By Walter Bond, Hall of Fame Business Speaker & Former Big Ten & NBA Basketball Player
It’s another start to the day. Another start to a new week or new month. But what happened? What happened to the plan of attack you created? What happened to the strategies you determined would get you from here to there?
Aren’t you tired of doing the same thing over and over again only to realize it’s not delivering “‘Your Best.” That your approach is NOT getting you to the next level?
But why do we keep doing things that don’t lead us to the harvest we want? Why do we think we can do things our old way and get something new? It never happens and it never will. It’s time for us all to Get Out of our Own Way. What do I mean by that?
VW’s EV production flagship vehicle, the 400-mile-plus range Vizzion will come to market by 2022.
Free of steering wheel and pedals, the Vizzion concept boasts a roomy cabin for four that identifies its owner with a facial scan, then adjust the interior accordingly — seat depth, soundtrack, scents — and responds to voice commands and gesture controls for instructions.
“We are betting the farm on electric,” Greg Lucia, director of experiential marketing at VW America, told The Detroit News last year. “We are making things differently now. Electric suits our product. And e-GRC is a great way to showcase it.”
Read the article at The Detroit News.
Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services (“Spartan”), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. which goes to market under the Utilimaster® and Spartan Upfit Services brands, announced today it has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Motiv Power Systems, a leading producer of all-electric chassis for walk-in vans, box trucks, work trucks, buses, and other specialty vehicles.
The agreement provides Spartan exclusive access to Motiv’s EPIC™ all electric chassis in manufacturing Class 4 – Class 6 walk-in vans for a minimum of three years. With this joint commitment, the companies can produce zero-emission, economical and reliable all-electric walk-in vans for fleets and expect to build hundreds of such vehicles over the course of the agreement.
In San Francisco, a Bolt EV was stopped behind a taxicab, when the cab driver - for unknown reasons – exited the vehicle and decided to sucker-punch the autonomous auto, leaving a scratch on the front passenger’s-side window.
It’s not difficult to understand why a licensed taxi driver, already losing business to smartphone-based ride-hailing services, might lash out at technology that by many reports will eventually render his or her job irrelevant.
Human Lyft and Uber drivers may feel the same way once those companies begin switching to autonomous rides.
Read the article at Forbes.
Ford today introduces the new 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van. New and exclusive driver-assist technologies, two new drivetrains including the only available diesel in the segment, and unsurpassed capabilities mean no other competitor can touch Transit Connect when it comes to helping any business go big.
Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, today announced it is on schedule for March deliveries of its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit and that it has developed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product.
The LightningElectric battery conversion package available for Ford Transit as part of Ford Motor Company's eQVM program was announced last September. First customer deliveries will occur this month as planned. The product is on display in the Ford booth (#3239) at this year's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis March 7 to 9, and Lightning will host a series of hands-on ride and drive opportunities in California and New York in April. Locations will be announced soon.
Ram today revealed the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model at National Truck Equipment Association's (NTEA) "The Work Truck Show" in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Aimed at one of the largest traditional pickup customer categories — vocational use — the new Ram 1500 Tradesman is a hard-working truck designed for small businesses, construction jobsites and commercial fleets.
Ram launched the original Tradesman model in 2011, and our work truck customers have enjoyed Ram's benchmark durability ever since," said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand — FCA. "Ram has the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton truck and the Ram 1500 Tradesman model will continue to deliver confidence for hard-working people who rely on it every day."
• All-New Silverado conventional cabs will be the most customer-focused medium-duty trucks of any major competitor
• Easy to upfit: Clean, one-piece straight frame rails, seven Cab-to-Axle options
• Easy to drive: Excellent maneuverability, factory air suspension
• Easy to service: Lightweight clamshell hood allows "walk up" access to engine
Chevrolet revealed its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks today at NTEA The Work Truck Show – three supremely capable conventional cab models will be the most customer-focused trucks of any major competitor.