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Do Electric Vehicles Sales Stand To Benefit From Soaring Gas Prices?

Published March 29, 2022 at 9:53 AM PDT
 A Tesla car recharges its battery at the Petaluma Supercharger on March 09, 2022 in Petaluma, California.
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PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 09: A Tesla car recharges its battery at the Petaluma Supercharger on March 09, 2022 in Petaluma, California. With oil prices continuing to soar, shares for companies in the electric vehicle sector are rising

One-On-One With New LA Fire Fire Chief Kristin Crowley

New LAFD Fire Chief 3.29.22

Kristin Crowley is the first female and openly-gay fire chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department. She was sworn in last Friday. Crowley takes over the nation’s third-largest firefighting department at a time when L.A.F.D. is facing calls to increase diversity in its ranks and allegations of harassment and discrimination.

Today on AirTalk, Larry sits down with new Los Angeles Fire Department chief Kristin Crowley to talk about her historic journey and how she plans to lead the department.

Do Electric Vehicles Sales Stand To Benefit From Soaring Gas Prices?

EV Prices 3.29.22

We all know gas prices are skyrocketing. According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas in Los Angeles County is now over $6 a gallon. Those high prices have many people wondering if the time is right to go electric – or at least hybrid. Auto industry watcher Edmunds says the number of people researching green vehicles on their site jumped over the past month, with page views increasing 39%. But, while interest in electric vehicles is growing, the supply is not. Supply chain issues are continuing to cause problems, and that means higher prices, too. Tesla has been hiking its prices recently as the costs of raw materials rise.

Electric vehicle prices going up has made some consumers hesitant – but how do you best evaluate your options during this time? Today on AirTalk, Larry gets into tips and tricks one should consider with assistant business editor at the New York Times William Davis and Gil Tal, director of the Plug-In, Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis.

With files from LAist

The Plug-In, Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis has developed an online tool called the Electric Vehicle Explorer, which estimates how much it would cost you to go electric. You can find the online tool here.

Federal Judge In OC Orders Former Chapman University Professor To Turn Over Dozens Of Emails To Jan. 6 Committee

OC Report Eastman Emails 3.29.22

A U.S. District judge based in Orange County has ordered a former Chapman University law professor and prominent attorney to turn over dozens of his emails to the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.

In a ruling this week, Judge David. O Carter stated that former President Donald Trump and attorney John Eastman “more than likely” engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Eastman, a close ally to Trump, has been trying to prevent the committee from gaining access to the emails by arguing they’re protected by attorney-client privilege. But the judge’s ruling means about 100 emails must be turned over. Meghann Cuniff, legal affairs journalist for who has been following the story, joins to further discuss what the ruling means and where things go from here.

COVID-19 AMA: F.D.A. Authorizes Second Booster Shots For Adults Over 50, COVID Deaths Hit Lowest Point Since Summer, And More

Covid Update 3.29.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner, director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Topics today include:

  • F.D.A. authorizes second booster shots for adults age 50 and older 
  • Omicron “stealth” COVID variant BA.2 now dominant globally 
  • Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. fall to their lowest number since summer 
  • Funding runs out for free COVID tests and treatment for the uninsured 
  • F.D.A.’s budget proposal includes money to prepare for another pandemic 
  • How COVID brain fog may overlap with “chemo brain” and Alzheimer’s 
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