AD #3069 – Ford’s Q1 Impressive; Honda Reveals All-New Civic; GTX Adds AWD to the VW ID.4

April 29th, 2021 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 11:06

0:07 Ford Posts Impressive Q1
0:59 Toyota Expanding Its Indiana Plant
1:51 Daimler & Volvo Name Fuel Cell JV cellcentric
3:15 Honda Reveals All-New Civic
4:24 GTX Adds AWD to the VW ID.4
5:30 Huawei in Talks to Buy Chinese EV Company
7:17 Strategy Suppliers Should Take in EV Transition
9:17 GM Trying to Make Charging Easier

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27 Comments to “AD #3069 – Ford’s Q1 Impressive; Honda Reveals All-New Civic; GTX Adds AWD to the VW ID.4”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is VW paying FCA for the use of the GTX name? The GTX was the ultimate Plymouth “muscle car” from 1967-1971, with the 440 wedge and 426 hemi as the only available engines.


    @Kit…”Stellantis or VW” don’t have a clue what the GTX was. There both 21st century electrical appliance makers now…LOL

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    1) Trademarks have a 10 year protection span and need renewed. I doubt FCA has kept up on protecting old Plymouth trim levels.

    As more and more EV charging stations are launched I hope they address the way which they will be used and how the pass off to the next person in line is managed. Seems silly that for now all charging stations seem to be installed at a parking spot allowing for only a single vehicle with no trailer and no way for anyone to place their vehicle in position to be next like at a gas pump.. So as more and more EVs hit the road and jockey for a charger it will become more important on how this will be handled.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Yeah, true

  5. cozy cole Says:

    Just got my May issue of car n driver. Page 57, interesting article about their long term test of a Tesla model 3. They are not getting free super charging with unit, so they did some math and came up with on a super charger rate for the electricity equivalent of a gallonn of gas.. $9.00 per gallon.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 I saw that. EVs, even Teslas, are not good for road trips, even if you don’t mind the frequent stops.

  7. cozy cole Says:

    Was at my Mazda dealer yesterday for my first oil change and Pa. inspection etc. So I walked their lot. Wow, got the car last May and now there is at least 2/3 of new cars not there. Same with the VW side of their business. I did not realize the ID4 was that big. they had 2 there at approx 47K each. They did have 16 VW Atlas suv’s, now are really BIG .Car n Driver page 20 also has a article about the chip shortage. List all the paused production. Ford F150 was first on the list.

  8. 1949view Says:

    Am surprised by the extent of domestic dealer inventory drawdown I’m seeing this spring. Is it mainly due to chip shortages? Has any domestic OEM considering developing in-house, domestic manufacture of chips?

  9. Victor West Says:

    Cut inventory and increase profits. No discounting to move inventory.

  10. Sean Wagner Says:

    5 What’s an electric gallon? EVs are vastly more effective at converting stored energy into forward motion.

    In CA during the day, it’ll cost you 36$ to fully charge the latest Model S (which is not what superchargers are meant for), or very roughly 28$ for a Model 3 LR. Yes, it used to be a lot cheaper. Costs will also vary between locales, and there are penalties for overstaying.

    Home charging is another story.

    I have occasionally wondered why Tesla never started work on an autonomous beeline and the requisite ancillary equipment.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I suspect they mean ~33.7 kWh equals one gallon of gas, the direct conversion of the energy in a gallon of gas to kWh. Still, the operating cost for most Teslas would be fairly low. A Model 3 Long Range has efficiency of 134 MPGe. At $9.00 gallon equivalent, the cost per mile would be ~$.067, a little more than the ~$.059 for my Camry hybrid. Of course, the power to charge the Tesla would be much cheaper when charged at one’s home.

  12. Norm T Says:

    I only charge for free while shopping or dining in our 2018 Cadillac CT6 2.0E plug-in. But just driving 12 miles to work to charge for free or the 3-4 kW is .05 cents each.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 GM made silicon ICs for years, and I worked in that area at Delco Electronics, later part of Delphi. They are mostly, or completely out of that business now, as far as I know.

