April Auto Sales & Delayed Hummer EV Reveal
April auto sales numbers are in, and there are no surprises as the Coronavirus continues to disrupt the industry.
While a number of manufacturers don’t report monthly sales, the ones that do give us some insight into the industry as a whole. Analysts at cox automotive estimate that 620,000 new vehicles were sold in April, which is down 53% from last year and down 37% from March. The lowest sales month on the books was in January 2009, but these April numbers could eclipse that. There is a silver lining though. Analyst seem to agree that the industry bottomed out in April, and will begin a slow climb into May.
We were really hoping to get a closer look at the new Hummer EV, but it’ll have to wait.
GMC just announced they’re postponing the original May 20th reveal of the Hummer EV. They haven’t announced a new date yet, but say that even with the delayed reveal, initial availability is still on track.
Coronavirus could be to blame for the cancellation of a joint EV venture.
Citing the “current environment” Lincoln and start-up Rivian have decided not to continue developing a fully electric vehicle based on Rivian’s EV skateboard platform. Lincoln says their future plans still include an all-electric vehicle, but didn’t give specifics. Ford, which invested 500 million dollars into Rivian, says their partnership is still strong, and their commitment to electrification is unchanged.
Self-driving cars are coming to the rescue of those in need in California.
Cruise, which is owned by GM, had to pause its testing program and park it’s autonomous vehicles amid COVID-19. But they’ve since redeployed their fleet to make meal deliveries to low income and senior citizens in the San Francisco area. Volunteers and autonomous vehicle operators are still in the vehicle at all times. Working with local non-profits, Cruise says they’ve delivered over 4,000 meals.
And that does it for this week’s Motor News update.