American automakers are leapfrogging the Japanese dead-end approach, and Nissan has finally admitted that reality, by announcing that they are following the American lead of designing series hybrid vehicles. GM is offering a wide array of products at various price points, so that they have first hand knowledge of what the markets are willing to pay for a given amount of benefit. Considering that GM is going full tilt on the Volt is a clear indication that GM already knows what that answer is. Now Nissan knows it too.I get it. I get a lot of things.
"The Japanese are monolithic (until Nissan's recent announcement)..."
In other words, not monolithic. And they were never monolithic; Nissan simply licensed HSD to get into the market without spending a lot of money in development until they could take their time over their own plans. Honda's system is quite distinct from Toyota's.
The one thing they have in common, is that they got out ahead of GM.
"... whereas GM, Fisker Automotive, Tesla Motors and Aptera have all announced plug-in series hybrids."
Pardon me? Where did Ford and the Escape hybrid disappear to? Not to mention two-mode hybrids that GM has developed but failed to sell?
GM doesn't even have a monolithic approach all on its own. GM's approach is more that of a PR machine firing in all directions. Why did they sink all that money into the two-mode system if it's pointless? Why are they building the Volt as a series hybrid? For the PR. They have some fantasy that they "win" in the marketplace because people compare future products based solely on announcements entirely disconnected from current production and sales.
Well, lo and behold, some people do. Maybe GM's smarter than I credit them.
And ALL of those announcements you refer to are solidly (perhaps eternally) in the future. Fisker, Tesla and Aptera have about as much chance of becoming a major force in advanced tech automobiles as the Toledo Buggy Whip Manufacturing Company does.
Amen brother, that is what I've been trying to tell them.Dad what is a gas can? GM can see it. Toyota can't.
Actually I think they can but they screwed thereself legally so their transition to li-ion isn't as easy as it is for GM.
When the need for gas goes away then GM will be ready and waiting to fill you car buying needs. Toyota will have to go back to the drawing board and start from ground zero as all of their cars use ICE for propulsion.