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…
ADJUNCT story, Chevy dealer learns that by actually not pissing off everyone who asks, you can sell a lot of Volts…
A follow up or continuation of a topic from last week, how branded telematics shove the manufacturer to the side…
– 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
In which we learn that Evan’s favorite place to charge has a lot to do with pork sausage.
Danny is taking week off so Paul Guzyk, Evan Fusco and Patrick Connor keep Russell from getting in too much trouble this week.
Tennessee to offer EV rebate
Tesla traveling road show OR Elon in a box
Oxymoron, fuel cell park
Danny is out this week so Russell goes it solo but with a strong panel.
Cars that sit around, a lot. Get it? Cars. That sit around. A lot? Comedy gold peoples, comedy gold.
Once again, the Auto Alliance proves it hates car buyers
What the hell was this dumbass thinking?
Speaking of dumbasses not thinking
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.
Hosts Danny Cooper and Russell Frost are joined by Tony Schaefer, Evan Fusco and Patrick Connor to discuss…
The new Mirai commercial made for Toyota by Morgan Spurlock.
What success looks like…and what it means fro EV incentives
Meanwhile, in Oregon…
SUV’s, Lies and Statistics
Don’t forget that next week, April 29th at 9:00 p.m. EST you can hear directly from Toyota on the Mirai and the future of their FCV. See you next week!
In celebration of tax week, Danny Cooper, Russell Frost, Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk discuss…
Unicorns not being deployed fast enough in Japan
Battery swap scooter proposed
So are you a supporter of clean cars or of clean transportation? And if so, does spending money on cars versus trains make sense? While much of this op-ed makes little sense, there is a point here worth discussing.
Let’s talk about the SparkEV
– 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?