Alan welcomes BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason. BJ shares how Tesla will no longer be sending a mobile charging cable with their cars now. If you need one you will have to purchase it for an extra $400, and that’s because they are finding out that most Tesla owners use the charging stations chord instead. The duo talk about how everything is electric! Why? BJ believes the government is pushing their agenda on everyone. She say’s electric is not the answer, it’s hydrogen. BJ exclaims how hydrogen is a renewable energy, water vapor, and it doesn’t require mining of materials out of the ground, earth friendly is the way to go! Alan changes gears and shares his driving experience with a 2022 Dodge Durango RT with a 5.7 hemi. He loved it! The exhaust was delicious! BJ goes on to share how this years New York Auto Show was one of the weakest. Everything electric. Some of the cars that were showcased was the 2023 Subaru Outback, Genesis Xperidium Coupe, 2023 Hyundai Palisade, 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid, and a 2023 Kia Telluride. Rounding the corner next is Lauren Fix – Editor in-chief for Car Coach Reports. She to was at the New York Auto show and she shared how she got to speak with the CEO of BMW. Lauren goes onto say how he explained that BMW will not be going al electric. Reason for that is there is no money to be made in electric vehicles. The access to the minerals needed to create a lot of the needed parts to electric vehicles such as nickel and lithium are just not as accessible and very expensive. BMW showcased the X7 SUV, and you can get it in all 3 ways, gas, hybrid or electric. Lauren gives a little detail about the BMW X7, it has Swarovski Crystal for their headlights. Bling! Bling! Hyundai is also not going all electric as Lauren shares how she will be driving their Genesis GV60 soon. Alan pipes in to say how he gets to drive a 2022 BMW X4 m40i and can’t wait to see how it moves. Lauren gives us a list for World Car Winners. For design, electric vehicle and overall winner, it goes to Hyundai Ioniq 5. Urban car went to Toyota Yaris Cross, performance went to Audi eTron GT, and luxury goes to Mercedes’ Benz EQS. Other cars that were showcased were Lamborghini’s 2022 Huracan Tecnia, 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, and 2023 Honda HR-V. Alan asked Lauren what has been her favorite vehicle to test drive this year and she easily answered, “The GMC Hummer EV”. Ed Justice Jr. – Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO joins Alan next. He shares an article from the Automotive News which is considered the “Bible” of the industry that there is talk about installing wires in the highway that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. “It’s a fallacy!”, says Ed. He doesn’t believe it will happen for the government can’t take care of what they already got. Ed shares that the cost of raw materials for electric vehicles has gone up. The Wall Street Journal published a story about the raw materials to build electric vehicles are over the top. Four hundred pounds more of aluminum and 150 pounds more of copper for just one car. The gentlemen say that the true answer is hydrogen. Ed says the car industry is the most capital intensive industry in the world. It takes so much capital to do what they do, and the environmental impact of electric cars is not good. Ed goes onto say that most of the materials needed come from places that are not America friendly and questions as to why do we want to be dependent on not so friendly nations? Good point! Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports closes the show today with Alan. He briefly shares a story of an incident that happen in his hometown that left him bewildered. Alan has him shift gears onto a better subject as they recognize Big Daddy Don Garlits as bing an ultimate drag racer as he raced an electric dragster at 182mph, 6.39 seconds at 90 years old. Props to him! Lastly Steven shares what’s happening in the racing world. Bristol was won by Kyle Busch by 2/10ths of a second. Four million viewers and a decent crowd showed up. Up next is Talladega which Steven and Alan are looking forward to watching.
[00:00:00] – New York! New York!
[00:06:26] – Renewable Energy is the way
[00:12:31] – BMW Stays In it’s Lane
[00:19:51] – No Nickel, No Battery!
[00:28:32] – Swarovski Headlights!
[00:35:53] – World Car Winners
[00:42:13] – Wires in Roadways!
[00:48:42] – Environmental Impact
[00:54:44] – Not So Friendly Nations!
[01:02:06] – Severed Ties!
[01:11:38] – Big Daddy!
[01:18:06] – Talladega Nights
Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Colleen Mahi
Contributor: BJ Killeen
Contributor: Lauren Fix
Contributor: Ed Justice Jr. Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
EXPLORE MORE WITH HELPFUL LINKS:
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason
- Contributor: Lauren Fix | Editor in-Chief for Car Coach https://carcoachreports.com/news/
- Contributor: Ed Justice Jr. | President and CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc.
- Contributor: Steven Cole Smith | Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports
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