AD #3066 – Ford Launches Mustang Mach-E GT; April Car Sales Expected to Be Strong; Volvo S90 Plug-In Impressions

April 26th, 2021 at 11:37am

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Runtime: 8:49

0:08 GM Pledges to Boost Black-Owned Media Advertising
0:50 Senators Propose to Exempt More Self-Driving Cars
1:47 Electric School Bus Conversion Proposed
3:41 U.S. April Car Sales Expected to Be Strong
4:23 Ford Launches Mustang Mach-E GT & GT Performance
4:59 First Edition Mach-E Customers Get Free Gift
5:14 Porsche Plans to Open EV Battery Plant
6:19 Volvo S90 Plug-In Hybrid Impressions

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19 Comments to “AD #3066 – Ford Launches Mustang Mach-E GT; April Car Sales Expected to Be Strong; Volvo S90 Plug-In Impressions”

  1. MJB Says:

    John, glad to see that spot your team developed advocating for the auto industry in light of their unmatched Covid response among other manufacturing segments! :)

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Id say that school busses are perfect candidates for EV application. Fairly low round trip miles and plenty of time to re-charge. I would think they could easily get by on a fairly small battery as most don’t need more than 100 mile range.

    Living in close proximity to the Motor City we are keenly aware of the chip shortage and the various assembly plants shutting down. However I really wonder if the rest of the country is as aware as we are? Its not like it has been breaking news. So are people really running out to buy cars for fear of not having a great selection in the coming months or is it more about using the recent stimulus checks and tax returns?

    Most EVs seem to be in that 60K range and for that reason I’m out.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just read a Car and Driver review of a VW ID.4, and they were not impressed. It struck their writers as an attempt to make an electric CR-V/RAV4, with similar dimensions, cabin space, and, uh, performance. Part of what people buy EVs for is performance, but the ID.4 didn’t deliver it, with the same 7.6 second 0-60 time as a CRV. Also, apparently the controls are seriously crappy, like a Tesla Model 3 or Y. The VW was quiet and comfortable, though.

    I’d rather the regulators not get in too much of a hurry putting underdeveloped autonomous vehicles on the road. I ride motorcycles, and if an EV sometimes can’t see an 18 wheeler, it’s a little scary to consider how well they might not see a motorcycle.

  4. cwolf Says:

    2) I’m not certain a 100 mile range is sufficient for a bus. The many stop/starts would drain the battery quicker, plus use of lights and heater. Winter weather would also reduce distance at least 30% or more. Drivers usually pick up kids in the morning and then after school. Many drivers take the bus home with them inbetween hours so charging would not be possible. Doubling the range might work.

  5. cwolf Says:

    I wonder if the senators wanting to put autonomous vehicles on the road don’t have some skin in the game or are recieving contributions.
    These vehicles are prime for quarries and amusement park situations but not on the public roads. I sure would like to see the track record of the test runs of taxis performed in cities before jumping the gun.

  6. ArtG Says:

    “They’re buying passenger sedans when a CUV or SUV isn’t available.”

    There’s some irony for you there. I’m looking at you, Ford.

  7. wmb Says:

    #3). I agree that there is a lot of emphasis on the rot rod performance of EV’s, which is very exciting to see, hear and read about (I see you Mustang Mach-E GT! Wink, wink!). Yet, the thing is, most people won’t use them that way and one of their biggest competition, outside of other EV’s, will be the best selling CUV/crossovers on the road today. I read that C&D ID 4 story too and while the interior appointments were regrettable (which is per for the course against its Model 3 and Y), the thought that rest of it matched the CR-V and the Rav4, VW may see that as a win. The hurdle that the ID 4 has to then get over is the big price point that it has over those two! A nicely equipped CR-V puts you in the high 20K ball park, with a fully equipped model in the low 30′s. With government incentives, a base ID 4 STARTS in the low 30K and the add-ons will move the needle considerably. Some may be willing to pay that if it had a zero to 60 time of about 3 seconds, but I think some may be hit with sticker shock. Personally, I’d rather have a Mustang Mach-E X4 for that kind of money, then the ID 4.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 The starting and stopping makes good use of the regen braking, but electrically heating a bus in the winter would take a huge amount of power. Maybe they could use gas or kerosene heaters, like were used in VW Beetles and Corvairs. Either that, or just not bother with heat. There was little heat in school buses when I rode them in the 1950s and 1960s.

