07:40 Hybrid Fleets Would Reduce Emissions Now
15:55 Electric Brands Introduces Module EV Bus
22:00 Tesla Willing to License Software and Technology
26:00 Hyundai Ramps up EV Production Plans
37:40 The Real Cost of “Public” Parking
43:15 Community Solar for Those Who Can’t Solar
49: 30 Fossil Fuel Companies Funding the Police
1:01:15 Shout-outs and Go Home
02:40 Nissan Announces the Ariya EV and Abandons CHADeMo
17:00 Dealers Mark up RAV4 Prime up to $10,000
25:30 SCE Spending $350M on Infrastructure
29:30 New BMW iX3 EV
46:00 Polestar 2 Review: It’s Nice!
52:55 VW’s Top Software Guy is Out
57:50 Shout outs and Go Home
1) Russell teases that he’s been invited to a Toyota AWD event. More details in a future show.
2) Simon Wecker, a guy in Berlin, Germany, pulled 90 cell phones – all with Google Maps active – through empty streets. Why? Because Google interpreted all that data to mean that the streets were congested with 90 cars, all barely moving along. The result was empty streets thanks to Google routing everyone around Wecker and his wagon of phones.
3) Hyundai is doubling their Kona EV production be adding a second factory. This is in response to the Kona’s massive demand, which Hyundai is not able to keep up with.
4) The new US Building Codes will call for new homes in the US to be manufactured “EV Ready”.
5) Rivian and Amazon are designing and building a custom EV Amazon delivery van. It’s kind of cute.
6) We’re relatively excited to see that there are EV trucks coming to market. Americans love their trucks so if we want to win them over we’re going to need electric trucks.
7) Toyota is introducing new technology to safe stupid people from themselves. This new software will detect when someone mashes the accelerator rather than the brake and make sure the car doesn’t surge forward. Because, let’s face it, unexpected acceleration was really human error all along.
Asaf Ashkenazi is the Chief Strategy Officer of Verimatrix. He joins us this week to discuss cybersecurity in vehicles and how Verimatrix works with OEM manufacturers to increase the security of their software.
It’s an enlightening – and sometimes a little scary – discussion about software vulnerabilities and how hackers work to exploit them. It’s always good to know there are people working to keep our connected devices safe.