Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors of America, took some time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com. The Kia Optima is Kia's first hybrid. Now, Kia has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Where does Kia stand with direct injection and turbocharging? The new engine goes from 200 horsepower to 274, losing only 2 miles per gallon. [...]
Jim Federico is the Executive Director, Group Vehicle Line Executive/Vehicle Chief Engineer for Global Compact, Small, Mini and Electric Vehicles. Federico talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, drivingthenation.com at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Is General Motors looking into using the battery in the Volt to help power the electric grid? What are the products Chevy will [...]
Detroit, MI - In 2008 I interviewed Don Hillebrand from Argonne Laboratory. Hillebrand confirmed that Argonne is allowed to license chemistry produced by a federally funded American National Laboratory to foreign countries. That country is allowed to manufacture batteries in countries other than the United States and then sell the batteries back to American countries. [...]
Dr. Ralf Cramer is the President and Member of the Executive Board, Chassis & Safety Division, Continental AG. Dr. Cramer is responsible for integrating active and passive safety with driving dynamics. He oversees the Business Unit's Electronic Brake Systems, Hydraulic Brake Systems, Sensorics, Passive Safety & ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and Chassis Components. This [...]
I interviewed Evatran back in August of 2010. It sounded like a good idea then, so I'm glad to see it coming to fruition. Below is from their website Evatran, the developer of Plugless Power, is offering an incentive of up to 6 months of electric vehicle electricity to the first 500 customers to become [...]
WardsAuto U.S. Sales of Alternative Power Source Light Vehicles lists twenty-seven vehicles for sale as of November 2011. What are the cars and how is Volt faring compared to the other twenty-six vehicles? The twenty-seven, twenty-five if you don't count the Mercury Milan and the Saturn Aura that are still listed, with the starting MSRP [...]
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 [...]
What relationships is BMW considering for their new products/batteries? Hans Hohenner talks about the megacity vehicle, project i. Who will they partner with, what are the limitations of this car?
Tony Pasowatz was the first employee to be hired by General Motors to work on the Chevy Volt, back in 2006. Pasowatz talks about the pricing for the Volt, and the charging. How many Utility companies is Chevy working with to bring this new energy sourced vehicle to market? Is Chevy worried about software hackers?
You can take a person's job away from them, but you can't take away their intelligence. Tesla Motors was incorporated in Delaware on July 1, 2003, by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Back in 2006, I interviewed Martin Eberhard on the John Batchelor radio show. Eberhard was CEO and co-founder of Tesla motors. Eberhard was [...]