  14. GM Veteran Says:

    I find it satisfying that two of the titans of the semi-truck market have decided that Nikola was right and are now pursuing the same powertrain solution. So much for Elon’s “fool cell” prediction. I think at the time he was making those comments, Tesla was at the brink of financial collapse and they could not dedicate any resources to fuel cell development for their Semi. Even though Elon says it will be great for long haul freight business, I think the market will vote for fuel cell power for the long haul business and EV semi trucks for short haul – just as Milton foresaw six years ago.

  15. cwolf Says:

    Interesting write-up on elecctric car owners going back to gas:

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 When hydrogen produced using renewable power is available at every truck stop on the interstates, fuel cell over-the-road trucks will make sense.

  17. cwolf Says:

    If the president is adamant about returning jobs to the U.S., I wonder if he is aware GM is going to make EV’s in Mexico. I think they will have 4 plants curently in the U.S. but why not 5?

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 That’s not surprising, if people with no home charging access are buying EVs. If restaurants had charging available, that would change things, but where I am, they don’t have charging.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17. Assembly location is what people notice, no matter where the parts come from. For local consumption, US assembly is clearly better than Mexican assembly with the same total US content. In other ways, though, Mexican assemly is good, because it avoids trade wars, if vehicles will be sold globally.

  20. cwolf Says:

    18. I’m not certain restaurants could afford charging stations or no more than a few. Besides, most people who eat out don’t travel far from home so charging is not an issue.
    I think getting women turned on to electrics will take some time and gaining their acceptance will be an important key to success.
    I know my biggest issue, and I am not alone, is I will never buy a Chinese owned vehicle.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 I, too, am unlikely to buy a Chinese vehicle, as long as I have a choice. With some things, though, like phones, computers, and TVs, there is little, or no choice.

    With restaurants, if a place I spend two hours had level 2 charging, I could go there every other day and get the charging I need for my normal driving. Yeah, a restaurant wouldn’t get their money’s worth by offering that. The bottom line is that, in the US, ability to charge at home makes EVs very practical as a commuter car for a lot of people, but EVs don’t work for many in apartments, and they don’t work well for anyone wanting to make good time on highway trips.

  22. cwolf Says:

    Tesla made a good portion of its profits off of Bitcoin, but they may have to pay taxes on the profits in the days ahead.
    If I understand the meeting I had with our advisor, Bitcoin is not a currency. It is considered like a traded stock and the govt is moving in the direction to tax investor profits as such, including prior years profits.
    I know many investors who made a killing on their stock think it is on-going, but the risk factor just might sink their boat if they become too nearsighted.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Isn’t bitcoin kind of like Enron stock?

  24. Sean Wagner Says:

    BITCOIN could be a mania and a trusted tradeable token all at once.

  25. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 They may have already passed whatever was needed to tax bitcoin. I waited until right around the 15th to do my taxes not knowing it was extended until May but anyway I didn’t want to do a revision and they were still making changes like not having to pay taxes on unemployment this year. I did my taxes using TurboTax and as I was going through income it did ask if I made any money with crypto currency. But they also ask if I bought anything online and not pay state tax. Which to me is idiotic. If they want online products taxed then make the seller charge the tax at time of purchase don’t expect me to keep track and do their job just to pay more tax.

  26. Lambo2015 Says:

    15 Dead on and pretty much what I would expect. I’ve said many times that just adding EV charging stations isn’t going to help gain acceptance of EVs like everyone thinks. I know for me personally I wouldn’t want one and wont buy one unless I can charge at home. It wouldn’t matter to me if there was 15 public charging stations within a 1/4 mile of my home. If I cant charge at home I’m not interested. The charging in general takes too long to make plans to spend 20 min to hours at some location every day to fill up. Just not going to happen and sounds very inconvenient. It may be different for some few inner city dwellers that can find plenty of charging locations but I’m betting for the vast majority of buyers without home charging they’ll stay with their ICE or maybe a PHEV.
    Which brings me back to the same problem of upgrading consumers homes to provide a level 2 charger. I would do it myself but for the vast majority of people that requires hiring an electrician to add a 220V outlet somewhere where they park their car. That will likely be $1000 if they have the open spots in their electrical panel. If not that cost could easily double or triple. And that’s not including the cost of the charger.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 I’m surprised that arrangements haven’t been made among the states to universally collect sales tax for on-line orders.