AD #3044 – Tesla Fights for EV Credits; 3D Printer Waste Turned Into Fuel Clips; GM’s BrightDrop Claims Big Benefits

March 25th, 2021 at 11:54am

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Runtime: 10:17

0:07 Tesla Fights for EV Credits
0:48 Ford Donates $100K in Unused Leather
1:36 Ford’s Massive Turbine Semi Found
3:17 3D Printer Waste Turned Into Fuel Clips
4:02 Bentley Reveals Performance Continental GT
4:57 Toyota Invests in AV Delivery Startup Nuro
6:11 How BorgWarner Will Transition to EV Tech
7:26 GM’s BrightDrop Claims Cost & Efficiency Gains
8:21 Benchmarking Competitors Can Make You Fall Behind

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22 Comments to “AD #3044 – Tesla Fights for EV Credits; 3D Printer Waste Turned Into Fuel Clips; GM’s BrightDrop Claims Big Benefits”

  1. Kevin A Says:

    Sean, If Tesla wants the EV credits to continue to have value, maybe the question to ask is “which manufacturer has the fewest, or no, future EV plans.” Do you know who they are? Whoever they are, Tesla should consider buying them, just for the EV credit value alone.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Yeah I could see where 1.5 Billion would make you want tighter emissions. For the greater good or for your bottom line? Guess Tesla better start preparing for when this government induced windfall goes away.

    Sean 20k for a tractor is a little high but I believe the average weight is around 15k.
    I really expected to see more vehicles like the Nuro to use autonomy and BEVs.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    When benchmarking I wonder if they take into consideration that continued 2% growth of a vehicle and how it affects other models.
    So many examples of Ford and GM growing a model until it takes over the sales of the larger model. Like how GM kept making the Malibu and CTS larger with each refresh until they basically killed the STS and Impala.
    They have a bad habit of starting with Small Med and Large and grow the Small and Med until your left with nothing but Med and Large.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    A business plan that includes a heavy reliance on a government incentive program is a very poor concept. A company should be able to make a profit on building and selling its products. Government incentive programs that provide an additional revenue stream should be incremental profit, not a core source of revenue. They are much too subject to the whims of political change.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    I still say GM is making a big mistake in not making BrightDrop an elective franchise option for GMC dealers. In many cases, the customers BrightDrop will serve were likely customers of GMC medium duty truck dealers in the past when GMC had a lineup of four separate medium duty trucks. They sold an awful lot of small turbodiesel cab forward delivery trucks. The fulfilled the same mission as the new BrightDrop trucks.

    Not only that, but many of those dealerships already have the proper type of lifts and ceiling height necessary to service these vehicles, and the technicians that have already had electrical service training for the Hummer EV and previous GMC and Buick hybrid vehicles.

  6. ArtG Says:

    “Uforia” Seriously?

  7. Charles F Says:

    Isn’t “uforia” what you get after a close encounter? By the way, the proper word is “euphoria”; I used to be a proof-reader, so this is me being picky! :)

  8. John McElroy Says:

    #5. GMC and Chevrolet dealers can apply for the Brightdrop franchise.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6,7 I thought it was “youfouria.”

  10. rick Says:

    ford making fuel clips out of 3D printer waste? they need to be 3D printing some bronco tops!

  11. rick Says:

    Frank Markus has good article today on motor trend,ford exploring prechamber ignition technology, like maserati uses, on f-150. first ford that uses this technology, im a buyer.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 What are its virtues? Maseratis aren’t so great with efficiency.

  13. rick Says:

    they say 20% gain in fuel economy with mahle,s jet ignition pre-chamber ignition heads that are used on the maserati engine

  14. rick Says:

    dont quote me on this but if i remember correctly just the addition of those heads and turbos are good for extra 100 hp

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13,14 I’ll search for the articles when I get home.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11-15 I read three articles about it. Regarding the claims of 15% better efficiency, I’ll believe it when I see it. We will be hearing more, I’m sure.


    The Honda CVCC was a pre-chamber ignition system. Very crude because of the technology of that day; but it was a pre-chamber ignition. The Honda CVCC was considered pretty efficient for its day.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    11-16 When I was at Ford in the Global engine group over 6 years ago they were working on pre-ignition and valve lap and although you could get more power, emissions suffered. Maybe they have refined that process but like Kit said. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I missed AAH yesterday, and am watching it now. It is obvious that VW USA is telling “traditional” VW fans to go to hell, as they drop the Golf and Jetta wagon, and won’t sell the ID3 in the US. Meanwhile, they are going in the direction of selling nothing but CUVs in America. Maybe they will hit it big with ID4, etc., but they still need more dealers if they want to be a “mainstream” brand in the US.

  20. ChuckGrenci Says:

    @Kit, I don’t know the status of your C8 order but I found this youtube about ’21 orders. It is 15 minutes long, you can cut to the chase @ 2:25 but just having an order may not get you a car for ’21 unless it has been scheduled to be built, is ordered and falls within your dealer’s allocation, etc, etc. Just thought you might want to take a look.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Thanks for the info. I called the salesman a couple weeks ago, and my car isn’t scheduled. The order was within the dealer’s allocation, but with the shut downs of the plant, etc., who knows. I’ll check out the video.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20,21 I placed my order on September 18.