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Matthew Skwarczek

Matthew is a motoring enthusiast and self-proclaimed giant nerd. When he's not cycling or helping with scouts, he's desperately trying to find more space for his books.

Porsche Taycan charging at Electrify America station
Hybrids & Electrics

Why Fast Charging an EV Costs More

Charging, arguably more so than battery capacity or chemistry, is one of the biggest limitations to widespread EV adoption. Supercapacitors could theoretically cut charge times, but they’re not production-ready. And although hydrogen fuel cells can refuel as quickly as ICE vehicles, the infrastructure isn’t there yet. New fast-charging stations, and fast-charging EVs like the Porsche …

2007 Mercedes R63 AMG
Cars

Mercedes Once Offered a 500-HP Minivan

Mercedes is no stranger to oddball ideas. This is the automaker that grafted an extra axle and pickup bed onto a G-Class, after all. There’s also been E-Class pickups, G-Wagon pickups, and a luxury Unimog. But for although the German company can do luxury well, there’s one type of vehicle that doesn’t appear in its …

Ducati V4 Panigale
2 Wheels

What Makes Ducati Motorcycles so Desirable?

Chasing racing success and improved performance helps motorcycles, too. Harley-Davidson made great waves with its flat tracker bikes. Honda’s bikes have won the Paris-Dakar 6 times now, and its CB750 was the first to be called a ‘superbike.’ But there’s one brand that’s perhaps the most-closely tied to racing: Ducati. Over the years, the Italian …

2021 Rivian R1T
Hybrids & Electrics

Rivian’s Electric Pickup Truck Will Cost Less Than Expected

In recent months, the electric pickup truck market has gained new competitors. Hummer’s coming back in all-electric truck form, and GM’s Lordstown plant has been recommissioned for electric pickup production. Perhaps that’s the motivation behind Rivian’s latest announcement. Fresh off the heels of new investments and feature introductions, the company has revealed the R1T electric …

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
Cars

How the Porsche IMS Bearing Doomed the 996 911

Porsche’s current reputation has much to do with the iconic 911. It’s evolved from a simple sports car into something that can out-accelerate and out-handle some supercars. And classic 911s aren’t some delicate garage display, either. Singer restores them into over-engineered works of art, for one. And for another, it was the 911’s presence in …

Suzuki Samurai
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The 90s Scandal Consumer Reports Hopes You Forgot About

The automotive world is no stranger to scandals. Some are the result of genuine product flaws or company misrepresentation, such as with Takata’s airbags and Volkswagen’s diesel vehicles. Others, though, like Audi’s unintended acceleration debacle, stemmed from driver error as much as product design. Which begs the question: which category does the Consumer Reports scandal …

2013 Nissan IDX concept Nismo | 002
Cars

How Affordable Performance Could Save Nissan

In discussing possible ways Nissan could save itself, we briefly touched upon what made Nissan’s past products desirable: performance. Nissan has made some incredible high-performance vehicles, ranging from JDM forbidden-fruit to rally-conquering SUVs. But what set Nissan, and indeed, most Japanese carmakers, from brands like Porsche or Ferrari was how attainable their sporty vehicles were. …

Nissan New CEO Press Conference
Cars

What Does Nissan Need to Change to Become Competitive?

Understatement of the year, but Nissan’s not feeling so hot right now. Beyond the scandals surrounding the former CEO, the automaker’s sales have slumped, and popular models like the Frontier, Pathfinder, and Armada struggle to stay competitive. Even the Titan full-size pickup truck is having a tough time. Nissan’s newest CEO, Makoto Uchida, recently came …

1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed 4WD diesel
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Do #Vanlife Right With a Japanese Van

Overlanding usually features trucks and SUVs, prepped for off-roading and loaded with roof tents or bed campers. Or, if you’re really going off-grid, a specially-prepped Unimog. Equally as popular, though, is “van life”, which sometimes gets reduced—courtesy of Instagram—to be just about decorating an old VW van and sticking to “paved roads and parking lots,” …

Garage Italia electric Fiat Panda 4x4
Cars

This Fiat Panda is a Compact Electric 4×4

It’s not only celebrities that are going electric. Classic trucks and SUVs are now being converted to electric drive, keeping classic utility without problematic powertrains. Swapping the engine out for an electric motor also makes affordable importable off-road SUVs easier to live with—fewer obscure parts to break. But SUVs aren’t the only off-roaders. Both Lancia …