I’m sorry to report that the most American made car is a Tesla

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Tesla seems to be leading the herd when it comes to American-made cars, Senator Joe Manchin killed your hope of getting a bonus tax deduction for electric cars made with domestic union work, and General Motors press the pause button on Lobster EV factory … but that’s a good thing. Plus: my cat is still missing. All that and more The morning shift for Wednesday 22 June 2022.

1st gear: Tesla leads the American team

The Tesla Model Y and Model 3 were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on Cars.com’s 2-22 American-Made Index. In fact, all four of Tesla’s vehicles cracked the top 10. Model X and Model S came in at 5 and 6, respectively. You can say a lot about Tesla, but this is at least good to see. From Detroit News:

This marks the second year in a row that the Austin, Texas-based startup has claimed the title of most American-produced.

Tesla’s regional approach to production helped it dominate the top of the index. The company claims 100% domestic production for all cars it sells in the United States, above the industry average of about 52%, according to Cars.com. Tesla’s American range is assembled in factories in California and Texas, with main components sourced domestically and in some cases internally.

The list also highlights that of other US manufacturers should really get along. Ford had only one car (Lincoln Corsair at No. 3) in the top 10, and so did Stellantis with the Jeep Cherokee at No. 7. The remaining four places in the top 10 list were taken by Honda.

The ranking was released as American consumers are increasingly interested in buying cars made in America, according to a recent Cars.com survey, with around 40% of car customers saying that it is now more important for them to buy an American village car – up 22% from year to year.

The list is also a good reminder that what is considered “foreign” and “domestic” has been complicated for some time now. Perhaps a better boundary line is trade union or non-union, when we talk about …

2nd Gear: Joe Manchin is a real bucket of worms

Senate Democrats are giving up a $ 4,500 bonus tax deduction for electric cars made with domestic union work because of, you guessed it, Joe Manchin. You may know him as the forsaken of God prick from West Virginia. From Car news:

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

The Build Back Better legislation passed in the House last year would have increased the $ 7,500 consumer tax deduction to as much as $ 12,500, as part of a White House effort to ensure that electric cars are “produced by workers with good jobs ».

But the plan came under fire from Manchin, a swinging voice in the evenly distributed Senate, as well as from the unorganized electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. and foreign-owned car manufacturers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.

West Virginia is home to a large Toyota engine and transmission system. Manchin has been a strong supporter of the operation, which was built in 1995 near Charleston, W.Va.

Recently, Manchin has called the EV tax deduction “ridiculous” and that he would much rather subsidize hydrogen cars instead, because he is a jerk.

The size and scope of the credit remains a point of discussion in negotiations on the expense account, according to a person familiar with the matter. In recent weeks, Manchin has said he does not like the existing tax credit structure for electric cars because US companies have run out of credit or will soon run out of credit and foreign companies will continue to get subsidized.

“Any foreign vehicle that is an electric vehicle will be able to claim a credit of $ 7,500” under existing law, Manchin said. “I do not think that is our intention.”

God forbid that people who buy these cars get any kind of financial break, your absolute loser.

3rd gear: Toyota scales back expectations

When we talk about losers, the global semiconductor shortage is still roaring due to disruptions in the Covid supply chain. Now it’s getting Toyota – the world’s largest carmaker – to lower expectations for July, after previous cuts.

It is cut its global production plan by 50,000 vehicles and now plans to create just 800,000 vehicles next month. From Reuters:

“Since it is still difficult to look ahead due to the lack of semiconductors and the proliferation of COVID-19, there is a possibility that the production schedule may be lower,” the Japanese company said.

Toyota and other automakers continue to struggle with supply chain disruptions and shortages of components caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those resulting from recent shutdowns in China.

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

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

The carmaker also said it will expand production stops in Japan in the coming months, making vehicles such as the GR Yaris and bZ4X Ev SUV. I guess you just have to get a Solterra instead. Shame.

Fourth gear: GM builds the Hummer EV system

Before GM can build the Factory Zero truck plant, it must first idle for about a month. The factory employs around 800 people, and although only 99 Hummer EV pickups were delivered in the first quarter, there are over 77,500 reservations for the pickup and SUV on the books. From Car news:

GM is planning downtime at the plant to add production capacity faster than planned, said GM spokesman Dan Flores. The car manufacturer will install tools, machines and equipment while workers will be laid off from 27 June to 22 July.

“These upgrades will also help prepare the facility 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 ride-hail and delivery car at Factory Zero. From the autumn, the plant will assemble Ultium battery cells into modules and packages for a number of vehicle designers.

A few GMC Hummer EVs have been detected in trafficand let me tell you, folks, that’s a great guy. A big guy even. But hey, it seems like size is the name of the game right now.

5th gear: Germany is not about fossil-free life

Germany is not playing nicely with the EU’s plans to ban the sale of new ICE cars by 2035. From Reuters:

In its attempt to cut planetary warming emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels, the European Commission has proposed a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2035. This means that it would be impossible to sell cars with internal combustion engines from then on.

The European Parliament’s legislators supported the proposals this month, before negotiations with EU countries on the final law take place.

German Finance Minister Christian Linder said on Tuesday that there would still be niches for internal combustion engines, so a ban would be wrong. It’s clear that this man appreciates Porsche’s 4-liter boxer 6-cylinder engine. He added that the country will continue to be a leader in the sale and adoption of electric vehicles.

So folks, it seems like there’s still some hope for some ICE in the future. Internal combustion engines of course, as all the actual ice on the planet will have melted due to extreme heat.

Conversely: 21 years with family

That’s right, everyone. Today is 21 years ago “The fast and furious “ debuted on screen, and for a time it has been. Maybe one day I’ll get to see one of the movies … maybe.

Neutral: Have you seen my cat?

Jan Kitty.

Jan Kitty.
Photo: Andy Kalmowitz

My little kitty Janet was missing last week in northern New Jersey. She is very sweet and very small. If you see fewer blogs from me, it’s because I’ve been looking for her. Keep Jan in your mind. She’s tough, but she’s not an outdoor cat. Do not give me suggestions on how I can get her back. I promise we’ll try everything.

If she does not come home soon, I’ll lose my mind, and no one wants that.