Two Tesla models in front of a building
Hybrids & Electrics

The Biggest Tesla Complaints

There’s no denying that Tesla has become one of the most popular automotive brands in the country. Its cars are sleek. The tech is cool. And owning one means that you won’t be stopping to refuel at the pump anytime soon. But as enticing as all of that may be, Tesla does have some issues …

An orange 2020 Kia Niro on display in a parking lot with trees in the background
Hybrids & Electrics

Don’t Buy These Electric Vehicles if You Like Going Places

As battery technology becomes increasingly more advanced, electric vehicles are more enticing than ever. Additionally, you’re no longer just stuck with an electric sedan. Now you’ve got electric SUVs and sports cars as well. However, Consumer Reports recently retracted its recommendation of a crop of EVs from big-time manufacturers such as Porsche, Audi, Kia, and …

car on fire with firemen dousing flames
Hybrids & Electrics

Are Electric Cars More Likely to Catch on Fire?

If you watch the news, chances are you’ve heard at least a few cases of electric cars or hybrid vehicles catching on fire. With many drivers feeling apprehensive about the switch, the potential for a fire, however small it may be, can be enough to send test-drivers running home to their gasoline-powered cars. But is …

A red Solo, from ElectraMeccanica, sites in a parking lot.
Hybrids & Electrics

Production of The Solo Begins – New Locations Open

ElectraMeccanica may not be a name familiar to many. That’s okay. In recent years the company has been putting together the funding and manufacturing relationships it needs to produce electric vehicles. Today, a press release announced that its production versions of its flagship vehicle, the Solo, are now rolling out.  What is the Solo The …

A Tesla Model 3 is charged at the charging station for TESLA electric vehicles, manufacturer of electric vehicles
Hybrids & Electrics

What Impacts an Electric Car’s Range?

Electric cars are getting more and more popular. So much so that the typical electric car terminology like “range,” “charge time,” and even “kilowatt-hour” is getting more ubiquitous as time goes on. However, not many consumers might know what kind of factors play into an electric car’s projected range. There’s a lot more to it …

Front end of a the MG E-Motion concept car
Tips, Tricks & Trends

MG Enters Mexico, International Expansion Continues

MG will return to Mexico this month. Its owner, SAIC, is bringing MG back to that country after an absence since 2005. Does this move signal a future return to the United States as well? Will MG return to the United States? Will MG return to the United States? The answer to that question is a speculative …

Nissan displays new design concept with the Nissan Ariya electric crossover.
Hybrids & Electrics

What Kind of Range Does the 2021 Nissan Ariya Get?

No matter which way you look at it, it’s hard to compete with Tesla when it comes to building an electric car that can get the best range and performance, but Nissan is set to try it out with the forthcoming Ariya. And while most consumers likely won’t care about the performance aspect of the …

Polestar 2 all-electric 5-door fastback car in grey on display at Brussels Expo
Hybrids & Electrics

10th Annual National Drive Electric Week Begins Thursday

Every year for the last 10 years, there has been a campaign to raise the awareness of the benefits of driving electric. Of course, cars are a big part of the focus, but so are trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and even scooters. This year’s National Drive Electric Week campaign begins tomorrow, September 24th, and runs through …

Elon Musk on stage
Hybrids & Electrics

What’s the Big Deal About the Tesla Battery Day Event?

Tomorrow, September 22, 2020, is Tesla’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders. It will stream live on the Tesla website. Immediately following this awaited meeting, the Tesla Battery Day event streams live as well. The stockholders’ meeting will commence at 1:30 PM Pacific Time. The following Battery Day event is getting a lot of hype, but what …

Tesla Model 3 driving on the highway
Hybrids & Electrics

Does Tesla Still Make the Best Electric Car You Can Buy?

In the last decade, all-electric vehicles have grown tremendously. Tesla’s automotive company is no longer monopolizing the market. But Tesla has been around the longest. The question now is, do they still build the best electric cars you can buy?  Well, US News & World Report explored that very question. They came up with a list of the best electric vehicles based on …

A view from behind a red Nobe GT100 electric autocycle shows the removed panoramic roof.

