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 55 Leave My Scooter Alone

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Recorded March 9, 2011 featuring hosts Danny Cooper and Russell Frost and panelists Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder.

Honda recalls 36K DC to DC converters in '06-'07 Civic hybrids
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/honda-recalls-2006-2007-civic-hybrids-dc-...

Tesla Model S pricing and delivery date confirmed, well, pricing, date not so much ("sometime around the summer of 2012" isn't a date, it's a season)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/07/tesla-model-s-pricing-and-delivery-de...

I so totally love this scooter
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/07/fremont-motors-shows-off-fido-electri...
http://fremontmotors.us/

Four green cars from the Geneva show you'll likely never see and one we should see but probably won't either
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/geneva-2011-five-green-cars-you-may-have-...

Hybrid sales outpacing "standard" sales
http://www.hybridcars.com/hybrid-clean-diesel-sales-dashboard/february-2...

Coda wants to sell 15K EVs by 2012 beginning this summer.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/04/coda-sets-target-of-50-000-electric-v...

Electric motors and generators (and lots of other devices could get a whole lot better)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/04/researchers-find-flaws-in-neodymium-m...

Aside from a ridiculous name, yet another fuel cell disappointment on a scale that makes larger fuel cells future seem even more tenuous
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/05/aquafairy-af-m3000-might-finally-make...

Mercedes embraces, no, well, they kind of slap around, upgradability
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/04/harman-mercedes-map-pilot-modular-bui...

Episode 54 Chelsea Sexton and the Volt redux

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Episode #54 recorded March 2, 2011

Chelsea Sexton talks about her six weeks with the Chevy Volt

GM's strategy for fighting "stealth killer car syndrome"? Make the damn thing so loud you need active noise cancellation to drive it
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/25/gm-shows-off-terrain-suv-with-noise-c...

Drumroll please, Fisker to start making the $95K Karma on March 21st, will be making 15K Karmas annually by 2012 (That's $1,425,000,000 annually, by the way)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/fisker-karma-enters-production-on-mar...

Honda speaks, finally.
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/exclusive-honda-green-car-roadmap-29469.html

Hyundai delays Sonata so they can add the noisemaker
http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1055789_hyundai-sonata-hybrid-delay-...

Episode 53 Not Quite Ready For Prime Time - Our First Live Show

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What Drives Us #53 recorded February 23, 2011

Our first ever live show. Excuse the mess. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed doing it. Going forward, you can listen to our unedited live stream on Wednesday evenings beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern at whatdrives.us/live

Big thanks to special guest Von Rogers of Express Way Chrysler in Evansville, Indiana for coming on and talking about Chrysler's offerings.

Show Notes:

BMW makes the futurecar commitment and launches "i", Apple lawyers sharpen their pencils and creative people around the world go, "whathaf*ck, is the best they could do?"
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/21/bmw-launches-new-i-brand-focused-on-e...

Volvo leapfrogs toyota with V60 or not?
http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1055663_2012-volvo-v60-plug-in-hybri...

another superplugin?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/20/imperia-plug-in-hybrid-does-0-60-in-f...
and this one, which looks very similar
http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/02/gorgeous-himiko-ev-claims-340-mile-...

Toyota drops Prius+ in Geneva AND Yaris hybrid
http://www.greenhybrid.com/hybrid-car-articles/2011/02/2011-Geneva-Motor...

Still spreading the disinformation
http://gas2.org/2011/02/20/why-my-jeep-wrangler-is-greener-than-your-hyb...

Episode 52 Inside the Nissan Leaf with David Laur

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What Drives Us #52

We talk about the Leaf with owner Dave Laur and then run through the weekly news. Complete show notes below.

Show notes:

Bad name, cool concept, awesome specs, most likely link bait
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/etox-plans-all-electric-zafer-sportsc...

Honda to unveil Fit EV in Geneva because doing something like this in the US would send the wrong message
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/11/honda-to-unveil-new-ev-in-geneva-said...

Prius+, no you can't have one, unless you're outside of the US
http://priuschat.com/news/prius-its-prius-v-you-wanted-cant-have

Is Toyota paying mommybloggers $10 amazon gift cards to write nice stories?
http://www.v3im.com/2011/02/toyota-buying-mom-bloggers/
http://consumerist.com/2011/02/mommy-bloggers-offered-10-to-write-nice-s...
Toyota's second mistake, making Jalopnik their "official" response
http://twitter.com/#!/Toyota/status/38029209163014144
http://jalopnik.com/#!5762479/why-were-mommy-bloggers-paid-for-positive-stories-on-toyota

republican governors don't need mass transit
florida
http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2011/02/16/florida-governor-rick-scot...
wisconsin
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/11/06/gop-derails-trains/
ohio
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/a-high-speed-derailment/
new jersey
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2010/oct/27/governor-christie-for...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110211/tr_ac/7831400_nj_governor_christie_o...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/us/05rail.html
"Any notion that somehow rail is subsidized, and other modes of transportation aren’t, is simply not factual,” said Mr. Smith, the president Reconnecting America, a nonprofit transportation advocacy group, who noted that highways and airports were subsidized as well. “Honestly, transportation infrastructure should not be a partisan issue. When you talk about good transportation solutions, they cross party lines."

