MSNBC – the politics of electric cars

MSNBC, January 24, 2010 –  The Toyota Prius, introduced in 2001 in the United States, was the first mass-produced hybrid. Hybrids are common place today with more coming out every month.

When you talk to people about electric vehicles there is a range anxiety. People are concerned that they will run out of electricity on the […]

Dr. Patrick Oliva, Michelin, at the 2010 NAIAS – part two

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Dr. Patrick Oliva is the global Vice President of sustainable development for the Michelin Group.

I wrote an article in 2006 about the savings from a In a white paper written by the USEPA entitled “Effect of Single Wide Tires and Trailer Aerodynamics on Fuel Economy […]

Chris Arcus, Saba Motors, at the 2010 NAIAS

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Chris Arcus is the director of electrical engineering for Saba Motors. Saba is competing for the X-Prize.

Saba has a small electric roadster with a lithium-iron phosphate battery. How safe is that battery? Saba’s cars are lightweight,  less than 2,000 pounds, which allows it to go […]

Ron Cerven, Electric Vehicle Innovations Inc. (EVII)

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Ron Cerven is the director, Product Development and Program Manager of EV Innovations Inc (EVII), headquarted in Mooresville, NC.

Cerven showed us the newest electric vehicles, the WAVE and super car, INIZIO.  Cerven talked about the X-prize and the future of emission free, domestic powered vehicles […]

Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai, at the 2010 Detroit auto show

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Dave Zuchowski is the Vice President of  Sales for Hyundai.

Just how well did Hyundai do last year?

Other car companies claim fuel efficiency but Zuchowski quoted the EPA as saying “Hyundai was the only car company that had 30 mpg average on their entire fleet.” Zuchowski […]

Patrick Oliva, Michelin, at the 2010 Detroit auto show

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Dr. Patrick Oliva is the global Vice President of sustainable development for the Michelin Group.

Dr. Oliva talked to us after he gave a speech at the Detroit auto show. Michelin has a special place in my heart. Edouard Michelin was a wonderful man who was […]

Bob Lutz, GM, at the 2010 Detroit auto show

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Robert A. “Bob” Lutz is a vice chairman at General Motors Company

Lutz talks about the Cadillac that was unveiled at the Detroit auto show.

Why Cadillac?

Will General Motors have a problem with the supply of the battery, like Toyota has said they would.

A group of […]

General Motor’s Mark Reuss, on dealers, incentives & the UAW

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI  – Mark Reuss, President of GM North America at the 2010 NAIAS

How much are you pulling back at the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) meeting in Orlando? Reuss and Ed Whitacre have talked to the dealers this year.

The UAW are not only your workers, but they […]

Mark Reuss, President of GM North America at the 2010 NAIAS

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – How does a guy who has been head of performance and is a certified test driver at the Nurburgring race track balance horsepower and fuel economy?

You have a program that allows people to return their car if they don’t like it. How many have returned […]

Bill Reinert, advanced technology for Toyota, talking politics

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Bill Reinert is the  National Manager, Advanced Technology Group, Toyota Motor Sales USA.

I wish everyone would stop and listen to this piece and answer these questions.

Reinert talks about the readiness of utility companies, states and government policy.

Do we have enough electricity to power electric vehicles?

What […]