OPINIONS

Driving Ford’s Mustang present to prepare for Ford’s Mustang future

Last year at an event in California, Ford pulled the sheet off the all-new, fully electric crossover from the Blue Oval. It was called the Mach-E. But more specifically, it was called the Mustang Mach-E. “You’re telling me that the Ford Mustang is now a crossover and an EV?” The people cried foul. Some folks […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/1/2020
Alternating Currents: The case for the electric poster car

Think back to your childhood bedroom. Did you have a car poster on your wall? If you did, surely it wasn’t something beige, reliable, and economical. Nobody had a 1983 Honda Accord poster on their wall; it was something like a Countach or a Testarossa, right? Maybe you lusted after those 1980s 200-mph weapons, the […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/30/2020
Alternating Currents: When electric and endurance meet

  Here we stand in the shadow of two legendary 24 hour racing events, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 24, both delayed from midsummer to early fall in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. A longtime motorsport fanatic, I find myself sitting in the relative comfort of my living room […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/23/2020
Stick a fork in it: The auto show is dead

Look, the auto show had a good run. It used to be a place where prospective buyers could go and check out a car without the hassles or pressures of dealership salespeople hovering. It was a chance to get out of the cold in winter and have a fun afternoon. It also was a place […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
GM may save Nikola and its founder’s fortunes

With the news that Trevor Milton is out at Nikola, questions are emerging around what General Motors knew and didn’t know when it agreed to an 11% ownership equity stake in Nikola. One thing we do know for certain, even though Milton is out, he’s still the largest shareholder in the company with a 20% […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Possible solution to Super Cruise monthly fee? Look back at GPS navigation updates

Learning that Super Cruise isn’t going to remain “free” after 3 years is a bit annoying. If you buy the car and pay extra for the feature, you expect the feature to always work. But that’s not always possible. Presumably, the ongoing $25/month fee for Cadillac Super Cruise use after the 3-year “free trial” is […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
How much would a “working class” electric pickup cost?

Our own Bradley Brownell yesterday said that automakers need to embrace the working class with electric vehicles. Today, Ford gave us more details on the electric F-150.   During Ford‘s event, they mentioned how they expect the electric F-150 to be a work truck. Many electric vehicles carry high prices in the United States, and […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Nissan Z Proto missing something big for a 21st century project

Last night, Z fans around the world waited with baited breath to see the new Nissan Z Proto. After browsing social media this morning, it seems like most people are satisfied with the concept. But it’s missing something. Is it wrong to bring up the lack of any alternative powertrain options on a new sports […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Alternating Currents: American EV offerings need to embrace the working class

This week saw the launch of the Lucid Air, and while I love nearly everything about that car, I can’t reasonably stand behind its $170,000 price tag. That’s a lot of money, even for people who have a lot of money. The main general complaint I frequently hear about electric cars is that they’re exclusively […]

by Bradley Brownell
9/16/2020
Automakers need their own EV social media superstars

When working on building this very site, there became a need to create a list of people who work with brands and companies that talk about EVs online. For companies like Tesla, that’s easy. You just add Elon Musk to the list. Trevor Milton at Nikola also makes sense. It quickly became apparent that very […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/15/2020