AD #3286 – VW’s Massive EV Investment in U.S.; Porsche EV Cost Will Match ICE in 2-3 Years; Volvo C40 Recharge Impressions

March 22nd, 2022 at 11:49am

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Runtime: 10:23

0:07 VW Makes Massive EV Investment in the U.S.
1:01 Tesla’s Made in Berlin Reach Customer Hands
1:39 Bridgestone Continues Expansion Into Mobility Services
2:43 Porsche Says EV Cost Will Match ICE in 2-3 Years
3:28 Cadillac Kicks Off BEV Production
4:00 Ford F-150 Lightning Range Released
4:41 Audi Develops Filter to Clean Water
6:05 Volvo C40 Recharge 1st Drive Review
9:13 Lotus Comes Out with “World’s Most Powerful 4-Cylinder”

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14 Comments to “AD #3286 – VW’s Massive EV Investment in U.S.; Porsche EV Cost Will Match ICE in 2-3 Years; Volvo C40 Recharge Impressions”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lotus claims that they have the “world’s most powerful 4 cylinder engine,” but a CUV immediately came to mind which I thought had more power, the AMG GLA45. I looked it up, and it does, in fact, have more power, 382 hp. There are probably other production fours in road vehicles with more than 350 hp.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    “Porsche Says EV Cost Will Match ICE in 2-3 Years”. Yea maybe for similar model Porsche’s but I doubt the average family vehicle will match for a few more years.

  3. Alex Borenstein Says:

    Congrats to Elon for getting through that regulatory and political thicket in Berlin.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Macan already costs enough more than its platform mate Tiguan to cover the “EV premium,” and even the Q5 is $11K cheaper than the Porsche.

    I’ve read that 718 Cayman/Boxster will be EV starting in 2025. It will be interesting to see how those are priced. The current 718s cover a wide price range, from ~$60K for the base 2.0 liter car, to well over $100K for the Cayman GT4 RS.

  5. ChuckGrenci Says:

    The Lotus Emira sure is a ‘looker’, plenty of power and hopefully light (as most Lotus’ strive for); I couldn’t find weight in the extended text but assume it’s pretty svelte.

  6. Buzzerd Says:

    I watched the After Hours show with Schmidt yesterday and really enjoyed it. If I was on the Autoline crew I would be lobbying heavy for the crew to set up another show in a German Biergarten. Actually I think you’re a bit nuts if you don’t.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I now understand the Lotus claim of the “most powerful 4 cylinder engine.” They just neglected to say that it’s a de-tuned version of the most powerful 4 cylinder engine, which makes 416 hp in some AMG CLA, GLA, and C-Class vehicles.

    It looks like the Emira weighs about 3100 pounds, so should have plenty of power with its 350 hp.

  8. rick Says:

    2.0L mercedes AMG 4 cyl. engine 416hp 369lb ft 2015 mitsubishi lancer evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition 440hp 412lb ft

  9. Bob Aubertin Says:

    In reference to:1:) V W’s E V announcement, they will have a lot of catching up to do.First of all TESLA the world’s leading sales E V maker leads ALL E V manufacturers combined.What will kill the V W bottom line is Too Much Product in the marketplace by adding 25 New E V’s in their lineup offering in the future.

    In my humble opinion Tesla is on Top with only Three models and the truck to follow later.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I hadn’t heard of the FQ-440 MR, but I looked it up. It sounds like a street legal near rally car, that was sold only in the UK, with 40 built. It would be quite a rare machine.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 You are correct that releasing 25 models of EVs most likely will be a financial disaster for VW. Tesla is doing very well because they have enough models to support demand. The demand allows them to sell those models in large volume. All VW will end up doing is having 25 models that maybe sell 10K units a year making them utter failures.
    This isn’t the case of make more and they will come. The demand is slowly increasing and I think manufacturers like Ford are on the right track. They released the Mach-e and the lightning. With those two models Ford can support the demand for BEVs. As it increases then add more products to the line-up but I think manufacturers are fooling to think they can pick a date and just go pure electric and assume the demand will be there. They need to grow with the change.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 I agree that VW releasing 25 EVs is crazy, even if they are spread over VW Group’s many brands. I’ve often wondered why GM would have so many different CUVs, many of them similar in size. Does it increase GM’s total sales that much to have 3 little Korean CUVs, and about 6 different mid-size CUVs? Tesla does well with 4 models, with only two models making up the bulk of sales.

  13. TERRY Says:

    Granting that the Lotus has the most horsepower of a turbochared 4 cylinder making 350 hp with an 8 speed transmission. The Cadillac CT4-V we recently bought has a turbocharged 4 cylinder making 330 hp with a 10 speed transmission with paddle shifting.

  14. TERRY Says:

    Granting that the Lotus has the most horsepower of a turbochared 4 cylinder making 350 hp with an 8 speed transmission. The Cadillac CT4-V we recently bought has a turbocharged 4 cylinder making 330 hp with a 10 speed transmission with paddle shifting.