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#36 The Return of Danny Cooper

6 Oct , 2010  

Danny Cooper makes a triumphal, post baby return to What Drives Us this week and in turn almost stays awake for the entire show. Panelists Tony Schaefer and Jason Holder add their usual insightful and entertaining commentary on a number of subjects including a survey of current and future hybrids, two-wheeled EVs, Fisker getting ahead of itself and much, much more.

This week’s show notes:

Cheers to the White House for (finally) doing the right thing and bringing back solar
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=white-house-to-get-mo…

White House MAY BE trying set CAFE standards as high as 62MPG but, wait for it, in 2025, no idea what 2112 CAFE standards will be (other than having a cool soundtrack by Rush)
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/white-house-may-seek-set-2025-cafe-standa…

Fisker sorta announces six new cars
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20018506-48.html

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#35 Podcasting From The Bathroom

30 Sep , 2010  

Abandoned by co-host Danny Cooper and regular panelist Tony Schaefer, Russell had to go another continent on another hemisphere to fill the gap. This week we are very glad to have Dr. Evan Fusco back on the show, live from Australia. Regular Panelist, Linda Weidemann braves some nasty, unnamed illness to appear on the show as well. A great show with a wide range of topics mostly centered around the, “Wasn’t that obvious?” theme.

This week’s show notes:

Former Tesla partner says EVs have no future
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100929/MIVIEW/9280336/1467/OPINION01/Gr…

Volt customer testing board
http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35102

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#34 The Gift That Keeps On Giving

23 Sep , 2010  

A very special show this week with our largest panel ever featuring Linda Weidemann, Tony Schaefer, Jason Holder and special guest, Chelsea Sexton (Who Killed The Electric Car). Topics covered include the Lotus Elite hybrid, Jim Farley quotes, SUVs, the future of gas prices, start/stop technology, rental Leafs and much, much more. Do not miss this episode.

This week’s show notes:

Lotus says hybrid is spelled e-l-i-t-e
http://www.automotto.org/entry/2010-paris-preview-lotus-unveils-hybrid-e…

Ford marketing veep says you can’t sell what Ford makes, uh, ok
http://green.autoblog.com/2010/09/14/ford-vp-you-cant-sell-a-hybrid-in-t…

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#33 A Polar Bear Makes Danny Cry

16 Sep , 2010  

This week; the new Leaf-Polar Bear commercial from Nissan, Nissan Leaf ultra-fast charger, AngelCar’s mobile EV charging service, Lexus CT200h, automotive X-Prize winners and much more.

Show notes:

Nissan polar bear ad, greenwashing or just another excuse to make danny cry?
http://priuschat.com/news/first-nissan-leaf-commercial-premieres-in-othe…
http://motionographer.com/2010/09/16/polar-bear-for-nissan-leaf-greenwas…
RELATED: Salon and rush limbaugh team up to see who can be the biggest asshole
http://www.adannews.com/13393/nissan-leaf-polar-bear-commercial-antagoni…

Nissan says sure you can charge your Leaf faster, if you buy the SL model and this $700 charger

http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1048819_2011-nissan-leaf-orders-comm…

Not sure if this is a good idea or not, mobile EV charging
http://www.gadgetreview.com/2010/09/angel-car-mobile-ev-charger.html

2011 Lexus ct200h
http://priuschat.com/news/2011-lexus-ct-200h-details-emerge-42-mpg-lexus…

Study says LNG and hybrid cars pollute less than gas cars
http://sify.com/news/hybrid-and-natural-gas-fuelled-cars-greener-than-th…

Whack-A-Mole with an old story that won’t die
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/09/cargurus-com-hybrid-value-study/#ix…
http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2010/09/10/hybrid-cars-not-a-good-investment

Automotive x-prize winners
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/16/super-light-car-wins-p…

Non-story of the week, GM engineer likes the Volt
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20100912/NEWS01/9120312/Local-eng…

Toyota to release more hybrids in the next two years
http://priuschat.com/news/toyota-will-launch-6-all-new-hybrid-vehicles-g…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/business/14auto.html?_r=2&src=mv

 

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#32 What Was Fisker Selling?

9 Sep , 2010  

This week Danny and Russell are joined by Tony Schaefer and Jason Holder. The group take apart the new Fisker Karma commercial and wonder why the Karma itself actually is, discuss Plug-In America’s Paul Scott take a job at Santa Monica Nissan to sell Leafs, Volt transparency, the new liquid cooled Lion battery for the Ford Focus EV, a HUGE rebate on the Tesla Roadster in Japan and two eerily similar Toyota hybrids NOT meant for the US. At least for now.

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#31 We Remember Matthew Dieckmann

1 Sep , 2010  

This week Danny and Russell are joined by a full panel of Tony Schaefer, Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder. This week the group takes on the Inifiniti M35 hybrid, the Toyota Etios and it’s potentially interesting future, Honda launches the Jazz/Fit hybrid (but only in Japan), SB535 and the new EPA rating system.

We want to dedicate this show to the memory of Matthew Dieckmann who was killed this week while riding one of his electric bikes. Dieckmann was an entrepreneur and builder in Santa Rosa, California who worked hard to promote EV motorcycles. Our condolences to his family, friends and his co-workers at Electric Race Bikes.

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#30 Introducing Jason Holder

25 Aug , 2010  

Danny Cooper takes a week off and we welcome new guest panelist, Jason Holder to talk about his experience with the Honda Civic Hybrid (2nd generation) and the Honda CR-Z. Jason speaks in depth about the firmware update, Honda performance and his driving impressions of the CR-Z. Regular panelists Linda Weidemann and Tony Schaefer join in to discuss news of the week including Volt MPG, Leaf production number rumors, dead flowers, reveal the mysteries behind plasmacluster and much more.

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#29 Your Last Honda

21 Aug , 2010  

This week Danny and Russell are joined by Linda Weidemann and Tony Schaefer to discuss the Prius tenth anniversary Prius celebrations, Syracuse gets 6 Prius PHVs, Prius making an appearance in Gran Turismo 5, Chevy dealers charging over list on the Volt, the Honda Civic hybrid firmware scandal and much more.

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#28 Omni-impotence

13 Aug , 2010  

This week Danny, Russell, Linda and Tony take on a number of issues including, some bad comparisons between the Leaf and the Volt (which are not the same), a possible Buick hybrid, Honda recalling half a million bad ignition switches and hybrid car sales in July (with lots of comparisons to previous year’s sales).

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