66 Battery Cells Produced Every Second; GM’s Plan to Take on Direct Sales – Autoline Daily 3466

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0:08 Fusion Energy Breakthrough Announcement
0:54 Rivian Stops EV Van Deal with Mercedes
1:22 Mercedes Plunges Ahead with EV Vans
1:48 Skoda Could Quit in China
3:02 Car Loan Prices Easing, Sorta
3:45 Charging EVs At Home Can Lower Utility Bills
4:47 Hummer EV Makes IIHS Rethink Crash Tests
6:13 GM Dealers Get Cost Competitive with Direct Sales
7:03 Did Jeep Cherokee Just Become a Bargaining Chip?
7:57 66 Battery Cells a Second

Story Links:
– Fusion Energy Breakthrough?: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nuclear-fusion-energy-breakthrough-us-expected-announcement-zero-carbon-power/

– Rivian & Mercedes “Pause” EV Van Partnership: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/12/12/rivian-pauses-plans-to-make-electric-vans-in-europe-with-mercedes-benz.html

– Mercedes Sinks Money Into EV Van Production: https://group-media.mercedes-benz.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko.xhtml?oid=54767461&viewType=list

– Skoda Could Leave China: https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/volkwagens-skoda-considers-withdrawing-china-media-report-2022-12-11/

– Car Loans Up: https://www.wardsauto.com/dealers/auto-loan-amounts-continue-rise-experian-reports

– EVs Help Lower Utility Bills: https://www.autoblog.com/2022/12/11/electric-cars-make-utility-bills-cheaper-for-everyone-new-research-finds/

– IIHS Tests Equipment for Heavy EVs: https://youtu.be/ljPuo2JArLE

– GM Adopts EV Fulfillment Centers: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2022/12/12/general-motors-electric-vehicle-fulfillment-centers/69713480007/

– Jeep Cherokee Becoming Bargaining Chip?: https://www.wsj.com/articles/stellantis-to-stop-work-at-factory-in-illinois-11670615448

– To read the transcript for today’s show click here: http://www.autoline.tv/daily/?p=85134#more-85134

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