Driving with Dunne: A ZoZoGo Podcast!

Driving with Dunne: A ZoZoGo Podcast!

Electric vehicles are the future. But with new technologies comes confusion! What's real? And what is hyperbole? Who are the people to know and what are their visions? Leading global electric vehicle innovators and executives join Michael J. Dunne in no-nonsense conversations about what that electric future looks like. Speaking with some of the biggest in the field like Fisker, NIO, Lucid, Xpeng and more, Dunne - author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker – knows the business of electric vehicles. He’s going to answer questions like: Which EV brands are the best? Why is the charging experience so unpredictable? Who makes the best battery? The electric vehicle revolution is a global race that China now leads with America way back in their rear view mirror. Who will win out - and why? Every episode of Driving With Dunne equips you with powerful new knowledge about the future of these battery-propelled computers on wheels.

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June 22, 2022 36 min
Envisics is a UK-based technology company with deep expertise in holography. So, what are holograms? Those are the three dimensional images we see in sci-fi movies that originally appeared in the Star Wars series. Envisics projects informational holograms outside of the vehicle in the line of vision, about three feet in front of the driver's eyes. Think of it as a colorful head up display in three dimensions. The single bigges...
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Octillion Power Systems supplies lithium-ion battery systems to car, truck and bus makers worldwide. The company has delivered more than 650,000 electric vehicle batteries to automaker,, including to the wildly successful made-in-China Wuling Mini EV. Octillion's new offices in Richmond, California serve as headquarters for company operations in North and South America. Mr Paul Beach, President of Octillion, has been at the fo...
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Gene Berdichevsky's life could come straight out of a James Bond movie. Born in the Ukraine, raised in Russia, he and his family immigrated to America when he turned nine years old. Along the way, he had lived for five years north of the arctic circle. Berdichevsky studied engineering at Stanford and convinced Tesla founders to make him employee No. 7. Today, Berdichevsky is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies. In ...
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GM's has ambitious plans when it comes to electric vehicles. CEO Mary Barra says the company will be selling 1 million EVs a year by 2026, surpassing Tesla. That projected 2026 number will include everything from the just-launched $100,000 all-electric Hummers to $60,000 Cadillacs to sub-$30,000 offerings co-developed with Honda. How likely is the 114 year-old company to achieve its lofty goals? Much depends on the success of ...
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San Francisco resident Ruth Wilcox decided to buy her first pure electric vehicle in 2020. She looked at a few different brands, including Tesla, but eventually decided to purchase an Audi e-tron. What made her elect the Audi over the others? And two years later, what have been the highs and lows of ownership? What about charging? And what are some of the quality issues Audi engineers need to address? Joining the conversation is Ke...
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In June, 2021, Ted Cannis was appointed CEO of Ford Pro, the vitally-important division focused on commercial vehicles like the Ford F-Series trucks and Transit vans. Ford sees enormous opportunity to grow this division in terms of revenues and profits in the next three years. In our conversation, Ted Cannis shares examples of how small to medium sized businesses can get a lot more efficient and profitable in a short space of time ...
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Roger Atkins is, without a doubt, one of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in the world of electric vehicles. He has a following of several hundred thousand people on LinkedIn. What people like about Roger is his deep knowledge, his self-deprecating sense of humor and his candor. In this episode of Driving With Dunne, I ask Roger about his 18 months of experience driving a Jaguar I-PACE. Why did he choose the Jaguar ov...
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In the early 2000s, a small group of friends in Palo-Alto, California started a movement to transform the way products are designed and developed. It came to be known as Design Thinking. Early pioneers included David M. Kelley, founder of IDEO and Diego Rodriguez, one of his star team leaders. The central idea of design thinking is to center all development not around the product or service but around how human beings feel when the...
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What does China want? What is Xi Jinping's endgame? Elizabeth Economy, a highly-respected scholar, keynote speaker and best-selling author, has clear ideas. Her new book, The World According to China, lays out China's ambitions to become the world's pre-eminent superpower, replacing the United States. China is already hard at work to realize Xi's dream. The country projects influence globally through three kinds of ...
