Bradley Brownell

Bradley is an extremely-online EV and clean energy enthusiast with years of experience providing insightful takes on automotive news, as well as product reviews and highly opinionated editorial. He is also one of the co-founders of the RADwood automotive festival. Bradley lives in northern Nevada with his wife Amanda, a collection of particularly needy two and four wheeled conveyances, and their two basset hounds, Alois and Henry.
Bradley Brownell
Unplugged Performance and Randy Pobst take Pikes Peak exhibition class in Model S Plaid

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most interesting race in the world right now when it comes to electric performance. Not only has the outright record at the mountain been held by an electric car since Volkswagen and Romain Dumas won there in 2018, but the mountain has been helping OEMs develop faster […]

by Bradley Brownell
6/28/2021
Rivian R1T deliveries beginning soon, buyers being introduced to Rivian Guides this week

On Thursday Rivian began notifying Launch Edition preorder holders to make sure their accounts were up to date as the company begins scheduling introductions between buyers and Rivian Guides, and planning vehicle deliveries. It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the all-electric truck built in the former Diamond Star Motors facility in […]

by Bradley Brownell
5/27/2021
How many miles a day are enough miles a day for an EV owner?

The conversation about big range versus charging infrastructure versus charging speeds is getting tiring. It’s been raging for the last few years, with many potential car buyers arguing EVs will never be able to go far enough, charge fast enough, or reach whatever backwater hollar they need to visit twice a year. Cars shouldn’t be […]

by Bradley Brownell
5/26/2021
Ferrari F171 hybrid prototype spied going for a cruise

Ferrari, along with its Italian rival Lamborghini, is heading toward an all-electrified future. While the prancing horse brand won’t be committing to the wholesale abandonment of the internal combustion engine any time soon, it is getting the most from its hybrid development and making the cars both fast and fun in the process. Our spies […]

by Bradley Brownell
5/24/2021
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo first drive review: The greatest car… in the world?

It’s unlikely that Porsche set out to build the perfect car when it kicked off the Taycan program — back then it was called Mission E — but it’s come about as close as any auto company ever has in the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. In the vein of a Volvo Cross Country, or an […]

by Bradley Brownell
5/5/2021
Alternating Currents: Toyota is playing it too safe

This week Toyota launched a near-production “concept” electric SUV. Toyota has produced two generations of electric RAV4 in the past, with the first available from 1997 to 2003, then again in 2012, but it has been seven years since you could purchase one new. Neither sold in large numbers, and both were too typically-Toyota conservative […]

by Bradley Brownell
4/21/2021
Alternating Currents: I believe in the Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz has been slowly trickling out new information about its range-topping electric sedan for the last few months, and every new info drop has me convinced that this will be the best luxury electric car ever. MB has clearly put a lot of effort into this machine, and it’s going to pay off for the […]

by Bradley Brownell
4/14/2021
Alternating Currents: Why the humble PHEV is the perfect compromise for Americans

In the last month I’ve been on three lengthy road trips across sparsely populated segments of the United States. Thousands of miles traveled on two wheels and four gave me plenty of time to contemplate the American way of life for those of us not living in the density of cities or even towns. One […]

by Bradley Brownell
4/7/2021
Alternating Currents: Electric cars can’t be the only answer

The United States has a commuting problem. Well, more realistically we have an infrastructure problem, a suburban sprawl problem, a city planning problem, a car dependency problem, a structural racism problem, and a micromanagement problem all rolled into one big commuting problem spaghetti. Electric cars alone will not solve our ills, we need to focus […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/31/2021
Alternating Currents: What if every truck in the United States sold was a Rivian R1T?

Electric trucks are coming. Lots of electric trucks are coming. The first one to market appears as if it will be Rivian’s much ballyhooed R1T. It’s a cool looking truck, and I honestly hope they sell hundreds of thousands of them. It’s not likely to be an incredibly efficient truck, and it’ll certainly be a […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/24/2021