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#179 New York Auto Show Review

31 Mar , 2016   Video

This week we dig down deep on the 2016 New York Auto Show. We tackle and take apart the new Prius Prime, the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan, the Hyundai Ioniq in all its forms, the Chevy Bolt and talk about Tesla reservations for the Model 3 as well as their proposed valet supercharger system. All that and more, tonight…

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#164 I Just Got A Woman Pregnant

18 Nov , 2015   Video

This week it’s all about the fourth generation Prius and it call comes from Danny Cooper. Paul Guzyk, Tony Schaefer, Patrick Conor and Russell Frost break down the new Prius, a car which Danny just drove. See Prius Chat for the video reviews (link below)

http://priuschat.com/threads/priuschats-2016-toyota-prius-first-drive-video-review.159651/

 

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#153 Picking On Evan

19 Aug , 2015   Video

Two minutes news links:

 

Portland airport installs 42 EV chargers

http://buff.ly/1EBdsfM

 

Tesla industrial batteries to help reduce power costs to Escondido high schools

http://insideevs.com/tesla-power-escondido-schools/

 

Sexy Tesla charging robot arm

https://youtu.be/uMM0lRfX6YI

 

Tesla says, “we didn’t mean ‘unlimited'”

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099608_tesla-letter-to-rein-in-local-supercharger-use-goes-wrong

 

Where does your energy come from visualizations

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/29/9066685/coal-oil-solar-maps

 

my 2M, University of Waterloo students create autonomous vehicle for campus use

http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=683180

 

This week in the news…

Mea culpa culpa culpa grande with a nice slice of humble pie…maybe

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/08/14/apple-car-test-track-discussions/

WSJ says Apple’s CarPlay is on the right track

http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-carplay-review-siris-finally-on-the-right-road-1439920604

Leaf 2.0 more miles

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099610_2016-nissan-leafs-two-batteries-84-miles-base-110-miles-for-top-trims-dealer-says

We’re seeing more and more of the Model X

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099639_tesla-model-x-prepped-for-delivery-spyshots-and-video

Fourth generation Prius makes it’s debut on 9/8 and we’ll be there

http://priuschat.com/threads/2016-gen-4-prius-reveal-set-for-september-8th.156952/

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Review

2016 Toyota Mirai – Preview

6 Jun , 2015  

– by Jon B

We live in an interesting time. A time where science and technology are at the forefront and in the automotive world, the leading edge in alternative fuel technology at the moment is electric vehicles with manufacturers like Nissan, Tesla, Ford and General Motors putting out their versions of what an electric car should be. Notably absent is the Japanese giant that is Toyota with a reincarnation of its RAV4 EV with battery technology borrowed from billionaire Elon Musk. It should’ve been a raging success – the combination of Toyota quality, durability and reliability and Tesla’s battery and motor technology. Alas, Mr. Toyoda has other plans and the release of the Mirai is an example of his vision of future.

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Mira-what?

Me-rye. It’s Japanese for “future”.  Toyota thinks that battery electric vehicles should be limited to the short distance, city driving (although Elon has proved otherwise) and suggests that fuel cell vehicles are what the public wants. Toyota suggests that those that are used to petrol-powered vehicles will warm up to fuel cell cars as the range and refuelling times are similar. Excuse me Toyoda-san, there’s the slight issue of actually having hydrogen stations where one can refuel in the first place. Nevertheless, the focus of the article is the Mirai and not a discussion of which form of fuel or energy the future should use.

More…

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#137 Wisdom From The Back End Of A Cow

23 Apr , 2015   Video

Hosts Danny Cooper and Russell Frost are joined by Tony Schaefer, Evan Fusco and Patrick Connor to discuss…

The new Mirai commercial made for Toyota by Morgan Spurlock.

What success looks like…and what it means fro EV incentives
http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150421/ANE/150429967/norway-to-review-ev-subsidies-as-sales-soar
Meanwhile, in Oregon…
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2015/04/bill-that-would-give-3k-rebate-to-ev-buyers.html

SUV’s, Lies and Statistics
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/04/21/earth-day-electric-ev-hybrid-dissatisfied-suv/26121125/

Don’t forget that next week, April 29th at 9:00 p.m. EST you can hear directly from Toyota on the Mirai and the future of their FCV. See you next week!

 

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Review

2015 Toyota Corolla – Test Drive by Jon B.

10 Feb , 2015  

 

We’ve learned, around the What Drives Us HQ that when Jon B. talks, it’s a good idea to listen. His encyclopedic knowledge of vehicles and his constant testing and driving and reviewing of new cars as they come out, means he knows more about what’s on the road than most. So we’re especially excited to post Jon’s latest work, a look inside the newest Corolla.

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