This week we tackle the really big themes…
VW offer owners a band-aid for arterial bleeding
Chasing the will o’wisp that is Faraday Future
Luxury Toyotas recalled for “auto braking”
This week, Danny Cooper, Russell Frost and Patrick Connor talks about stocks, movies and, oh, yeah, some car stuff too…AND a special and very brief appearance by a vacationing Tony Schaefer
The Tesla model 3 will be a platform for a variety of vehicles
Journalist type guy predicts 4G Prius will get better MPG and be sportier
Honda decides to bury the dead horse
Hyundai doesn’t understand why no one wants H2 cars?
– 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.
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.
This week Danny and Russell tackle the news without a panel…
Because it’s all about the “moribund” platinum market (the following two stories are mostly just rewritten version of the reuters piece)
It might have been easier (and more honest) to just call Elon an asshole and leave it at that
You can now buy H2 on the autobahn (insert Kraftwerk music here)
Embedded infotainment and the danger to carmaker branding
Apparently EV patents aren’t worth shit because everyone is giving them away
The international business times tells you today what we told you months ago, ain’t no apple self driving goole car with tesla power train coming (please click here)
Cars are stupid but transportation planners are even stupider, err, dumber, sorry, stupid dumbheads
A very special regular episode. We spend the entire show talking to Toyota’s Mirai team. Doug Coleman and Logan Grizzel, about the fuel cell vehicle and issues surrounding it. Danny and Russell are joined by Tony Schaefer, Patrick Connor, Evan Fusco and Chelsea Sexton.