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#67 587MPG with special guest, Trevor Fleck

13 Jun , 2011  

Trevor was a guest on WDU #56, he was a senior on the Mater Dei supermileage team. Trevor has now graduated and is headed to Purdue, ironically, the team that beat Mater Dei in the recent MPG challenge.

TOPICS:

Prius C gets spied
http://priuschat.com/news/2012-toyota-prius-c-spy-shots-you-c

Tata Indica has stoners in the UK salivating, car reviewers, not so much
http://www.plugincars.com/anglo-indian-electric-tata-indica-vista-ev-sho…

Fuel cell stunt is, well, a stunt
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/04/mercedes-benz-completes-hydrogen-powe…

Korean company pulls out (and all that implies)
http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/plans-to-build-elect…

Now burning two different fossil fuels, SIMULTANEOUSLY!!!
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1061078_new-chrysler-engine-to-burn-…

Fisker stumbles the week AFTER asking for another $100M
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/06/fisker-karma-delayed-again-but-only-b…

Cool solar tunnel
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/07/europes-first-solar-powered-train-tun…

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#59 It’s Not What You Think

8 Apr , 2011  

Open Discussion:
Speaking of the sustainable mobility conference, the conference keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Topel made a point, and forgive me for summarizing it, that “efficiency” doesn’t save fuel or lower emissions, only economic factors, primarily price, affect these things. Are we wasting our time with fuel efficient vehicles when in fact, we should taxing the shit out of inefficient ones?

How to save fuel in your Prius and to some extent, in any car
http://www.hybridcars.com/gas-saving-tips/maximizing-mileage-toyota-priu…

Batteries are recyclable and recycled, a lot
http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1044372_who-knew-a-car-battery-is-th…

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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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