AD #3485 – A Different Theory Why Tesla Cut Prices; What, a Mach-E Hearse?; Continental’s Battery Impact Detector

January 17th, 2023 at 11:42am

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Runtime: 10:13

0:00 A Different Theory Why Tesla Cut Prices
1:23 EU Wants Its Own IRA
2:23 60% of Lincoln Dealers Agree to Sell EVs
3:45 Volvo Offers RWD for 1st Time in 25 Years
5:02 India Could be Huge EV Market
6:07 Aramco Could Join Geely/Renault ICE JV
7:28 What, a Mach-E Hearse?
8:00 Hertz Puts 25,000 EVs in EU
8:36 Continental’s Battery Impact Detector

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22 Comments to “AD #3485 – A Different Theory Why Tesla Cut Prices; What, a Mach-E Hearse?; Continental’s Battery Impact Detector”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m not sure that just because Continental developed an impact detection system, I would want to rid the car of the skid plate. Thats like an off roader removing the oil pan skid plate because they installed an oil pressure gage. Great its detected but the damage is done. Seems like a bad idea.

  2. Dave Says:

    Standard oil cut prices on kerosene in the late 19th century since they had a more efficient process of refining crude oil and lower cost but then got the name of predatory pricing and “robber baron” will Tesla?

  3. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    I’m not a fan of EV’s, but I’ve got to say that the Mach-E makes a good looking limo. At least in pictures.

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    I’m not a subscriber to the YouTube channel but I am to the week long email and watch from your site but I guess that doesn’t count as a youtube subscription. So I’ll hit the subscribe button on the Tube.

  5. Albemarle Says:

    1. Exactly my thoughts.

    Perhaps Aramco with its billions will start subsidizing ICE engines. Anything to keep the dollars flowing.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Last three stories when from Hearse to Hertz to hurts. :-)

    Seems like an EV Hearse would be a good application. I dont imagine they need much range most of the time. If they do need a charge they have nothing but time.

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    1, I agree; shutting down the battery ‘after’ a hit just doesn’t do enough for a ‘hit’ that would shut down the battery but really doesn’t avert the hit in the first place. I suppose I could be onboard with Continental’s system if it were there to protect the battery from a runaway fire but only in conjunction with, maybe, a smaller skid plate, so protection would be there for a major incident.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    I think its time for India to have a one-child policy.

    I wonder if Ford still has the marketing rights to the model name Sierra? It was a volume model for Ford in Europe for many years.

  9. John McElroy Says:

    #4. Thanks Buzzerd, for both subscriptions! We truly appreciate your support.

  10. DanaPointJohn Says:

    I have been an Autoline YouTube subscriber for years now! Good luck on surpassing 100K!


    1) I agree. The protection should also be at the front of the car and basically be an undercar cow catcher like on the front of a train. Any non-deformable object larger than the underbody height gets deflected to the outside of the underbody. They should do this now even on an ICE vehicle.

  12. Norm T Says:

    YouTube subscribed!

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I subscribed to your youtube channel a while back.

  14. Lex Says:

    I agree totally with #1 Lambo215. The battery pack is the most expensive part of the EV.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    Been here for years too, and actually thought I had already subscribed to your You Tube channel. Guess not but subscribed now.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Last night’s final Jeopardy was:

    “These were first sold in 1908, at a price equivalent to about $27,000 today.”

    In a rare occurrence, I knew it, but none of the contestants did. For those who didn’t see the show, what’s your thought?

  17. Albemarle Says:

    16. Loyal Jeopardy fan. Keeps me humble. I got it too. Since the actual price was much lower in 1908 dollars, it always gets me thinking about what lifestyle I could have with today’s dollars. Of course, I’d already be dead by my age.

  18. merv Says:

    subscription done

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 It got a lot cheaper by the mid 1920s.

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    A subtle side effect from Tesla price cutting will be increasing the supply of battery feedstock. If your competition can’t sell or stay in business, their feedstock goes to the open market.

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    16 Was it the Buick Model 10 Runabout? That sold for $900 which google says a 1908 $1 is worth $32.26 today so that = $29,000? The model T was $950 so thats more but 1908 was its first year.

    Been telling all my car guy friends to subscribe and hope you reach your goal.

    20 On the Tesla price cut I really wonder if it will make much difference. Sure they can drop prices and it may force others to drop too and that hurts their bottom line, but good thing is the consumer wins. So, as they shop around for an EV I’m not really sure there are enough models to do a apples to apples comparision. Also the prices are still slightly higher than a comparable ICE so price may not be the buyers main concern. They may still buy what they want without much concern over a price difference of a few grand. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 It was the Model T. Here’s a good article comparing the Model T and the Buick.

    I didn’t realize that the Model T and Buick were close in price early on. Of course, the price of the T decreased to about 1/3 the 1908 price, and Buick prices probably only went up.