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Watch Felix Kramer's best talk ever at the second annual GreenDriveExpo, Sept. 17, 2011 in Richmond CA. At My Perfect Automobile's website, see excerpts -- four 6-8-minute video segments from his presentation and questions, along with follow-up interviews, under the title "Green Drive Expo 2011 -- US Plug-In Car Movement, Parts 1-4." Or go to CalCars Downloads for links to the PDF of the presentation, a transcript, and complete audio of the event.

CalCars Celebrates Arrival of Plug-In Vehicles: December 22, 2010: A year after declaring "victory" on CalCars' first goal (putting plug-in hybrids on the map and getting carmakers to mass-produce them), CalCars Founder Felix Kramer, Technology Lead Ron Gremban, and modern PHEV inventor Andy Frank celebrated the arrival of their cars at Novato Chevrolet. Video also features Dave Barthmuss of GM, Marc Geller of Plug In America. Watch 7:13 video by Chris Baldwin at Sustainability Media CalCars.org Drives a Victory Lap in the new Chevy Volt where you can see links to other videos SM has done for CalCars. See it also at Vimeo CalCars ChevyVolt 2011 or download it directly (both iPhone/iPad compatible). See a full transcript of the event at New CalCars Video + Media on Volt & Leaf & Celebration and other links and photos at New Plug-Ins Arrive.

Our "Big Fix" advocacy video: March 12, 2009: "Converting Gas Guzzlers:" A one-minute and forty-five second video explaining the reason we're working to launch a major effort to build awareness for the opportunity to convert large internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles -- what former Intel CEO Andy Grove calls "PSVs" (Pickups, SUVs and Vans) to run partially on electricity. Thanks to Chris Baldwin and Sustainability Media.

Our latest YouTube Video: May 12, 2008: CalCars Plug-In Hybrid Action Plan, our 90-seconds promoting new federal policies on plug-in hybrids, prepared as an entry to the Google.org call for videos as a lead-up to the Google/Brookings Institute June 11-12, 2008 conference, Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008: What Role for Washington?.

Our favorite YouTube Video: June 26, 2007: 6:44 Video by HippyGourmet.com - Felix Kramer talks about PHEVs and where the campaign is now. Available via Youtube (opens new tab or window)

Our favorite Action Video: June 5, 2006: 3:00 CalCars on TreehuggerTV - 3-minute story on PHEVs and our Maker Faire conversion (YouTube mirror of CurrentTV version -- we encourage comments)

We're part of Google's RechargeIT Launch Video: Jun 18, 2006: 5:12 Watch the video shown at Google's RechargeIT launch event, in which CalCars' Felix Kramer, PlugInAmerica's Chelsea Sexton, Former CIA Director James Woolsey and other top advocates of "plugging in" explain all the benefits that derive from electrifying personal transportation.

Our favorite TV broadcasts with WNBC Emmy-Award-winning anchor Chuck Scarborough:
August 2006 (6:09, QuickTime). Also streamed at MSNBC -- scroll down page with AP story to view.
Updated February 2007 with 4- and 3-minute reports about PHEVs: Electric Cars Help Wean America's Oil Dependence. Part 1 New Cars of the Future and Part 3 Are Electric Cars the Answer?.

