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 85 - It's not a Gang, It's a Club

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recorded November 9, 2011

TWO MINUTE NEWS TOPICS:

Linda:
Bright motors MAY make some cars
http://gas2.org/2011/11/07/former-humvee-plant-may-produce-plug-in-hybri...

Jason:
Hasta nunca Lexus Hs250h
http://www.dailytech.com/Quick+Note+Lexus+to+Reportedly+Drop+HS+250h+Hyb...

Jon:
http://green.autoblog.com/2011/11/08/nissan-pivo3s-quirky-ev-tokyo/

russell:
new zero bikes
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/750/11496/Motorcycle-Article/2012-Zero-Mot...

MAIN TOPICS:

Ford Focus ev, it starts at $39K
http://www.plugincars.com/ford-focus-electric
http://www.ford.com/electric/focuselectric/2012/
http://www.plugincars.com/fords-focus-electric-marketing-chief-talks-pri...

Tesla designs their own charging plug, good or bad or both?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/07/tesla-bucks-industry-standard-with-ne...

Is this a sign of failure or success or something or nothing?
http://chevroletvoltage.com/index.php/volt-blog/18-volt/2535-chevrolet-v...

This week's episode title is a nod to the fiftieth anniversary of West Side Story

Episode 84 - Just the Two of Us

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recorded November 2, 2011.

This week's show features Danny and Russell sans panel.

Show notes:

TWO MINUTE NEWS TOPICS:

All new smelly cabs
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/31/nissan-leaf-evs-to-join-nyc-taxis-won...

Honda says they'll try again with the Civic
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1067974_honda-okay-we-know-you-hate-...

The Roadster was dead, but it's back, in 2014
http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/27/tesla-roadster-to-reappear-in-2014/

Where's the Mr. Fusion?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/27/electric-delorean-dmc-12-prototype-go...

russell-
They hate him, they love him, maybe he is iron man, errrr, tony stark
http://www.iewy.com/35502-elon-musk-named-innovator-of-the-year-in-techn...

Kia shows commitment to magical unicorn powered cars
http://www.torquenews.com/1070/kia-shows-commitment-zero-emission-auto-t...

Polaris coughs up $28M for Brammo
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/1/11387/Motorcycle-Article/Polaris-Industr...

And finally...
Idiot of the week, author, James Wilkins, next time, do a better job at copy and paste
http://www.auto-types.com/autonews/cost-of-electric-vehicles-said-to-exc...

russell-ok, enough of that, let's dig into a few topics a little deeper. first up...

MAIN TOPICS:

Analysts, predictions and Tesla's performance (and we're not talking about cars here)
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2011/10/30/wider-loss-expected-f...

(the first two topics are related from the analyst angle but not from the specific subject so let's not blend them together too much but just refer back to the analyst rant)

Analysts, analysts, analysts! (but seriously, what's up with Honda)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-31/honda-misses-profit-estimates-s...
and
Jazz hybrid review
http://uk.autoblog.com/2011/10/31/honda-jazz-hybrid-hx-road-test/
and
CR-V hybrid review
http://inhabitat.com/test-drive-inhabitat-zips-around-town-in-the-manual...

BYDe6, the China EV, does it matter?
http://autonews.gasgoo.com/china-news/byd-official-comments-on-new-energ...
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/28/byds-e6-goes-on-sale-in-china-still-m...

What Drives Us 83 - crickets

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recorded October 26, 2010

What do you think of what might very well be the Prius c?
http://priuschat.com/forums/prius-hybrid-ev-alt-fuel-news/99050-2013-pri...

It's not advanced tech, it's not all that cheap and it's not all that efficient, the Sonic LTZ from Chevy
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1067235_2012-chevrolet-sonic-ltz-sed...

It's a bad week for extended range EV's
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1067487_2012-fisker-karma-20-mpg-on-...

Home hackers
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/automobiles/nissan-leafs-true-believer...

But, but but, solar panels will never pencil out
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/17/ges-new-factory-will-push-out-one-sol...

Tesla and Panasonic sittin' in a tree...
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/13/panasonic-tesla-rekindle-romance-stri...

Episode 82 - No More Sausage Jokes

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Episode 81 - Till The Night Closes In

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Recorded October 5, 2011

Featuring hosts; Danny Cooper & Russell Frost
And regular panelists; Tony Schaefer, Linda Weidemann, Mark Rickey, Justin Wages, Jon B
Special thanks to Evan for going on vacation a little earlier than we expected.

