General Motors Is Part of Why U.S. Isn’t Beating Norway in EVs

Now that General Motors is getting closer to launching an onslaught of electric vehicles, one of its Super Bowl ads is prepping the American public to buy them. This year, GM trades in inflated torque numbers for Will Ferrell, using the Step Brothers actor in a 90-second ad to challenge Americans to step up and dethrone Norway from its position as the leader in EV adoption.

Driving a Cadillac Lyriq, Ferrell recruits Saturday Night Live actor Kenan Thompson and comedian Awkwafina to go on what becomes an ill-executed journey to Norway. During the trip, viewers also get a look at the GMC Hummer EV (pictured above) and learn about GM’s battery platform. “GM’s Ultium battery is made for all types of vehicles, so soon everyone can drive an EV,” Ferrell says, a talking point that GM has been busy promoting.

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Why General Motors’ New Commercial EV Brand Will Be a Headache for Ford — and a Dire Threat for Start-Ups

General Motors (NYSE:GM) said that it is launching a new electric commercial-vehicle business, called BrightDrop, that will provide a complete set of software-connected electric vehicles (EVs) to customers. And it has already landed FedEx (NYSE:FDX) as its first big customer. 

While tiny EV start-ups have captured the attention of auto investors in recent months, GM’s news is a big reminder that the old automakers can play this game, too. And some, like GM, are positioning themselves to be leaders as the world transitions to electric vehicles.

BrightDrop is just one piece of GM’s emerging EV plan, but it could be a big one in time. Here’s what we know.

A BrightDrop EV600, an electric package-delivery truck, with FedEx logos and branding.

A BrightDrop EV600, a product of GM’s new electric commercial-vehicle brand, which has already won business from FedEx. Image source: General Motors.

What is GM’s new BrightDrop brand?

For several years now, GM has quietly been building expertise in telematics and

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Tata Motors Sells Over 50,000 Units of The Altroz In Just A Year

Tata Motors launched the Altroz iTurbo in India a few days ago and at the time, the carmaker announced that they have sold over 50,000 units of the Altroz since its launch. The Altroz iTurbo debuted just when the premium hatchback completed its first anniversary in the Indian market on Januray 22, 2021. The Tata Altroz is one of the better overall packages in this segment with its very stylish design, feature-rich interiors and fantastic ride and handling balance. The new turbo-petrol engine finally adds the much needed oomph under the hood of the Altroz.

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Tata Motors have announced that they have sold over 50,000 units of the Altroz since its launch.

According to a report by Autocar Professional, Tata Motors sold 47,076 units of the Altroz from January 2020 through to end-December 2020. Out of these, petrol versions of the Altroz hugely outnumbered the diesel versions. Tata sold 44,427

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Shailesh Chandra of Tata Motors says

Tata has gained the first-move advantage when it comes to the electric vehicles in India. The manufacturer has already become the biggest EV seller in India with the Nexon EV. Tata Motors plans to electrify more cars in their range including the upcoming HBX.

According to Autocar Professional‘s interview with Shailesh Chandra, President – PVBU, Tata Motors, all the cars in the Tata’s passenger vehicle portfolio are candidates in the future. Even the Tata Safari and the HBX included. You should note that Tata is already working to electrify the Tata Altroz and it is expected to be launched by the end of this year. With a wider range of passenger electric vehicles in the portfolio, Tata Motors will be able to target a much wider audience.

Without giving out details on the future products, Chandra said that all the cars in Tata Motors range are good candidates for

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