Podcast 22 – Electric glide, electric FIRE, and Kia gets an ‘Electric Soul’

This week, the boys dive into a lot of cool stuff after-SEMA. Many of which involve electric vehicles – which often come up during the week leading into the LA Auto Show where they’re generally the hottest topic.

  • A third (count ’em, THREE) Model S caught fire after an accident involving breach of the battery wall, which Adam covered here. The owner of that car posted a letter about the incident, which you can read here. Not long after, the Tesla assembly plant caught fire and injured some employees. Not a good couple of months for Tesla Motors, to be sure.
  • The Koreans, by way of Kia, are introducing a new EV to market in the U.S. It will debut at the LA Auto Show and be based on the Kia Soul.
  • Not to be outdone, the Japanese fired back with a Yamaha to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this week. Electric motorcycles are really on fire, though so far not literally.
  • Chevrolet plans to re-enter the midsize truck market with a new model they’re calling the Colorado. Not many details yet, but Tim Esterdahl went in-depth about what he believes the truck will need to succeed.
  • Jean Claud Van Damme proved he’s not quite dead yet and is ready for Expendables 5 (or whatever number they’re on) by doing the splits between moving Volvo trucks. Caught on video here.
  • And Tesla Motors’ Chief Executive Elon Musk made another far out announcement about his plans. Two, actually. One was the plan to design a pickup truck on the company’s electric platform, which listener fil smyth will find interesting as he often designs those on paper, and Musk’s idea of a supersonic electric passenger plane.  Far out, man.

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Love this week’s episode?  Then checkout CarNewsCafe Podcast 21 where Aaron talks about SEMA and CarNewsCafe Podcast 20 where we talk about the LA Auto Show, Consumer Reports, and why the 4Runner Sucks.



Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.