Comments for TheDetroitBureau.com http://www.thedetroitbureau.com The Voice of the Automotive World Fri, 17 May 2019 11:33:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Comment on Tesla Updating Software After Latest Battery Fire by John http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/tesla-updating-software-after-latest-battery-fire/comment-page-1/#comment-966028 John Fri, 17 May 2019 11:33:00 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136471#comment-966028 I think the heart of this story isn't the details of the battery management upgrade, but Tesla's vehicle architecture. They are able to react to an issue with an over the air update while the Big 3 (and almost everyone else) haven't even figured out how to do OTA. Real change in the auto industry will not happen among the established players, they are still satisfied in making cars that look and act like Model Ts. They add features on top of features until they can't fit any more, wiring harnesses are getting as big as your thigh, but no fundamental change. Rumor has it that the new Tesla will dramatically shrink the wire harness and then the Big 3 will say, "We can do that, just give us 10 years." If the Big 3 engineers/managers were doing real engineering instead of generating paper and filling out forms, maybe they could compete. I recall interviewing one of the Big three when the ink on my EE engineering diploma was still wet; I asked what positions were open. They replied headlights and horns (no lie!). Today they would reply, you can monitor supplier A and B and fill out a &%#$load of forms. I think the heart of this story isn’t the details of the battery management upgrade, but Tesla’s vehicle architecture. They are able to react to an issue with an over the air update while the Big 3 (and almost everyone else) haven’t even figured out how to do OTA.

Real change in the auto industry will not happen among the established players, they are still satisfied in making cars that look and act like Model Ts. They add features on top of features until they can’t fit any more, wiring harnesses are getting as big as your thigh, but no fundamental change.

Rumor has it that the new Tesla will dramatically shrink the wire harness and then the Big 3 will say, “We can do that, just give us 10 years.” If the Big 3 engineers/managers were doing real engineering instead of generating paper and filling out forms, maybe they could compete.

I recall interviewing one of the Big three when the ink on my EE engineering diploma was still wet; I asked what positions were open. They replied headlights and horns (no lie!). Today they would reply, you can monitor supplier A and B and fill out a &%#$load of forms.

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Comment on All Grossed Out and Nowhere to Hide: Ride-Hailing Cars Nastiest by John http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/all-grossed-out-and-nowhere-to-hide-ride-hailing-cars-nastiest/comment-page-1/#comment-966027 John Fri, 17 May 2019 11:08:21 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136498#comment-966027 I think it reflects on the type of person using these different modes of transportation. Taxis and rental cars are used by more affluent people and RideShare by millennials who live in their parents basements and depend on their Mothers to clean up after them (if they are allowed in the basement). I think it reflects on the type of person using these different modes of transportation. Taxis and rental cars are used by more affluent people and RideShare by millennials who live in their parents basements and depend on their Mothers to clean up after them (if they are allowed in the basement).

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Comment on Tariff Talk Put on Hold for Six Months by Trump Administration by Dave Suton http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/tariff-talk-put-on-hold-for-six-months-by-trump-administration/comment-page-1/#comment-966026 Dave Suton Fri, 17 May 2019 10:43:12 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136504#comment-966026 Toyota is always waving the US flag trying to convince people its an American company (that sends billions of dollars BACK to Japan every year). So why are they complaining? Or maybe they're not as American as they think they are? Not too worry. When prices for Japanese/Korean branded vehicles goes up, people will just buy more traditional American brands. And when they have to cut production at transplants that have been getting tax abatements for decades, and have to lay off workers, those workers will be hired by American brands. So where is the problem? Toyota is always waving the US flag trying to convince people its an American company (that sends billions of dollars BACK to Japan every year). So why are they complaining? Or maybe they’re not as American as they think they are?
Not too worry. When prices for Japanese/Korean branded vehicles goes up, people will just buy more traditional American brands. And when they have to cut production at transplants that have been getting tax abatements for decades, and have to lay off workers, those workers will be hired by American brands.
So where is the problem?

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Comment on First Drive: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 by JAE http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/first-drive-2019-ford-mustang-shelby-gt350/comment-page-1/#comment-966010 JAE Thu, 16 May 2019 17:41:59 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136408#comment-966010 Ditto John, even the "continuation" cars the Venice Crew are building. While the new car develops more down-force, has better turn-in, handling, braking and such (which it should seeing it's 55 years later) it's too "boy-racer". Ditto John, even the “continuation” cars the Venice Crew are building.