New Tech, Classic Style, 3 Wheels – The Nobe Electric Car

I have discussed before that autocycles have had a hard time gaining traction in the United States. Before they can become a huge success, they first have to prove to the consumer that a vehicle with three wheels is okay. Once that is achieved, then autocycles will move from niche markets and into the broader mass …

A blue Hyundai Kona Electric car sits on display next to a recharging unit.
Hybrids & Electrics

Hyundai and Samsung Team up on Electric Future

The electrification of the automotive industry is happening extremely fast. Some of the credit for that goes to Tesla. The company’s presence jump-started the electric car industry. Consequently, electric battery tech for the average consumer has become a lot more affordable and prevalent. Now, almost every automotive manufacturer is looking at electric options for their lineup, …

The rear of a white Tesla Roadster sits in a garage hooked up to a charging cable.
Hybrids & Electrics

The Last Tesla Roadster Built is For Sale

Some may not remember this, but Tesla did not always build their own vehicles. Instead, at first, Tesla would buy the Lotus Elise chassis and converted it for electric propulsion. Then, the completed new electric roadster was rebadged as a Tesla. That is how the first Tesla Roadster came into existence. One of those original …

A charcoal Tesla Model 3 electric car in a showroom
Hybrids & Electrics

Almost 30 Tesla Model 3s Ordered By Accident

A Reddit user by the name of Balloon Man recently recounted how an internet hiccup caused some trouble for his German father. An order for a single Tesla Model 3 ended up with the father’s order and deposit being multiplied. The original Tesla Model 3 with the Autopilot option was selected. But, when all was …

A white classic Volkswagen Beetle convertible converted to electric power
Hybrids & Electrics

Volkswagen May Bring the Beetle Back as an Electric Car

While the ID Buzz, aka the electric Microbus, isn’t quite production-ready, it may not be the only iconic vehicle Volkswagen’s rebooting into an EV. 2019 saw the release of the final Volkswagen Beetle. Despite its styling and long history, consumer interest lagged, and VW discontinued it. But now, there’s rumors of a new Volkswagen Beetle—an …

VW XL Sport | VW-
Hybrids & Electrics

Volkswagen Opens Next-Generation Electric Charging Station

Extreme heat and cold temperatures affect electric car battery life and usage. Volkswagen knows this. So, the company has opened the doors to an extensive charging station for electric vehicles at its Arizona proving grounds. The next generation charging facility will be used to evaluate battery charging and electric performance in extreme heat.  The new …

Electric vehicle (EV) plug-in station
Hybrids & Electrics

EV Owners to Get Cash From Vehicle-To-Grid Technology

In many areas of the country, people have solar power generated electricity for their homes. If those systems produce more electricity than the homes need, that extra generated electricity is sold back to the local electric utility. A new project is aiming to see if the same concept can work for electric cars. A vehicle-to-grid …

Electric vehicle (EV) plug-in station
Hybrids & Electrics

What is the Cheapest Electric Vehicle on the Market?

Owning an electric vehicle might not be at the forefront of everyone’s minds considering there are still issues when it comes to range anxiety and the inconvenience of charging. However, the electric vehicle segment is currently growing and there are even many on the used market that can be purchased for a low price. But …

Front view of a white Tesla Model S
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Model S Rendered as a Tight World Pickup

Back on May 24th, we covered how Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, was riding in the electric Tesla Cybertruck with Jay Leno in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. They discussed the need to make the Cybertruck smaller to fit in a standard garage. After the show aired, Mr. Musk tweeted that making the …

A white Model Y sits in a display
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Model Y Teardown Foam Failure

Tesla has taken a lot of heat for being unconventional. Regardless of what pundits say about the company’s approach to the automotive market, however, no one can argue that the company is a failure. Instead, Tesla has successfully marketed, introduced, produced, and sold new electric models after new electric models. It has also created legions of followers along the way. …

Front view of a white Tesla Model S
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Germany Trying Too Hard to Cure EV Range Anxiety

Riding along in an electric vehicle and having a fear of running out of charge before reaching a destination is called range anxiety. In the eyes of the country of Germany, that fear has hindered consumers from embracing the transition to electric vehicles. So, Germany has come up with an answer to range anxiety. EV …

The red electric Quant from Nano Flow Cell
Hybrids & Electrics

New Car, New Tech: A Car That Runs On Salt Water

The Geneva Motor Show is a pretty big deal. Is it not uncommon to have major and minor manufacturers alike reveal things to the public at the show. Sometimes that means the introduction of a new design or new technology. The electric Nano Flow Cell Quant is an example of both. The Quant made waves …

Hyundai Nexo Police Car
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Hyundai Kona Electric Police Car?

Police forces around the world are increasingly looking at becoming greener. But, they also do not want to sacrifice requirements they already have to do so. So, in addition to adding solar panels to their buildings, and improving recycling programs, a lot of the world’s precincts are identifying their choice of squad cars as a possible …

Jaguar I-Pace
Hybrids & Electrics

Looming EV Battery Shortage Threatens Electric Car Sales

As automakers like Audi, Jaguar, and Porsche start to add electric cars to their lineups, some issues still remain. Most are centered around EV batteries, specifically their design and support. Current fast-charging infrastructure remains somewhat spotty, which forces companies to make larger and more expensive battery packs. And incidents like the Porsche Taycan fire aren’t …