Danny calls in sick but Russell bravely soldiers on with Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk at his side. The topics? Oh we got topics…
Another nail in the coffin for franchise dealers, well, not really but we wish…
ADJUNCT story, Chevy dealer learns that by actually not pissing off everyone who asks, you can sell a lot of Volts…
A follow up or continuation of a topic from last week, how branded telematics shove the manufacturer to the side…
– 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.
This week Danny and Russell tackle the news without a panel…
Because it’s all about the “moribund” platinum market (the following two stories are mostly just rewritten version of the reuters piece)
It might have been easier (and more honest) to just call Elon an asshole and leave it at that
You can now buy H2 on the autobahn (insert Kraftwerk music here)
Embedded infotainment and the danger to carmaker branding
Apparently EV patents aren’t worth shit because everyone is giving them away
The international business times tells you today what we told you months ago, ain’t no apple self driving goole car with tesla power train coming (please click here)
Cars are stupid but transportation planners are even stupider, err, dumber, sorry, stupid dumbheads
In which we learn that Evan’s favorite place to charge has a lot to do with pork sausage.
Danny is taking week off so Paul Guzyk, Evan Fusco and Patrick Connor keep Russell from getting in too much trouble this week.
Tennessee to offer EV rebate
Tesla traveling road show OR Elon in a box
Oxymoron, fuel cell park
Danny Cooper is enjoying a spring break with his family so Russell Frost runs solo with Patrick Connor, Tony Schaefer and Even Fusco. The theme of the entire show is safety. The panel discuss all aspects of vehicle safety and upcoming innovations. This show also features, as part of a discussion on safety in young drivers, Evan Fusco’s two sons, Brendon and Heath, two fifteen year old drivers just learning to drive (but not in their dad’s Tesla).
Thanks to Patrick Connor for this week’s title.
On the show this week, the triumphal return of Danny Cooper, Russell Frost, Tony Schaefer, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk.
Danny is still out sick so Russell, Tony, Patrick and Paul wrestle with…
Turns out, the Nissan Leaf battery is pretty reliable
Tesla not waiting for the apple/google self-driving suerpcar
This week Danny is out sick so Russell was left struggling by himself. Luckily for him, he had lots of help from the very capable, Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Tony Schaefer.
This isn’t an idea, it’s stupidity and yet another subsidy for polluting vehicles
It’s all about money for the carmakers, nothing else
—Predictions on the Tesla press conference about twelve after we record this week’s show
Something different this week, since the regular panel was taking the week off, Danny and Russell do the show as duo recording in the afternoon rather than the evening. All of which leads to some discussion on…
Whistle while you work, sorry, charge while you drive
A bigger boondoggle than FCV’s? How about FCV marketing? Another embarrassing ad for Mirai
We back track on an earlier story, now Apple claims CarPlay will come from every major manufacturer, except?
Tesla cuts jobs in China on slow sales