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Portland airport installs 42 EV chargers
Tesla industrial batteries to help reduce power costs to Escondido high schools
Sexy Tesla charging robot arm
Tesla says, “we didn’t mean ‘unlimited'”
Where does your energy come from visualizations
my 2M, University of Waterloo students create autonomous vehicle for campus use
This week in the news…
Mea culpa culpa culpa grande with a nice slice of humble pie…maybe
WSJ says Apple’s CarPlay is on the right track
Leaf 2.0 more miles
We’re seeing more and more of the Model X
Fourth generation Prius makes it’s debut on 9/8 and we’ll be there
This week, Russell Tony and Paul take on…
Consumer Reports looks at CarPlay and AndroidAuto…
Kind of like “unlimited data” cell phones, unlimited charging may, in fact, be limited…
Toyota says they’re going to make more fuel cell membranes…
On one hand, fixing things is good, on the other, the need to have things fixed sends another message…
– 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.
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.
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
Meanwhile, in Oregon…
SUV’s, Lies and Statistics
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!
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.