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: The anarchy of Tesla is in the third row

Last week Tesla unveiled a $3,000 third row seat option for the Model Y. From the moment the first photograph of that rear seat showed up online, the internet was abuzz with laughter at the idea of anyone fitting in a third row. The Model X is available as a three-row layout, but that behemoth […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/13/2021
Alternating Currents: Tesla doesn’t build machines to love but it still has the electric car game on lock

I’ve never loved my iPhone. I don’t even feel particularly loyal to Apple, despite having bought three of them. The user interface is okay, but nothing spectacular. It’s an ergonomic nightmare. The iPhone keeps control of the smartphone market because it’s competent. It does everything pretty well, and there isn’t a lot of learning curve […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/6/2021
Autopia 2099: The electrified car show of the future is happening this year

We’re leaving 2020 in the rear view mirror, and heading into 2021 with at least a modicum of optimism. After this year it feels weird to be hopeful, but I think we can all hope that this year will bring a fix for the virus, a fix for the environment, a fix for our government. […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/4/2021
Alternating Currents: Reducing my carbon footprint is my New Year’s resolution

The average person living in the United States is responsible for about 16 tons of carbon dioxide and methane annually. That’s about four times as much as the global average. To avoid globally catastrophic climate warming, we need to reduce the carbon footprint of every human on earth to under two annual tons as soon […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/30/2020
Alternating Currents: The price of EV batteries more than you think and here’s why

When Nissan first built the relatively compact 24 kWh battery stack in my 2011 Leaf a decade ago, the Japanese automaker paid in the realm of $24,000 to conjure it into existence. With an original MSRP of just over $35,000 before any tax incentives, Nissan was essentially selling an eleven thousand dollar car with twenty-four […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/23/2020
Alternating Currents: Eco mode needs to Chill

Branding is everything. Any car with an ‘eco mode’ is immediately setting itself up for failure. Your brain instantly knows that you’re sacrificing something for the sake of economy, perhaps for the sake of the environment. It’s never really very clear what you’re sacrificing, but the glowing green leaf symbol on your dashboard makes it […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/16/2020
Alternating Currents: Tesla and Stellantis sittin’ in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g… or at least they should

Last week headlines littered the internet with Elon Musk indicating he might be interested in merging Tesla with another automaker in the near future. There are hundreds of reasons that this makes sense, but there is really only one auto conglomerate that can offer Tesla what it needs while needing what Tesla offers. That’s right, […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/9/2020
Sébastien Buemi talks Formula E and what’s next for him and the sport

Sébastien Olivier Buemi is only 32 years old, and has already had the kind of career that any racer would dream of. He’s scored points in Formula One, entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans nine times and taken three overall victories, won two FIA WEC world championships, and took the Season 2 Formula E […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/3/2020
Alternating Currents: EV apps for charging and route planning need to be simplified

At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy duddy, get-off-my-lawn type of guy, I’m going to use this space this week to vent a frustration about EV ownership. Charging needs to be simpler. I don’t mean the physical act of plugging a charge cable into your car’s charge port. I mean the ancillary practices […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/2/2020
Alternating Currents: Bring back roadside attractions for the EV era

Patience is a virtue, and nowhere is that more true than when going on a long-distance trip with your electric vehicle. Last week I took a trip from Los Angeles to my home in Reno, Nevada on Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire motorcycle. Thankfully it charges with a CCS DC fast charger connection, allowing an 80% charge […]

by Bradley Brownell
11/25/2020