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.…

Fisker Emotion

What About Fisker?

There have been so many announcements from Tesla these days, it’s easy to forget that other EV companies exist. One of those companies is Fisker Inc. Named for its founder, Henrik Fisker, you may recall his first company, Fisker Automotive. In 2012, it turned heads with Mr. Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Not long after,…

Jaguar XE diesel

What Is a Diesel Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! Back in the early days of the automobile, everybody and his brother (never his sister) thought they could build a better engine. The internal combustion engine we know and love and…

Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell

What Is a Hydrogen Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! To put it really basically, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is an electric car that can be refueled at a hydrogen fuel station rather than recharging using a plug. To be…

Tesla Model S reliability

You Can Do It, EVs!

Conventional wisdom in car-reviewing circles is that consumers should stay away from brand-new models or models that have a significant update. There are simply too many glitches that need to be worked out in the first year, so it’s best to wait for the following year. Or more. Regarding reliability, industry expert Consumer Reports says,…

2016 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

What Is an Electric Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! There are two kinds of people in this world: those who would make great electric car owners, and those who would rip out their hair and scream like a banshee if…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid vehicle

What Is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! If a hybrid is dipping a toe in alternative fuels, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is rolling up your jeans and wading in to your knees. These are hybrids that…

Prius hybrid vehicle

What Is a Hybrid Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and out November 2017! It may surprise you—or it may not, given the ubiquity of the Toyota Prius—to know that hybrids have been on sale in the United States since 1999. I’m sure when Prince…

2018 Zero S electric motorcycles

Electric Motorcycles Go Farther, Charge Faster

If you’d like to slide along the streets, silent as a badass superbike-riding ninja, Zero Motorcycles is one of several companies building all-electric motorcycles. Now, you can ride farther on a charge and charge up the batteries faster than before. Batteries are on Zero; badassery is all on you. Go Farther Faster Zero improved its…