Chevy Volt vs. Nissan LEAF
There's a lot of controversy comparing the Nissan LEAF to the Chevy Volt, but it all has to do with whether or not the Volt is truly an electric car, or whether it's a hybrid. But let's set their powertrains aside for the moment. John McElroy just got a chance to test drive both cars, back to back, and here's his impression of what the they're like.
Chevy Volt Test Drive
GM has been hyping the Chevrolet Volt for years and now Autoline has finally had a chance to drive the company's extended-range EV. Is it a game changer like GM says it is or does it fall short of the hype? Click "play" to find out.
EPA's Hydraulic Hybrid - Autoline Daily 640
Toyota reported its net profit fell by 77 percent in its fourth quarter due to the earthquake in Japan and the strong value of the yen. The first hydrogen fueling station in the U.S. fed directly from an existing hydrogen pipeline opened yesterday. Google is lobbying the state of Arizona for it to become the first place in the world to allow autonomous cars to drive legally on streets. All that and more, plus a look at the EPA's hydraulic hybrid technology which could help cut the cost of making hybrid vehicles.
Dandelion Rubber? - Autoline Daily 639
China's Ministry of Commerce is accusing the United States of dumping cars in China. Ford is teaming up with The Ohio State University to figure out how to use dandelions as a sustainable resource for rubber. Bob Stempel, the former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, passed away last weekend. All that and more, plus John shares his take on the Buick Regal turbo.