AD #3457 – Only BEVs Can Hit Carbon Neutrality; NIO Planning U.S. Expansion; Audi Pumps ICE Power Into RS 6 & 7

November 29th, 2022 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 9:23

0:00 EU Worried About U.S. EV Subsidies
1:00 U.S. Car Sales Could End Year Strong
1:42 Improve Traffic Flow, Cut Emissions
3:11 Three Quirky EV Vans Debut in China
4:43 Mercedes Sees Near 50% CO2 Cut for EV Batteries
5:31 Audi Pumps ICE Power Into RS 6 & RS 7
6:58 NIO Targets U.S. Market w/ Next-Gen EVs
7:38 Legacy Supplier Lands Big EV Contracts
8:10 Only BEVs Can Hit Carbon Neutrality

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18 Comments to “AD #3457 – Only BEVs Can Hit Carbon Neutrality; NIO Planning U.S. Expansion; Audi Pumps ICE Power Into RS 6 & 7”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    “Sky high” interest rates are less than half what they were in the early ’80s. They probably don’t affect car buying decisions very much.

    Maybe the U.S. and EU should both dispense with EV subsidies. Do we really need another trade war?

    Is there a 27.5% tariff on Buick Envisions, or would that apply only to Chinese companies?

  2. Kate McLeod Says:

    Jenboo. Does it have a back window? Umm, hope so.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    IRA -Proving once again that a carrot works better than a stick, a subsidy works better than a tariff and or trade war.
    The Derry van looks interesting, wonder if it could pass North American crash testing without the B pillar.
    I used to drive a service van, most of the techs wouldn’t use the back doors much because often in parking lots some knob would park close to your back bumper making is almost impossible to get in the back, no matter how much room you left, when you backed into a spot. I may or may not have stepped on a few hoods.

  4. Lex Says:

    What about Tesla getting into the Semiconductor Industry via a JV with Annex Semiconductor.

  5. Tony Gray Says:

    #1. I agree Kit. My first brand new car was an 84 Celebrity Eurosport with the HO V6. They knocked $800 off the sticker and gave me 9.9% APR financing! I thought I got a killer deal!

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Cutting waste is a great way to combat emissions. Vehicles sitting idle on any road due to construction, stop lights, congestion is not only a 20% improvement to emissions but a great savings of people’s time. I dont think anyone would be upset with being able to get where they are going without unreasonable delays and the productivity improvement of produce and products getting where they are headed would be significant.
    Good Job Tenn! Maybe they can start to determine actual savings in dollar form to justify more work like this. If adding a third lane to bridge is a 20 million dollar endeavor but can save 10 Million each year plus reduce emissions that will help make those decisions a no-brainer.

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    #5 our first mortgage was at 9.99 % and we thought that was good. It had just come down.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sorry but I still don’t see BEVs hitting carbon neutrality ever. Its a nice term to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy that something is being done when in reality you can achieve neutrality by just off-setting your footprint with other green initiatives. Unless they change how we mine for the steel and materials required for batteries. They don’t use plastic which is a petroleum product. The BEV may be carbon Neutral while driving but not including a full life cycle. But hey it sounds good.

  9. Roger T Says:

    Bummer stats on phevs. But I still think that until charging network becomes viable, phevs are a better technical option to pure electrics other than teslas. They will likely cost more and they should, they do more.
    Carbon neutral ICE with biofuel makes sense for racing, aviation and future classics, ICE will eventually die. But not until long range trucks and buses have a viable technical route, fuel cells and batteries are not there yet.

  10. merv Says:

    some unusually nice landscapes in the Mercedes and Audi features.

  11. JoeS Says:

    #7 Our first mortgage was at 10 3/4% which really looked good when the neighbors moved in a couple years later with a 17%. Remember people could lock in 10% interest in their money at the bank.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 My parents had bank CDs at ~14% Even though inflation was high, you could come out ahead with CDs with no risk, unlike the last 2-3 decades where you have needed to put money at risk to come out ahead.

