AD #3216 – UAW Changes Election Process; Renault Holds Hackathon to Reduce Carbon Footprint; Toyota Taps BYD’s Blade Battery

December 3rd, 2021 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 8:26

0:07 Inventory Levels Up Slightly in November
0:45 UAW Changes How it Elects Leaders
1:15 Renault Holds Hackathon to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint
3:06 Toyota Developing BEV w/ BYD’s Blade Battery
4:20 Top Chinese EV Startups
4:52 BEVs As a Percent of Total Sales
6:16 Magna to Supply Mercedes with Hybrid DCT
6:40 Bosch Starting Silicon Carbide Chip Production
7:19 VW Taigo Goes on Sale in Europe

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13 Comments to “AD #3216 – UAW Changes Election Process; Renault Holds Hackathon to Reduce Carbon Footprint; Toyota Taps BYD’s Blade Battery”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Out of the top 5 Chinese start-ups how many are selling vehicles outside of China?

    Sometime in October we started receiving a component with an alternative microchip. Not familiar with the specifics of whether it was a different chip supplier or different chip altogether but we expect more changes in other components as well.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Looking at electric sales from a percentage point of view is interesting but when looking at a manufacturer like porsche I think its not the same. How many of those porsches are 2nd, 3rd or 4th cars and not daily drivers. I would think more people are open to the idea of an electric if it’s probably going to sit in the garage all week and be ready to go for the sunday drive.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    That VW Taigo looks like about the same size as the old Dodge Caliber’s and at $21.500 USD would be maybe as popular. Wonder if we will see it in the states?

  4. Clem Zahrobsky Says:

    Bosch Starting Silicon Carbide Chip Production. Worked doing research on growing these crystals for semiconductors back in the 60S.Progress moves slowly as the military was paying for the research back then.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 I know two Taycan owners, and both use them as daily drivers, within range of home charging, but I don’t think either uses them for long highway trips. I’m sure the Porsches most used as “do everything” vehicles are the Cayenne and Macan, but I know people who use 911s for commuting, and a recent college grad who has a Cayman as an only car.

  6. Bob Wilson Says:

    Clever use of the word “traditional” in the EV sales report to make the Tesla elephant in the room disappear.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    Elon’s latest email stopped the end of quarter delivery rush … to save the stress and expense. But this year it is a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to his employees.

  8. XA351GT Says:

    Fiat has all that inventory , because nobody wants it.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Isn’t the remaining Fiat in the US market the one like the Jeep Renegade? If you want one of those, the Fiat could be a good deal, if Jeep dealers can do warranty work.

  10. Sean Wagner Says:

    Kit – Regarding your previous question about the Mach-E in Norway (which I reiterate is a special case).

    Ford has been losing significant market share in Europe over the last couple of years. It’s not long ago that the Fiesta headed the list (for once) of best-selling cars overall.

    So, Ford sold a pitiful 3’248 cars in NO in 2020.
    This year, they sold 5’857 Mach-E’s there alone.

    Sources:
    http://www.statista.com/statistics/419224/leading-car-brands-registered-in-norway/
    elbilstatistikk.no/

    Another interesting stat. Tesla sold almost no cars in the Netherlands this year (under 3K), unlike previously, and when the market is booming. In fact, the Mach-E outsold the brand.

    I take it that EV supplies are going to those countries where demand and margins are best. It will be interesting to follow the ramping up of Tesla’s Berlin/Brandenburg Gigafactory.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I found that Ford still does well in the UK, but that’s their bright spot in Europe, though Mach-E coild change that.

  12. Sean Wagner Says:

    11 – Even in the UK, Ford’s market share plunged from 12% to 9% in four years. For Europe as a whole, it almost halved inside a generation.

    By the way, Genesis just introduced a station wagon here. Not sure if this has been covered on autoline. Looks amazing:

    https://www.genesis.com/worldwide/en/models/luxury-sedan-genesis/g70/shooting-brake.html

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    Kit, I didn’t know it was the ONLY Fiat left in the US until you said it, but the 500X is mechanically identical to the Renegade. They are both made in Melfi, Italy; the first production Jeep made outside the US. Fiat’s website lists only the 2021 500X under “Models”, starting at $26K with $2K cash back or 0% for 72 months.
    Supposedly, they will still be available in the US in 2022, but they aren’t on their site yet.