May 10, 2005 (From the CalCars-News archive)
The latest coverage is a 3:20 news segment on the #1 late night news show in Los Angeles, KTTV-Fox11, ably produced by Bob Turlau
New anchor John Beard narrates interviews with Ron Gremban and Felix Kramer from CalCars, UC-Davis Hybrid Center Prof. Andy Frank, and announces the expected availability of EDrive Systems conversions in 2006. (He mentions the $15K price of the Valence batteries now; EDrive has not yet disclosed conversion prices.)
He shows film of our PRIUS+ and of the UC Davis Chevy Suburban and Mercury Sable. The station includes links at http;//www.fox11.com to CalCars, the UC-Davis Hybrid Center and EDrive Systems.
Also included is a brief interview/narration about Toyota's view, filming Dave Hermance, executive engineer for environmental engineering, whose quotes can be compared to those cited in our report on the Clean Cities Conference at
Turning any Prius into a plug-in doesn't get Toyota's vote. "The downside is cost -- and weight." The company's Dave Hermance says it'll take time for the concept to become practical and profitable. "We've looked at plug-in hybrids, we're watching what's going on in industry."
You can watch it -- thanks to a helpful supporter (a former owner of a Honda EV+ and current owner of a Toyota RAV4E and a Prius) -- at the top of http://www.calcars.org/kudos.html -- right now it's 8MB but we hope to replace it with a more lightweight file.