AD #3408 – Automakers Surprised by EV Demand; CATL Develops Battery Swapping for Semis; ONE Battery Hits 1000 Wh/L

September 19th, 2022 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 9:33

0:08 Automakers Surprised by EV Demand
0:47 Energy Prices Hurt EV Battery Manufacturing in Germany
1:30 CATL Develops Battery Swapping for Semis
3:02 Renault Trafic Goes Electric 
3:45 Ford Transit Gets PHEV, Diesels
4:54 ONE Battery Hits 1000 Wh/L
6:34 Ford SYNC Spots Pedestrians, Bicyclists
7:16 Hyundai & Iveco Make FCEV Van
8:14 Bridgestone Develops Lunar Tires

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27 Comments to “AD #3408 – Automakers Surprised by EV Demand; CATL Develops Battery Swapping for Semis; ONE Battery Hits 1000 Wh/L”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    The Ford app – greeeeaat, another alert telling me something I already know. After a while its like a back up beeper in a construction zone, you just tune it out and it’s affect or purpose is lost.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I watched a little of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, and see that the hearse is a Jaguar, followed by some Land Rovers. Is the monarchy on a budget? I’d think the monarch of 70 years would take her last ride in a Rolls-Royce.

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    Maybe I’m just old, but I don’t see the point in faking a muscular exhaust sound in an electric muscle car. Seems like its holding onto the past instead of embracing the future. Perhaps the money they spent developing that sound generator could have been spent developing a new feature that enhances the EV performance car driving experience. I don’t know what that is, but if they were looking forward instead of backward maybe their product people and engineers could come up with something.

    The transmission in this car could be an example of this, if it makes it to a production car.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    2 – Funny, I saw it and thought the exact same thing!

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    I was curious about the ONE company that is developing a very compelling battery concept. They are based in Novi, MI and have two additional locations listed in Northern and Southern California. Nice to see its not a Chinese company!

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Will hard-core gear heads really go for electric muscle cars? No not really!

    Will speed enthusiasts? Absolutely!

    The true gear heads that like turning a wrench and tweaking every bit of HP from an engine are not very excited about EVs.
    Speed enthusiasts however, that like that low 1/4 mile time will be all about it.
    Spend some time at a drag strip and you’ll find in a lot of cases the driver is not the mechanic and often times doesn’t mess with the mechanics of the car. (like someone using MS word or being a computer programmer). Big difference.

    So you have the gear heads and the guys that like to drive fast. Not always the same person. Sure some will make the transition and some new EV mechanics will emerge but I wouldn’t consider them gear heads.
    Maybe car guys, winding heads. Not sure.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    Will hard-core gear heads really go for electric muscle cars? No not really!

    Will speed enthusiasts? Absolutely!

    The true gear heads that like turning a wrench and tweaking every bit of HP from an engine are not very excited about EVs.
    Speed enthusiasts however, that like that low 1/4 mile time will be all about it.
    Spend some time at a drag strip and you’ll find in a lot of cases the driver is not the mechanic and often times doesn’t mess with the mechanics of the car. (like someone using MS word or being a computer programmer). Big difference.

    So you have the gear heads and the guys that like to drive fast. Not always the same person. Sure some will make the transition and some new EV mechanics will emerge but I wouldn’t consider them gear heads.
    Maybe car guys, winding heads. Not sure.

  8. motorman Says:

    trump in a speech told europe do not depend on russia for your fuel and they laughed at him

  9. Norm T Says:

    Trump was right about allot of things!

  10. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    2) The new Rolls Royce is technically a German BMW 7 series platform underneath. The Jaguar platform is still 100% British so it makes more sense in that regard. Plus the queen had a long love for both Jaguars and Land Rovers.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Also, maybe they are still anti-Germany, because of the world wars, and pro-China, because China was an ally during WW II, never mind what China is now.

    I think fake engine noise in EVs is totally stupid, but if the default setting for it is “off,” and they didn’t spend too much money on it, I understand car companies doing it for the video game sound crowd.

