Bosch’s voltwerk, storage unit off the grid

In 2012 Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York and left thousands without electricity. South Korea has had to shut down a couple of nuclear plants for safety checks, which could bring rolling blackouts. It only takes a couple of hours without electricity to realize how dependent you are on electricity. Bosch's Voltwerk, a storage [...]

Smithsonian gets $500,000 for Spark! lab, Ford’s stock number, on the John Batchelor radio show

Ford gave $500,000 to Smithsonian to finish the renovation of the Spark! lab and create three more Spark! Labs in the United States. Ford said that over the years Ford Motor Company has given $10,000,000 to the Smithsonian, all in the name of education. John Batchelor said that Ford's stock is getting pummeled. Is that [...]

BMW’s Ludwig Willisch on BMW’s i-series and sustainability on Driving the Nation

BMW of North America's President and CEO Ludwig Willisch talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about the BMW i concept cars. When will we finally see a production vehicle come out of all these i concept cars? Will it be a full EV, a plug-in, or an extended range, or all three. What will [...]

February 1, 2013 Washington Post car chat

Good Morning Warren and friends! I'm in Washington! Warren and I will be at the Washington auto show tonight. We'll be at the Advanced Technology superhighway area in Hall A from 7-8:30 tonight. Come by and say hi and "Ask the Experts" We would love to meet all of you, so please, come by. I'm [...]

Is CARB’s Mary Nichols going to the Federal EPA?

Is the Queen of CARB going to DC? LouAnn Hammond,, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, re President Obama reportedly is looking seriously at replacing departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson. Nichols denied being in Washington DC, on the eve of the 2013 Washington auto show, to [...]