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NEWS

High-tech drum brakes could improve EV efficiency. Yes, drum brakes

The humble drum brake, an old-school automotive technology, could be making a comeback. German supplier company Continental is developing a completely dry braking system, one that’s electronically controlled, requires zero brake fluid and, oddly enough, is of a drum design. Overall, this setup offers numerous and impactful benefits and may even help improve the efficiency […]

by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/25/2023
2024 Polestar 2 gets significant range and performance upgrades

It may not be the best in any single category, but the Polestar 2 fastback is still one of our favorite electric vehicles. A well-rounded offering, this five-door is suave, sophisticated and engaging to drive. Improving the breed, the Polestar 2 is getting a substantial update for the 2024 model year, one that improves the […]

by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/25/2023
Lexus working with ChargePoint and Qmerit to make life with the 2023 RZ 450e SUV just a little easier

On Tuesday, Lexus announced it’s working to elevate the charging experience for drivers that opt to buy its new RZ 450e all-electric utility vehicle. The luxury automaker is partnering with two titans in the field, ChargePoint and Qmerit, to offer customers integrated charging solutions, both at home and on the road. SEE ALSO: Aqua Metals […]

by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/24/2023
Ford spied testing a new electric SUV in Europe

With the success of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning, it’s little surprise the American automaker is investing heavily into electric vehicles. The company confirmed its plans to launch nine new electric vehicles by 2024 in Europe, and while five of them will be commercial vehicles, we can expect at least two new […]

by Jason Siu
Last Updated: 1/24/2023

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REVIEWS

Genesis
2023 Genesis Electrified G80 review: Smooth operator

It’s tough to find sedans these days because automakers have almost completely shifted their focus to crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks. All-electric four-door cars are scarcer still, though there are a few offerings to choose from, including the BMW i4, new Mercedes-Benz EQE and Tesla Model 3. One additional option is the 2023 Genesis Electrified […]

by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/27/2023
Polestar
2022 Polestar 2 review: If you can find a better Volvo, buy it

In the early 1980s, Lee Iacocca, the head honcho of Chrysler, starred in a famous TV commercial where he brazenly proclaimed, “If you can find a better car, buy it.” This quip underscored his confidence in the automaker’s new lineup of economical, front-wheel-drive vehicles, a product line that ended up saving the Pentastar brand from […]

by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/24/2023
Electrify America
Electrify Home HomeStation EVSE hands-on review

If you don’t count Tesla’s Superchargers, Electrify America has the largest public charging network in the U.S., with nearly 3,500 DC fast chargers across almost 800 stations as of January 2023. In most areas of the country, there’s likely an Electrify America charging station near you, with many more to come. Given its expertise on […]

by Jason Siu
Last Updated: 1/24/2023
BMW
2022 BMW i4 M50 review: Lightning quick, dynamically dull

The 2022 BMW i4 M50 is the first fully electric performance vehicle from BMW’s M division. Essentially a battery-powered version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, this vehicle offers explosive acceleration, lots of great tech and a few compromises you might not expect. A paint job that POPS Before getting to this vehicle’s driving dynamics, […]

by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/23/2023

OPINION PIECES

Toyota might be best suited for the lithium shortages of the near future

Toyota receives a lot of criticism regarding its EV strategy. Mainly, people accuse Toyota of simply not having one. We’ve been critical of them, too. The rest of the automotive industry in Korea, Europe, China, and the United States are racing toward EV development, while Toyota is methodically slow. The company has its reasons. “We […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 1/25/2023

Tesla is the most vulnerable it has been in a long time

There were times in the history of Tesla as an auto manufacturer that the company was in trouble. Getting a Model 3 out the door was a much bigger challenge than the company expected, and even the CEO said it was near bankruptcy. But lately, times are again dark. Not because building cars is hard […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 11/8/2022
The truth about electric truck towing

If you have an interest at all in electric pickup trucks, you’re probably concerned with how far you can tow with one. Whether you’re just hauling a set of side-by-sides to your summer cabin twice a year, or regularly hauling around lawn care equipment — or anything in between — it’s a question you likely […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 10/7/2022
That new gas powered, V8 Mustang with a manual transmission? You can thank the Mach-E for that

The upcoming Detroit Auto Show isn’t going to set the world on fire, but there is a product that is going to debut there that enthusiasts will appreciate. The next generation, gasoline-powered, manual-equipped Ford Mustang coupe is set to bow in a few weeks. Why? Because the Mustang Mach-E. It’s amazing to me that we’re […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 8/29/2022
What will replace the Dodge Charger and Challenger at Brampton?

We’re in the midst of a weeklong event called Dodge Speed Week, where the company is spending 3 nights to talk about the current status of Dodge, where it’ll be in the near future, and where it’s heading in the long-term future. We had an opportunity to attend a briefing about the event, and learned […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 8/16/2022

HOW-TO ARTICLES

How-to use camp mode in your Tesla
by Robbi Hess
Last Updated: 12/13/2022
How-to charge an electric vehicle
by Stefan Ogbac
Last Updated: 5/20/2022
How-to build the best EV tire repair kit
by Robbi Hess
Last Updated: 5/20/2022
How-to use Apple’s EV routing function in Apple Maps on iOS 14 and newer
by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 3/17/2022

BUYING GUIDES

Do I need a Level 2 home charger for my Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid?

The all-new 2023 Kia Niro PHEV has quickly become an appealing option in the plug-in hybrid market, offering up to 33 miles of all-electric range — a noticeable bump from the previous model’s 26 miles. Powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a 62-kW electric motor, the Niro PHEV delivers a total system output […]

by Jason Siu
Last Updated: 1/17/2023

Do I need a Level 2 home charger for my Toyota RAV4 Prime?

The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling car in the world, moving over 1.1-million units last year. Sitting at the top of the lineup is the plug-in hybrid variant, the RAV4 Prime. It’s a compelling choice if you’re shopping for a PHEV, since it has an attractive electric-only driving range of 42 miles thanks to its […]

by Jason Siu
Last Updated: 1/17/2023
Pros and cons: Should you purchase the white interior for your new Tesla?

Billed as a premium option, Tesla offers a white interior in the Model S, X, 3 and Y. It is a $1,000 option for 3 and Y shoppers, and $1,500 extra for S and X models, which also offer a cream interior for the same upcharge. Casual observation shows that few buyers opt for the […]

by Samanthan Rutherford
Last Updated: 12/16/2022
Do I need a Level 2 home charger for my Ford Escape PHEV?

The Ford Escape is the American automaker’s second best-selling crossover/SUV, behind the Ford Explorer. It’s available with a plug-in hybrid variant that offers up to an EPA-estimated 37 miles of range in electric-only mode with its 14.4-kWh battery pack. The Ford Escape PHEV does come with a Level 1 charging cable that you can plug […]

by Jason Siu
Last Updated: 12/13/2022
Do I need a Level 2 home charger for my Chevy Bolt or Bolt EUV?

In our review of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV Premier, we named it the best value in the EV world. The 2023 Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV are currently the most affordable BEVs in the U.S., and we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more and more them hitting the roads in the coming years. […]

by Jason Siu
Last Updated: 11/29/2022

FEATURE ARTICLES

Continental’s automated EV charging tech makes plugging in a thing of the past
by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/27/2023
Unlock the benefits of EV Mode on your Toyota Prius
by Bradward Boimler
Last Updated: 1/27/2023
Exploring the fascinating history of lithium-ion batteries
by Bradward Boimler
Last Updated: 1/27/2023
Continental’s Electric Corner Module improves EV efficiency, serviceability and even maneuverability
by Craig Cole
Last Updated: 1/26/2023