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#392 It’s Parade Season Bitches!

23 Jan , 2021   Video

GM dumps Trump, joins California
Don’t let a moose lick your car
This Week In Tesla
Nissan debuts an electric Titan truck
Wind powered cargo ship could make shipping much cleaner
BMW blows it with a pointless redesign
Boring company Vegas tunnel simulation
Cadillac dealers offered cash to just go die
Rivian sells out launch editions of both new EVs
Mustang meets it’s EPA range goals

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#391 A Big Wallet And A Smile

21 Jan , 2021   Video

00:00 Intro 02:45 Amazon Eyeing Rural Postal Service 13:15 Virgin Hyperloop Completes First Test 24:50 Meet the Tata Nexon EV 32:00 This Week in Tesla 38:00 Xcel Utility Increases EV Spend (and bills consumers for the tab) 44:55 Quebec to Ban New ICE Cars in 2035 50:15 Shout Outs and Go Home

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#390 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Tiny Costly Red Machinie

19 Jan , 2021   Video

Expanding Equity In Electric Mobility

The Kandi is ready to sell.

This Week In Tesla

Chicago’s MetraRail introduces dedicated Bike Cars

Convert an original Mini to EV

Mustang Falls short with EPA Ratings Allegedly

Ford Invests in Kansas City Plant

They can’t ditch the proprietary InfoTainment systems fast enough

The doesn’t have a battery. The car _is_ the battery

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WDU Special: “Happy 20th Birthday, Prius”

10 Oct , 2020   Video

We spent almost two hours talking about the history and impact of Prius on the world. Current and former members of the Prius Team from Toyota join us for the first hour. It’s a great look back at one of the biggest impacts in cleaner vehicles. We’re all current and previous Prius owners and Prius enthusiasts. But when asking about previous decisions and future plans, that doesn’t mean we went easy on them.

Supercar article referenced by Tony: https://whatdrives.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SuperCar.pdf

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#384 It’s All Downhill From Here

25 Sep , 2020   Video

00:00 Show Start

06:10 Nikola investigated for Fraud

18:00 Cadillac Forces Dealers to Install Chargers

27:45 This Life in Tesla

40:40 California to End ICE New Car Sales

50:35 Ford Announces EV F-150

56:00 Lordstown Shows Interior

1:00:45 VW Reveals ID.4

1:11:50 – Shout Outs and Go Home

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Transport Treehouse #6

7 Sep , 2020   Video

An amazing conversation with Michael Dunne of ZoZoGo.com. He’s an expert on China so we dig deep on what’s going on there and how our companies are doing in China as well as the future of Chinese car companies there and here. A fascinating look at a complex market with a genuine expert.

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Transport Treehouse #2

10 Aug , 2020   Video

Infrastructure Week, part 1: Kitty Adams

Our first guest for Infrastructure week is Kitty Adams, She is the Executive Director and Founder of AdoptACharger.org. Ms. Adams has facilitated the installation of hundreds of EV chargers in 10 states, and has participated in a number of CEC and CARB workshops regarding alternative fuel vehicles and EV charging infrastructure. She was successfully awarded CEC grant funding to install EV charging at the California State Parks, and most recently a GFO as part of a team to design a micro grid in a disadvantaged community. She has presented at the Electric Power Research Institute Symposium, and has consulted on EV charging projects and policies nationwide.

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#371 You Don’t Need To Be A Dick To Rule The World

18 Jun , 2020   Video

This week:

00:00 Introductions

03:45 Best and Worst EV Battery Performance

18:53 Tesla Cancels Solar Roof Orders

41:48 “Transportation Fairness Alliance” is actually an anti-EV shill

48:00 Internal Emails indicate Carlos Ghosn was Set up and Forced Out

57:00 Rumble Motors moving Production to California

1:03:30 Shout-outs and Go Home

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#370 AutoStupid

11 Jun , 2020   Video

  1. As though Sequester in Place wasn’t harming locally owned business enough, riots across the globe have indiscriminately crippled or fully shuttered small businesses. Please support your local businesses.
  2. A study (with a very small sample size using self-reporting) found that drivers with autonomous features tend to be less attentive and perform actions unrelated to driving.
  3. The Ford Escape Plug-in is expected to get 37 miles per charge before the ICE kicks in. It is expected to have a base MSRP of $5,000USD lower than the RAV4 Prime but, due to its smaller battery, will not qualify for higher incentived.
  4. Hyundai has reached a point where they are making great strides in market share for their EVs. Could this be their tipping point? Will we see even more Hyundai/Kia EVs and perhaps even a Genesis EV?
  5. Even with the drop in carbon emissions as a result of Sequester in Place, all major car manufacturers are expected to miss the Paris Agreement targets for emissions. As the targets and deadlines slip by, maintaining a habitable environment gets harder and harder.

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#368 Let’s Return to Better

30 May , 2020   Video

  1. Russell spent some time with a Tesla Model Y and a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Both reviews are available in our “Car Reviews” playlist. Make sure to check out “The Tesla Life” to get Russell’s full Model Y review.
  2. Toyota recently introduced the PROACE van, offering a warranty of 15 years or 1,000,000 miles, whichever comes first. After that time, they promise the battery will still have 75% or more capacity remaining.
  3. People will only return to riding the bus when they feel safe doing so. We spend some time discussing how buslines can maintain ridership by helping people feel safe.
  4. BloombergNEF predicts that by 2040 new car sales will favor EVs over ICEs. Interesting side topic, they also predict that ICE vehicles peaked in 2017.
  5. Volvo has taken the bold step of limiting the top speed of all new vehicles starting next year. This will be done in the name of safety, referencing the amount of vehicular fatalities attributed to high speeds.

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