I regret to report that the most American made car is a Tesla

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Tesla appears to be the leader when it comes to American-made cars, Senator Joe Manchin dashed their hopes of an extra tax credit for electric vehicles made with domestic union labor. and General Motors hits the pause button Lobster EV factory…but it’s a good thing. Plus: My cat is still missing. All this and more The Morning Shift for Wednesday 22nd June 2022.

1st Gear: Tesla is a leader in American Made

The Tesla Model Y and Model 3 ranked #1 and #2 in Cars.com’s 2-22 American-Made Index. In fact, all four of Tesla’s vehicles cracked the top 10. The Model X and Model S came in at #5 and #2, respectively. 6. A lot can be said about Tesla, but at least that’s good to see. Out of The Detroit news:

This is the second year in a row that the Austin, Texas-based startup has claimed the title of Most American-Made Company.

Tesla’s regional approach to manufacturing helped dominate the top of the index. The company claims 100 percent domestic production for all cars it sells in the U.S., which is above the industry average of about 52 percent, according to Cars.com. Tesla’s US lineup is assembled at plants in California and Texas, with major components sourced domestically and in some cases in-house.

The list also highlights other American manufacturers should really pull themselves together. Ford had only one car (the Lincoln Corsair at #3) in the top 10, as did Stellantis with the Jeep Cherokee at #7. The remaining four spots on the top 10 list were taken by Honda.

The ranking was released as US consumers are increasingly interested in buying American-made vehicles, according to a recent Cars.com survey. Around 40% of car buyers said buying a US-built car is now more important to them. 22% more than last year.

The list is also a good reminder that what counts as “foreign” and “domestic” has been complicated for some time. Perhaps a better line of demarcation is unionized or non-unionized, while we’re on the subject…

2nd gear: Joe Manchin is a real bucket full of worms

Senate Democrats are waiving a $4,500 tax credit for electric vehicles made with domestic union labor because of, you guessed it, Joe Manchin. You may know him as this godforsaken one Engraving from West Virginia. Out of Automobile News:

“It’s gone,” Manchin said Tuesday in an interview at the Capitol.

“Build Back Better” legislation passed in the House last year would have increased the $7,500 consumer tax credit to as much as $12,500 as part of a White House-backed effort to ensure electric vehicles “were used by workers with good jobs are made”.

But the plan has come under fire from Manchin, a pendulum vote in the evenly divided Senate, as well as non-union EV maker Tesla Inc. and foreign-owned automakers like Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.

A major Toyota plant for engine and transmission parts is located in West Virginia. Manchin was a strong supporter of the operation, which was set up in 1995 near Charleston, W.Va.

Manchin recently called the EV tax credit “ridiculous” and that he’d much rather subsidize hydrogen vehicles instead because he’s an idiot.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the size and scope of the loan remains a contentious issue in the spending bill negotiations. In recent weeks, Manchin has said he doesn’t like the existing tax credit structure for electric vehicles because US companies have run out of credit or are about to run out and foreign companies continue to be subsidized.

“Any foreign vehicle that is an electric vehicle can apply for a $7,500 loan under current law,” Manchin said. “I don’t think that’s our intention.”

God forbid the people buying these cars get some kind of financial break, you absolute loser.

3rd gear: Toyota lowers expectations

Speaking of losers, the global semiconductor shortage is still raging because of supply chain disruptions caused by Covid. Now it’s prompting Toyota – the world’s largest automaker – to scale back expectations for July, after previous cuts.

it is Reduced its global production schedule by 50,000 vehicles and now plans to manufacture only 800,000 vehicles next month. From Reuters:

“As it is difficult to look ahead due to semiconductor shortages and the spread of COVID-19, there is a possibility that the production schedule will be lower,” the Japanese company said.

Toyota and other automakers continue to grapple with supply chain disruptions and component shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those resulting from the recent lockdowns in China.

Automakers must also compete with other manufacturers, such as consumer electronics manufacturers, for limited semiconductor supplies.

Toyota stuck to its annual global production target of 9.7 million vehicles, although the company signaled in May that supply chain disruptions could ultimately force it to lower that number.

The automaker also said it will be expanding production stops in Japan over the next few months, making vehicles like the GR Yaris and bZ4X Ev SUV. I guess you just need to get a Solterra instead. Shame.

4th gear: GM builds the Hummer EV plant

Before GM can set up the Factory Zero truck plant, it must first be shut down for about a month. The plant employs about 800 people, and while only 99 Hummer EV pickups were shipped in the first quarter, it has over 77,500 pickup and SUV reservations on the books. Out of Automotive News:

GM planned downtime at the plant to add production capacity ahead of schedule, GM spokesman Dan Flores said. The automaker will install tools, machinery and equipment while workers are laid off from June 27 to July 22.

“These upgrades will also help prepare the plant for future products, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV,” Flores said in a statement.

GM plans to build Silverado and GMC Sierra Denali electric pickups and Cruise Origin hail and delivery trucks at Factory Zero. Beginning this fall, the facility will assemble Ultium battery cells into modules and packages for a variety of vehicle designs.

A few GMC Hummer EVs were spotted in trafficand let me tell you Guys, it’s a big guy. Even a huge guy. But hey, it seems like size is the name of the game right now.

5th course: Germany is not about life without fossil fuels

Germany isn’t playing well with the European Union’s plans to all but ban the sale of new internal combustion engines by 2035 Reuters:

In its bid to reduce harmful emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, the European Commission has proposed a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2035. This means that from that point on, it would be impossible to sell combustion engine cars.

Lawmakers in the European Parliament backed the proposals this month ahead of negotiations with EU countries on the final law.

Federal Finance Minister Christian Linder said on Tuesday that there will continue to be niches for combustion engines, so a ban would be wrong. Obviously, this man appreciates the 4-liter boxer 6-cylinder engine from Porsche. He added that the country would still lead in sales and adoption of electric vehicles.

So folks, it seems there’s still hope for a little bit of ICE in the future. Combustion engines, of course, since all of the actual ice on the planet will have melted due to extreme heat.

Back: 21 years family

That’s right, everyone. Today it is 21 years since “The Fast and the Furious” debuted on screen and what a time it was. Maybe one day I’ll get around to looking at one from the movies… maybe.

Neutral: Have you seen my cat?

Jan Kitty.

Jan Kitty.
photo: Andy Kalmowitz

My little cat Janet went missing in northern New Jersey last week. She is very cute and very small. If you see fewer blogs from me, it’s because I’ve been searching for her. Keep Jan in your thoughts. She is tough but not an outdoor cat. Also, please don’t give me any suggestions on how to get them back. I promise we’ll try everything.

If she doesn’t come home soon, I’ll go crazy, and nobody wants that.

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