electric vehicles


Episode #102 – No Charging, No Parking!

This week Sam has returned from California and after driving the 2019 Kia Niro EV, he has a rant about electric vehicle drivers that think they have a right to park right next to the building even when they aren’t charging. Rebecca has been driving the lovely new Volvo V60 and Dan has the “first ever” Ford Edge ST. In the news, the crew ponders the new Cadillac CT5 that was shown ahead of its public debut at the New York Auto Show. Porsche drops some teasers of the upcoming Taycan electric sedan and Fisker pivots with a new production, retail and service strategy. Sam talks with Henrik Fisker and the team opines.

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New Fisker electric SUV

Porsche Taycan Teaser

2020 Cadillac CT5

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Episode #100 – Lots of Electrons in Geneva

As Wheel Bearings breaks into triple digits we have one more two part show with Rebecca still in the sub-continent. In the first half of the show, Sam and Rebecca talk more about transportation in India and the challenges of deploying electric vehicles there. Sam has been driving the Genesis G70. Then Rebecca and Sam dive into some of the highlights of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show including the Honda E prototype, a new era of coachbuilding based on electric vehicle platforms like the VW MEB, the Alfa Romeo Tonale and some new Aston Martins.

Meanwhile Dan has been driving the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Dan and Sam dive into the new plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass coming next year and Tesla’s new Supercharger V3.

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Honda E Prototype

A Return to Coach Building

VW to Share the MEB Platform

VW Buggy

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain concept

Jeep PHEVs

Tesla Supercharger V3

Tesla Model 3: The fun and frustration

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Episode #099 – Live From The Sub-Continent

This week, location and schedule constraints meant that the show was recorded in two parts. Sam talked with Rebecca while she was on vacation in India and then picked up later with Dan back in his native time zone. Sam drove the Hyundai Kona Electric and Rebecca describes transportation in India. Tesla made some news just hours before recording by finally releasing the mythical $35,000 model 3 and simultaneously announcing the closure of almost all of its stores. Being in India gives Rebecca some insight into why Ford’s adoption of What3Words is meaningful.

Meanwhile back in New England, Dan has been driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SE and pondering the big Detroit plant investment announcement that Fiat Chrysler made this week. Dan and Sam also dive into the new Polestar 2 and we get an update on US availability of the Volkswagen Arteon.

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Ford adds support for What3Words

Volvo announces the Polestar 2

Tesla launches its cheapest car, closes all of its stores

FCA to invest $4.5B in Detroit plants

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review

Rebecca on Instagram and Twitter and RebeccaDrives.com

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Episode #090 – Back To The Future

This week Sam has been driving the Cadillac ATS-V and GMC Acadia Denali. Dan gets to be one of the first to try out the new Ram 1500 North Edition.

Electric vehicle batteries don’t ignite very often, but when they do, they are really hard to put out. Lincoln goes back to the past for a special edition of the Continental and FCA appears to be preparing a new inline six cylinder engine.

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Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition

Twice-baked batteries

New Fiat-Chrysler inline six

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Episode #089 – Plugged In Jag and Semi-Driverless Sorta Robo-Taxis

We’re back with seat time in the Honda Odyssey, Jaguar i-Pace, Mazda6 Signature and Volkswagen Jetta S. Meanwhile Waymo sort of launches a commercial sort of driverless robo-taxi service, Porsche tests ultra-fast charging and Aston Martin reveals some engine details about the Valykerie.

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Waymo One soft launch

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Porsche ultra-fast charging

Full review of the 2019 Jaguar i-Pace

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Episode #088 – Plugged In At The LA Auto Show

The American automotive market is more about trucks and utilities than ever before. Sam and Dan look at a couple of bookends with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and Ford EcoSport. GM CEO Mary Barra makes the tough call to end production at five factories. Meanwhile at the 2018 LA Auto Show, there was lots of new product many of them with plugs. Some highlights include the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, 2020 Mazda3, 2020 Porsche 911, Audi e-Tron GT concept and the new Kia Soul with a battery that should go 250 miles or so.

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Episode #011 – Sam talks with Delphi’s Jim Zizelman about dynamic skip fire as used in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Lincoln Aviator

Audi e-Tron GT

Porsche 911

Kia Soul

Sam talks about GM closing plants on the radio

All-weather tires

 

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Episode #085 – What is a Utility Vehicle Anyway?

After a week off, we have an extended length show to make up for it. Dan drives a very expensive Ford F-150 and a sportier Acura MDX A-Spec. Sam goes from the not really a crossover Toyota C-HR to the ginormous Genesis G90. Then we dive into some discussion of sales and earnings, GM’s call for a national EV mandate in response to Trump administration moves to freeze fuel economy standards and cost cutting moves while profits are still reasonably healthy.  We also discuss Consumer Reports reliability data and answer listener questions including the Hyundai pickup truck.

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Toyota C-HR 

GM Calls for a national EV mandate

GM offers buyouts and cuts spending

Consumer Reports reliability survey

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Episode #084 -All-in on In-Car Recording

This week, Sam and Dan are both commuting, Dan from his office near Boston and Sam heading back to SFO from the Verge Transport Conference in Oakland. Sam is on his second consecutive battery electric car, driving the 2018 BMW i3S after leaving the Hyundai Ioniq Electric behind in Detroit. Meanwhile Dan joins the party from the 2019 Lexus LS500 after transitioning from the 2019 Subaru Forester. In the news, the guys discuss the latest assessment from Munro and Associates about how Tesla is building the Model 3 and Dan opines on advertising changes at Ford. At the end of the show we add the keynote that Sam delivered recently to the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Impact event.

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The Tesla Model 3 is too complicated for its own good

Another Tesla manufacturing chief leaves

Sam’s keynote at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Impact event on the Mobility Future

 

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2019 Hyundai Nexo – The First Really Complete Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

2019 Hyundai Nexo

Twelve years ago when I first started writing professionally about cars, the very first review I ever wrote for AutoblogGreen was a fuel cell electric car, the Ford Focus FCV. In the years since I’ve had the opportunity to drive a number of different concept, prototype and production fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) from Ford, GM, Honda and Toyota. While the technology has absolutely advanced over that time, all of them have had some compromises. Until now that is. Aside from the obviously limited network of hydrogen filling stations, the 2019 Hyundai Nexo felt like the most finished fuel cell vehicle yet.

Read my full first impressions of the 2019 Hyundai Nexo at Forbes