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Do any of the major rental car companies cars have lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control?

Last few Tahoes and suburbans I’ve gotten have had it. also that annoying feature that vibrates your butt when you get slightly out of your lane.

Why is the BMW I3 not as good as Tesla’s?

Sounds like a loaded question. First lets start with why I bought a BMW i3 versus a Tesla? Answer: PRICE Now that’s cleared up, let me explain. I bought a used BMW i3 REX loaded with every option for under $15,000. I live 20 miles from work in what is rapidly decaying into a traffic slog on both urban streets and suburban freeways. My primary focus was to find a car, (preferably electric) that I could transfer some of the mundane tasks of driving in traffic. There are many cars that now offer adaptive cruise control, (one component of reducing stressful driving in traffic) but keeping with my answer above, (PRICE or COST) the only options are Tesla or BMW, (and it keeps with the nature of the question). Using eBay, Craigslist, CarFax, Tesla.com, I couldn’t find a Tesla, (2015 model was earliest with Autopilot) for under $40,000. The EPA rates the Tesla Model 3 as 3.84 miles per KWH. BMW rates the i3 as .21 KWH per Mile or 4.7 KWH per Mile. This makes sense the Tesla is bigger and heavier than the BMW i3. And honestly although there are 4 seats and 4 doors in the BMW i3, life in the backseat is not as comfortable as a Tesla. With the addition of the REX, (Range Extender) I have no range anxiety, and have regularly made 120 mile trips from Ventura County up to the 6000′ level of Lake Arrowhead. Would I spend $50,000+ on either a BMWi3 or Tesla? No. Both are extremely well made and mechanically will last over 300,000 mile’s. Will I be the first in line when I see a 2015 Tesla with Autopilot dip below $20,000? YES.

How is the Ford raptor for a daily driver?

I have a gen 2 that has all the electronic gizmos and tech. I live in a suburban area and commute sometimes to a more urban area. I also take family road trips and trips for work. I shuttle kids to activities almost every day. I can’t speak for the gen 1 raptors that came out in 2010, but the full load gen 2’s that came out in 2017 are literally effortless. There is a bit of a learning curve on the tech. There is a bit of a learning curve on the size and limitations. But those aside, it is just easy, comfortable and effortless. It has so many features, I won’t list them here. Most, if not all, aren’t critical or absolutely necessary. Do I need a heated steering wheel, let alone one that knows to turn on automatically when I start the truck remotely from my app while I am brushing my teeth and about to race out the door in the morning? That’s if it is cool outside, otherwise, it doesn’t bother. It simply doesn’t fit in a lot of parking spots or parkades. And if it does, it isn’t for the faint of heart or for non-confident and capable drivers. This is as wide as the original HUMVEE and you know it. I have the super crew cab (full rear doors) and turning the club cab (short rear doors) would be a bit easier. But they are both 6″ wider tire to tire than a normal F-150. The mirrors, when extended, are the same width as an F-150 with it’s mirror extended. But folding the mirrors in on the raptor only buys a couple of inches of extra room vs. the F-150, buying almost 6 inches. So, an urban alley with dumpsters and cars parked, parking lots, parking spots, expect it simply to NOT fit sometimes. And other times, it will fit, but you’ll need to take care navigating. The 360 degree cameral is awesome, if not mandatory for these chores. The space behind the front seats is HUGE. the 60/40 rear seats fold up effortlessly and you can store a ton of stuff back there. Or, seat, 1, 2 or 3 and store a lot, medium or a little, as the case might be. Expect to get worse gas mileage than a regular full-size pickup. But as much as some people might hate the auto start-stop at lights, there is something nice about sitting at a 2 minute light and have no engine running. If the heat/air or battery needs the engine power, it will automatically turn itself on, even if in auto-stop mode. It figures itself out. If your commute varies from highway to crawl to stop to highway speed again, the adaptive cruise control handles it all with remarkable ease. It literally will start and stop you in stop and go traffic jam traffic and keep up with the car ahead. I would rather control that myself most times, but if I want a break from the gas, brake, gas, brake, I can let it do that for me for a while. Speaking of traffic. Pretty much nobody cuts in front of you. I don’t drive like an A-hole. I don’t bully my way around traffic. But even being courteous, people give you a huge right of way. Final thought. Expect to lose your anonymity. You will have a lot of people coming up to you to ask you questions about your truck. I didn’t get decals or a bold paint job, but I still draw a LOT of attention everywhere I go. I’m sure there are some enviro types that just assume it gets 6 mpg based on its size, not 17 or 16. And they might think you should be driving something smaller regardless, so they probably aren’t going to be happy until you drive a smart car or mini anyway. But by the same token, I use mine all the time for trips, chores, hauling, etc. It is very handy for that. Hope that gives you some info for consideration. I edited this answer to add this picture. The truck took my son and me up a very steep, snowy, icy and rocky mountain to do some exploring and to visit a WW2 memorial at a plane crash site. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, but didn’t have a vehicle that was capable. The experience - priceless. The offroad capability - astonishing. For general health and happiness tips and info, visit and follow ,amREADY, and ,Blog - amREADY,. (plus some pics and vids of the Raptor in action) From yesterday - such a fun day from the ocean to rivers, to the forest, and up snowy mountains…

Why are new trucks so expensive?

