Ford Takes Name Tesla Wanted; World's Largest Plane Destroyed; Jeep's Defective Electronics | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 57

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Fitbit Recalls 1M Ionic Watches After Burn Injuries

Fitbit, which Google bought last year, has recalled 1 million Ionic smartwatches after 115 reports of the battery overheating in the U.S.

Plant Slated for Closure Will Remain Open

In October 2020, California-based Avery Dennison announced plans to close the company's plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. But now, the company has reversed course and will not be closing the plant. Instead, they are investing in it.

Jeeps Pulled for Defective Electronics

Stellantis had to issue a temporary stop sale on its 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L SUVs. Owners complained that key fobs were losing connection to the vehicles and causing them to brick.

World’s Largest Plane Destroyed in Russian Invasion

As part of Russia's ongoing Ukrainian invasion, Russian forces destroyed the Antonov-225 Mriya.

Ford Takes Name Tesla Wanted

On Wednesday, Ford put an end to the rumor mill and announced plans to split its internal combustion and electric vehicle operations into individual businesses. Ford will name its gas division Ford Blue and its EV business will be called Ford Model e -- and it just so happens that Tesla wanted the exact same name almost 10 years ago.

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Biotech Exec Swindled Hospitals

He swindled two hospitals and spent the money on credit cards, two Maseratis and a Range Rover.

Fisker Shows Off Ocean EV SUV

On Monday, Fisker Automotive held the European unveiling of the Ocean All-Electric SUV at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Fisker wants to change the way cars are developed.

Georgia Governor Candidates Spar Over Rivian

A $5 billion electric vehicle plant is drawing opposition from an unusual source.

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