What Drives Us episode

#339 Inside the Tokyo Auto Show

2 Nov , 2019   Video

  1. Jon B attended the Tokyo Auto Show and brought back photos and videos. A lot of interesting things going on.
  2. Harbour Air (Vancouver, CA) plans to be the world’s first fully-electric airline.
  3. According to Mary Barra, General Motors will spend more money in the next 5 years developing new EVs than in ICE development.
  4. The Toronto Transit Commission has added 60(!) new electric buses.
  5. Volkswagon is planning a massive switch from ICE vehicles to EVs that will see five plants around the world immediately change from ICE to EV manufacturing. Their goal is 1,000,000+ EVs per year in 2023.

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#338 Hiccups

27 Oct , 2019   Video

1) General Motors considers (threatens) to bring back the Hummer nameplate as an EV.
2) John Goodenough and others receive the Nobel Prize for inventing the Lithium-Ion battery that is primarily powering our transition to electric vehicles.
3) Tesla Gigafactory 3, phase 2 will be a battery manufacturing facility.
4) The future of transportation is not cars. Not even autonomous ones.
5) Nissan reveals the new Ariya EV. Sort of.
6) Hyundai has received massive funding to beef up its autonomous vehicle research and equipment development.
7) Tesla is chewing into other manufacturers’ market share. Is there room to share the market or does any product need to be a “[blank] killer”?

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#337 Hydrogen, Superchargers and No Unicorns

27 Oct , 2019   Video

1) Russell provides insight gained at Toyota’s eVolution event
2) If you haven’t yet watched Russell’s interview with Matthew Klippenstein, you should check it out
3) The founder of Faraday Future files bankruptcy
4) Dyson declares they are giving up on developing an electric vehicle
5) All the non-Tesla owners need a supercharger network
6) The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was recently awarded to three men credited for the Lithium Ion battery

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#336 Hydrogen Double Take

5 Oct , 2019   Video

  1. Florida Power & Light committed to 1,000 new EV chargershttps://insideevs.com/news/373803/florida-1000-charging-points/
  2. From Yahoo! Finance: Solar and Wind are now Cheaper than Coal in Most of the World:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/solar-wind-now-cheaper-coal-210000650.html
  3. Truly a new take or just flogging an old trope one more time?https://www.thedrive.com/tech/26050/exclusive-toyota-hydrogen-boss-explains-how-fuel-cells-can-achieve-corolla-costs
  4. This is going to be fun: The 2nd Gen Mirai will be out in 2020.  They’re actually making a 2nd Gen:https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/26/toyota-mirai-hydrogen-fuel-cell-car-second-generation/
  5. And speaking of Hydrogen:Engineers in Alberta think the’ve found a way for the oilseeds to produce clean fuel:https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/alberta-hydrogen-innovation-1.5290297
  6. Lane tape might be a cheap fix to help AV developmenthttps://www.on-sitemag.com/roads/marking-the-way-to-driverless-cars-ontarios-407-etr-3m-team-up-to-test-novel-road-tape/1003965295/
  7. Between 1990-2016, despite a sizable 35% increase in the overall fuel efficiency of our vehicle fleet, national emissions rose by 21%. Why? Because those improvements were accompanied by a 50% increase in driving.
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Open-Forum-Electric-cars-won-t-save-us-but-a-14462534.php
  8. Some people love car dealers (service)
    https://www.autonews.com/fixed-ops-journal/survey-3-out-4-vehicle-owners-prefer-dealership-service

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#335 Dunk Dunk Dink-Dunk Dunk

1 Oct , 2019   Video

1) VW ID.3 would not sell enough in the US, or would it sell too much?
https://insideevs.com/news/371779/vw-canada-considering-sales-id3/

2) Amazon orders 100K delivery vans from Rivian
https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/19/amazon-orders-100k-electric-delivery-trucks-from-rivian-as-part-of-going-carbon-neutral-by-2040/

3) Lime shuts down car rental service, Limepod
http://mail01.tinyletterappcom/transportation/trucks-fot-wunder-farmwise-oslo/15282170-techcrunch.com/2019/09/19/lime-is-shutting-down-car-rental-service-limepod/

4) Waiting for Godot
https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-boring-company-las-vegas-loop-tunnel-update-pictures/

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#333 Turbo S

15 Sep , 2019   Video

1) Volkswagon unveils the ID.3
https://www.motor1.com/news/369662/vw-id-3-unveiled-frankfurt/amp/

2) And a little information about the ID.4
https://insideevs.com/news/369758/vw-id3-electric-car-debuts-range-342-miles/

3) Speaking of VW, someone says they are below $100 per kWh battery price
https://insideevs.com/news/369923/rumor-mill-vw-cheap-battery/

4) COX Automotive makes a $350M investment in Rivian
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124989_electric-truck-hopeful-rivian-gets-350m-investment-from-cox

5) Russell wants to talk about the Porsche Taycan debut
https://www.porsche.com/usa/models/taycan/taycan-models/taycan-turbo/

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#332 Burning for You (A Solar Tale)

24 Aug , 2019   Video

1) Pre-Porsche Porsche fails to sell after Auction Boondoggle https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-18/type-64-nazi-car-by-porsche-fails-to-sell-amid-auction-blunder

2) Continental is Shifting Their Focus from Manufacturing parts for ICE vehicles to Making parts for EV vehicles. https://www.wired.com/story/auto-supplier-betting-electric-future/

3) The World’s Largest EV never needs to Plug In https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124478_world-s-largest-ev-never-has-to-be-recharged

4) Tesla (again) Launches Rooftop Solar Plan https://www.ccn.com/elon-musk-tesla-solar/

5) Wal-Mart Sues Tesla for Rooftop Solar Fires https://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-tesla-solar-lawsuit/walmart-sues-tesla-over-fires-at-stores-using-its-solar-panels-idUSKCN1VA26B

6) Los Angeles has just about had it with Waze https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/waze-los-angeles-neighborhoods/

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#330 It’s A Floor Wax AND A Dessert Topping

2 Aug , 2019   Video

1) The EV Cannonball Run record has been broken. Again.
https://www.thedrive.com/news/29230/the-ev-cannonball-record-has-officially-been-broken-twice

2) The CSC Wiz electric scooter. Perhaps a good electric scooter with a terrible name.
https://electrek.co/2019/07/29/csc-wiz-electric-moped-scooter/

3) Colorado to become a CARB state
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/29/colorado-officials-pen-accord-with-automakers-on-electric-cars/

4) While the planet burns, Ohio fans the flames.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/28/planet-overheats-ohios-coal-industry-gets-a-bailout

5) Tesla Earnings Call

6) Electrification and Autonomy coming to Port of Long Beach CA
https://insideevs.com/news/362118/port-long-beach-33-automated-vehicle-chargers/

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#328 The Wind Beneath my Kilt

28 Jul , 2019   Video

1) The HD LiveWire approaches launch – https://youtu.be/rfitxBa7UPg?t=6m40s
https://www.rideapart.com/articles/359677/2020-harley-davidson-livewire-ride-review/
2) The wind doesn’t always blow. . .
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/15/scotland-has-produced-enough-wind-energy-to-power-its-homes-twice-over.html
3) . . . and the sun doesn’t always shine. . .
Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer
4) . . . which is why we have batteries.
Energy storage market booms, with more growth to come
5) Dealership wins lawsuit against Toyota.
https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-fi-toyota-prius-verdict-20190715-story.html
6) REE Reinvents the Wheel and Plans to Manufacturer Skateboards
https://newatlas.com/ree-modular-mobility-platform/60486/#p577444

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