Tesla Road Trip

Take a Virtual Road Trip in a Tesla

People who have electric vehicles often scoff at the very idea of range anxiety. Once you drive an EV for a while, you get into a rhythm of charging it. It’s like charging your phone, they say. You plug it in at night out of habit, and you have plenty of juice for the next…

Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq: An Affordable Hybrid

Remember ten or fifteen years ago when the Toyota Prius was pretty much the only hybrid game in town? People were so suspicious of it. The batteries were either going to burst into flame during a collision, like the gas tank of a ’70s Ford Pinto, or they were going to die in the first…

Torc self-driving test vehicles

Should AAA Add an “A” for Autonomous?

Just because AAA is the oldest automotive organisation in the United States doesn’t mean it can’t get with the times. Thanks to a partnership with self-driving tech company Torc Robotics, it may even get ahead of the times. The two have teamed up to create safety guidelines for autonomous vehicles. Specifically, we’re talking about AAA…

2018 Kia Niro

Noise Aside, 2018 Kia Niro Has a Lot to Love

Hybrid technology has been moving beyond the realm of sedans in recent years. This is good, as buyers benefit from having the option of a more fuel-efficient vehicle that suits their lifestyle, and a solid case-in-point is the 2018 Kia Niro. The Kia Niro is a front-wheel drive crossover hybrid. It has the look and…

2016 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

Used EVs Are Cheaper Than You Think. For Real.

Electric cars have a reputation for being spendy, and it’s not undeserved. The technology is still pretty new, though as more vehicles are made, the economies of scale mean prices drop. It also helps that many new EVs are being developed on a platform that can be shared with other powertrains. The Honda Clarity and Hyundai…

BMW i3 electric vehicle

EVs Aren’t Coming; They’re Here

In the second half of 2017, I did a couple of speaking events for rural electric cooperatives to talk about electric vehicles and their impact on the grid. Each audience had a couple hundred people in it, and they all knew a lot about electric grids. They were smart—and they were skeptical. Were these electric vehicles really…

Mercedes-Benz driverless concept interior

Driverless Cars Means Fewer Drunk Drivers

Whenever I ask people about driverless cars and if they’d use the technology, they often take a minute to ponder. Most people land on yes, saying, “I’d be able to go out and drink and take an autonomous Uber home. Cool.” Cool indeed. And a survey by Goodyear Tyres (that’s not a typo; it was…

RoadReady teen driving app

RoadReady Is Such a Relief

One year ago, I wrote a post about teen driving apps. Today, I have an update. There is an app that my son has been using that is very helpful. Bonus: it comes with supplemental information for the parent who will be teaching the teen driver (or reinforcing lessons they learn in driving school). RoadReady…