Dr. Wubbo J Ockels and his Super Buss at the 2011 International Transport Forum on Driving the Nation

Prof. Dr. Wubbo J Ockels is a Dutch physicist and astronaut. I met up with Ockels at OECD's International Transport Forum. There he talked to me about his prototype Super Buss. The Super Buss is a high speed electric transportation system. It is as long and wide as a bus, but not as high. It [...]

Ford and GM China on the John Batchelor show

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Gordon Chang, Forbes, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about China and GM China. We talked about Ford in China and the United States. Mark Fields is Fords President of the Americas. Fields said that Ford “more than tripled their capacity for electric vehicles” (in between [...]

Michelin X-one tires at Challenge Bibendum

2011 Challenge Bibendum Berlin, Germany - Pete Selleck, 55, has been with Michelin for 29 years. He has served as president of Michelin's global Truck Tire business since January 2006. In this role, Selleck implemented the Michelin Durable Technologies innovation program, including the rollout of the X-One tires in North America. At the 2011 Challenge [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat on www.washingtonpost.com, June 17, 2011

I joined Warren Brown, Washington Post journalist since 1982, on his chat line Friday, June 17, 2011. This is how it started: Hey Warren When I was on a couple of weeks ago there were a couple questions we couldn't answer. I have followed up on them : Will Hyundai be offering a new Touring [...]

By |2017-03-22T08:01:30-07:00June 28th, 2011|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Manufacturers, Washingtonpost.com|0 Comments

Mark Fields, Ford’s President of the Americas on Driving the Nation

Mark Fields is Ford's President of the Americas. Fields gave a scrum recently in Dearborn, MI. The journalists were gathered for a briefing on Ford's new technology that is going in Ford cars syncing app links to the vehicle. Secretary Ray LaHood has questioned the need for technology in cars. Ford's job is to provide [...]

Audi’s CO2 to CNG at 2011 Challenge Bibendum

2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum Berlin, Germany - Reinhard Otten, Concept Development for Audi AG talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Audi's CO2 to Natural gas at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. Audi's intention is to make synthetic natural gas out of CO2 from biogas. But I asked Otten about using CO2 from coal, instead [...]

John Batchelor radio show’s economic round table

Simon Constable, WSJ's The Hub, Gordon Chang, Forbes, Jim McTeague, Barron's and Ina Parker are all on the John Batchelor radio show. This is the economic round table. We are talking automobiles. What are some of the economic indicators for the auto business? What is a job banks? Are we amazed that any cars are [...]

By |2017-03-22T08:01:30-07:00June 15th, 2011|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Podcasts, Radio, The John Batchelor show|0 Comments

Alasdair Stewart, member of Bentley’s board for sales and marketing on Driving the Nation

Alasdair Stewart is a member of the Board for sales and marketing of Bentley Motors Ltd. We met up with Stewart at the 2011 New York auto show. Stewart just got into New York from China. How is Bentley doing in China? There are more than fifty cities in China with more than 20,000,000 people [...]

Michelin’s active wheel at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum on Driving the Nation

Pierre Varenne is the Managing director of innovation for research and development for Michelin in Switzerland. At the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum Varenne is showing off the active wheel, a new wheel for an electric car. The evolution of the electric car can be seen in the design of the wheel. In Michelin's active wheel [...]