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0:00 UAW Contracts Will Likely Be Approved
1:13 ChargePoint Launching 500 kW Chargers
2:10 Only EVs on Track for Net-Zero
3:44 Hyundai Gives the IONIQ 5 the “N” Treatment
4:56 Genesis Adds Another SUV to Its U.S. Lineup
5:48 Ford Gives Owners Fast Feedback Tech
6:49 Toyota & Redwood Expand Partnership to Material Supply
7:22 Chinese EV Goes with Gullwing Doors
8:33 Domino’s Creates Pizza Delivery E-Bike
This is Autoline Daily, the show dedicated to enthusiasts of the global automotive industry.
UAW CONTRACT LIKELY APPROVED
Yesterday we wondered if UAW president Shawn Fain had raised member’s expectations too high, but it looks like some of the angst over the UAW contract is finally coming to an end. Yesterday, workers at GM’s Arlington, Texas plant approved the contract by nearly 61%. And that boosted the overall “yes” votes at GM to nearly 54%. 66% of Ford and Stellantis workers have also voted yes so far. While there are still a couple of dozen locals at the Detroit Three who have yet to vote, it looks like the new contracts are going to get approved. As if to put an exclamation point on it, workers at Mack Truck ended their 39 day strike and approved their UAW contract. And all of this is now going to free up Shawn Fain to go after the transplants and EV startups to try and organize them. So we’re curious what you all think about it. Which non-union automaker do you think the union will go after first?
CHARGEPOINT LAUNCHES 500 KW EV CHARGERS
They say that charging anxiety is the new range anxiety for EVs. So Mercedes and ChargePoint are installing new fast chargers that will at least get EVs back on the road faster. Earlier this year, Mercedes announced it’s following in Tesla’s footsteps and will open its own charging network. It just opened its first hub in the U.S. located at its North American headquarters in Georgia. The automaker partnered with ChargePoint to install 400-kW fast chargers. Mercedes will open more locations in Texas, Florida, Alabama and Georgia by the end of the year and by the end of the decade it plans to have 2,500 chargers at 400 charging hubs across North America. And they’re open to any brand. While Mercedes says the chargers deliver 400 kilowatts, ChargePoint it will have versions capable of 500 kilowatts.
EV’S THE ONLY CLIMATE SAVING TECH THAT’S ON TRACK
Of all the global efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, only electric vehicles are on track to reach that goal. That’s according to a joint study from the Bezos Earth Fund and other non-profit groups, which looked at several areas including electricity, industry, transport and land. It found that measures to curb government subsidies of fossil fuels and the need for increased green steel production are lagging. The study says reforestation and cutting beef output are heading the right way but are too slow. The only area that was on track to hit net-zero carbon emissions is electric vehicle sales, which have been growing at 65% since 2018.
NACTOY JURORS JUDGE THE 2024’S
What are the best new cars, trucks and utilities that came out this year? That’s what we’ll be talking about on Autoline After Hours today. We’ll have three jurors from the North American Car Of The Year awards on the show to go through the best and worst of the model year. So join John and Gary, who are also on the NACTOY jury, when the show goes live on the new Autoline website and our YouTube channel at 3PM EST.
HYUNDAI GIVES IONIQ 5 THE “N” TREATMENT
Hyundai doesn’t think that sporty driving in an electric car is all that engaging, so its first performance EV, the IONIQ 5 N will pump an artificial mixture into the cabin of electric motor and IC engine that reacts to the drivers inputs, while also simulating the feeling of shifting gears. Some people will look down on that as being fake, but there are also a lot of real performance parts thrown at this car. It ticks the boxes for all the usual suspects, like brakes, suspension, steering, wheels and tires. But Hyundai put a lot of effort into ensuring that the IONIQ 5 N wouldn’t crap out after a few laps on the track as well. It comes with a larger 84 kWh battery pack. That pack and the motors have their own independent radiators. And the thermal management system has increased cooling area and volume, better motor oil cooling and a battery chiller. Combined its motors make nearly 480 kW or just over 600 horsepower and it will do 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds. Examples start hitting dealer showrooms in March of next year.
GENESIS ADDS ANOTHER SUV TO LINE-UP
Speaking of the Hyundai Group, Genesis announced that its first ever GV80 Coupe will be available in North America. Revealed at the New York auto show in April, the fastback SUV joins the redesigned version of the standard roof model. The exterior styling is pretty much the same as the current model, but the interior sees a new 27-inch screen that blends the infotainment screen and instrument cluster together, which also resulted in some tweaks to the dash and center console. Power will come from either a 300 horsepower turbo 4-cylinder or 3.5L twin turbo V6 that in top form pairs an additional 48V electric supercharger for 409 horsepower. Genesis says it will provide more details on the new GV80 models sometime next year.
FORD GIVES OWNERS FAST FEEDBACK TECH
Do you drive a Ford? And if you do, have you ever wanted to complain directly to the company about a problem in your car? Or even maybe give it a suggestion on how it can make its cars better? Well, Ford wants to hear from you. It now allows drivers to tap on an icon in the center screen that pulls up an app that allows you to record a 45 second message. The message is sent immediately to Ford engineers so they can get customer feedback in real time. The feedback technology also collects data logs from the car so the engineers can get a better understanding of what was going when the customers recorded their message. So far, 300,000 Ford vehicles are equipped with this feature and more will get software updates to add it. The company is also working on ways to provide instant assistance when someone has a problem. Ford has a higher level of recalls and warranty problems than other automakers and this clearly is a way to try and fix that.
REDWOOD TO RECYCLE TOYOTA’S EV BATTERIES
Toyota and EV battery recycler Redwood Materials are expanding their partnership. Redwood will supply Toyota with recycled cathode active material and anode copper that the automaker will use in EV batteries produced at its new battery plant in North Carolina. The previous deal signed last year was just to recycle batteries from Toyota’s hybrids and EVs. The partnership is part of Toyota’s plan to create a closed-loop battery ecosystem to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.
CHINESE EV GOES WITH GULLWING DOORS
Hyper, a newly independent brand of Chinese automaker GAC, is taking a page out of Tesla’s book and is coming out with an all-electric SUV with rear gullwing doors. The Hyper HT is a mid-size vehicle that’s a little bit bigger than a Tesla Model Y and is RWD only with up to 340 horsepower and 770 kilometers or nearly 480 miles of range. The model is just hitting the Chinese market now with a starting price a little under $30,000 but the gullwing doors are only available on the top two trims, which starts at just under $40,000. Automakers have largely avoided gullwing doors because they add heavy structure to the roof and can be hard to seal. While Hyper is clearly copying Tesla, Tesla certainly wasn’t the first with gullwings. The look was pioneered by the Mercedes 300 SL in the early 50’s and the next most well-known application is probably the DeLorean. But also let us know some of your favorite gullwing models.
DOMINO’S PIZZA DELIVERY E-BIKE
Domino’s is always coming out with unique vehicles to deliver pizza. In the past, it partnered with Ford and Nuro to deliver food with autonomous vehicles and it teamed up with Chevy to make custom-built delivery vehicles based on the Spark and Bolt. And now it’s coming out with a custom-made electric bike that has a built-in pizza warmer on the back. It’s temperature controlled and stays at a constant 68 degrees Celsius or 154 degrees Fahrenheit. The bike also has what Domino’s calls a “space-age suspension” to make sure the pizza doesn’t get jostled around too much. But you won’t be seeing it in the U.S. anytime soon. The e-bike was created by Domino’s international, which has stores in Australia, Asia and Europe.
But that’s a wrap for today. Thanks for joining us.
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