Here are edited highlights from the latest episodes of "Daily Drive," Automotive News' weekday podcast, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, hosted by Jamie Butters and Steve Schmith.
“In the years ahead, cities are going to have to be constantly evolving, constantly transforming, and adapting to disruption from technology challenges — whether they be public health pandemics, weather conditions or various instability. And the key here is to chart a course where government and private sectors work together.” -- Jeff Merritt, head of IoT and urban transformation, World Economic Forum
“If you have a SPAC or an IPO or any public company, it comes with a heightened level of scrutiny. And certainly, the Nikola episode illustrates that it’s important when dealing with these issues to keep those legal considerations top of mind.” -- Justin Savage, global co-leader of the environmental practice, Sidley Austin, discussing the legalities of going public via a special-purpose acquisition company
“The availability of public charging in the United States is not adequate. We’re at a level that is certainly not adequate for our needs within this market right now. And so, we do have opportunity to grow that infrastructure.” -- Brent Gruber, senior director of global automotive, J.D. Power
“We’ve really been committed to being an industry leader around battery health innovation, as well as an end-to-end solutions provider for the industry, really for the safe promotion and preservation of electric vehicles for now and in the future.” -- Steve Rowley, president, Cox Automotive, on the company’s acquisition of Spiers New Technologies
“The workers I talked to are confident that Fairfax will stay open because that’s what they’re hearing from the shop chair and other UAW officials. GM has not said that production of the Chevy Malibu and the Cadillac XT4, which are built there, is planned to end.” -- Hannah Lutz, Automotive News reporter, discussing how General Motors’ microchip strategy is impacting the Kansas plant
Listen to these and other shows at autonews.com/dailydrive.