AD #3332 – High Gas Prices Give Sedans a Boost; Buick Revives Electra Name; Bronco Raptor Power Numbers Revealed

May 25th, 2022 at 11:56am

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Runtime: 10:41

0:08 High Gas Prices Give Sedans a Boost
1:24 Ford Reveals Bronco Raptor’s Power Numbers
2:17 Ford Settles Fuel Economy & Payload Capacity Lawsuit
3:37 Honda Teases New CR-V
3:57 Buick Revives Electra Name for First Ultium EV
4:42 GM Patents Dual Charging Port for EVs
5:21 Marelli Shows Off Wireless Battery Management System
7:10 Forvia Develops Intelligent Seat
8:12 Hyundai Issues Recall Over Exploding Seat Belt Part
9:07 BMW Partners to Recycle Used EV Batteries In China

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15 Comments to “AD #3332 – High Gas Prices Give Sedans a Boost; Buick Revives Electra Name; Bronco Raptor Power Numbers Revealed”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Ford’s mis-representation lawsuit (in a nutshell): The government(s) get the money but nothing to the buyers. (who may or may not been swayed by the advertisement embellishments)

    There wasn’t enough of the upcoming Buick BEV to determine styling, but thankfully, it isn’t anything close to the earlier concept, which looks hideous IMO.

    The dual-charge ports in the GMs’ might be of some use to the home chargers by hooking up two 110v chargers as opposed to buying a 240v charger and incur electrician fees for installation.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    So they have the solution to EV charging. In order to fill up in the same time as an ICE you just need a dozen charging ports and cords. Just flip up the simulated grill to expose the power-strip of outlets. :-)

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    1 – At the time this misrepresentation came to light, Ford changed the window labels to more accurate mileage estimates and sent $500 checks to all of the owners of the affected vehicles. That would buy a lot of gas for a C-Max back then. The lawsuit came after these actions.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    I’m having a hard time with the 90% reduction in the wiring harness statement in the Marelli story. Maybe they just meant the powertrain wiring harness? Ya still gotta have wiring for the windows, locks, defroster, power seats, etc., etc. With all of that still being necessary, I don’t see how they could achieve a 90% reduction.

  5. ChuckGrenci Says:

    3, Thanks for setting me straight on the Ford settlement. The 500 dollars would seem to be compensry enough in a practical sense; meaning, seems fair to me.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I’d think it could reduci wiring 90%, in eliminating the need to individually wire out thousands of cells for balancing, or groups of cells.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The GM dual charge ports could double the charge rate using existing 120v outlets in your garage, but you’d need two outlets on separate breakers. Some garages would have that, but many would not.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    I have some concerns about using wifi (I hope not Bluetooth) for the battery management system in an EV. The reliability and performance difference is similar to plugging in to an ethernet cable or using wifi in a big apartment building.

    Each cell reports its voltage. The wires are small, not big fat orange ones. Sorry, I’d stick to a wired BMS.

    Tesla with their billions of small cells successfully use a wired BMS. If Tesla goes Marelli, I’d see that as a vote of confidence.

  9. Albemarle Says:

    Another thought: each cell would need a wifi transmitter/receiver on it to replace the wire. Cars are moving their BMS into the battery compartment. Where’s the savings?

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Yeah, I’d trust the wires a lot more.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    4 A 90% wiring reduction could mean lots of things. 90% reduction is just that system. 90% reduction in length by the inch. 90% reduction in weight. Or just 90% reduction in complexity meaning 1 wire replaced 10 even if its twice the size. Certainly could use better clarification. Those marketing guys are good at making it always sound better than it really is.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    The Forvia seat seems like the solution to the problem I never had. If I’m uncomfortable I typically will adjust my seat accordingly. I don’t need my car to adjust my seat to what it thinks I need, or more alarms vibrations when it falsely thinks I’m fatigued.
    However the seat is one of those items you don’t typically upgrade or replace after purchase. Also even if the car has no style is an ugly color and doesn’t even have great driving characteristics. A lot can be overlooked when you have a really good comfortable seat that you can travel in for hours and not get uncomfortable. So as vehicles become more and more alike, Absolutely invest in some great seats as those and ergonomics type of things will become what makes a vehicle stand out from all the other look alike CUV/SUVs.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 I don’t like car seats to have too many adjustments, because I don’t know what to do with all of them. Done properly, non-power seats with fore-aft, height, and recliner adjustments are fine for me. The seats in my 2010 Mini had those adjustments, and were comfortable for me on long trips.

  14. JoeS Says:

    12. I would add adjustable lumbar support to your must have list.


    Totally off topic from the show today, but I saw my first Cadillac Lyriq in person today. That vehicle will be a hit. The pictures don’t do it justice. If they can make sure it is reliable and keep cost under control, they will sell as many as they can produce.