We spent almost two hours talking about the history and impact of Prius on the world. Current and former members of the Prius Team from Toyota join us for the first hour. It’s a great look back at one of the biggest impacts in cleaner vehicles. We’re all current and previous Prius owners and Prius enthusiasts. But when asking about previous decisions and future plans, that doesn’t mean we went easy on them.
Supercar article referenced by Tony: https://whatdrives.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SuperCar.pdf
This week, we talk about the ongoing Nikola saga, solid state batteries in Mercedes buses, This Week in Tesla with new catchy theme music, Plastic eating enzymes, a cheap EV in China, and Toyota’s Lunar Cruiser.
00:00 Show Start 05:15 New Allegations with Nikola Motors
13:00 Mercedes Introduces Solid State Battery Buses
20:05 This Week in Tesla
28:55 Plastic Eating Enzymes
40:30 A $5,000 EV in China 49:25 Toyota’s Mars Rover
54:10 Shout Outs and Go Home
Dean Taylor has over three decades in the electric transportation area with a focus on regulatory and legislative affairs, external engagement and business and strategy development. After retiring from Southern California Edison he’s become an independent consultant for many EV organizations.
Newsom’s Executive Order: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9.23.20-EO-N-79-20-Climate.pdf
Dean’s LCFS webinar presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eRrZAqaOHk&feature=youtu.be&t=1040
00:00 Show Start
06:10 Nikola investigated for Fraud
18:00 Cadillac Forces Dealers to Install Chargers
27:45 This Life in Tesla
40:40 California to End ICE New Car Sales
50:35 Ford Announces EV F-150
56:00 Lordstown Shows Interior
1:00:45 VW Reveals ID.4
1:11:50 – Shout Outs and Go Home
Russell buys a used Prius from Paul and explains why he flew 1200 and drove for 17 hours to do it, GM and Nikola decide to make trucks, the Las Vegas CC buys a monorail, Puerto Rico plans out a better future, new ways to make energy and more.
Here’s awesome Google Doc Paul mentioned: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1HflVng6sYIb6Gs4pOKiDGtqU5YJ2-hgdM4pRNaT62gs/htmlview?fbclid=IwAR3Xzeh-U5AVI_bcfcSAqx_PIBAVAoka3CYSkpaLZ1xKs_x2dqy8KU05NZA#
An amazing conversation with Michael Dunne of ZoZoGo.com. He’s an expert on China so we dig deep on what’s going on there and how our companies are doing in China as well as the future of Chinese car companies there and here. A fascinating look at a complex market with a genuine expert.
Guest: John Voelcker
We spend an hour with one of our favorite journos, John Voelcker and discuss GM’s recent EV day, charging, the Chevy Volt and much more. John’s article mentioned on the show: https://www.thedrive.com/tech/32580/why-gm-has-to-prove-its-serious-about-electric-vehicles-this-time
Infrastructure Week, part 3: Matthew Teske
Infrastructure Week continues with Matthew Teske of Chargeway. Chargeway’s goal is to demystify the complex and various methods of charging for new EV owners. Matthew explains how this is important and why we need it to grow EV ownership.
04:13 – Hybrids, Plug-ins, and EVs
25:15 – Xos Raises $20 Million to Scale Production
32:30 – This Week in Tesla
37:05 – Toyota Solid-State Batteries
43:15 – Tritium Fast Charger
Infrastructure Week, part 2: David Patterson
As infrastructure continues, this episode features a great conversation with David Patterson who was deeply involved in the Mitsubishi I-Miev program, worked with Nissan and Chademo. A long time advocate for electric charging clears up a lot of the confusion surrounding charging systems and what each has to offer.