This could give Ford an advantage because it has street cred in Middle America; and middle Canada, unlike Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and the startup Rivian. Importantly, Ford demonstrates it has a working electric pickup, while Tesla’s “cyberpunk pickup” is still on the drawing board.Read more
General Motors itself recognizes these realities; it has launched a short-term rental service called Maven. Maven is an app-based company that boasts it can provide: “Cars to Fit Your Every Need.” If you need a van, a minivan, a pickup truck, an SUV, an econobox, or a station wagon you can order it at the touch of an app.
The future is cars on tap or cars on the app and General Motors is there. Some of Maven’s marketing claims include; “Free from cost of ownership,” “never pay for gas and insurance,” and “Don’t worry about vehicle maintenance.” Anybody who has ever worried about covering the cost of a car insurance payment, new tires, or a tank of gas will find those claims appealing.Read more
It goes without saying that Ford will be in a great position to buy up the remains of Tesla when it finally collapses.
Until then Ford and its competitors are enjoying some great auto sales. Americans purchased 17.4 million vehicles in November 2017, down slightly from 18.1 million in vehicles in October and 18.6 million in September, The Detroit Free Press reported.
More importantly, Ford’s sales rose by 6.7% in November while those at competitors fell. Fiat Chrysler’s (NYSE: FCAU) sales fell by 4% and General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) slid by 2.9%.Read more
Those seeking a cheap means of investing in autonomous vehicles would be better served by Ford (NYSE: F) which as trading at $11.94 a share on September 25, 2017, but reported a net income of $3.803 billion and a free cash flow of $4.057 billion on June 30, 2017.Read more
A leaderless Uber with its value destroyed will be a natural acquisition target.Read more
“If we assume that Waymo can grow to 1% of global miles driven by 2030 (based on a fleet of three million cars each driving 65,000 miles a year) and that Waymo can generate on average ~$1.25 in revenue per mile driven, it implies a $70 billion Waymo enterprise value,” Nowak wrote. “More miles/year and revenue/mile could lead to an enterprise value of $140 billion.”Read more
If you are looking for a low-cost long term value play in technology Ford is a great stock. It is cheap, but the company generates a lot of cash and is making some very shrewd investments in technology that will greatly increase its value.Read more
Uber’s fare structure deliberately shortchanges drivers a lawsuit filed in US District Court by driver Sophano Van alleges.Read more
The volume of lease returns is expected to increase by around nine percent in 2017, J.D. Power estimated. That means dealers will be flooded with clean late model vehicles in good condition. If this prophecy comes true, it’ll cut the value of trade-ins by around nine percent.Read more
The Tencent deal is a pretty shrewd stratagem that once again shows Elon Musk is a far better business man than he is usually given credit for. It also shows that Tesla and its technologies; battery storage, electric cars, self-driving vehicles and solar panel may have a bright future ahead.Read more