Episode 51

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Episode #51 recorded February 9, 2011

Danny Cooper, Russell Frost and Jason Holder discuss a ton of news this week. See the show notes below details and links. Watch the enhanced version of the show for the images and links as well.

Show Notes:

Photo of the week
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/06/mercedes-f-cell-world-drive-gets-off-...

Great commercial, bad idea, facebook voice integration in the new chevy cruze
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/05/chevy-cruze-to-read-facebook-feeds-ma...

Battery "myths" maybe not so mythic, maybe so
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/02/nj-ev-owner-with-50-000-miles-logged-...

Company not so good at making economical things says they'll be economical soon
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/02/daimler-says-fuel-cell-vehicles-will-...

Recharging your Focus EV may be slower than you thought
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/31/ford-focus-electric-unlikely-to-suppo...

Zipcar jumps on the Prius PHV
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/29/zipcar-adds-the-plug-in-prius-phev-to...

Chrysler finds another way to make themselves irrelevant, offer Ram plug-in but won't sell it
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/30/chrysler-shows-off-ram-plug-in-hybrid...

Volt to be sold nationwide by the end 2011
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/28/chevrolet-rolling-out-volt-nationwide...

Cool Porsche replica EVs
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/06/euromasters-electric-classic-porsches...

Did Chrysler really spend all their money on super bowl image ads? With Eminem? Seriously?

Episode 50 with Toyota's Doug Coleman

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We spend an hour talking to Toyota Motor Sales USA's Doug Coleman, who is the Prius Product manager. Doug has seen the Prius through almost it's entire history with Toyota and has many fascinating insights in Prius' history as well some awesome sneak peeks into the future of the Prius family.

Episode 49 with special guest Anthony Reale

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An amazing show. The first half of show stars inventor, Anthony Reale, the man who created the Strait Power device.

http://straitpower.blogspot.com/

The remainder of the show is dedicated to covering this week's news.

Bloom energy's subscription plan
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/24/bloom-electrons-pay-what-you-consume-...

We're number one, we're number one
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20110125/AUTO01/101250330/1148/auto01...

Ok, why not, inflatable seat belts
http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?p=295671

BMW determined to not let Ford be only company that make their customers look ridiculous
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/25/bmws-visions-for-future-mobility-look...

Lexus comes up with a new way to save fuel by not burning it, let it leak out of the vehicle
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/briefs/articles/90032200?1.7%20million%20...

Honda stuns the world announcing new 2012 will lead their line up (whatever that means)
http://www.insideline.com/honda/civic/2012/2012-honda-civic-hybrid-will-...

Chrysler finds a new way roll out a car
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20110125/AUTO01/101250374/1148/auto01...

Engadget says LED headlights save energy. Could this be true?!
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/24/led-headlights-can-add-up-to-six-mile...

Episode 48 Wherein we revisit a year of humiliations you never heard before

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It's the First Anniversary of What Drives Us, we're having a party and you are invited. Listen to a live recording (that means we don't edit it) of our first anniversary celebration where we go back and listen to clips from shows that never made it air. Yes, you get to see the ugly underbelly of the What Drives Us machine and possibly learn all too much about your favorite hosts and panelists.

WARNING: As a live recording this show contains explicit language which is NSFW or for young children or for sensitive people who are offended by the classic angle monosyllables. Please do not play this at the office or while picking up the children from school, ok? OK!

Hosts: Danny Cooper & Russell Frost

Panelists: Tony Schaefer, Dr. Evan Fusco, Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder

HUGE THANK YOU to Michael Manring for everything. Now go buy something from www.manthing.com or see him live.

EVEN HUGER THANK YOU to you, our listeners. Seriously, we do this show because we love to and we're very glad some of you enjoy it as well. Each and every one of you rock.

Show Notes:

This is show is live commentary and clips from previous shows that were never aired. You figure out which is which, that's part of the fun.

Our first anniversary show is coming

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Listen this week.

Episode 47

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Episode #47 recorded January 12, 2011

Hosts: Danny Cooper, Russell Frost

Panelists" Linda Weidemann, Jason Holder, Tony Schaefer

Show Notes:

Ford has a big week, figures out they can scoop NAIAS by releasing news at CES the week before.
C-Max's
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/10/ford-announces-c-max-hybrid-and-c-max...
And Mulally rams the point home on how cool CES is (and he's dead on right)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/ford-motor-company-ceo-alan-mulally-t...
3 million SYNC systems installed in Fords
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/04/ford-installs-sync-in-more-than-3-mil...

Who was recently talking about mounting iPads in dashes? Maybe it was...US
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/visteon-puts-an-ipad-in-a-car-dashboa...

Paul Scott, capitalism and impatient Leaf buyers
http://www.plugincars.com/impatient-about-getting-your-nissan-leaf-chill...

2011 Prius V specs
http://priuschat.com/news/2012-prius-v-information-and-specs?s=c7918e2ed...
and the Prius family
http://priuschat.com/news/video-prius-family-reveal-2011-detroit-auto-sh...

cars you won't see in 2011, at least here in the US
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/european-green-cars-not-coming-united-sta...

ICE's get better
http://www.detnews.com/article/20110108/AUTO04/101080357/1148/auto01/Int...

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