Category: Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Long Beach Transit Board of Directors voted to recommend BYD Motors as the provider of 10 full-electric buses for Long Beach, CA, a city 30 miles south of Los Angeles, CA. On the last day of Governor Brown’s visit to China he announced that BYD buses will be assembled in Lancaster, CA. On May 1, [...]