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Your spot for mobility and technology news, information and perspective! This bi-weekly weekly podcast doesn't always "color between the lines" as Ken Chester and Chase Siebert discuss and debate the various aspects of mobility and related technology. From your current daily driver to EVs, autonomous vehicles, micromobility, heavy trucks and space travel, its fair game for discussion and debate. Related issues such as privacy and security are also discussed.
 
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The issue is not the availability of crude oil, its the capacity to refine it into gasoline as demand returns to pre-pandemic levels. When it comes to ATVs, consumers have a number of misconceptions - We expel the myths. Finally, racing drones for fun and profit. These are not your backyard variety drones! Welcome to the Drone Racing League.…
 
Monarch Tractor, an EV tractor company based in Livermore, California, plans to bring AI and a robust platform for "smart" farm implements to small farms with its MK-V tractor. Using off-the-shelf parts, the tractors cost a fraction of the large special purpose machines currently manufactured by the nation's major farm equipment companies.…
 
According to the 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment issued by the North American Reliability Corporation, a non-profit organization created by the electric utility industry to promote the reliability and adequacy of bulk power transmission in North America, several parts of North America are at elevated or high risk of energy shortfalls this summer…
 
Abandoning its strategy to offer German luxury to the masses at a lower price point, Mercedes-Benz is going exclusively where the profits are - in the upper reaches of the luxury vehicle market. To the automaker, electric vehicles mean high luxury and high profits. Niche brands like AMG performance and uber luxury Mercedes-Maybach will receive rene…
 
Mercedes-Benz returns to its aspirational roots; why extreme heat this summer spells trouble for the nation's electric grid; a new EV farm tractor manufacturer offers a robust platform for future "smart" farm implements.By RoadWorthy Drive Productions
 
Beginning with the 2026 model year, the State of California will require that 35 percent of all new privately owned passenger vehicles to be powered by electric batteries of hydrogen fuel cells. This requirement will have far reaching consequences outside of California.By RoadWorthy Drive Productions Inc.
 
The Volkswagen GTI was at the forefront of what became the "hot hatch" vehicle segment in the 1980's and 90's - does it still have what it takes? Wallethub is out with it's list of least reliable major airlines for 2022 - how did your favorite carrier fare? Finally, women speak out about harassment in trucking - and what is being done to combat it.…
 
Back in the day, the term "hot hatch" was coined in reference to a growing sub segment of the passenger car market that featured performance-oriented hatchbacks - often straight from Europe - on American streets. Today, our truck and SUV crazy market continues to mark the demise of the traditional passenger car. However, Volkswagen has doubled down…
 
In response to the increase in rail deaths along several busy lines in South Florida, the state's Department of Transportation has teamed with passenger rail operator Brightline and the Florida East Coast Railway to reduce the carnage - and they are asking the Federal Government to chip in to help.By RoadWorthy Drive Productions Inc.
 
Despite its early foray into the EV vehicle segment with the Leaf back in 2010, Nissan has largely lagged the industry in the development of EV technology and vehicles - until now. Alarmed at the high level of deaths in and around a number of high-traffic rail lines in South Florida, the state's Department of Transportation has come together with B…
 
As mobility continues to evolve, the nation's automakers are looking for ways to diversify revenue by offering products and services for a recurring monthly fee. From infotainment choices to turning on different features in your new vehicle, the automakers are finding that consumers are a lot less willing to fork over the rising monthly fees that t…
 
This important river is the source of drinking water for some 40 million residents, as well as the primary source of water for irrigation for over 5.5 million acres of agricultural land. A first ever Tier I water emergency declared by the US Bureau of Reclamation last year has put much of this at risk. Could climate migration finally be a thing in …
 
Fun Fact: The United States holds almost 8 million metric tons of the metal in reserve, making it among one of the top five countries in the world. However, it mines less than one percent of global demand. More than eighty percent of the world's raw lithium is mined in Australia, Chile and China. We expose the truth about this important resource.…
 
What does the exponential increase in the demand for lithium mean for the EV industry? The answers may surprise you; Will climate migration be a thing? we peek in on how the Colorado River is doing and what that could mean for millions of people; Would you pay a monthly fee for heated seats in your next vehicle? Automakers are getting pushback from…
 
Ken reviews the current offering of the vehicle that saved Subaru back in the 1990's - the Outback crossover; Why proper vehicle maintenance is important, even with today's sophisticated vehicles; and even though 5G is just now being released into the wild across the country, industry leaders, engineers and designers are already talking about 6G - …
 
EV manufacturers are moving to high voltage systems to improve vehicle performance; One rural transit agency's efforts to improve rural equity when it comes to mobility; and landmine or goldmine - market conditions are pushing new car dealers to offer high mileage vehicles for sale on their own used car lots.…
 
Even though you own a fairly sophisticated vehicle - be it car, truck, SUV, crossover or even a minivan - basic vehicle maintenance is still important. Checking fluids, the condition of things like windshield wipers, tire condition and tread wear and brakes - yup - all that mundane stuff still counts. Not to mention any irregular smells, noises or …
 
MY 100th Episode for 2022! Thanks for your support. The original Outback crossover is what literally saved the Subaru brand in America back in the 1990's. As one of the oldest continuous nameplates in the automaker's US line-up, it is safe to say that it has had an outsized role in its continued success. For 2022 Subaru adds the Wilderness Edition …
 
Current market conditions have finally reached what many would consider the "bottom of the barrel" when it comes to vehicle offerings: the ultra high mileage vehicle. Limited supplies and improving vehicle quality has the used car operations of many new car dealers not only keeping these vehicles for retail sale, but actually and actively seek them…
 
This is about one rural transit agency's approach to providing mobility equity to underserved, low income, elderly, and immigrant populations in its service area. Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency's all-hands on deck approach uses some "out of the box" thinking to make the most of its available people, vehicles and services. We take a look.…
 
We have been here before. Only back in the 1950's, it was the move from 6-volt to 12-volt systems. However even as EVs move from 400 volt to 800 volt systems, much of the reasoning is the same. In this case, it is to support a power-hungry vehicle infrastructure designed for performance, entertainment and creature comforts. Recharging times, range …
 
During this program, Ken shares his first impressions behind the wheel of the all new Kia Sportage CUV; We explore an EV that was documented to travel over 600 miles on a single charge - with range left over!; 14 people, 3 bedrooms - Is this Affordable Living; No more steel buildings - we consider alternative materials currently being used for high…
 
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