audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#171 Heated Debate

27 Jan , 2016   Video

Douchebag is douchey
http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/25/first-used-tesla-model-x-offered-with-an-80k-markup/

This just reeks of pump and dump to me
http://www.autoremarketing.com/retail/ev-automaker-mullen-tech-makes-2-new-hires
and their main site:
http://www.mullenusa.com

Why does every FCV cost $500 a month?
http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/21/honda-clarity-hydrogen-costs-500-month/

Trouble in Apple car paradise
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/25/apple-car-project-titan-faces-team-hiring-freeze.html
Chief of Titan leaving Apple
https://chargedevs.com/newswire/apple-ev-chief-leaving-the-company/

WeFuel, personal fuel delivery, no, seriously

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/26/wefuels-gas-delivery-app-is-both-awesome-and-just-plain-stupid/

VW says the evil of silicon valley must be contained and they are just the evil organization to do the containing

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1102074_vw-ceo-mller-automotive-future-must-not-be-left-to-silicon-valley

Tesla’s very self-serving argument for their business model

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/21/this-is-why-tesla-is-so-insistent-on-selling-direct-to-customers/

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audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#168 Faraday Future is the New Fisker

7 Jan , 2016   Video

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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

#149 Observing Korea

22 Jul , 2015   Video

This week Evan, Tony, Patrick and Russell discuss…

Next gen PiP to have 30-35 miles of EV range, according to an anonymous source
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099222_next-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid-to-have-30-to-35-miles-of-range-source

Toyota starts taking Mirai orders, unicorns everywhere cower in fear
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mirai-hydrogen-car-arrive-october-809923

Craig Scott, national alternative fuel vehicle manager at Toyota, “With batteries there is a fundamental science problem that we don’t know how to solve.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2015/07/20/toyota-on-mirai-vs-tesla-battery-electric-vehicles-have-fundamental-physics-problem/

Toyota recalls 625,000 Priuses globally (109,000 in the US)
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/toyota-recalls-625000-hybrids-vehicles-worldwide/1/452126.html

Apple hires Doug Betts formerly of Chrysler
http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/20/9007149/apple-hires-car-executive-doug-betts-chrysler

This week’s Tesla killer
http://www.manufacturingglobal.com/lean/502/Should-Tesla-be-running-scared-Faraday-Future-is-the-new-kid-on-the-block

Depends on how you define “hybrid”
http://www.koreaobserver.com/hyundai-kia-rank-3rd-in-2014-global-hybrid-car-sales-39306/

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audio and video,audio only,Special Episode,What Drives Us episode

#147 Special Episode with Ryan Tabrah of Intel

8 Jul , 2015   Video

Patrick Connor, Paul Guzyk and Russell Frost spend the entire talking to Intel’s Senior Product Manager, Transportation Solutions, Ryan Tabrah. It’s an incredible show with lots of great talk about the future of cars from infotainment systems to autonomous driving.

Here’s Ryan’s page at Intel. You can follow Ryan on Twitter, @red_stapler.

 

 

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Review

2016 Toyota Mirai – Preview

6 Jun , 2015  

– 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.

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Mira-what?

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.

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