BMW pace car at Formula E

Why Wireless Charging Matters

Of the 17.4 million cars sold in the United States in 2015 [AutoNews], a mere 115,000 were plug-in electric vehicles. [GreenCarReports] It’s safe to say we’re still in the shallow end of the electric car pool. Picture your aunt with the hairdo going swimming at the hotel on family vacation. You know how she stands…

ADAS in a Volvo

Older Drivers Totally Get This ADAS Thing

Maybe it’s time to let the jokes about old people and technology go. A recent survey by Hartford insurance of adults over the age of 50 showed that they know what advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are and what the point of these systems. These drivers are looking for blind spot warnings, crash mitigation, lane…

car2go in Portland

I Finally Try Car Sharing for Myself

Car2go has been letting people share fleets of smart fortwo vehicles in the United States since 2010, when the car sharing service was imported from Europe to Austin, Texas. Portland, Oregon, was the fourth city in the States to get a fleet, in 2012. I’ve written about car sharing a few times over the years.…

car2go in Portland

Why It’s Hard to Share EVs

I recently met with Ken Hills, the manager of the Portland car2go office, for an informal interview about sharing electric vehicles. Because it was so informal and informational, I didn’t even have my trusty Rhodia reporter’s notebook out (orange No 13, for fellow Rhodia addicts). But here’s what I learned: sharing electric vehicles is pretty…