Without homegrown automakers that compete on a world stage, how can a nation barely larger than Rhode Island become a world leader in a sector that is struggling to gain a foothold in other mature vehicle markets, such as the U.S.?...More
The EV Taiwan show is being held this week in Taipei, along with three other automotive conferences. Taiwan has 150 companies dedicated to the EV sector manufacturing components such as electric motors, batteries and controls.
Research analyst Cosmin Laslau notes EV maker Tesla delivered 4,900 Model S sedans and Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones worldwide in first-quarter 2013. But in terms of Li-ion battery capacity, the Model S consumed 50% more than the iPhone....More
A massive crowd of at least 150,000 people are attending the International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas to find the latest electronic devices and to be dazzled in high definition. Automakers and suppliers have stepped up participation to stay current with digital innovations.
Tesla has battled state laws requiring vehicles to be sold through a franchise dealer, arguing consumers don’t like dealing with a middleman and conventional dealers are not equipped to sell electric vehicles....More
The union has met with CEO Elon Musk, and UAW President Bob King says the Tesla founder was “very open and said he would respect what the workers wanted. But his operating management has done the opposite.”...More
Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012....More
Chief Johan de Nysschen is looking to lead Cadillac out of a “no-man’s” land, where its vehicles are priced too high for legacy customers and the brand lacks the equity required to conquest Mercedes and BMW buyers....More
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment....More
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”...More
How come we are not getting back to levels of the previous LV sales peak in 2006? The best answer to that question is the underperformance of pickups, especially the untapped potential of small pickups....More