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Ideally, an EV powertrain should be an option on a regular production vehicle. IE; engineer a model/body to fit over either- the GM skateboard concept seems to make the most sense. The ROI of 1. a true EV vehicle coupled with 2. a unique design inside & out is putting these vehicles automatically in the red going out the door.
I see no reason that the -say- honda accord isn't available with the clarity's EV powertrain with 90% of the same look.

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Ideally, an EV powertrain should be an option on a regular production vehicle. IE; engineer a model/body to fit over either- the GM skateboard concept seems to make the most sense. The ROI of 1. a true EV vehicle coupled with 2. a unique design inside & out is putting these vehicles automatically in the red going out the door.
I see no reason that the -say- honda accord isn't available with the clarity's EV powertrain with 90% of the same look.

Still would make up a minuscule portion of sales and therefore lose money, but at least the red ink would not be so deep for bespoke design development.

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^ Right? OEMs are killing their bottom line with unique EV models. It's a powertrain; ideologically just like a 4-cyl or V6 (I realize the packaging is totally different). The first OEM to develop the unilateral body architecture, they're going to have a real leg up on the competition, balance sheet wise.

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15 minutes ago, balthazar said:

^ Right? OEMs are killing their bottom line with unique EV models. It's a powertrain; ideologically just like a 4-cyl or V6 (I realize the packaging is totally different). The first OEM to develop the unilateral body architecture, they're going to have a real leg up on the competition, balance sheet wise.

Totally agree, from an engineering standpoint, I see no reason to not have a skateboard concept that could also still handing 4 and 6 cylinder motors.

As a global platform, that would allow a large array of power train options for various market needs around the world and would pay for itself.

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