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,…

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 Volvo XC60 with Eclipse Viewer

Watch the Eclipse through Your Volvo Moonroof

BREAKING NEWS! SUPER TIMELY! [cue the old-timey doot dooot doot doot dooooot newsreel sounds] If you live in the path of Monday’s solar eclipse and you have a 2018 Volvo XC60 with a moonroof, run don’t walk to your nearest Volvo dealer. The manufacturer is providing eclipse-safe viewing shields so you can sit right under that astronomical…

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…

CXC Race Simulator

Driver’s Education: The Future Is Not Now

by Sara Lacey   My son hopefully asked me the other day, “So, when do you think autonomous vehicles will be a practical reality? Like, in the next year?” He is starting Driver’s Ed this summer, and if all things go according to plan, he will be getting his license next year. To be clear,…

Garmin babyCam night vision

In-Car Infant Monitors, Low-Tech vs. High-Tech

by Sara Lacey   Most car manufacturers take a very low-tech approach to monitoring children in their vehicles. Typically, it involves a curved mirror installed just above the rearview mirror that looks into the back of the vehicle. This actually works fairly well, except when the kids are rear-facing. Unless you’re really great at lining…