Stefan Ogbac

Stefan has been writing about the auto industry since 2014. Even though he owes the Dodge Viper for turning him into an avid car enthusiast, he’s found his niche on Japanese and Korean autos. Based in Los Angeles, you’ll find Stefan in the kitchen whipping up delicious food when not tinkering with cars or cruising on Angeles Crest.
Stefan Ogbac
2021 Volvo V60 T8 Polestar Engineered review: Best one-car garage?

A brown, diesel-powered wagon with a manual transmission is the quintessential automotive unobtanium in the U.S. because there’s not a single vehicle that checks all of those boxes. In fact, to sell wagons, automakers have added body cladding and raised suspensions to expand their appeal in a crossover-crazed world. Choices for a conventional wagon are […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/13/2021
Electrify America adds DC chargers near Yosemite National Park

Electrify America has opened DC chargers in Buck Meadows, California, meaning if you’re driving a battery-electric vehicle to Yosemite National Park, you now have a place to charge. These chargers were opened in cooperation with the Yosemite Westgate and Buck Meadows Lodge, which gives EV drivers a place to charge before entering the park. “We […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/9/2021
Cadillac to compete in Le Mans in 2023 with a hybrid race car

Cadillac has announced that it will return to racing and enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023. The brand aims to use a fourth-generation V-series prototype with a hybrid powertrain. Initially, it will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) LMDh for the 2023 season. “For nearly […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/9/2021
2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid gains AWD and more tech features

Well, that didn’t take long. Only a year after it arrived on the market as an FWD-only model, the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid is now available with AWD. This expands the crossover’s appeal, making it a viable option to consumers living in areas with four seasons. Power comes from a 1.6-liter turbo-four coupled to a […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/9/2021
Bigger battery and more power: Volvo T8 Recharge PHEVs get updated

Volvo has announced a significant update to its T8 plug-in hybrid lineup, which adds more power and improve their all-electric range. This includes a new 18.8-kWh lithium-ion battery replacing the 11.6-kWh unit and a 145-hp electric motor in place of the 87-hp unit in the current cars. As a result, Volvo’s T8 lineup will have […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/9/2021
Karma Automotive to offer modular electric powertrains for commercial trucks

Karma Automotive has announced at Advanced Clean Tech (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California that it will launch modular all-electric powertrains for commercial vehicles. Called Powered by Karma, the new engineering and contract manufacturing arm will focus on electrified solutions and services for its customers. This is the next evolution of Karma Automotive’s business-to-business (B2B) […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/9/2021
The Nissan Leaf is likely not going away anytime soon

Rumors of the Nissan Leaf getting discontinued have been making their rounds ever since the Ariya made its global debut in mid-2020. With the compact crossover being a high-volume vehicle across all global markets, it’s not surprising that the Ariya’s arrival could spell the demise of Nissan’s first dedicated battery-electric nameplate. However, that doesn’t seem […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/9/2021
Volkswagen ID.3 GTX confirmed for production: Report

Volkswagen is poised to continue its hot hatch heritage as it electrifies its lineup. Brand boss Ralf Brandstätter revealed to Auto Express at the 2021 Munich auto show that the ID.X Concept has gotten the green light for production. That car was essentially a thinly veiled Volkswagen ID.3 GTX and was ready for production. “The […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/8/2021
2022 Kia Niro family gets new badges, EV gains more tech features

The 2022 Kia Niro lineup has been announced and the biggest change is the addition of Kia’s new logo. You’ll still be able to get the subcompact crossover in three versions: a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a full battery-electric vehicle. The Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV carry over unchanged while the Niro EV […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/8/2021
Toyota commits further to electrification with massive battery investment

Toyota has announced an increased commitment to electrification with a big investment in battery technology. However, battery-electric vehicles are just one part of the larger puzzle because Toyota has also doubled down on hybrids as part of its overall strategy. Their approach will vary based on the region. In places with abundant renewable energy, Toyota […]

by Stefan Ogbac
9/8/2021