Next NSX, 1100-HP Lucid, Big Bolt EV Recall

You may not like your job, but take solace in the fact that you’re (probably) not one of the Tesla engineers who logged on to Twitter this week and asked your boss to publicly share the product of his work. Not really great”. The software he was tweeting about is a beta, or trial version, of Tesla’s so-called full self-driving (FSD) program, but Tesla owners pay $199 a month for access to the non-beta FSD product. and the trial software is only available to those who are already paying for the FSD.

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this week in sheetmetal

EV startup Lucid hasn’t delivered a single car in the US yet, but it is already updating its launch editions. Lucid previously said that its Air Dream launch model would have 1080 horsepower and a driving range of 503 miles. Now they’re offering the Dream’s 1111-hp performance model, which is claimed to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, or the range-oriented model with 933 hp. Lucid did not share figures for the newly estimated range.

Ford never officially announced that it was working on a pickup version of the Bronco and never will. Reports say that the company has scrapped Bronco Truck’s plans to focus on the upcoming compact Maverick and the current mid-size Ranger, with which Bronco Truck would have shared a footprint.

Acura executive John Ikeda confirmed that the next generation will be the NSX – the current generation is in its swan song phase – and hinted that the NSX of the future could be fully electric, an evolution from the current car’s hybrid powertrain.

If an electric NSX hasn’t convinced you that EVs can be fun too, it probably will: Ford has teased an electric crate motor called the Eluminator that will go on sale this fall and is designed for those drivers. There have been those who want to turn performance EVs into gas-engined cars.

growing pains

Sales and interest in EVs have grown exponentially over the past few years, and practically every major automaker has pledged to make significant investments in the electrification of their fleets over the coming decades. But every big change comes with stumbling blocks, and this one is no exception. GM announced late last week that it was expanding a recall on Chevy Bolts to make every Bolt EV and EUV ever built. The recall is on a manufacturing defect in some of the Bolt’s LG-supplied batteries that could cause a fire, and which Chevy cannot clearly point to specific cars or groups of cars. Chevy has halted production on the Bolt until at least mid-September and will have to spend more than a billion dollars to pay for repairs to the Bolt already on the road.

Meanwhile, in Japan, the number of EV charging stations has decreased for the first time since 2010, from 30,300 in 2020 to 29,200 in 2021. Toyota president Akio Toyoda made comments in June that appeared to defy the Japanese government’s aggressive charger installation strategy. Perhaps not unrelated, Toyota still hasn’t abandoned the hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles that most manufacturers have abandoned for battery-electric. Toyota announced this week that it plans to begin manufacturing fuel-cell modules for its semi trucks in Kentucky in 2023.

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More, Different Chip Drama

There was, of course, the general trepidation of production halts related to semiconductor shortages this week. But there was also microchip news of an entirely different kind, thanks to a Reuters report that the US government has approved license applications for Chinese telecommunications company Huawei that would allow the company to buy automotive microchips from US suppliers. Huawei’s 5G device business is the target of trade sanctions imposed by the Trump administration and upheld by the Biden administration. In response to those restrictions, Huawei shifted some of its efforts to supply automotive components for so-called connected vehicles. US Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio rejected approval of the license, but a Reuters report said that since Huawei sought approval to buy chips for its automotive business, they could be used for those used in its 5G business. were less advanced than the .

further studies

If you can’t get enough of the supply chain intricacies, read this explainer wall street journal Why is it taking so long to get everything done right now?

NS new York Times Deep dives into a fatal Autopilot crash in Florida.

Or, if you’re in the mood for some cheer, watch Ken Block and friends drive 2000 hp off-road cars on a short out-and-back course.

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