2011
Sept 17 33:00 Download or listen to Felix Kramer's best talk ever at at the second annual GreenDriveExpo, Sept. 17, 2011 in Richmond CA. Listen (33 minutes plus 12 minutes of questions). Above, see a link to video excerpts. At CalCars Downloads get links to the PDF of the presentation and a transcript.
Mar 3 2:03 Mother Nature Network, "Meet the Family with Both a Chevrolet Volt and a Nissan Leaf", or how Felix Kramer and his wife Rochelle Lefkowitz decide what to drive every day. Plus a two-minute interview, "Felix Kramer on Green Cars" where Jim Motavalli in January interviewed Kramer on the prospects for the new plug-in cars.
2010
Feb 24 28:39 Big Think's long interview with Felix Kramer. This well-regarded website (sometimes described as "the web version of The Charlie Rose Show") is filmed Errol Morris-style (white screen, no interviewer). Watch the 30-minute interview (transcript at same URL), the introduction by Richard Schaden of Beyond The Edge, and a 4-minute excerpt, "The Disaster Movie Approach to Fuel Efficiency".
Feb 08 2:39 "Electric Vehicle Thought Leaders: The Future of Electric Vehicles": GM's February 2010 video, includes Felix Kramer, EV advocate Chelsea Sexton, EPRI's Mark Duvall, California Public Utilities Commission's Mike Peevey, Chevrolet Genberal Manager Jim Campbell. Also on YouTube.
2009
Apr 29 4:10 President Obama Picks PHEVs to Cap Press Conference And Inspire Americans: At his 100th Day Press Conference, he picked plug-in hybrids as the model for his hopes and expectations. He cited them as his way to demonstrate his confidence in American industry -- its resources, capabilities, expertise, and future.
Mar 20 1:45 President Obama addresses employees at Southern California Edison's Electric Vehicle Technical center.
Mar 12 1:45 "Converting Gas Guzzlers:" A short video explaining the reason we're working to launch a major effort to build awareness for the opportunity to convert large internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles -- what former Intel CEO Andy Grove calls "PSVs" (Pickups, SUVs and Vans) to run partially on electricity. Thanks to Chris Baldwin and Sustainability Media.
2008
Aug 15 3:46 &
4:22
In two segments, Fox Business News hosts a panel discussion on electric vehicles as a response to high gas prices -- focussing first on GM's Volt and then more generally on what is or will be required to overcome their real or imagined limitations. Felix Kramer of CalCars, David Bell from Intellichoice and Neal Saiki from Zero Motorcycles comprise the panel.
July 24 1:28 "Electric Cars Spark Bright Future" Felix Kramer interviewed by Forbes.com talks about the challenges the industry faces for mass adoption. See accompanying news profile, "Plug-In Cars Zoom Forward: California activist Felix Kramer is leading the charge for hybrid electric plug-in vehicles" -- including Felix's comments on the story.
June 25 9:33 PBS Newshour on Plug-In Cars: long-time PBS reporter Michael Spencer covers the state of the industry; includes Tesla, Luscious Garage, CalCars -- transcript and video.
June 11-12 8 hrs total Plug-in Hybrids: What Role for Washington? Google.org and the Brookings Institution hosted this conference in Washington, D.C. In addition to three panels -- "Imagining the Plug-In Future," "Where are we Today?" (including Felix Kramer) and "Federal Policy" -- many luminaries addressed the standing-room only crowd. These keynoters included authors, Senators and Representatives, and business and utility executives.
