Meet the Panel

Here we are… 

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  Danny Cooper

Danny became interested in hybrid technology back in 2003 and started PriusChat.com a month later as a website for Prius and green car enthusiasts to meet and discuss their passion. What began as a “fun” side project grew to 140,000 members and over 2 Million posts, so in 2007 Danny took on PriusChat as his full-time job. Not just a Prius-lover, Danny has had the opportunity to poke around and drive many of today and tomorrow’s advanced technology vehicles, including Toyota’s Prius Plug-In, Prius v, RAV4 EV, and Fuel Cell Vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, and Mitsubishi i EV.

A father of 2 beautiful little girls, Danny is married and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. When What Drives Us is not recording, he can typically be found in Columbia, SC tailgating and attending various University of South Carolina Gamecocks sporting events.

 

 

 

 

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  Russell Frost

In 2005 Russell Frost bought a new, second generation Prius and thus began his journey into advanced technology vehicles.  Immediately afterwards he started priusownersgroup.com. Almost immediately the Prius Owners Group grew into a small, yet influential site on green cars. Since then he’s updated to a 2010, third generation Prius and then a 2012 Prius c.  One of his favorite things about the Prius is the technology.  Somewhat paradoxically, he’s not, by nature, a car lover (ask him about motorcycles sometime though).  It was the nature of the Prius that attracted him to the car and it’s what fuels his passion for all advanced technology vehicles. In 2014, the priusownersgroup.com went on hiatus so Russell could focus on other projects.

When he’s not recording or producing What Drives Us, he’s probably working on What Drives Us Insane, a weekly consumer electronics show or What Drives Us To Drink, a sort of weekly show about drinking better or What Makes Us Tick, an upcoming show about high-end mechanical wristwatches. He might even be working on The Prius Chat Show another show he does with Danny specifically aimed at Prius owners.  In 2013, the very first ToGoBefore.com was held. TGB4, as we like to call it, is a gathering of Prius owners to share knowledge and have fun. To earn a living, of sorts, he is a full-time photographer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he, his wonderful wife, his step-daughter, three dogs and two cats occupy an historic 140 year old, brick row home. He is currently transitioning from Pennsylvania to California.

 

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  Tony Schaefer

Tony bought a 2004 Prius and was immediately hooked.  He joined Priuschat.com the same year and has been a Moderator since 2005.  With another Prius owner, Tony cofounded the Chicago Prius Group.  Since 2010, he’s served as a Prius Expert working with Toyota on different endeavors.  Most Wednesday evenings, you can find him on the What Drives Us podcast.  He’s most probably the smartest, funniest, and best looking member of the crew who – for some reason – they let write his own bio.

 

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  Dr. Evan Fusco

I’m a married father of 3 and I currently live in Nixa, MO.  In the past I’ve lived in Arkansas, New Orleans, and Alaska.  I’m an Emergency Medicine physician with a passion for travel, photography, reading and, of course, alternative energy vehicles.  I’ve owned a 2004 Toyota Prius since Oct. 2003 and have been a moderator on PriusChat.com since Nov. 2003.  I enjoy learning about, then translating the more technical details about the Prius and other hybrid technology for general consumption.

I currently have a Tesla Model S Sedan BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) on order with anticipated deliver sometime in early 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Weidemann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Chelsea Sexton

(Stolen from Chelsea’s wiki page) Chelsea Sexton is an electric car advocate and advisor. She is most notable for her role in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car. Sexton frequently writes articles and blog posts about electric cars and her views on obtaining mass adoption of the technology by the car industry and drivers. She lives in California with her husband Bob Sexton, a former EV1 service technician who was also employed by Tesla. They have one child.EV1[edit]

Sexton entered the automotive industry at the age of 17 after buying her first Saturn. She wanted to put herself through college by working at Saturn, but she ended up finding that she loved the cars more than what she was studying, so when General Motors announced the EV1 electric vehicle program three years later, she jumped on it. Focusing on building a market for alternate-fuel vehicles through partnerships with corporate and non-profit stakeholders, shaping public policy and incentives, developing marketing strategies, and working directly with the drivers themselves, Sexton became well known as an advocate for clean, efficient transportation.

Sexton was laid off from General Motors at the end of 2001 when the company closed its EV1 assembly line. She then became a consultant to auto manufacturers and clean energy providers, helping to bring alternate fuel vehicles to market as well as increasingly clean ways to power them. In 2005, Sexton joined the X PRIZE Foundation and led the creation of a prize effort, which to deal with both energy and automobiles. In 2006, she managed an alternative fuel division for the Santa Monica, California based start-up Zag.com (now TrueCar and until recently served as the Executive Director of Plug In America, a coalition of individuals and organizations that advocates for the preservation and manufacture of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles.

In 2008, she become the founder of the Lightning Rod Foundation, an advocacy organization.

She is one of the key individuals interviewed in the 2006 documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car?. Sexton was a Consulting Producer on the 2011 follow-up documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. She is a frequent guest on the Transport Evolved podcast and has been a guest on many other podcasts such as What Drives Us and The Geekcast.

In 2011 she published a review of the Yokohama HER-02 EV Sports Concept car for Wired Magazine.

On October 8, 2013 Sexton was announced as one of thirteen bloggers for the Popular Science Blogger Network. Her blog Rotorhead will focus on the green rebirth of the automobile and other forms of transportation.

 

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  Patrick Connor

Pat and his wife started driving a Prius in September of 2000. In 2007 they bought an all-electric Chevy S10 EV. This truck is the little know sibling of the GM EV1. That same year they installed solar    panels on their home that can “fuel” up to 16,000 miles of annual EV driving. In 2011, the truck was traded in for a Nissan Leaf electric car.
Pat occasionally writes for Green Living PDX, PlugInCars.com, and blogs on his own site at CarsWithCords.blogspot.com.
Pat is the social media director for the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association. He manages their twitterfacebook, and Google+ presence as well as the weekly organization newsletter.
When Pat is not writing, blogging, or podcasting, he is a father, amateur photographer, and a prolific inventor.

 

 

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Jon B

 

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Justin Wages

 

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Paul Guzyk

 

Behind the scenes

Most weeks the show records on Wednesday evenings at 9:00 P.M. Eastern and you can view the show live, while we are recording or, watch or listen through various means all of which are listed here.

Theme Music: “Fire Sermon” from Michael Manring’s album, “Book of Flame” available from CDBaby and iTunes

Visit Michael Manring’s site at Manthing.com
Theme music is used with the kind permission of Mr. Manring.
Russell uses Heil Microphones because they’re the best.  Check them out at Heilsound.com
What Drives us Insane used to be recorded on a Marantz Professional PMD-661.  If you do any audio recording, you need this.  Learn more here. Now we record direct to hard drive by we still use the PMD-661 for field recording and interviews.
We are supported, in part, by The Prius Chat Shop. If you own a Prius, the Prius Chat Shop is the place we recommend you shop.
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