Nissan: Solid State Batteries ‘Potential Bomb’

Nissan Surf-Out Solid State Battery Concept

Nissan sure is very excited to tell you all about new and improved electric vehicle battery technology that could blow us all away. All that and more in morning shift On April 8, 2022.

First gear: This is one way to put it

I’m not sure about the idea that better technology is what we need for further electric car adoption (why are range targets always moving? Why is 600 miles of range so critical when we already have 200? Or 300? Right? Surviving with 100?) But Nissan says it’s working on new solid-state technology, well, that doesn’t describe it as I would have expected. Here’s how Car News He opens his article about SS technology:

engineering major AprilIts pursuit of solid state batteries wants people to rid themselves of the idea that solid state is inherently safer than today Lithium-ion packs.

Right, the next generation solid state batteries It does not contain flammable electrolytes. But they squeeze a lot of energy, and that can lead to some unpleasant fireworks if something happens.

“The energy density is double, so you have a potential bombshell that is much more dangerous,” said Kazuhiro Doi, the company’s vice president responsible for advanced battery research at the Japanese automaker.

Haha… awesome… I’m, uh, so excited… about Five tons EVs Fly the road on autopilot with “Potential Bomb” technology on board!

Second gear: Everyone searches for electric cars on Google

But not purchased, as the The New York Times He explains in a really great article:

With Gas prices are painfully high And a series from Climate Reports Emphasizing the urgency to move away from burning fossil fuels, more Americans are expressing interest in electric cars.

Google searches related to electric cars have skyrocketed, Reaching a record last month. On the automotive classifieds site Cars.com, searches for electric vehicles increased 43 percent from January to February and another 57 percent from February to March. And the automakers are ready to cheer: Almost all cars Commercials during the Super Bowl In February electric cars appeared.

But the journey to actual purchases that put more electric cars and fewer gas-powered vehicles on US roads has two major hurdles: the supply of cars and the infrastructure to charge them.

Electric cars – have you heard of them before?

Third gear: Ford E-Transit delivery cars

The big problem with some of our electric cars is that they are rarely found. The company Rivian, for example, produced 3,568 vehicles. Total! Start! The Rivians are really cool, and they’re getting a lot of well-deserved attention, but 3,500 trucks won’t exactly cover America’s new car needs. We’re still far from a really big adoption of an electric vehicle, unless you live in parts of California with a Tesla majority at this point.

Anyway, what’s starting to make deliveries (in Europe, at least) is Ford’s electric Transit truck. from Detroit news:

Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Koç Holding, said it is now shipping the all-electric E-Transit cargo truck to customers in Europe.

The launch of E-Transit production at the Ford Otosan Gölcük plant in Kocaeli, Turkey, comes after Beginning of February for delivery For US customers from Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri.

Ford said the move marked the start of mass production after customers in Europe placed more than 5,000 orders before E-Transit began rolling out its assembly line in Kocaeli.

Ford’s first major modern electric vehicle program was the electric delivery truck, the Ecostar. I love that we all look at the electric car scene in the ’90s and say, “Why don’t we do it again?” Next will be small electric cars Back to the market.

Fourth gear: Volvo puts a price tag on Russian invasion damage to its business at $423 million

We know that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has severely damaged supply chains across European car production, and that sanctions have further impacted factory operations in Russia itself. How much does this actually cost everyone? For Volvo Trucks, it’s about $423 million Reuters Reports:

AB Volvo (VOLVb.ST) It expects its operating income in the first quarter to be affected by the uncertainty caused by the Russo-Ukrainian war and will allocate 4 billion crowns ($423.2 million) to cover this, the Swedish truck maker said on Friday.

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She added: “In the first quarter of 2022, assets of approximately 4 billion kroner will be made available and will have a negative impact on operating income, particularly in the financial services sector.”

Volvo in February suspended all sales, service and production in Russia, which last year accounted for about 3% of its group net sales of about 372.2 billion kroner.

5th Gear: Get ready to see a bunch of college basketball players in car dealership ads, I think

The NCAA has relaxed its rules on what college athletes can do for money, agency commercial publication Car News He wants his readers to know that this means you are car dealers!

Ohio State University is among the best football players in the country, but in the group Rikart Automotive is just one of the “apprentices”.

Henderson, and many of his teammates and other athletes in Ohio State star in series of ads which shows them fetching coffee, pushing cars and ridiculing group boss Rick Rickert.

The “Rick the Interns” videos are a byproduct of the NCAA’s June 2021 decision to allow student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name and photo. Since then, Ricart Automotive and many other dealerships have begun to harness the power of superstars in team sports with promotional deals and compensate them in a variety of ways that would have previously broken NCAA rules.

I can only assume that means your ad breaks are about to be filled with college basketball players. I, myself, watch French cinema in black and white only on my Criterion subscription, of course.

The opposite: We’re building a lot of bridges, guys

I will create a file [works administration] This is the situation [progressive].