March 7 1h30m Berkeley's 2008 Energy Symposium recorded all of the keynotes and breakout sessions (panels) and has made them available to the public. View the "Transportation Sector Solutions" panel that Felix Kramer was part of here (youtube), and check out other selections from the same event from this list.
2007
Nov 15 33:12 Watch this video of our rally across the street from the LA Auto show in November of 2007. Felix introduces the demonstration and explains the public conversion about to be performed, followed by representatives from RAN, Global Exchange, and Plug In America.
Sept 14 5:00 German Public TV Report Video starts with RechargeIT's PHEVs, continues with an interview with Google.org's Dan Reicher, and in the last two minutes shows Felix Kramer driving and talking about PHEVs, explains how PHEVs can be powered from home rooftop solar systems, and introduces "peak-shaving" from vehicle-to-grid systems. German-language text report
July 6 2:58 Felix is interviewed by CBS5-KPIX TV about the EPA's MPG estimates and the lawsuit against Honda by a Civic Hybrid owner.
June 26 6:44 Video by HippyGourmet.com—Felix Kramer talks about PHEVs and where the campaign is now. Available via Youtube (opens new tab or window).
Jun 18 5:12 Watch the video shown at Google's RechargeIT launch event, in which CalCars' Felix Kramer, PlugInAmerica's Chelsea Sexton, Former CIA Director James Woolsey and other top advocates of "plugging in" explain all the benefits that derive from electrifying personal transportation.
May 7 ~1:15:00 Introduction and morning keynote (starting around 45:00) by Bill Reinert, National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota USA, to the Cascadia Center for Regional Development's "Jump Start to a Secure Energy Future" Conference at the Microsoft Executive Conference Center in Redmond, WA.
May 7 53:39 Luncheon keynote by Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner, at the "Jump Start to a Secure Energy Future" Conference.
April 6:11 Daryl Hannah looks into electric cars and plugins for her online "vlog" or video log. Her interview of Felix from fall 2006 fills the second half of this 6-minute short.
Apr 9 n/a As part of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Alternative Energy Solutions Summit, PG&E demonstrated a prototype of Vehicle-to-Grid technology. V2G makes a two-way connection between plug-in hybrids (or pure electric vehicles) and the power grid, and turns car batteries into distributed storage for utilities, making energy generation more efficient, and potentially saving utilities money and bringing income to car-owners. CalCars also brought two PHEVs to the event, which was headlined by Senator Barbara Boxer. The story was picked up very broadly. See CNET, Red Herring, ABC7 News (SF) and KTVU 2 (Bay Area) for stories with video links.
Mar 28 1:53 NextStep with well-known journalist Richard Hart (formerly at Discovery TV) aired Return of the Electric Car on ABC/KGO in San Francisco.
Mar 12 1:00:00 Author Sherry Boschert talks about PHEVs at Book Passages in Corte Madera (via Fora's elegant streaming video player, with sections broken out by chapter): Video launch page.
Mar 7 1:57 Bay Area Group Promoting 100-MPG Car (also here, as downloadable .mov clip): This short segment by Len Ramirez shows everyday driving and interviews a passing observer who'd get a PHEV in a flash.
Feb 23 3:57 White House Video Stream of President Bush seeing demo and discussing Hymotion/ A123 Systems plug-in hybrid and Phoenix Motors/Altairnanosystems electric vehicle.
