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#343: Selling Out of EVs that Nobody Wants

30 Nov , 2019   Video

1) At the LA Auto Show, a Toyota spokesman told a roomful of reporters that there is no demand for EVs. This certainly clears things up in terms of Tesla, the Leaf, Volt/Bolt, Rivian, etc.

2) Ford has reported that the 2021 Mustang Mack E is already sold out.

3) It’s our turn to provide our impression of the Tesla Cybertruck.

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#342: Clean Coal Powered Station Wagons

30 Nov , 2019   Video

russell (and everyone)
Ford Mustang Mach-E debut https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2019/11/17/2021-ford-mustang-mach-ethe-pony-goes-electric/

mark
VW May Toughen Up Production ID. Space Vizzion With Alltrack-Like Looks

Tony:
Did they really think they could take sides and not encounter fallout? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-emissions-california/california-to-stop-buying-gm-toyota-and-fiat-chrysler-vehicles-over-emissions-fight-idUSKBN1XS2B2

russell
you guys are killing me
https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/13/jetpack-aviation-raises-2m-to-build-the-prototype-of-its-flying-motorcycle/ russell Lyft scaling back dubious scooter ops in six cities https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/14/lyft-is-ceasing-scooter-operations-in-six-cities-and-laying-off-20-employees/

russell
Just plain get out of here https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/12/20961812/elon-musk-berlin-tesla-ceo-fourth-gigafactory-construction

Tony
Even if all these things are true, my guess is that people will hate them. http://theconversation.com/smart-tech-systems-cut-congestion-for-a-fraction-of-what-new-roads-cost-125718

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#340 Aptera CEO, Chris Anthony

10 Nov , 2019   Video

Chris Anthony of Aptera joins us for the full hour. Chris was part of Aptera generation 1, left the company, and is back to get generation 2 off the ground.

It’s not a stretch to say that even though we really want all EV manufacturers to succeed, we’ve been skeptical of Aptera. Chris is a real trooper to come on the show and answer our questions. He really knows his stuff and presents a strong case for seriously checking out Aptera. In the 10 years since the first iteration, there have been a lot of improvements and inventions that provide opportunities not previously available.

Listen for yourself and decide whether you would be interested in an Aptera.

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#332 Burning for You (A Solar Tale)

24 Aug , 2019   Video

1) Pre-Porsche Porsche fails to sell after Auction Boondoggle https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-18/type-64-nazi-car-by-porsche-fails-to-sell-amid-auction-blunder

2) Continental is Shifting Their Focus from Manufacturing parts for ICE vehicles to Making parts for EV vehicles. https://www.wired.com/story/auto-supplier-betting-electric-future/

3) The World’s Largest EV never needs to Plug In https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124478_world-s-largest-ev-never-has-to-be-recharged

4) Tesla (again) Launches Rooftop Solar Plan https://www.ccn.com/elon-musk-tesla-solar/

5) Wal-Mart Sues Tesla for Rooftop Solar Fires https://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-tesla-solar-lawsuit/walmart-sues-tesla-over-fires-at-stores-using-its-solar-panels-idUSKCN1VA26B

6) Los Angeles has just about had it with Waze https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/waze-los-angeles-neighborhoods/

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#330 It’s A Floor Wax AND A Dessert Topping

2 Aug , 2019   Video

1) The EV Cannonball Run record has been broken. Again.
https://www.thedrive.com/news/29230/the-ev-cannonball-record-has-officially-been-broken-twice

2) The CSC Wiz electric scooter. Perhaps a good electric scooter with a terrible name.
https://electrek.co/2019/07/29/csc-wiz-electric-moped-scooter/

3) Colorado to become a CARB state
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/29/colorado-officials-pen-accord-with-automakers-on-electric-cars/

4) While the planet burns, Ohio fans the flames.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/28/planet-overheats-ohios-coal-industry-gets-a-bailout

5) Tesla Earnings Call

6) Electrification and Autonomy coming to Port of Long Beach CA
https://insideevs.com/news/362118/port-long-beach-33-automated-vehicle-chargers/

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#329 – Safer Cars Make Less Safe Drivers

28 Jul , 2019   Video

1) Dockless scooters are being ticketed, towed, and impounded.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/24/20696405/dockless-scooters-share-repo-men-repossessor-lawsuit-tow-yard-lime-bird-lyft-uber-razor

2) Uber’s CEO predicted self-driving cars and flying cars by now. Why’s my flaying car?
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/uber-ceo-expects-self-driving-cars-start-picking-passengers-18-months-flying-cars-5-7-years/

3) Carlos Ghosn is suing Nissan-Mitsubishi because they fired him wrong
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-renault-nissan-ghosn-idUSKCN1UF063

4) Safety Technology makes people less safe
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369847818302559

5) 50 Solar charging stations have been installed in New York City
https://solarchargeddriving.com/2019/07/16/solar-ev-charging-stations-go-up-in-new-york-city

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#328 The Wind Beneath my Kilt

28 Jul , 2019   Video

1) The HD LiveWire approaches launch – https://youtu.be/rfitxBa7UPg?t=6m40s
https://www.rideapart.com/articles/359677/2020-harley-davidson-livewire-ride-review/
2) The wind doesn’t always blow. . .
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/15/scotland-has-produced-enough-wind-energy-to-power-its-homes-twice-over.html
3) . . . and the sun doesn’t always shine. . .
Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer
4) . . . which is why we have batteries.
Energy storage market booms, with more growth to come
5) Dealership wins lawsuit against Toyota.
https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-fi-toyota-prius-verdict-20190715-story.html
6) REE Reinvents the Wheel and Plans to Manufacturer Skateboards
https://newatlas.com/ree-modular-mobility-platform/60486/#p577444

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