GM announces the Chevy Silverado EV: 400 miles of range with Ultium battery techCHEVROLET CONFIRMS THE FIRST-EVER ELECTRIC SILVERADO FULL-SIZE TRUCK

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2024.

I wish them well, but damnit this isn't a lot of hilarious investor speak.

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Detroit is stuck in a box. Same ol’ pickup design, new contemporary drivetrain. Nothing interesting here. GM and F need to take the restraints off their design dept.!
Bear in mind, the "big 3" have been the only successful American car companies in the last 100 years. no others have survived more than a couple of years at best.

Until Tesla, but even they are still a very young car company by many standards.

They may be slow to change what has worked for them and kept them going for so long.
 
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Bear in mind, the "big 3" have been the only successful American car companies in the last 100 years. no others have survived more than a couple of years at best.

Until Tesla, but even they are still a very young car company by many standards.

They may be slow to change what has worked for them and kept them going for so long.
BIG 3 enjoyed regulatory capture and a MASS market that others lacked. Early entrants pioneered some innovative designs DKW 3cyl/3coils, Volvo104 disc brakes and Jaguar DOHC just to name a few. All crashed into the regulatory machinery that is the USA.

AGW disrupted automotive/locomotive and Tesla were at the pivot. Elon with 3x startup success knew disruption, early mover advantage and understood more physics. Elon pulled out all the stops, channeled energy into efficiency and focused on overcoming electric, battery and range objections in public perception.

Chevrolet EV1 was an amazing innovation in design, inductive charging and success from the start. The Big 3 have only their own detrimental reliance on regulatory capture to blame for killing their early mover sacrifice. Silly is the notion now to recast Silverado in its lead role to change public perception with a platform that brings its disadvantages in a chassis that is too heavy, too expensive, too poorly built in both fit and finish.

Chevrolet has no Tesla level ingenuity, tech integration and startup innovation to contribute to BEV. Witness a “do over” management mentality repowering last century profitable vehicles (HUMMER, Sikverado) expecting brand loyalty to drag its sorry state into the EV business. Chev is a Big company. It has brought its biggest vehicles and it has spared no expense in making its big splash in Tesla’s little pond. BUT. Management missed floodgates waiting behind its drop in the pond effort.

Tesla are post engineering, past design development, source secure supply of material and on schedule for production to meet BEV demand. Toyota is testing EV in co-development with Tesla powertrain integration. Synergies are multipliers that lead you to new paradigms.

Big 3 are so slow. Slow to market to the point of abandonment. Too slow for the US.gov incentive to return its marque to pinnacles of profitability. Big 3 are so slow it is a steep slope now for all of them to overcome a market it saw coming, abandoned and chose, in spite, fossil fuels.

Repowered vehicles will be History’s emblematic icons that reflect a loss of sight for the vision that made companies great in the first place. FORD standardization and assembly line innovation, Chevrolet race-proven OHV engine and Chrysler’s superior engineering in electronics and motors like the slant-6 or Hemi that held cult status.

Big 3 success over the last 100 years was last century!
 

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When all the Tesla competitor vapor ware trucks don’t come to market, the ICE diehards might end up like Ginger Billy here.

This reminds me of my brother's manual civic. It had 200+ K miles on it, I got more wind coming from the floor than from windows. Everything was held together with duct tape. You "had to" be a gentleman because the passenger door would not open from inside. You could bring a house down just with sound of the rusted muffler. Once at a red light, we were sandwiched between two monster trucks with drivers looking just like this dude. My brother said watch this. He pushed the gas couple of times and then the show began. We were too low so neither of them could even see us. Each were thinking the challenge is coming from the other. Engines were reving at reline, bird exchange was going through the roof. We drowned in the smoke of their tires when light went green but I could not stop laughing. I am down with saving the planet and wish Silverado best of luck but I doubt I will ever get that much joy out of any EV.
 
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OK. Days later and I am still laughing about the Ginger Billy video. I especially like the part here where his dually "pickup" for towing is front-wheel drive. I literally laughed out loud when I saw him spinning the front tires going up the hill here.

 

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