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…

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…

2018 Kia Niro

Noise Aside, 2018 Kia Niro Has a Lot to Love

Hybrid technology has been moving beyond the realm of sedans in recent years. This is good, as buyers benefit from having the option of a more fuel-efficient vehicle that suits their lifestyle, and a solid case-in-point is the 2018 Kia Niro. The Kia Niro is a front-wheel drive crossover hybrid. It has the look and…

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…

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.…