AD #3402 – Mercedes & Rivian Join Forces; Tesla To Refine Lithium In U.S.; BMW Launches Battery Building Spree

September 9th, 2022 at 12:05pm

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Runtime: 9:55

0:08 Mercedes & Rivian Join Forces
0:44 Mullen Buys Most of Bollinger
1:48 Tesla to Refine Lithium in U.S.
3:15 BMW Launches Battery Building Spree
4:28 Chevrolet Equinox EV Surprisingly Affordable
5:50 VW ID. XTREME Ready for Off-Roading
7:24 Ford Upgrades BlueCruise
7:51 Porsche Drops F1 Bid
8:35 Wind Turbines Generate Gobs of Electricity

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16 Comments to “AD #3402 – Mercedes & Rivian Join Forces; Tesla To Refine Lithium In U.S.; BMW Launches Battery Building Spree”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    I hope they program the self driving cars to take the right lane, we can’t seem to convince most NA drivers to do it but maybe we can program a computer.

  2. Albemarle Says:

    Since in most places it’s actually illegal to pass on the right, ticketing left lane hogs (often transport trucks) would smooth out multi-lane travel. For those of us who live in 2 lane country, learning to pass and not tailgate would be a big improvement.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    If GM can hit showrooms with the Equinox priced like that they will make a killing.

    So I remember when everyone was concerned that all these EV start-ups were going put the legacy OE’s out of business. Before there was a 3% market for them. So here we are a few years later and excluding Tesla most are not fairing so well. Partnerships with the OEMs is just the first step toward being absorbed. Maybe some will make enough money to break out of their partnerships and still go it alone but dont be surprised if they end up being a subset of an old OE. I could even see Tesla helping out a start up and partnering with one before this is over.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    1 Amen!

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    3 Maybe Tesla could partner or buy Bollinger and come out with an interesting Cybertruck instead of a hideous one

  6. Dave Says:

    Thought news was for new; Tesla’s cathode factory in Austin has been up for awhile now to process cathode material like lithium and BASF has a plant in Becancour PQ[Quebec] in the so called Battery Valley of Canada somewhat near where Lion electric busses are made Lithium Iron Phosphate Nickel Manganese and batteries are becoming very available from Canada unless it becomes labelled as dirty like the oil sands

  7. Albemarle Says:

    It’s big decision to buy an EV. Buying one without local sales & service was a leap too far for us. And buying one with no track record is a gamble we were unwilling to take. GM, Ford, Nissan, Kia & Hyundai are our local choices.

    Turns out Tesla is the exception, thank goodness. I look forward to considering one when they open up a local sales & service outlet.


    3) I am excited to see what a $30K EV equinox is. It will be the first truly affordable family EV option for the USA. As long as there are no other penalties like vehicle size or features then it will be a hit. If it is smaller than the current equinox then it will be a miss just like the smaller Bolt. The fires didn’t help the bolt but it was dud before the fires due to its diminutive size versus price. I am worried that it is just a dressed up Bolt EUV which would be a miss in my book.

    I am still excited to see it. If it is the current size of an equinox, I would by 2 of them for the price of the similar sized poor quality zero luxury Tesla Model Y.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    7 Yeah! My only concern with the Equinox EV is, that is that 30K is a base price. So hopefully the option packages dont double the price. I wouldnt think GM would make the EV version any smaller as that seems to be an ideal size for the US. Its not as big as the Traverse and if it were any smaller it falls into that quirky segment like the renegade and Element.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Production number for the Hummer and Lyriq; production is ramping up slowly (but hopefully surely, well we’ll see. link from GM Authority:

  11. wmb Says:

    Someone else called a few weeks ago, but I think that the Equinox (as others soon will be to from other automakers) so that manufactures can get the tax incentives. Even with the incentive, I don’t think there will be many equinox that will be sold for much less than $40K! Like with the Maverick and it’s base ~$19K price, the new Equinox will probably not leave the factory for not much less than ~$40K. But that’s cool, for when you add the incentives, your looking at about $32-33K. With it being an EV, it’ll probably have the room of a vehicle at least one size class up! Yet, to my eye, the Blazer SS BEV was a head turner, this Equinox does not have the same excitement of the artist’s conception that was teased a few weeks ago. Perhaps they should have showed actual pictures of then vehicle then? While this vehicle looks okay, IMHO, it doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the concept art. At least, not in the sky blue paint job that is on the vehicle in today’s show.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 It will probably be possible to order an EV Equinox with few options, but it might be three years to take delivery. That is how it is now for Corvettes ordered from dealers selling at MSRP.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Why would the Equinox EV have the room of a vehicle at least one size up, when it has batteries taking up extra space? Anyway, I would expect the Equinox EV to do very well, because unlike the Bolt, it has the trucky/SUVey look most Americans want. If the Bolt had looked more trucky, it would have done better early on, but with the price reduction and batteries replaced, Bolts are now selling as fast as they can build them.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    There is a strike at the Chrysler casting plant in Kokomo, Indiana. I don’t know the details, but there are people with signs in front of the plant.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:


    I read over the weekend that the Equinox EV will actually be a little bit larger than the ICE equinox. So that is even better news. Of course the $30K price point comes with the base low range battery and is “90s loaded” with options. It should be competitive for those looking for a cheap EV that they only plan to use locally.

    It is projected that adding the long range battery, AWD, and Supercruise will add 15-25K to the price. The release versions will only be the loaded up RS trim. Not sure it is the silver bullet for EV adoption as it is still a bit expensive in high spec trim levels. Maybe they plan on selling a whole lot of base models. With the EV credit a base model is a decent deal though for the person with the right set of circumstances.