9 episodes

Join ‘Mr. Motorsport’ Rusty and carsales’ Nadine Armstrong as they keep you up to date with the latest developments in the world of electric vehicles.  Stay in the know about the hottest releases, put your mind at ease as they bust common EV myths, and hear from the people who have swapped the bowser for the battery. Expert guests, those doing the impossible with EVs, and a no nonsense look at Watts Under the Bonnet.

Watts Under the Bonnet - The Electric Vehicle Podcast LiSTNR

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Join ‘Mr. Motorsport’ Rusty and carsales’ Nadine Armstrong as they keep you up to date with the latest developments in the world of electric vehicles.  Stay in the know about the hottest releases, put your mind at ease as they bust common EV myths, and hear from the people who have swapped the bowser for the battery. Expert guests, those doing the impossible with EVs, and a no nonsense look at Watts Under the Bonnet.

    The art and engineering of EV sound and body design explained

    The art and engineering of EV sound and body design explained

    Everyday batteries get smaller and quieter, leaving manufactures with an empty blueprint and one central question: what should and could electric vehicles sound and look like? Dr Stephan Gsell, Audi Sound Engineer, joins Rusty and Nadine to discuss exactly how they answered that question when it came to the sound of the Audi e-tron GT and why a didgeridoo was central to the process. Our meet an EV-er Chris Kerr from Clipsal by Schneider Electric tells us about the most comfortable 30,000kms he’s ever driven now he’s in a Hyundai IONIQ 5, and Ralph Giles, Head of Design Global at Fiat Chrysler is back to discuss the evolution of electric vehicle design and what could be on the design horizon for Jeep and the iconic 7-bar grille in the future.  
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    • 47 min
    What’s next for Electric Vehicles in Australia? Tech, product and bringing fun back into driving

    What’s next for Electric Vehicles in Australia? Tech, product and bringing fun back into driving

    The electric vehicle landscape is changing every day and Australian consumers are hungry for what’s next according to Stephen Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Australia who have committed to an all-electric fleet by 2026. Chatting to Rusty and Nadine, Stephen shares the exciting two-way charging capabilities and a local infrastructure plan that could make EV driving easier than ever, and save you money. Our meet an EV-er tells us how the one-pedal drive in her new BMW iX3 has her happy to be sitting in traffic, and carsales journalists John Mahoney and Feann Torr beam in from overseas checking out the latest in EV-releases. Ben Wilks, Director of CUPRA Australia, also stops by to discuss the new CUPRA Born that’s putting style and fun back into EVs.
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    • 40 min
    The end of your weekend?... Going off-road in an EV

    The end of your weekend?... Going off-road in an EV

    What could be more true to the Aussie experience than a bit of bush-bashing off the beaten track, but can EVs cut the mustard when it comes to off-road driving? This is the question Nadine and Rusty are on a mission to answer with Ralph Gilles, head of design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who helped design the first off-road 4x4 electric Jeep that might just crawl better than its ICE counterpart. We also meet EV-er Geoff Morgan who you’ll find driving a Porsche Taycan - yes, a Taycan – to and from his farm 300km away. The news has Nadine blushing with the mention of Zac Efron, and trucksales.com.au Editor Geoff Middleton gives us the rundown on electric trucks after visiting the IAA Transportation Show in Hanover. And Dave Budge, Chief Product Officer at Fellten, tells us about how an idea to convert his beloved Land Rover to an EV, led to a business that might just have you considering a retrofit.
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    • 40 min
    Will Electric Vehicles ever be affordable?

    Will Electric Vehicles ever be affordable?

    Electric vehicles are often classed as luxury due to their price-tags, but as the dollar’s drop, it might be time to re-consider the net worth of an electric vehicle. Nadine and Rusty are joined by carsales’ Toby Hagon to deep dive into the actual cost of ownership, from general servicing, solar powered charging and the most expensive considerations of EV ownership that might just surprise you. If luxury is what you’re after, then news has you covered with the announcement of a $1million vehicle plus insight into some more affordable options too. Our meet an EV-er, Matt Quinn, tells us about his cost-journey from an ICE vehicle to an EV, and Chau Le, General Manager of Strategy & eMobility at Origin Energy discusses the intersection between energy and mobility, and what they’re doing as a provider to help people move towards electric vehicles.
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    • 42 min
    What you actually want to know about batteries

    What you actually want to know about batteries

    It’s the beating heart of an electric vehicle yet widely misunderstood - the battery. EV batteries are far more durable than you may think according to Scott Nargar, Senior Manager of Future Mobility and Government Relations at Hyundai Australia. He joins Rusty and Nadine to explain just how electric vehicle batteries have changed since the early days. We’re also joined by Noah Wasmer CEO and Co-Founder of new Electric Vehicle company Roev. Roev is on a mission to bring back Australian manufacturing starting with an Aussie classic - the ute. He explains bidirectional charging solutions and how EVs could one day make you money. Mark Cripsey, a keen EV owner also joins us to share his pro-tips on low-cost charging - $14 for a month’s worth of charge type of low - and how swapping a petrol bill, might leave you with an Ikea bill instead...
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    • 46 min
    And the winner is… The best EV of 2022 unveiled!

    And the winner is… The best EV of 2022 unveiled!

    It’s World EV Day! And to celebrate, Rusty, Nadine and one of Australia’s most respected automotive journalists, Marton Pettendy, kick things off by crowning the winner of the carsales Best Electric Car for 2022! Hear why this car reigns supreme and the rigorous testing criteria of over 100 individual attributes that determined this year’s winner. Our meet an EV-er, Porsche Taycan Owner Natalie, has Nadine seeing hearts, and we meet Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council of Australia who discusses the new government standards that could mean more EVs in Australia sooner.

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    • 39 min

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