ITA [Edit 2/3/2021: there is an updated version of this post here] No point in getting emotional: the arguments in favour of hydrogen in cars are weak to say the least, but they resonate with people carrying enormous interests and so it’s not very likely we will see it wane from our radar screens. Paul … More Hydrogen’s disadvantage
ITA NOTE [Oct. 12th, 2021]: responding to a request, I have committed to try to keep this post up-to-date, amending the charts roughly quarterly, which is the frequency of update in the primary data sources. It’s easy to see Electric Mobility fans indulge in the guilty pleasure of contemplating the disarray in which the fossil … More A crisis in the making
ITA This week newspapers were full of commentary to a table created by ACEA (the European association of automobile manufacturers) reminding the world of how the Automotive sectors represents for Governments the source of a staggering €440B in fiscal revenues. a not-so-subtle prod to “Remember who pays the bills!” and the tone of the articles … More The social cost of the internal combustion engine
ITA During a recent event on electric mobility charging infrastructure one of the speakers, Manuel Fernandes (President Tritium Europe) demonstrated that for a given investment a Fast DC charging infrastructure (the faster, the better says the caption) serves more clients than one based on AC, showing this infographic: I agree in very general terms with … More Designing an effective charging infrastructure.
ITA Recently I have been invited to speak at an international automotive event which I have been asked NOT to share until they make up their mind whether it’s going to be virtual of physical (first time ever an event organizer asks me NOT to promote it, go figure!) Waiting for the veil to lift, … More Why is a CarOS inevitable?
ITA I follow the social profiles of Gian Luca Pellegrini, Editor-in-Chief of the most prestigious Italian motoring magazine, Quattroruote; yesterday to launch the leading article on the June issue he wrote a post which starts like this: There is in Italy and “anti-car” party which traverses the whole Parliament from left to right, as a … More On the Origin of Species
ITALIAN Early morning wake-up call, today: I must be in Rivoli, near Torino) for a meeting and must leave in the wee hours. Google says I must drive for about 177 kilometers: leaving from Pavia I will hop on the A7 and from there westward on the A4 avoiding the rush hour on the Milano … More Why should everybody use Power Cruise Control
I read today an article on McKinsey’s automotive blog which made me raise my eyebrows: in extreme synthesis it says that making an EV is much more expensive than making a same category ICE car. The conclusion I agree with, but I have doubts about the cost breakdown (in McK’s parlance “cost walk”) which is … More Making EVs profitable
This is the translation of this post published in January, 2019. It is a rather long article and I apologize for this, thanking those who will reach its end. As any buzzword worthy of its name, also Digital Transformation or DX gave birth to a galaxy of definitions from the IT-oriented ones by tech giants such … More The Automotive Digital Transformation
Since there are numerous configurations of electric vehicles (EV) we thought of arranging the various types in a single infographic: .(please note these are simple block diagrams) Click here to download a higher-resolution PDF BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) – in this configuration, electric energy enters the vehicle as alternate current (going through an AC/DC converter) … More An EV taxonomy