OPINIONS

How much would Tesla charge non-Tesla drivers to Supercharge?

As part of the massive infrastructure bill passed by the Biden administration, a ton of money was set aside to help grow out the EV fast charging network across the country. To gain access to that money, charging stations can’t be proprietary to one particular make or model. Obviously Tesla would want access to that […]

by Chad Kirchner
7/13/2022
Google, please fix your account issues before more cars get Android Automotive

If you’re like me, you have a Google account for most of your day-to-day life. You might even have a Google Apps for Business account, which allows you to have a custom domain name among other things. I don’t have multiple users, but I wanted a reasonably affordable custom domain suite of options. Google is […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/15/2022
Buc-ee’s needs to get in on EV charging

Recently, a Wall Street Journal article highlighted some of the challenges that still exist with fast charging an electric vehicle on a road trip. While some of the issues encountered are based on the car the author took — a Kia EV6 which doesn’t have dynamic trip planning based on available fast chargers — it […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/6/2022
Ford Pro is leading the way in helping save the power grid

Electric companies aren’t known to be the best companies when it comes to public perception. When the power goes out, you realize how fragile the grid actually is. There have been some big grid issues in the news recently, including a failure in Texas during an ice storm, and an equipment failure that caused a […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/23/2022
Reminder: You don’t have to pay $145,309 for a new F-150 Lightning

In the United States, prices quoted by the manufacturer are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. That “suggested” part is key, and how franchised dealerships can charge whatever they want for a new car, regardless of what the brand would like them to sell it at. On a hot new product, especially one that has 200,000 preorders […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/13/2022
Don’t lose focus: Home charging still matters WAY more than fast charging for EV owners

DC fast charging needs to improve. There’s enough articles on the internet and enough experiences from people who drive EVs to know that it needs to be better. But we also shouldn’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Electrify America is working on improving its charging experience. That is all well and good, […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/23/2022
Here’s why my go to recommendation is no longer Tesla

Prior to today, Tuesday Mar. 15, 2022, my go to recommendation for a new electric vehicle had a Tesla badge on the hood. Why? Because normal people who don’t know much about electric cars have the easiest time transitioning when the car they are driving is a Tesla. The Supercharger network is reliable, and Tesla’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/15/2022
Automakers will soon be battling your phone for screen time

With Sony and Honda entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to create and sell an electric car by 2025, the internet is full of varying takes on whether or not this is a good or bad thing. Sony doesn’t make cars now, so it makes sense that if the company wants to sell a car, […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/4/2022
Polestar’s super blunt Super Bowl commercial calls out Volkswagen, Tesla

Polestar made its first Super Bowl appearance at last night’s game with a very blunt ad called “No Compromises.” This 30-second spot fires off lots of fighting words against some of the Swedish brand’s competitors. Statements like “No epic voice-overs,” “No Dieselgate,” “No dirty secrets,” and “No hidden agenda” show how focused the company is […]

by Stefan Ogbac
2/14/2022
More businesses should invest in level 2 charging, but leave DCFC to companies like Electrify America and Tesla who own their own equipment for the time being

Capitalism is great. Well, sometimes. When it comes to the rollout of EV charging infrastructure it can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Level 2 J-1772 charging is perfect for many businesses who want to offer a competitive advantage but they need to leave the DCFC to some of the big dogs — at […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/17/2022