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Favourite stories of the past week…?
- Wasn’t Expecting That -- GM want to be the leader in electrification but don’t think there are going to be full size battery electric pick-up trucks any time soon. They might recall that Elon Musk has other ideas, can they really be planning not to respond?
- Choices -- Velodyne have written a blog post this week about why their technology is superior, as have Ouster (backing their approach, not Velodyne’s). Although much of the discussion appears aimed at investors, the level of technical content being openly shared is (from my point of view) getting better and better. If a real battle of ideas gets going, perhaps it might invite some thorough independent benchmarking..?
- Way Too Much -- Volvo’s subscription service is exceeding expectations. In fact, it is doing so well that Volvo have decided to ration cars and put people on a waiting list rather than annoy dealers by depriving them of too many sales. But what is the point of a disruptive new sales model if you fear upsetting the status quo? And what happens when someone comes along who isn’t?
Volkswagen plan to make the MEB platform upgradeable so that used vehicle buyers can get a car with a specification and functionality that is better than when it came out of the factory gate
GM’s Corporate line seems to be growing inexorably -- how much longer investors will agree to hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter being spent without any substantive explanation?