Concepts EV, Tesla and the F-150 Raptor
The Shanghai Auto Show in China was held in person this week. Participants wore masks, concept cars spun on pedestals, but the big story was a disgruntled Tesla owner standing over a Model 3 wearing a T-shirt that said “Brakes don’t work” to protest against the manipulation of the company. an accident in which the protester and her family were involved. Tesla eventually apologized and vowed to do more to ensure quality, but China’s state-run news agency said the apology was insufficient and blamed the problems on an anonymous “problematic senior manager.” Your move, Musk.
This week in sheet metal
There was a lot of other EV news coming out of Shanghai, but let’s start with something stronger. Spy video revealed the glorious sound of the upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor, which we expect to be powered by a version of Ford’s Predator V-8, likely producing more than the 702 horsepower offered by the Raptor’s main rival. , the Ram 1500 TRX.
Back in Shanghai, Ford offered the Evos, a concept and a Mach-E lookalike. Ford claims the Evos was designed specifically for the Chinese market, but it looks like it could fit the Fusion size hole in the US lineup as well.
The Cadillac Lyriq EV made its official debut this week. Cadillac says it will never launch a new ICE model again. But don’t cry for the Escalade just yet: the company will continue to offer mid-cycle updates to its existing gasoline vehicles.
Toyota has also reported a shift to electric vehicles. It showed off its bZ4X EV concept, a crossover roughly the size of a RAV4 promised for production in 2022. It was the first of seven Toyota models to carry the bZ prefix, which stands for Beyond Zero. We also expect an electric van to be part of the family.
When it rains
The problem at the Shanghai auto show may have been the least of Tesla’s worries this week, as a series of public relations disasters unfolded closer to home. Last weekend, two people died when a Model S crashed into a tree and caught fire in a residential area in Houston, Texas. Police said no one was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, but Elon Musk insisted on Twitter that the autopilot could not have been engaged for a variety of reasons, including the fact that technology demands that a driver be at attention.
Not said Consumer reports, after tests of its own Model Y on a closed track proved the car would operate without a driver and would not sound any alarms or go into soft mode when the autopilot was engaged with no one in the driver’s seat. Now, the Texas police department involved in the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have all vowed to investigate the crash, and two senators have called on the NHTSA is also investigating allegations that the autopilot can be engaged without a competent driver behind the wheel.
Honda is the latest global automaker to jump on the EV bandwagon. The company announced this week that it will phase out internal combustion engines by 2040. Unlike most other automakers who have taken that step, Honda still believes fuel cell vehicles could be a big part. of the post-essence future.
The Washington state legislature is also hoping for an all-electric future, but within a shorter time frame. The organization passed a bill that has been hailed as a promise to ban the sale of gasoline cars by 2030, but which is actually a long way from such a mandate. The bill would oblige the government to fund and facilitate projects to improve the infrastructure of electric vehicles in the state and would launch a ban on the sale of new internal combustion cars in 2030. Only if, by then, 75% of state vehicles are involved in a VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) tax regime. Experts believe a full-scale VMT is decades away, so if you live in Washington, don’t start racking up gasoline cars just yet.
President Biden made his pledge this week by pledging that the United States would cut greenhouse gas pollution in half by 2030. That would undoubtedly require significant changes in the auto and automotive sectors. transport, but Biden has not announced any specific strategy. or policy initiatives aimed at achieving this goal. Also this week, the governors of 12 states called on the president to completely ban the sale of gasoline vehicles by 2035, but that result seems extremely unlikely and could easily be overturned by a future administration.
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