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Cruise CEO Resignation and Company Challenges

  • Kyle Vogt, CEO and co-founder of Cruise, resigns
  • Mo Elshenawy steps in as president and CTO
  • Challenges: Voluntary recall of 950 robotaxis, pedestrian incident suspension
  • Background: GM acquisition in 2016, significant investments but substantial losses

We get it; we also don't want to be in, around, or under self-driving vehicles this side of 10 more years of closed course development.

Japanese Automaker HW ELECTRO's 'PUZZLE'

HW Electro’s “PUZZLE”
  • 'PUZZLE': Solar-powered tiny van entering the North American market by 2025
  • Features: AC outlets, USB ports, Wi-Fi, emergency tools
  • Target: Commercial use, van-life enthusiasts

Finally, a vehicle that caters to our love for weird-looking things and says, "Sorry, I don't have space," when people ask me to help them move.

Rivian's Customer-Focused Initiatives

  • The Offer: Home Charging Bundle for R1T buyers ($2,000 installation credit). That's one way to compete with the Cybertruck, we guess.
  • Customer Experience: Full buyback for Mitch Dumke after 24K miles and multiple breakdowns. He says he still liked the truck; he just needed to get where he wanted to be with a little more consistency.

A free charging bundle?
A year of roadside assistance? 👈

Stellantis' Revitalization Plans

  • Italian Goal: One million vehicles annually
  • Focus: Enhancing R&D, investing in new models, retraining workers
  • Diesel-to-Electric Conversion: For vans like Peugeot Expert, starting 2024 in France

Ah, Italy, wood fire pizza, the Alps, and worker's unions that make the UAW look like a brunch club.

Kia's EV Innovations at LA Auto Show

  • New Models: Concept EV3 crossover, EV4 sedan, 2025 Sorento
  • Expansion: $7.6 billion facility in Georgia
  • Safety Concerns: NHTSA investigation into fire risks

6.4 million vehicles being recalled for fire is a big deal; luckily, it isn't one of those pesky electrical issues plaguing some EVs... instead, it's a brake fluid leak... that causes an electrical issue. It's a totally different beast, y'all.

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