There are several reasons why new trucks are so expensive. First and foremost is because people will pay the price. There’s a demand for the trucks, and the dealers will set the price to meet the demand. Second, which is closely tied to the first, is the availability of cheap money. Banks and other financiers have made money available for longer terms and lower rates, so the buyers are convinced they can afford to buy a more expensive truck. Third is inflation. Pretty much everything today costs more than it did 20, 30, or 40 years ago. Fourth is technological improvements that give you more features in the vehicle, and those cost more. Consider the Ford F150. They started selling the F-series pickup 70 years ago. Each truck was equipped with a manual transmission, and they featured driver and passenger side windshield wipers and a foot-plunger windshield washer. Starting in 1953, they received new engines, updated chassis, roomier interior and exteriors, options such as a radio, dome light, arm rests, and cigarette lighter. (For you younger readers, the round power source you see in vehicles today was what used to power an electric cigarette lighter. It was a little knob you’d push in. It had a wound piece of steel that would get red hot inside it, and when the knob popped out it was hot enough to light a cigarette. It was considered safer than using a Zippo lighter while you’re driving.) In 1959, Ford produced their first 4-wheel drive F-series pickup. (Credit to ,https://www.angelakrauseford.com/history-of-the-f150.htm, for this history.) In 1965 the Twin-I-Beam front suspension changed everything and it remained a part of the F-150 up to 1996. An F-Series 4-door-crew-cab model emerged in 1965 to compete with passenger cars and the 300 cubic inch 4.9L straight six was introduced. You could bucket seats from the Ford Mustang, detailed styling, and a softer suspension. In the fifth generation f-series (1967–1972), they made the cab a bit bigger and started offering factory-installed air conditioning. A new grill design was added in 1969 and a 302 Windsor V8 engine was optional. Also during these years, a new trim for the Ranger XLT was added as the top of the line. Other options included AM/FM radio. The sixth generation, 1973–1979, included larger cabins, front disc brakes, a relocated gas tank outside the cab, improved heating and air, and more galvanized steel. (You read that right. The gas tank used to be with the cab instead of under the bed of the truck.) The Seventh Generation occurred between 1980 and 1986. This generation received the first complete redesign since 1965 from the ground, up. Improved aerodynamics and fuel economy and both interior and exterior modifications were made. In 1983, diesel power was added to the F-Series. In 1984, a new high-output version of the 5.8L Windsor was introduced and 1985 saw the first year of electronic fuel injection for the 5.0L V8. In 1988, all other vehicles switched over to electronic fuel injection. In 1986, the F-150 no longer offered "3-on-the-tree" manual shifting. This generation was the first to include upscale amenities such as power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, interval windshield wipers, tinted windshield, locking gas cap, inside locking hood release, etc. The Eighth Generation was between 1987 and 1991. In the first year of this generation better aerodynamics included a rounded front clip and softer lines around fender arches and the rear bed and it sported an all new interior. The first 5-speed manual overdrive transmission was introduced in 1987 and 4-speeds were discontinued. In 1989, a C6 3-speed automatic was replaced as a base automatic transmission by an E4OD, 4-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive unit. In 1987, the F-Series 4.9L inline 6 was converted to fuel injection and in 1988, the Ford F-150 became the first pickup truck that was sold as a non-carbureted engine. I’ll skip a few generations. As of the 13th generation which began in 2015, the 2015 F-150 model became the very first pickup to receive Adaptive Cruise Control. This feature offers radar sensors embedded on the front of the truck that monitors the distance between the vehicle in front of you and yourself. If it senses you are too close, speed will automatically be decreased, forming a safe barrier. The Ford F-150 also underwent a radical change in 2015 by dropping 750 pounds by switching from a steel body to that of all-aluminum. Along with dropping a few pounds, a more efficient base engine was added to include a 3.5L V6 and also introduced for 2015 was the 2.7L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and the 3.5L version. The 5.0L V8 is still available (as of 2016 when the linked article was written.) You’ll get much better gas mileage with today’s pickups. The trucks will last you longer and you the service intervals are greater. They’re much safer and you’re far more likely to survive a crash today. You get more power, have more amenities, and can be much more comfortable when you drive. A big downside is it’s much harder and much more expensive to repair/replace problem parts. It’s not as easy to be a shade-tree mechanic today. Here’s a great infographic about the Ford f-series. ,Check Out This Cool Infographic of Ford F-150 Prices Over the Years In 1950 the F-1 1/2 ton pickup would cost $1,287, which seems really cheap. Adjusted for inflation to 2016, that would be about $13,000, so a five-fold increase in 66 years. In 1985 an F-150 Styleside longbed pickup was about $8,000, which is $18,000 adjusted for inflation. In 2002 the F-150 XLT regular cab styleside cost $20,715 or $28,000 for inflation. In 2016 the F-150 regular cab was $28,000. For some context, in 1951 the Social Security national average wage index was $2,800, which was about enough to buy 2 F-1 pickups. The wage index for 2016 was $48,642, enough to buy 1.7 F-150 pickups. I’ll admit, it surprises me how much some people will pay for a fully-loaded pickup. It’s hard for me to rationalize forking over $80K for a vehicle. I live in northern Michigan and we get a lot of snow. Hunting, camping, boating, and farming are popular here, so I can see why people would buy trucks and large SUVs for their higher ground clearance, towing power, and 4wd capabilities. What is peculiar to me is how often I would see 4wd pickups and SUVs when I lived in Texas, and when we vacationed in Florida. I sometimes wonder whether those vehicles ever saw a dirt road. Personally, I don’t think I’d ever buy a new pickup. Back in the mid-80s I bought a small Dodge pickup. I think it was a D50. It had vinyl seats, a stick, a single bench seat, and basically no options. If I were to buy a truck today I’d get a used one. About four years ago I bought a 2002 Suburban for hauling. It had depreciated to about 15% of its original price. I have about 180,000 miles on it and the body will probably rust away before the mechanical components fail. I don’t care if I get a scratch on the paint or if one of the grandkids spills something inside.

If human brain hadn’t evolved, would any other species have conquered the surface of the earth?

Ah, but we have not conquered the surface of the Earth, and there remains plenty of places where we risk our very lives to be there. In Alaska, there are places avoided by all warm blooded animals if they know better. Huge mosquitos swarm unsuspecting mammals and can incur a fatal amount of blood loss in only several minutes. We see films of large groups of vegetable-eating types of deer and think such beauty is not to be feared. But visitors to these wilds are frequently disillusioned by the detachments of large males that simply come and walk all over people and potential predators that are not careful to keep distance and to have a contingency plan. No one tries to walk through the interior of Australia. It is dominated by a way of life too hostile to our mere passing through. The jungles are harsh and heavenly and the white man's graveyard to all but those accomodated or unusually adaptable to a sharing of blood borne bacteria and a variety of parasites 5000 times more varied and 100,000 more numerous than a suburban metropolitan district. The diversity of life on a plot of land in a jungle the size of a tennis court is comparable to the diversity in all the United Kingdom. Large bears, mountain lions, and even native spirits with reason to hold hostilities may threaten or smote human presence, although such a thing is not typical of a presence of people who are careful to stick to established times and trails of passage or encampment. But you are very right thatif we gather the intelligence available to us, and fashion equipment and supplies used of proven technique and with appropriate patience, our own human treachery finds a way to deter, recoil, shield, disperse, or exterminate all contention of surface control. However, a small ocean-worthy yacht needs an orcan cage around it to be safe in good weather and I do not know of any but miss someone who apparently had their boat taken apart methodically by a dozen of something. A woman at a whale-watcher tour cruise service in Monterey, California, several times witnessed killer whales persisting to pursue blue whales solely to eat tongue. Why they would destroy a vessel carrying one human, but not two or more, in freak occurences random to an entire oceanic length of their patterns of frequency seems to be that a sole pilot is fancied as the vessel’s tongue. For this to occur each year even once on Earth means we have not conquered the surface of the ocean. Our brains are surely a prized result of the forces behind nature that have harried their evolvement. Rites of passage may not have been the result of our mental capacitances but rather a shared inspiration of all evolutional life on Earth. My cat loves, i know, but that he sees me clearly as one who has done (or has arranged the doing) of all his killing that is natural for a carnivore and is an awareness that omnivores like humans do not usually have occasion to know love as the predator’s permit for domestic tranquility.

When will self-driving cars be available to consumers?

