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Posts By: John Voelcker

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning First Drive: Ford’s most valued model is now electric

Ford knows trucks, and demand for its F-150 Lightning shows truck buyers may not be as afraid of EVs as many think. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck may be the first real mass-market electric vehicle sold in the US. Used by individual owners and businesses alike, pickups are a massive part of the… Read more »

2023 Subaru Solterra: The ‘Love’ brand finally gets an electric SUV

Subaru’s outdoorsy buyers can now travel to their adventures in a zero-emission SUV with the company’s usual all-wheel drive. The new 2023 Subaru Solterra crossover utility vehicle is the first all-electric vehicle from the small Japanese maker known for its rugged, affordable, all-wheel-drive vehicles; adventurous owners; and ads featuring Golden and Labrador Retrievers. For a… Read more »

2022 Lucid Air: The makers of the first 500-mile EV should be taken seriously

Created by engineers with years of EV experience, the 2022 Lucid Air is a stunning debut that confronts Tesla—and Mercedes-Benz—with a new competitor. It’s been a long time coming, but the 2022 Lucid Air has been worth the wait. The new carmaker’s all-electric luxury sedan not only competes directly with the aging Tesla Model S,… Read more »

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV faces off against 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Two electric pickups from GM and Ford makers take surprisingly different approaches to electrifying the full-size truck The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV unveiled today by General Motors CEO Mary Barra shows the largest US auto company’s determination to hang onto its core large-pickup market even as vehicles of all sorts accelerate the transition from gasoline… Read more »

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: Strong new electric SUV competitor

Hyundai’s new compact EV crossover is good enough to sell every unit the company imports—the question may be how high that number will be. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the Korean brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle, positioned at the heart of the fastest-growing part of the market: compact crossover utilities. The premium electric SUV… Read more »

2022 Rivian R1T: A real pickup truck makes an impressive debut

Could Rivian emerge as “the next Tesla?” On the strength of its debut truck, that’s not an unreasonable question. If you want to attract attention, keeping a company in stealth mode for several years is a good way to do it. The startup carmaker Rivian was founded a decade ago by RJ Scaringe, but it… Read more »

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe: The legendary SUV brand’s first plug-in hybrid

The plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler offers useful all-electric range and great electric torque—if drivers plug it in. Do they? The accelerating pace of electric vehicle launches has brought us to this: The first Jeep in the US to get a plug-in hybrid version is the legendary Wrangler. In Europe, it was smaller… Read more »

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: First of an aggressive wave of new EVs

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 should be taken very seriously when it goes on sale this fall. It will be a new and likely very competitive entry in what will soon become a crowded field of EVs in the popular “compact crossover” segment.  It’s not the first such EV: the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model… Read more »