AD #3052 – OEMs Want Government Help w/ Chip Shortage; More Hummer SUV Details; How to Calculate EV Efficiency

April 6th, 2021 at 11:49am

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Runtime: 11:06

0:07 Automakers Want U.S. Government to Help w/ Chip Shortage
0:45 VW Group Launching Vehicle-to-Grid Charging
2:32 More Hummer SUV Details
3:52 How to Calculate EV Efficiency
6:01 Buick Teases Long Wheelbase Envision for China
6:26 Polestar Hints at Performance Polestar 2
7:23 Lexus Running Unique Distracted Driver Ad Campaign
9:55 Magna Develops Driver Monitoring Rearview Mirror

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28 Comments to “AD #3052 – OEMs Want Government Help w/ Chip Shortage; More Hummer SUV Details; How to Calculate EV Efficiency”

  1. Walt Says:

    After trying to watch your show again with the idiot used car salesman from Colorado and the not so expert on electric cars I shut you off after a few minutes. Where in the hell do you get these so called experts on your show???

    To begin with electric cars, at present, are almost useless. What idiot, on his way, is going to stop, with a long extension cord begging someone for an hours charge so he can get home.

    The only way electric cars will ever be a viable alternative to the gas powered car, is when #1 when the government standardizes a few battery pack sizes — #2 They establish a network of service stations with an ample supply of these battery packs.– #3 The service station must have the ability to exchange these battery packs in the same time or less it takes to fill your car with gas — and be on their way.

    Come on John — Stop interviewing these bozos with their ridiculous concepts on how great these modern, electronically handicapped automobiles, which incidentally have a reliable life span of less than 100k. My Christ they don’t even,— after realizing what a crock of shit timing belts were—have the design capabilities to go back to timing chains, a real problem as of late in newer cars.

    And you wonder why I still drive my old Falcon. I wouldn’t trade it for any 3 modern new cars you could name. Not a goddamned one is worth their asking price and they are the most unreliable vehicles ever built with all their gadgetry that doesn’t work half the time.

    Don’t believe me –go shop on Craigslist for cars. It’s a real education.

  2. Gatwn Says:

    1 Walt is actually the poster answering to the name of “Larry D.”

  3. Jonathan Says:

    Moral of the story is don’t allow china to mess with taiwan if you want computer chips

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect the EPA uses MPGe to showcase how much more efficient EVs are than gas cars. Even one of the least efficient EVs, the Audi etron is more efficient than the most efficient gas burning mid-size car, Camry LE hybrid.

    Of course, the MPGe numbers are misleading, in that they don’t consider the efficiency, or lack of efficiency, of the power generation plants and the power distribution used to charge the EVs.

  5. Jonathan Says:

    Btw living my new audi etron. No worries on range. Most americans drive less than 40 mike’s a day. If that’s your usage. Ev s rock


  6. Norm T Says:

    Except for when a manufacturer reduces the usable capacity of the battery like GM and Hyundai did with the LGChem battery from Korea.

  7. Rey Says:

    Automakers besides Tesla want Govt help,GM was one of the biggest recipients of all time, of course many commenters here will deny that fact.

  8. Rey Says:

    #1Walt,stuck in the old yesteryears, must be still using leaded gasoline and enjoying the fumes.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Do you use your etron mostly, or entirely for trips within range of home charging?

    As far as efficiency differences among EVs, at this point, it is nearly irrelevant from the customer standpoint. The relatively inefficient etron uses only $2.36 more power per 100 miles than the very efficient Model 3. This is not significant to the people who would buy either car.

  10. Rey Says:

    #1 Walt , he must enjoy working on cars and the seasonal tuneup of sparkplug and carburetor adjustment and fiddling with the choke and stuff like that, you Walt are one of the endangered species on this planet, Electric cars have none of those headaches,heck the darn things don’t even need oil changes.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 It looks like the numbers have changed. #9 refers to #5.

