AD #2146 – Volkswagen Drops the Touareg, Daimler’s Diesel Troubles Deepen, OEMs Want China to Back Off EV Targets

July 13th, 2017 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:43

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- Daimler’s Diesel Troubles Deepen
- FCA Resumes Diesel Ram Production
- Toyota Hydrogen Project Kicks Off
- Volkswagen Drops the Touareg
- OEMs Want China to Back Off EV Targets
- Hyperloop One Passes Its First Test

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14 Comments to “AD #2146 – Volkswagen Drops the Touareg, Daimler’s Diesel Troubles Deepen, OEMs Want China to Back Off EV Targets”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If any country could pull-off an electric mandate, I would put my money on China; after-all, they can strong arm their people like few others. Communism/Socialism can be a powerful thing.

  2. Albemarle Says:

    1) I agree. Makes you wonder why OEMs are demanding a country change what they want to do to what the manufacturers want them to do. Doubt it works anywhere where a government has a backbone. Classic way to look stupid and burn bridges.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’m happy to hear that Ram and Jeep are going back into the diesel bidness. Sometimes I think it’s a kind of witch hunt on diesels. I know VW screwed the pooch for a lot of years,but I have my doubts about FCA having done the same thing.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I guess Touaregs sell better, when you add $30K to the price, and call them Audi or Porsche.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Tesla news.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/teslas-skid-is-coming-at-the-worst-time-1499446957?mod=e2tw

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 limited access. I tried opening the article again, and I’ve exceeded my limit.

  7. Lisk Says:

    I wonder if the common denominator in the diesel-gate scenarios is Bosch? Did they supply some of the software coding to Mercedes like VW?

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Lisk:
    Did they supply the same to VM Motori? Or does VM use their own in house stuff? Hmmm

  9. George Ricci Says:

    Wow, Toyota’s Hydrogen forklift project takes 3 steps backwards to go one step forward! It would be much more efficient to just install the Prius batteries in the forklifts and charge them directly from the wind turbines. They could even make quick swap battery packs which would eliminate the recharge time and the no wind issues. But no, they have to waste renewable energy on the very inefficient process of making hydrogen. Compressing hydrogen to 10,000psi takes an additional 15% of the energy you had to start with. Using “excess electricity” to charge batteries would waste about 20% of the energy you had to start with. If you are going to all the effort to make hydrogen, then use the “excess electricity” to make more hydrogen and store it, so you can use it when there is no wind and skip the whole battery step. But as I pointed out in the beginning, it is must better and efficient to use renewable energy directly in lighting, running equipment, charging batteries, etc, than wasting it on an inefficient process of making hydrogen.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The fork lift probably wouldn’t be able to carry enough smallish, 1.4 kWh Prius batteries to have much run time, but yeah, this whole hydrogen-to-run-vehicles idea makes little sense to me.

  11. Ukendoit Says:

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  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just tried autoline.com on my phone, and what came up looked pretry bad. Autoline.tv has been what I’ve used, I think for years.

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    Thanks, Kit, that worked for me. I guess I’ll start using “.tv” instead.
    I think John has patented everything “autoline” except the old motor oil, so they ought to clamp down on those that jumped in on their e-property while they were on vacation!

  14. Ukendoit Says:

    FWIW, the web address looks good; back to normal this week.