OPINIONS

Alternating Currents: President-elect Joe Biden to be Car Guy-in-Chief

In spite of best efforts by the Trump administration to curtail green energy growth in favor of coal and gas, the industry has blossomed over the last half decade or so. Not only has the cost to produce green energy fallen like a stone, but electric vehicles of all kinds are bridging the gap between […]

by Bradley Brownell
11/11/2020
Alternating Currents: City dwellers need an electric motorcycle

There is so much joy to be had in urban exploration. Even within your own city, plugging around the back alleys and streets you’ve never traveled before, you’ll never regret a bit of exploration. Maybe you’ll stumble upon a new restaurant you want to place an order with, or a mom and pop hardware store […]

by Bradley Brownell
11/4/2020
Alternating Currents: What happened to Chrysler, who was at the forefront of EV development?

It may seem absurd in 2020, but as little as10n years ago Chrysler was at the forefront of electric vehicle development. In 2007 the company had founded the ENVI group to investigate the feasibility of launching multiple electric vehicles across the company’s full lineup of brands. Not only did the group develop three EVs with […]

by Bradley Brownell
10/28/2020
Has Tesla lost that lovin’ feelin’?

A lot has happened in the last few days and months to make us question whether Tesla is still the sweetheart it once was. Defying industry norms, Tesla refused to follow traditional sales methods by not conforming to the dealer model legacy auto has had in place for decades. Regular over the air updates and […]

by Samanthan Rutherford
10/23/2020
Alternating Currents: If Tesla truly cared about the environment, it would open up its charging network to non-Teslas

“Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” That is the company mission statement. Though some of the verbiage has changed it has been more or less the same mission since the company was founded. Every time I remember this fact, a question immediately pops up in my head. If Tesla wants […]

by Bradley Brownell
10/21/2020
Captain Obvious: The GMC Hummer EV was never supposed to be all things to all people

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is finally here, kind of. It’ll be here at the end of next year. But now that we’ve seen it, people are chiming in on what they think. Many, it seems like, don’t like it because it wasn’t designed for them. Well no shit. The electric pickup truck is rapidly […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/21/2020
Elon Musk’s price change of the Tesla Model S electric vehicle is only partially related to Lucid Motors

Tesla recently announced another price drop on their Model S electric sedan. The base price is now $69,420. The primary competition is priced at $69,900 after the $7,500 tax credit. It’s easy to assume that Lucid Motors was the cause for the new price drop, now that it has announced pricing for its Air electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/15/2020
Alternating Currents: Formula E will be bigger than Formula One by 2025

  Honda recently announced that the Japanese automaker would be abandoning its Formula One engine supply program at the close of the 2021 season. Its reasoning? The need to focus the company’s engineering expertise on future drivetrain tech for its road car business. This is the driving force behind the expensive and extravagant F1 program’s […]

by Bradley Brownell
10/14/2020
Alternating Currents: Make more EV infrastructure, not EVs with longer range

The arms race for electric vehicle range is raging. With manufacturers like Lucid and Tesla jumping at the chance to offer high-dollar EVs packed with batteries delivering over 500 miles of range, it’s an exciting time to be following the electric car game. Potential new car buyers have listed range anxiety as one of the […]

by Bradley Brownell
10/7/2020
Don’t believe any of the hype around increased ride share usage around coronavirus

There are several stories making the rounds that say that thanks to the effects of coronavirus, people aren’t buying cars and are going to rely more on ride share services to get around. It doesn’t take much to realize that this is false. In 2020, new car sales haven’t been epic. The coronavirus outbreak halted […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/5/2020