Tesla Model S reliability

You Can Do It, EVs!

Conventional wisdom in car-reviewing circles is that consumers should stay away from brand-new models or models that have a significant update. There are simply too many glitches that need to be worked out in the first year, so it’s best to wait for the following year. Or more. Regarding reliability, industry expert Consumer Reports says,…

2016 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

What Is an Electric Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! There are two kinds of people in this world: those who would make great electric car owners, and those who would rip out their hair and scream like a banshee if…

SafeCap prevents drowsy driving

Using Tech to Stay Awake and Stay Alive

Falling asleep at the wheel, aka drowsy driving, caused 83,000 crashes between 2005 and 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2014 alone, drowsy driving resulted in 846 deaths. And nearly half of all the drivers on the road between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. nod off while they’re driving. While we…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid vehicle

What Is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! If a hybrid is dipping a toe in alternative fuels, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is rolling up your jeans and wading in to your knees. These are hybrids that…

EVs plug in winter

Winterizing Electric Vehicles

The warning “winter is coming” is almost as ominous for owners of electric vehicles as it is for citizens of Westeros. Cold weather can be hard on hybrids and EVs since the loss of charge (in practical terms, that’s miles) being a major problem in lower temperatures. According to the US Department of Energy, hybrids’…

Prius hybrid vehicle

What Is a Hybrid Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and out November 2017! It may surprise you—or it may not, given the ubiquity of the Toyota Prius—to know that hybrids have been on sale in the United States since 1999. I’m sure when Prince…

Facebook for used car buying

Find Your Next Used Car on Facebook

If you’re in car buying mode and already spending too much time arguing with your uncle on Facebook, have we got news for you! You can step away from the ugly comments in your feed for a second and go buy a used car. That seems like a great idea. Actually, it’s not a terrible…

2018 Zero S electric motorcycles

Electric Motorcycles Go Farther, Charge Faster

If you’d like to slide along the streets, silent as a badass superbike-riding ninja, Zero Motorcycles is one of several companies building all-electric motorcycles. Now, you can ride farther on a charge and charge up the batteries faster than before. Batteries are on Zero; badassery is all on you. Go Farther Faster Zero improved its…

Car Sharing with ReachNow

Getting My Bearings with Car Sharing: ReachNow

Last year, ReachNow, the free-floating car sharing service from BMW, came to Portland, Oregon (and Seattle and Brooklyn). The service puts a fleet of BMW and Mini vehicles, including the electric BMW i3. I’ve already given car2go a go, so I figured I’d try out ReachNow. The first difference (besides the cars) is that ReachNow counts…