  9. Mac Says:

    Interesting comments about the possible electrified school buses. In rural areas, routes can approach that 100 mile threshold fairly commonly. As far as the regenerative braking contribution to battery capacity, regen is most efficient over prolonged slowing. Accelerating to 40 – 50 mph repeatedly and then stopping will recapture at best 70% of the accelerative losses. I would think a mild-hybrid or serial hybrid application would be far more usable.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 C and D’s ID.4 was the 2wd version. The 4wd with the extra motor would be quicker, but would cost some range.

    It will be interesting to see how the VW sells, but for its price, you can get an Acura version of the CR-V, called RDX. I don’t know how much “better” the RDX is than the CR-V, but it’s a little quicker, though much thirstier, with premium recommended to boot.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Actually, a non-mild hybrid might be good for school buses, at least as an interim technology. A hybrid Camry or Accord gets almost twice the mph of non-hybrid 4 cylinder versions in CR’s rather severe “city” test, with lots of stops. A bus with a smaller diesel than they now use, and with a scaled up version of the Toyota or Honda hybrid systems should almost double the mpg of a bus.

  12. XA351GT Says:

    I’d be damned if Id let some outside interest influence who i used to in my business. If it were me I’d remove all of my advertising from those companies hat i was doing business with .What they are doing to GM amounts to extortion. Use these businesses or else. If you want my business then compete for it , earn it. All we hear about is equal this or that. How is this equal? Stacking the deck is hardly equal in my eyes. I don’t care who owns a business , if you want mine then you’d better be willing to do what is required to get it.

  13. dht Says:

    It’s not a VIN number – it’s a VIN.

  14. Jim Haines Says:

    Go woke go broke

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13. Is it MLB, or MLB baseball?

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    15 Now for a little latin.

    Is it A.M/P.M or “Ante Meridiem” and “Post Meridiem”.

    E.g. or “Exempli Gratia”, which means “Example given”.

    Etc. is short for “et cetera”, which means “and other things”.

    But to answer 13 and 15 its just VIN and MLB.


    Apparently to qualify for the AV exception, you have to show that your driverless car is as safe as any other car on the road today. So what exactly is the point of this technology if it can only be as safe as an average car driven by a human on the road today? Weren’t we promised that AV tech would reduce traffic incidents because they could react/adapt to situations faster then humans could?

    This will not have the intended effect of advancing AV. It will regress acceptance of AV tech substantially with every single report of an AV crash from these average ability driving cars.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Actually, I’ve heard the MLB Baseball is correct, because MLB is an organization, rather than being a “free standing” abbreviation/acronym like VIN. Still, to me, MLB, NFL, and NBA don’t need the name of the sport mentioned along with the abbreviation for the organization.

    17 If true autonomous driving becomes as safe as human driving, even if not safer, it would still provide the benefit of allowing you to sleep during your commute, and cheaper hired rides, since drivers wouldn’t be needed. It wouldn’t be so good for the millions of taxi/uber/lyft drivers, though.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    17 Ive said it here before but AV runs a huge risk of not being accepted if its rolled out too early. If they cannot develop the system to be almost perfect it could become considered dangerous and never accepted.
    People can and have accepted human error. Accident happen! We are not so willing to accept the same failure rates with technology. So AVs will need to preform better than humans by a long shot. Releasing it early or not completely developed runs the risk of ruining its reputation and even if they can get it to be very reliable and robust it will be too late and no one will trust the technology.

    Remember how much computers used to crash and lock up for no reason? They rarely do now but yet they still have the reputation and fear that makes people even reluctant of this Av technology from their early experiences with a home computer. It could take years to repair the damage they may do today.