Sales of electric cars draining CVRP bank in California

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 [...]

Bosch ~ Private, Profitable, and electrified

"We are in an era of transformation. I would argue that transformation is impacting the auto industry more than any other (industry). The automotive industry is currently the epicenter of innovation. Autonomous vehicles, electrified mobility, and ubiquitous connectivity are expected to transform the entire concept of transportation." Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch LLC There [...]

Hyundai Ioniq part of a long-term plan

[tribulant_slideshow gallery_id="49"] The Hyundai Ioniq could be one of the first vehicles in three different powertrains based on the same front-wheel-drive architecture. If you've been in the Hyundai Elantra, then you know about the size of the Ioniq sedan. I have long said that if I could have a four-sedan without the plastic feel, I [...]

Audi R18 e-tron at the Geneva Motor show

Geneva International Motor Show (GimsSwiss) (GIMS) Laser light assists the Audi drivers at Le Mans * Audi tests innovative lighting technology on the race track * New R18 e-Tron Quattro combines matrix LED and laser light * Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “Laser light is the future.” LED daytime running light, LED headlights, matrix beam, and [...]

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid engine modes

The father of Honda's hybrid system Hiroo Shimada, Chief Product Engineer, is known inside of Honda Motor Corporation as the father of Honda's hybrid system. Shimada-san talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid engine, modes and motors. Overview The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Hybrid (FHEV) Sedan [...]

Honda sales and safety with John Mendel on Driving the Nation

John W. Mendel is executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., heading up both Honda and Acura Automobile Sales Divisions. Mendel talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Honda's sales and safety. Honda was up 11.4% January-August, 2013. They were down in September. What was the reason? Which months are the best [...]

Ford is charged up on vehicle to infrastructure for electric vehicles

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 [...]

BYD and China Washington Post April 2013

BYD on Washingtonpost Good morning Warren and friends Today we have as a guest, Michael Austin, Vice President of BYD Co. BYD is around 25% owned by Chairman Chuan Fu Wang, and 9.9% owned by Warren Buffett's Mid American Energy Holding Co. 50% of the stock holdings are US-owned. BYD Co., a company known for [...]

If work had electricity would you buy an EV?

employers to provide chargers to their employees Washington, DC “ In what will probably be his last auto show as the Secretary for the Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Steven Chu started his 2013 Washington Auto Show speech with an amazing fact, “We (the United States) spend roughly $1 billion dollars a day on foreign [...]

A Happy Home for Hybrid Cars

Home is where your heart is Luscious Garage works exclusively on hybrids. Founded in 2007, it sits amidst early-20th-century storefronts in a quiet, tree-lined section of downtown San Francisco. Outside, a tire hangs high with a plant inside it-just a hint of what's within. The ground-level work area is unlike any you've seen before. The [...]