Feb 13 10:30 "Plug-in Hybrids" on KQED-TV QUEST's new regional science program: up-to-date 10-minute show about the CalCars/EAA-PHEV "Do It Yourself" with an engineer or electrician conversion program, featuring CalCars/Andy Frank/Sherry Boschert. 10 minutes of streaming/flash video.
2006
Dec 10 5:36 Felix Kramer's overview of the state of the PHEV campaign, interviewed at the Alternative Car & Transportation Expo in Santa Monica, CA. Podtech's launch page with space for comments or direct download (5.1MB mp3) from their site.
Oct 05 3:00 Tom Vacar of KTVU Channel 2 News (Oakland, CA) reports on a grant given to Stanford to establish energy institute. External link to possibly transitory KTVU video.
Sep 20 3:45 Renewable Energy on Modern Marvels. Felix speaks and demonstrates his PRIUS+ to the History Channel's Modern Marvels. (Flash Video)
June 24 4:57 "Addicted to Oil: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting" - 5-minute excerpt on PHEVs includes Founder Felix Kramer and EDrive's Greg Hanssen (Flash Video)
June 5 3:00 CalCars on TreehuggerTV - 3-minute story on PHEVs and our Maker Faire conversion (YouTube mirror of CurrentTV version -- we encourage comments)
May 22 2:35 Columnist/author Thomas Friedman on PBS's "Charlie Rose," interviwed by guest host/venture capitalist John Doerr. We show the introduction and a brief section. You can buy the whole hour for $0.99 at Google Video (Flash Video)
May 22 2:35 Plug-In Hybrid Consortium video on our May 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. (QuickTime)
May 10 3:00 "Taking a Prius Hybrid to 100+ MPG!" Microsoft's "10" (on10.net) dropped by the Maker Faire to cover our conversion (QuickTime)
May 9 0:30 "Change Your World" 30-second spec commercial from the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking (QuickTime)
May 6 4:48 CNN report on the Maker Faire includes CalCars profile (Flash Video)
Feb 21 2:45 Pres. Bush and CalCars on ABC Good Morning America (QuickTime)
Feb 20 0:20 President Bush on Plugging In -- excerpt from speech in Milwaukee, WI (Flash Video)
Feb 7 5:57 James Woolsey discusses PHEVs on "The Colbert Report" (Flash Video) transcript
Jan 22 8:35 Plug-In Partners launch video about PHEVs (Windows Media)
2005
Dec 15   Will Consumers Plug In? Plug-In Hybrid Consortium asks "People on the Street" (QuickTime)
Nov 2:00 PHEV feature on Belo Interactive network -- includes interviews with Andy Frank (UC Davis), Pete Nortman (EDrive), Felix Kramer (Windows Media)
Sep 22 63:15 Felix Kramer's talk at Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC) (Windows Media) Also see audio version (MP3)
Aug 24 ABC World News Tonight: Viable Alternatives to Rising Gas Prices (text link)
Aug 21 2:20 KDTV-14 (Univision Network-Bay Area) Spanish-language story (Quicktime)
Aug 20 2:20 CBS Network Weekend News: "Hybrids Getting Amped Up" (RealPlayer)
Aug 19 2:33 CNN: "Fuel-Efficient Drivers" streamed at CNN; same story from Aug.14 at KRON-4 (Quicktime) -- this one edited out most of the qualifying information.
Aug 14 3:00 KTVU-2 (FOX) Evening News (Quicktime)
Jul 13 7:00 Beyond Tomorrow, in Australia and New Zealand, US cable Science Channel Nov. 16 -- 7:00 clip (Quicktime)
Jun 14 1:00 SetAmericaFree.org 60-second spot on plug-in hybrids (Windows Media)
May 9 3:20 PRIUS+, UC-Davis and EDrive on KTTV (Fox11), the #1 late night news in Los Angeles. Tiny-screen clip or larger H.264 format (Quicktime)
April 6 4:16 PRIUS+ on KTVU (FOX) Mornings at 2 -- Bay Area's top AM TV show. Tiny screen clip larger H.264 format (Quicktime)

