Ford has announced it will stop selling the Transit Connect – the company’s compact-sized work/passenger van – after the end of the 2023 model year.
Why should you care?
And why does it matter?
Well, for openers, Ford is dropping a vehicle that it sells more of than its “electrified” offerings, such as the F-150 Lightning. This is an odd incongruity in that it used to be a general truism that what sold kept on being made and what didn’t sell they stopped making. But “electrification” has upended that. What sells no longer matters, in terms of what is built. Instead, more of what doesn’t sell gets built – though how that can be sustained (to use a word the people pushing EVs like to use) is hard to understand.
Actually, it isn’t.
All that’s necessary to make it sustainable is to make alternatives unobtainable. Or less desirable, as by making them even more expensive than the “electrified” stuff they want to cram down our throats. As by making fuel unaffordable. Or registration. There are a variety of levers that can be pulled to make it so.
And they will have to be.
Right now Ford – and the others – are having problems selling $50,000 EVs in part because people don’t have to buy $50,000 EVs. It is why Ford recently said it expects to lose at least $3 billion on EVs over the course of the next three years – but that it expects to start making it back sometime after 2026.
EVs aren’t going to get any cheaper – because they can’t. They are not like the Model T Ford, which did get cheaper because it became cheaper to make. Manufacturing efficiencies and lower materials cost made it so.
EVs cannot become cheaper to make because making the batteries EVs need in order to move is expensive – and will become even more so due to the fact that one of the chief materials that is necessary to make EV batteries – lithium – is not renewable and is in short supply.
It is why they will make non-EVs more expensive, to compensate for this. Which brings us back to the Transit that Ford has decided to cancel. even though it is selling (and no one is being pushed into buying).
You can buy one – for now – for $32,790 in basic “work” configuration and for $34,360 configured for passengers, which it can carry seven of. This is about the same as a standard minivan such as a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna – but in a more compact and less expensive (by several thousand dollars) package. It also has a smaller, simpler (no turbo) four cylinder engine. It isn’t quick but it can go 440-plus miles on a tankful of fuel – and a “tankful” in this case is just shy of 16 gallons, which can be instilled in a few minutes for about $45.
It is thus the antithesis of everything “electrification” stands for.
And that may be why Ford is dropping it.
The honchos know perfectly well that they cannot . . . sustain a business based on losing billions. And they know they will continue losing billions – until they have lost everything – so long as people are still able to buy non-electrified vehicles like the Transit Connect that don’t cost $50,000 to start.
Ergo, it’s got to go.
Just as Chevy’s Camaro is going, too – even though Chevy sells literally tens of thousands more of them in a year than it has sold “electrified” models such as the Hummer – probably because you can still buy three Camaros for the price of one Hummer and because you don’t need to buy two Camaros to be able to drive wherever you need to go, whenever you need to go. As you would with the Hummer – or any other EV – because you’d want another (fully charged) to be ready to go when the other one runs out of charge – and you haven’t got the time to wait.
Of course, most people cannot afford two EVs, so they buy one that isn’t. This ought to be of “concern” to the “environmentalists” (who are in fact Marxists or the useful idiots of Marxists) who live in dread of the “climate” “changing” in that two EVs cause more “emissions” than one non-EV.
Expect the automakers that have bought into “electrification” to make you pay for their losses, by canceling cars that are alternatives to that and supporting regs and laws that make it exorbitantly costly or even forbidden to drive anything that isn’t “electrified.”
It is the only way their new “business model” can be made . . . sustainable.
Of course, they appear not to have asked themselves how it can be “sustained” when nine out of ten people can no longer afford what they’re selling.
Or have any interest in buying it.
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