00:00 Start the Show!
06:15 Using Artificial Intelligence to Boost Mass Transit
13:05 15 States Join California to Electrify Heavy Vehicles
18:30 Boring Company Las Vegas Terminal Renderings
36:10 German High Court Disallows Tesla’s Use of Term “AutoPilot”
45:20 Ford Creates 1,400hp Mach-e Monster
54:10 EV-related Stocks are Hot Right Now
1:01:05 Shout-outs and Go Home!
1) Russell teases that he’s been invited to a Toyota AWD event. More details in a future show.
2) Simon Wecker, a guy in Berlin, Germany, pulled 90 cell phones – all with Google Maps active – through empty streets. Why? Because Google interpreted all that data to mean that the streets were congested with 90 cars, all barely moving along. The result was empty streets thanks to Google routing everyone around Wecker and his wagon of phones.
3) Hyundai is doubling their Kona EV production be adding a second factory. This is in response to the Kona’s massive demand, which Hyundai is not able to keep up with.
4) The new US Building Codes will call for new homes in the US to be manufactured “EV Ready”.
5) Rivian and Amazon are designing and building a custom EV Amazon delivery van. It’s kind of cute.
6) We’re relatively excited to see that there are EV trucks coming to market. Americans love their trucks so if we want to win them over we’re going to need electric trucks.
7) Toyota is introducing new technology to safe stupid people from themselves. This new software will detect when someone mashes the accelerator rather than the brake and make sure the car doesn’t surge forward. Because, let’s face it, unexpected acceleration was really human error all along.
Prius: “Well kids, your mother and I need to talk to you…”
Yes, we talk the inside, the outside and everything in between on the Tesla Model X this week, as well dissect some new Volt ads and briefly mention hydrogen.
– 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?