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: 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
Last Updated: 12/7/2020
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
Last Updated: 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
Last Updated: 12/1/2020
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
Last Updated: 11/25/2020
Alternating Currents: An ode to the electric beater

My automotive experience has been, since the moment I turned 16 years of age, a revolving door of inexpensive knockaround machines that served their purpose in the moment; a 400,000 mile Pontiac Grand Prix, a Crown Victoria with a rusty frame, a Ford Aspire missing fourth gear, back seats, and a back window. Even my […]

by Bradley Brownell
Last Updated: 11/18/2020
Alternating Currents: President-elect Joe Biden to be Car Guy-in-Chief

In spite of best efforts by the Trump administration to curtail green energy growth in favor of coal and gas, the industry has blossomed over the last half decade or so. Not only has the cost to produce green energy fallen like a stone, but electric vehicles of all kinds are bridging the gap between […]

by Bradley Brownell
Last Updated: 11/10/2020
Alternating Currents: City dwellers need an electric motorcycle

There is so much joy to be had in urban exploration. Even within your own city, plugging around the back alleys and streets you’ve never traveled before, you’ll never regret a bit of exploration. Maybe you’ll stumble upon a new restaurant you want to place an order with, or a mom and pop hardware store […]

by Bradley Brownell
Last Updated: 11/2/2020
Alternating Currents: What happened to Chrysler, who was at the forefront of EV development?

It may seem absurd in 2020, but as little as10n years ago Chrysler was at the forefront of electric vehicle development. In 2007 the company had founded the ENVI group to investigate the feasibility of launching multiple electric vehicles across the company’s full lineup of brands. Not only did the group develop three EVs with […]

by Bradley Brownell
Last Updated: 10/28/2020
Alternating Currents: If Tesla truly cared about the environment, it would open up its charging network to non-Teslas

“Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” That is the company mission statement. Though some of the verbiage has changed it has been more or less the same mission since the company was founded. Every time I remember this fact, a question immediately pops up in my head. If Tesla wants […]

by Bradley Brownell
Last Updated: 10/21/2020
Alternating Currents: Formula E will be bigger than Formula One by 2025

  Honda recently announced that the Japanese automaker would be abandoning its Formula One engine supply program at the close of the 2021 season. Its reasoning? The need to focus the company’s engineering expertise on future drivetrain tech for its road car business. This is the driving force behind the expensive and extravagant F1 program’s […]

by Bradley Brownell
Last Updated: 10/14/2020