OPINIONS

Tesla (TSLA) 2021 stock predictions

Of all of the manufacturers that build electric vehicles, there’s only one make that has a cult following around the stock and share price. Obviously, that company is Tesla (TSLA). 2020 was an interesting year for the stock, where it reached astronomical highs and then went through a 5 for 1 stock split. While the […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/4/2021
Videos like these don’t help the cause for Tesla “Full Self Driving”

Right now you can purchase a software update for any new Tesla that unlocks a feature called “Full Self Driving.” While the name would suggest that the car can drive itself, that is definitely not the case. The Tesla owners manual even states so. “Navigate on Autopilot does not make driving autonomous. You must pay […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/31/2020
Alternating Currents: Reducing my carbon footprint is my New Year’s resolution

The average person living in the United States is responsible for about 16 tons of carbon dioxide and methane annually. That’s about four times as much as the global average. To avoid globally catastrophic climate warming, we need to reduce the carbon footprint of every human on earth to under two annual tons as soon […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/30/2020
Attention Tesla and Elon Musk: This is absolutely unacceptable for a modern car

One of the clever features that makes Tesla ownership unique is the frequency of over-the-air updates designed to add features and make the car better. Unlike other automakers, Tesla updates can change nearly every computer component on the vehicle. Living with a long-term Model 3 Standard Range Plus, you get used to some of the […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/28/2020
Alternating Currents: The price of EV batteries more than you think and here’s why

When Nissan first built the relatively compact 24 kWh battery stack in my 2011 Leaf a decade ago, the Japanese automaker paid in the realm of $24,000 to conjure it into existence. With an original MSRP of just over $35,000 before any tax incentives, Nissan was essentially selling an eleven thousand dollar car with twenty-four […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/23/2020
The Apple Car already exists, it just has a Tesla badge on the hood

It seems like every few months a story will drop from a reputable source stating that Apple is still working on an electric car. While we do know there is some secretive auto division at Apple called Project Titan, there really hasn’t been anything to come out of it. There probably never will be. But […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/22/2020
Alternating Currents: Eco mode needs to Chill

Branding is everything. Any car with an ‘eco mode’ is immediately setting itself up for failure. Your brain instantly knows that you’re sacrificing something for the sake of economy, perhaps for the sake of the environment. It’s never really very clear what you’re sacrificing, but the glowing green leaf symbol on your dashboard makes it […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/16/2020
Government needs to catch up with the latest safety tech

Earlier today, we published our first drive review of the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai. It turns out it’s a fantastic car that happens to run on a fuel that isn’t widely available. That’s a bummer. But it could be more widely available than it is. Hydrogen filling stations are popping up a lot of […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/16/2020
Alternating Currents: Tesla and Stellantis sittin’ in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g… or at least they should

Last week headlines littered the internet with Elon Musk indicating he might be interested in merging Tesla with another automaker in the near future. There are hundreds of reasons that this makes sense, but there is really only one auto conglomerate that can offer Tesla what it needs while needing what Tesla offers. That’s right, […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/9/2020
It is time for the Toyota Prius to evolve beyond its fuel sipping roots

Few cars can match the Toyota Prius when it comes to sipping fuel and being practical. It is the car that proved the hybrid powertrain’s viability after all. However, in order to better compete with cars trying to steal its crown, the Prius must evolve beyond the practical, high efficiency option. As hybrids become more […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/8/2020