ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW: Kristen Helsel, Aerovironment

September 17th, 2009 at 10:02am

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ADVANCED CHARGING TECHNOLOGY

Every year automaker offer more and more electric vehicles, in fact, several companies are on the verge of selling plug-in EVs with high-power lithium-ion batteries. But the industry’s shift from oil to electricity is not without its problems. At least one potential issue that could short-circuit the movement involves charging systems. In the following one-on-one interview, John sits down with Kristen Helsel, the Director of EV Solutions at Aerovironment, a green-energy company, to talk about advanced electric-vehicle charging systems.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – 2009 BMW 750i

September 16th, 2009 at 10:12am


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BMW has managed to create a more refined and stylish vehicle with it’s next generation 7-series. A touch up front, an adjustment of the so-called Bangle butt in back, as well as a number of refinements in between make for an elegant luxury sedan.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Algaeus Plug-in

September 14th, 2009 at 3:40pm


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Josh Tickell, Director of the documentary “Fuel” stopped by our studios driving a car affectionately dubbed the “Algaeus.” It’s a plug-in Prius that represents the future of automotive transportation because it’s powered by Algae.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Ford SVT Raptor Interior

September 11th, 2009 at 4:22pm


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The Raptor’s obviously a monster from the outside, but what interior goodies does it offer? Here’s a very quick take on the Raptor’s custom interior.

AAH #24 – Big Ed’s Roundup

September 10th, 2009 at 8:37pm

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The inmates take over the asylum this week as McElroy finds himself out of town on business. Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, takes up the hosting gauntlet flanked by friends of the show, Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics and David Welch of BusinessWeek. Jeff Green from Bloomberg News also joins the ranks this week as our special guest panelist. Opel and Magna make a deal. GM’s Big Ed Whitacre decides to follow in Iaccoca’s footsteps as he steps in front of the camera. McLaren may have just created the supercar to end all supercars. All that and much more, plus we get to your questions in Rapid Fire!

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INSTANT IMPRESSION: Volvo XC60 Interior

September 9th, 2009 at 3:13pm


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The Volvo XC60 gets a lot of things right, but it does one thing really stupidly. It has a beautifully turned-out interior, with a bevy of gorgeous accents and ingenious touches. But when it comes to Volvo’s safety mantra, well, you can judge for yourself.

ROAD TEST: Hyundai Genesis Coupe

September 8th, 2009 at 2:04pm


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As you probably already know, here at Autoline we get to test drive all different kinds of vehicles. This week John shares his thoughts on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe powered by the 2.0-liter turbo four engine.  He really likes the car’s styling and interior, but he finds a couple areas where this sporty two-door could use some improvement.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Porsche Panamera Interior

September 8th, 2009 at 9:54am


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Let’s see how the Porsche Panamera drives, and in particular, the kind of creature comforts it has. One of the Panamera team’s goals with this vehicle was to make its many switches and buttons accessible without the driver taking his eyes off the road. How did they do?

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Ford SVT Raptor

September 4th, 2009 at 3:27pm


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The Ford SVT Raptor is one wild ride. This isn’t merely a rebadged Ford–this beast is chock full of unique features. See what sets this truck apart from a stock F-150 and some tricks the company used to keep it affordable at the same time.

AAH #23 – Thus Spake David E.

September 3rd, 2009 at 9:08pm

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This week the venerable David E. Davis, Jr. brings his wit and expertise to the After Hours studio. Joining Mr. E is host John McElroy along with the regulars, David Welch from BusinessWeek and Peter De Lorenzo the AutoExtremist. Shareholders want their money back from Cerberus, Johanne de Nysschen calls the Volt “a car for idiots,” Cash for Clunkers still will not die. All that and more, plus we get to your questions in Rapid Fire.

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