What Drives Us episode

#403 Dam Canadians For Global Warming

13 Feb , 2021   Video

This week the panel discusses:
00:00 Intros
05:45 Will Toyota finally bring EVs to the US?
16:40 Legacy Car Companies Quickly Approaching the ICEberg
32:35 This Week in Tesla
40:25 Quebec will use old dams for wind power energy storage
47:30 Colorado Giving away free E-bikes to essential workers
52:15 Shout-outs and Go home!

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What Drives Us episode

#372 Burrito Powered Segway

27 Jun , 2020   Video

  1. Even with the pandemic – or perhaps because of it – aviation is getting rid of their dirtiest planes and looking to green tech to save fuel and money.
  2. GreyP showcases really cool – but expensive – e-Bikes. If you don’t have the cash for a GreyP, RadBikes has more mainstream – and affordable – options. Also, Segway is ending their 2-wheel personal transport platform.
  3. 3-wheel tuk tuks typically use very dirty 2-stroke diesel engines. A company wants to replace them all with an EV version.
  4. Thinking of converting an ICE vehicle to an EV? Paul weighs in on just how expensive and difficult that process will be. And there’s lots that can go wrong.

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What Drives Us episode

#367 Tried and Died

23 May , 2020   Video

  1. General Motors and LG Chem have formed a joint venture to create batteries for EVs. They are calling it Ultium. The factory will be in Lordstown, OH. It’s expected to employ more than 1,000 people. This could be a really big thing. Here’s hoping.
  2. Toyota introduced two new hybrids to their fleet: Venza and Sienna.
  3. Russell just finished spending a week with the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. There are things he really liked. And then there are other things.
  4. In case you didn’t know, Dyson (yes, the vacuum company) announced a while ago that they were developing an electric vehicle. After actually creating a very nice looking prototype, they have announced that they are abandoning the effort. Reportedly, Dyson realized there was no way to manufacture and price the car such that it would be even remotely profitable. Let’s hope they continue the idea and work on a lower-priced car they can bring to market.
  5. GM had created an e-Bike called the Ariv (pronounced ‘arrive’). They had a standard version and a folding version. Sure it looks a little quirky, but in a time when e-bikes are seeing a huge uptick in sales, GM kills theirs.
  6. We’re about more than just vehicles. We like the whole circular lifestyle of generating your own electricity, storing it in your own batteries, and using that electricity to power your house and/or charge your car. However, far too many utility companies few residents with solar panels as competition. They work very hard to make going solar difficult and fins ways to punish the homeowner after the panels are installed. We decided to take a little time and talk about how utilities companies can be real jerks.

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