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You can count on one hand the number of people in the world who know as much about batteries as Mujeeb Ijaz, In early 2020 Mujeeb took the monumental decision to found Our Next Energy (ONE), an advanced technology battery company with headquarters in Novi, Michigan. Mujeeb understood that range was a major limiting factor for customers considering a switch to electric vehicles. To reduce that purchase "friction", Mujeeb set...
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Gas prices are going through the roof. Shell and Chevron now command more than $6 a gallon in California. People are asking themselves: Is it time to go electric? Up until now, consumers have been hesitant. Going electric has understandably felt like a big gamble because cars are such a big ticket item. What about range? Will charging be convenient? Is the battery safe from fires? Will I be able to sell my electric vehicle in thre...
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In February 2022, Consumer Reports named the Mustang Mach-E the best electric car on the market, knocking Tesla from the number one position for the first time. The sporty SUV seems to be everything customers want in a Mustang: good-looking, modern - and very fast. People in America bought almost 30,000 of them in the first year, blowing past even the most optimistic projections by the team at Ford. But what most people are not awa...
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Gas prices are surging, prompting a record number of people to think about their first electric car. LA-based tech consultant Mark Concannon took that first leap into electrics just over one year ago. In this episode of Driving With Dunne, Mark shares what he likes about his Polestar 2 -- and where the vehicle comes up short. Mark recounts the full spectrum of his premium EV ownership, from the Google Android infotainment to accele...
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The team at Driving With Dunne has been receiving a flood of messages and emails from lots of people in the same position: They want to buy an electric car. But there are still so many unknowns. What about range? Are batteries safe? Will I really save money versus a gasoline car? What do maintenance and service costs look like? How does charging work? This week, we gathered with two veteran Tesla owners - Blair Davey and Sharon Hen...
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Leading global companies are now shifting investments in Asia to markets beyond China. At the top of their list are countries like Vietnam, for its manufacturing skills and Indonesia, for its massive home market of 260 million people. What is less well-known is that Southeast Asian markets are now also hubs of technology innovation. Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia are bustling, powered by new investments by global tech lead...
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How is charging your car different from pulling up at a gas station? Is anybody taking care of the customer (and customer safety) at those dark out-of-the-way public charging stations? And why is Tesla several times better than everyone else when it comes to the charging experience? In this episode of Driving With Dunne, we get together with two highly respected experts in electric vehicles: Chelsea Sexton and John Voelker. Chelse...
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People driving electric cars are discovering that charging is totally different from the routine of filling up at the gas station. There is complexity. There is uncertainty. Sometimes the App does not work according to plan. Sometimes the charger is broken. And sometimes the fast charger is not so fast after all. Customers are understandably frustrated. Yesterday's range anxiety is giving way to today's charging anxiety. Te...
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Joining us on this week's Winning in Asia conversation is Ganesh Iyer, Global CIO and EVP at NIO USA. Ganesh moved to NIO in 2016 after a 5 year tenure at Tesla . Think of NIO as a Chinese company with a global DNA. The seven year old automaker founded by Chinese billionaire William Li operates from bases in Munich, London, San Jose and Shanghai. NIO differentiates itself from the competition in several important ways: On the ...
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When she was nine years old, Linda Zhang got on a plane for the first time in her life and flew to America. Her father met her at the airport in Chicago and they drove three hours to Purdue University where he was a graduate student. Riding in a car - also for the very first time - taking in the bright city lights, Linda says she felt a "little bit like a princess" in a fairytale. Well, Linda's life story certainly look...
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November 17, 2021 51 min
In his new book, Race of Tomorrow, Simon Mundy recounts real life stories of how the climate crisis is changing the basic fabric of people's lives and planet earth itself. Mundy, Editor of Moral Money at the Financial Times, documents the profound changes during a 2 year journey that took him to 24 countries. His visits range from a thawing perma-frost area the size of China in Siberia to sweltering hot cobalt mines in The Demo...
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