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…

Torc self-driving test vehicles

What It Takes for a Car to Drive Itself

Manufacturers and their PR people are all, “Self-driving cars will be here tomorrow! Throw away your keys and get ready for naps on the way home from work!” Engineers are like, “Um, please don’t throw away your keys. We’ve got years before the tech is ready.” And regular people are like, “What are you all…

Volvo XC40 subscription

Car Subscriptions: Everything but the Gas

You subscribe to a service that ships you razor blades. And another that lets you stream music. And another that gives you full access to an online newspaper. But are you read for a subscription that lets you drive a car? It’s possible right now, this very day, to sign up for a car subscription.…

Friday Fun! Formula E vs. a Cheetah

It’s Friday. Take two minutes out of your day to watch a cool thing. I promise you will learn very little, and there will not be a quiz. Your tired brain does not need that right now. You will find out that cheetahs are very endangered, and climate change is a big factor in that.…

EnLighten traffic signal countdown timer

Signal Timers: Countdown to Instruction

We’ve all been there: approaching the stale green light. How long has it been green? Will it still be green when I get to that intersection? Should I speed up? Slow down? Wait, now it’s yellow, but stopping fast on this wet street might send me skidding. What’s my play, here?  And we’ve all done it:…