Electric cars, to many, appear a truly modern innovation – one enabled by rapid advances in battery technology, motors, controllers and thermal management systems.
Wouldn’t it would be great if you could buy a used car, run it for 12 months and 10,000 miles and then sell it on for a profit? Research by car valuation specialists cap hpi suggests that this can indeed be a reality – but only if you opt for an electric vehicle (EV).
Much like an extended family getting together for the holidays, we try to avoid talking about politics on this blog at all costs.
We like to keep the focus on exciting new cars that are coming soon, or helping shoppers get the best deal on cars. Of course, we also love showcasing the best in car culture and analyzing changing trends.
Sometimes, though, a political development comes along that forces us to talk politics, because it affects car shoppers around the entire country. Today is one of those days. Continue reading >>>
What’s a parking garage without charging stations?
In San Francisco I could roll into a downtown garage, plug in, and go about my day. Here in my Washington State home, I’ve been parking at a downtown garage, but there are no charging stations to be found on the entire 6-floor structure. Could mine be the only electric car that parks there?
Unlikely. But the lack of chargers illustrates a potential problem that could be just around the corner as nearly every major automaker plans new electric cars in the coming years. That’s supposed to be a huge move forward for our environment, but there are some unanswered questions that need to be addressed:
Where will we charge these cars, and where will the electricity come from? Continue reading >>>
Freezing air has descended upon my city. Those leisurely mornings of heading out to the car in shorts and a T-shirt have been replaced by scraping windshields free of frost.
I love my electric Nissan Leaf, because I can start and warm it up using an app on my phone while I stay toasty warm inside the house. My Subaru Legacy actually requires me to go outside and start the motor with a key.
This week I needed the Legacy, because my errands required more range than the Leaf could provide. That meant I had to brave the cold, trek outside, and start the Subaru so it would be warm for my family.
When I got back inside, my wife, who was getting ready in the upstairs bathroom, asked why the car was so loud.
“Because it has a gas motor,” I said.
Needless to say, we have become accustomed to driving electric.
We’ve been hoping the next electric car might be a Tesla Model 3, but with production problems pushing back availability of the car, we, like thousands of other drivers, may have to look elsewhere. Continue reading >>>
Automakers keep treading farther down the path of electric propulsion. In fact, General Motors may have just put the stake in the heart of fossil fuels by becoming the latest, and largest, automaker to announce an all-electric future.
Have we reached the point of no turning back? Continue reading >>>
Here’s another one to file in the “all cars are going electric” folder.
In the not-so-distant future, we’ll look back on that folder and fondly remember the steps automakers took to wean the driving public away from gas and ease them into the new world of electric driving.
We’ve written, pretty extensively, about upcoming new electric vehicles and even plans by entire countries to phase out gasoline and diesel-powered cars. An electric future is approaching fast, and two more automakers are now committing to doing their part to usher in this new world. Continue reading >>>
This is big.
For a few months now, we’ve been following stories of certain countries playing with the idea of banning the use of gasoline and diesel vehicles. India, France, Britain, Norway, and Germany have floated plans to do away with the sales of new vehicles powered by fossil fuels.
France and Britain plan to ban sales starting in 2040, while India is looking at 2030. Germany hasn’t committed to a year yet, and Norway wants to see the ban go in place by 2025.
Now, the world’s largest car market is following suit, which could change everything. Continue reading >>>
Nissan has been teasing its new electric Leaf for months. The sleek teaser images suggest a racy shape and a whole new Leaf experience.
It also came with the preconceived notion that it would come with a range on par with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3. Nissan never made specific mention of that, but we all just kind of assumed it would step up to meet the competition.
The new Leaf was unveiled this week, and while Nissan may have expected much fanfare, it debuted to a whole lot of silence. Can anyone else hear the crickets?
The newly redesigned Leaf looks like a Toyota and has the range of, well… a Leaf. Continue reading >>>
About one in seven American drivers say their next new vehicle purchase will be a pickup. There’s nothing surprising in that statement, right? I mean trucks are the best-selling vehicles in America. We can’t get enough of the big, powerful, fuel-draining mega-machines.
So would it surprise you to learn that the same number of people say the next new vehicle they’ll take home will be electric?
True story, folks. Sales of electric cars are surging like the power coming back on after a lightning storm.
What gives? Continue reading >>>