What Drives Us episode

#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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#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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#388 Listen to Her

1 Nov , 2020   Video

We learn to listen to Georgia and, we discuss vanadium flow batteries, electric buses, Tesla FSD and more.

00:00 Show Start

04:10 Solar has Become the Cheapest Energy Source

13:55 Vanadium Flow Batteries

21:50 This Week in Tesla

29:40 Electric School Buses

45:20 Vote Because your Rights Depend on It

58:00 Shout Outs and Go Home

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Transport Treehouse #7

28 Sep , 2020   Video

Dean Taylor has over three decades in the electric transportation area with a focus on regulatory and legislative affairs, external engagement and business and strategy development. After retiring from Southern California Edison he’s become an independent consultant for many EV organizations.

Newsom’s Executive Order: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9.23.20-EO-N-79-20-Climate.pdf

Dean’s LCFS webinar presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eRrZAqaOHk&feature=youtu.be&t=1040

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Transport Treehouse #5

31 Aug , 2020   Video

Guest: John Voelcker

John returns.

We spend an hour with one of our favorite journos, John Voelcker and discuss GM’s recent EV day, charging, the Chevy Volt and much more. John’s article mentioned on the show: https://www.thedrive.com/tech/32580/why-gm-has-to-prove-its-serious-about-electric-vehicles-this-time

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Transport Treehouse #3

17 Aug , 2020   Video

Infrastructure Week, part 2: David Patterson

As infrastructure continues, this episode features a great conversation with David Patterson who was deeply involved in the Mitsubishi I-Miev program, worked with Nissan and Chademo. A long time advocate for electric charging clears up a lot of the confusion surrounding charging systems and what each has to offer.

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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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#377 Tonka Toy Van Down By The River

30 Jul , 2020   Video

00:00 Intros

07:40 Hybrid Fleets Would Reduce Emissions Now

15:55 Electric Brands Introduces Module EV Bus

22:00 Tesla Willing to License Software and Technology

26:00 Hyundai Ramps up EV Production Plans

37:40 The Real Cost of “Public” Parking

43:15 Community Solar for Those Who Can’t Solar

49: 30 Fossil Fuel Companies Funding the Police

1:01:15 Shout-outs and Go Home

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#373 Body Bags are Extra

2 Jul , 2020   Video

  1. American Airlines has started filling their planes to capacity during a pandemic.
  2. Toyota is severely limiting the supply of the RAV4 Prime for some reason.
  3. California is mandating that all commercial trucks be fully-electric by 2045.
  4. 2-sided solar panels that track the sun can increase energy production up to 30%.
  5. Minnesota is suing ExxonMobile and Koch Brothers for damages caused by their disregard of their own research.
  6. All Americans need to support the “Moving Forward” act.
  7. Hyundai has introduced an all-electric shuttle bus.
  8. Oslo is testing inductive charging for taxis.
  9. Electrify American has completed their first cross-country charging network.

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#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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