AD #3110 – VW To Dump ICEs in EU by 2035; Honda Names Electric SUV; Tesla Builds Own Supercomputer with NVIDIA

June 28th, 2021 at 11:44am

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Runtime: 9:58

0:07 Honda Names Electric SUV Prologue
0:54 VW To Dump All ICEs in EU by 2035
1:18 Renault To Get Big Battery Plant with Envision AESC
2:08 Nissan To Open Battery Plant in UK
3:05 Wards Predicts June Sales Will Fall
3:50 China Sees Sales Drop Because Of Chip Shortage
4:09 Tesla Builds Own Supercomputer with NVIDIA
6:20 Making Cars with Biomaterials
8:29 Don’t Dump Your Car Junk

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27 Comments to “AD #3110 – VW To Dump ICEs in EU by 2035; Honda Names Electric SUV; Tesla Builds Own Supercomputer with NVIDIA”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    Yea the chip shortage continues to affect us, Fairfax down until August now. That’s about 6 months its been shut down.

  2. wmb Says:

    You could see the right on the wall for VW and it dumping of ICE’s! The huge investment in BEV’s, then it was said that they would build their next gen ICE vehicles from their new EV platforms, which is the exact opposite of what some OEM’s are doing today! Now the audiencement that they are dumping all ICE vehicles, so others are not far behind.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    John; Really confused how just last Thursday you guys reported that Bloomberg expects used car prices to drop in the next couple weeks. Then today you say that new car prices will continue to rise with the chip shortage. So what would make anyone think used car prices are going to drop anytime soon? They seem to go hand in hand and either the Bloomberg guys are smoking some strong stuff or just are a bit out of touch.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    I haven’t watched last weeks AW but I wonder if they discussed the other properties of bio-material like flammability and longevity?
    I remember when they tried to go green on wiring using a soybean product for the insulation but found it attracted mice and they had issues with mice wanting to eat the coating off the wiring in cars.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    Good news from Stellantis- we had more than enough chips to build your Jeep. Bad news- it’s now under 4 feet of water

  6. DanaPointJohn Says:

    Honda had better ramp-up their BEV, hybrid and PHEV production. In the Prologue press release, Honda said about their electric vehicle presence “We haven’t been perceived as leaders in recent years…” Yep, very true.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Maybe Honda and Toyota are both doing “wait and see” with EVs, to see how the market will sort out. For now, I see them mainly as one vehicle for multi-vehicle households, used mainly for commuting and use within range of charging from home.

  8. Victor West Says:

    A lot of people in high rise apartments and very rural areas cannot use BEVs as their primary cars. No place or distance to recharge.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Exactly. That applies to me 7 months of the year. No place to charge at my FL condo.

  10. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    #9 sell condo buy a residential home that solves the problem.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I couldn’t afford a house 1/2 mile from the beach. Also, with the condo, I can just lock the door and leave, without having to arrange mowing, etc.

  12. Earl Says:

    Engine covers appear to be a thing of the past. Ford just did away with them on many models this year.

  13. Curtis Easter Says:

    Will electric vehicles need engine covers?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Engine covers never made sense in the first place. Isn’t that what the hood/bonnet is for?


    12) Agreed. I never liked engine covers in the first place. Just some bits of plastic you have to remove to do maintenance. I imagine that it is more environmentally friendly to not have a piece of plastic on the engine then it is to have this new material.


    13) They technically already have an engine cover in the front. They just call them a “frunk”. The plastic tub is there to both have extra storage and cover up the high voltage Electric Drive components. You don’t really want to risk someone accidentally doing something and electrocuting themselves. So win-win is to give both safety and functionality with a bit of plastic.


    10) Use to be a time when the car would fit into a persons lifestyle. I guess we are at the point with E-Drive where your lifestyle has to change dramatically just to have a car. Very interesting times.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17,10 Those of us who can’t charge them at home just aren’t buying EVs. In 25-30 years when new ICE cars will be harder to find, there will probably be “charge everywhere” infrastructure, or nearly so.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    12 Engine covers became popular with injectors that made a clicking noise that was difficult to mask. I’ve taken mine off and can hear the clicking but its pretty minimal. I suppose without it some people would complain. But with EVs they’ll be gone anyway.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    I agree and its pretty obvious that EVs have some shortcomings that make them an okay 2nd vehicle for many homes. Until the charging times and infrastructure is in place they just don’t meet the needs for many as their primary only vehicle. Which is why 25% of Californians go back to ICE after owning a EV. Those shortcomings are a hassle. Within a few years or a decade or two that will probably all change. But until then they work for a percentage of what people need a car to do.

    Which is why I think its crazy that analysts talk like EV sales as if they will completely replace ICEs. They only appeal to a small percentage of customers that have access to charging locations at their home. Their cost limits many consumers and for most it needs to be a second car leaving them 1/2 their vehicles still ICE for traveling.
    Mark my words many of the automakers that claim to stop making ICE by 2030 or 2035 will backtrack and be making them far longer unless we have a huge change in battery technology in the next 5 years.

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    20 was in reference to #7

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 I don’t have data, but I suspect a lot of those 25% in California going from EVs back to ICE cars live in apartments without home charging and bought EVs, thinking that public charging would serve their purposes, and found that not to be the case.


    22) A report I read a while back actually stated that as the number 1 reason for switching back to an ICE/Hybrid.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 Thanks for the info. I suspected it, but hadn’t read it.

  25. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 Sorry I’m pretty sure the article I read said 25% but here is one that states its only 20% which is still high but the reasons are infrastructure.

  26. Sean Wagner Says:

    25 Thumbs up for being precise! It’s what I remember too from diverse articles wafting about the web.

    In the same vein, Bloomberg Hyperdrive featured an article about the Chinese city Liuzhou where many [?] of the popular miniature EVs are manufactured, and that expressly set out to hasten their adoption. Very interesting! Those things are beyond cute (though a Daihatsu Capuccino still takes the frosted cake).

    I don’t think they found an answer to the apartment-charging conundrum either, but 30’000 charging points isn’t anything to be sneered at (in a city of nearly 4 million…).


  27. Sean Wagner Says:

    Addendum, quote: almost 30% of the cars sold in Liuzhou last year were electric