Electric vehicles (EVs) have their partisans and detractors. Supporters see the be-all and end-all transportation solution, while opponents argue the technology is too young. Somewhere between the two extremes lies the truth: today’s commercially available EVs have strengths and weaknesses compared to internal combustion engine (ICEs). The strong points include lower operating costs and lack… Read more »
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The electric class for this year’s “Race to the Clouds,” which takes place July 8, promises to be quite interesting, with big-name drivers Beccy Gordon and Hiroshi Matuoka driving two different versions of the Mitsubishi i, and Pikes Peak legend Nobuhiro Tajima driving Team APEV’s custom EV. The latest addition to the field is a… Read more »
As you may have guessed, we at Charged believe that electricity is the best way to power our vehicles in the post-fossil fuel era. Compared to other contending technologies (biofuels, natural gas, hydrogen), electricity is the most efficient, and our best shot to be truly sustainable. However, there’s a much more immediate reason why automakers… Read more »
Volkswagen’s plug-in plans are starting to come into focus. The company announced last week that it will be selling a PHEV version of the Golf in 2015. British car mag AutoExpress got to test-drive a prototype, and called it “very impressive indeed.” The new hatchback will be on display at the Paris Motor Show this September. VW-watchers… Read more »
Who does not want to relive their youth? Theoretically, driving one of the mid-70s muscle cars is a great idea: lots of leg room, big power, and of course nostalgia. In Ontario, Canada, you even have the advantage that such cars are, by necessity, exempt from the emission tests. Of course, that assumes you do… Read more »
Volkswagen’s concept of an “SUV of the future” is on display at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show. The Cross Coupé is an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid that aims to cross the capacity of a compact SUV with the dynamic handling of a coupé. The four-seat Cross Coupé has not one but three motors: in the front… Read more »