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

From the John Batchelor radio show website:

Thursday 14 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block A: LouAnn Hammond,, 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 100 person layoffs, … Share

If you recall, a few weeks ago, a New York Times journalist, John Broder, wrote an article about the TESLA Model S about his drive along the east coast and talked about how flawed the vehicle was and that it’s range was poor. Elon Musk fired back at him with a plethora of data collected from the vehicle. Elon used the data to support the argument that John Broder already had an outcome that he was expecting to achieve by driving the TESLA and that John’s test drive or review of the vehicle was unfair for many reasons. Looking at the evidence and the subsequent reviews of the TESLA Model S by other press that found no issues (taking the same route), we can see that John Broder was in the wrong. The New York Times apologized for the article and all was done.

Henrik Fisker, founder and executive chairman of struggling plug-in hybrid vehicle maker Fisker Automotive, has resigned. In an email today to Automotive News. Henrik Fisker, referring to himself in the third person, said: “The main reasons for his resignation are several major disagreements that Henrik Fisker has with the Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy.” Fisker confirmed his resignation in a phone interview and declined to comment further. Tony Posawatz, who became president and CEO of the company in August, said this morning that he had just been made aware of the resignation. Posawatz previously was vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Asked how the company was faring, Posawatz said, “We’re in the midst of some serious negotiating.”

How are Chevy Volt sales? Is 2,000 unit’s a month good enough for General Motors?

About the Author:

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website,, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.