This week’s news…
Russell’s Rant: Toyota is losing prius prime sales, already
-additionally, is this the beginning of the end for hybrid cars?
And finally, thanks to Faraday Future. The depth of your marketing team is evident here.
With special thanks to Tepperman’s
Tesla driver dies while using “autopilot”. Maybe this is the end of cute Tesla names.
All time EV Sales record for June 2016
VW “buyback” varies
Tonight, we’ll see if I can fill in to revive “Danny’s Honda Rant”. RIP
New GM autonomous driving research center
This week we speculate how the Nevada legislature can so stupid, visit the Chicago Auto Show *and* the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto and much more. Patrick Connor, Mark Coughlan, Paul Guzyk, Tony Schaefer and Russell Frost dive deep into world of crazy lawmakers and cars.
And funny enough, as I was posting this show this morning, this tweet from actor, Mark Ruffalo showed up…
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– by Jon B
We live in an interesting time. A time where science and technology are at the forefront and in the automotive world, the leading edge in alternative fuel technology at the moment is electric vehicles with manufacturers like Nissan, Tesla, Ford and General Motors putting out their versions of what an electric car should be. Notably absent is the Japanese giant that is Toyota with a reincarnation of its RAV4 EV with battery technology borrowed from billionaire Elon Musk. It should’ve been a raging success – the combination of Toyota quality, durability and reliability and Tesla’s battery and motor technology. Alas, Mr. Toyoda has other plans and the release of the Mirai is an example of his vision of future.
Me-rye. It’s Japanese for “future”. Toyota thinks that battery electric vehicles should be limited to the short distance, city driving (although Elon has proved otherwise) and suggests that fuel cell vehicles are what the public wants. Toyota suggests that those that are used to petrol-powered vehicles will warm up to fuel cell cars as the range and refuelling times are similar. Excuse me Toyoda-san, there’s the slight issue of actually having hydrogen stations where one can refuel in the first place. Nevertheless, the focus of the article is the Mirai and not a discussion of which form of fuel or energy the future should use.
In celebration of tax week, Danny Cooper, Russell Frost, Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk discuss…
Unicorns not being deployed fast enough in Japan
Battery swap scooter proposed
So are you a supporter of clean cars or of clean transportation? And if so, does spending money on cars versus trains make sense? While much of this op-ed makes little sense, there is a point here worth discussing.
Let’s talk about the SparkEV
– 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?
We’ve learned, around the What Drives Us HQ that when Jon B. talks, it’s a good idea to listen. His encyclopedic knowledge of vehicles and his constant testing and driving and reviewing of new cars as they come out, means he knows more about what’s on the road than most. So we’re especially excited to post Jon’s latest work, a look inside the newest Corolla.