audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#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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#164 I Just Got A Woman Pregnant

18 Nov , 2015   Video

This week it’s all about the fourth generation Prius and it call comes from Danny Cooper. Paul Guzyk, Tony Schaefer, Patrick Conor and Russell Frost break down the new Prius, a car which Danny just drove. See Prius Chat for the video reviews (link below)

http://priuschat.com/threads/priuschats-2016-toyota-prius-first-drive-video-review.159651/

 

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What Drives Us episode

#154 Russell Rants About Tesla & Airbnb

26 Aug , 2015   Video

This week Tony, Patrick and Russell discuss a new Hyundai hybrid and EV, Gm building an EV plant in China and long discussion about what type of tech we want in our vehicles.

What types of tech do we want in our vehicles? (ignore the link baity headline)
http://fortune.com/2015/08/25/apple-carplay-android-report/

Another “Prius fighter” but forgive the link bait, this might be real
http://wot.motortrend.com/1508_spied_ev_variant_of_hyundai_prius_fighter_spills_its_all_electric_guts.html

GM to build half billion EV factory in China
http://www.hybridcars.com/general-motors-begins-building-470-million-ev-factory-in-china/

Two minutes news…

Hawaii moves away from fossil fuels

http://www.thenation.com/article/hawaiis-governor-dumps-oil-and-gas-in-favor-of-100-percent-renewables/

Tesla and Airbnb

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/08/22/tesla-airbnb-partner-up/

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#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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#144 Pop Culture Invasion

17 Jun , 2015   Video

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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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