Toyota Prius, emissions, and the Toyota Mirai fuel cell

Toyota Prius battery Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the all new 2016 Toyota Prius and the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle. The 2016 Toyota Prius comes in different models and different batteries; a Nickel Metal Hydride or a Lithium Ion [...]

How are Volt sales compared to the 24 other alt-power source vehicles?

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 [...]

Bob Lutz Car guys vs. bean counters part 3

John Batchelor radio show Bob Lutz talked to John Batchelor about his new book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. Bob Lutz finishes his radio chat with John Batchelor show. This is the most humorous part of the show as Lutz talks about his Father, and bucky the beaver. [...]

Dear Pres Obama, Sec Chu and 100 Senators

Dear President Obama, Secretary Chu, and all 100 Senators I suppose I should be applauding the fourteen Senators that signed the letter to Secretary Chu asking him to keep the funding for the fuel cell and hydrogen programs alive. I understand that having fourteen senators sign any initiative is a coup de grace.  But really, [...]

Charlie Freese, on the hydrogen budget, on John Batchelor radio show

The United States has no energy policy. Every administration budgets money for it's pet project, leaving the projects from the previous administrations in a lurch. Why? Charlie Freese is General Motor's executive director for fuel cell activities. He was also a keynote speaker at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 in Washington DC. How [...]

Charles Freese, GM fuel cells, Chevy Equinox, at the 2011 NAIAS on Driving the Nation

Charles Freese, executive director of General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, talked to me at the 2011 North American International Auto show in Detroit, MI. General Motors has 119 Equinoxs' out on the road, but they are ready for the next step. The infrastructure. They have had to abandon California's hydrogen highway. California ran out of money. [...]

Arwed Niestroj, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel-cell

Arwed Niestroj, Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Manager showed off the new B-Class F-CELL, the first series production fuel-cell powered electric vehicle available in the U.S., at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show. Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to offer a fuel-cell powered Zero-Emissions Vehicle that has been certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California [...]

Akimasa Yasuoka, Honda, California ZEV-2

I first met Akimasa Yasuoka at the California Air Resources Board meetings. I ran into him again at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow.  He updated me on the demands CARB is making on the auto industry. At the March 2008 Board Hearing, the California Air Resources Board (ARB or the Board) adopted modifications to the [...]

2009 LA Auto Show debuts alternative fuels & cars on MSNBC

MSNBC at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show These cars have been introduced before, but never in North America. They are all alternative fuels or alternative vehicles. Audi e-Tron Concept - Audi first unveiled this electric vehicle at the Frankfurt Auto show.  If you love the R8 you'll love this ultra-luxury sportscar. This will put [...]

John DeCicco, University of Michigan

School of Natural Resources and Environment John M. DeCicco Senior Lecturer, University of Michigan Carlist was at an event held by BMW Corporation, where DeCicco talked about CO2 emissions. DeCicco talked about CO2 and had some great slides to illustrate the importance of decreasing CO2 emissions. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2005, [...]