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What Drives Us is the #1 weekly podcast dedicated to electric, plug-in, & hybrid cars along with all other kinds of alternative fuel transportation. Hosted by PriusChat.com founder Danny Cooper & To Go Before co-founder Russell Frost, What Drives Us features panelists ranging including owners, industry insiders, automotive manufacturers, and aftermarket specialists. You can find out more about us at http://whatdrives.us




#176 Explosive Diarrhea Gummi Bears - What Drives Us

This week the triumvirate of Tony Schaefer, Paul Guzyk and Russell Frost dive deep into... Feb 2016 Plugin Electric Sales http://insideevs.com/february-2016-plug-electric-vehicle-sales-report-card/ russell LA opens a little thing called the Expo line http://laist.com/2016/02/25/the_expo_line_will_open_in_santa_mo.php Our good friends at Faraday Future may be even worse off than we thought...

Duration: 02:00:05

#172 Amputations - What Drives Us

Well kids, your mother and I need to talk to you… http://www.autonews.com/article/20160201/OEM05/302019971/toyotas-fuel-thrifty-prius-family-may-decrease-as-the-automaker Who told them to stop making the Hummer? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160130/OEM05/302019987/cheap-gas-hits-hybrid-ev-residuals http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/france-pave-1000km-roads-solar-panels.html Hyperloop/moon, sure, why not...

Duration: 02:10:57

#168 Faraday Future is the New Fisker - What Drives Us

This week we eviscerate the silly Faraday Future batmobile, we talk about Danny's new BMW i3, we discuss Toyota's continued desire to have their own infotainment to frustrate owners and much more. Big panel, great show. Insurances rates only go up https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/01/04/the-big-data-of-bad-driving-and-how-insurers-plan-to-track-your-every-turn/ Faraday Future is making a race car http://faradayfuture.com/cespresskit/ and (no, it's not)...

Duration: 01:26:50

#165 Scofflaws - What Drives Us

VW still doing the one thing it’s best at, screwing it’s customers, a proposed “solution” http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1101130_volkswagens-fix-for-european-diesels-gets-the-green-light-but-will-owners-get-the-shaft Kia announces Niro hybrid crossover https://www.autonews.com/article/20151116/OEM04/151119908/kia-greenlights-niro-in-green-car-rush “Cuz ‘plastic’ parts are made for toys” http://insideevs.com/kia-soul-ev-recalled-for-possible-fault-with-steering-gear/ Tesla says Model...

Duration: 01:01:02

#164 I Just Got A Woman Pregnant - What Drives Us

This week it’s all about the fourth generation Prius and it call comes from Danny Cooper. Paul Guzyk, Tony Schaefer, Patrick Conor and Russell Frost break down the new Prius, a car which Danny just drove. See Prius Chat for the video reviews (link below) http://priuschat.com/threads/priuschats-2016-toyota-prius-first-drive-video-review.159651/

Duration: 02:08:01

#161 Maximum Bobbing - What Drives Us

This week Tony, Paul and Russell take on… Consumer Reports downgrades Tesla reliability… http://www.hybridcars.com/consumer-reports-downgrades-tesla-model-s-to-below-average-reliability/1 Bob Lutz reared up on his hind legs this week in a desperate and rather flaccid attempt to regain the relevancy he never really had… http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a26859/bob-lutz-tesla/ Only 16%?...

Duration: 00:06:27

#159 Crowdsourcing the Panel - What Drives Us

First and foremost, big thanks to Tom Stangl and Bruce Nowrocki for being on the show this week, our first ever, crowdsourced panelists. As usual, thanks as well to all our regular, hard working panelists, Patrick, Paul, Mark and our special panelists tackle… Porsche picks Apple CarPlay over Android Auto http://www.ibtimes.com/porsche-picks-apple-carplay-over-android-auto-due-privacy-concerns-google-data-2128769 Toyota wants the Thai […]

Duration: 03:39:00

#158 Tesla Model X reveal - What Drives Us

Yes, we talk the inside, the outside and everything in between on the Tesla Model X this week, as well dissect some new Volt ads and briefly mention hydrogen. Featuring: Russell Frost Tony Schaefer Patrick Connor Mark Coughlan My 2MN: One more reason why Jeremy Clarkson is an oversized douche http://www.theweek.co.uk/jeremy-clarkson/62887/jeremy-clarkson-comes-to-the-defence-of-volkswagen In addition to our […]

Duration: 03:20:10

#157 – VW Goes Up In Smoke - What Drives Us

This week Russell & Danny are joined by Paul, Tony, & Pat for a look inside how Volkswagen got busted for cheating on emissions tests, the repercussions that are coming for them and their owners, and how it might boost plug-in/EV sales. Also, the Apple Titan electric vehicle might be a real car come 2019, […]

Duration: 01:11:06

#155 2016 Toyota Prius – The Secret Info - What Drives Us

Following the 2016 Prius reveal in Las Vegas, members of the What Drives Us podcast and Toyota’s Prius Experts panel got together for a late night show to talk about what they saw, what they didn’t see, and answer questions from PriusChat.com.

