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#40 I Look Great On Radio

3 Nov , 2010  

Show notes:

Discussion: The Twilight of hybrids?
Are we seeing the last of the hybrids cars as more EVs are announced and coming to market? Has the hybrid technology bridge been crossed?

Volt Z-Spec concept announced, potential owners of potential Volts go wild for potential design coming in a time to be announced sometime in the future
http://gm-volt.com/2010/11/03/chevrolet-volt-z-spec-concept-unveiled/

New EV supercar
http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/01/li-ion-motors-inizio-all-electric-sup…

Better Places ev taxi coming to SF
http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/31/better-places-electric-taxis-coming-t…

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#39 The Pee Roll

27 Oct , 2010  

Happy birthday Stella!

Danny & Russell are joined by regular panelists Tony Schaefer, Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder to dissect the Consumer Reports reliability survey. oil futures, recycling batteries, disappearing rare Earth minerals and much more. See our show notes below for a complete listing.

Consumer reports reliability “survey”
http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?p=286511

Surprise, not so much oil as we thought
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/10/27/alaska.oil.reserves/index.html

Now you see it…
http://priuschat.com/news/prius-v-image-leaks-ahead-detroit-reveal
Now you don’t
http://priuschat.com/news/prius-v-leaked-photo-too-good-be-true

Toyota now recycling batteries…back into batteries. The stainless steel sink business is sad.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/toyota-starts-battery-recycling-busines…

can’t sell them if you don’t have the stuff to make them, rare earths increasing in price
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-26/rare-earths-rival-lure-of-navig…
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-26/nissan-exploring-alternative-so…

“Old GM” which means us, paying to clean up factory for Fisker
http://energyboom.com/transportation/out-old-new-gm-will-fund-fisker-fac…

This is why it is criminal when one of these companies moves their factories out of state or out of country
http://www.freep.com/article/20101026/BUSINESS01/101026028/1320/Ford-Chr…

50 ugliest cars in the last fifty years, so sayeth Damian
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/10/1028_50_ugliest_cars_of_past_50_…

Is this the future of EVs?
http://i.engadget.com/2010/10/27/dbm-energys-electric-audi-a2-completes-…

That’s one way to get people to charge their EVs at home
http://www.greenpacks.org/2010/10/26/peta-to-use-ev-charging-stations-fo…

Just love these because they’re so cool
http://cleantechnica.com/2010/10/25/solar-glass-roof-tiles/

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#38 The Unintroduced Panelist

23 Oct , 2010  

Danny and Russell are joined by Tony Schaefer and Jason Holder. Danny discusses his mutli-day test of the new Honda CR-Z hybrid, the 2012 Ford Focus, Volt MPG in charge sustain mode, the EPA and E15, Brammo’s new Enertia plus and much, much more.

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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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