As the old ‘50s cop-dramas used to say, “We can do this the easy way, or the hard way…” That seems to be the message Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. (FCA US) is trying to send General Motors.
If you follow the American auto industry, there is a good chance that you are familiar with the fact that manual transmissions are slowly vanishing from the lineups of almost every major automaker.
Ford Motor Company took a big risk in using aluminum to craft the bodies of the 2015 Ford F150 pickup and while there are still plenty of critics who aren’t sold on the long term viability of the a
This trend can be used to benchmark a car model vs its competitors within the same price range. There will always be outliers, but in general this trend works as a benchmark. As an example, if the MSRP of a car is 15 K and it sells 1,000 cars that is a failure. If it sells 500,000 cars, the car would be is a resounding success.
There are always qualifiers which have to be taken into consideration, these are either limited production, supply constrained, some other economic mechanism, or new model year/change in style mechanism at play.
The Chevy Bolt is a smaller car with presumably a smaller battery. Pumping that current is not a good idea; Tesla gets away with because of battery size. Sure the Bolt could be designed to throttle back the charge, but then you lose some advantage to the quick charge.
Second issue is battery chemistry. Not all lithium batteries are created equal and they. Tesla uses NCA. The Bolt, if the whispers are to be believed, is supposed to use NCM.
From what I've read NCM degrades faster than NCA.
No other automaker besides Tesla has jumped in to announce a 200 mile BEV. Ford and Chrysler had been non-committal, Toyota and Honda are going hydrogen, and the Europeans believe more on PHEVs, though BMW and Audi may have "concepts" for the future. Even the current BEV market leader, Nissan, hasn't announced anything about its next-generation LEAF or if it will incorporate a 200 mile battery.
Some key automakers in the US market are trending back to the bad-old-days when the only profitable vehicles they made were big trucks. General Motors, Ford, and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles U.S.
Electric vehicle supporters probably sound like broken records by now: “Just wait until battery prices come down, then internal combustion cars had better watch out!” Sure, we have been saying something along these lines since electric cars first re-entered the scene with the Tesla Roadster in 2009 and Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt in 2010. But it really is true.
Don't believe us that fuel economy isn't the number one buying factor? Here is the proof.
Monthly Truck Sales
One of the tell-tale signs on consumer behavior is monthly truck sales. Historically truck sales rise throughout the year and due to various market conditions. For example, gasoline prices have been often tied to new truck sales. When gasoline prices are low, consumers buy more trucks than when it is high.
A few lucky Volt owners at the Los Angeles Auto Show were the first members of the general public to lay eyes on the much-anticipated second generation Chevrolet Volt.
When General Motors created the original Chevrolet Volt, the car was hailed as a technological marvel. If anything, it was criticized for being over-engineered.
Though Cadillac’s new CEO and former Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen is not known to be overly fond of electric vehicles, he has yet to put the brakes on the electrified plans of GM’s luxury brand.