What Drives Us is a podcast dedicated to the future of personal transportation and to the greater green tech movement. Every week co-hosts Russell Frost and Danny Cooper, along with a constantly changing panel of experts comment on the week's news, developments and issues of concern. Listen for tips, reviews, cogent commentary and a little humor as well.

Episode 102 - Hosed By Hendrickson

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recorded March 21st, 2012

Show Notes:

Seven grand over list? A "Market Value Adjustment"
https://www.facebook.com/alhendricksontoyota
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1074281_2012-toyota-prius-c-price-go...
Comment from TMS…
On the matter of the "market adjusted price" of a Prius c in Florida, we offer this comment direct from TMS:

"While Toyota Motor Sales does not advocate mark ups beyond the MSRP, the dealers are independent business operations and though we advise against raising prices beyond suggested retail, ultimately the final price is determined in the negotiations between a dealer and the customer."

Speaking of market adjustment, is the Volt taking off (if you believe rumors)?
https://twitter.com/#!/johnvoelcker/status/182527926330331136
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?12506-Volts-on-record-sales-pace...
And it's Euro cousin
http://www.plugincars.com/opel-ampera-orders-7000-six-amperas-compete-ra...
And then, there's GM getting more aggressive marketing wise, welcome LOAN-A-VOLT
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1074307_skeptical-about-the-chevy-vo...

Zoe is darn cute but what's with the gear shifter?
http://www.plugincars.com/zoe-cute-and-affordable-little-french-electric...

Make your iMiev a power source
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/03/mits-20120309.html

Nissan updating 2013 to add more cold weather range (they fixed the heater)
http://www.plugincars.com/2013-nissan-leaf-heating-system-66-kw-charger-...

Episode 101 - Things That Aren't Right

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Episode 100 - Volt Resistance

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Woo-hoo! Episode #100! Recorded March 7, 2012 with special guest John Voelcker, Senior Editor at High Gear Media and http://www.greencarreports.com/

Show notes:

After their best sales month, Chevy halts Volt production, temporarily lays off workers, is there more?
http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/03/report-gm-halts-production-...

Ford Focus EV, 105MPGe, anyone actually seen one for sale?
http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/02/ford-focus-gets-epa-rating-105-mpge-7...

Thanks to all of you for listening to our shows.

Episode 99 - Tony Sits In The Big Chair

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Special Edition - Interview with Michael Manring

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NO car content in this show but we have tons of awesome musical content.

Recorded February 29, 2012

With special guest, Michael Manring, the man who composed and plays our theme song (he didn't write it for us, we use it with his permission). We spend some time getting to know Michael and playing some of his music. Manring is a world renowned bass player. He has played on, literally, hundreds of albums and has gold and platinum records to his credit as well as a Grammy nomination. If you like our theme, check out this show.

Visit Michael Manring at www.manthing.com/

You can buy his music on iTunes, CDBaby and Candyrats.

Look for Episode #99 chock full of car stuff at the end of the week.

Episode 98 - Not A Parade Car

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recorded February 22, 2012

Russell, Patrick Connor and Chelsea Sexton discuss...

-Chelsea drives the Fisker Karma
-The Tesla "bricking" story
-Pike Research says hydrogen and fuel cells are making a comeback this year
-Refuting the Newt (it's actually very easy)

Episode 97 - No Muff Too Tuff

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Recorded February 15, 2012

Show Notes:

Fiat says they will actually build some 500EVs, this year
http://green.autoblog.com/2012/02/10/fiat-will-start-building-battery-el...

Chicago Auto Show
Interview with Linda and Tony

Better solar means more juice
http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/08/two-us-startups-break-solar-efficienc...

Tesla Model X reveal
Chelsea and panel discuss their thoughts

Prius c
Danny and Russell offer comments and take questions from the panel

Episode 96 - Danny Stands Alone

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recorded February 8, 2012

Show Notes:

Unintentionally limited edition Karmas? Fisker announces layoffs
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-fisker-layoff-20120206,0,...

Bad fed bill (just one of the many)
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/01/27/house-transportation-bill-a-march-o...

This is the best we can do? Super bowl car commercials (please try to watch all ten)
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2012/02/the-top-10-car-super-bowl-xlv...
here's another take on it
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-dogs-of-the-super-bowl/#mor...
my favorite didn't run during the game
http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/ok-go-smacks-1157-instruments-chevy-sonic-...

This is what people want, why won't carmakers offer it?
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/devium/dash-the-smart-phone-car-stereo

Honda loses in small claims
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1072475_woman-wins-suit-against-hond...

Prius c review

Oh yeah, we cover EVERYTHING in this video.

Special Episode - Prius c press conference

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The below is a recording of the Prius c press conference and technical session recorded January 30th, 2012 in La Jolla, California. This was the first event to release this information about the Prius c.

You can view a video review of the technical session and a driving review of the Prius c at:

http://www.youtube.com/priuschatdotcom/

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