Published on March 4th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan
Cleantech Talk Podcast #1
Chris DeMorro and I have just launched a new podcast series, “Cleantech Talk.” We’ll surely get into other topics down the road, but for this first one, it was all about electric vehicles. We discussed 4 big stories from the past week, which I’ll write a bit about in below, but if you just want to jump into the podcast, it’s right here:
Apple Self-Driving Electric Car?
The first story we discussed is one Chris, James, and I have written about (as have hundreds of other people). Basically, there have been anonymous leaks to the media that seem to indicate Apple is working on an electric car, perhaps even an electric self-driving car. I searched the interwebs for details and quotes from these anonymous sources to try to get the best picture possible at this point, and put most of that into this article: Is Apple Really Developing An Electric Car? (In Depth).
I encourage you to read that piece and listen to Chris and I discuss the matter.
Tesla Model X Spy Pics
I imagine you’ve by now seen these spy pics of a very lightly camouflaged Tesla Model X testing on the streets of Cali. Chris and I give our initial opinions on the look of the Model X and its market potential.
As someone who really couldn’t be less interested in car racing, I had to get a quick summary of Formula E from Chris in a pre-show talk yesterday. He actually, to my surprise, got me interested in the new electric vehicle race. The key things that pulled me in are discussed in the podcast.
I asked Chris for some key Formula E stories to share with readers of this article, and he sent along these two:
We couldn’t skip chatting about the Chevy Bolt. The Bolt looks set to be the first mass-market, affordable, long-range electric car. It is supposed to cost $30,000 after the federal EV tax credit, and have a range of at least 200 miles. That’s big! We discussed the looks, GM’s unveil and subsequent statement that it would indeed manufacture the Bolt (starting in 2016!), and the strange (low) production target of just 30,000 vehicles a year.
By now, I hope you’ve listened to the podcast. If not, note that you can get it on the Apple App Store or Google Play via SoundCloud.