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Big Auto Begging To Pollute More — Electric Cars Too Clean 😪

May 13th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

While the administration just finalized its reduction in vehicle efficiency from 5 percent per year to no better than a measly 1.5 percent per year (despite their own evidence showing how bad it is for the country), that hasn’t stopped the auto industry from seeking even further reductions


Like An Angel Is Pushing You From Behind

January 12th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt

As a CEO of a large global automaker, you have a huge problem of existential dimensions. If you don’t solve it, it’s not just your job that’s lost, but you will be remembered as the person who is responsible for a century-long proud legacy ending


Ugh — Germany’s Automakers Slow To Respond To Tesla Challenge

September 13th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

After growing fat on expanding sales and record profits, the world’s automakers are now facing lean times. The decade-long global economic expansion is running out of gas, and the industry-changing trend of electrification, which automakers happily ignored when the profits were rolling in, now looms as an existential threat


Big Auto’s Existential Problem: Cannibalize Cash Cows Or Evolve Too Slowly

August 4th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

Legacy automakers have a dilemma on their hands. Transitioning to electric cars is hard. A few German automakers have calmly voiced their concerns. Others have resorted to all-out whining. So what about Big Auto in America? To get some perspective, Seeking Alpha's Scott Morton takes a look at GM's vexing EV challenges as the company tries to face off with Elon Musk on Tesla's turf


Tesla’s Alligator-Like Adversaries Represent $3.6 Trillion In Revenue Per Year (Infographic)

June 7th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Many have wondered why the mainstream press coverage of Tesla is so relentlessly negative. Someone who wasn’t familiar with the company, glancing at a typical day’s headlines, might imagine that Tesla is a company that uses child labor to manufacture chemical weapons to sell to terrorists, rather than one that builds universally-admired cars in American factories with the goal of reducing air pollution and making the roads safer


Tesla’s Direct Sales Model An “Inspiration” For Big Auto, Consumer Reports Reports

January 1st, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

Buying a car can be a grueling process. Keith Barry writes in Consumer Reports, "In an era of online shopping and instant gratification, the traditional way of buying a car can seem like a painful throwback. Some dealers are still doing business the old-school way: insisting buyers haggle over the price, hiding fees and charges until the last minute, and making customers wait hours to sign form after form."


Bloomberg: To Catch Up To Tesla, Big Auto Needs “Tricky Financial Stunt”

December 28th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

As Tesla's Model 3 continues to gain market share, legacy automakers face some daunting decisions. Bloomberg warns, "The future of the auto industry is going to look like the history of the cell phone ... some of today’s dominant car companies will share the fate of a few former titans of the smartphone. Remember BlackBerry, Nokia, and Palm?"


EV Startups Steal The 2018 LA Auto Show

December 16th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is over and leaves us with a few questions, observations, and trends to report back. In this first part, we take a look at startups and how they go head to head against more established carmakers, as well as the difference between the media days and public days. In part 2, we will look more closely at traditional carmakers


Baillie Gifford Manager Talks About Elon Musk, Tesla, & Kodak Moments

November 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

A partner in Baillie Gifford, the asset management firm that is the third largest shareholder in Tesla, isn't worried about Tesla's future, but it is concerned about the future of many legacy automakers as they approach their own personal "Kodak moments."


Will German Automakers Survive iPhone Moment For Cars (aka The Tesla Effect)?

November 4th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

While excitement grows for electric cars, questions remain. Patrick McGee writes (via Financial Times), "Can Germany survive the ‘iPhone moment’ for cars? The country’s profitable carmakers are being hit quicker than expected by the adoption of electric vehicles ... some question whether Das Auto will survive such an industry transformation."


What Does Automaker Commitment To EVs Entail?

October 27th, 2018 | by Loren McDonald

It seems that not a week goes by without a major OEM announcing their future plans for electrification, battery partnerships, EV charging infrastructure and partnerships, new EV manufacturing plant locations, and more. But often and upon further review and analysis of these announcements, we find that you need to add an asterisk to those statements


Why Does Tesla Do Everything Better?

November 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The #1 complaint about Tesla seems to be that ... we have to wait too long for mass production of its products. That's sort of a sign that the company is doing things quite well. Actually, if you crunch the numbers, you can see that Tesla cars offer more range, better performance, better interior tech, better semi-autonomous driving features, better charging options, and


Tony Seba: By 2030, 95% of People Won’t Own a Private Car — Automaker Death Spiral Coming

May 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Futurists make predictions. That’s what they do. Sometimes they are right; sometimes they are wrong. As futurists go, Stanford economist and RetinkX founder Tony Seba has a pretty good track record. He predicted the solar energy boom at a time when prices for solar power were 10 times what they are today. His latest report predicts two things. One, he says that by 2030, 95% of people won’t own a private car, killing off the auto industry. Two, he predicts electric vehicles will devastate the global oil industry by the same date


US Automakers Fighting Themselves & America — Stupid & Selfish? Or Are We Missing Something?

March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it, the old expression goes. After dropping their drawers and bending way over in supplication to the new president and his designated EPA wrecker Scott Pruitt, US automakers cheered when the putative president announced last week in Michigan that he is ordering a CAFE review for the standards due to take effect in 2025 — the same standards the Obama administration did its best to set in stone just before leaving office



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