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#165 Scofflaws

3 Dec , 2015   Video

VW still doing the one thing it’s best at, screwing it’s customers, a proposed “solution”
http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1101130_volkswagens-fix-for-european-diesels-gets-the-green-light-but-will-owners-get-the-shaft

Kia announces Niro hybrid crossover
https://www.autonews.com/article/20151116/OEM04/151119908/kia-greenlights-niro-in-green-car-rush

“Cuz ‘plastic’ parts are made for toys”
http://insideevs.com/kia-soul-ev-recalled-for-possible-fault-with-steering-gear/

Tesla says Model S issues have been cut in half
https://chargedevs.com/newswire/tesla-says-model-s-reliability-issues-have-been-cut-in-half/

Wherein the police negate their main function
http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/11/16/speeding-is-a-big-problem-where-police-stopped-google-car-for-slow-driving/#more-165973

Faraday Future still only good at generating press releases, but wait, in January…
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101151_faraday-future-electric-car-concept-coming-to-2016-ces
And, in the “heinous parlance of our time”, they’re still full of shit…
https://www.facebook.com/faradayfuture/posts/975454742521152

Audi e3 etron has 17 mile range
http://insideevs.com/audi-a3-e-tron-gets-up-to-17-miles-of-electric-range-according-to-epa-ultra-version-emerges/

Fall back and spring forward, tips for driving during the season change
https://www.metromile.com/blog/fall-driving-tips-2/

Two minute news topics…

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/57871-Production-X-Configuration-Has-Begun!

http://www.businessinsider.com/vws-us-sales-got-destroyed-in-november-2015-12

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101216_2017-chevrolet-bolt-ev-production-car-spied-before-2016-ces-reveal

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audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#142 The Dynamic Duo Are Back

5 Jun , 2015   Video

This week Danny and Russell tackle the news without a panel…

That’s Bolt™ with a “D”
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098530_chevy-bolt-ev-trademark-suspended-due-to-yamaha-conflict-by-u-s-patent-office

Because it’s all about the “moribund” platinum market (the following two stories are mostly just rewritten version of the reuters piece)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/29/platinum-miners-fuelcells-idUSL5N0YI2YW20150529
http://www.inautonews.com/platinum-sector-ready-to-reap-the-benefits-of-rising-fuel-cell-usage
http://www.iol.co.za/business/markets/commodities/electric-and-hybrid-cars-dash-platinum-hopes-1.1865680

It might have been easier (and more honest) to just call Elon an asshole and leave it at that
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-musk-subsidies-20150531-story.html#page=1

You can now buy H2 on the autobahn (insert Kraftwerk music here)
http://www.gasworld.com/autobahns-first-hydrogen-station-opens/2007508.article

Embedded infotainment and the danger to carmaker branding
http://www.autonews.com/article/20150601/OEM06/306019968/how-can-automakers-add-value-to-dashboard

Apparently EV patents aren’t worth shit because everyone is giving them away
http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2015/05/31/ford-follows-tesla-and-toyota-in-releasing-ev-patents/

The international business times tells you today what we told you months ago, ain’t no apple self driving goole car with tesla power train coming (please click here)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-apple-vans-are-3d-mapping-app-not-self-driving-car-1503794

Cars are stupid but transportation planners are even stupider, err, dumber, sorry, stupid dumbheads
http://streetsblog.net/2015/05/28/the-23-lane-katy-freeway-a-monument-to-texas-transportation-futility/

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Review

2015 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L Trendline+ Test Drive

15 Apr , 2015  

– by Jon B

It’s premium German engineering at a price engineered to get you moving”. The tagline is certainly appropriate for the Jetta, with a starting price of Cdn$14,990. Canadians certainly responded as Volkswagen Canada moved 31,042 Jettas in 2014, which accounts for nearly 50% of its total sales. One may recall that the cost of entry into the Volkswagen family started in the low $20,000s less than a decade ago, so how did Volkswagen manage to drop the price substantially?

More…

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#127 14% ABV

12 Feb , 2015   Video

Week two of the WDU comeback brings together a bigger panel and higher alcohol levels than ever before. This week hosts, Danny Cooper and Russell Frost share the small screen with Chelsea Sexton, Tony Schaefer, Linda Weidemann, Patrick Connor and Evan Fusco

  • A discussion of tax credits or charging stations
  • Return of the Mitsubishi i-Miev
  • The Chevy Bolt
  • Polaris buys Brammo
  • The “Carvi” electronic back seat driver
  • A Colibri concept EV
  • Tesla’s first battery swap station
  • Is Europe regretting its support of diesel?

And, as always, much more. Enjoy.

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What Drives Us episode

#126 We’re back, baby

4 Feb , 2015   Video

We’re back and potentially better than ever. Hosts Danny Cooper & Russell Frost reunite with panelists Chelsea Sexton, Patrick Connor, Evan Fusco,and Tony Schaefer to discuss:

  • Detroit Auto Show
  • The Chevrolet Volt & Bolt (not to be confused with the Dodge Colt)
  • Alt-Fuel Sales Numbers
  • Charging standards
  • Tesla marketing (and lack thereof)

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