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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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#126 We’re back, baby

4 Feb , 2015   Video

We’re back and potentially better than ever. Hosts Danny Cooper & Russell Frost reunite with panelists Chelsea Sexton, Patrick Connor, Evan Fusco,and Tony Schaefer to discuss:

  • Detroit Auto Show
  • The Chevrolet Volt & Bolt (not to be confused with the Dodge Colt)
  • Alt-Fuel Sales Numbers
  • Charging standards
  • Tesla marketing (and lack thereof)

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#57 Out Of Control

25 Mar , 2011  

Kind of stepping in unicorn droppings, it’s video of a concept car
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/17/bmws-all-electric-i3-city-car-gets-ca…
and speaking of unicorn poo, how about this hybrid
http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/2014-bmw-i8-spied-testing-in-…

Renault offers sorta kinda guarantee on not quite ready for market vehicle, time goes backwards and the universe implodes
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/18/renault-introduces-new-get-you-home-g…

gas price tipping point survey
hybridcars.com version
http://www.hybridcars.com/decision-process/endless-spiral-gas-price-tipp…
original press release
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kbbcom-more-than-80-percent-of-c…

Gas prices go up and hybrid dealers start getting sweaty (and USAToday cashes in on “the panic”)
http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2011-03-21-prius-fit-rising-prices.htm

Tesla might be thinking about maybe adding swappable batteries to the Model S, did I say sorta maybe?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/idUS245189596520110318

Hey, someone else thinks Fisker might be padding their sales forecasts
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110321/BUSINESS/103210339/-1/Plu…

Earthquake and Tsunami delay shipments of Honda vehicles to US
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=13167475
But wait, 89% of the Honda’s sold in the US are made here
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-19/honda-founder-s-dream-of-u-s-pr…
So is the explanation that the only vehicles made in Japan, the Insight, CRZ, Fit and Civic Hybrid are responsible for the delays?

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#46 An Historic And Proud Day For All Orange Americans

5 Jan , 2011  

Danny and Russell are joined by Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder. This week they discuss SUVs, quick chargers for EVs, Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S pricing, something called the Wheego, a funny looking electric bike, Toyota’s Entune system and make some NAIAS predictions.

TOPICS:

SUVs lead US auto sales
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR201012…

EV quick chargers
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/chademo-ev-quick-chargers-to-get-wide…

The Karma gets marked up to $95k and Tesla assures everyone the Model S will stay at $57K, Which is the path to success?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/tesla-assures-57k-model-s-will-be-pro…

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#41 Dynamic Duo

12 Nov , 2010  

This week, Russell, Danny, Linda and Jason discuss dumb surveys, the Fiat 500 we might never see, single distance guessestimes, the “world’s safest” Prius and much more. See our show notes for a complete listing and links.

Show notes:
Respondents offer no surprises in what might be the dumbest survey ever
http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1051363_survey-more-would-tak…

Tesla losing money but still on track with the Model S
http://www.caradvice.com.au/90916/tesla-spending-big-to-build-model-s/

Semi-mythical Chrysler still years away from getting anything but news stories
http://wot.motortrend.com/6701647/green/chrysler-finalizes-battery-suppl…

Single distance estimates are misleading
http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/254040/

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