What Drives Us
Summary: What Drives Us is a podcast dedicated to the future of personal transportation and to the greater green tech movement. Every week co-hosts Russell Frost and Danny Cooper, along with a constantly changing panel of experts comment on the week's news, developments and issues of concern. Listen for tips, reviews, cogent commentary and a little humor as well.
Recorded May 8, 2013 Featuring Paul Guzyk, Tony Schaefer, Jon B and your host for this week, Russell Frost Paul talks about Colorado and tax credits for alt-cars. Russell talks about traffic patterns and how they affect efficiency and quality of life. Jon B talks about vehicles names (and numbers). Tony talks about Maximum Bob's latest venture, converting Fisker Karmas with V-8 Cadillac motors.
This week Danny Cooper, Russell Frost, Tony Schaefer and Linda Weidemann discuss driving less and more.
This week Danny Cooper returns and joins Russell Frost, Linda Weidemann, Tony Schaefer and Jon B for the discussion.
This week, Linda Weidemann, Tony Schaefer and Russell Frost discuss the Tesla press conference and legislative activity in Texas, Fisker getting sued and why alt car people tend to cluster into specific groups.
We're back! Thank *you* for your patience and support. This week we talk about Fisker, Infiniti, Nissan, Prius and much more. Featuring: Chelsea Sexton, Evan Fusco, Linda Weidemann, Tony Schaefer Host: Russell Frost
Recorded September 26, 2012 Show Notes: Nissan responds to Leaf battery problems http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1079343_nissan-suggests-leaf-battery... More on the NV200 http://www.examiner.com/article/nissan-fedex-developing-e-nv200-electric... And it's a taxi http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/21/nyc-nissan-nv200-taxi-of-tomorrow/ Audi A1 etron http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1079259_audi-updates-a1-e-tron-with-n... Toyota to double hybrid production http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-rt-us-toyotamoto... More hybrids, less EVs, Toyota quickly becoming compliance car poster child http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/24/toyota-plans-dialed-back-launch-of-eq... Discounts for hybrid cars down in September http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2012/0920/Discounts-for-hybrid... Tesla adds "creep" feature over the air (no it doesn't) http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=3af718d3-b3... Tesla adds ten more retail locations http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1079337_tesla-will-open-10-more-stor... Illinois college funds chooses poorly, twice http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120920/NEWS01/120919710/college... Maximum Bob says EV sales will grow, still unsure about climate change http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120920/AUTO01/209200479/1361/Former... The recession hurts brand loyalty http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120924/RETAIL03/309...
Recorded September 19, 2012 Show notes: TWO MINUTE NEWS TOPICS: Jon http://ca.autoblog.com/2012/09/17/smart-hopes-to-jump-start-brand-by-off... Tony http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/18/top-gear-snags-guinness-record-for-be... Russell Out of control sea otter breeding is a good thing (aside from being adorable) http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680545/sea-otters-an-unlikely-but-adorable-s... MAIN TOPICS: Tesla investor to Detroit, you've already lost http://www.freep.com/article/20120912/NEWS09/120912073/Tesla-investor-De... GM loses $50K on every Volt sold? (more fuzzy math) http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2012/09/report-gm-loses-nearly-50000-... Tesla maintenance plan Tesla to sell five models by 2016 http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1079186_tesla-will-sell-5-models-in-... Tesla "supercharger" network to feature…battery swapping? http://green.autoblog.com/2012/06/12/tesla-supercharger-network-to-featu... It's all about lighting http://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Page... Random cool eco thing-Apple's solar farm http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/14/aerial_photos_show_apples_mass...
Recorded September 5, 2012 Show notes: How much is that doggy in the window really? http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/06/what-that-car-really-costs-to... Now it's Ambri http://gigaom.com/cleantech/bill-gates-backed-liquid-metal-battery-is-no... August plugin sales http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078919_august-plug-in-electric-car-... new single cylinder motor for plugins http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/09/hyperdrive-20120905.html the rise of the wind https://twitter.com/ENERGY/status/243053801253253120 all new 2014 Honda hybrid and plugin http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078950_2014-honda-accord-hybrid-plu...
