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#60 I’m Gonna Have To Frag Your Husband Sometime

15 Apr , 2011  

We have this weird metric to create lists and here is one
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2011/04/movers-and-losers-march-2011….
Speaking of weird lists, here are the worst hybrids out there
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2011/04/worst-hybrids-for-the-money.html

And, Danny talks about the Sustainable Mobility Conference where he drives the new Tesla powered RAV4EV and the Lexus CT200h.

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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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#46 An Historic And Proud Day For All Orange Americans

5 Jan , 2011  

Danny and Russell are joined by Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder. This week they discuss SUVs, quick chargers for EVs, Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S pricing, something called the Wheego, a funny looking electric bike, Toyota’s Entune system and make some NAIAS predictions.

TOPICS:

SUVs lead US auto sales
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR201012…

EV quick chargers
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/chademo-ev-quick-chargers-to-get-wide…

The Karma gets marked up to $95k and Tesla assures everyone the Model S will stay at $57K, Which is the path to success?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/tesla-assures-57k-model-s-will-be-pro…

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#44 Antler Marks

8 Dec , 2010  

This week Russell & Danny are joined by Linda, Tony and Jason and special guest Paul Guzyk of Boulder Hybrid Conversion (boulderhc.com). This week we talk about little batteries, Brabus Green Package for Tesla, the feds loan out supercomputers, Honda dumps the price on the Insight and much more. See our weekly show notes at whatdrives.us for a complete listing and links.

Special Guest: Paul Guzyk of Boulder Hybrid Conversions and 3 Prong Power

Show Notes:

Toyota and Daimler take the Tesla path for EVs/plug-ins
http://www.newstimes.com/business/article/At-a-Glance-Automakers-adopt-T…

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#41 Dynamic Duo

12 Nov , 2010  

This week, Russell, Danny, Linda and Jason discuss dumb surveys, the Fiat 500 we might never see, single distance guessestimes, the “world’s safest” Prius and much more. See our show notes for a complete listing and links.

Show notes:
Respondents offer no surprises in what might be the dumbest survey ever
http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1051363_survey-more-would-tak…

Tesla losing money but still on track with the Model S
http://www.caradvice.com.au/90916/tesla-spending-big-to-build-model-s/

Semi-mythical Chrysler still years away from getting anything but news stories
http://wot.motortrend.com/6701647/green/chrysler-finalizes-battery-suppl…

Single distance estimates are misleading
http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/254040/

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