  12. Clem Zahrobsky Says:

    Maybe they should give up on just in time inventory so the chip shortage does not happen again.Chips do not take up much storage space

  13. Victor West Says:

    If we start getting large numbers of electric cars can we expect long lines and waits at the charging stations? How many apartment complexes can have enough charging stations for all the residents. Can people who must park on street in cities charge their cars? Will cross country vacation travel be filled with long charging waits?

  14. Albemarle Says:

    I think someone who still drives a Falcon as a daily driver (assuming it’s not an Australian V8) is not what one would call an active participant in the automotive industry.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    I think if the sticker said 4 KWPH people would freak not knowing what a MPG to MPKW is. the lower the number the worse it looks unless the number is after a $$$ sign. If you were buying something and saw MPGe or range that 353 is going to look a lot more appealing than 4.3 KWPH. To me the 4.3 is more like the gas tank capacity than the miles you can drive. It would be like saying you have 353 miles of range on a 15 gallon tank. That isn’t the number people look for . Total range , maybe, but tank or battery capacity probably not so much.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    #2 More like the Anti- Larry D he was tesla’s greatest cheerleader

  17. cwolf Says:

    The early 60′s Falcon were cute and the mid-60′s , like the Futura, had a sporty look. It would be nice to have a Windsor V8, but the larger 6 wasn’t bad. And don’t forget about the Ranchero. These are sought after for both looks and utility. I’ll even take Walts, if’n free!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Maybe that poster thought it was April 1.

    13 For now, the EV market in the US would seem to be the 70-80% who live in houses, and would be able to charge a car at home. I am not a prospect, because I spend most of the year in a condo with no charging. In time, I’d expect there to be charging at most apartments and condos, and for on-street parking, but that will take years, or decades to happen.

    I’ve read that even Tesla Superchargers sometimes have waits in certain areas, but for the most part, they don’t have waits. At this time, at least in the US, Teslas seem to be the only EVs that are even moderately practical for long road trips. The other public chargers are sporadically located, often don’t work, etc., not what you need on a highway trip.

  19. cwolf Says:

    Question: Would “vehicle-to-grid” have a negative impact on battery life over time?

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 A college friend had a ’60 Falcon with the little (144 CID?) six, and two speed automatic. I don’t know what the problem was, but that engine was not very good. It smoked profusely, at very low mileage, like ~40K. Another college friend had an early V8 Falcon, maybe a ’63 or ’64, with a manual trans, that was a cool car, quick for the time, and much better mpg than my ’57 Chrysler. I think the V8 Falcon engine was a 260.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I’d think it would. There would be more charge-discharge cycling of the batteries, which is a big factor in battery lifetime.

  22. Mac Says:

    If the major auto manufacturers think chips are hard to come by right now, wait until they get the government involved! This is laughable.


    I am confused. The OEMs mismanaged their supply chain and now the tax payers of the USA need to help them out? Sorry OEMs, get better supply chain management techniques. Perhaps instead of treating your suppliers like they are light switches to be turned on and off at your every whim, you should understand the consequences of your actions before you do it. Every action has a reaction. To do what the OEMs did without understanding the consequences is just poor management techniques from the OEMs. I fail to see what the tax payers need to do for them other then maybe train their supply chain managers to do better.

  24. joe Says:

    Larry D is back in disguise with a new agenda.

  25. cwolf Says:

    I think the gov’t could help the chip makers by other means than bailing them out. They could speed up their depreciation schedule and delay taxes or small, but meaningful, things like this.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It appears that the basic problem is that more global semiconductor production capacity is needed. Consumer electronics use is up, and the car companies “lost out” by cutting orders last year. As one who worked in the semiconductor business, I well know that you don’t add capacity overnight.

  27. Fstfwrd Says:

    And why should the government step in at all for the chip shortage?? Aren’t we taxpayers on the hook for enough already?

    Walt needs to watch his language. I think it is ok to have an opposing opinion, but one doesn’t need to call names or use inappropriate language.
    I’m not a saint but would feel more comfortable if one of my grandchildren wants to read these comments.

  28. Alex Carazan Says:

    HUMMER EV: $110,000! Surely it will sell like hotcakes! Business case must look great!