AD #3546 – Nissan Plans EV Strategy w/o Renault; Toyota Partners with Exxon On eFuels; Silverado HD Gets ZR2 Package

April 14th, 2023 at 11:59am

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0:08 Nissan Plans New EV Strategy Without Renault
1:00 Ferrari Has Record Number of Orders
1:43 Lucid & Faraday Struggle to Ramp Up Production
3:45 Toyota Partners with Exxon To Develop eFuels
4:35 Toyota Tests Hydrogen Utility Tractors
5:30 Scania Introduces Electric Car Hauler
6:54 Chevy Silverado HD Gets ZR2 Package for First Time
8:07 Ford Reveals More Powerful Electric Drag Car
9:02 New Lincoln Nautilus Interior Teased

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19 Comments to “AD #3546 – Nissan Plans EV Strategy w/o Renault; Toyota Partners with Exxon On eFuels; Silverado HD Gets ZR2 Package”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Faraday is just another Elio Motors. Keep pushing back build dates and needing more and more money. At this point the investors have to be nervous and demanding some results. Id be surprised if they launch at all and even if they do if they can manage to sustain any sales. I would think its buyer beware and will take some people willing to take a risk to buy one.

  2. GM Veteran Says:

    In ten years, after all of the lawsuits have been settled, a few FF91 prototypes will sell on Bring A Trailer as a collectable curiosity with an interesting corporate collapse story of what could have been.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Tesla is the first new U.S. company since Chrysler in ~1925 to make more than a few thousand cars. Maybe it will be another ~80 years until another car company comes along, and survives.

  4. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – I was going to argue that Rivian has built more than a few thousand vehicles, but then you added the part about surviving. I’m not sure if they’ve got what it takes yet.

  5. Dave Says:

    Will Lucid & Faraday make it?? Tesla on the other hand it is a matter of when not if they produce a million vehicles a year in America alone. On the other hand what will transport be in 80 years from now I have seen Star Trek but I won’t be here but they’ll be able to beam people around??

  6. Wim van Acker Says:

    @1 I had to look that one up. I have missed the news about Elio.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 They touted a 80 MPG gas three wheeled car for like $6800 but came to the party just as EVs were becoming popular. They bought an old GM plant and made a few prototypes. I thought it looked pretty promising and was interested. Not enough to place down a deposit but I ride my motorcycle a lot and having something enclosed with A/C to drive to work year-round. I would have gotten one.
    They kept delaying and delaying years past production start-up and lost steam and then EVs hit and I knew it would never be.
    Their web site is still up and I guess they are looking to go electric which may work. I thought the design of the car was attractive enough and room for two. However once youve burned all your investors I dont see how they will ever launch now.
    New Auto companies are like planes. If you dont launch sucessfully on time your chances of getting off the ground run out like a short runway. Missed dates are almost always nails in the coffin.


    7) I got to see their prototype in person once. It was an attractive car and fairly roomy on the inside. Their downfall was trying to make their own engine versus just using the Geo metro engine. They should have just stuck with that and they would have launched on time. Once they were established, they could have funded their own engine or gone electric, whatever the right choice would have been at that point.

  9. Wim van Acker Says:

    @7, 8 thank you for the background. Now, I vaguely remember AutolineTV reporting it, but I must have skipped it. Have a great weekend.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Sean, yeah, I didn’t word things quite right. Maybe Rivian has more chance than most of them, depending on how much the Saudi Kingdom is willing to throw at Lucid.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I can’t imagine why they wanted to make their own engine, when lots of good engines the type they wanted are available.

  12. Sean Wagner Says:

    Interesting discussion about Elio motors. Didn’t know they’d planned on starting out with a custom-designed ICE. Talk of adding unnecessary hurdles.

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I found, I think, a pretty good YouTube on why Chevrolet dropped the V-6 and transitioned to the 2.7 turbo engine. It sure made me feel better about the transition as I’ve had numerous 3.6 V-6′s and have had good luck and pleasant experiences with them. If you’re so inclined, here’s the link:

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Interesting.

    I’ve only played about a third of it, but he makes a point. In practice, though, I don’t see efficiency advantages with these turbo engines, either in EPA numbers or even more so, in real world mpg. With a 10 speed automatic, it shouldn’t make much performance difference what the torque curve looks like. It seems to be all about people not liking to hear engines rev very high.

  15. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Listening to the engineer, I recall him saying that they traded fuel mileage for over-all less emissions, along with the greater power and torque. I would have hoped for better EPA mileage figures. I’ve seen in other postings that the numbers are 22 hwy for 2 WD and 21 for 4 WD; not stellar by any stretch and a little disappointing in my evaluation (lower CO2 or not).

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Ratings for 2WD Silverado and V6 mild hybrid Ram.

    Mild hybrids don’t normally buy you much in mpg, so I’m not too impressed with the efficiency of the 2.7t. I haven’t driven either, though, so don’t know how either would impress me in that regard.

  17. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I’m thinking that even the midsized trucks are ‘huge’, over 4000 pounds and shaped like a brick. With Interstate speeds as high as they are, and with the general public running even higher, it’s tough pushing them ‘boxes’ through the air. My huge Cadillac CT6, which is not small in the least, must have good aerodynamics as I’m usually on the cusp of 30 mpg at freeway speeds.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Yep, low is good for fuel efficiency. Also, for low drag vehicles with big engines, really tall gearing is good for highway mpg. Recent Corvettes get near 30 mpg at ~80 mph, with the engine turning ~1400 rpm.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    Those Active air dams seem to be helpful. On the Cruze it improved MPG .5 to 1, and on the Colorado pick up people have claimed to see as much as 2mpg gain.