AD #3375 – Stellantis Invests in New IC Engine; Ford Explorer Refresh Done in China; Nikola Buys Battery Supplier

August 2nd, 2022 at 11:56am

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Runtime: 9:11

0:07 Hino Cheating Goes Back Further Than Thought
0:59 Stellantis to Pay $300 Million for Diesel Cheating
1:43 BYD Expanding EV Lineup to Germany & Sweden
3:10 Stellantis Invests in New IC Engine
3:50 BMW Expands i4 Lineup with New Lower Cost Model
4:54 Ford Explorer Refresh Done in China
7:06 Hertz Customers Prefer EVs
7:54 Nikola Buys Battery Supplier

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18 Comments to “AD #3375 – Stellantis Invests in New IC Engine; Ford Explorer Refresh Done in China; Nikola Buys Battery Supplier”

  1. Bob Wilson Says:

    If Nikola is their ownly customer, Romeo Power bought with Nikola stock makes sense.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Stellantis has a new IC engine?? Funny, I’ve heard several guests on After-hours many years ago state that no one was developing new IC engines and yet there it is.

  3. Lex Says:

    Stellantis nor any other OEM looking to sell vehicles in North America should not go smaller than a 2.0 liter engine IHMO. You see what Honda CR-V owners with the 1.5 Liter Turbo are experiencing.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    2 Yep you beat me to it. I remember the announcements that no one has anymore new ICE engines in development.

    I wonder if you rent a EV from Hertz do you need to bring it back fully charged?

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    2,4 – Its not a new engine. Its been in production in Europe for a few years now. Stellantis is simply going to produce it here.

  6. GM Veteran Says:

    Nikola’s future was never in doubt. They have been very well funded since Day One. The founder, Trevor Milton, is another story. He is pretty busy with his lawyers these days after being ousted from the company. Nikola is on track and completing key milestones on time. They are currently selling trucks in the U.S. and Europe and will be launching their fuel cell/battery hybrid trucks next year. With a brand new factory in Arizona, Nikola will be a force in the heavy truck industry.

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    Sean, thanks for the update on the Hino cheating going back to 2003. It has to be the most under-reported emissions cheating story in the industry. A pretty big black eye for Toyota, the “green” car company.


    4) If you rent a TESLA from Hertz, you can charge at the superchargers and the cost will just be billed to your credit card at hertz. For return, you just need to have more than 10% battery life left. On both ends it is pretty convenient to rent a TESLA or polestar versus a gas engine. Most rentals are fly in and fly out affairs and most people barely use the full amount of fuel in their rental car. Renting an EV from Hertz would mean that you fly in, don’t worry about recharging it, and fly back out. It is a good use case. If they were charging you extra for not bringing it back fully charged, that would change the equation.

  9. Sunrack Says:

    Now that we know the herculean task of cutting diesel NOx emissions 99% from what was acceptable 20 years ago, it is no wonder manufacturers concluded they had to cheat. Otherwise, they would be phasing in significantly higher fuel consumption, reduced longevity, much higher costs to manufacture and maintain. It’s almost as if the Diesel engine was being regulated out of existence.

  10. Bob Wilson Says:

    The Teslas have from 55 kWh to 75 kWh plus. Use the local utility rates to see what a full, recharge costs. As for rentals, they spend a lot of time parked waiting for the next customer. At an airport, there are few ‘red eye’ customers if the airport is open. Then too negotiable off peak electric rates.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 If the rentals are fully charged when you pick them up, they would work for essentially all of my rentals without my needing to charge.

  12. wmb Says:

    I would not be surprised that the reason that Stellantis is build this engine(s) here in the US, is that more of these engines will power more smaller electrified vehicles here in this market. Like other OEMs, Stellantis will no doubt start their journey into BEVs, with bigger, more expensive vehicles. Larger vehicles are better able to absorb the cost of the batteries and motors, than smaller vehicle applications can.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This 1.5t is Stellantis’s second new ICE, that I know of. There is also a new turbo inline 6 that will replace the V8s.

    As far as a 1.5 turbo not being “big enough” for North American vehicles, Honda and Chevy use a lot of them. I know people with both, and they’ve had no problems with them.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 is it a Fiat design, or PSA?

  15. Warwick Rex Dundas Says:

    5 and 14. It is an existing PSA engine that will allow the existing 2.4 litre 4 cylinder to be retired.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Would it be the same “family” as the PSA 1.6 in my 2010 Mini, or something newer? Either way, it might be a good thing for Chrysler North America. The 2.4 was always underwhelming in performance and efficiency, compared to most of the competition.

  17. Sean Wagner Says:

    13 – The late re-flourishing of inline sixes is something I welcome and wasn’t expecting. I’ll forever be wondering what a powerful Hummer hybrid with the (relatively) lightweight Duramax six could have been.

    The way I use EVs locally – and basically from any decent train-station in Switzerland – is just like a rental, except that I have an electronic key and never need to see anyone. Only once did I check charging options for a longer excursion, but nowadays they have Teslas too.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    Yea most all of my business travel would probably be within EV range as I rarely need gas and only stop to top off. Not having to do that would be a bonus and time saver. Its a good way to get people behind the wheel of an EV and get some first hand experience with them.

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