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About Lou Ann Hammond

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website www.carlist.com. Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website, www.drivingthenation.com, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.
  • Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle

Honda Hyundai Kia Jeep Smart WAPO carchat

By |February 25th, 2017|

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

I was at the Hyundai Ioniq event yesterday. I left last night because they are forecasting 25 mph winds and 1/2 an inch of rain every hour. Combine that with a […]

  • Criss-Crossing the globe in a 4X4 Compass

Criss-Crossing the globe in a 4X4 Compass

By |February 23rd, 2017|

It’s one of those days when an ordinary day of driving becomes an extraordinary day of fun.

We started the day in the all-new compact Jeep Compass that will replace the old Compass and the […]

  • Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, PHEV, EV

Hyundai Ioniq part of a long-term plan

By |February 21st, 2017|

The Hyundai Ioniq could be one of the first vehicles in three different powertrains based on the same front-wheel-drive architecture. If you’ve been in the Hyundai Elantra, then you know about the size of the […]

  • Top ten foods to eat or store in your car - Winter Fancy Food Show #WFFS2017

Top foods to eat or store in your car

By |February 9th, 2017|

The Winter Fancy Food Show #WFFS2017 just wrapped up in San Francisco, CA. Two halls of new food and old delights were on display at the Moscone Center. What are some of the foods that […]

  • Samsung, Harman, connected cars, music, audio, technology, korea

Samsung buys Harman for connecting in cars

By |February 2nd, 2017|

When you go to car.harman.com a segmented car starts breathing; one section at a time the car pulses. If you click on the cloud that hovers over the car, cyber security information comes up. Each […]

  • Ford Raptor

Silly Valley wine country slip sliding away

By |January 31st, 2017|

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

It’s been one wet week in Northern California! Yes, we need it, but we’re not used to it, and certainly not this much all at once.

Stretch, and I drove to Palo […]

  • A 5-Series option for every Ultimate Driving buyer

A 5-Series option for every Ultimate Driving buyer

By |January 26th, 2017|

Fast, efficient, technological sound the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered in a completely redesigned sedan with more versions of the Ultimate Driving Machine than ever offered before.

The first lap in the BMW 530i […]

  • From AM/FM and GPS up to LTE and WiFi, courtesy Continental

CES technology you’ve come a long way bandwidth

By |January 22nd, 2017|

What did bandwidth get you back in the 1980s? the 90s? the beginning of the 21st century?

Brett Stark, Continental’s telematics group goes through the levels of bandwidth. What year/decade did Level 1 bandwidth come on […]

  • EPA Pruitt casts shadow on Sunny California

EPA Pruitt casts shadow of doubt on Sunny California

By |January 19th, 2017|

Listen to John Batchelor radio show with Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal, and Lou Ann Hammond talking about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pruitt versus California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma […]

  • Toyota Camry was one of the top American contented cars in America

Toyota President on Made in America NAIAS2017

By |January 17th, 2017|

President-Elect Donald Trump has been talking about production in the United States. I asked Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.,Toyota Motor Corporation, how does Toyota stack up […]