If you ask anyone about the future of the auto industry, it’s all about electrification, ride sharing, and autonomous driving. But in the short-term, at least for automakers, it’s pure anxiety.
Not only did General Motors recently reveal plans to discontinue six of its car models by the end of 2019 (including its groundbreaking plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt. It will continue to offer its all-electric Bolt, which is an alternative to to Tesla’s Model 3*), the Trump administration announced earlier this week that it intends to end automaker subsidies for electric cars after 2022. If pleasing the consumer weren’t enough, now car manufacturers have to worry about a president who clearly doesn’t grasp the complexities of their industry.
Caught between the consumer demands of today and the technology of tomorrow, American auto manufacturers are being pulled in two very disparate directions. Case in point, The Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicked off this weekend to packed crowds, has come to be about two, at times, contradictory concepts: luxury and the environment.
Finally for those awaiting an electric car that doesn’t look like a science experiment, t... Read more