I visited the Los Angeles Auto show the other day. It’s always fun to see what is new. The big push was on all electric vehicles that are referred to as EVs.
The most significant thing for me was the number of companies offering cars that I never new existed. Lucid Motors, Fisker, Bremach, Cobera, EdisonFuture, Electra Meccanica, Imperium Motor Co., Mullen, Sondors, VinFast. Is there any chance that any of these companies will survive? Fisker has a very large display as you enter the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Henrick Fisker claims to have raised $1.6 billion in a public offering last year, he said, and there were 19,000 reservation holders waiting for his cars. His display includes his first offering called Ocean, an EV SUV.
These vehicles are great in a city where there are charging stations but there is a big downside to having an EV if you plan to travel. First there is finding a charging station. Second is the time to charge the cars. “Coming to Yosemite with your Tesla or other electric vehicle? Stop in at Tenaya Lodge for a charge! … Things you can do while you charge your car: Dine in one of our five restaurants.” That is on Highway 41 outside the park.
There are two charging stations in Yosemite Valley. Today the one by the Ahwahnee Hotel is closed. Using I5 going from Los Angeles to Oregon you will need a map to locate charging station locations and a lot of patience.
Despite these two glaring issues Nissan is introducing a new EV SUV that is beautifully designed. In my view the vehicle was the outstanding car.
But there is a problem. A shortage of computer chips has slowed the manufacturing of all vehicles.
So while going to the auto show is fun. Dealers have little or no 2021 and 2022 cars in stock.