The question has been well answered up to this point, but the ,short answer, is the technology will likely be available for download in “Beta” mode as early as 2017. But, 2018 would be where I would place a bet if I only had one chip. Full production will likely be 2020 or 2021. The ,long answer, is it depends on who you ask: Volvo: •“Today, we are close to creating cars capable of truly autonomous driving that will revolutionise the way you travel and change society for the better. Here is our guide to what autonomous driving means and how it came about.” – ,Volvo Cars •In 2017, 100 autonomous cars each will introduced as a trial in Gothenburg, London, and China. The call this the “Drive Me Project”. Will likely not work in all weather situations. •They have have partnered with Autoliv, an existing supplier of active safety systems. – ,Volvo Cars •Volvo is using Nvidia’s GPU-based deep-learning system. – ,Digital Trends | Technology News and Product Reviews •Interim steps in self-parking cars and additional active safety systems. •Vision: No fatalities in a Volvo car by 2020. •Volvo believes Level 2/3 autonomy is an unsafe solution and not an endpoint. •Volvo is "taking responsibility both for crash events, and we're also programming it for extreme events like people walking in the road even where they're not supposed to be. There's a massive amount of work put into making it handle a crash or conflict situations.“ -Trent Victor, senior technical leader of crash avoidance at Volvo - ,The Verge •“It's mostly a difference of autonomous design philosophy for Tesla and Volvo. Tesla believes drivers can be trusted to make the appropriate decision with regards to their vehicle while Volvo wants to keep the driver from even putting himself into the position of getting into trouble with its autonomous tech.” – ,The Verge •“Volvo plans to roll out a system similar to Autopilot in 2017, but by 2020 Coelingh said Volvo’s self-driving technology will be so advanced that no supervision will be needed, and the driver can instead do something else while behind the wheel.” – ,Tech Insider •“The company has stated that it will ,accept full liability, when its vehicles are in autonomous mode, and has announced plans to expand its pilot program to ,China, and the ,United States,. Volvo has followed rivals like BMW in setting 2021 as a target deployment date, though it is ,still looking for its own collaborators to work with,.” •“Volvo has also partnered with Microsoft to further its research efforts in this space. Read More: ,Volvo,, ,Wired,, ,IB Times,” – ,Venture Capital Database •"It's our ambition to have a car that can drive fully autonomously on the highway by 2021. […] This technology is something as a carmaker you cannot develop by yourself.“ - CEO Hakan Samuelsson, ,Automotive News Uber: •"Travis [Kalanick] recently told me that in 2020, if Teslas are autonomous, he'd want to buy all of them," ,said Steve Jurvetson,, a board member and early investor in Tesla. "And I was like, 'What?' And he's like 'All 500,000 estimated for 2020 production, I want them all.' But he couldn't get a return call from Elon, so he was like, whatever.“ – ,Tech Insider •Last January, Uber poached 1/3 of Carneige Mellon’s Top Robotics Lab to Build Self-driving Cars: “All told, Uber snatched up about 50 people from Carnegie Mellon, including many from its highest ranks. That's an unusually high number of people to leave at once, and accounted for about a third of the staff NREC had at the end of last year. Many were top employees, including David Stager, who had been there since 1997 and is now Uber's lead systems engineer; Jean-Sébastien Valois, a senior commercialization specialist who had been with NREC for nearly 12 years (and lists himself as "on leave" ,on CMU's site,); and Anthony Stentz, NREC's director for the past four and a half years, who had been at the center since 1997. News of some of the departures was, reported earlier, this year by ,TechCrunch, and The Pittsburgh Business Times.” – ,The Verge •Uber continues to raise cash (currently $13B + available credit) and rumors of an early IPO are starting. •“Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has indicated in a tweet that he expects Uber’s fleet to be driverless by 2030. The service will then be so inexpensive and ubiquitous that car ownership will be obsolete. (Source: ,Mobility Lab,, 2015-08-18)” – ,Gearing up to save lives, reduce costs, resource consumption •“Uber China has removed a major capital drain; the deal coincided with news that the company would plow $500M into ,a global mapping initiative,. Read More: ,New York Times,, ,The Verge,” ,– ,Venture Capital Database Google: •“Google has never given a formal deadline, but has suggested it's working on having the technology ready by 2020.” – ,Tech Insider •2020 Implied by Chris Urmson, Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google[x], in March 2015 at TED •“Google has put in more than 1.2 million miles with its test vehicles using software to drive themselves, and has estimated it could have a fully autonomous car ready for public roads by about 2020.” – ,Bloomberg.com •Similar to Volvo, Google believes Level 2/3 autonomy is an unsafe solution and not an endpoint. •“In May 2014, the company announced plans to test an extremely compact self-driving two-seater; a YouTube video shows a gray and white vehicle, a kind of ladybug on wheels, with an unusually facelike front grille. It won't have a steering wheel or brakes. Indeed, it's designed to go no faster than 25 mph, and appears intended for short runs on, say, college campuses, or in dense urban areas. (A Google spokesperson says the speed is capped at 25 mph for testing purposes.) What Google hasn't done, despite much publicity around its automotive efforts, is make any moves toward selling its self-driving car. "This is still a research project for them," insists Vogt. But Google has announced it will build 100 prototypes of that autonomous two-seater, working to refine its technology, and reports circulated in late 2014 that Google was seeking an automotive partner to bring that car to market, though it may take up to five years to do so. ” – ,Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs •“Google’s self-driving car team is expanding and hiring more people with automotive industry expertise, underscoring the company’s determination to move the division past the experimental stage.” •“The operation now employs at least 170 workers, according to a Reuters review of their profiles on LinkedIn” -,http://tmsnrt.rs/1oxX4Lg •“In the past four weeks (March 2016), Google has advertised nearly 40 new positions on the team, and many are related to manufacturing. The team currently has six people with such experience, including purchasing, supplier development and supply chain management.” •“Google’s team is being assembled by John Krafcik, an industry veteran who previously headed Hyundai’s U.S. operations and is an expert in product development and manufacturing. Krafcik joined Google in September 2015.” •“Paul Luskin, was hired last month as operations manager, according to his Linkedin profile. An engineer with stints at Jaguar Cars, Ford and Japanese supplier Denso Corp, Luskin most recently was president of Ricardo Defense Systems, a unit of Britain’s Ricardo PLC, according to the Linkedin profile. Google hired industry veteran Andy Warburton in July to head the vehicle engineering team, according to his Linkedin profile. Warburton spent two years as a senior engineering manager at Tesla and 16 years as an engineering manager at Jaguar. A third auto veteran, Sameer Kshisagar, joined Google in November as head of global supply management on the self-driving car team. Kshisagar is a manufacturing expert who previously worked for GM, according to his Linkedin profile.” •“Google has said previously that it intends to ready the technology for a marketable self-driving car by 2020, but it may never manufacture vehicles itself.” •“Krafcik and Chris Urmson, director of the car team, have said they want to forge partnerships with established automakers and others to build