Common Motors mentioned this week that it anticipated its world earnings to take a $2 billion hit in 2021 because of the worldwide semiconductor scarcity that has compelled carmakers all around the world to chop manufacturing as they look forward to essential elements. It did not need to be this manner, although: Toyota says it’s sitting on a four-month stockpile of the chips and won’t have to right away minimize manufacturing in response to the chip shortages. One other spherical goes to the preppers.

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Audi is increasing the e-tron lineup to incorporate a 522-hp electrical sedan, the e-tron GT. It should share a platform with Porsche’s Taycan and Audi says it’s going to have 238 miles of vary. Even higher, there’s an RS variant with 637 horsepower and a claimed 3.1-second zero-to-60 mph time within the offing.

Mercedes-Benz gave us a take a look at a lightly-camouflaged prototype of the 2022 C-class and confirmed that the the V-6 and V-8 variants which have populated the highest of the C-class lineup lately will probably be changed by four-cylinder engines with various levels of hybrid help. However worry not: Mercedes guarantees the AMG C63, the halo of the C-class model, will nonetheless have not less than 500 horsepower.

Jeep historically makes use of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, to disclose outrageous off-road succesful ideas and restomods. This 12 months the place of honor will go to one thing we’re fairly certain will finally discover its means onto supplier tons: a Wrangler EV idea. Particulars are gentle up to now, however we spot one electrical motor and not less than three battery modules within the drawings Jeep has launched. Keep tuned to learn the way far into the backcountry you’ll be able to go earlier than you might want to begin searching for a plug.

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Toyota has been lagging behind its rivals within the EV recreation for years, a results of the corporate’s deal with hybrid and fuel-cell automobiles. However now {that a} dedication to transition to electrical automobiles is de rigueur, Toyota is leaping on board with a promise to launch two electrical automobiles and a plug-in hybrid in 2022.

Kia is accelerating its previously-announced EV plans. The corporate promised this week to ship 11 electrical automobiles by 2026, roughly a month after saying it would not obtain that aim till 2027. No official phrase on why the goalposts moved so quickly, however might it’s to distract us from the truth that the Hyundai-Kia-Apple partnership that appeared so believable final week isn’t any extra?

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Tesla introduced that it could quickly begin accepting Bitcoin as fee for its vehicles, and that it has purchased up $1.5 billion price of the cryptocurrency. Particular person automobile dealerships have been accepting Bitcoin as fee for years. However the announcement that Tesla had sunk round eight % of its money reserves into Bitcoin brought on the forex’s value to leap by 10 % to a report excessive on Monday. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi dismissed this funding technique as dangerous and speculative however mentioned his firm can be open to accepting Bitcoin as fee, too. Let’s simply hope Elon does not neglect his Bitcoin password.

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There is a good probability that you just watched final week’s Tremendous Bowl, however a much less good probability that you’ve got seen the delightfully Scandinavian YouTube responses to GM’s EV advert. The unique advert starred Will Ferrell and pitted america towards Norway in a battle for EV supremacy. However because the Norwegians have communicated in a collection of movies of their very own, they’re simply completely happy to have one other ally within the battle towards carbon emissions.

Talking of the battle towards carbon emissions: the New York Occasions reviews that thefts of catalytic converters are skyrocketing across the nation because of the tightening emissions requirements which have made the metals contained within the converters extra invaluable.

And a white paper of the week from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security. The paper finds that although ladies are at increased danger of damage in sure varieties of automobile crashes than males are, the discrepancy is said to variations within the varieties of automobiles ladies usually tend to drive and the varieties of crashes they’re extra more likely to be concerned in, and to not physiological variations that make ladies extra liable to damage.

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