AD #3296 – GM & Honda Focus on Affordable EVs; All-New Honda HR-V Gets Bigger; Ranking EV Sales in March

April 5th, 2022 at 11:41am

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Runtime: 9:13

0:07 GM & Honda Expand EV Partnership
0:55 Nissan Delays the Ariya Again
1:20 GM Finally Restarts Bolt Production
1:59 China Worried About Surging Lithium Prices
3:03 Electric Charger & Challenger Production Revealed
3:50 All-New Honda HR-V Bigger Than Ever
4:27 Stellantis Tests 5G to Improve Safety
5:04 How V2X Can Improve AVs
6:18 BMW Invests in Natural Fiber Composites
7:04 Stacking Up the Chinese EV Startups
7:46 Ranking Non-Telsa U.S. EV Sales

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18 Comments to “AD #3296 – GM & Honda Focus on Affordable EVs; All-New Honda HR-V Gets Bigger; Ranking EV Sales in March”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Wondering whether the insurance companies are charging premiums higher for some of these go-fast BEV’s like they did when the “Muscle Car” phenomena happened in the late ’60, early ’70′s. It appears that these vehicles actually have more potential for crashes, liabilities and repair cost as they are putting pretty potent ‘projectiles’ into the hands of the common man/women.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Kind of surprisingly, the personal injury and property damage liability insurance for a 2022 Corvette is less expensive than for a low trim level 2022 Highlander hybrid. Collision and comp is higher for the Corvette, presumably because it is more expensive to fix if you break it, and with comp, maybe Corvettes are stolen more often.

    I don’t know about insurance rates for fast EVs. Maybe I’ll check rates for something like a Tesla 3 Performance with my insurance company.

  3. Lex Says:

    That new Honda HRV look very much like a Ford Escape.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1,2 I just checked rates for a Model 3 Performance, and it is about midway between the Corvette and Highlander for the same coverage. I don’t know about an S Plaid. It might be more.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I was thinking the grille looked similar to the orphaned Ford cars.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    We get our new Bolt battery tomorrow. Dealer says it takes the day so we’ll have it by day’s end. With the Bolt already 5 years old, I am not inclined to use hill top reserve.

    The BMW panels remind me of the East German Trabant with their woven cloth and plastic bodies. I am confident BMW can produce them in anthracite black.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Your battery recall sounds like a good deal, getting a new, free battery for a 5 year old car. Hopefully, the dealer will know how to install it properly. They’ve probably had a little practice by now.

  8. Tom Cain Says:

    First front view of the HRV, I thought I was looking at a MINI.

  9. spicymatzahball Says:

    I’ve gotta wonder if VW Group would’ve outsold Ford last month for EVs if the Felicity Ace had made it across the Atlantic with no fire.

  10. Joe G Says:

    In my opinion, the HRV styling looks like the new model is the old version. Very ‘safe’ in a sea of look alikes.

  11. XA351GT Says:

    I hope Stellantis is prepared if the Charger/Challenger EVs fall on their face in sales. People who buy muscle cars want more than just performance . They want the full sensory overload of noise , smells and feel that you get from a high HP V8. Will they be fast? No Doubt just look at the tesla’s and the like. Instant torque of a electric motor is great but you lose all the rest . Some may like that , but for me and others like me want the full experience.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 They need to keep the old Charger/Challenger/300, as long as they continue to sell reasonably well. They could call them “Classic,” like with the old version of the Ram pickup.

  13. Merv Peters Says:

    great show today, that BMW composite tech is quite amazing

  14. wmb Says:

    #11.) I hear you! While I am Very excited about the EV revolution, the feel and sound of all that power will no doubt be missed. Not long ago,I was at work, at a stop light next to a new Chevy Camaro V8 one day and late model Mustang Cobra another day. To hear the throaty exhaust note and to feel it as the sound vibrate through my work truck was incredible! While i appreciate powerful vehicles, I’m not a high performance person. I’m more a stylish looks and a little extra power, so I could live without a lot of that extra. Yet, I can also see how one could miss it too! That said, IMHO, I believe that the BEV transition will not be as disappointing as some fear. While the sound things that thrill individuals today will be gone, a lot of things will stay, others will change, but i also believe that there will be new things to discover too! When it comes to driving fast on a race track, be it straight aways and especially turns, with ICE vehicles there are a number of mechanical factors that that impact speed. How, where and when you shift, before, during and after a turn. With a BEV all that changes! A driver will literally have to relearn how to drive a vehicle like that fast! Every track they have ever been on becomes new, with new requirements and new skill sets to learn and how the vehicle will respond! I would not be surprised that those who truly love driving high performance vehicles, will, over time, enjoy doing so with both of these types of vehicles, but for different reasons. Dodge has promissed to make up for the lack of engine noise in someway, for the electric versions of the Charger and Challenger. I, for one, can’t wait to see and hear what they come up with!

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    Called ‘stovepipe’ thinking, “GM’s Ultium batteries” was not the Bolt battery fix. But if Ultium makes GM and Honda happy, I’m happy for them too. But Ultium has no appeal to me.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To me, the sound of a radial, or Merlin V-12 aero engine is something special, because I don’t hear them very often. It will be that way with ICE car engines in 50 years, probably with all of them, not just big V-8s.

    I like the sound and feel of a V-8, but it is not like a big aero engine to me, because it is familiar. It won’t be very familiar to anyone in 50 years.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 It is very much “to be determined” how the Ultium batteries work out. I suspect there is room in the world for cars with both small cylindrical, and big pouch cells.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 If they make up for the lack of engine noise in the electric Challenger and Charger with fake noise, I certainly hope they have a easy way to turn it off.