AUDIO CLIPS

Our favorite radio broadcast: NPR's Science Friday. The Earth Day 2005 program included a 17-minute segment with host Ira Flatow and Felix Kramer -- hear it (mp3) or read the transcript. Educators/students: KidsNet "Electric Avenue" curriculum takes the show as a starting point for a broad view of the issues.
2011
Sept 17 33:00 Download or listen to Felix Kramer's best talk ever at at the second annual GreenDriveExpo, Sept. 17, 2011 in Richmond CA. Listen (33 minutes plus 12 minutes of questions). Above, see a link to video excerpts. At CalCars Downloads get links to the PDF of the presentation and a transcript.
2009
Oct 21 10:02 Download and listen to Felix Kramer's talk at the Center for Automotive Research's Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit, which reviews the history and success of the plug-in movement, looks ahead to the imminent commercialization phase, and introduces the listeners to CalCars' next ambitious goal. There is also a transcript (31k pdf) of his remarks.
Sept 30 20:34 Download and listen to Felix Kramer's talk at PHEV '09, which walks the listener(s) through CalCars' new campaign to convert existing ICE vehicles into PHEVs, as presented in the 23-slide pdf "Beyond New Plug-Ins". Download a transcript of the presentation.
Sept 9 19:19 Accelerating Vehicle Electrification CalCars Technology Lead, Ron Gremban, makes the case for ice-conversions to California Energy Commission Staff Workshop for the 2010-11 Alternative Fuels Investment Plan (Electric Drive Vehicles). See the accompanying PDF of the 16 slides.
2008
Aug 1 2:00 Download or listen to this brief but empassioned request for PHEVs to Senator Bernie Sanders by a caller to the national Thom Hartmann radio show. The caller hits all the "selling points" of PHEVs and Senator Sanders agrees and amplifies his message.
Jan 14 1:00:00 Download and listen to this interview with Felix Kramer as he discusses the state of the PHEV world at the beginning of 2008 as a guest on WUSB (Stonybrook, Long Island).
2007
Apr 30 50:00 Here on Earth - Radio Without Borders, "Hybrid Fever" with host Jean Feraca, guests, Jim Kliesch, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; Bradley Berman, hybridcars.com; Felix Kramer of CalCars. In that sequence, about 15 minutes per person. Download/listen to the mp3.
Apr 6 50:00 NPR's Science Friday. Sherry Boschert, author of Plug-In Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America, was on the April 6th show, along with Elizabeth Lowery of General Motors, Dennis Simanaitis of Road and Track and John Shore of the Automotive X PRIZE.
Feb 9 5:00 Several minutes in the first segment of The California Report's show on alternative fuel vehicles. Stream (CA Report) or download (KQED Radio) the audio.
2006
June 29 1:19:59 Felix and two of Calcars' senior advisors participate in a Member Sponsored Forum at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. Start from this static web page or listen to an audio stream from here (RealMedia .ram)
June 1 53:32 John Davi spends an hour with Chuck Harder on Good Politics Radio (MP3; external site)
May 26 25:35 EVWorld's Bill Moore talks to Felix Kramer about the recent trip to Washington, D.C on EVWorld's online program The Future in Motionlisten (MP3)
May 26 7:50 Felix Kramer on Air America's EcoTalk with Betsy Rosenberg (MP3)
May 18 6:16 Communications Director John Davi on Tampa Bay's News Talk 1040 (MP3)
May 16 3:38 KCBS SF Bay Area all-news station live and lively drive-time interview with Felix Kramer from Washington DC, explaining PHEVs, discussing effort with Ford. (mp3)
Feb 25 52:30 Here On Earth, "A New Breed of Cars." Wisconsin Public Radio's Jean Feraca interviews CalCars and a London electric car company. RealAudio stream or transcript
Feb 9 3:56 CalCars featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." Hear the story or read the transcript
Feb 6 10:00 Embattled scientist James Hansen endorses PHEVs on WBUR's "On Point" (MP3). Also see our Endorsements
2005
Nov 14 1:00 KNBR 680 and 1050 AM: California State Auto Association radio spot promoting AAA at SF International Auto Show, including a look at our PRIUS+ (mp3)
Oct 28 1:00 KNBR 680 and 1050 AM: California State Auto Association radio spot promoting AAA at SF International Auto Show, including a look at our PRIUS+ (mp3)
Oct 28 10:00 Electo Energy CEO Martin Klein interview includes discussion of bi-polar batteries and partnership with CalCars (search audio for EEEI)
Oct 9 12:00 AutoWorld on National Radio Network with Bob Long interview (mp3)
Oct 8 5:00 Felix Kramer talks with Robert F. Kennnedy Jr. (mp3) on Air America's Ring of Fire -- alternate streaming site
Oct 7 7:01 Plugging Plug-in Vehicles on National Public Radio Living On Earth (mp3) -- transcript
Sep 18   MotorTrend Radio with Bob Long no longer available
Aug 20   Paul Harvey/ABC Radio no longer available
Aug 15 8:00 WIBG LifeRadio Atlantic City, NJ area's largest AM Christian news/talk station, audio interview with Ron Gremban (mp3)
Aug 14 25:00 KTTLK-AM 1150 Los Angeles Talk Radio -- The Johnny Wendell Show: 25-minute streaming audio interview: Part 1 (mp3) Part 2 (mp3)
Jul 25 4:00 National Public Radio Marketplace: Revving It Up with host David Brown and LA Times Auto Critic Dan Neil on EDrive's Prius conversion (RealAudio) -- text summary
Jul 15 2:00 Green Guy Sees Red (RealAudio), KQED-FM "Perspective" commentary on dontcrush campaign -- transcript
Mar 31 54:00 Are hybrid cars the answer? (RealAudio) with Brendan Koerner (Wired Magazine), Felix Kramer, Jason Mark (Jumpstart Ford) -- Your Call Radio, KALW-FM (San Francisco)
2004
May 7 15:30 Profile on NPR's "Living On Earth" (RealAudio/mp3) -- transcript (PDF)

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