recorded August 22, 2012 Show notes: cool car, really dumb name http://www.plugincars.com/infiniti-emerg-e-us-north-american-debut-pebbl... buggy whip retailers complained about innovation too http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078383_mechanics-worry-electric-car... patience grasshopper http://www.plugincars.com/slow-uptake-green-carpool-stickers-plug-hybrid... I remember when "big in europe" was a put-down http://www.plugincars.com/fisker-karma-considered-sales-success-most-eur... Follow-up story: Fisker issues general recall, hates cooling fans http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/18/fisker-completes-investigation-of-lat... henrik and elon smackdown, well, not so much http://www.dailytech.com/Teslas+Elon+Musk+Dumps+on+Fisker+Calls+Karma+a+... PR: Elon helps with Tesla museum http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078560_tesla-motors-ceo-musk-to-sup... Elon gets more tesla, fisker begging for more cash http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078536_tesla-ceo-gets-more-stock-op... please, please, please stop with the racing crap (and put the car on the market) http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/19/volkswagen-2013-jetta-hybrid-sets-spe... and btw, two racers like the volt http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078556_racers-andretti-johnson-appr... Ford puts some money where their marketing is http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/15/ford-underscores-its-love-of-electric... russell's geek story of the week, the coolest ebike ever http://www.faradaybikes.com http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/28/faraday-porteur-e-bike-test-ride/
Recorded August 15, 2012 Show notes: Self-immolation a new Fisker feature http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/13/fisker-karma-fire-statement/ http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/12/fisker-karma-hyrbid-ev-second-fire/ And speaking of new features at Fisker, new CEO http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/14/fisker-ceo-idINL2E8JE8JU20120814 http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078444_volt-executive-tony-posawatz... FOLLOWUP-Nissan charging problems were Nissan's http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/27/nissan-pins-leaf-wattstation-charging... Ford C-Max Energi http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/09/ford-c-max-hybrid-rated-for-47mpg-acr... http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/20/ford-2013-c-max-energi-hybrid-car/ http://www.plugincars.com/ford-splits-hairs-c-max-energi-123678.html Speaking of Energi, Ford Fusion Energi http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1078496_is-ford-fusion-energi-20-mil... Chrysler to use Sprint to provide connectivity in their vehicles http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/06/chrysler-taps-sprint-for-new-version-... A123 deal saves them but, pisses off right wing senators http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/14/us-usa-batteries-a123-senators... London Taxi http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/06/e-nv200-could-get-london-taxi-makeover/ New scooter for russell http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/28/bmw-c-evolution-electric-scooter/
Recorded August 8, 2012 No show notes. Russell Frost, Danny Cooper, Tony Schaefer, Evan Fusco, Linda Weidemann, Jason Holder and Mark Rickey discuss their driving experiences driving the Prius c, Prius v, Prius plugin, standard Prius as well as the brand new RAV4EV. A great show with lots of in depth information about these vehicles. Special thank you to Erica and everyone at Toyota for making these vehicles available to us.
recorded July 25, 2012 show notes... They'll never catch on http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hybrid-and-electric-car-sales-surge-164... and http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=28372 Nissan begins offering a $5000 rebate on the falling Leaf http://wot.motortrend.com/less-green-2012-nissan-leaf-evs-selling-for-up... Connected Cars http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120719-road-opens-for-connected-cars AB475 Gotcha (submitted by Barry Gershenfeld) http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=9241#p207750 Linkbait douche of the week http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2012/07/tesla_model_... A123 death pool begins http://www.freep.com/article/20120725/BUSINESS06/307250021/Battery-maker... Victory in a war of millimeters https://rumors.automobilemag.com/2013-ford-c-max-energi-undercuts-toyota... Not your daddy's Lincoln http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/2013-lincoln-mkz-mkz-hybrid-priced-fr...
Recorded at Toyota headquarters in California on August 3, 2012. Everything you wanted to know about the new RAV4EV straight from the folks who make them.
First and foremost, take this survey please. http://goo.gl/nIFm9 Thank you for taking the survey. Episode #108 "Catching Up" recorded July 18, 2012 Enjoy the show, it's a long one! Show Notes... Chevy Of 100 Million Miles Driven by Chevy Volts So Far, 2/3 Have Been in Electric Mode http://www.treehugger.com/cars/100-million-miles-driven-chevy-volts-so-f... Surprising June Sales for Volt http://www.myperfectautomobile.com/nissan-test/14456.html Nissan Leaf sales sagging http://www.brandchannel.com/home/post/2012/07/16/Volt-Charges-Past-Leaf-... Desert Leaf owners complain the heat is killing their range http://www.kpho.com/story/19050732/nissan-leaf-owners-claim-az-desert-he... GE wattstations killing Leafs? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dead-leafs-and-ge-chargers/ Nissan to add plugs to their entire range by 2016 http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1077582_mitsubishi-aims-to-plug-in-e... Tesla Is Tesla's Road to Production Rocky? http://www.thestreet.com/story/11622355/1/is-teslas-road-to-production-r... Coda Outperforming the EPA rating? http://www.autoevolution.com/news/coda-ev-sedan-more-efficient-than-epa-... Toyota Toyota hybrids remain strong covering about 50% of the total alt car sales http://www.hybridcars.com/news/june-2012-dashboard-47943.html Mitsubishi the "i" sells 33 units in June http://www.hybridcars.com/news/june-2012-dashboard-47943.html Honda Compliance poster child…the Fit EV http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2013-honda-fit-ev-first-drive-of-... Fisker Looking for more money http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2012/06/26/fisker-pursues-87m-capita... The Atlantic will be delayed and they're probably not building it in Delaware http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120625/AUTO01/206250417/1361/GOP-se... Ford 89 Ford Focus EVs Find Owners in June http://www.autoevolution.com/news/89-ford-focus-evs-find-owners-in-june-...
recorded May 2, 2012