vehicles. Krafcik made a public pitch for alliances at an auto industry conference in Detroit in January.” •“The tech giant is more likely to contract out manufacturing – much like Apple does with iPhone – or to license technology to existing car manufacturers, automotive industry experts said. Licensing would follow the model Google has used with its Android operating system for mobile devices.” •“The tug-of-war over who controls – and profits from – the stream of user data in self-driving cars is ‘an inherent and fundamental conflict’ between Google and traditional automakers” - Raj Rajkumar, a Carnegie-Mellon University professor who advises companies on self-driving car development •“Instead, Google may choose to build its own engineering and design prototypes, then partner with a Chinese automaker or an Asian contractor such as Hon Hai Precision Industry’s Foxconn Technology Co that wants to enter the automotive field, several experts said.” •“Michael Tracy, a Michigan-based auto manufacturing consultant, said Google sees the potential of several different revenue streams from its self-driving technology, including licensing its mapping database and vehicle control software, as well as an integrated package of software, sensors and actuators that would form the backbone of a self-driving vehicle.” •“The least likely prospect is that Google will manufacture its own vehicles, Tracy said, due to the massive expenditures required and the stiff competition from established automakers.” - ,Tech News That Matters •“Google’s founder Sergey Brin has made it clear that the company plans to have its driverless cars on the market no later than 2018. At the signing ceremony for California’s autonomous vehicles law, he outlined Googles path towards commercialization of its driverless cars. Within 2013 Google plans to expand the number and users of their driverless cars to Google employees. Thereafter it will not take longer than 5 years to get the cars into the market. (Source: ,Driverless car market watch,, 2012-10-02)” – ,Gearing up to save lives, reduce costs, resource consumption Toyota: •“Toyota Motor Corp. is spending $1 billion to form a research institute focused on the artificial intelligence and robotics technology it needs to make cars that can overcome driver errors and reduce traffic fatalities.” •“The company will also work toward making it easier for elderly drivers to hang onto their keys in aging countries including Japan and the U.S., Toyota’s biggest markets. •“Toyota Research Institute will start operations in January, and the Japanese carmaker’s five-year initial investment will go toward setting up locations near Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” •“The 2020 time frame has particular resonance for Japanese carmakers, as the companies want to showcase their progress toward self-driving in conjunction with Tokyo hosting the Olympics the same year.” – ,Bloomberg.com •“Traffic accidents involving the elderly are on the rise in Japan, contributing to the industry falling short of meeting a target for fewer than 2,500 road fatalities a year by 2018 set by the National Security Agency. That is even though traffic-related deaths have declined for a 14th straight year to 4,113 fatalities last year. About 30 percent of vehicles sold in the country now are equipped with driver-assistance features such as collision avoidance.” – ,Bloomberg.com •“Just this April, it also announced its ,third US university partnership, with an automotive engineering stalwart, the University of Michigan.” •“August 2016 has seen it double down on its university efforts, with a ,further $22M investment, to the University of Michigan to drive robotics and self-driving research. The company ,has targeted 2021, as a goal for deploying “AI car features” to the road. Read More: ,Wired,, ,Techcrunch,” - ,Venture Capital Database Honda: •“’We believe automated driving technology can greatly contribute to reducing on-road accident and ease congestion,’ Fumihiko Ike, head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and Honda chairman, said in a briefing on the car show this week [October 2015]. ‘By integrating automated driving technology with small-scale transport, Japan can overcome the challenges of having to establish full-scaled public transportation in thinly populated rural areas.’” – ,Bloomberg.com BMW: •“BMW will make semi-autonomous features standard in all their cars starting in 2020, but isn't rushing to develop a fully autonomous car.” •“BMW's all-electric i3 can already park itself and come back to pick you up when you're ready! But BMW is in no way rushing to be the first in the driverless car market. CEO Harald Krüger said in December that ,the company is holding off, on more advanced driverless features until they are sure they are completely safe.” •“BMW has tested its driverless tech on the racetrack and does currently offer some driver assistance features in its BMW 7 series model, such as automatic parking while the driver is at the wheel, the company is holding off on more advanced driverless features[…].” – ,Bloomberg.com Nissan: •“Nissan is committed to have a commercially viable autonomous car on the roads by 2020.” – ,Tech Insider, and ,Nissan USA: Innovation & Excitement For Everyone •“Nissan has been working to develop this technology alongside teams from some of the world's top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo. The combined research time equals 80 years of research and development, the kind of effort it takes to put Nissan at the forefront of this important development.” •“The building blocks of autonomous driving technology already exists in Nissan vehicles in the form of Nissan’s Safety Shield-inspired technologies. These technologies can monitor a nearly 360-degree view around a vehicle for risks, offering warnings to the driver and taking action to help avoid crashes if necessary.” •“The prototype car can drive autonomously on a highway, merging, passing and performing other typical driving maneuvers.” – ,Nissan USA: Innovation & Excitement For Everyone •“Nissan seeks a safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly mobile future.” - Toshiyuki Shiga, Vice Chairman, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ,Nissan USA: Innovation & Excitement For Everyone Ford: •"When it comes to autonomous vehicles, we've been at this for over 10 years. We were part of the original ,Darpa contest, over 10 years ago. What we have said is, somebody by the end of this decade will probably have a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, [whereby] the driver does not have to step into a predefined area which has already been 3D-mapped. What we have said is, we may not be the first, but when we do, it will be true to our brand, which means accessibility. We want to make sure it's available to everyone, and not just folks who can afford luxury cars." ,Ford CEO Mark Fields recently told Business Insider,. •“Ford is tripling its fleet of Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles this year – making the company’s fully autonomous vehicle fleet the largest of all automakers – and accelerating the development and testing of its virtual driver software in both urban and suburban environments” •“Ford will add 20 Fusion Hybrid autonomous vehicles, bringing the company's autonomous fleet to about 30 vehicles being tested on roads in California, Arizona and Michigan.” •“New fleet vehicles will use Velodyne’s advanced new Solid-State Hybrid Ultra PUCK™ Auto sensor, providing precision required for mapping and creating accurate, real-time 3D models of the surrounding environment, enhancing Ford’s software development and testing to handle a broader range of driving scenarios” •“Autonomous vehicles are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics” - ,http://media.ford.com GM: •“General Motors will have a fleet of self-driving cars available for employee use in late 2016.” – ,Tech Insider •“GM ,bought self-driving car startup Cruise Automation, in March for $1 billion. But we have yet to hear a precise deadline on when it could be ready. ,GM also invested $500 million