Joining Alan today is Brian Moody – Executive Editor for Autotrader.com The duo discusses the topic of fuel cells. Brian shares that California is a test bed for 3 hydrogen powered fuel cars. The Honda Clarity, Honda Nexo, and the Toyota Mirai. Brian says that Hyundai claims by 2040 they want to popularize hydrogen. To be the first automaker to supply a fuel cell system to commercial vehicles and various types of mobility, as well as to create a fuel cell vehicle with a price point that is comparable to a plug-in electric. As of right now Hyundai is developing a sports car with 670 horsepower that goes from 0-60 in 4 seconds using fuel cell. Brian shares a tid bit on his experience driving a 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander. It is an All-Wheel Control, 3 row SUV. He says it’s a comfortable and nice ride. Alan switches topics and asks Brian what the best leases are available for September 2021. Brian points out that a lot of cars are going over its MSRP. Vehicles such as the Buick Encore GX, the Chevy Trailblazer, the Chevy Trax, the Kia Niro, and the Kia Sportage. Alan says Kia is hot on the marketplace and Brian agrees especially with the Kia Telluride and the Kia Carnival. Up next is Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for ISEECars.com and Executive Publisher at CarExpert.com. Karl opens about a study that shows what states are selling their used cars for, and that sometimes traveling outside your state to purchase a vehicle may save you money. Colorado and Utah’s average used car price is just shy of $25k, while Alaska is around $30k. Karl says Indiana is the cheapest at around $22k. They duo briefly talk about the chip shortage and those new cars are selling fast like the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Karl shares how Ford is offering monetary benefits and or other benefits to appease their Ford Bronco buyers for having to wait between 8- 14 months to get their vehicle. Alan shifts gears and say’s Biden wants 50% of the new cars being sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030. He is thinking about adding $4500 on top of the already $7500 federal tax credit. The catch? The electric vehicle must have been built in a union-controlled facility. Those who are not unionized will not be included! Alan feels this is a bit anti-productive. BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason joins Alan next. BJ opens their conversation on the topic of E-fuel or synthetic fuel. Porsche has developed and will produce it for race cars, sports car, and classic cars at a whopping $9.00 per gallon. They are building a factory and project to produce 145,000,000 by year 2026. For now, they will be putting it in their race cars. For those who are worried about the planet, BJ shares that it reduces the carbon dioxide emissions existing in internal combustion engines by 85%. Wrapping up the show with Alan is George Kennedy III – Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S.News & World Report. George is test driving an “opulent” 2021 Mercedes Benz S580, the executive line, and says he really likes it. The smoothness of its driving is on whole different level. Doesn’t feel like you’re driving. It’s got a hybrid twin turbo V8, with 483 horsepower, 516 lb.-torque, with an EQ boost. He also test drove a hybrid Ford F150 King Ranch. Comfortable interior, lots of room, and smooth riding. Before Alan and George close the show, they discuss briefly about Japanese mini cars, “Kei Cars”. They are fun and small and perfect for a small business owner to do errands and shopping in. George shares that in Rhode Island, the DMV has put a “stay” on these vehicles and are insisting owners turn in their plates. They have enlisted help from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, a non-government agency to which has no authority to regulate.
[00:00:00] – Vintage Cars Converts to Electric
[00:05:28] – Fuel Cells
[00:12:32] – Best Leases for September 2021
[00:19:54] – Survey Shows!
[00:28:52] – 60 Day Supply Down to 8 Day Supply
[00:35:57] – Creative Legislation
[00:42:17] – E-Fuel
[00:48:48] – 145,000,000 by 2026
[00:54:50] – Cars That Won’t Become Classics
[01:02:11] – “Opulent”
[01:10:29] – Smooth Riding
[01:18:12] – Kei Cars
Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Dave Milligan
Contributor: Brian Moody
Contributor: Karl Brauer
Contributor: BJ Killeen
Contributor: George Kennedy III
EXPLORE MORE WITH HELPFUL LINKS:
- Contributor: Brian Moody| Executive Editor for Autotrader.com
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for ISEECars.com and Executive Publisher at CarExpert.com
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason
- Contributor: George Kennedy III | Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S.News & World Report.
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