Electric vehicles are too expensive

Picture: Toyota Reading Elizabeth Blackstock Publish the other day contemplating whether or not Toyota’s marketing plan for its first electric vehicle, the bZ4X, would work – something popped into my head. I realized that automakers don’t seem to want EVs in the hands of the masses – and it all has to do with cost, … Read more

Electric trucks save 1.5 times more emissions than electric cars

If we have to go through all the trouble of tearing every last ounce of lithium off the planet just to be able to send nine billion ton electric vans down the road on autopilot, they better be good for the environment. All this and more in The morning shift for April 11, 2022. 1st … Read more

Nissan says solid-state batteries are a ‘potential bomb’

Nissan is really excited to tell you about its new and improved electric car battery technology that, uh, could blow us all away. All this and more in The morning shift for April 8, 2022. 1st gear: that’s one way of saying it I’m not sure the idea that better technology is what we need … Read more

VW abandons cheap cars

Almost 20 years after Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to a resounding “huh?” of the buying public, VW is once again doubling down on premium models offering higher profit margins than bargain products. All this and more in The morning shift for April 6, 2022. 1st gear: Must be fun being an Audi executive right now … Read more

Working in an auto parts factory in Ukraine feels like a time

Workers at two wire harness factories in Ukraine are returning to work amid the Russian invasion, helping to revive car production across Europe. It doesn’t seem like an easy job, having fled several times to bunkers on site under threat of rocket attacks. All this and more in The morning shift for March 24, 2022. … Read more

Volkswagen has a real ambition for the ID Buzz EV bus

Photo: volkswagen Elon Musk goes to Germany, the Volkswagen ID Buzz looks good, and Avtovaz. All this and more in The morning shift for March 21, 2022. 1st Gear: VW thinks it will sell a lot of ID buzz I’m not so sure that the Identification Buzz will be a great success, many because it … Read more

Jeep’s stinky Detroit factory under investigation for racial discrimination

The Jeep Grand Cherokee, made at MackPhoto: Jeep If you just bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee, I have some bad news about the factory it was built in. All this and more in The morning shift for March 14, 2022. 1st Gear: If I was Jeep, I just wouldn’t have polluted my neighborhood We’ve written … Read more

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