Exclusive: What is the future of electric mobility in automotive? — Peter Leyden
It’s easy for business leaders and owners to get caught in the here-and-now instead of planning for the future, especially in light of the societal and economic transformations over the past few years. On this edition of Inside Automotive, we’re joined by Peter Leyden, futurist, entrepreneur, host of the Civilization Salons for The Long Now Foundation, and the Senior Fellow for strategic foresight at Autodesk. Leyden is also the former managing editor for WIRED Magazine, founder of media startup Reinvent, and co-author of The Long Boom: A Vision For The Coming Age Of Prosperity. Today he shares his perspective on the changes that might be coming in the next 25 years. Watch the complete segment here.
Europe’s largest auto supplier, Bosch, recently said the global bottleneck of semiconductor chips could last through 2023. Not all companies, though, agree with the predictions. Mercedes-Benz, for example, believes the chip shortage will only last through 2022 and into 2023. However, other reports suggest that the shortage is already over because of high inflation, COVID-related lockdowns in China, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
EVs are designed to be quiet, which can pose a danger to pedestrians and other vehicles on the road. Because of this, U.S auto safety regulators have scrapped a proposal that would allow EV owners to choose the sounds of their vehicles traveling under 18.6 mph. Instead, EVs in the United States will need to make a uniform sound. The odds of an EV being involved in a pedestrian-related crash are 19% higher than gasoline vehicles due to this lack of noise. EV maker Tesla recalled 578,607 vehicles earlier this year due to noise-related concerns.
Group 1 Automotive, one of the nation’s largest automotive retailers, acquired three dealerships and a collision center located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The dealerships, including Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Volvo brands, were bought from Holmes European Motors. Group 1 already owns two franchises in Shreveport, which represent the Ford and Lincoln brands. The dealerships are anticipated to produce yearly revenues of $110 million, raising Group 1’s year-to-date total acquired revenues to $660 million.
Economists expected no change to inflation rates in June and were surprised when inflation surpassed 9% in the United States for the month. This is the highest point so far for 2022. In particular, costs rose for basic necessities like gas, groceries, rent, and dental care. Even with inflation adjustments, working wages decreased by 1% during June, and compared to 2021, wages are down 3.6%.
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