AD #3319 – Chinese Battery Companies Coming to U.S.; Mercedes Makes One-Off for will.i.am; Nikola Passes Major Milestone

May 6th, 2022 at 11:53am

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Runtime: 9:49

0:07 Chinese Battery Companies Coming to the U.S.
0:47 Why Chinese Companies Are Investing in the U.S.
1:42 Geely Gets Into Smartphones
3:34 Ferrari Builds One-Off Exotic for Customer
4:37 Mercedes Builds One-Off for will.i.am
5:29 You Tell Us About Your EV Charging Experience
7:14 Nikola Passes Major Milestone
7:54 Jeep Co-Brands with Igloo
8:24 Hyundai Builds R&D Lab in Montana

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14 Comments to “AD #3319 – Chinese Battery Companies Coming to U.S.; Mercedes Makes One-Off for will.i.am; Nikola Passes Major Milestone”

  1. Dave Says:

    STEM is for sciences and engineering; STEAM includes A for Arts and humanities aka general university or tertiary education for the disadvantaged some would call it a bursary

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sorry Will but that Mercedes is ugly. Thank goodness it only a one-off.

    Geely getting into smart phones, Isn’t Tesla also doing that?

    If Jeep was going to partner with Igloo at least design something that is integrated into the vehicle and makes use of some space for a Jeep specific Cooler. Throwing some stickers on a $20 cooler designed in the 70s and pricing it at $45 should be a huge fail.

  3. Albemarle Says:

    If a government is willing to ‘adjust’ the free market by requiring companies to manufacture in the country, it’s not a big step for them to ‘adjust’ the free market further by restricting the products they can sell. That’s how you meet EV sales targets.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    2 – I agree on your cooler thoughts. And, wouldn’t you think Jeep would have been selling branded coolers for about the last 50 years? Hard to think of a more natural fit. Maybe they will rethink this in a year or two and come out with a line of coolers that are designed to fit nicely into the various Jeep models.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    Yep, its a good thing they only built one of those Mercedes-Benz models. It looks like a commercial vehicle designer started at the front and a car designer started at the rear and they met somewhere near the middle.

    The one-off Ferrari however, looks really nice to me.

  6. merv Says:

    wow that Ferrari was nice,great week of autoline

  7. Wim van Acker Says:

    @4 yes, when cooler heads prevail :-)

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4,7 etc. The cooler looks like a 30 year old one I have, but mine doesn’t have the stickers.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The F1 app has a video of Charles Leclerc driving a 1979 F1 car. I’m surprised he knows how. Probably most of today’s F1 drivers don’t know what the left pedal is for.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    9, While watching the pre-show for the Miami GP they were interviewing Mario Andretti, and McLaren is offering to let Mario have a go in their car when they come back in Austin. Mario is 82 but I know he’ll be just fine.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I saw that. He might have a hard time getting in and out of the car, but once in it, he should do fine.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10,11 Andretti was the last American to win an F1 championship, or even an F1 race, both in 1978.

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    10,11,12 And Michael Andretti is trying to add a team to F1 but is meeting a lot of “old boy” resistance. Toto Wolf was boo-hooing because he said an eleventh team would dilute the ‘end of season’ payout by 10 percent. While true, to an extent, the payout would be reduced less because of some of the new money that would be generated by the extra team. FIA limits the number of teams to twelve, I believe, so I see no real reason to reject Andretti in kind.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 There were 11 or 12 teams when I started following F1 in about 2000, and went to the first Indianapolis race. It would be interesting to have a Michael Andretti team. Maybe Michael would try to redeem himself from his dismal partial season as a driver in F1.

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