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
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
Alternating Currents: We’re more ready for EV adoption than you might think because we’ve always been ready

These last couple of years the world has seen a few cautiously optimistic internal combustion engine sales bans floated around. Places like California, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Spain, Taiwan, India, and Ireland have pushed for zero emissions mandates from 2050, 2040, or 2035. In recent months even more ambitious plans have come to […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/17/2021
Alternating Currents: Stellantis needs Peugeot in the U.S. even if it doesn’t know it

The Stellantis merger deal is done, the dust has settled, and the giant international automaker Fiat Chrysler has merged with the giant international automaker Peugeot Société Anonyme. As the job of building cars for the world becomes ever more demanding and expensive, companies need to find economies of scale wherever they exist, and this merger […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/10/2021
Alternating Currents: It’s time for a real speed limit

Back in 1974 the federal government took drastic action to reduce energy consumption by the nation’s automobiles in the wake of the oil crisis. Price spikes and supply disruption saw the passage of the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act, which prohibited drivers from exceeding 55 miles per hour on any American road. For twenty-one years […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/3/2021
Alternating Currents: EVGo’s Terms of Service updates ultimately hurt EV adoption

  Enthusiasts, and I mean the dyed-in-the-wool wrenchers, homebuilders, and tinkerers, are the lifeblood of any automotive community. Those non-factory engineers and hobbyists have historically cultivated the foundation upon which car culture lives and thrives today. The qualities that modifiers and hot rodders imbue into their creations push demand from consumers and eventually trickle into […]

by Bradley Brownell
2/24/2021
Alternating Currents: Don’t make your car your entire personality

Choosing what car you drive says a lot about who you are as a person and what things you value. Maybe you chose your car to be a unique extension of who you are. Maybe you chose your car because you wanted to flex on fools or show off your wealth or because it was […]

by Bradley Brownell
2/17/2021
Alternating Currents: EV adoption is not a competition

I didn’t even watch the game, because I honestly couldn’t be bothered, but as a student of the advertising industry, I am perennially interested in the big dollar ad spends that happen every year during the Super Bowl. Yes, it’s the middle of the week and I’m still thinking about that awful General Motors commercial […]

by Bradley Brownell
2/10/2021
2021 Porsche Taycan first drive review: It might be the base, but it’s still a Porsche

If you listen to Porsche, the company will tell you that it only sells sports cars, despite the Panamera being an executive sedan and the sales leading Cayenne and Macan being sport utility vehicles. The German brand will spin those three models as being sport-focussed Porsches first, and form factor segment leaders second. I don’t […]

by Bradley Brownell
2/8/2021
Alternating Currents: Don’t sleep on the Harley LiveWire

After a few thousand miles on Harley-Davidson’s exquisite LiveWire electric motorcycle, I can’t help but think that this is some kind of hidden secret that electric fanatics and motorcycle buffs alike are missing out on. Not only is it the greatest motorcycle I’ve ever ridden, but it is definitively the most fun electric vehicle to […]

by Bradley Brownell
2/3/2021