PODCAST 130: Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser Previews 2015 Competition

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Engineering students across the country are losing sleep and slacking on their other subjects. So says the founder of Formula Hybrid, Doug Fraser, who came on the Podcast to talk about preparations for this year’s competition. PODCAST Listen Here

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Formula Hybrid takes place April 27 – 30, 2015 at the new Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Founded and run by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth University since 2006, the competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as the most complex and dynamic of the series.

According to the website, Formula Hybrid is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for undergraduate and graduate university students. They must collaboratively design and build a formula-style electric or plug-in hybrid racecar and compete in a series of events. The educational competition emphasizes drivetrain innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application. Read more of this post

PODCAST 115: Jason Fagone on his new Book ‘Ingenious’

'Ingenious' by Jason Fagone - Electric Auto Shop PodcastOn Episode #115 author Jason Fagone talked about his new book ‘Ingenious.’ Jason has written about science, sports, and culture for Wired, GQ, Men’s Journal, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, Philadelphia, and the 2011 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. During the episode he gives insights into the Automotive X Prize that concluded in 2010. On Jason’s website it says he worked on this book for close to four years. “An old-fashioned tale of American invention — the story of a small group of tinkerers, garage hackers, racers, and entrepreneurs who tried to do something they were told was impossible.”

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Podcast: Ecotality’s Totality and Hanging Out with La Mirada High

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In our climb to raise the stakes in electric vehicles it seems like you take two steps forward only to slip one step back.  Such is the gloomy state of the industry early this week, case-in-point the recent filing of Bankruptcy by Ecotality, with its supposedly game-changing charging technology.  Ecotality reportedly received $100 million in subsidies, so it’s amazing to read that CarCharging Group recently acquired assets for $3.4 million at auction.  Also, electric car rentals seem to have taken a flop, due to the range anxiety of customers returning their EVs the same day and asking for a gas version, all for fear of not being able to make it to a charging station. In the midst of this seeming chaos, many are questioning the relevance of EV subsidies–even as others predict rosy futures for electric cars.

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