GM intends to continue to be a global automotive source & brand.
So GM is transitioning to & investing heavily in electric vehicles.
In the next 5 years, seeks to be the major source of EV cars & trucks.
Investing $27B by 2025 & set to take on Tesla.
Seeks to refashion itself as a mobility company of the future.
EV revolution could trigger the eventual AV revolution in vehicle market.
What is going to be your fuel of choice in the next 5 years? Probably not fossil.
Hydrogen seeks to be a contender– BUT when is it going to be commercially available & affordable?
The production capability seems to be available from at least 4 major companies.
Green hydrogen is being toted by these consolidating commercial gas industry producers.
But there needs to a lower cost of hydrogen fuel production & distribution drive market & usage.
Does one need to own a car anymore?
The whole idea and need for people to buy and own a car is under consumer consideration
Even the economic and logistical aspects of auto management are under change/
Question is will the dealer business model be able to transitions to total vehicle management in next few years.
Can flying machines overcome the problems of vehicle traffic?
GM & Asians is looking into aviation, flying taxis, & considering future of air mobility.
Wants to examine possibility of electrification, autonomy, & connected services.
High costs, safety concerns, and regulations may limit deployment. Even battery weight.
Innovation in battery technology spurred by electric cars making air mobility look possible.
In spite of success and utilization of the Hornsdale batteries, there seems to be Tesla need for more power & long charge.
Number of other battery technologies are in development.
Battery costs continuing to fall & renewable power sources proliferating.
Cobalt-free iron phosphate design that could cost as little as $80 per kWh.
Tesla hoping batteries can function for million miles before being replaced.
EVs are expensive because of the cost of the minerals that compose the batteries.
However, there maybe a solution.
Batteries can be recycled through smelting, direct recovery, & other means
Companies like Li-Cycle using advanced recycling technologies to recover up to 100 % of lithium.
Effort is to use old batteries to provide new products & services & to use recycled EV batteries to make new batteries.
This report from an internationally known & respected publisher-editor spells out the current position of global logistics.
While Technology is very important it seems that all logistics companies are quite behind on technology.
The content of this report should cause global logistics management to have a wake up call.
No Robots in the UAW Yet But Robots are paying their dues.
Robots at Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant are performing tasks that point to future of automation & hopes of saving money.
Agility Inc’s robot, Digi, is then delivering packages out of a Ford van built by Boston Dynamics Two Robots.
Distributing and delivering goods is likely to be an important application for walking robots.
Whole industries and all those in logistics management who move goods and products should absorb these Ten Lessons.
This insightful and seasoned distillation of the realities of logistics and supply management is a must read.
In fact, the list should be saved, printed out, and posted on your office wall. And acted upon in mass.
These guidelines were shaped, positioned, and documented by the respected Louis Yiakoumi, Founder & Publisher of Auto Logistics Group.
Is the Automotive Dealer Business Model in peril?
Are changes in the way vehicles are being sold, the Pandemic, & technology signaling demise?
Dealers need to discuss how to adapt to an uncertain future where they will not have franchise protection.
Many say there is an urgent need to gather the industry leaders at or before NADA & come up with solutions.
Honest discussion & decisions based on either truly adapting & listening to the customers OR– simply selling out.
Some considering a Total Vehicle Management Offering that manages every aspect of consumer vehicles utilization.
Investors in the stock underwriting business community create shell companies that have no operations.
These transitory financial entities are called a SPAC or Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
Such financial structures are raising capital for investment in Nikola Trucks, Hylion, and Fisker Auto.
The SPAC is then transitioned to an IPO and placed on the Exchange for more investors.
The financing and underwriting of auto loans and leases goes on- Pandemic or not,
The impact of the COVID19 shutdowns and dealership closures has not yet impacted the delinquencies appreciably.
Both Loan and Lease Portfolio companies have yet to become alarmed as funding digitization comes to rescue. Second Quarter numbers will be revealing.
