Transport Evolved News Panel Show Episode 211: The Final Turn

On today’s Transport Evolved: the AppleWatch, explaining Galapagos Syndrome for fuel cell cars, a world of autonomous cars, and that final corner crash that spun the world of Formula E right around.

These stories and more on today’s Transport Evolved, with Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, Scott Cronce and Joe Dugandzic.

Welcome to today’s show! Today, Nikki is joined by Scott Cronce and Joe Dugandzic.

Long time EV advocate and plug-in driver Scott Cronce has been driving electric cars in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, including a Toyota RAV4 EV and more recently, a Nissan LEAF. An active member of the Bay Area Leafs, Scott is a trained gourmet chef, also enjoys playing with gadgets and toys — and we secretly think is still a big kid. Then again, he’s also the VP of Technology at EA games, so we think that’s allowed.

Arizonan resident, Nissan LEAF Driver, Radio DJ and lighting expert Joe Dugandzic is interested in everything green, but has been working building his own home automation systems for more than twenty years. As well as being one of those unlucky LEAF drivers who lives in the sweltering heat of Phoenix, AZ, Joe is a regular EVangelist of the benefits of going green, telling anyone who will listen about the benefits of dumping the pump for good.

You can see what Scott is up to on Facebook, or Google Plus, or reach out to Joe on Twitter, find him on Facebook, or subscribe to his recently-launched YouTube channel. [edit: the preferred link for Joe is answers.lighting , rather than the one listed in his lower third.]

Part one

Scott talks about the ongoing increase in plug-in cars on the EA campus — including the number of new chargers they have. with so many cars on the campus, Scott and his colleagues have a pretty neat system to make sure everyone gets the charge they want, which you can see below.

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Meanwhile, we hear from Joe about a new online petition designed to counteract Blink’s recent switch from per-use charging to per kilowatt-hour or per hour charging. While per kilowatt-hour and per hour tariffs are welcomed, Joe argues that they’re just too expensive for most electric car owners to use. We ask if there’s a better solution.

Blink EV Chargers at Coffe Shop

Also in part one:

We discuss the very first Formula E race, held in Beijing China over the weekend. How was it received by the public, and what do we make of that last corner crash between Nick Heidfield and Nicolas Prost which meant that Lucas Di Grassi was the ultimate winner?

Plus Tesla’s massive incentives from the state of Nevada — and its special session held to secure the deals. Who wins, and who loses out? 

Part two

Apple launches the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch. As part of the demo, we’re treated to a BMW i3 app running on the Apple Watch. What other apps would we like to be included on Apple’s next new shiny thing?

Apple Watch will check on your BMW i3 and i8 state of charge remotely.

Apple Watch will check on your BMW i3 and i8 state of charge remotely.

Tesla’s OS 6.0 has finally been released to Tesla Model S owners. It includes improved sat nav functionality, a new calendar functionality, improved power management and smartphone key functionality. Will this be the way we’ll all interact with our cars in the future?

GM has been demonstrating its latest self-driving low-speed city car, the Chevrolet EN-V 2.0. Would you want to drive it, and will it change the way we commute?

Chevrolet Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) 2.0

The Kia Soul was priced this week, as well as receiving its official EPA ratings. Is it the best city car you can buy today, or is it just playing the ratings game?

The Kia Soul EV is available from $33,700 before incentives and $800 handling fees. Hamster lady optional

The Kia Soul EV is available from $33,700 before incentives and $800 handling fees. Hamster lady optional

Part Three

Volkswagen’s Japan president said this week that hydrogen fuel cell cars are at risk of developing Galapagos Syndrome. What is it, and will H2 cars really only work in Japan?

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the Tesla Model ≡ will come with some form of semi-autonomous — or auto-pilot — features when it launches in 2016. Will people trust it, and what features should we expect?

Tomorrow, National Drive Electric Week starts across the U.S. We give a brief rundown of some of the things you can get up to this week if you happen to live in the U.S.

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  • maethorechannen

    Fan Boost had nothing at all to do with the crash. The 3 drivers who were awarded the Fan Boost were Senna (who didn’t even manage to complete a lap), di Grassi and Legge – Prost and Heidfeld didn’t have it.