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Fisker, Tesla and the Chevy Volt on the John Batchelor radio show

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:49+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Categories: Alternative vehicles, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, Chevy, Electric - Range Extender Vehicle (E-REV), electric vehicles (EV), Emissions, Environment, Featured, Fisker automotive, Fuel economy, Green cars, Manufacturers, Newsletter, Plugin-electric vehicles, Podcasts, Radio, Tesla Motors, The John Batchelor show, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|

From the John Batchelor radio show website: Thursday 14 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block A: LouAnn Hammond, DrivingtheNation.com, in re:TESLA Lays off 100 Workers Due to New York Times Article Cancellations ... TESLA Lays off 100 Workers Due to NYT Article Cancellations? ... no idea of the scope of the cancellations, judging by the [...]

Which car is more expensive over 3 years, gasoline or diesel? on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:51+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Bosch, Diesel, drivingthenation.com, Fuel economy, Gasoline (petrol), lou ann hammond, Video, youtube.com|

Currently about 3 percent of all light-duty passenger car sales are diesel. Twelve percent of all car take rates, as of August, 2008, were diesels. Fast forward to August, 2012 and 30% of all car take rates were diesel. In the video, Bernd Boisten explains take rate “ if a vehicle is offered as a [...]

Mark Reuss, President, General Motors North America on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:57+00:00 December 28th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Los Angeles auto show, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Chevy, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), drivingthenation.com, electricity, Emissions, Fuel economy, GM, lou ann hammond, Video, youtube.com|

Los Angeles, CA - Mark Reuss, President, General Motors North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. How critical is California to General Motors? I was surprised how frank Reuss was with his answer. Let's face it, when the word neglected comes out of an automotive executives [...]

John Edwards, Director, Land Rover on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:57+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), California Air Resources Board (CARB), drivingthenation.com, Emissions, Fuel economy, Land Rover, lou ann hammond, Luxury vehicles, Video, youtube.com|

John Edwards, Director of Land Rover, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Land Rover's new Range Rover. Land Rover sold about 300,000 vehicles globally last year, but countries are putting the pressure on all manufacturers to produce vehicles in the country they are being sold. They are doing this by increasing import tariffs. [...]

Bosch’s DC-DC start-stop converter on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:59+00:00 November 22nd, 2012|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Bosch, drivingthenation.com, Fuel economy, lou ann hammond, Technology, Video, youtube.com|

Oliver Korasiak is an Engineering Manager at Robert Bosch. Korasiak talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Bosch's start-stop dc-dc converter. Autonomous engine stop-start systems have been in Europe for quite some time. With the high price of fuel in Europe, consumers can be 5-10 percent more fuel-efficient if they have start-stop on their [...]

Is HCCI the engine of the future? on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:01:00+00:00 November 4th, 2012|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Bosch, drivingthenation.com, Emissions, Fuel economy, lou ann hammond, Technology, Video, youtube.com|

For years I've been hearing about homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) in gasoline engines, but no action had been taken. Recently at a Bosch event, in the left bottom corner of a gasoline display was the HCCI emblem. Is HCCI still an option for the future? Hakan Yilmaz, Bosch's Global Technology Management, Gasoline Systems, explained [...]

2013 Ford Fusion walk around

By | 2016-09-25T14:28:43+00:00 October 25th, 2012|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Alternative vehicles, Automobiles and Energy, Emissions, Featured, Ford, Fuel economy, Manufacturers, Newsletter, Video|

We've got three Ford people talking about three Ford platforms, gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain. John Jraiche, Chief Program Manager for the Ford Fusion, Jeff Duclos Ford Motor 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine manager, and Birgit Sorgenfrei, Ford's Auto Start-Stop program manager, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Ford Fusion. 2.5-liter inline [...]

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The sweet spot at Hyundai, with John Krafcik

By | 2017-03-22T08:01:07+00:00 August 9th, 2012|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, drivingthenation.com, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Fuel economy, Hyundai, lou ann hammond, Video, youtube.com|

John Krafcik, President and CEO, Hyundai North America talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the sweet spot Hyundai is in when it comes to retail versus fleet. Where is Hyundai in the ranking of retail customers? Motortrend did a test of 5 cars that get 40 miles per gallon (mpg). The Hyundai Elantra [...]

Conspiracy theories on the John Batchelor radio show

By | 2017-03-22T08:01:08+00:00 July 31st, 2012|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Chrysler, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), Featured, Fuel economy, Manufacturers, Newsletter, Nissan, Podcasts, Radio, The John Batchelor show, Volkswagen|

GE watt station versus the Nissan Leaf The New York Times auto blog called General Electric about a story in the blog-o-sphere stating that a Nissan dealer in the Bay Area sent an email out to it's customer telling them not to purchase a GE WattStation. GE called Nissan Corporate to tell them to have [...]

2013 Ford Escape

By | 2017-03-22T08:01:08+00:00 July 8th, 2012|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, drivingthenation.com, Ford, Fuel economy, lou ann hammond, Video, youtube.com|

Scott Makowski, Ford Motor Global I4 product manager, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the engines in the 2013 Ford Escape. From Ford's press release: Spirited performance with outstanding fuel economy Escape offers Fords broadest nameplate range of EcoBoost® engine choices yet. Strong fuel economy comes from either the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine [...]