The question for national, state, & local governments is “Are you funding the needed repairs now?”
It is apparent that the nation’s highways and bridges are in a general state of deterioration & un-repair.
The need for the nation’s roads & bridges to be repaired & safe compounded by increase car travel due to Pandemic. This is a crisis in the making.
Graphene, sometimes referred to as Graphite as used in pencils,
In spite of its complex structure may impact the safety of future automobiles.
Graphene has tremendous applications in composites & coatings in vehicles and in medicine
The material is light, strong enhancing the safety of safe vehicles.
Material has growing applications aircraft and automotive composites.
Most important attribute is weight savings in vehicles.
Widening applications for the material in the form of powder. Used in production of coatings for touch screens & precise sensors & displays.
Retailers are hiring thousands of Robots to replace people.
Spot, the Robot Dog, performing multiple jobs formerly done by humans.
Monitors remote or hazardous environments & provides situational awareness.
Doing dangerous jobs reducing the risk to human injury, Make no bones about it.
Amazon is systematically taking over the logistics and delivery channel for it’s goods & services.
Company has changed not only how goods are delivered, but now made, manned, and mainstreamed.
Two things could constrain Amazon from complete control of the delivery channel: COVID19 & U.S, Regulators.
The time has come. There is a need for the automotive industry leaders to seek to deal with the underlying cause(s) of gender imbalance and disparity in automotive management .
There seems to be a some kind of lid on surfacing and talking about the reasons why they need to change things. Some say it would be career ending move if a leading woman or women to speak out.
Further, no industry organization, women’s association, or individual women or men seems to be acting, even demanding, that change(s) need to made and now.
Maybe If investors and funding infrastructure would underwrite and back female management and innovators, then things would change
Hertz is endanger of going out of business.
The once symbol and leader of the car rental industry is in peril as stock offerings are rejected, refinancing of debt looms in doubt, and the whole financial infrastructure that held the Hertz business model together is looking for ways to get out.
The lawyers have grabbed the wheel as knowledgeable industry consultants, rent-a-car management, and a battery of underwriters, analysts, and trade publications may well have the solution to save what is left of Hertz.
Remember Jose Menendez and then there was OJ ?
The need for a low cost EV battery continues to be an industry challenge, even for Mighty Tesla.
Dozens of battery manufacturers around the world and at the OEMs are focused on using low-cobalt and cobalt-free battery chemistries & the use of chemical additives, materials and coating;
The high cost of an EV battery assembly and its replacement cost are impacting the sale of EVs, market penetration, and volume. The Pandemic has not helped.
Predictions are that prolonged COVID-19 Pandemic will sharply reduce total vehicle sales in 2020.
A quick recovery scenario where the economy & auto industry bounce back seems unlikely.
Analysts predict new vehicle sales will only reach 16.4 million. Automotive manufacturers & dealers working to align marketing initiatives toward the Black and Minority specific audiences.
Here we go again with the almost overwhelming supply and logistics reach and capability of Amazon. The online merchandizing behemoth seeks to buy cash strapped Zoox and accomplish an autonomous vehicle delivery capability. Forget UPS & USPS.
COVID 19 Took Down Hertz #1. Too Much debt, old tired cars, and bad strategic decisions did Hertz in. Now can Hertz, car rental industry, and travel come back with new strategies, funding, and market?
Startup robot vehicle is making grocery and parcel deliveries in Ann Arbor. It’s timeliness enables contactless deliveries, responding to the need to deal with the COVID Pandemic. Robot vehicle will work best in densely populated areas
Augmented Reality is becoming more and more a “reality” in new vehicle technology. Three manufacturers are adding new features to ensure safety and performance. Investment by auto industry is making this happen as consumers watch.
Up to now, the majority of auto sales were done or finalized at the dealership. Some online buying went on with preowned vehicles sales, but now COVID lockdown and social distancing is forcing dealers to slowly make changes in the way vehicles are marketed and sold.