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Transport Evolved Electric Car News Panel Show Episode 203: Compliance

On today’s Transport Evolved: Elon Musk thinks about giving away his secrets, quadricycle safety is put into question, and Hyundai admits it’s just playing the compliance game. 

These stories and more, on today’s Transport Evolved, with Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and John Voelcker

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Welcome to the show! Today, Nikki is joined by editor of GreenCarReports, Classic Car aficionado and all-round nice guy John Voelcker.

A Stanford graduate, John has spend many years writing about and enjoying everything automotive. Currently a Senior Editor at HighGearMedia –– the company behind GreenCarReportsMotor Authority and The Car Connection – John can also be found contributing on Fox News, Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, HybridCars.com and Portfolio.com. He’s also an avid classic car fan, having authored and contributed to several books on classic british cars, and can often be found working on his own classic car collection and drooling over the Bring-a-Trailer listings.

You can find John on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, and read his daily posts on GreenCarReports. 

Part 1

A new world record for electric cars is set, we try to figure out what went wrong on our cross-Europe trip, Phinergy demonstrates a 1,000 mile battery, and Japan launches a single nationwide charging network.


This past weekend, a new world record was set in Stuttgart, Germany when 507 electric cars got together to form the longest electric vehicle parade in history. With other events planned this summer from various EV groups, how long before it will be broken?


As some of you may know, we were due to take part in the above record attempt, but found ourselves returning to the UK a week ahead of schedule. What went wrong — and how can we make sure it doesn’t happen again?


Phinergy demonstrated a new type of aluminum air battery this week which could replace a gasoline engine as a range-extender in the future. But what are the challenges which face the technology, and what do you do when the no-recharge battery runs flat?


Fed up with multiple charging cards in order to gain access to as many charging stations as possible? Over in Japan, an alliance of automakers and the Japanese government has tasked itself with the challenge of creating one single charging network — with one single card. We examine how it works.

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Part 2

Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting gives us some interesting pieces of information, why Tesla faces a challenge of production volume, we examine EV sales for May, and how eight U.S. states want to make ZEVs easier to buy


Tesla held its annual shareholder meeting this week, and gave us some interesting information concerning Tesla Patents, why the Model X was designed for women, and how Ford killed the Tesla SEX.


As well as keeping owners and shareholders happy however, Tesla is faced with a bigger challenge, says John Voelcker: sell six million cars. We ask why.


Sales figures are in for May for electric and plug-in hybrid cars. We ask if we’re on an ever-upward trend — and why the Chevy Volt really is struggling against the LEAF.


Sales figures may be on the rise, but a new group of U.S. states want to make zero emissions vehicle sales figures soar. Here’s how.

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Part 3

Hyundai admits it’s playing the compliance car game with the Tucson FCV, quadricycle safety is in the spotlight after Euro NCAP crash tests the Renault Zoe, the EPA tries to green our electrical grid, and we tell you about a cool EV event celebrating its centenary this weekend.


Hyundai’s Tucson hydrogen fuel cell vehicle made landfall in the U.S. last week, but this week, Hyundai admitted that it’s only offering the vehicle to win ZEV credits. Is it time the ZEV credit system changed — and why do FCVs earn more credits than EVs?


Quadricycle safety is in the spotlight this week after Euro NCAP called on the industry to enforce and require tougher crash test standards for these low-speed, lightweight vehicles. To illustrate the point, it crashed a Renault Twizy and several other popular quadricycles. The results are scary.


The EPA announced plans this week under Presidential executive powers to green up the U.S. energy grid. Here’s why it’ll make a big difference to EV owners — and why the EPA will be in for a fight. 


And finally…

This weekend in West Virginia, the 100th anniversary of the EV sociability run will take place. We give it a little preview, and implore you to go along. 


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    How was charging handled at the MB-Museum – for 507 electric vehicles? Well, as is usual most of the time, most people had charged up “at home” 😉 For some who had come from farther away, “home” had been a hotel in the vicinity of Stuttgart / Bad Cannstatt, where they had been able to do level 1 charging over night. For many of the locals (like me) “at home” was literally at home. But as my battery has come of age somewhat (does that make it a “grown up” battery? 🙂 and to have a little more fun on the way back home I decided to come early to top up. Louis Palmer had said he and his team would show up only around 7 a.m. So I DID show up at 7 a.m., but only found a few film crews setting up their rig. I asked them about any charging possibilites, and they hinted at a charging point behind the armada of Car2Go Smart ED’s. I threaded my way through the parked cars and found a “box” about the size of shoe box. All around it had red 3-phase receptacles and also a few normal, domestic single phase plugs. The box (a Mennekes design) was plugged into a connection in the ground, and actually there was quite a number of these boxes distributed around the big MB-Museum area. I strongly assume this was thanks to the main sponsor of this event :-)nAs my ride was happily charging the second participant arrived in a Twike. He had started out at 2 a.m. somewhere in Bavaria, recharged twice already on the way to Bad Cannstatt and now needed to top up also. He had a slightly harder time squeezing through the parked Smarts, but eventually his Twike joined my scooter. Around that time the official “WAVE” crew arrived, including a bright orange VW electrified T2 van that was loaded full of EVSE’s with the blue CE-16 recepticles. Where they set up camp I did not follow, as crowds of EV’s had started to trickle into the compound, and the exitement mounted.nnActually I would have barely made the whole round trip plus the parade on a single charge, but would have had heaps less fun on the way back home :-)nnFor the others which fanned out to several different locations for lunch after the parade charging infrastructure of various degrees had been installed there. In Schorndorf for instance there is a former water mill that now produces hydro-electric power, and the owner is a big EV advocate. He as a standard has several three-phase and blue CE-16 outlets free to use for EV recharging, which I am sure were also used by the EV crowd that gathered there for lunch.

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