AD #3230 – Tesla Sets Sales Record; Waymo Partners with Geely; Canadian Parts Industry Creates EV Concept

January 3rd, 2022 at 11:45am

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Runtime: 7:29

0:18 Tesla Sets Sales Record
1:06 Tesla Recalls Vehicles in U.S. & China
1:42 NYPD Adds Mustang Mach-E & Model 3 To Fleet
2:36 Canadian Parts Industry Creates Electric Concept Vehicle
3:52 Rivian Delays Models with Larger Battery Pack
4:38 Automakers Interested in Ford Plant in India
5:47 TuSimple Completes 1st Autonomous Test with No Human Driver
6:15 Waymo Partners with Geely

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10 Comments to “AD #3230 – Tesla Sets Sales Record; Waymo Partners with Geely; Canadian Parts Industry Creates EV Concept”

  1. MJB Says:

    That Rivian SUV (one of which I just happened to have passed on the road last week) bares some noticeable resemblance to the Jeep Wagoneer in the rear.

  2. Wim van Acker Says:

    @1 exactly what I thought while watching the segment

  3. wmb Says:

    I’m glad Tesla is hitting it’s stride with production And getting the metal out! Their success motivates other OEMs to do the same, just as their successes are a motivation for Tesla.

    The concept car shown in the story by a Canadian supplier, looks, to my eye, a lot like the Fisker Ocean (i think thatx the name). While the way the doors open is novel, like with the side doors on the Model X, are the way that vehicle doors open today the real problem? Do we need an SUV/CUV/crossover with mini-van like siding doors for the rear passenger AND the driver? I know this is a concept, but just a though.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Sliding doors are great, but it might be hard to do one for the driver, unless you had a passenger door only on the right side, like my 1989 van.

  5. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    4) Sliding doors for front seat access has been done before. The 1954 Kaiser Darren had such a feature. In more modern times though it was used on the 2004-2009 Peugot 1007 for front seat access. Both of these cars were not very successful not that we can blame this solely on the doors. I was not around in 1954 but I was around for the Peugot launch. A lot of talk about those sliding doors then and not a lot of it was positive. It is unique though.

    The new thing with this concept is a slider for both front and rear seat access. I haven’t seen that before. It looks to me like it may struggle to pass side impact requirements, at least in the USA. Perhaps they are getting a waiver by constricting it to low speed areas where a side impact would not be severe. Or they could be putting a huge load beam underneath the floor in that area for any side impact issues. Not really sure how they will pass that requirement. I guess time will tell.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Did the vehicles you mention have two sliding doors on the same side, or only a driver’s door on one side, and passenger door on the other?

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Grumman mail trucks have a sliding driver’s door, but no back door on the driver side.

  8. Drew Says:

    @5 – Super/Extended cab pickup trucks with rear hinged rear doors have been “pillar-less” and meet side impact (FMVSS/CMVSS 214) requirements. One of the keys to their compliance is embedding the B-pillar structure in the door with effective latching along the roof rail and rocker panel.

  9. Bob Wilson Says:

    Tesla doubling the number of factories from two to four will have a doubling of their 936,000 vehicles to 1,872,000 in 2022. However, new factory productivity improvements with larger floor space and advanced automation suggests close to 3,000,000 units in 2022.

  10. Sean Wagner Says:

    It’s good to see Tesla surging ahead. The new factories will take some time to ramp up.

    Here in Switzerland, the Model 3 became 2021′s best-selling vehicle overall, while Volkswagen Corp. with its brands took the lead in EVs.

    And while Tesla shines in China, a lot of ambitious domestic pure-plays without legacy constraints (but obviously other challenges) have entered the market, with sales ratcheting up.

    Quote: Four of China’s EV startups including XPeng, Li Auto, NIO and Hozon Auto all reported delivery volumes of over 10,000 units in December 2021. Source cgtn – bit.ly/3HzhCfn