in Lyft, to build driverless on-demand cars.” – ,Tech Insider •“GENERAL MOTORS IS quietly developing autonomous vehicle technology and plans to have a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Volts roaming the campus of its technical center in suburban Detroit next year (2016).” •“It plans to capitalize on that work with “Super Cruise,” a semi-autonomous feature that will let a car handle itself on the freeway. The feature is expected to appear on an unspecified Cadillac model next year. ” •“’You need embedded connectivity to make autonomous work. And that’s where General Motors has a lead,’ with nearly two decades of OnStar-equipped vehicles on the market. It’s moving from there to vehicle to vehicle communication, starting with two Cadillac models next year.” – Mary Barra •“And the Volt is a fitting car for the project: an electrified system makes it easier for engineers to tap into the controls, but more importantly, it’s the most forward-looking car in the GM stable. There’s a reason nearly every autonomous prototype out there is electric: When you’re talking bout one technology of the future, it makes sense to pair it with another.” - ,WIRED •“GM shares a common vision for the deployment of autonomous vehicles at a mass scale — a clear and vivid vision.” - Kyle Vogt, Cruise's founder and CEO (an autonomous vehicle startup acquired by GM for $1B this year) •“Cruise's 40 employees would remain in San Francisco but that the size of the team would be aggressively expanded.” •“Shared mobility is a very obvious place for GM to use Cruise's technology, Ammann said, as the automaker seeks to ‘fundamentally change the future of mobility.’” •“GM has also been developing its own semi-autonomous technology in-house, with its ,Super Cruise technology, slated to come to market on high-end Cadillac models in 2017. GM has said that the Cruise acquisition would have “no impact” on its Super Cruise launch, and has also detailed plans to hire ,700 engineers focused on autonomous R&D,. Read More: ,The Verge,, ,Bloomberg,” – ,Venture Capital Database •“Richard Holman, a 30-year automotive veteran running GM’s foresight and trends unit, said Tuesday that three years ago most industry participants would have estimated 2035 as a reasonable timetable for self-driving cars. Speaking to a conference in suburban Detroit, Mr. Holman said now most people see that technology being deployed by 2020, if not sooner.” – ,The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video Diamler: •“Daimler, the maker of the Mercedes-Benz, plans to have its driverless trucks ready by 2020.” •“In October, A ,Mercedes-Benz big-rig made history, by driving itself on a public road, marking the first time a big-rig drove semi-autonomously on a highway. Daimler said in 2015 that its driverless trucks are two to three years away from production, ,Daily Mail reported,.” •“’We want to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles. You can be sure we will accomplish that in this decade,’ Thomas Weber, Daimler head of development, ,said in 2013.,” – ,Tech Insider Audi: •“The automaker was the first company to receive an autonomous driving permit in Nevada in 2012 and California in 2014. ” – ,Tech Insider •“Audi is part of the ,German consortium, — including Daimler and BMW — that bought Nokia’s HERE precision mapping assets for $3.1B. HERE has also recently ,made strides, in their initiative to design an open specification for vehicle sensor data collected and transmitted by connected vehicles.” – ,Venture Capital Database Baidu: •“Baidu, a Beijing-based search company, is aiming to have a commercial model of its driverless car ready by 2018.” •“Baidu is aiming to have a commercial model of its driverless vehicle ready in just two years. The company plans to introduce self-driving shuttles that will be capable of driving in a designated loop in China by 2018.” – ,Tech Insider •“Baidu hasn’t decided whether its first autonomous vehicle will have a steering wheel” - Baidu’s chief scientist Andrew Ng, ,The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video •“Chinese search-engine giant Baidu Inc. Senior Vice President Wang Jing said Friday that the company plans to mass produce a driverless car in five years [2021]—so that babies born today won’t need a driver’s license.” – ,The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video Apple: •On […] "Late Show [with Stephen Colbert]" in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook dodged the subject entirely, only stating: ’We look at a number of things along the way, and we decide to really put our energies in a few of them.’” – ,Tech Insider •“Apple is building a self-driving car in Silicon Valley, and is scouting for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it, the Guardian has learned. Documents show the oft-rumoured ,Apple, car project appears to be further along than many suspected.” ,News, sport and opinion from the Guardian's US edition | The Guardian, August 2015 Honda: •“Honda has been building semi-autonomous functionality, including forward-collision warning, lane- departure warning and lane-keeping assist. These features are already being rolled out in Honda's Acuras and the Civic model year 2016, which costs about $22,000.” •“With the current roll-out of semi-autonomous functions, which it says will pave the way for full autonomy on highways by 2020, Honda says it differs from rivals, whose self-driving efforts have centered on their luxury models.” •"This is a unique differentiator for Honda ... who is committed to the concept of safety for everyone," said [Jim] Keller [chief engineer for Honda Research and Development Americas}. "Unless we democratize it across our lineup it will be just a niche." - ,Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters •“Honda has received approval from California to test autonomous vehicles on public streets (with restrictions on the number of vehicles and the testing methods). Like Apple, the automaker is also using the GoMentum Station proving ground, with 2,100 acres of testing area for its self-driving fleet. Honda also introduced ,semi-autonomous ADAS, (advanced-driver assistance systems) options on its entry-level Civic, offering lane-keeping, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control functionality. These features are also available on luxury models (offered by brands like Tesla, BMW, etc.), but are notable on a vehicle with a $20,440 base price. Read More: ,Re/code,, ,San Francisco Business Times,, ,Engadget,, ,Honda Press Release,” – ,Venture Capital Database Hyundai: •“Hyundai sounded a ,more conservative note, last September. Its European head Thomas Schmid asserted that autonomous driving would come “by far not as quick as everyone says,” giving a timetable of 10 to 15 years. Nevertheless, the Korean motor group seems to be intensifying its efforts to compete in 2016, ramping up investments in AI and setting up ,a new business unit, to develop “hyper-connected” and self-driving cars in the near future.” – ,Venture Capital Database PSA: •“Just this April, the French PSA Groupe (including Peugeot, Citroën and DS) ,announced, that two Citroën cars had driven “eyes off” from Paris to Amsterdam. The vehicles navigated over 300 km (186 miles) without supervision on “authorized stretches” of road, with PSA claiming the cars had achieved Level 3 Automation in this mode. The “eyes off” mode is slated to arrive ,by 2021,, while semi-autonomous “hands off” modes will be available by 2020. These features, along with electric vehicles and new models, form the core of PSA’s broader “Push to Pass” growth strategy (including a return to the US). Read More: ,PSA Groupe,” – ,Venture Capital Database Volkswagen: •“In March 2016 VW Group CEO Matthias Muller announced that the board had just signed off on a huge ,autonomous driving initiative,, boldly claiming that their goal was to “[bring] these technologies to market faster than the competition.” The Group’s head of digitalization asserts that self-driving cars will be “commonplace” by 2025. Read More: ,Digital Trends,, ,V-Charge,, ,Reuters,” ,Venture Capital Database

