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YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, Part 1 began sorting out my collection of EV tidbits gleaned from Automotive News. Such was the pile height that Part 2 is warranted as well.

GM Invokes Political Muscle. As described in “GM Turns the Tables in EV Proposal”, October 29, 2018, Automotive News wrote, “In a defiant response last week to the Trump administration’s proposal to freeze fuel economy and emissions standards, GM outlined its own proposal for a national zero-emission vehicle program, modeled on the one pioneered by California and adopted by nine other states.”

No wonder GM is keen on this NZEV (as in New Zero-Emission Vehicle) program: Automotive News reported, “Already a leader in marketing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, GM is at the beginning of an ambitious plan to launch 20 new zero-emission vehicles through 2023, on its way to selling 1 million annually by 2026.”

Image from Automotive News, November 5, 2018.

Also, there are near-term implications in this: With the Chevrolet Bolt already selling throughout the U.S, GM is not fond of federal tax credits disappearing once an automaker produces 200,000 such vehicles. What’s more, the tax credits are scheduled to be phased out completely between now and January 1, 2020.

Sucking up on Trends. Automotive News, October 24, 2018, offered in-depth analysis of “Why Dyson Picked Singapore to Built its EV.” Yes, that’s Dyson, the vacuum-cleaner people.

The reasons: generous incentives, a gateway to China, and the company already has 1100 people there building 21 million electric motors a year.

Jaguar EV Only?? Do you recall the Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero that Prince Harry and his bride Meghan used at their wedding reception?

Prince Harry and his bride. Image from

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet: As reported in Automotive News, October 22, 2018, “A year ago at the Frankfurt auto show, Jaguar design chief Ian Callum noted that he has probably worked on his last full internal-combustion car.”

“There won’t be another in my life,” he told Automotive News, “Everything I do now will have batteries in great abundance—mostly in the floor.”

A Pascarella, Florida, family celebrates their new Jaguar I-Pace battery electric. Image from Automotive News, October 29, 2018.

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this month. However, a Pascarella, Florida, family celebrated early as part of a deal with Jaguar Land Rover North America: St. Petersburg’s Crown Jaguar outbid other dealerships in an auction raising $82,000 for Anguilla Hurricane Irma relief.

And this happy note completes my Automotive News tidbits collection for the moment. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2018

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