OPINIONS

Banning wind and solar development is dumb, and it’s bad for Ohio

A pandemic is raging across the United States, with hospitals nearing capacity and death tolls in the hundreds of thousands. Now, you’d think, would be a great time for Statehouses around the country to be working on relief bills to help residents, provide aid to first responders, and generally help the people through these trying […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/7/2020
Alternating Currents: EV apps for charging and route planning need to be simplified

At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy duddy, get-off-my-lawn type of guy, I’m going to use this space this week to vent a frustration about EV ownership. Charging needs to be simpler. I don’t mean the physical act of plugging a charge cable into your car’s charge port. I mean the ancillary practices […]

by Bradley Brownell
12/2/2020
Which electric pickup truck will be canceled next?

When it was expected General Motors was going to take an ownership stake in Nikola, it added credibility. Surely with GM on board, the company would do well and the Badger would hit the streets. That’s not, unfortunately, what happened. Through a series of calamities surrounding the former CEO, confidence in the company dwindled. GM […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/30/2020
Would you buy a small Tesla hatchback?

During Tesla’s Battery Day this fall, CEO Elon Musk said that he believes the company will work on a $25,000 Tesla model once the battery tech becomes cheap enough to do so. Recently, Musk added that a small hatchback is likely in the works. While it’d be a European model to start, there’s always a […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/29/2020
How will the Tesla Semi actually get 621 miles per charge?

Recently, Elon Musk mentioned that the Tesla Semi, a class 8 commercial truck, will get 621 miles of range per charge. How exactly will that be possible? Musk claims new battery technology will be what makes it happen, and while I agree that new battery technology is going to make this goal more attainable, it’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/27/2020
How we’d spec it: 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup

Now that you can build and price your own Rivian R1S and R1T, we thought we’d come up with some of our dream configurations to share with you folks. For the R1T, we believe that it’s a truck that’s going to be well suited for getting away from it all. That’s why the Adventure Package […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Alternating Currents: Bring back roadside attractions for the EV era

Patience is a virtue, and nowhere is that more true than when going on a long-distance trip with your electric vehicle. Last week I took a trip from Los Angeles to my home in Reno, Nevada on Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire motorcycle. Thankfully it charges with a CCS DC fast charger connection, allowing an 80% charge […]

by Bradley Brownell
11/25/2020
An electric Nissan Titan with Hercules technology doesn’t make much sense quite yet

Every automaker is looking toward electrification for a variety of reasons. Some of it is to avoid the regulatory burdens of not making energy efficient vehicles. Some want to be at the forefront of green technology. No matter what the reason, if automakers aren’t researching and developing it now, it’ll be too late. So when […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/20/2020
Alternating Currents: An ode to the electric beater

My automotive experience has been, since the moment I turned 16 years of age, a revolving door of inexpensive knockaround machines that served their purpose in the moment; a 400,000 mile Pontiac Grand Prix, a Crown Victoria with a rusty frame, a Ford Aspire missing fourth gear, back seats, and a back window. Even my […]

by Bradley Brownell
11/18/2020
Ford electric E-Transit van enters the arena and moves the industry forward

Now that we’ve seen the 2022 Ford E-Transit electric van, its time to discuss the significance of this change. Indeed, Ford entering the electric van arena represents a seismic shift in the world of electric and is significant for the advancement of the industry. Ford’s plans to become net zero by 2050 is certainly admirable, […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/12/2020