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…

Hyperloop: Should You Believe the Hype?

Short answer: It’s a solid maybe. Long answer: Last week, Hyperloop One, Los-Angeles-based company, ran its first test of its aluminum and carbon fiber passenger pod inside an 11-foot-tall concrete tube in Nevada. Using only electric propulsion, the 28-foot-long pod reached 192 mph in 5 seconds. 192 mph in 5 seconds. The pod starts out…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask: What Is a Hybrid Vehicle?

by Sara Lacey Sometimes we go along, acting like we know what a thing is when we secretly are confused about that thing. I’ve been getting some questions about hybrids from secretly confused people lately, so let’s figure it out together. When talking about vehicles, people think a hybrid has more than one type of…

Diesel, More or Less

Less Diesel So you may have heard a little something about VW and diesel and cheating the EPA’s emissions tests. And you may have heard that the Chevy Cruise diesel was named in a lawsuit for similar cheating practices in summer 2016. Things are not going well for diesel, which was anticipated to be one…

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq: Which one is right for you?

Hyundai announced that it would be building one four-door car to house three different powertrains: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all electric. All three 2017 Hyundai Ioniq models are basically identical cars but for the energy used to get the wheels moving down the road — same shape, same seats, same infotainment system. Hyundai says that it will…