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…

EVs plug in winter

Winterizing Electric Vehicles

The warning “winter is coming” is almost as ominous for owners of electric vehicles as it is for citizens of Westeros. Cold weather can be hard on hybrids and EVs since the loss of charge (in practical terms, that’s miles) being a major problem in lower temperatures. According to the US Department of Energy, hybrids’…

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…

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…

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…