Transport Evolved Special Edition (Show 214): Autonomous Deb

On today’s Transport Evolved: Tesla’s new all-wheel drive cars and autonomous driving software, Nissan LEAF profitability, and an American drives in the UK.

Plus Nikki and Deb drive to the opening of a new Tesla store in Gatwick, London. 

These stories and more on today’s special Road Trip edition of Transport Evolved, with Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Deb Seymour.

Welcome to the show! Today, Nikki is joined by the Urban Folkerista, otherwise known as Deb Seymour.

Musician Deb Seymour combines life as a touring full-time singer/songwriter, an electric car driver, and an advocate of both working women and green lifestyles, which of course, includes plug-in cars. When she’s not touring, you’ll find Deb driving around Seattle, Washington in her little ZENN Neighborhood Electric Car.

Deb — or the Urban Folkerista to use her stage name — recently rose to cult EV fan status after her band’s song – Little ZENN Car – made it big on YouTube. Part of her latest album, Mama Wears A Hard HatYou can buy the entire album for $10 from her website, but to help the EV cause, Deb’s Little ZENN Car is completely free!

(You can download Deb’s music at

While there are no show-notes for today’s show — this was recorded on the road — we’ll hope you’ll enjoy watching. We’ll be back next week with our usual studio-based panel show. 


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  • Tim Martin

    IMO hydrogen at best is 20 or 30 years off, that’s even if it lasts that long. There are a few reasons I believe that hydrogen is not the future. One is the way it is made, The only true clean way to make it is with solar or wind through electrolysis. This will cause conflict in areas far from the oceans like middle of the US, Australia, Asia, ETC, ETC. You get the picture. People will not want to compete with the local water supplies to produce the fuel needed in these areas. (due to cost and drought reasons.) Now this mean that an new infrastructure will need to be built to run the supplies inland from massive plants on the coastlines. (Pipelines and pumping stations) The shear cost of building such would be enough to kill any hopes of this happening. That all being said, Plug in EVs are more likely to prevail. You can put up wind mills and solar panels pretty much anywhere in the middle of any land mass, to have charging for areas that do not have power, way cheaper than it would be to provide for new pipelines all over the place. Plus in most places world wide there is already power grids, meaning that the basic infrastructure for plug EVs is pretty much already in place.nI think Toyota is making a big mistake. Really, it’s not that hard to install even a small charger so people can at least recharge their hybrid batteries at night to give them a little more range. Forcing people to change to a fuel that is no where near ready for mass market is a good way to piss people off. This will eventually drive consumers away in a few years when the next gen EVs come along with greater range.