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 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…

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’…

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…

Hybrids 2017

New Study: Hybrids Hold Their Value Better

Autolist dug into the depreciation data archives to compare hybrid vehicles and their non-hybrid siblings. The company, whose app helps you buy, sell, and finance new and used cars, found that for the first time, hybrids are holding their value better than gasoline-only vehicles. Analysts went back to 2012 as their starting point. At that…

self-driving Domino's Ford

Pizza Is the New Monkey in (Self-Driving) Space

Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor company are taking a giant leap forward to get you a hot pizza fast. The two companies have partnered to launch a test program to research self-driving vehicles’ roles in the delivery process. There are a few experiences both parties are interested in learning more about. Ford is hoping to…

future of fast cars

The Future of Fast Cars

After testing 24 vehicles on the backroads of Oregon, journalists decided which fast car was the best. During the 2017 Run to the Sun event, hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), journalists got to experience the future of fast cars firsthand. Over the course of three days, reporters drove more than 500 miles…

Electrified Volvos

Volvo Embracing Electric, And Proving It 

Volvo is walking the talk with its commitment to EVs. As of 2019 all the vehicles they launch will have an electric motor on its own or in addition to an internal combustion engine. “This is a clear commitment towards reducing our carbon footprint as well as contributing to a better air quality in our…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid vehicle

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…