AD #3412 – Ford Raids Silicon Valley for Talent; VW Concept Anticipates AV Travel; Mahle’s IC Components for H2 Engines

September 23rd, 2022 at 11:53am

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Runtime: 10:11

0:08 Ford Raids Silicon Valley for Talent
1:22 Qualcomm’s Automotive Chip Business Is Booming
2:19 Canada Becoming Major Source of EV Raw Materials
3:59 Mercedes G-Class Going Electric
4:31 VW Concept Anticipates Autonomous Travel
5:21 BMW’s Hybrid V8 Race Engine
6:49 DHS Buys a Mustang Mach-E
7:28 Mahle’s IC Components for H2 Engines
8:28 Toyota TABC Turns 50

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11 Comments to “AD #3412 – Ford Raids Silicon Valley for Talent; VW Concept Anticipates AV Travel; Mahle’s IC Components for H2 Engines”


    Mahle IC engines running on hydrogen will still have NOx emissions. Yes, you removed the CO2 but still can’t say its green.

  2. D Ford Says:

    Makes sense to make just about anything near where the raw materials come from. As to Mahle’s work, it’s just my opinion, but I think looking for different fuel formulas could be a good practice. Yesterday I made a comment half-seriously about CO2 volume in the atmosphere. I was made aware of how much CO2 has increased since the industrial age, which made me do a little poking around for weather prior to this. Now I am a bit more concerned because I definitely don’t want a return to the harsh winters of my childhood, let alone some of the nasty weather experienced right before the industrial age.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Fuel cells suddenly make a lot more sense. You can burn hydrogen, most of which comes from natural gas, in an IC engine, or you can use it in a fuel cell, and get twice the efficiency. Yeah, the fuel cell vehicle would be more expensive to make, at least now.

  4. Albemarle Says:

    Governments measure and control vehicle pollutants, not green house gasses. A catalytic converter is supposed to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the exhaust to straight N + O2. But it’s not perfect. A bunch of the NO2 just gets some of the oxygen stripped and becomes N2O, which is laughing gas. It’s 300 times worse for the environment that carbon dioxide, but not regulated by the EPA because it’s not smog. We’ve got a handle on the acid rain problem by getting rid of nitrogen dioxide, but added to the environmental problems. We just need to stop burning stuff.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Also, getting rid of sulphur in diesel fuel and “scrubbing” it from coal fired power plant exhaust was a big factor in reducing acid rain.

  6. wmb Says:

    Canada becoming a local source of EV raw materials is a better argument, then the complaints about the incentives promised by the current administration to voters. What one country does to benefit its citizens and electorate, should have nothing to do with with the leaders of another country. It is as if one leader is looking over the shoulder of another and telling them what to do! Yet, being or becoming a leader in an aspect or direction that that country is moving in, carries a lot more weight, a point of discussion and potential compromise among world leaders and the nations that they shepherd!

    I must say that the exterior design of VW’s concept is very sharp and appealing, to my eye. While many have pointed out that BEVs have unlimited styling potential, most have stayed to close to their ICE brother’n. While not a bad thing in most cases and this concept still holds to a two box shape, it’s execution is a little different and remarkable. IMHO. The level 5 autonomy, folding, swiveling and reclining seat of the interior, with its dividing walls and table, seems a bit more of a reach it me, though.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I went to the James Dean Festival car show this weekend in Fairmount, Indiana. There were hundreds of cars, most of them ’50s and ’60s. I really like seeing older cars at shows, but have little desire to own one, having lived with them, and knowing how much better today’s cars are.

  8. ChuckGrenci Says:

    7, I think I know what you mean. It’s great to see the cars you grew up with and appreciate the the time and love that went into them to keep them looking, sometimes better, then when they were new, but space, time or ultimate desire is enough to keep them ‘someone’ elses. I have appreciation and awe for those that do though.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I, too really appreciate that there are people who keep them going. I especially appreciate people who keep them more-or-less original, instead of putting a Chevy 350 in a 1936 Ford.

    There was a nice ’56 DeSoto for sale at the show, similar to a car my family had. It would be fun to have, but how do you get parts if you need anything other than tires? I am having a hard time getting a part I need for my 1989 van.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    7,8,9 That’s the great part about a Resto-Mod. I would like to have my old 70′s GTO back or my brothers 67 convertible Mustang but with a modern LS motor and suspension swap. The interior and exterior of the muscle cars are fine the way they came but yea drivetrain and suspension has come a long way.
    I can appreciate those that keep them original too, but its difficult and can be expensive. I built a 35 Chevy up years ago but I found the body on frame out there in Indiana. Problem was thats all I got. No engine or trans so restoring it back to original at 18 years old really wasnt an option. So in went the SB Chevy and 400 trans and it became a hotrod.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 I’m with you as I like to see these AV/EV take advantage of the freed up space and go beyond car design. In reality its no longer a car. Once autonomous and electric it more of a mobility device and its function will seriously change with full-autonomy. I could see short trip inner-city devices resembling more like public transit interiors like busses and subways. Maybe even mostly standing room. Longer trips should be more like the VW concept with places eat hold meetings or relax watch TV maybe sleep.

    So yeah the VW design is headed in the right direction and I think in almost a mirror contrast from the 50-60s Interior design will become the key difference between brands. I think vehicles will continue to look more and more alike on the outside and focus will shift to the interiors. Guess we will see.