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Anyone following electric vehicle news in the past several months may feel like they are watching a yo-yo: first one analyst will predict an EV boom, and then another analyst will predict an EV sales slowdown.  However, despite the differences of opinion on short term sales, signs continue to point to long term sustained growth in EVs sales.…
The Chinese automotive industry is suffering its first sustained downturn in at least two decades.  As previewed in our July update, sales in China started to turn over the summer.  After a 4.8% increase in June, sales fell by 4% in July and 3.8% in August.  In September, vehicle sales fell by 11.6%, with SUVs, the strongest performer, suffering a 10.1% drop that month.  In October, Chinese officials said lower auto…
After a multi-year push from automakers, NHTSA recently proposed changes to the long standing federal laws governing headlights.  For years, NHTSA only permitted high beams and low beams in headlights.  Although some automakers offer auto dimming headlights, the beams are limited to switching between traditional high and low beams due to government standards.…
As we previously discussed in May, the European Commission has been considering proposals to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles.  The draft law for vehicles proposed CO2 reduction targets of 15 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030, with 2021 as a baseline.  Last month, the Commission’s environment committee voted to increase the reduction percentages to 45% in 2030.  The parliament’s vote on emissions targets was set for October 3, 2018.…
Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has long been a growing part of the auto industry.   Companies started out using 3D printing for prototypes and small batch production.  As technology advanced, the role of 3D printing is rapidly increasing.  This week, several major players in the auto industry announced new developments for the role of 3D printing in the industry.  HP unveiled its “Metal Jet” 3D printers, which it describes as 50 times more productive,…
Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has long been a growing part of the auto industry.   Companies started out using 3D printing for prototypes and small batch production.  As technology advanced, the role of 3D printing is rapidly increasing.  This week, several major players in the auto industry announced new developments for the role of 3D printing in the industry.  HP unveiled its “Metal Jet” 3D printers, which it describes as 50 times more productive,…
Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has long been a growing part of the auto industry.   Companies started out using 3D printing for prototypes and small batch production.  As technology advanced, the role of 3D printing is rapidly increasing.  This week, several major players in the auto industry announced new developments for the role of 3D printing in the industry.  HP unveiled its “Metal Jet” 3D printers, which it describes as 50 times more productive,…
Consumers are familiar with the two traditional options for vehicle ownership—buy a car, or lease a car.  However, a new option has been emerging in recent years: vehicle subscriptions.  A vehicle subscription includes a set monthly payment for a certain period of time- as short as a day or two or as long as several years.  The subscription generally includes insurance, vehicle registration, maintenance, and may include roadside assistance.  Depending on the service, a consumer…