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#383 A Big Weight And A Long Shaft

19 Sep , 2020   Video

00:00 Show Start

03:58 Heavy Weights and Gravity as Energy Storage

13:30 The $10,000 USD Kandi EV

20:55 Guy Gets Rightfully Scammed

25:10 This Week in Tesla

32:35 Uber Lyft going all-EV?

39:00 The Gig Economy Basically Sucks

49:10 Shoutouts and Go Home

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# 379 Isn’t it Ionic?

14 Aug , 2020   Video

00:00 Intros

06:00 A Little Self-Promotion

11:15 Hyundai Launches Ionic Brand of EVs

20:55 The Politics of Saving the Environment

29:40 This Week in Tesla

36:15 California Court Rules Uber and Lyft Must Call Drivers “Employees”

50:45 GM’s SuperCruise is a Subscription Service

1:05:20 Shout-outs and Go Home

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#356 – Three Fifty Something

7 Mar , 2020   Video

1) The Union of Concerned Scientists have completed their study and concluded that ride sharing (such as Uber and Lyft) introduce almost 70% more pollutants than the rides they are replacing. Not only the rides they are replacing but taking people off mass transit.

2) A study of vehicles interacting with pedestrians at a crosswalk showed that there is a direct correlation between how aggressive the vehicle is towards the pedestrians and how much that vehicle costs. So yeah, rich drivers are bigger jerks and the data backs it up!

3) The coronavirus is impacting the supply lines of vehicle manufacturing along with other appliance manufacturing. Couple this with Ford’s continuously declining stock price and market share and we’re starting to wonder whether Ford can avoid a bankruptcy or total liquidation.

4) Continuing our discussion about Tesla’s Buffalo, NY, factory, the state of New York is looking to sell some manufacturing equipment it had purchased for Tesla but was never used.

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#343: Selling Out of EVs that Nobody Wants

30 Nov , 2019   Video

1) At the LA Auto Show, a Toyota spokesman told a roomful of reporters that there is no demand for EVs. This certainly clears things up in terms of Tesla, the Leaf, Volt/Bolt, Rivian, etc.

2) Ford has reported that the 2021 Mustang Mack E is already sold out.

3) It’s our turn to provide our impression of the Tesla Cybertruck.

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#342: Clean Coal Powered Station Wagons

30 Nov , 2019   Video

russell (and everyone)
Ford Mustang Mach-E debut https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2019/11/17/2021-ford-mustang-mach-ethe-pony-goes-electric/

mark
VW May Toughen Up Production ID. Space Vizzion With Alltrack-Like Looks

Tony:
Did they really think they could take sides and not encounter fallout? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-emissions-california/california-to-stop-buying-gm-toyota-and-fiat-chrysler-vehicles-over-emissions-fight-idUSKBN1XS2B2

russell
you guys are killing me
https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/13/jetpack-aviation-raises-2m-to-build-the-prototype-of-its-flying-motorcycle/ russell Lyft scaling back dubious scooter ops in six cities https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/14/lyft-is-ceasing-scooter-operations-in-six-cities-and-laying-off-20-employees/

russell
Just plain get out of here https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/12/20961812/elon-musk-berlin-tesla-ceo-fourth-gigafactory-construction

Tony
Even if all these things are true, my guess is that people will hate them. http://theconversation.com/smart-tech-systems-cut-congestion-for-a-fraction-of-what-new-roads-cost-125718

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#339 Inside the Tokyo Auto Show

2 Nov , 2019   Video

  1. Jon B attended the Tokyo Auto Show and brought back photos and videos. A lot of interesting things going on.
  2. Harbour Air (Vancouver, CA) plans to be the world’s first fully-electric airline.
  3. According to Mary Barra, General Motors will spend more money in the next 5 years developing new EVs than in ICE development.
  4. The Toronto Transit Commission has added 60(!) new electric buses.
  5. Volkswagon is planning a massive switch from ICE vehicles to EVs that will see five plants around the world immediately change from ICE to EV manufacturing. Their goal is 1,000,000+ EVs per year in 2023.

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#338 Hiccups

27 Oct , 2019   Video

1) General Motors considers (threatens) to bring back the Hummer nameplate as an EV.
2) John Goodenough and others receive the Nobel Prize for inventing the Lithium-Ion battery that is primarily powering our transition to electric vehicles.
3) Tesla Gigafactory 3, phase 2 will be a battery manufacturing facility.
4) The future of transportation is not cars. Not even autonomous ones.
5) Nissan reveals the new Ariya EV. Sort of.
6) Hyundai has received massive funding to beef up its autonomous vehicle research and equipment development.
7) Tesla is chewing into other manufacturers’ market share. Is there room to share the market or does any product need to be a “[blank] killer”?

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#337 Hydrogen, Superchargers and No Unicorns

27 Oct , 2019   Video

1) Russell provides insight gained at Toyota’s eVolution event
2) If you haven’t yet watched Russell’s interview with Matthew Klippenstein, you should check it out
3) The founder of Faraday Future files bankruptcy
4) Dyson declares they are giving up on developing an electric vehicle
5) All the non-Tesla owners need a supercharger network
6) The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was recently awarded to three men credited for the Lithium Ion battery

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#336 Hydrogen Double Take

5 Oct , 2019   Video

  1. Florida Power & Light committed to 1,000 new EV chargershttps://insideevs.com/news/373803/florida-1000-charging-points/
  2. From Yahoo! Finance: Solar and Wind are now Cheaper than Coal in Most of the World:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/solar-wind-now-cheaper-coal-210000650.html
  3. Truly a new take or just flogging an old trope one more time?https://www.thedrive.com/tech/26050/exclusive-toyota-hydrogen-boss-explains-how-fuel-cells-can-achieve-corolla-costs
  4. This is going to be fun: The 2nd Gen Mirai will be out in 2020.  They’re actually making a 2nd Gen:https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/26/toyota-mirai-hydrogen-fuel-cell-car-second-generation/
  5. And speaking of Hydrogen:Engineers in Alberta think the’ve found a way for the oilseeds to produce clean fuel:https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/alberta-hydrogen-innovation-1.5290297
  6. Lane tape might be a cheap fix to help AV developmenthttps://www.on-sitemag.com/roads/marking-the-way-to-driverless-cars-ontarios-407-etr-3m-team-up-to-test-novel-road-tape/1003965295/
  7. Between 1990-2016, despite a sizable 35% increase in the overall fuel efficiency of our vehicle fleet, national emissions rose by 21%. Why? Because those improvements were accompanied by a 50% increase in driving.
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Open-Forum-Electric-cars-won-t-save-us-but-a-14462534.php
  8. Some people love car dealers (service)
    https://www.autonews.com/fixed-ops-journal/survey-3-out-4-vehicle-owners-prefer-dealership-service

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