OPINIONS
Has Tesla lost that lovin’ feelin’?

A lot has happened in the last few days and months to make us question whether Tesla is still the sweetheart it once was. Defying industry norms, Tesla refused to follow traditional sales methods by not conforming to the dealer model legacy auto has had in place for decades. Regular over the air updates and […]

by Samanthan Rutherford
10/23/2020
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
10/21/2020
Captain Obvious: The GMC Hummer EV was never supposed to be all things to all people

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is finally here, kind of. It’ll be here at the end of next year. But now that we’ve seen it, people are chiming in on what they think. Many, it seems like, don’t like it because it wasn’t designed for them. Well no shit. The electric pickup truck is rapidly […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/21/2020
Elon Musk’s price change of the Tesla Model S electric vehicle is only partially related to Lucid Motors

Tesla recently announced another price drop on their Model S electric sedan. The base price is now $69,420. The primary competition is priced at $69,900 after the $7,500 tax credit. It’s easy to assume that Lucid Motors was the cause for the new price drop, now that it has announced pricing for its Air electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/15/2020
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
10/14/2020
Alternating Currents: Make more EV infrastructure, not EVs with longer range

The arms race for electric vehicle range is raging. With manufacturers like Lucid and Tesla jumping at the chance to offer high-dollar EVs packed with batteries delivering over 500 miles of range, it’s an exciting time to be following the electric car game. Potential new car buyers have listed range anxiety as one of the […]

by Bradley Brownell
10/7/2020
Don’t believe any of the hype around increased ride share usage around coronavirus

There are several stories making the rounds that say that thanks to the effects of coronavirus, people aren’t buying cars and are going to rely more on ride share services to get around. It doesn’t take much to realize that this is false. In 2020, new car sales haven’t been epic. The coronavirus outbreak halted […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/5/2020
Driving Ford’s Mustang present to prepare for Ford’s Mustang future

Last year at an event in California, Ford pulled the sheet off the all-new, fully electric crossover from the Blue Oval. It was called the Mach-E. But more specifically, it was called the Mustang Mach-E. “You’re telling me that the Ford Mustang is now a crossover and an EV?” The people cried foul. Some folks […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/1/2020
Alternating Currents: The case for the electric poster car

Think back to your childhood bedroom. Did you have a car poster on your wall? If you did, surely it wasn’t something beige, reliable, and economical. Nobody had a 1983 Honda Accord poster on their wall; it was something like a Countach or a Testarossa, right? Maybe you lusted after those 1980s 200-mph weapons, the […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/30/2020
Alternating Currents: When electric and endurance meet

  Here we stand in the shadow of two legendary 24 hour racing events, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 24, both delayed from midsummer to early fall in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. A longtime motorsport fanatic, I find myself sitting in the relative comfort of my living room […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/23/2020
Stick a fork in it: The auto show is dead

Look, the auto show had a good run. It used to be a place where prospective buyers could go and check out a car without the hassles or pressures of dealership salespeople hovering. It was a chance to get out of the cold in winter and have a fun afternoon. It also was a place […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
GM may save Nikola and its founder’s fortunes

With the news that Trevor Milton is out at Nikola, questions are emerging around what General Motors knew and didn’t know when it agreed to an 11% ownership equity stake in Nikola. One thing we do know for certain, even though Milton is out, he’s still the largest shareholder in the company with a 20% […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Possible solution to Super Cruise monthly fee? Look back at GPS navigation updates

Learning that Super Cruise isn’t going to remain “free” after 3 years is a bit annoying. If you buy the car and pay extra for the feature, you expect the feature to always work. But that’s not always possible. Presumably, the ongoing $25/month fee for Cadillac Super Cruise use after the 3-year “free trial” is […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
How much would a “working class” electric pickup cost?

Our own Bradley Brownell yesterday said that automakers need to embrace the working class with electric vehicles. Today, Ford gave us more details on the electric F-150.   During Ford‘s event, they mentioned how they expect the electric F-150 to be a work truck. Many electric vehicles carry high prices in the United States, and […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Nissan Z Proto missing something big for a 21st century project

Last night, Z fans around the world waited with baited breath to see the new Nissan Z Proto. After browsing social media this morning, it seems like most people are satisfied with the concept. But it’s missing something. Is it wrong to bring up the lack of any alternative powertrain options on a new sports […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Alternating Currents: American EV offerings need to embrace the working class

This week saw the launch of the Lucid Air, and while I love nearly everything about that car, I can’t reasonably stand behind its $170,000 price tag. That’s a lot of money, even for people who have a lot of money. The main general complaint I frequently hear about electric cars is that they’re exclusively […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/16/2020
Automakers need their own EV social media superstars

When working on building this very site, there became a need to create a list of people who work with brands and companies that talk about EVs online. For companies like Tesla, that’s easy. You just add Elon Musk to the list. Trevor Milton at Nikola also makes sense. It quickly became apparent that very […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/15/2020
Tesla Supercharger network is the company’s key to success

While even the most ardent Tesla haters will admit, the cars have become better and better over the years. While yes, the build quality isn’t consistently solid like it is for more mainstream automakers, Tesla has worked out many of the kinks that plagued the brand early on. But for a company that has experienced […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/14/2020
Our performance testing methodology

When it comes to independent testing of the vehicles we review, we take it very seriously. As our site grows and develops, we’ll be adding more to our testing process, but for now let’s talk about how EV Pulse performance tests its vehicles. Time to cover distance One key performance metric that many people look […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/11/2020
Maserati MC20 should’ve been electric from the start

Maserati‘s new supercar, the MC20, is a stunning looking thing and a modern interpretation of the Italian company’s take on going fast. Built in Italy, it sits as the new halo for the company’s performance. It has 630 hp and will hit 62 mph in under 3 seconds. The engine is made by Maserati, as […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/9/2020
Alternating Currents: The electric hot rod ushers in new era of performance

(Editor’s Note: Bradley Brownell brings his years of automotive experience to EV Pulse as our new weekly commentator. You’ve seen his work at Jalopnik, Flat Sixes, and others. We’re excited to bring his takes on electric to you each and every week.) Hot rodding has been deeply woven into the fabric of America’s love affair […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/9/2020
Tesla shares plummet after split: What’s going on?

After the 1-to-5 stock split of shares of Tesla stock (NASDAQ: TSLA), the stock dropped significantly. Does that mean doom-and-gloom for the EV automaker, or is it more of a hiccup? Tesla stock, unlike most other, gets tons of news coverage every time there’s a gain or a loss. Additionally, the stock is volatile and […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/8/2020
Jeep Wagoneer might be the catalyst to push PHEV adoption

The Jeep Wagoneer isn’t the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on sale. Heck, it’s not even the first luxury PHEV to go on sale when it does next year. But it might be the first one to grab the attention of a premium buyer who might not have considered a plug-in before. Lincoln did a […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/3/2020