The number of electric cars currently on roads is about to pass 20 million. This latest million mark in global EV adoption will come and go by the summer of 2022, in June, as Bloomberg reports . And then, by the end of the year, analysts claim the number of EVs in use will be over 26 million vehicles That includes gasoline hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, but fully-electric cars still account for the majority of those in use — something like 14.7 million. OK. That’s a lot of electrics cars! Or, at the very least, it’ Bloomberg . Advertisement Meaning that in six short years, the world’s EV fleet added 19 million cars amid a global pandemic , plus every other shitty thing that happened in the mid-to-late teens. High prices or not , the EV train ain’t stopping. From Bloomberg : In the second half of 2022, almost a million EVs a month will be added to the global fleet, according to BNEF estimates. That’s about one every … [Read more...] about Global EV Adoption Hits New High Of 20 Million Thanks To Tiny Electric Cars
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GM made just the right car, at just the right price, with just enough range, in just the right place, at just the right time. It’s just not in America. All that and more in The Morning Shift for June 7, 2021. 1st Gear: GM Has A Hit In China I will stop talking about the Hong Guan Mini EV when the Hong Guan Mini EV stops being so utterly fascinating to me. The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture has an absolute hit on its hands, with the Mini becoming the best-selling EV in China, thanks in Advertisement There is a lot more to the charm and success of this car, which offers just what consumers want and nothing they don’t, as Bloomberg details in a recent report on the car: The Hong Guang Mini is the brainchild of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangxi Automobile Group Co., two state-backed automakers, and U.S. giant General Motors Co. Based in the city of Liuzhou, known for its limestone mountains and … [Read more...] about Reminder: GM Is Killing It In Low-Cost EVs
President Joe Biden has selected attorney and frequent announced Tuesday. If approved, Kanter would join the Biden administration’s robust legal team that’s poised to combat Silicon Valley’s enormous market power. As head of the DOJ Antitrust Division, Kanter would oversee department antitrust lawsuits and have the power to help block mergers deemed anticompetitive. This would include a case the DOJ brought against Google in October over its domination in the digital ad market, as well as a probe into Apple’s App Store policies. While Congress remains bitterly partisan, Kanter’s nomination is reportedly seen as a wise move, as he’s considered a favorite among both progressives and some conservatives who believe tech giants have amassed too much power. Advertisement “Jonathan Kanter is a distinguished antitrust lawyer with over 20 years of experience,” the White House said in a press release. “Throughout his career, Kanter has also been … [Read more...] about Biden Assembles the Final Member of His Big Tech Nightmare Squad
If you’re based out of Europe and don’t, uh, already hate Facebook , then boy oh boy does the company have the perfect job for you. On Sunday, the company announced that it plans to create 10,000 “high-skilled jobs” across the EU to help build out Facebook’s plans for the “metaverse.” There’s a lot of folks metaverse company .” In the announcement, the company refers to the phrase as a “new phase of interconnected virtual experiences,” shepherded along with virtual and augmented reality tech. These tools, Facebook explained, can turn online interactions into something that’s “much closer” to the kinds of interactions that we have face-to-face in the real world, now. It’s unclear what the 10,000 jobs building out this vision are going to look like. Ostensibly, at least a few of those jobs are going to involve tinkering with new ideas for virtual reality environments to plop inside people’s Oculus headsets. Considering how the most notable product rollout … [Read more...] about Facebook Is Looking for 10,000 People Who Don’t Hate Facebook
Having recently sold my 1971 Datsun 240Z, I was left with holes in both my heart and my garage. Both voids have been satisfyingly filled by the recent acquisition of a triple-black 2001 Porsche Boxster. Let’s take a look at what my new-to-me 986 needs. Then you can decide if I’ve bitten off more Boxster than I can chew. Many of us have our “Pandemic Projects.” If you do happen to go out for non-essential shopping these days, you’ll likely notice empty shelves in the craft, home exercise and bicycle sections of a lot of stores. With more home-time than my life previously afforded I, too, have taken on a new project, though the care and feeding of a Porsche Boxster may demand a greater commitment than scrapbooking or treadmill time. Advertisement Now, I’ve never been an early adopter. I honestly have never had the finances to enjoy the latest and greatest of... well, anything. No, what I’m really all about is buying refurbished tech and taking advantage of … [Read more...] about Here’s Everything Wrong (And Right) With My New-To-Me Porsche Boxster
The word Corona has gotten a bad rap over the past couple of years due to the COVID-19 virus. Today’s Nice Price or No Dice Toyota Corona may bring the term back into our good graces. That is if the price isn’t nausea-inducing. Yesterday’s 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate elicited a panoply of emotions, all laid bare in the comments. Almost all of you liked the car, its presentation, and its concept. At the same time, the car’s $56,000 price tag found almost no supporters. That drove a huge 85 percent No Dice loss, something the Benz could easily haul home since, after all, it is a wagon. Have you ever noticed how conservative Toyota’s product planning seems to be? In the case of most automotive trends, it’s the corporate equivalent of a midwesterner suspiciously eyeing the ocean for the first time, mulling whether or not to stick a toe in. Right now that means Toyota is woefully behind the curve on electric cars, with its first fully battery-powered mainstream … [Read more...] about At $8,200, Will This 1981 Toyota Corona Prove A Deal?