Cleantech Talk Returns! (CleanTechnica Car of the Year, Swatch EV Batteries, & Gas Pump Warning Labels)

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We’ve finally relaunched Cleantech Talk! And there are two new co-hosts for the show — Kyle Field and Matthew Klippenstein. You can listen to this week’s episode on iTunes, on SoundCloud, or by clicking the play button in the embedded player below. You can also leave a comment at any particular time in the recording by clicking on the relevant bar in the SoundCloud player.

If you don’t mind some spoilers and want a preview of what Matthew, Kyle, and I talked about in this week’s episode, check out the summary below.

This week’s episode focuses on three recent EV-related stories we found particularly interesting. The first is our new “CleanTechnica Car of the Year” award. Kyle, Matthew, and I chat about the “inspiration” for the award, the criteria for choosing the finalists and winner, our thoughts on each of the finalists, and the cars we chose (or will likely choose, in the case of Matthew) and why. I also note what the results to date are.

The next story we dive into is the Swatch EV battery story, which we all find quite exciting. We’re all a bit cautious for now, but also think this development looks more promising than most other EV battery news. Matthew also brings into the discussion a potential IPO to launch the subsidiary and start production, as well as more about the battery chemistry.

The final story is North Vancouver’s decision to put warning labels on gas pumps to help educate people about the effects of global warming and climate change, and to inspire more action on the personal and societal level. Matthew talked with the man behind the idea (and related organization Our Horizon), so has a bit of extra context and info to share from that conversation.

I’m thankful to Kyle & Matthew for helping me relaunch Cleantech Talk and look forward to chatting with them each week about some of the most interesting cleantech news. Hope you listen and join in the conversation!

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