GM's Marketplace

GM Lets You Shop While You Drive

GM announced that it’s rolling out Marketplace, an in-car shopping platform. You use the touchscreen to order whatever it is you fancy, from 4G LTE data to coffee to hotel rooms. A whole bunch of 2017 and 2018 GM models (that’s Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC) already have embedded 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspots.…

Hyundai Ioniq

Meet the 2018 Greenest and Meanest Vehicles

Every year for two decades, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases a list of the greenest vehicles and the meanest. Green vehicles require fewer resources and pollute less during manufacturing, fuel production, and tailpipe emissions. Mean vehicles suck up fuel and pollute like your cigar-smoking uncle after eating bean burritos. There are more…

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…

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…