The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) reports that funding is needed for the five million electric vehicles projected to come online. While that might be a good problem to have, it needs to be addressed. What are the options for balancing the rebate program? Could California offer to pay a dollar rebate or access to [...]
Bob Lutz Electric trucks Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation talked to Bob Lutz, chairman of the board at Via Motors, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. Lutz talks about VIA Motors' extended-range electric vehicles (EREVs) that are modified trucks (mainly General Motors trucks), vans and SUVs. Lutz [...]
Bosch plug-less power Tanvir Arfi President & CEO Automotive Service Solutions Robert Bosch talks about the new plug less power Bosch is offering. Bosch has an electric charging unit that you can plug into, but how cool is it that you can drive over a plate and the car will charge without plugging into anything? [...]
Will there be a Cadillac ELR-V? Let's ask Mark Reuss, General Motor's Executive VP of Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain. There is magnetic ride control on the Chevy Corvette, Cadillac CTS and the new Chevy pickups. Why not the Cadillac ELR and will it happen?
Cadillac's ELR color and trim designer, Erin Crossley, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the exterior and interior of the 2014 Cadillac ELR electric vehicle. Crossley talked about the integration of different leathers and suedes in the interior and the colors on the exterior.
Cadillac unveiled the first rendition of the Cadillac ELR at the 2009 Detroit auto show, under the code name Converj concept. The Chief engineer for the Cadillac ELR, Chris Thomason, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the similarities between the two car. Why didn't Cadillac put the same Magnetic Ride Control [...]
BMW's President and CEO, Ludwig Willisch, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the BMW i3. How are the BMW car dealers receiving this new electric lifestyle, the BMWi series? Where is the BMW i3 made? Will BMW dealers have charging unit's at their dealerships? Will any electric vehicle be able to charge there [...]
Jacob Harb, Head of Electric Vehicle Operations & Strategy, BMW of North America talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the BMW Electronauts and what BMW learned from them. Harb is responsible for MINI-e, Active-e and BMW i. How many of the Electronauts will be buying the BMW i3? Will BMW sell the i3 [...]
Watch the video to see Ford's Charged up Electric Vehicle-Readiness. Mike Tinskey, Fords manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about VIH, vehicle-to-infrastructure. Ford is creating an awareness in the public to identify key infrastructure building blocks that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV ready. Ford considers infrastructure [...]
The LifeDrive architecture concept was purpose-built specifically for the BMW i3. It is comprised of two modules; the Life Module, and the Drive Module. Think of the Life Module as the passenger cabin, or greenhouse. It is the first-ever mass produced Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) passenger cell in the automotive business, and is a [...]