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2Autoblog Podcast #407

Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Toyota Mirai, Car and Driver 10Best

Episode #407 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Sebastian Blanco talk about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, the Toyota Mirai, and the BMW 3 Series falling off the Car and Driver 10Best list. We start with what's in the Autoblog Garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down belo

2Submit Your Questions for Autoblog Podcast #407 LIVE!

Challenge Bibendum, Toyota Mirai, 3 Series Off 10Best

We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #407 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

1What was Michelin Challenge Bibendum doing in China?

One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It

There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility of the future." Does that even have a meaning?

49Bibendum 2014: ITM Power wants to make nearly free hydrogen. No, really

Electrolyzers, Natural Gas And Grid Balancing Are The Keys

There's a problem that need solving when it comes to renewable energy. Where do you put it when it's not needed? Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, has what he says is the best answer: you turn it into hydrogen.

AddBibendum 2014: Akka Link And Go 2.0 will be tracking your lifestyle

Autonomous Vehicle Could Be Programmed To Make Sure You're Never Late

Decked out in stark black and white, the Akka Link And Go is making an appearance at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week. It's a fitting color scheme in the home of captive pandas in China, but we think the neon green and orange version we saw in 2013 made a better statement. That statement? This is one crazy autonomous "car."

54Bibendum 2014: Former EU President says Toyota could lose 100,000 euros per hydrogen FCV sedan

Pat Cox Explains Europe's Current Hydrogen Infrastructure Situation

Pat Cox does not work for Toyota and we don't think he has any secret inside information. Still, he's the former President of the European Parliament and the current high level coordinator for TransEuropean Network, so when he says Toyota is likely going to lose between 50,000 and 100,000 euros ($66,000 and $133,000) on each of the hydrogen-powered FCV sedans it will sell next year, it's worth noting.

30Bibendum 2014: Odd, old data still being used to counter EVs

There's a lot of information on display at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. We've spent time this week trying to sponge it all in but one of the charts caught out eye today. In a session on hydrogen vehicles – about which we'll have more later – a representative from Air Liquide, Jean-Baptiste Mossa, shared a chart about how hydrogen vehicles fall in a sweet spot for vehicle emissions and range. Maybe you can notice the number that stood out.

AddBibendum 2014: Daimler studying China for Car2go expansion

Display In Chengdu 2014 Gives Us A Clue

Despite a recent setback in the UK, Daimler's carsharing company Car2go remains in expansion mode. The company is currently studying the scene in China (and other countries) to see where the next batch of blue-and-white Smart Fortwo cars will land.

AddBibendum 2011: Venturi Volage screams fun using Michelin's Active Wheels

Venture Volage at 2011 Challenge Bibendum – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBibendum 2011: Porsche Boxster E melts our hearts, and this isn't even the good one

Porsche Boxster E – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBibendum 2011: Renault Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. just part of the overall scheme

Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBibendum 2011: Nissan Leaf, Renault Fluence, Toyota FCHV among long list of rally winners

The battery-powered Renault Fluence Z.E. and Nissan Leaf were among the long list of victors at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a sustainable mobility-themed event held in Berlin, Germany.

AddBibendum 2011: Overview, introduction and one tiny EV

Trying to understand the scope of the 2011 Challenge Bibendum – Michelin's multi-day, mindblowingly comprehensive sustainability mobility event held this year in Berlin, Germany – is not easy. There are 280 vehicles on display or as part of the ride and drive. There are dozens of closed and open sessions discussing pretty much every aspect of moving people and things around the world more efficiently. The vehicles on display range from electric bicycles (lots and lots of electric bic

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