Why don't bigger car companies such as Ford start producing electric cars, eliminating Tesla's presence in the emerging market, thus claiming said market share for themselves?

General Motors, Nissan and Mitsubishi already are selling mass-market electric vehicles, but they're still more costly than cars with gasoline engines, and they haven't sold in great numbers. ( USA Not included ) Higher cost is one reason consumers are not yet buying purely electric vehicles in large numbers. The lack of charging points is another, leaving many owners of electric vehicles to use them mainly in cities or for shorter trips. Volkswagen and other automakers are working together on building a freeway network of fast-charging stations to enable longer trips with battery powered cars. VW's growth plan is ,heavily focused on electric vehicles, and investments in "sustainable mobility." It aims to boost its operating margin to between 7% and 8% by 2025 (from 6% in 2015, excluding special items related to the diesel scandal), and to hold its distribution ratio at about 30%. Toyota's growth plan is more of an incremental one. Like several of its rivals (including VW and GM), Toyota is in the process of moving most of its vehicles to a shared architecture. That's expected to reduce costs and increase the speed with which it can launch new models and variants. Dieter Zetsche, ,President August 2018,: ,Porsche just released some new specs, about the upcoming Taycan electric car. As expected the electric sedan will make more than 600 horsepower in total system power and come with 800-volt charging capability, which will give the car enough juice to go 400 km. (248 mi.) in just 15 minutes of charging. Overall, Porsche proclaims an electric range of 500 km. (about 310 mi.) and a 0-100 kph time of three and a half seconds. Porsche says it has built "three figures" worth of Taycan prototypes altogether. PorscheTaycan will ride on a custom-built platform called J1 with a big space in the floor for its hulking lithium-ion battery. The Taycan will come with multiple variants. ,Reportedly,, the three initial power outputs offered will be 402 hp, 536 hp, and 670 hp. Daimler- Mercedes-Benz, has a message for Tesla CEO Elon Musk: It’s putting money into electric vehicles. Daimler’s provocation was in response to Musk’s own tweet sent over the weekend that expressed disappointment in the German automaker’s announcement it was going to ,invest $1 billion into its Alabama factory, to produce an electric SUV for North America there. Daimler announced Sept. 21 that it plans to produce a Mercedes electric SUV under a new brand called EQ at the VANCE, Tuscaloosa, Ala. factory for the North American sales. The automaker is also building a separate battery plant next to the factory. The EQ brand will cover a number of electric products, from vehicles and charging services to home energy storage units. Mercedes-Benz is fervently working on fully-autonomous driving technology, the EQC will only come with driver assist features like automatic emergency brakes, adaptive cruise control and self-steering lane-keeping assist. It’s built-in navigation system is also optimized for electric operation, with routes taking range and charging times into account. Pricing for the EQC revealed its arrival in U.S. showrooms in 2019, but competitive with the I-Pace, which starts at $69,500. FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry -- and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for about what a Golf diesel costs. The investment plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen "a worldwide supplier of sustainable mobility," Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said Friday. He added that the company is in talks with Ford about possible co-operation in making light commercial vehicles. Established automakers as well as several U.S. startups are rolling out electric models to compete with Tesla , currently the market leader. Auto companies need electrics to meet new environmental standards in many countries. Dezhou city is the biggest production base of electric car of China, developed various vehicle types with decades production experience and strong technical strength. . BYD on the ,ChinaEV, blog, the e6 will be a fleet-only vehicle in the U.S, as the company instead concentrates on its electric bus sales in North America. BYD, which stands for 'Build Your Dreams', makes a range of vehicles in the Asia-Pacific market, from compact cars right up to commercial vehicles and buses. The e6 electric crossover will be part of those plans, but any hopes the vehicle would be available for private purchase in the U.S. have now fallen through, at least for the time being. Instead, says BYD's Stella Li, the company will focus on taxi fleets. BYD recently held an opening event for its Lancaster plant in California, where the electric buses are produced. While the battery cells are imported from China, assembly and several other components are sourced from American companies. For most Americans then, their first taste of BYD's products won't be behind the wheel, but as a passenger in its electric buses and taxis. The company recently announced those projects may be coming to an end, as it seeks to stem falling profits ,by putting more effort into hybrid and electric vehicles,. BYD China Electric car not to be sold in the USA, Chinese automakers as well as U.S. startup companies also are getting into the electric car market. Rivian, a Detroit-area company, plans to unveil a high-end electric pickup and SUV later this month, to go on sale in late 2020. Lucid Motors, a Newark, California, startup whose leadership includes six former Tesla executives, plans to deliver its first cars in 2020 as well. Saudis Invest $1B In Newark-Based Electric Car Firm Lucid Motors The investment “will provide the necessary funding to commercially launch Lucid’s first electric vehicle, the Lucid Air, in 2020,” the sovereign wealth fund said in a statement. “The company plans to use the funding to complete engineering development and testingof the Lucid Air, construct its factory in Arizona, enter production for the Lucid Air to begin the global rollout of the company’s retail strategy starting in North America.” (Lucid Motors) Lucid issued a statement quoting Peter Rawlinson, its chief technology officer, welcoming the investment. “At Lucid, we will demonstrate the full potential of the electric-connected vehicle in order to push the industry forward,” said Rawlinson, who worked as the lead engineer of the Tesla Model S before joining Lucid. The over $1 billion investment easily dwarfs prior funding for the manufacturer and puts Saudi Arabia clearly in the firm’s driver seat. Three previous venture funding rounds have netted Lucid Motors some $131 million, according to the business information website ,http://crunchbase.com,. The firm’s all-electric Lucid Air will have a range of over 400 miles (640 kilometers). The company already is taking deposits for the vehicle, which they’ve priced at $52,500. Lucid plans to make the Air at a factory it’s building in Casa Grande, Arizona. The company wants to make up to 130,000 vehicles per year by 2022. BYD China Taxi Fleet FORD CHINA HAS A COMPLETE LINE OF ELECTRIC CARS TO COMPETE WITH TESLA AND ALL THE OTHERS. WITH THE WAR TRADE AND THE 25% DUTY BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION GROUP …FORD IS EXPANDING EVERY WHERE ELSE …. THEY USE THE SAME BATTERIES DESIGN BY PANASONIC THAT SUPPLIES TESLA , TOYOTA AND MANY OTHERS CAR MANUFACTURER. Ford China Electric 2019 Models Ford, China's Zotye Auto invest $756 million in electric vehicle JV HONG KONG (Reuters) -October 3, 2017 Ford Motor and China’s Anhui Zotye Automobile have agreed to invest a combined $756 million to set up a 50-50 joint venture in China to build electric passenger vehicles, both companies said on Wednesday. The new joint venture, Zotye Ford Automobile Co. Ltd, plans to build a manufacturing plant in Zhejiang province and will sell all-electric vehicles under a new Chinese brand, tapping into a boom for such vehicles in the world’s top auto market, Ford Motor said in a statement. Ford Motor Co., is counting on the SUV -- and a new electric car tie-up -- to turn around its flagging fortunes in the world’s largest car market. FORD Anhui Zotye Automobile Co Ltd Economic Technology Dev Zone She County Hunagshan, 245200 China 86-559-6537-806 The Company produces automotive instruments, automotive wiring harnesses, car sensors, motorcycle instruments, motorcycle sensors, and other products. Anhui Zotye Automobile also operates investment businesses. The Territory model will be the first of several SUVs Ford is rolling out in China to win customers who are passing on the company’s aging lineup amid a trade war that has further dented demand by boosting prices of imported models. Ford also plans to launch a range of electric small cars in China with ,Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., to tap the growing demand for new-energy vehicles, Peter Fleet, Ford’s president of Asia Pacific, said on a conference Tuesday. DETROIT — The latest electric vehicle startup doesn't come from a tech titan, and it isn't funded by the checkbook of a Chinese billionaire. Rivian Automotive is spearheaded by MIT graduate RJ Scaringe, 35, who founded the company after finishing his graduate studies and has so far raised $450 million in funding. The venture is nearly a decade old, putting it in the elder-statesmen range of startups, but it has evolved its product strategy and timetable over the past seven years.It moved its headquarters from Florida to suburban Detroit, acquired an existing assembly plant in Normal, Ill., resolved to focus on electric vehicles, and now employs about 450 people in Michigan, California and