smart EQ fortwo

Smart Cars Get Smarter

If you thought smart cars were weird little things, well, they’re about to get weirder. Or cooler, depending on your point of view. But they’ll still be little things. This concept from Mercedes-Benz (owner of smart and car sharing service car2go) is called the smart EQ fortwo. It’s been designed for a fully autonomous, shared,…

VW I.D. Buzz Concept

VW Generates Buzz with New Electric Van

Volkswagen is putting the electric van in EV with its plans to produce the I.D. Buzz concept vehicle. In January, VW showed a cute little electric van, a modern take on its old standby of a bus. This month, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, the company announced that it would make that…

Mazda race car

Forecasting the Future with Mazda

Mazda recently announced its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” plan, which sounds like it was named by a guy in a tie and my preschool nephew while they were locked in room together. Regardless! It’s an interesting plan, so let’s take a look at what it means for normal people who just want to buy and drive…

2018 Volvo XC60 with Eclipse Viewer

Watch the Eclipse through Your Volvo Moonroof

BREAKING NEWS! SUPER TIMELY! [cue the old-timey doot dooot doot doot dooooot newsreel sounds] If you live in the path of Monday’s solar eclipse and you have a 2018 Volvo XC60 with a moonroof, run don’t walk to your nearest Volvo dealer. The manufacturer is providing eclipse-safe viewing shields so you can sit right under that astronomical…

Lyft, maybe in Austin, TX

Without Uber and Lyft, More People Own Cars

For a little while, Uber and Lyft operated as happily in Austin, Texas, as they did anywhere else, with their own driver background checks in place. But voters wanted more — they wanted drivers to be fingerprinted. The ride hailing companies balked, and a measure was put on the ballot to let them keep their…

Chrysler and Kango

Chrysler and Kango Sitting in a Tree…

Kango is a notable car-hailing service because it provides rides and childcare for kids. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is notable because it’s the first hybrid minivan. Consider it extra-notable then, that the two are pairing up to make magic together (if by magic, you mean providing new minivans to give rides to kids in).…

Milo at work

Give Autonomous Vehicles a Try in Texas

The next time you go to a Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas, make sure to say hi to your Milo, your adorable new robot overlord. First Transit is deploying two autonomous shuttles to take passengers to Globe Life Park, where the Rangers play, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, from the vast…

Hyperloop: Should You Believe the Hype?

Short answer: It’s a solid maybe. Long answer: Last week, Hyperloop One, Los-Angeles-based company, ran its first test of its aluminum and carbon fiber passenger pod inside an 11-foot-tall concrete tube in Nevada. Using only electric propulsion, the 28-foot-long pod reached 192 mph in 5 seconds. 192 mph in 5 seconds. The pod starts out…

Fiat 500e

10 Least Expensive EVs to Insure

Mercury Insurance put together a list of the ten least expensive electric vehicles to insure, which doesn’t seem that momentous, but it is. Keep in mind that in 2011, there were four EVs on the market. Four. Total. The fact that in 2017, anyone can put together a top ten list of EVs and not include every…