Ford is denying that Brexit is a factor in the plant closure, but I’m not sure that’s making the workers feel any better:


Here’s hoping they all land on their feet.

4th Gear: India to Reportedly Order 40 Percent of Ubers to Go Electric

India is reportedly about to order 40 percent of vehicles used for ridehailing apps like Uber and Ola to go electric, according to Reuters:

Uber and Ola, both backed by Softbank Group, would need to start converting their fleet as early as next year to achieve 2.5% electrification by 2021, 5% by 2022, 10% by 2023 before hiking it to 40%, according to the person and the records that have been reviewed by Reuters.

Some taxi players, like Ola, have previously tried to operate electric cars in the country, but with little success given inadequate infrastructure and high costs.

New Delhi, however, is looking to push the new policy to boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as it tries to bring down its oil imports and curb pollution so it can meet its commitment as part of the 2015 Paris climate change treaty.


If Uber is forced to build an electric vehicle charging infrastructure all over India just to comply, that is something I can live with.

5th Gear: GM Defends Its Own Plant Closure

General Motors CEO Mary Barra appeared on Capitol Hill yesterday to defend the closure of its Lordstown factory, which made the Chevy Cruze, and subsequent sale to an electric vehicle startup that not many have heard of, called Workhorse, according to the Detroit News.


I’m not really going to get into the actual meeting between Barra and the members of Congress here because it sounds like nothing was accomplished, and this is all the sort of thing everyone does for show. Congress gets to say “we tried,” GM gets to say “we tried,” and those two parties get to both go home mildly unsatisfied while the Lordstown workers get the shaft.

Speaking of the Lordstown workers, let’s see what the Detroit News has to say about Workhorse:

Workhorse is a startup focused on electric truck and aircraft development. The Ohio company recently postponed plans for an electric pickup to focus on battery-powered lightweight vans in an attempt to generate enough revenue to avoid a collapse, according to a March report from Workhorse reported a net loss of $36.5 million in 2018. The company recorded sales worth $364,000 in the first quarter of 2019, when its net losses totaled $6.3 million.



Reverse: D-Day

On this day in 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, code named D-Day, the Allied invasion of northern France.

By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., American troops came ashore at Utah and Omaha beaches.


Neutral: What Now For Fiat, Renault, and Nissan?

What with the deal made in heaven for everyone completely falling apart, what now for all the parties involved? There’s Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Nissan, and not to mention the governments of France and Japan. Plus there’s always wild cards who could swoop in like Peugeot-Citroen. This is all like the end of Game of Thrones season one, except way less entertaining. And hopefully no one gets actually beheaded.