Illinois. Rivian will debut two vehicles, an SUV and a pickup, at next month's AutoMobility LA. The company is eager to introduce itself to potential customers and begin taking deposits on its launch vehicles, which are expected to be produced and begin shipping mid-2020. "We're launching a vehicle that has to deliver a lot of technology — electrification, connectivity, self-driving," Scaringe said last week during a presentation at ,Automotive News' ,office. He said it has to be "a brand that can transcend the shifts away from ownership and steering wheels." Rivian's strategy will be to focus on high-end utility vehicles and trucks made for the outdoors, more functional than current offerings from the likes of European carmakers, Cadillac and its startup EV competitors. On Rivian developing its own self-driving technology: Rivian is developing low-level self-driving technology that can function in clearly defined situations and geofenced areas, but Scaringe said the company isn't funded or staffed to pursue full self-driving systems that go anywhere at anytime, also referred to as Level 5 autonomy in reference to SAE standards. "The world has become massively confused with what is self-driving," he said. "Level 5 is really hard. This is not something you can do with $100 million. This is Manhattan Project-style hard. Automakers have concluded that improvements in battery technology and declining battery prices will enable them to produce electric cars with much greater range. Mr. Westerman’s 600 miles may be unlikely soon, but far speedier recharging times are becoming a reality. For electric cars over all, one big hurdle is the availability of charging stations. While more are popping up in shopping centers and parking garages, with about 20,000 in the United States, they are vastly outnumbered by the 150,000 gas stations across the country. Homeowners can install charging units in garages, but the millions who live in apartments don’t have that option. Tesla’s Superchargers require 40 minutes to provide an 80 percent charge. Doing the trick at home is generally an overnight job. Automakers are trying to address those challenges. G.M., Nissan, Volkswagen and others are working with partners to install more chargers. They are getting help from Electrify America, a company that Volkswagen funded as part of its agreement to settle lawsuits over its deception on diesel emissions. With a budget of $2 billion, Electrify America is aiming to install an initial wave of 600 chargers at gas stations, and 1,500 at office parks and apartment buildings. Three more waves are to follow. But even so, Electrify America’s network will probably provide only 10 percent of the country’s charging needs by 2021, the company’s chief executive, Giovanni Palazzo, said at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Tesla’s Superchargers require 40 minutes to provide an 80 percent charge. Doing the trick at home is generally an overnight job. “We can’t make it happen on our own,” he said. “We need more players.” Electrify America is also hoping to install 350-kilowatt chargers within the next few years, which in theory could provide a full charge in about 15 minutes. About 80 percent of the chargers currently installed use 120 kilowatts, Mr. Palazzo said. One advantage that automakers are counting on is the wider variety of cars they will bring to the market. The Model 3, the Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf are all small cars, a type of vehicle that fewer Americans are buying. Like Ford, Nissan is working on a roomier, S.U.V.-like model that it thinks will have wider appeal. “We can’t make it happen on our own,” he said. “We need more players.” Electrify America is also hoping to install 350-kilowatt chargers within the next few years, which in theory could provide a full charge in about 15 minutes. About 80 percent of the chargers currently installed use 120 kilowatts, Mr. Palazzo said. One advantage that automakers are counting on is the wider variety of cars they will bring to the market. The Model 3, the Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf are all small cars, a type of vehicle that fewer Americans are buying. Like Ford, Nissan is working on a roomier, S.U.V.-like model that it thinks will have wider appeal. You can reach Shiraz Ahmed at ,sahmed@crain.com, -- Follow Shiraz on Twitter: ,@shirazzzz Panasonic leading the race Panasonic is dominating the EV battery market with 36% market share (end 2015), thanks to its monopoly in supplying Tesla. With Tesla Model S being the best-selling EV while requiring greater kWh for battery pack vs. others, Panasonic’s battery sales (MWh) jumped 67% YoY. Thanks to aggressive subsidies levied by the Chinese government in promoting EVs during 2H15, BYD’s battery sales more than doubled (+146% YoY). LG Chem and SDI continue to maintain their respective No.3 and No.6 market shares, with both showing +60% YoY sales growth. Panasonic has the biggest US exposure, followed by LG Chem and SDI With Tesla as the best-selling EV in 2015, with 25,000 Model S sales, Panasonic has the biggest exposure in the US EV market, followed by LG Chem and SDI. Panasonic will likely retain its top market share in the US with the completion of 35GW battery cell plant (50GW pack) in Nevada in 2017, which will be in time for the release of Model 3 EV. The recent pre-order numbers disclosed by Tesla are for more than 400,000 units. LG Chem operates 2GW battery capacity in Holland, Michigan, which was completed at end-2012 and partially operational from 2013. LG Chem is capable of further expanding its US plant without having to invest heavily in infrastructures, as the plant was originally designed to house further capacities. Separately, LG Chem is planning to construct a 1GW battery facility in Wroclaw, Poland by 2H17 to supply European automakers. LG Chem’s flagship EVs in US/EU includes GM Volt/Bolt, Renault Zoe, and Nissan Leaf. SDI has no battery plants located in the US or EU, but plans for sizeable investments centered around the EU and China for the next five years. Its flagship EV model is BMW i3 (battery supplied from Korea), which was the 5th best-selling EV globally in 2015. 201.6 V Prismatic Battery /,Toyota Prius Hybrid Panasonic Battery Pack Configuration Batteries • 201.6 V, 1.31 kWh (38%-82%) • Ni-MH cells of 1.2 V, 6.5 Ah • 168 cells = 28 modules , 6 cells • Module: 46 Wh/kg, 1.3 kW/kg • no charge balancing Sensors • 1 current sensor • voltage sensor every second string • 3 thermistors Toyota battery has these characteristics: Capacity, Voltage, and Ampacity. Capacity: Total "Energy" in the battery. We measure it in Amps x Time, or Amp*hours. Voltage: Volts coming out. Amps x Volts = Power. Amps x Volts x Time = Energy. Ampacity: Amp limit. Here is a chart showing the Capacity, Volts, and energy in an Eneloop, a 1/28th module, and the whole battery. In short, the "28 modules " when you calculated the whole-car energy. If you were to put the 28 modules in parallel, you'd get (6.5 Amp*hours x 28 modules) = 182 Amp*hours at 14.4v. This would be tough to manage though, with an ideal minimum charge rate of about 100 amps at 16v (!). Don't forget the difference between "An amp" and "An amp for one hour." An eneloop can deliver two amps for an hour, or about four amps for half an hour (Or one mA for 2000 hours). Working with battery supplier Panasonic Corp - which also produces Li-ion batteries for Tesla - Toyota has also improved the precision in battery cell assembly, ensuring battery chemistry is free of impurities. Toyota is under stiff competition in Europe, it is only the 11th biggest selling car brand. The big issue the Prius has is that its price pushes it against poverty spec cars from the premium German brands. Prius sell in Europe to taxi drivers (mostly), where cost savings and tried and tested battery technology counts, and then to people who want the technology can find a OEM battery replacement and green credentials including financial savings SUNTO-GUN, Japan -- Toyota Motor Corp. for 2016 is installing its next-generation Prius hybrid with a choice of newer-generation lithium ion or more traditional nickel-metal hydride batteries. Toyota has mainly used the more mature nickel-metal hydride batteries to power the motor in the conventional Prius, widely regarded as the forefather of the ‘green’ car, though it did use some lithium-ion batteries from 2009 in its first plug-in hybrid Prius, around the time the first all-electric cars powered by lithium-ion batteries - such as the Tesla Roadster and Nissan Leaf - came on to the mass market. The United States and China are encouraging automakers to make more all-electric battery cars as they push alternative energy strategies. The weight savings will be critical for automakers to meet new CAFE standards, as well as being critical for BEV range. “Developing lithium-ion batteries for both hybrids and plug-ins will enable us to also produce all-electric cars in the future,” said Toyoshima said. “It makes sense to have a range of batteries to suit different powertrains.” Since (2015) Prius lineup includes both nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries. Nickel-metal hydride batteries use newly developed electrode material and battery case design for dramatically increased charge performance. Lithium-ion batteries have dramatically increased output performance due to their use of newly developed electrode materials and reduced cell resistance. Both nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries charge at a constant level at all times by monitoring and computing the cumulative amount of discharge under acceleration, and recharging by regenerative braking or with surplus power under normal running conditions. They also eliminate the need for external charging and regular replacement. There are (2) different models unit for a new OEM Toyota Prius battery pack ; Depending on the generation model. 