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 [...]

October 18, 2013 Realwheels Washington Post

2014 North American Car of the Year Good morning Warren and Friends The shortlist for NACTOY is out. Which of these vehicles would you vote for and why? Remember, you don't compare the vehicles against each other, but against the competition in its class. What makes the car you choose the best in its class [...]

Tesla talks to Google, Audi puts a Vulcan grip on Mercedes with a fascinating self-parking car

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about tesla talking to Google about autonomous vehicles, and Audi's car commercial that star Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. Google was the first autonomous vehicle to get a license to drive their autonomous vehicles in Nevada, Audi was the [...]

April 12, 2013 Real Wheels Washington Post

Fiat 500 EV We are at a Fiat 500 EV event. Some of the information (the most important things, like the price! are still embargoed, but I've got some folks that can answer the questions that aren't embargoed. The top on the list is Nicole Longhini's product manager for 500e! Ask any questions you want [...]

Fisker, Tesla and the Chevy Volt on radio

Tesla Fisker and the Chevy Volt 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 [...]

Los Angeles auto show on the John Batchelor radio show on Driving the Nation

Los Angeles, CA - Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to John Batchelor radio show host about the Los Angeles auto show and the parties before it. Hammond took time out from a Ford party, at Universal Studios, where professional rally driver Ken Block was drifting in a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. California is critical [...]

Tesla Space X BMW struts Toyota gets it’s crown

Tesla, BMW, and Toyota Lou Ann Hammond, the CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talks to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show about Tesla, BMW, and Toyota. Tesla gains from Space X, BMW struts it's stuff and Toyota gets its crown back Elon Musk took a minute to breathe a sigh of relief as Space X [...]

Fisker’s Bill Tally & Henrik Fisker on the 2012 Fisker Karma on Driving the Nation

2012 Fisker Karma William "Bill" Tally, Director of Vehicle Integration at Fisker Automotive took the time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the 2012 Fisker Karma. The Fisker Karma is beautiful, it can go fast and it doesn't have to use gas unless you want it to. Is the Fisker Karma extended-range [...]

Orth Hedrick on 2012 Kia Optima hybrid

The Kia Optima is Kia's first hybrid 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 [...]

Kissel, Brown, Hammond and Batchelor NYIAS

The John Batchelor show Mary Kissel, editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal, Warren Brown of the Washington Post, Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, are in the WABC studio with John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show. We're talking about alternative vehicles, alternative fuels, and new technology for old batteries. As usual, [...]

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