Duration: 00:59:42

#154 Russell Rants About Tesla & Airbnb - What Drives Us

This week Tony, Patrick and Russell discuss a new Hyundai hybrid and EV, Gm building an EV plant in China and long discussion about what type of tech we want in our vehicles. What types of tech do we want in our vehicles? (ignore the link baity headline) http://fortune.com/2015/08/25/apple-carplay-android-report/ Another “Prius fighter” but forgive the […]

Duration: 02:18:49

#153 Picking On Evan - What Drives Us

Two minutes news links: Portland airport installs 42 EV chargers http://buff.ly/1EBdsfM Tesla industrial batteries to help reduce power costs to Escondido high schools http://insideevs.com/tesla-power-escondido-schools/ Sexy Tesla charging robot arm https://youtu.be/uMM0lRfX6YI Tesla says, “we didn’t mean ‘unlimited'” http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099608_tesla-letter-to-rein-in-local-supercharger-use-goes-wrong Where does your energy come from visualizations...

Duration: 01:00:37

#152 Fiskeriffic - What Drives Us

This week Tony and Russell bravely go forth to wrestle with… Audi A3 e tron pricing http://cleantechnica.com/2015/08/05/2016-audi-a3-sportback-e-tron-us-price-announced/ Fisker makes it’s return…to the Inland Empire http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-fisker-plant-20150812-story.html#page=1 While FCV owners search for an open refueling station, plug-in and EV drivers seem to like their cars...

Duration: 01:43:38

#151 Attack of the Tesla Clones - What Drives Us

This week Danny, Russell, Patrick and Paul take on… The dumbest possible law we could make… http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2015/07/29/us-will-finalize-long-delayed-quiet-cars-rules/30828651/?utm_content=buffer8ead1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer Please for the love of all that is holy, please, stop…Link bait of the decade… https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=apple+bmw&safe=off&tbm=nws Chinese continue their creativity explosion making more...

Duration: 02:38:29

#150 Special Guest Mark Coughlan of the Waterloo Region Voltec Group - What

This week Danny, Russell, Evan and Paul talk nothing but Volt with Mark Coughlan of the Waterloo Region Voltec Group. From Mark regarding the Volt: Largest Chevy Volt Community (3rd Party) GM-Volt.com Live Chevy Volt Statistics Site VoltStats.net Twitter: @WRVoltec From Evan, if you want a discount on your Tesla vehicle from a Tesla owner: […]

Duration: 03:02:50

#149 Observing Korea - What Drives Us

This week Evan, Tony, Patrick and Russell discuss… Next gen PiP to have 30-35 miles of EV range, according to an anonymous source http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099222_next-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid-to-have-30-to-35-miles-of-range-source Toyota starts taking Mirai orders, unicorns everywhere cower in fear http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mirai-hydrogen-car-arrive-october-809923 Craig Scott, national alternative fuel vehicle manager at Toyota, “With batteries there is a...

Duration: 02:20:17

#148 Super Mega Hyper Hybrid - What Drives Us

This week Russell works the topics below with Patrick Connor, Paul Guzyk and Tony Schaefer… Subaru sport hybrid comes to Japan http://www.topspeed.com/cars/subaru/2016-subaru-impreza-sport-hybrid-ar170047.html Bugatti Chiron will be a hybrid http://blog.caranddriver.com/electric-bug-bugatti-chiron-hypercar-to-get-hybrid-powertrain/ Chevy Bolt http://boingboing.net/2015/06/29/chevys-200-mile-electric-car.html 4th Gen Prius debut...

Duration: 02:33:20

#147 Special Episode with Ryan Tabrah of Intel - What Drives Us

Patrick Connor, Paul Guzyk and Russell Frost spend the entire talking to Intel’s Senior Product Manager, Transportation Solutions, Ryan Tabrah. It’s an incredible show with lots of great talk about the future of cars from infotainment systems to autonomous driving. Here’s Ryan’s page at Intel. You can follow Ryan on Twitter, @red_stapler.

Duration: 02:34:20

#145 Golfing in Dubai - What Drives Us

This week, Russell Tony and Paul take on… Consumer Reports looks at CarPlay and AndroidAuto… http://www.carscoops.com/2015/06/consumer-reports-reviews-android-auto.html Kind of like “unlimited data” cell phones, unlimited charging may, in fact, be limited… http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098831_teslas-contradictory-messages-is-supercharging-unlimited-or-not Toyota says they’re going to make more fuel cell membranes…...

Duration: 02:34:06

#144 Pop Culture Invasion - What Drives Us

This week, Danny Cooper, Russell Frost and Patrick Connor talks about stocks, movies and, oh, yeah, some car stuff too…AND a special and very brief appearance by a vacationing Tony Schaefer The Tesla model 3 will be a platform for a variety of vehicles http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/15/8784205/teslas-critical-model-3-will-be-a-family-of-vehicles-not-just-a-car Journalist type guy predicts 4G Prius will get better […]

Duration: 02:45:59

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