Tesla is leading the pack when it comes to American-made cars, with Senator Joe Manchin killing your hopes of getting a bonus tax credit for EVs made from domestic union labor, and General Motors is pressing the pause button Hummer EV Factory… But that’s a good thing. Plus: My cat is still missing. All that and more morning shift for Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
1st gear: Tesla moves on to American Made
The Tesla Model Y and Model 3 were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on Cars.com’s 2-22 American-Made Index. In fact, all four of Tesla’s vehicles made the top 10. The Model X and Model S came in at 5 and 6 respectively. You can say a lot about Tesla, but at least it’s good to see. From detroOit News,
This is the second year in a row that the Austin, Texas-based startup has claimed the title of Most American-Made.
Tesla’s regional approach to manufacturing helped it dominate the top of the index. According to Cars.com, the company claims 100% domestic production for all cars sold in the US, which is higher than the industry average of about 52%. Tesla’s US lineup is assembled at plants in California and Texas, with key components sourced domestically and in some cases in-house.
The list also noted that other US manufacturers In fact they should work together. Ford only had one car (Lincoln Corsair at No. 3) made the top 10, and so did the Stelantis with the Jeep Cherokee at No. 7. Honda occupied the remaining four spots in the top 10 list.
The ranking was released because American consumers are more interested in buying US-made vehicles, according to a recent Cars.com survey, with some 40% of car buyers saying that buying an American-made car is more important to them now – 22%. Year after year.
The list is also a reminder that what counts as “foreign” and “domestic” has become complicated over time. Perhaps a better demarcation line is union or non-union, speaking of which…
2nd Gear: Which Is a Real Bucket of Manchin Worms
Senate Democrats are giving up on a $4,500 bonus tax credit for EVs made with domestic union labor, you guessed it, Joe Manchin. you may know him as that god-forsaken Prick from West Virginia. From Automotive News:
“It’s gone,” Manchin said in an interview at Capitol on Tuesday.
The Build Back Better law passed in the House last year would have increased the $7,500 consumer tax credit to $12,500, as part of a White House-backed effort to ensure EVs are “manufactured by workers with good jobs.”
But the plan came under fire from Munchkin, a swing vote in an equally divided Senate, as well as from non-federal EV-maker Tesla Inc. and foreign-owned automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co.
West Virginia is home to a major Toyota engine and transmission parts plant. Manchin has been a strong supporter of the operation, which was created in 1995 near Charleston, W.Va.
More recently, Manchin has called the EV tax credit “ridiculous” and wants to subsidize hydrogen vehicles instead, as a blowback.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the size and scope of the credit remains debatable in negotiations on the spending bill. In recent weeks, Manchin has said that he does not like the current EV tax credit structure because American companies have or will soon be out of credit and foreign companies will continue to receive subsidies.
“Any foreign vehicle that is an electric vehicle is going to be able to claim a $7,500 credit” under current law, Manchin said. “I don’t think that’s our intention.”
God forbid that the people who buy these cars get any kind of financial break, you are a complete loser.
3rd gear: Toyota is beating expectations
Speaking of losers, the global semiconductor shortage is still roaring due to the Covid supply chain disruptions. Now, it’s prompting Toyota – the world’s biggest carmaker – to lower expectations for July, after the last cut,
it is is cutting 50,000 vehicles in its global production plan and now plans to make Only 800,000 vehicles next month. from Reuters,
“Since it is difficult to look ahead due to the shortage of semiconductors and the spread of COVID-19, there is a possibility that the production plan may be cut short,” the Japanese company said.
Toyota and other carmakers continue to struggle with supply-chain disruptions and component shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including as a result of the recent lockdowns in China.
Automakers are also competing with other manufacturers such as consumer electronics device makers for limited semiconductor supplies.
Toyota stuck with its annual global production target of 9.7 million vehicles, though the company indicated in May that supply chain disruptions could eventually force it to reduce that number.
The automaker also said that it is expanding production halts to Japan next month that makes vehicles such as the GR Yaris and the bZ4X Ev SUV. I think you’ll just have to get a Solterra instead. Shame.
4th Gear: GM Is Building a Hummer EV Plant
Before the GM factory can build the Zero Truck plant, it must first let it idle for about a month. The factory employs about 800 people, and although only 99 Hummer EV pickups were delivered in the first quarter, there are more than 77,500 reservations for pickups and SUVs on the books. From Automotive News,
GM scheduled downtime at the plant to add production capacity sooner than planned, GM spokesman Dan Flores said. The automaker will install tooling, machinery and equipment, while workers will be laid off from June 27 to July 22.
“These upgrades will also help prepare the plant for future products, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV,” Flores said in a statement.
GM plans to build Silverado and GMC Sierra Denali electric pickups and Cruise Origin ride-hail and delivery vans at Factory Zero. Starting this fall, the plant will assemble Altium battery cells into modules and packs for a variety of vehicle designs.
Some GMC Hummer are EVs seen in trafficand let me tell you, Guys, this is a great companion. A great friend too. But hey, looks like size is the name of the game right now.
5th gear: Germany isn’t about fossil-fuel-free living
Germany is not playing well with the EU’s plan to impose too many restrictions on the sale of new ICE cars until 2035. From Reuters,
To cut planet-warming emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels, the European Commission has proposed a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2035. This means that from then on it will be impossible to sell cars with combustion engines.
Parliamentarians in the European Parliament backed the proposals this month, before the final law was negotiated with EU countries.
Germany’s Finance Minister Christian Linder said on Tuesday that there would be room for combustion engines, so imposing a ban would be wrong. Clearly this guy appreciates Porsche’s 4-liter boxer 6-cylinder engine. He said that the country will still be a leader in the sales and adoption of electric vehicles.
So, folks, it looks like there’s still some hope for ICE in the future. The internal combustion engine, of course, would have melted all the real ice on the planet due to the extreme heat.
Reverse: 21 Years of the Family
That’s right, everyone. Today completes 21 years.the fast and the Furious” Debut on screen, and how long has it been. Maybe one day I’ll be ready to see a of Movies… maybe.
Neutral: Have you seen my cat?
My little kitty Janet went missing last week in northern New Jersey. She is very cute and very young. If you’re seeing fewer blogs than me, it’s because I was looking for one. Keep life in your thoughts. He’s tough, but he’s not an outdoor cat. Also, please don’t suggest me how to get him back. I promise we are trying to do everything.
I’ll lose my mind if she doesn’t come home early, and no one wants that.