OPINIONS

Alternating Currents: Why the humble PHEV is the perfect compromise for Americans

In the last month I’ve been on three lengthy road trips across sparsely populated segments of the United States. Thousands of miles traveled on two wheels and four gave me plenty of time to contemplate the American way of life for those of us not living in the density of cities or even towns. One […]

by Bradley Brownell
4/7/2021
It’s time for Toyota to dump the V6 and replace it with hybrid options

Every time we’ve driven a Toyota or Lexus hybrid here at EV Pulse, the conclusion always comes out to them replacing the V6 and turbocharged engines. It’s already happened in the bestselling RAV4 and the same thing is about to occur with the second-generation Lexus NX so how much more before the Camry and Avalon […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/6/2021
Alternating Currents: Electric cars can’t be the only answer

The United States has a commuting problem. Well, more realistically we have an infrastructure problem, a suburban sprawl problem, a city planning problem, a car dependency problem, a structural racism problem, and a micromanagement problem all rolled into one big commuting problem spaghetti. Electric cars alone will not solve our ills, we need to focus […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/31/2021
Alternating Currents: What if every truck in the United States sold was a Rivian R1T?

Electric trucks are coming. Lots of electric trucks are coming. The first one to market appears as if it will be Rivian’s much ballyhooed R1T. It’s a cool looking truck, and I honestly hope they sell hundreds of thousands of them. It’s not likely to be an incredibly efficient truck, and it’ll certainly be a […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/24/2021
It’s time for the government to come down on Tesla and “Full Self Driving” before more people die

It’s time for some government intervention. Before I get accused of a being a bleeding heart liberal who wants government control of everything, I think there’s a time and place for government, but it also doesn’t need to be all up in my business all the time. One of the places where I think regulation […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/18/2021
Alternating Currents: We’re more ready for EV adoption than you might think because we’ve always been ready

These last couple of years the world has seen a few cautiously optimistic internal combustion engine sales bans floated around. Places like California, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Spain, Taiwan, India, and Ireland have pushed for zero emissions mandates from 2050, 2040, or 2035. In recent months even more ambitious plans have come to […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/17/2021
Alternating Currents: Stellantis needs Peugeot in the U.S. even if it doesn’t know it

The Stellantis merger deal is done, the dust has settled, and the giant international automaker Fiat Chrysler has merged with the giant international automaker Peugeot Société Anonyme. As the job of building cars for the world becomes ever more demanding and expensive, companies need to find economies of scale wherever they exist, and this merger […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/10/2021
Nissan’s EV future will look different from its EV present

Nissan was the first automaker to bring an affordable electric vehicle to the mainstream with the Leaf. While many of us credit Tesla for making them popular, the Leaf was on sale and in driveways while cars like the Model 3 were just a figment of Elon’s imagination. Over the years that followed, each company […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/8/2021
Alternating Currents: It’s time for a real speed limit

Back in 1974 the federal government took drastic action to reduce energy consumption by the nation’s automobiles in the wake of the oil crisis. Price spikes and supply disruption saw the passage of the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act, which prohibited drivers from exceeding 55 miles per hour on any American road. For twenty-one years […]

by Bradley Brownell
3/3/2021
Alternating Currents: EVGo’s Terms of Service updates ultimately hurt EV adoption

  Enthusiasts, and I mean the dyed-in-the-wool wrenchers, homebuilders, and tinkerers, are the lifeblood of any automotive community. Those non-factory engineers and hobbyists have historically cultivated the foundation upon which car culture lives and thrives today. The qualities that modifiers and hot rodders imbue into their creations push demand from consumers and eventually trickle into […]

by Bradley Brownell
2/24/2021