Episode 319 with Rutledge Wood: Golf Carts Paved The Way
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Episode 319 with Rutledge Wood: Golf Carts Paved The Way

Graphic of Electrify Podcast episode 319 with host Jarod DeAnda and guest Rutledge Wood titled Golf Carts Paved the Way

In the latest episode of the Electrify Podcast, host Jarod DeAnda has an engaging conversation with long-time friend and industry expert Rutledge Wood. They discuss electric vehicles (EVs) and the challenges facing infrastructure development. Rutledge, renowned for his appearances on Top Gear and Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge, provides valuable insights into the journey towards widespread EV adoption, shedding light on the twists and turns encountered along the way.


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The conversation starts with Rutledge Wood sharing his firsthand experience with EVs in Nitrocross racing. Reflecting on seeing electric cars in action for the first time, Rutledge highlights the significant change in the sounds of motorsports. No longer do we hear roaring engines; instead, the silence is broken by the screech of tires and the sound of gravel being kicked up, marking a new era in racing dynamics.

Exploring further into EV technology, Rutledge and Jarod discuss the controversial issue of artificial sound generation in electric vehicles. While recognizing the attractiveness of amplifying the natural sounds of EV motors, Rutledge wonders about the need for simulated engine noise. He mentions unconventional methods like mounting loudspeakers under cars as examples.

This discussion deepens the delicate balance between authenticity and innovation in EV development, stressing the importance of preserving the unique characteristics of traditional vehicles while embracing the advancements of the future.

Transitioning to hybrid electric vehicle technology, Rutledge commends Toyota’s strategic approach, praising the brand’s comprehensive hybrid offerings as a testament to its commitment to innovation and sustainability. His endorsement of Toyota’s hybrid vision highlights the brand’s forward-thinking initiatives in the face of evolving automotive trends.


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The conversation also addresses the challenges of EV infrastructure, with Rutledge Wood prioritizing the urgent need for coordinated efforts to address gaps in charging networks. Drawing from personal experiences, he highlights the disconnect between regulatory mandates and practical considerations, reinforcing the importance of infrastructure development in realizing the full potential of electric mobility.

Rutledge expresses his concerns about Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, jokingly expressing frustration about certain behaviors displayed by Tesla owners. He emphasizes the importance of courtesy and responsible driving behavior.

The discussion concludes with Rutledge providing an overview of his current automotive projects, showcasing his passion for hands-on tinkering and customization. Jarod praises Rutledge’s transparent approach to his projects, highlighting his commitment to authenticity and his preference for affordable vehicles over expensive ones.


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