Category: batteries

Tanvir Arfi President & CEO Automotive Service Solutions Robert Bosch talks about the new plug less power Bosch is offering. Bosch has electric charging units that you can plug into, but how cool is it that you can drive over a plate and the car will charge without plugging into anything? Arfi talks about the [...]

BMW i3 – born electric, made with carbon fiber

The LifeDrive architecture concept was purpose-built specifically for the BMW i3. It is comprised of two modules; the Life Module, and the Drive Module. Think of the Life Module as the passenger cabin, or greenhouse. It is the first-ever mass produced Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) passenger cell in the automotive business, and is a [...]

George Blankenship, Tesla Motors

George Blankenship, Tesla Motors, Vice President, Sales & Ownership Experience, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the Tesla S. What countries is Tesla selling in now? How many stores does Tesla have in the United States? Blankenship says they have sold 2,500 Tesla Roadsters and are winding the Roadster down and gearing up [...]

Greg Bernas talks about creating the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV

Gregory D. Bernas, Chief Engineer – Product Development Office, Toyota Technical Center, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA) talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV. In a recent article entitled 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV – The 845.5 pound elephant in the room, with Bill Fay. Gregory D. [...]

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, was on KCRA, an NBC affiliate in Sacramento, CA talking about alternative energy sources and how much they cost per mile. When people shop for a car they shop for functionality, what they need in a car. Some families need space for seven, some need room to carry their animals. [...]

The Toyota RAV4-EV, and Tesla, on the John Batchelor radio show

The Toyota RAV4-EV, the only all electric SUV Toyota stole the show at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles, CA when they unveiled the only all-electric SUV, the Toyota RAV4-EV. This is more like a major refresh, since Toyota sold RAV4-EVs from 1997-2003, the same time they were selling the Prius. Nine [...]

Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors of America

Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors of America, took some time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com. The Kia Optima is Kia’s first hybrid. Now, Kia has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Where does Kia stand with direct injection and turbocharging? The new engine goes from 200 horsepower to 274, losing only 2 miles per gallon. [...]

Jim Federico, General Motors, on future cars

Jim Federico is the Executive Director, Group Vehicle Line Executive/Vehicle Chief Engineer for Global Compact, Small, Mini and Electric Vehicles. Federico talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, drivingthenation.com at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Is General Motors looking into using the battery in the Volt to help power the electric grid? What are the products Chevy will [...]

Secretary Chu: Battery manufacturing in America

Detroit, MI – In 2008 I interviewed Don Hillebrand from Argonne Laboratory. Hillebrand confirmed that Argonne is allowed to license chemistry produced by a federally funded American National Laboratory to foreign countries. That country is allowed to manufacture batteries in countries other than the United States and then sell the batteries back to American countries. [...]

Dr. Ralf Cramer, Continental AG chassis and safety

Dr. Ralf Cramer is the President and Member of the Executive Board, Chassis & Safety Division, Continental AG. Dr. Cramer is responsible for integrating active and passive safety with driving dynamics. He oversees the Business Units Electronic Brake Systems, Hydraulic Brake Systems, Sensorics, Passive Safety & ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and Chassis Components. This [...]