  13. wmb Says:

    Other countries should get their own versions of the IRA! This way they have control of what and how it’s used and for how long it’s in place. It just amazes me that, with so many REAL issues in the world, that would benefit from world governments working together unilaterally to solve, so many would come together to discourage the US IRA, or get them to make exceptions for products made in their countries! It is a shame that so many leaders can speak in unison when it comes to money! Not life or one’s quality of! Shouldn’t they be encouraging their citizenry, to buy the vehicles produced in their own countries too?! So, the leaders of country “A”, are attempting to shame or force the leaders of country “B”, to allow the incentives of country B to be used to buy product produced by the multi-billion dollar companies in country A, for the citizens living in country B. Forget about the people of their own country who, TOO, purchase those same products and put them in office! These leaders are stepping up so these billion dollar companys can make more money abroad, by making easier for people in another country and buy the wears. Yet, haven’t given much thought to the citizens of their own country, by drafting their own version of the IRA at home! Chinese OEMs are looking to make bigger inroads into Europe and other parts of the world. If they do so as many fear, by offering high quality, premium BEVs, at a much lower price (which I doubt; for I believe their pricing will be in keeping with what is currently on sell in those markets), will they not want their own version of the US IRA to help level the playing field?! It’s all about the money!

    IMHO, if the US doesn’t budge on their current stand on the IRA (which I believe they will), I don’t think a trade war would happen either; not over the sell of passenger vehicles, that is. The US doesn’t export a lot of vehicles to most of the countries that are complaining the most about the IRA! The OEMs that do business in those countries already have facilities in those countries to build their products. The trade imbalance between the US and those countries for like product is so off, such a threat would only impact a few marquee products built in North America and shipped oversees (I.e.: the Mustang, Corvette, Mach-E, Wrangler, etc.).

    Is there a tariff on all Chinese made goods (iPhones, TVs, computers and the like), or just on passenger vehicles? I thought the ‘chicken tax’ applied just to trucks and SUV/CUV/Crossovers and not cars and other products? If this is so, how is it cheaper for GM to build and ship their midsize Buick CUV all the way from China, for sell here in the US??? That said, I always thought, for the most part and in most situations, the best cost for OEMs would derived by building locally? Build where you sell! On top of that, with all the political back-and-forth between the US and China, wouldn’t it make more sense (and be in their best interests) for them to build here. Wouldn’t this kind of absolve them, from some of the political tension between two nations?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 The US exports a lot of vehicles, 1.6M in 2021, and a lot of them are pricey ones from BMW and MB.

  15. wmb Says:

    @14.) What I mean then is vehicles built in North America from local US automakers. I forgot to include some Tesla as well as Lucid models that would be impacted by a trade war. Yet, I would imagine the number of vehicles from other countries that come into the US, is much greater then those that leave these shores bound for other markets. The most that do are from transplant OEMs with factories here, that ship to other markets.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    Foreign-made vehicles imported into the U.S., whether new or used, either for personal use or for sale, are generally dutiable at the following rates: Auto 2.5% Trucks 25% Motorcycles either free or 2.4%

  17. Scott Carter Says:

    E-Fuels cost 3 times more now. 27 years from now, with R&D and government incentives, who knows how much it will fall. E-Fuels will also be needed for all of the used PHEVS, HEVS, and ICE vehicles still on the road in 2035/2040 as well to stave off the global warming effects. Current cars average 12-14 years on the road, so expect total vehicles on the road to still be non-BEV up to 2047 or later.

  18. Scott Carter Says:

    E-Fuels cost 3 times more now. 27 years from now, with R&D and government incentives, who knows how much it will fall. E-Fuels will also be needed for all of the used PHEVS, HEVS, and ICE vehicles still on the road in 2035/2040 as well to stave off the global warming effects. Current cars average 12-14 years on the road, so expect total vehicles on the road to still be non-BEV up to 2047 or later.