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#39 The Pee Roll

27 Oct , 2010  

Happy birthday Stella!

Danny & Russell are joined by regular panelists Tony Schaefer, Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder to dissect the Consumer Reports reliability survey. oil futures, recycling batteries, disappearing rare Earth minerals and much more. See our show notes below for a complete listing.

Consumer reports reliability “survey”
http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?p=286511

Surprise, not so much oil as we thought
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/10/27/alaska.oil.reserves/index.html

Now you see it…
http://priuschat.com/news/prius-v-image-leaks-ahead-detroit-reveal
Now you don’t
http://priuschat.com/news/prius-v-leaked-photo-too-good-be-true

Toyota now recycling batteries…back into batteries. The stainless steel sink business is sad.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/toyota-starts-battery-recycling-busines…

can’t sell them if you don’t have the stuff to make them, rare earths increasing in price
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-26/rare-earths-rival-lure-of-navig…
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-26/nissan-exploring-alternative-so…

“Old GM” which means us, paying to clean up factory for Fisker
http://energyboom.com/transportation/out-old-new-gm-will-fund-fisker-fac…

This is why it is criminal when one of these companies moves their factories out of state or out of country
http://www.freep.com/article/20101026/BUSINESS01/101026028/1320/Ford-Chr…

50 ugliest cars in the last fifty years, so sayeth Damian
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/10/1028_50_ugliest_cars_of_past_50_…

Is this the future of EVs?
http://i.engadget.com/2010/10/27/dbm-energys-electric-audi-a2-completes-…

That’s one way to get people to charge their EVs at home
http://www.greenpacks.org/2010/10/26/peta-to-use-ev-charging-stations-fo…

Just love these because they’re so cool
http://cleantechnica.com/2010/10/25/solar-glass-roof-tiles/

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Hosts: Russell Frost, Danny Cooper

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#35 Podcasting From The Bathroom

30 Sep , 2010  

Abandoned by co-host Danny Cooper and regular panelist Tony Schaefer, Russell had to go another continent on another hemisphere to fill the gap. This week we are very glad to have Dr. Evan Fusco back on the show, live from Australia. Regular Panelist, Linda Weidemann braves some nasty, unnamed illness to appear on the show as well. A great show with a wide range of topics mostly centered around the, “Wasn’t that obvious?” theme.

This week’s show notes:

Former Tesla partner says EVs have no future
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100929/MIVIEW/9280336/1467/OPINION01/Gr…

Volt customer testing board
http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35102

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#33 A Polar Bear Makes Danny Cry

16 Sep , 2010  

This week; the new Leaf-Polar Bear commercial from Nissan, Nissan Leaf ultra-fast charger, AngelCar’s mobile EV charging service, Lexus CT200h, automotive X-Prize winners and much more.

Show notes:

Nissan polar bear ad, greenwashing or just another excuse to make danny cry?
http://priuschat.com/news/first-nissan-leaf-commercial-premieres-in-othe…
http://motionographer.com/2010/09/16/polar-bear-for-nissan-leaf-greenwas…
RELATED: Salon and rush limbaugh team up to see who can be the biggest asshole
http://www.adannews.com/13393/nissan-leaf-polar-bear-commercial-antagoni…

Nissan says sure you can charge your Leaf faster, if you buy the SL model and this $700 charger

http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1048819_2011-nissan-leaf-orders-comm…

Not sure if this is a good idea or not, mobile EV charging
http://www.gadgetreview.com/2010/09/angel-car-mobile-ev-charger.html

2011 Lexus ct200h
http://priuschat.com/news/2011-lexus-ct-200h-details-emerge-42-mpg-lexus…

Study says LNG and hybrid cars pollute less than gas cars
http://sify.com/news/hybrid-and-natural-gas-fuelled-cars-greener-than-th…

Whack-A-Mole with an old story that won’t die
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/09/cargurus-com-hybrid-value-study/#ix…
http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2010/09/10/hybrid-cars-not-a-good-investment

Automotive x-prize winners
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/16/super-light-car-wins-p…

Non-story of the week, GM engineer likes the Volt
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20100912/NEWS01/9120312/Local-eng…

Toyota to release more hybrids in the next two years
http://priuschat.com/news/toyota-will-launch-6-all-new-hybrid-vehicles-g…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/business/14auto.html?_r=2&src=mv

 

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#31 We Remember Matthew Dieckmann

1 Sep , 2010  

This week Danny and Russell are joined by a full panel of Tony Schaefer, Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder. This week the group takes on the Inifiniti M35 hybrid, the Toyota Etios and it’s potentially interesting future, Honda launches the Jazz/Fit hybrid (but only in Japan), SB535 and the new EPA rating system.

We want to dedicate this show to the memory of Matthew Dieckmann who was killed this week while riding one of his electric bikes. Dieckmann was an entrepreneur and builder in Santa Rosa, California who worked hard to promote EV motorcycles. Our condolences to his family, friends and his co-workers at Electric Race Bikes.

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#29 Your Last Honda

21 Aug , 2010  

This week Danny and Russell are joined by Linda Weidemann and Tony Schaefer to discuss the Prius tenth anniversary Prius celebrations, Syracuse gets 6 Prius PHVs, Prius making an appearance in Gran Turismo 5, Chevy dealers charging over list on the Volt, the Honda Civic hybrid firmware scandal and much more.

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#26 Shower Cake

28 Jul , 2010  

This week and Danny and Russell are joined by the full panel (Dr. Evan Fusco, Linda Weidemann and Tony Schaefer) and discuss Leaf and Volt Pricing, breakdown some long term experience driving the Prius PHV and dissect Green Drive Expo in Madison. Look for a special episode later this week featuring a great set of interviews from Green Drive Expo conducted by Tony Schaefer.

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#24 PHV

14 Jul , 2010  

This week Danny Cooper and Russell Frost are joined by the entire panel of Linda Weidemann, Evan Fusco and Tony Schaefer to discuss the most expensive hybrid ever, the Porsche 918, the Ford Focus EV, HOV lane controversy in California, the result of the NHTSA black box testing for Prius and much more including the announcement that Tony and Evan will both have a week of time with the new Prius PHV to test it.

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#23 Stop Breathing Please

9 Jul , 2010  

Hosts Danny Cooper and Russell Frost are joined by Tony Schaefer discuss a Lexus recall in Korea, the Volt’s “Freedom Drive”, the Opel Ampera, Prius tops sales in Japan, coverage of the Insight in Australia and much more.

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#18 Pitch Perfect

29 May , 2010  

Hosts Danny Cooper and Russell Frost are joined by Tony Scheafer and Linda Weidemann to discuss the Toyota Tesla partnership and they dissect Motor Trend published purported leaked images of the “Prius Alpha”.
Hosts: Russell Frost and Danny Cooper

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