1- lithium ion (since 2016) ( 56 cells) 207.2 volts / 30.5 liters (1.1 cubic feet) 2-nickel-metal hydride batteries (only 168 cells) 201.6 volts / 1.25 cubic feet A Panasonic local joint venture partner in Dalian China sells the OEM units. The two batteries are also about the same size. The lithium batteries are 30.5 liters (1.1 cubic feet), while the nickel-metal ones are 1.25 cubic feet. Both are smaller than the outgoing battery, under the back seat . Lithium-ion is proven enough for Tesla, Chevrolet, Nissan, and many others as well. Toyota uses NiMH because its cheaper, which is fine, but Lithium-ion is superior in every way (except initial cost). Lithium-ion is just as durable. It has much lower self-discharge rate. Lithium-ion has higher voltage so fewer batteries are needed to obtain a certain voltage. Lithium-ion has much better energy and power density. NiMH will go the way of NiCad batteries--soon to be completely obsoleted by even cheaper and more powerful Lithium-ion variations. The Prius NiMH battery has a ,specific energy density of 41Wh/kg,. Compare that to A123System's LiFePO4 prismatic cell 131W/Kg. That's more than 3X the energy density of the Prius c battery! The A123 prismatic cells require a heavier enclosure because they are pouches rather than hard encased cells. And, be careful of you units, because W/kg is power density. 131 Wh/kg is their energy density. As far as Lithium goes, we are at the stage that Toyota was at back in the late 90's, where they had D cell NIMH sticks for the NWH10, and large format NIMH for the RAV4 EV. Now, they have an experiment running with 5Ah cells in the Prius Alpha+ in Japan, and 21Ah cells in the PHV. Other vendors (Sanyo, LG, A123) are still at the experiment stage as well in terms of fleet size. That said, the next version of the C is an excellent candidate for a lithium due to the size/weight constraints. The weight difference between Prius Alpha 5 (NiMh) and 7 (Lithium) seaters is ,10-20 kg, depending on the trim. You can buy OEM from battery stores in these Japan & China town :, Taiwa-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi and in Dalian China (they do not speak english ) NiMH Power Technology Co.,Lt,d -Guangdong, China Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery Cell Module 7.2V 6.5ah Installation of a new pack is likely to cost you a little more. Prius owners do not always want to return to the dealer they purchased the car from but rather save from a local mechanic familiar with hybrids with the same equivalent capacity 1-lithium ion ( 56 cells) 207.2 volts / 30.5 liters (1.1 cubic feet) 2-nickel-metal hydride batteries (168 cells) 201.6 volts / 1.25 cubic feet ,s Most Prius Panasonic batteries consist of 168 Prismatic cells configured as 28 Modules (each module weighs about 1040g). Output voltage varies from "generation" to "generation" between 288.0 V (Generation II, 2000 year) and 201.6 V (Generation III & IV, 2004-10 year). Nominal capacity is 6.5Ah. Toyota does not manufacture batteries for the Prius. Panasonic does. Panasonic is the world largest car battery manufacturer in China and Japan :,Taiwa Ryutsu Kogyo Danchi (logistics & industrial park), Taiwa-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture ,. They make car batteries for a dozen major manufacturer including Tesla, Audi, BMW , Porsche, and many others. Nissan, GM, and Mitsubishi already each have over 200 Mwh of lithium batteries in the field, in mass produced cars. Toyota and Ford have each committed to lithium batteries in both phev and evs. Hyundai, BMW, and Mercedes, Renault, VW, Audi, and Porsche use lithium batteries exclusively. Do not feel obliged to buy batteries from Toyota; Buy directly from a Panasonic car battery manufacturer or distributor. Expired battery packs aren’t wasted, thanks to a battery recycling program Toyota launched in 2010. China is the driving force in the business of electric vehicle batteries, which European leaders see as vital to the future of the auto industry that employs millions of people across the continent. "Europe might well see its carmakers massively moving production to China in the future," said Simone Tagliapietra, "This is a huge risk" for the region that's home to companies like Volkswagen , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Renault . Building electric cars in China makes sense for companies because that's where most customers are, and it enables them to avoid heavy tariffs on imported vehicles. It also puts their manufacturing plants closer to the supply chain for batteries, which account for about 40% of the value of electric cars. "It just makes sense to produce electric vehicles where batteries are also produced," Tagliapietra said. Mercedes-Benz EQC is a Tesla-rivaling electric SUV Mercedes estimates that the EQC will offer about 279 miles of range when it goes on sale in the U.S. That compares to the Jaguar I-Pace's estimated range of 240 miles and the Tesla Model X's EPA-rated range of up to 289 miles. The EQC's 80-kwh lithium-ion battery sits under the floor between front and rear sub-frames. he German automaker has unveiled its EQC, which is set to enter production next year and kick off a new $12 billion lineup of battery-powered that will be sold under the EQ name. The new Mercedes-Benz EQC - the first Mercedes-Benz under the product and technology brand EQ. With its seamless, clear design, the EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look with trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand both inside and out. / The new Mercedes-Benz EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures) (MB) The compact SUV is about the size of the gas-powered GLC and will initially be built alongside it at an assembly line in Bremen, Germany. It features all-wheel-drive provided by dual electric motors with a total output of 402 hp. Vitally, it features an 80 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack with a predicted range of approximately 200 miles per charge. The Tesla Model X with a 75 kWh battery has a 238-mile range, while the Jaguar I-Pace, which begins deliveries this fall, is expected to be rated from between 220 to 240 miles courtesy of its 90 kWh pack. Using a public DC fast charging station, the EQC’s battery can be filled to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The software that runs them is changing constantly. Teslas produce huge amounts of data about their use in the real world (battery management) that goes into optimizing their software. They have software to look at that data which you can’t get from dissecting a Tesla. Mercedes-Benz is fervently working on fully-autonomous driving technology, the EQC will only come with driver assist features like automatic emergency brakes, adaptive cruise control and self-steering lane-keeping assist. It’s built-in navigation system is also optimized for electric operation, with routes taking range and charging times into account. The F-Cell reportedly has some common components with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV, which is expected to have a 200-mile range from its batteries in European driving. Mercedes officials in the U.S. have said it will have a longer range when the car goes on sale here in 2020.The F-Cell's tanks hold 4.4 kilograms of hydrogen, which give it a range of 267 miles on hydrogen. And as the first fuel-cell vehicle that also has a plug-in battery, the F-Cell gets another 32 miles of range from its plug-in battery (based on a European driving cycle.) The motor puts out 208 horsepower, which Mercedes describes as an output that helps to "ensure high driving dynamics," though on paper that horsepower rating falls well behind the Tesla Model X or many competing gas-powered SUVs. Originally shown in at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, the F-Cell has four driving modes: Battery, which runs strictly on the battery for up to 32 miles; F-Cell, maintains the charge level in the battery, using net energy only from the fuel-cell; Hybrid, which depletes both the battery and the hydrogen in the tanks in what Mercedes says is the most efficient way; and Charge, which uses the fuel cell to charge the battery. 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC specs revealed (Updated) Pricing for the EQC will be revealed closer to its arrival in U.S. showrom shortly , but should be competitive with the I-Pace, which starts at $69,500. https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/eq/articles/concept-eq-electric-intelligence-sxsw-2018/ Cars, SUVs, Vans and many more Ford, China's Zotye Auto invest $756 million in electric vehicle JV Ford, China’s Zotye Auto plan JV to build electric vehicles Contact Us >> FORD :CHINA ,Zotye International Automobile Trading CO., LTD , ,Floor 15th, 6 Block, JOYON A.D. 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Does it get tiring to drive a manual transmission car compared to driving an automatic for city driving?

Yes, and it took just one stall in the middle of an intersection during a left hand turn to convince me to demand that NEITHER my husband nor I ever own one again. If you want relaxed city/suburban/highway driving, you want more than an automatic these days, you want a car with adaptive cruise control that works at all speeds. It took me exactly one highway shift of 1 hour to adjust to my husband's new car's ACC at high speeds, and one quick run to the grocery store in the city to decide my next car will have it! Both at the end of a 1000 mile trip and at the end of a day of non-stop errands in our town, we are calmer than when we stsrted out.

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