This is it. The lunchbox newsletter has hit 100, and I’m archiving it.
In anticipation of a revised email publication hitting your inbox on Monday—ZIGZAG—this final issue is a bit shorter, but with good reason.
I have a weekend edition coming your way, as well as exciting hints (keep scrolling) at what’s planned for the coming weeks.
Fiat’s had a monopoly on the Panda name forever—more on this in a moment—but that hasn’t stopped Geely from creating a cuddly-looking Mini EV-sized bear of its own.
As far as I’m concerned, the more friendly, compact, efficient vehicles on our roads, the better. Much of the online discourse is around its name, however Geely has been selling its own Panda hatchback in China for more than a decade.
More interesting to me is wondering how a Stellantis-sold version called the Fiat Panda Cub would sell in Europe’s quadricycle and expanding city-sized EV market. The elements are all here: it looks like a Fiat 500e (a full story about the new one on Monday) had f***ked a Fiat Panda and this is the result.
More details as they are released.
定名熊猫? 吉利旗下全新微型电动申报图 (Named Panda? Geely's brand new mini electric application map) • autohome.com.cn
Coming soon to North America in the form of Waymo autonomous vehicles, the ZEEKR SEA-M platform-based electric rideshare pod.
“The SEA-M subverts the idea of developing vehicles around the driver, which doesn’t exist in autonomous vehicles. It gives designers the opportunity to create an intelligent mobile “living room” due to the architecture’s fundamental features such as expansive interior, open seat choice and placement option, no B-pillar, and robust electrical/electronic (E/E) backbone supporting autonomous drive and connected devices.”