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Discussion in 'News' started by Brent, Aug 30, 2007.
From David Pogue's (NYT Technology columnist) Thursday email:
It doesn't appear that the episode aired.
It got bumped to next week:
Birth of the electric car on CBS Sunday morning
Posted Sep 1st 2007 12:58PM by Lascelles Linton
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Update: David Pogue himself writes in an AutoblogGreen comment that the segment has indeed been bumped to next week, Sept 9. Thanks for the update David! We look forward to the piece.David Pogue writes a column for the New York Times on gadgets. He also works for CBS Sunday Morning. He mentioned he would be doing a piece about electric cars this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning. It could be bumped but it's scheduled to air this weekend. I will report back on what's said. For now, here's Pogue's preview:"P.S.--My special report on the birth of the electric car, including the Tesla and the Chevy Volt, is scheduled to air this weekend on "CBS News Sunday Morning." The show's lineup isn't set in stone--the segment could get bumped to next week--but at the moment, this Sunday is the plan."[Source: New York Times]...
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I may have missed something, but it seems it got bumped again. Perhaps the Pavarotti piece took precedence.
I caught the end of the show where they play (now) 30 seconds of nature footage (used to be several minutes)
I clicked on my Tivo "Info" button and the show description said among other things that the episode had an Electic car segment but the on-set graphic (a clear plexiglass wall with letters) did not say anything about EVs so I figured that thy bumped it again...
I think they bumped it again.
Up Next And Recaps, Stories, Links, More From CBS News Sunday Morning - CBS News
David confirms bump:
Lutz interview about the Volt on CBS Sunday Morning tomorrow - AutoblogGreen
It finally aired!
Good coverage. Focus on GM Volt & Tesla Roadster.
Chris Paine says that he is working on the sequel to WKTEC: "Who Saved the Electric Car?" !!!
Yes. . . I'd heard elsewhere that Paine was working on a sequel, it's good to know that's still on.
I caught the CBS segment on my tivo and watched it a few times. I like Pogue. He always manages to put a humorous twist on things -- but also gets his facts right. Although it was light on details (as you'd expect from morning TV news), there were no really significant errors. That's quite an accomplishment when you compare against typical coverage these days.
It's a shame this didn't appear on NBC, they've gone to hi-definition over there. Anyhow, it's the first really good video footage I've seen of the Electric Blue car in action. Man. . . Both the blue one and the red one look gorgeous, don't they?
CBS News Sunday - David Pogue & Electric Cars
I watched it again and found one minor complaint. When David goes from the Tesla to the Volt describing it as an Electric.
I'm sorry, but with a forty mile range, the Volt is a Hybrid. A serial Hybrid. It sounds like David may have fallen for Lutz' spin.
Other than that I thought it was a great EV primer for the new generation. Great work David!
I didn't even notice. The Volt isn't an "electric car" as such, but it's a PHEV which is very close relative.
I noticed that Vijay Vaitheeswaran repeated the old claim that producing corn ethanol requires more fossil fuels than the gasoline it displaces. Some people will vigorously dispute that. I think the better and more recent studies show that there is some positive energy gain from corn ethanol -- though it's not enough gain to make ethanol a compelling solution to our oil problems.
Producing ethanol from corn makes a co-product called distiller's grain which is a useful component in lifestock feed. So, the same grain is fueling cars, but also contributing to food production at the same time. See here: http://www.ddgs.umn.edu/
Also, he didn't even mention cellulosic ethanol, which is what all the big ethanol supporters are hanging their hopes on.
I'm not a huge fan of ethanol, as I think many people are pushing it for the wrong reasons. I do see it potentially having some useful role in the future. Spreading misinformation about it -- either positive or negative -- isn't helpful.