the joke fo the world, while our Universities, for more than 75 years now, have been, by far, the best in the world.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    11 You can still have a pure BEV in IN and charge it at home. And since you are in IN when the weather is warm, your range should be close or equal to the EPA range and not 30% less as in the winter.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    “Hertz will be allowed to “dispose of at least 182,521 lease vehicles” between now and the end of 2020. ”

    Bargain Hunters heads up. Wonder if private bidding at the auction is allowed or one has to be a dealer.

    NOT all these 182,000 cars will be joyless econoboxes, Hertz has some special rentals too, supercars etc.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Yeah, that is true, but I don’t want to spend that much money for a car I’d use only about 1/3 of the year.

  23. Wim van Acker Says:

    @18: analyst prediction was -$2.5 BB for Q2, it turned out $2 BB better than that. Hence the question to Sean about his base for his yesterdays prediction of a disastrous results.

  24. Wim van Acker Says:

    @19: our universities by far the best in the world?

    Yes, in teaching English, Political Sciences and Communication. Not in engineering, though. Or would you say that the research & development and engineering departments of BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Bentley, etc. are staffed with U.S.-trained engineers? And would you say that the vehicles developed and engineered by U.S.-trained engineers, such as Ford, GM and the likes are far superior to the aforementioned vehicles?

  25. Larry D. Says:

    24 ABSOLUTELY. Not sure if they will be so 50 years from now, but since the end of WW II, they ARE the best. WHat planet do you live in????? Have you seen which nation gets almost ALL the Science NOBEL PRIZES EVERY YEAR????? Hellooo?

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24,25. For years, I’ve heard that the U.S., overall, had the best post grad programs in science and engineering, but not necessarily the best undergrad programs. Of course, the U.S. is far behind Germany and probably other European countries in training skilled technicians and craftsmen.

    I just looked at the list of recent Nobel winners in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine/Physiology, and there are a lot of Europeans, probably more than Americans over the last few years. Of course, some of the awards are shared between people from different countries and continents.

  27. Bob Wilson Says:

    With some exceptions, Whole Foods has free 208 VAC charging. We use PlugShare to make sure they are operational. But they are so slow, they play no role in cross country trips.

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    19 I’m not sure what the purpose or relation to automotive this post even has. You start with “speaking of math” which no one was but you. It was a continuation of your arrogant comment from 18. Just more patting of your own back. Everyone already knows that celebrity jeopardy or Millionaire or whatever show always throws them softball questions. They’re actors not academics. Many dropped out of HS to pursue their acting career.

  29. ChuckGrenci Says:

    19, And I had to look it up: the correct answer isn’t given as it is 78 dollars. The one, two, five, twenty and fifty (Hamilton on the ten and Franklin on the hundred, not presidents).

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29. I kind of remembered that Hamilton was on the ten, but wasn’t sure, since cash is almost obsolete, and I rarely see it. I didn’t know if a president or non-president was on the two or hundred dollar bills. Looking it up, I find that Jefferson is on the two, and Franklin on the hundred. I somehow know that Grant is on the fifty, even though I rarely used them, ever.

  31. Wim van Acker Says:

    @25: No. Try to have facts instead of your emotions rule your key board: