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#150 Special Guest Mark Coughlan of the Waterloo Region Voltec Group

29 Jul , 2015   Video

This week Danny, Russell, Evan and Paul talk nothing but Volt with Mark Coughlan of the Waterloo Region Voltec Group.

From Mark regarding the Volt:

Largest Chevy Volt Community (3rd Party)
Live Chevy Volt Statistics Site
Twitter: @WRVoltec
From Evan, if you want a discount on your Tesla vehicle from a Tesla owner:

 

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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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#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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#144 Pop Culture Invasion

17 Jun , 2015   Video

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#143 Is He Still Alive?

11 Jun , 2015   Video

Danny calls in sick but Russell bravely soldiers on with Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk at his side. The topics? Oh we got topics…

Another nail in the coffin for franchise dealers, well, not really but we wish…
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/06/costco-grows-to-become-a-leading-car-seller/index.htm
ADJUNCT story, Chevy dealer learns that by actually not pissing off everyone who asks, you can sell a lot of Volts…
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098599_high-volume-chevy-volt-dealer-how-to-sell-successfully-lessons-learned

A follow up or continuation of a topic from last week, how branded telematics shove the manufacturer to the side…
http://www.businessinsider.com/raymond-james-apple-google-enemies-auto-industry-carplay-android-2015-6?utm_source=googleplaynewsstand&utm_medium=referral

EVs and resale value
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098663_used-electric-cars-which-hold-their-value-best-which-is-worst

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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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