AD #3343 – Lightyear EV Priced at Stunning €250,000; Good-Bye Lead Acid Batteries; Cadillac’s LMDh Race Car

June 10th, 2022 at 11:58am

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Runtime: 12:18

0:08 Sky High Gas Prices Still Below Record
0:38 Stunning Lightyear EV Priced at Stunning €250,000
2:00 EV Battery Production in China Soaring
2:31 China Installs Nearly 1M Charging Stations
3:00 Good-Bye Lead Acid Batteries, Hello Lithium-Zinc
6:05 Tesla Cancels China Hiring
6:40 NHTSA Could Recall Tesla Autopilot
7:20 JIDU Unveils Purpose-Built Robocar
8:26 Mack Assembly Plant Gets Giant Mural
9:20 Cadillac’s LMDh Race Car
9:54 Cadillac Escalade V-Series’ Exhaustive Engineering

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17 Comments to “AD #3343 – Lightyear EV Priced at Stunning €250,000; Good-Bye Lead Acid Batteries; Cadillac’s LMDh Race Car”

  1. Jim Haines Says:

    As far as fuel prices go your slant is BS FJB and his buddies are the problem and could careless

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Can the lithium-zinc batteries be used as a drop-in replacement for lead acid batteries in existing cars, or will the charging system need to be modified?

  3. ChuckGrenci Says:

    2. I asked that question on AA and Michael Burz said that they were very similar (to charge) though the output of the ‘zinc’ cell was 1.6 volts vs. 2.2 for lead. I would suppose that the zinc battery will be either 8 or 9 cells to approximate the total voltage for the ‘replacement’ battery.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    If the almost 1 Million Chinese chargers that were installed this year, are like anything we get from China. I expect a few fires and electrocutions later this year.

    Was Elon’s comments, a concern over a global recession or was he referring more about the US economy? Cause that would explain why he may be concerned with US employees while still hiring in China.

    18 incidents of crashing into emergency vehicles? That seems super high to me. As I can drive all year and pass an emergency vehicle on the side of the road maybe once or twice a year. Then figure in the small percentage of people that own Tesla’s and the even fewer that were using auto pilot.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Thanks for the info. I guess there are “drop-in” LiPo replacement motorcycle batteries, but they would no doubt have built in electronics for charging and balancing, and are probably very pricey.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Yeah, 18 sounds like an awful lot of crashing into emergency vehicles. No wonder they are being investigated.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 The stuff I get from China, like phone, laptop, r/c equipment and more is good quality. I trust it only so far, though. I never leave home with model airplane batteries charging.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    I am waiting for the EV calculation police to tell us how may centuries it would take to pay for a Lightyear based on today’s fuel prices. Maybe a lot less if the ICE was the new Cadillac Escalade V-Series?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 The Lightyear is an interesting exercise, but will even 10 people want to pay Rolls-Royce prices for a slower than Prius car? The range on solar sounds possible. A while back, I figured you might be able to get ~10 miles a day with solar panels on the roof of a car like a Model 3. It looks like the Lightyear has panels about the entire length of the car, and the vehicle is probably relatively efficient. Then, their 43 miles per day calculation would be based on parking it pointed the right direction, on the longest day of the year in the ideal location. Anyway, for that price, I hope the interior is really nice.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I didn’t see the F1 qualifying, but saw the results, and see that Perez outqualified Verstappen again. Could there be a 3 way race for the championship?

  11. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Ferrari and Red Bull are just about dead equal so your comment is spot on. It’s another tight street circuit so besides pit strategy I don’t see much passing. It might be a race to see who gets to the first corner.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    What a disaster for Ferrari, and other teams using their hardware. Is 4-5 days enough time to fix things, even if they can figure out what was breaking?

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    12, Canada looms large (and quick); Ferrari needs a quick and easy fix. No problems with the earlier races, then this.

  14. XA351GT Says:

    I like how a team ( Mercedes) who dominated the sport for a decade wants the FIA to slow down everyone else so they can catch up. If your team is having issues , fix your car. You can help your drivers physically by raising the ride height . It may slow you down , but you are no better than 5th place unless the top2 teams drop out like yesterday.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Yeah, I remember only one other Ferrari mechanicical DNF, Leclerc in Spain. Sainz in Aus and Italy were not mechanical failure. I don’t remember about Haas and A.R. Why all of that yesterday?

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    14, A sure bit of, how do like it when the shoe is on the other foot. M/B certainly does not deserve any compensation (after all, they currently hold the number 3 spot almost exclusively). Maybe some of the lesser teams need some type of equalization but certainly not M/B (at least not at this time). Red Bull has moved to the dominant lead at this point, but even at the top, it ‘can’ be a slippery slope.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Red Bull has a big lead, but it’s not over, if Ferrari can re-find reliability, and do a better job with pit strategy.

    Teams have had strings of domination, like M/B from 2014-2020, Red Bull/Renault and Ferrari before that, with a few “shorts strings” like Alonso’s two winning years with Renault. There’s nothing like a major rules change to mix things up, and M/B just didn’t get it right with the new rules for 2022.