    As far as performance EVs, the “character” of all EV powertrains is about the same, so the styling, controls, interior décor, etc. of the car will be what separates EVs from each other, as more of them hit the market. I suppose EVs will start having fake “shifts,” to go along with the idiocy of doing that with CVTs.

  12. johno Says:

    there was a news report on fox morning last week, If i heard it right, that the Queen had the car designed some time ago

  13. Bob Wilson Says:

    The energy required to build traditional EV batteries and Germany losing access to Russian fossil fuels goes a long way to explaining why Tesla is holding off on building out Berlin batteries (AD #3406 and web link.)

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 I tried to find when the hearse was built, but can only find that it was used the first time for the queen. Prince Philip’s hearse was a Land Rover when he died last year.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I found that the hearse was based on a 2010 XJ saloon. I doubt that body stiffness is a strong point of the vehicle.

  16. johno Says:

    14 when i saw it on tv that’s when they made the comment, it may have just been made. she drove a land rover in the service when young

  17. Drew Says:

    At Windsor, King Charles was driven in a real RR, from 50-60 years ago.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 That seems most appropriate for the occasion.

  19. Ziggy Says:

    2 With all they spent on the funeral they probably couldn’t afford a Rolls…..

  20. Ziggy Says:

    8,9 Trump said a lot of obvious things that people already knew about or figured out way before he did, such as “who knew health care could be so difficult?”. But the one thing he is the most correct about was that no matter how stupid he sounds or foolish he acts there will always be people that will follow him. They are commonly referred to as MAGATs.

  21. Joe G Says:

    20 – Normally I would not respond to POLITICAL TROLLS, but If you honestly believe we are in a better situation in this country than 2 years ago then you are really lost. The difference between MAGA folks and you are that we would truly wish all Americans could be happy, even those with TDS.

  22. Ziggy Says:

    21 Thanks for proving my point…

  23. Bob Wilson Says:

    Apparently the German mayor has not been told by Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal that Tesla battery production in Germany is halted or delayed. We may have to wait for Tesla made in Germany batteries to come off the line.

  24. Frank Bohanan Says:

    The Charger Daytona SRT is true to Dodge’s DNA for a muscle car. It will no doubt have very impressive performance and I applaud them trying to keep the visceral aspect with the shifting and sound chamber. I think the former can be dialed in to be pretty good, but the latter just doesn’t seem to have the same sound as ICE. They need to work on that more. Don’t know how well it will handle with what will inevitably be a lot of weight, but the Germans seem to have figured that out so there’s hope. Still will have to wait too long to charge it, IF you’re first in line, and IF the charger is working.

    BEVs have their place, but they cannot be the only option. They just can’t do it all. I think a PHEV version would be even better. Keep all of the visceral aspects of CE, plus the benefits of no range anxiety, quicker long distance trips with fewer stops, and short refueling times. Smaller, lighter, less costly battery and, most likely, better dynamic performance. Also, no need for another vehicle.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 The Charger will have a lot of weight, but I’m sure the top version will have enough power to make it quick. The 2nd lowest version of Porsche Taycan that CR tested weighs 5100 pounds, and the Charger may not be much heavier.

    As far as charging, based on people I know that have current “hot” Chargers and Challengers, charging won’t be a problem if they have home charging. They just “cruise” and go to local shows, and never take them on long trips. It would be good to have at least 200 miles of range, for going to car shows a few towns away.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s interesting that all of those powertrains are available in the Transit van, including a manual transmission. In the U.S., though, there is no choice at all in the passenger version. It’s the gas 3.5 turbo. You can get a non-turbo 3.5 in that cargo version. When introduced in the U.S., you could get a diesel in the cargo version, but no more. Some of that may change, or not, with the refresh.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26 What I said pertains to 2022 model year, when a friend bought one, for the LWB version. A 2 liter diesel was available in the U.S. in some passenger and cargo versions in 2020 model year.

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