AD #3550 – Tesla Earnings Healthy, But Down Sharply; CATL’s New 500 Wh/Kg Battery; What? A Mustang Raptor?

April 20th, 2023 at 11:52am

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0:00 Tesla Earnings Healthy, But Down Sharply
1:14 Tesla Facing Tougher Competition
1:45 What’s On That Cybertruck?
2:22 CATL’s New 500 Wh/Kg Battery
3:52 New Lincoln Nautilus Costs a Lot More
4:45 Hyundai Plunges Ahead with Lunar Rover
5:15 What? A Mustang Raptor?
6:48 Ford Shipping F-150 Lightnings to Norway
7:38 Honda Civic Type R Smashes FWD Lap Record

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21 Comments to “AD #3550 – Tesla Earnings Healthy, But Down Sharply; CATL’s New 500 Wh/Kg Battery; What? A Mustang Raptor?”

  1. Ziggy Says:

    Mustang Raptor. Nice 4/20 joke. Hahahahahahaha

  2. Ziggy Says:

    Big cylinder for the Cybertruck? That’s part of the built in acetylene welding option.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    I toured around Norway last year on a motorcycle and there was a few things that really stood out like how incredibly clean the whole country was and how many large older American cars we saw. Ford LTD’s, Caprice classics- even a 90′s caprice wagon… Norwegians have more room to park these beasts compared to a lot of Europe so it made a bit of sense. With the push for Electric cars there I can see Ford selling a decent amount of Lightnings.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    #1 Yeah someone is smoking some good stuff.

  5. Wim van Acker Says:

    @3 while Norway has huge oil and gas reserves and only 5 million inhabitants society is preparing for post-fossil fuels life. Their sovereign wealth fund is one of largest in the world and their debt is low, so they could afford to provide the population with free energy. In reality gasoline prices are among the highest in Europe (and hence the world).

  6. Buzzerd Says:

    @5 but gas price is only one part of the equation, you need a spot to park the vehicle and for many in large cities and even the bedroom communities, large American vehicles barely fit and sometimes not at all. That was the original thought behind the SMART car, you could park almost anywhere.

  7. ATGR Says:

    Obviously it’s a resonator for the exhaust, silly! You really should have known.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    Cybertruck- that cylinder is the optional hot air blowing system, when you get tired of telling everyone within ear shot of how great the truck and tesla and batteries are you can hit the optional system to blow hot air for you. I thought it would have been a larger tank.

  9. Lew Says:

    The big cylinder for the Cybertruck is helium to make the truck lighter. The old version was 5000 Hummingbirds tied to the truck bed,flapping wings. Cost of bid seed was too high. Glad to see no snarky remarks today.

  10. ArtG Says:

    1. Maybe not

  11. Wim van Acker Says:

    Cyber Truck: vehicle-long decals “I LOVE THIS DESIGN” come standard. Removing those is a $10,000 option.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Wasn’t Cybertruck cancelled? It was announced ages ago, and still doesn’t exist.

  13. Wim van Acker Says:

    212 Today’s rocket was cancelled, Kit

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I heard about that. Falcon has been impressively reliable, but the big one, not so much.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think I’ll pass on the $82K Chinese Ford.


    15) A very hard pass. Regardless of where it is built, buying that car is just lighting money on fire. They rapidly become worthless in just a few years. Depreciation is one of Lincolns biggest issues. I think it is because they are just a Ford with window dressing. Like trying to pretend McDonalds is a Ruth Chris steakhouse by adding some curtains and vinyl covered chairs instead of plastic. If Lincoln was to offer something unique that is not found on the Ford twin, particularly the drivetrain, then they may actually hold some value. Otherwise it is a race to equalize value with its Ford twin on the used market. It also doesn’t help that the Ford Twin is loaded with reliability problems/recalls and that carries into the Lincoln brand unabated.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Maybe Lincoln needs to bring back the Town Car, on a more modern platform. There is nothing like that on the market.


    17) That would be something.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17,18 Make it fuel efficient, with a properly done hybrid powertrain.


    19) That would fix the only real major flaw that car had. I would throw in seats with a just a touch more bolstering, properly tuned variable steering, and larger brakes just for good measure. Ford would have to make sure that the legendary reliability of the Town Car would remain. That reliability is why they are still worth a bit of money decades on.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 I don’t see many Town Cars. They wouldn’t have worn out very quickly, so maybe a lot of them ended up in NYC for premium taxis.