OPINIONS

Alternating Currents: New year and new president brings new optimism

I know we’re just under three weeks into 2021, but this year feels like a really important one for electric propulsion. For at least the last five years I’ve been repeating this mantra over and over every January, but I swear there’s real change in the air right now. It’s not just hopeful optimism. There […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/20/2021
Lincoln should bring back the Mark LT pickup truck as an EV

One could argue — and I often do — that the Lincoln Blackwood and subsequent Mark LT pickup truck was ahead of its time. It was designed to be a premium offering during a time when nobody wanted a premium truck. Those times are over, and it’s obvious if you step foot on a Ford […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/18/2021
This Tesla driver needs to have his driver’s license revoked and he should be in prison

Every week, without fail, I come across a video on YouTube or on TikTok of someone setting Autopilot on their Tesla and climbing into the back seat. Sometimes it’s “just to relax” while other times it is to “sleep.” If you do this, you are a moron and you are unnecessarily putting your life at […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/18/2021
The Kia K5 Hybrid should come to the United States

The Kia K5 is a fantastic mid-size sedan. Great ride and handling, a spacious interior, and user-friendly tech features at a surprisingly affordable price make it an enticing option. Unfortunately, Kia hasn’t brought the hybrid variant to the U.S. The automaker hasn’t given a final say whether it plans to sell the K5 Hybrid here, […]

by Stefan Ogbac
1/18/2021
Lada Niva returns in 2024 but appears to be missing electrified powertrain options

Renault just recently held its “Renaultution” event, where the brands under Groupe Renault talked about the products it was working on in the coming years. For the Russian brand Lada, that means the return of the legendary Niva. The Niva is a bit of a cult classic, not only in Russia but around the world. […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/14/2021
CES 2021 is the strangest CES to take place

A pandemic can change how the world operates. When everything started to shut down in March of 2020, we didn’t know how long it’d last. But now as we enter the early part of 2021, the virus is still here and it’s still shaping the world. Case in point: the 2021 CES show in Las […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/13/2021
Alternating Currents: The anarchy of Tesla is in the third row

Last week Tesla unveiled a $3,000 third row seat option for the Model Y. From the moment the first photograph of that rear seat showed up online, the internet was abuzz with laughter at the idea of anyone fitting in a third row. The Model X is available as a three-row layout, but that behemoth […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/13/2021
Tesla “Full Self-Driving” is a $10,000 scam

If you were to order a new Tesla vehicle today, one of the option boxes you can check is to add “Full Self-Driving.” You might read through the options and think you should add it. You shouldn’t. “Full Self-Driving” is a set of features that aren’t a car driving itself. According to Tesla’s website right […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/11/2021
Alternating Currents: Tesla doesn’t build machines to love but it still has the electric car game on lock

I’ve never loved my iPhone. I don’t even feel particularly loyal to Apple, despite having bought three of them. The user interface is okay, but nothing spectacular. It’s an ergonomic nightmare. The iPhone keeps control of the smartphone market because it’s competent. It does everything pretty well, and there isn’t a lot of learning curve […]

by Bradley Brownell
1/6/2021
Is this the last generation of the Nissan Leaf?

Nissan‘s first mass market electric car, and really the world’s first mass market electric car, just turned 10 years old last year. The Leaf brought the concept of electric driving mainstream and is a favoriteamongt enthusiasts. The current generation Leaf is a good car. It’s reasonably fun to drive, it’s quick enough, and it has […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/5/2021