TWO MINUTE NEWS TOPICS:

Linda
http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/05/consumer-reports-calls-2011-hyundai...

Tony
http://www.forbes.com/sites/uciliawang/2011/09/29/feds-fund-novel-green-...

Mark
http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-09/personal-turbine-makes-you...

Jon
http://media.toyota.ca/pr/tci/en/defending-champion-toyota-canada-216275...

russell
http://autos.aol.com/article/why-the-chevy-volt-is-attracting-wealthy-bu...

Danny
http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/05/consumer-reports-calls-2011-hyundai...

MAIN TOPICS:

Volt sales, it's more than a sales problem
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1066882_electric-car-sales-does-gm-h...
jalopnik says the volt is a flop
http://jalopnik.com/5846097/is-the-chevy-volt-a-sales-flop
it's a right-wing political talking point
http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2011/09/27/limbaugh-ge-and-gm-...

social media, car blogs and car companies, what the hell *should* they be talking about in all that space?
-below are examples of social media use by above mentioned entities
http://www.facebook.com/groups/chevyvoltowners/
http://www.facebook.com/nissanleaf
http://www.facebook.com/fiskersantamonica
http://twitter.com/#!/GreenCarReports/status/119597725791686657
http://twitter.com/#!/GreenCarReports/status/121599604402827264
http://twitter.com/#!/Honda/status/121585169374253056
http://twitter.com/#!/OurLEAF/status/121356879774482432
http://twitter.com/#!/fiskerauto
http://twitter.com/#!/ChevyVolt

Episode 79 - Danny Loses His Man Card

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Recored September 21, 2011

Mark Rickey's first episode!

Fisher Surf, it's a wagon, it's a shooting brake, no, it's just as real as any other Fisker
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/fisker-surf-plug-in-hybrid-five-doors...

Unicorns finally cough up the goods
Maybe free hydrogen does exist
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14976893

Get your gift cards
Honda and Nissan wallow try to create their own google bomb with mommybloggers and more
http://twitter.com/#!/LiveHellaWella/status/113359274821943296

BMW and Husqvarna e-bike
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/bmw-unveils-concept-husqvarna-electri...

Charging etiquette, where's miss manners when you need her?
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1065825_leaf-drivers-publicly-shame-...

Plus an extensive breakdown of Green Drive Expo Bay Area 2011 and driving reports on new Toyota hybrids as well as two variants of the Chevrolet Cruze (the Eco and the LTZ).

Episode 78 - Kitty Cats & Gas Taxes

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The Leaf is coming to Chicago early!
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1065500_chicago-will-get-nissan-leaf...

Honda hinting at a new Odyssey and pushing a comeback for the minivan?
http://www.bnet.com/blog/auto-industry/4-reasons-the-minivan-is-poised-f...
http://twitter.com/#!/Honda/status/98160408711540736

Prius v delayed
http://priuschat.com/news/2012-toyota-prius-v-pushed-later-fall

Ford and Toyota sittin in a tree...
http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/ford+toyota+hybrid+trucks+suvs+tele...

Worried about your luxury hybrid options? Worry not more. Audi announces another kajillion dollar hybrid
http://hybridcars.com/news/audi-confirms-a8-hybrid-production-30799.html

You don't have to be a completely brain dead to be in DC, but it helps
http://hybridcars.com/news/forget-raising-federal-gas-tax-congressional-...
http://hybridcars.com/news/world-oil-consumption-record-level-return-2-g...

Hypermiling mercenary Wayne Gerdes doing his thing for Kia
http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?p=318182

Episode 77 - Nurburgring via Akihabara

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Consumer Reports get all eco and does it pretty badly
http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/08/fuel-efficient-car-tests-ch...

2012 hybrid camry, because even plain old vanilla deserves a makeover once in awhile
http://www.examiner.com/green-transportation-in-national/toyota-reveals-...

An EV you'll never see in the US
http://www.caradvice.com.au/134365/mia-electric-microbus-ev-to-debut-at-...

Hertz and Marriott team up to write a press release, and announce two charging stations and some EV hourly rentals
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hertz-and-marriott-announce-game...

Shoot me, shoot me now, another EV "record" (at least this one doesn't involve pool noodles)
http://en.akihabaranews.com/105043/car/toyota-to-beat-ev-record-on-nurbu...

VW single-seat Ev concept
http://www.caradvice.com.au/134215/volkswagen-ev-single-seat-concept-to-...

Episode 76 - Squirrel Insulation Factor

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