Category: Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)

Driving the Nation shows the BMW i3 carbon fiber aluminum body frame at the BMW headquarters in New Jersey. BMW says The born electric BMW i3 represents a new era of electromobility. Why? because the BMW i3 frame is made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). It is the first mass-produced CFRP passenger frame in [...]

Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, and the Formula-e at 2014 CES

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. Jacobs talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Qualcomm and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), showed off their new Formula E (yes, as [...]

Chevy Volt saves 16,000,000 gallons of gasoline

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Mike Robinson, Vice President of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs for General Motors, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the Chevy Volt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandates. Robinson says that the Chevy Volt alone has driven over [...]

Highlights from the Tesla Motors, Inc. – Third Quarter 2013 Shareholder Letter * Record 5,500 Model S deliveries * Gross margin increased to 21% (non-GAAP) excluding ZEV credits * Net income (non-GAAP-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) of $16 million * Major WW expansion of service centers, stores and Superchargers * Cash balance nonetheless increased by $49 [...]

Tesla; oops, I did it again! Another over-exaggeration

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talks to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Tesla’s non-existent, over-exaggerated 5.4 star rating and selling in China. According to Reuters, Zhan Baosheng, the businessman in the southern China province of Guangdong, owns the “Tesla” trademark in China, according to his agent who processed the papers [...]

BMW’s Ludwig Willisch on the BMW i3

BMW’s President and CEO, Ludwig Willisch, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the BMW i3. How are the BMW car dealers receiving this new electric lifestyle, the BMWi series? Where is the BMW i3 made? Will BMW dealers have charging units at their dealerships? Will any electric vehicle be able to charge there [...]

Will the BMW electronauts buy the BMW i3?

Jacob Harb, Head of Electric Vehicle Operations & Strategy, BMW of North America talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the BMW Electronauts and what BMW learned from them. Harb is responsible for MINI-e, Active-e and BMW i. How many of the Electronauts will be buying the BMW i3? Will BMW sell the i3 [...]

Ford is charged up on vehicle to infrastructure for electric vehicles

Watch the video to see Ford’s Charged up Electric Vehicle-Readiness. Mike Tinskey, Ford’s manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about VIH, vehicle-to-infrastructure. Ford is creating an awareness in the public to identify key infrastructure building blocks that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV ready. Ford considers infrastructure [...]

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 [...]

BYD’s Chairman Wang Chuanfu at the Shanghai auto show

BYD is one of Chinas’s largest non-government controlled automakers. Wang Chuanfu is chairman of BYD, a company that is 9.9% owned by a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Wang has seen the price, and his net worth, go up and down as the price of the stock he owns fluctuates. According to Forbes, in [...]