audio only,What Drives Us episode

#352 EVs Everywhere!

7 Feb , 2020   Video

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.

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audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#158 Tesla Model X reveal

30 Sep , 2015   Video

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.

Featuring:

Russell Frost

Tony Schaefer

Patrick Connor

Mark Coughlan

My 2MN:
One more reason why Jeremy Clarkson is an oversized douche
http://www.theweek.co.uk/jeremy-clarkson/62887/jeremy-clarkson-comes-to-the-defence-of-volkswagen

In addition to our two minute topics we’ll talk about…
Psychological issue is “real” (and it is)
Tesla goes euro opening Tilburg factory, eurodisney only sneers
Model X debut
More fallout from VW?
General follow up last week’s vivisection of the German prevaricator
LINKBAIT O’THE WEEK: Why stupid financial sites like “Seeking Alpha” can’t even figure out the right questions to ask…
real disruption won’t happen until BEVs become cheaper to make than ICE cars.
Patrick informs me otherwise.
Where the alt cars really don’t make sense, fuel cells, the quest for unicorn tears continues…
*Special thanks to Danny Cooper for the gear. Huge dude, huge.

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Review

2015 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L Trendline+ Test Drive

15 Apr , 2015  

– 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?

More…

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