While the new car develops more down-force, has better turn-in, handling, braking and such (which it should seeing it’s 55 years later) it’s too “boy-racer”.

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Comment on Tesla Updating Software After Latest Battery Fire by George Sica http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/tesla-updating-software-after-latest-battery-fire/comment-page-1/#comment-966009 George Sica Thu, 16 May 2019 17:31:22 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136471#comment-966009 A month ago the townhome across the street from my home caught fire. The fire started in the garage (an unknown cause) but I was amazed how fast the fire spread and damaging adjoining units. What worries me is everyone is trying to come up with fast charging from cars to cell phones. That creates more heat and more chance of ignition. New codes will have to be written that all EV chargers inside garages must a fire and smoke detection system integrated with the charger and home fire alarm systems. A month ago the townhome across the street from my home caught fire. The fire started in the garage (an unknown cause) but I was amazed how fast the fire spread and damaging adjoining units.

What worries me is everyone is trying to come up with fast charging from cars to cell phones. That creates more heat and more chance of ignition. New codes will have to be written that all EV chargers inside garages must a fire and smoke detection system integrated with the charger and home fire alarm systems.

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Comment on First Drive: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 by John http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/first-drive-2019-ford-mustang-shelby-gt350/comment-page-1/#comment-965994 John Wed, 15 May 2019 11:16:25 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136408#comment-965994 I'll take the '65. I’ll take the ’65.

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Comment on Elonroad Takes EV Charging Where it Hasn’t Gone Before by Paul A. Eisenstein http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/elonroad-takes-ev-charging-where-it-hasnt-gone-before/comment-page-1/#comment-965985 Paul A. Eisenstein Tue, 14 May 2019 17:39:05 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136387#comment-965985 Going forward, a more fundamental question is who will pay road taxes, and how. That's something several states are already dealing with, as they need to find a way to sub for lost gas taxes when people are driving EVs. Paul E. Going forward, a more fundamental question is who will pay road taxes, and how. That’s something several states are already dealing with, as they need to find a way to sub for lost gas taxes when people are driving EVs.

Paul E.

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Comment on China Car Sales Tumble for 10th Consecutive Month by John http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/china-car-sales-tumble-for-10th-consecutive-month/comment-page-1/#comment-965979 John Tue, 14 May 2019 14:04:13 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136369#comment-965979 Hopefully, the Trump 25% tariffs cover Chinese cars. Hopefully, the Trump 25% tariffs cover Chinese cars.

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Comment on Elonroad Takes EV Charging Where it Hasn’t Gone Before by John http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/elonroad-takes-ev-charging-where-it-hasnt-gone-before/comment-page-1/#comment-965978 John Tue, 14 May 2019 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136387#comment-965978 Still another dream (or nightmare). Who would pay to install and maintain these magic roads? In the US, especially Michigan, we can't even patch the potholes in existing roads much less rebuilding the existing ones. I imagine the electrical power to charge these batteries will also magically appear. Still another dream (or nightmare). Who would pay to install and maintain these magic roads? In the US, especially Michigan, we can’t even patch the potholes in existing roads much less rebuilding the existing ones. I imagine the electrical power to charge these batteries will also magically appear.

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Comment on Barely One in Six Americans “Likely” to Buy an EV Next Time They’re in the Market by Steve http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/05/barely-one-in-six-americans-likely-to-buy-an-ev-next-time-theyre-in-the-market/comment-page-1/#comment-965878 Steve Fri, 10 May 2019 21:42:19 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=136250#comment-965878 Broadly true, Kent, but prices are coming down every year. The $7,500 federal incentive is actually a tax credit which allows buyers to keep more of their hard-earned income. Some states are adding EV registration fees to cover lost road tax, meaning the emphasis is on lawmakers to keep their budgets in order. Lastly, prices will tumble (and adoption increase) as a more vibrant used EV market emerges from current models coming off lease and long term EV drivers upgrading. It's already possible to get into a reasonable "city car" EV for $10-15K and the selection will be much larger in just a year or two. Broadly true, Kent, but prices are coming down every year.

The $7,500 federal incentive is actually a tax credit which allows buyers to keep more of their hard-earned income. Some states are adding EV registration fees to cover lost road tax, meaning the emphasis is on lawmakers to keep their budgets in order.

Lastly, prices will tumble (and adoption increase) as a more vibrant used EV market emerges from current models coming off lease and long term EV drivers upgrading. It’s already possible to get into a reasonable “city car” EV for $10-15K and the selection will be much larger in just a year or two.

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