Right before Thanksgiving, Lexus announced its (and, really, all of Toyota’s) first real mass-market battery electric vehicle, the Lexus UX 300e. It’s not really all that radical a vehicle. It’s essentially an electric version of the Lexus UX crossover, with a decent-enough range of almost 250 miles. Even though this seems like an ideal vehicle to compete with the swarm of modern EVs in America from Tesla and now Ford and soon Volkswagen, to name a few, Toyota is only planning to sell this in China, Japan, and Europe. I think that’s because they somehow are still really committed to hydrogen? Advertisement The Lexus UX 300e really isn’t all that exciting as far as EVs go—it’s an existing unibody vehicle with a lower frame and floor-mounted battery pack grafted on, but the end result seems decent, and, with its low-mounted batteries and drivetrain, is effectively following the rapidly-emerging standard design of modern EVs. Toyota/Lexus has … [Read more...] about Lexus’ First Electric Car Is Not For America Because Somehow Toyota Still Believes In Hydrogen Over Here
Automakers are cutting costs (and jobs) to invest in electric cars, the Trump administration continues its fight with California over emissions regulations, Tesla boss Elon Musk is in court over a dumb Twitter comment, and FCA’s getting sued by seemingly everyone. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. 1st Gear: Automakers Are Cutting Jobs To Invest In Electric Vehicle Technology: Report “Carmakers Shed 80,000 Jobs as Electric Shift Upends Industry,” writes Bloomberg in a new story about the massive restructuring happening in the automotive industry. It’s just one of many recent stories covering how a shift towards electrification is putting strain on automakers and their employees. Advertisement From the story: All told, carmakers are eliminating more than 80,000 jobs during the coming years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. Although the cuts are concentrated in Germany, the U.S. and the U.K., faster-growing … [Read more...] about Automakers Are Cutting Jobs To Invest In Electric Cars: Report
Coda Automotive, the wee little electric car maker that could, sounds like it can't. Reports are coming in that the small California based company laid off 50 people last Friday, including the company's spokeswoman Larkin Hill. Advertisement Hill told PlugInCars.com that she was "not able to talk on behalf of Coda anymore." Coda's small electric car went on sale in March for $37,250 has apparently sold fewer than 100 units. It was also recalled in August for some faulty safety equipment. Sales since then have been virtually none. It is being reported that Coda has laid off nearly everyone they could in order to keep the doors open and the lights on. What this means for the future of the little Chinese-made sedan is unclear, but it certainly can't be positive. (Hat Tip to @nytjamescobb !) … [Read more...] about Huge Layoffs Reportedly Hit Tiny Electric Car Maker Coda
The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S debuted this week. Despite its name, it does not include a turbocharger. It can not and it could not. It’s an electric car. Instead, the word “turbo” has taken on a symbolic meaning in the Porsche’s nomenclature. But before you get too mad, let’s remember that the annihilation of the word started years ago, with the Porsche 911. Advertisement Things used to be simpler, but Porsche’s lineup has been absurd for a long time. Let’s go back to 1975, when Porsche first introduced the 911 Turbo. Capital “T,” from when this tech was new and novel, the first to be marketed with turbocharger hardware that promised improved performance from the automaker’s motorsport legacy. So good you have to put it on the tin. It was the flagship. Then the Turbo S came along as a hardcore, limited run enhanced performance package version of the Turbo, usually sold near the end of a generation’s life … [Read more...] about Porsche Started Killing The Meaning Of ‘Turbo’ Way Before The Electric Taycan
Small, California-based start-up automaker XP has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Energy that accuses the Department of outright favoritism to major established car manufacturers for federal grants and loans. The grants and loans are part of a program to encourage the development of electric vehicles, and currently only Ford, Fisker Automotive, Nissan, and Tesla Motors have been awarded any loans or grants. XP, who have been developing a partially inflatable-bodied electric car, says in their complaint XP is seeking to have applicants who were "targeted" receive fair re-reviews, in a transparent manner, if they so desire. Investigations have shown that DOE officials intentionally stalled numerous applicants' reviews in order to force them out of business and protect favored players. Advertisement Other fledgling automobile companies are referenced as being targeted as well: Unfairly processed applications, based on public statements in national media, include: A loan … [Read more...] about Has The Department Of Energy Been Playing Electric Car Company Favorites?