Transport Evolved Electric Car News Panel Show 206: Independence

On today’s Transport Evolved: CHAdeMO Charging Explodes in popularity, Tesla’s third-gen car won’t be aluminium, and we talk about two VERY expensive plug-in hybrids. 

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


Welcome to the show! Today, Nikki is joined by Plug-in America’s Vice President, and Transport Evolved staffer Michael Thwaite.

From Michael’s bio on this site: “I placed an order for an Aptera EV but was rejected because I was living on the wrong coast. It turned out to be a blessing – If you’ve been around EVs long enough, you’ll know that not all of them make it. Instead I plonked down a deposit on a Tesla Roadster, a life changing decision. The Roadster turned out to be an attention grabber that can draw the unsuspecting into trying something that they might not ordinarily do – once they do, they never feel the same about what a car is supposed to be again.

“I’ve now gone “All Electric.” We said goodbye to our last old fashioned car three years ago and I can report that, it works. A family of four can live without cars that go 1,000 miles on a charge – I suspect that you could too.”

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Part 1

Nissan’s CHAdeMO DC quick charging rollout in the U.S. progresses at speed, Tesla’s patents are ‘dismissed’ by many automakers, Toyota’s Urban EVs join a multi-modal pilot project, and Jaguar owners would plug-in if they could.


Eighteen months after announcing a major investment into U.S. CHAdeMo infrastructure, there are now 633 CHAdeMO stations in the U.S. How many more are needed — and where should they go?

Meanwhile, the UK — again with Nissan’s help alongside UK utility Ecotricity — is leading the European CHAdeMO installation race. What can the rest of the world learn from this?

Tesla's patents are supposedly being ignored by many automakers, with Honda and GM publicly dismissing Tesla's former IP. Has Tesla's patent give-away had the desired effect, or will the auto industry just ignore it?

Toyota may be focused on hydrogen fuel cell cars, but it is sending some of its all-electric city vehicles to take part in a new French multi-modal transport project. Is this how we’ll all be driving in the future?

Despite a UK government study last week painting Brits as EV skeptics, a survey from one website this week proved that Jaguar owners would plug their big cats in if they could. Are they all Model S reservation holders in waiting, and how can the industry leverage this willingness to switch?

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Part 2

Tesla gets permission to open up to five stores in PA, Volkswagen XL1 is priced at £99,000, BMW prices the i8 at $135,700, the third-gen Tesla won’t be made of aluminum, and we talk about just how fast a Tesla Model S charges up.


After a lengthy legislative process, it looks like Tesla is about to get permission from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to open up to five stores there. The bill, which ultimately lies in Tesla’s favour, was passed by the upper House earlier this week, but isn’t as Tesla-friendly as it once was. We explain all.

Volkswagen's XL1 is finally priced at £99,000 for the UK market, but only 30 will be imported. We ask who will buy one?
Talking of expensive plug-in hybrids, BMW announced the price of the U.S. i8 this week. Starting at $135,700, with the launch 'special edition' costing another $10,000, we wonder who will buy it over the Tesla Model S?

We know Tesla’s third-generation car will no-longer be called the Model E — and now we know it won’t be made of aluminum. We ask what other materials it will likely be constructed from, and explain why aluminum is out.

Finally, we look at how fast a Tesla Model S really does charge on a Supercharger. And boy, is it fast.

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Part 3

Tesla Model S crash is devastating, Toyota asks NHTSA for an safety exemption, and admits H2 car is going to be hard to sell, Nissan takes its Autonomous Drive cars through a tunnel, Infiniti’s electric cars might not be dead (yet) and we celebrate Independence from oil.


Early this morning on the west coast, a devastating car chase left many cars destroyed and multiple people in critical condition in hospital when a stole Tesla Model S went on a rampage in West Hollywood. The car eventually burst into flames and split in two after flying through the air and colliding with a lamp post. We look at the sad reality of the accident.

Toyota asked NHTSA this week for a safety exemption for its Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan -- specifically for a mandatory safety disconnect it says would stop the car from working. We ask if this is a good idea, and if Toyota's alternative will be safe?
In related news, Toyota admitted this week that its FCV Sedan will only sell if governments around the world are willing to help lower the price through healthy incentives. Will Toyota succeed in convincing governments to do that?
Last weekend, Nissan took its Autonomous Drive Leaf on a little drive through a tunnel. We're keen to see how much the technology has improved.

Despite what you may have heard, Nissan’s luxury brand Inifiniti isn’t ready to discount electric cars just yet. We share all.

And finally…

Happy Independence Day! While our two British hosts hold the fort, we talk about what we're glad to be independent of: OIL!


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