JOE HUNT, host: And we’re back with another round of stories about the electric vehicle and the clean cars that are now being built in this country.
Last week, we told you about an electric car that was sold for $3,500 and was being sold in Michigan.
Today, we tell you about a new company called Groome Transport, that is trying to change that.
In this week’s episode, Joe Hunt and his guest, Bob Hunt, talk about the company’s plans for electric vehicles.
Groome is the name of the company that is bringing the electric electric vehicle to market.
Joe Hunt is the founder and CEO of Groome.
Bob Hunt is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton.
They both work at the California Department of Transportation.
Today we welcome Bob Hunt and Joe Hunt.
Thank you for being with us.
Bob, how are you doing?
JOE HUNT: Well, it’s great to be here, Joe.
It’s been a very difficult week for me.
This week I learned that I had been banned from the state of California for speaking out against the electric cars.
I had to go into hiding.
And I went into hiding for two months.
I think I’ve had to give up my home and my livelihood.
I’m going to be very, very difficult to live with.
But I’ve got to get my head around it.
It is something that I’ve always been passionate about, and it’s not a bad thing to be passionate about.
But it’s something that you’re just not supposed to do.
I have been very vocal about the need to protect our environment and the environment’s right to exist.
And that’s why I joined Groome, to do that.
And Bob Hunt joins me to talk about his career.
He’s a professor of economics at the Berkeley School of Public Policy.
And we talk about what it is that Groome does and what kind of cars they’re building.
And they have a lot of different models in different parts of the country.
And there are a lot that are on the roads.
And one of them is the Tesla Model 3.
Bob and I both think that this is a really exciting thing to do and that this can transform how we live in this great country.
Now, I have a friend who is a Tesla owner.
He thinks that the electric vehicles that they’re selling are really really cool and that he’ll be using them for his commute home, and he’ll also be able to drive them on the way home.
I can’t imagine that happening in the United States.
So Bob is going to tell you how he plans to get around in the electric sedan.
I would love to hear more from you about what you think about these electric cars and the things that they can do to make this a cleaner and greener place to live.
I agree with that.
It will be a challenge, but I think it’s going to happen.
And when it does, I think that we’ll see more of it.
Well, Bob, I know that you’ve been working with electric cars, but it’s important that you explain what the Tesla is, and why you’re building it.
What is Tesla?
How does it work?
Bob: Tesla is a brand name that I’m developing to be the name that electric cars will go by.
That is a name that we have developed.
I mean, it has to do with the fact that it’s a brand.
And it’s like a big company that you have to have a big name.
And so, you know, if you want to get in, you need to have an amazing product.
And Tesla, as a brand, has been successful in a number of ways.
They have a very loyal customer base.
They’re very efficient.
They are able to build a product that is easy to use, and they can provide that product in a very affordable package.
And also, they have really good manufacturing capabilities.
And now, I want to tell my story, Bob.
So, Bob is a well-known professor at Berkeley.
He was a consultant to the Clinton administration on a number things that included energy policy.
And he was also the chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
He also is a former vice president and was a vice chairman of the Energy Policy Council under President Bill.
And in his last role, he was the Secretary of Transportation under President Obama.
So he has done a lot.
Bob was also one of the founding members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
And his work on childhood obesity and obesity prevention has been a major influence on the work that the Department of Health and Human Services has done on this issue.
So what’s Tesla?
And what are you building with this electric car?
And Bob’s story.