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 95 - Special Guest Daniel Gray Of MPGOMATIC

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Episode 94 - Happy Anniversary Baby

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Episode 93 - Premature Celebration

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Recorded January 18, 2012

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TWO MINUTE NEWS TOPICS:

Linda
"There's an app for that"
http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/18/doe-helps-launch-first-responder-tr...

tony
Honda kills drowned plant
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/thai-flood-honda-plant-pulled-o...

Patrick
air batteries
http://www.theenvironmentalblog.org/2012/01/metal-air-battery-technology/

Jon
Scion iQ driving report

MAIN TOPICS:

Why currency rates matter to cars
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dropping-euro-makes-japanese-ca...
(Tony, you might consider forming a nice, succinct explanation for this)(I *think* I get it)

Limited editions RAV4EV and SCion iQ, coming out this year but you can't have one
http://www.plugincars.com/toyota-reveals-details-electric-rav4-scion-iq-...

Bob Lutz is still the biggest blowhard in the industry, and in an industry with Henrik Fisker, that's saying something
http://www.plugincars.com/motors-bob-lutz’s-help-aims-sell-2000-electric-trucks-year-111497.html

Speaking of Henrik, nice software bug
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1071730_fisker-issues-recall-and-per...
and maybe less focus on design (and self-promotion) would be a good thing
http://www.facebook.com/fiskerauto/posts/338994452791720

Tesla Model S kerfluflle proves dumbest species on the planet are "investors"
http://www.freep.com/article/20120118/BUSINESS01/201180364/Tesla-says-it...

Farewell to one of the pioneers of EnergyStar, Linda Latham
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/09/farewell...

CES, NAIAS, trade shows and car/electronics convergence
http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/14/ces-2012-automotive-round-up/

This week Patrick is up with our MPG-E tip of the Week

Episode 92 - The Cooper Strikes Back

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recorded january 11, 2012

TWO MINUTE NEWS TOPICS:

Linda
Supply constriction
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/gm-ready-to-reduce-volt-output/

Tony
The almost death of high speed rail in the US
http://cleantechnica.com/2011/12/07/high-speed-rail-hacked-attacked-in-u...

Jason
Repositioning the brand
http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120111/CARNEWS/120119959

Patrick
Obama defends Ev tax credit
http://paper.li/OEVAorg/oeva-news-2?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=e...
MAIN TOPICS:

NAIAS, we do care, really
Plug-in concept debuts: Toyota NS4, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord coupe, Smart For-Us, Volvo XC-60
http://www.plugincars.com/plug-vehicles-charge-stage-2012-detroit-auto-s...
General NAIAS
http://wot.motortrend.com/2012-detroit-roundup-show-stoppers-from-the-de...

Breathing fumes, the bugster doesn't go fast enough?
http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/volkswagen-e-bugster-concept/
http://www.plugincars.com/volkswagen-e-bugster-concept-refining-electric...

Prius c specs and price, hot or not?
http://priuschat.com/news/toyota-prius-c-53-mpg-city-46-mpg-hwy-under-19000

Episode 91 - Bad Karma

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Episode 90 - 2011 Year In Review

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Recorded December 21, 2011

Our second annual Year In Review show.

Episode 89 - Pyrophobia

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recorded December 7, 2011

Show Notes

Two Minute News:

Linda
http://www.insideline.com/features/emissions-test-car-vs-truck-vs-leaf-b...

Tony

Danny

MAIN TOPICS:

Toyota doubling down on hybrids
http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111205/OEM06/312059...

Fisker is the luxury car of the year?
http://www.egmcartech.com/2011/12/02/top-gear-magazine-names-range-rover...
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1070132_electric-car-hating-top-gear...

So pyrotechnics are a bug, not a feature?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/02/gm-considers-new-battery-for-volt-off...
But seriously, let's talk about how GM has handled this

a moment of silence for (and from) aptera
http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/02/aptera-fresh-out-of-greenbacks-closes...

Episode 88 - That's Insane Bro!

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Episode 87 - Happy Thanksgiving

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recorded November 23, 2011

Show Notes:

Is this a future for EVs?
http://trexa.com/

Check out this apple, orange and lime. We like the lime the best.
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1112_2011_hyundai_sonata_hybr...

Honda finally makes a good decision?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/17/honda-fit-ev-goes-lease-only-for-2012...

Thank you for listening and have a great Thanksgiving!

Episode 86 - An Alternator with a Belt

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recorded November 16, 2011

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Special Guest, Mike Dabrowski
http://99mpg.com/

The magic number. Apparently, EV's just cost 40 large.
Coda announces "final" 2012 pricing, drops MSRP by five grand to $39K
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-57325764-54/coda-starts-motoring-with-...
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1068689_2011-la-auto-show-coda-relea...
http://www.codaautomotive.com/
Wider topic, is there enough variation in EV pricing?
http://www.greencars.org/pdf/gcipricing.pdf
Mitsubishi i $29-$31K
Nissan Leaf $35-$37K
Ford Focus EV $39K
Coda sedan $39K
Tesla Model S $57-$77K
Mini E (lease only) currently $600 per month for one year
Smart ED (currently lease only but will go on sale for an unannounced price in 2012) $599 per month for 48 months (almost $28K but you have to give it back)
Fiat 500 EV *SHOULD* be selling for about $45K if and when they decide to sell them

Sort of related...
Rolls makes a one-off, sorry, "prototype" EV. Do we care?
http://inhabitat.com/nyc/inhabitat-takes-the-rolls-royce-102ex-electric-...

I'm Burning, I'm Burning, I'm Burning For You
Finally on EV's...EV's, great cars or just a bonfire waiting to happen. We look at the coverage.
http://www.brandchannel.com/home/post/2011/11/14/EV-Fire-Issue-111411.aspx
Because gasoline is *soooooo* safe
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/ev-related-fires-ignite-medi...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/third-chevrolet-volt-fire-could-bring-abou...
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/helloworld/27344/
http://evworld.com/blogs/index.cfm?authorid=12&blogid=1005&archive=1

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