AD #3001 – Chip Shortage Dents Auto Production; Waymo CEO Criticizes Tesla FSD; Faraday Updates In-Car Software

January 25th, 2021 at 11:54am

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Runtime: 9:19

0:08 Chip Shortage Will Clobber Q1 Auto Production
0:50 TSMC To Prioritize Auto Chip Production
1:08 India Blocking GM’s Effort to Cease Operations
1:38 Tesla to Struggle in India Its First Few Years
2:23 Skoda Launches New Crossover for India
3:49 Faraday Future Updates In-Car Software
4:57 Scania Improves ICE Truck Efficiency
5:52 Boeing To Convert Fleet to Run on Biofuel
6:47 Waymo CEO Criticizes Tesla Full Self Driving Tech
7:52 Schaeffler Reaping Benefits From E-Motor Business
8:22 VW Still a Powerful Industrial Machine

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14 Comments to “AD #3001 – Chip Shortage Dents Auto Production; Waymo CEO Criticizes Tesla FSD; Faraday Updates In-Car Software”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    Good read by Kevin Cameron about ICE engines.

  2. ChuckGrenci Says:

    @1 Buzzard; thanks for the link; good article. It represents some of the benefits of electric that are just not so. Not that electric is bad; just that it is a little closer to ICE than the general banter suggests.

  3. Kevin A Says:

    Sean, just wondered if you could clarify what Boeing means by ‘biofuels’. A lot of so called biodiesel fuels being marketed are only 10% actual biofuel and 90% regular diesel. This is because in the past, most of the sources of biofuels had strict limits on how much could be produced. Recycling cooking oil or using peanut or corn oil relies on high volume low cost feedstocks that just don’t exist. Low cost is possible, but not at high volumes. Until that changes, real biofuel remains a dream

  4. Dave Says:

    @1Buzzerd Great article motorcycles will be last to be electrified until some great soul can bring a lot of fun back into biking and better battery technology which is true now since parts and technology has to be a lot lighter than automotive technology today

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 A few years ago, a kid I knew used biofuel in low volume for an older Mercedes diesel, used fryer oil from his parents’ restaurant. This was in Florida, and on unusually cold days, under 40F or so, it would coagulate but mixing some regular diesel fuel with it would take care of the problem. Yeah, the world’s supply of used fryer oil wouldn’t go very far in fueling airplanes.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1,4 Great article, with lots of information, and accurate information about efficiencies of steam vs diesel locomotives, efficiency of power plants, etc., things I have researched out of curiosity.

    As far as electric motorcycles, a couple years ago I test rode a Zero electric bike, and kind of liked it. It would actually work for most of the riding I normally do, rarely more than 30-40 miles from home where I could charge it when in Indiana in the summer. It would not be good for road trips, though, with less than 100 mile range at highway speed, and probably at least a half hour to charge.

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    Faraday Future seems more interested in developing automotive technology than in producing it. Not sure their vehicles will ever be available for sale. They were around before Lucid and Lucid will start delivering Air sedans next quarter to eager buyers. Faraday Future sold the plant they were building a couple of years ago and I am not aware of a new production site for their vehicle(s). They may be the Tucker of the EV age.

  8. cwolf Says:

    here is another article about experimental ship fuels that is causing engine damage:

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 That’s kind of strange. I’d expect low sulphur fuel to be easier on engines, being less corrosive, but the old fuel must provide lubricity that the new stuff doesn’t.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    8,9 The article mentions higher energy density. I’m wondering if there is excessive pressures involved that form these precipitated byproducts that are scuffing the cylinder walls. It, the article also mentioned that newer engines didn’t seem to be as prone to this occurrence but that with older engines, closer to overhaul, being the most at risk. I hope they work out these problems as these big (monster) diesels are some of the biggest polluters’ out there.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 The biggest issue with the extremely dirty “bunker oil” is when the ships are near port. For now, it might be good if they could use the cleaner stuff when they are near port, and use the old stuff when they were hundreds or thousands of miles from populated areas. They might need to install extra tanks, valves, etc. to do that.

  12. ChuckGrenci Says:

    8-11 I found an article from the Miami Herald that told me more than I probably wanted to know but was good information of what we are discussing. They mentioned maritime creates 3% of the world CO2 production (pretty big for one industry) and a lot of cruise ships are already required to use low sulfur fuel in port (or scrubbers in some locals). Link for a more in depth review of what we are discussing:

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Interesting article. Somehow, the idea of dumping scrubber water in the ocean anywhere near populated land doesn’t sound very good to me, but it looks like cruise ships are allowed to do that many places, like maybe where I am now. The ships have been gone from Port Canaveral for about 10 months, but I saw that one of the Disney ships was back a few days ago. I don’t know if they are running cruises yet.

  14. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I believe Disney has a tentative suspension of cruises till April and Carnival has announced no cruises out of Charleston, the same. And even these itinerary are plans, not for sure. I have a scheduled family cruise (Disney) for December; so hoping for some relief by then. My wife is immuno-compromised so it may still not be ‘a go’ for us even then.