AD #3331 – Ford Tech Automatically Reduces Speed; PHEVs Starting to Catch On; China Likely to Ban ICEs

May 24th, 2022 at 11:43am

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Runtime: 8:20

0:07 Toyota Slashes Production Again
0:39 COVID Lockdowns Cripple China’s Sales
1:13 China Likely to Ban ICEs
2:36 Stellantis & Samsung Pick Indiana for Battery Plant
3:18 Ford Using Geofencing to Automatically Reduce Speed
4:12 BMW Implementing 3D Printed Parts Into Production
5:28 Magna Lighting Tech Shines Through Plastic
6:32 PHEVs Starting to Catch On in the U.S.

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15 Comments to “AD #3331 – Ford Tech Automatically Reduces Speed; PHEVs Starting to Catch On; China Likely to Ban ICEs”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Wouldn’t a better metric for the announcement of a new battery plant be how many batteries can be made and the range of how many vehicles those batteries would supply. 1.21 gigawatts (tongue in cheek) don’t tell me much.

    And what about the increase in price of gasoline; what don’t I know, because I’m pretty sure we’re not hearing about any shortages (no lines, etc.), just more money per gallon.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 23 GWh of battery would be 230,000 100 kWh packs a year, if I calculated correctly.

    It’s interesting that the Wrangler is the best selling PHEV, because, overall, it is probably the worst PHEV. It has a maximum of 21 miles of electric-only range, if you drive very gently. If you drive at all normally, the ICE will run frequently. Then, after the battery is dead, it only ties the 3.6 automatic non-hybrid Wrangler in “combined” mpg.

  3. DanaPointJohn Says:

    I have said it for years, to anyone that would listen, a PHEV is the logical transition/bridge between ICE and BEV. The only surprising thing is it took so long for the PHEV to be accepted.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    I would consider a PHEV but in no way would I buy a BEV. Get the true advantage of a BEV for most short trips and still the ability to travel and not be sitting at a charging station or altering my route to include charging stations. If I happen to be stopping for a mean and they have a charger great top off and be on my way but not required to stay 30-40 minutes.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    I like that Magna lighting innovation, but wonder about how expensive it would be as an option on my next vehicle.

    And, can I hit a button so it says “Get off my ass!” ?

  6. Norm T Says:

    We love our 2018 CT6 2.0E plug-in with 30,000 miles on it. We regularly see about 90 mpge, 43-45 miles on a charge, and close to 40 mpg on gas engine. The over 100 mpg and about 2,000 miles on a tank a gas every month is thr sweet spot for us. The almost 600 miles of range is thr icing on the cake!

  7. DanaPointJohn Says:

    #5. Imagine the insurance rate to cover a car where the complete rear end is one big lighted billboard. Yikes!

  8. Roger T Says:

    My view may not be accurate, please help me if that’s the case. If you looked for hybrid Lexus and non-Prius Toyotas, and Hondas, and Hyundais – they were advertised but were never in stock. I’m talking since 2018 or even before! Marketing gimmicks they were. It seems obvious that given a choice and similar or reasonably similar pricing, people go for the fuel efficient choice. Now that the world is moving to bev, of course stellantis is playing with phev volume prioritization, as it’s the only card they have! They are allocating chips to vehicles that will keep them in the game once no one looks for pistons, if that turns true. Also helps them with supply chain, scale in preparation of their late arrival to the ev market.

  9. merv Says:

    those fancy tail lights will perhaps permit you to type in messages, a new form of social media

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3,4 The PHEV I liked was thr Chevy Volt, which actually worked as an EV while the battery had charge, but still got decent highway mpg on gas, with a clutch system to connect the ICE ditectly to the wheels above a certain speed. Between its being politicised, and its not looking like an SUV, it didn’t sell well.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 When I bought my 2018 Camry hybrid, there were a few in stock, but not many. With the Highlander hybrid I recently bought, none were in stock, and I “pre-bought” one coming in to a dealer, that was close to what I wanted. I didn’t know any of them were advertised much, but I don’t pay much attention to ads.

  12. Nc Says:

    With the significant reduction in ICE vehicles, and the amazing increase in BEV sold there should be an increase in percentage of BEV dramatically in the total market. What do you think the percentage will be at the end of the year?
    Thanks for your great news report.

  13. Roger T Says:

    Thanks Kit. I was never so lucky, and I looked for Lincoln’s too, as those were sold for the same price. Two weeks ago my Lexus dealer told me they don’t see many hybrid RXs. The impression I had was that these companies advertised on their website at least, but only incentivized dealers to stock the lower cost items to produce. Maybe this is a function of where I am (tx), lower demand for hybrids back then.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 The RX hybrid is a V6, while the Highlander hybrid is an i4, so the Highlander gets significantly better mpg, but the RX gets good mileage, especially city. The Highlander hybrid is available FWD, which is what I got, but the RX hybrid is AWD only.

    You should be able to order a Lincoln, but it might take a long time to get it. There are plug-in hybrid version of Corsair and Aviator. They might, or might not make sense, depending on how much of your driving is on plug-in power. The Aviator hybrid is kind of thirsty when running on gas, compared to the RX hybrid.

    Toyota won’t let you customer order. I don’t know if Lexus is different.


    5) That would be good, but only if there can be one on the front that tells the left lane cruiser to “MOVE OVER”