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The Sono Sion Solar BEV 4 Door Utitity $25,000 USD

Range Anxiety? What’s That? With Sono Motors Sion, It’s the EV That Recharges Itself

Sono Motors is a Bavarian startup electric car company that actually has a very good chance of making it to production being months/weeks away from making their sole solar BEV with the 7,200 orders they already have. Yes, that’s right, a BEV that has solar panels all over the car that provides a range extending 30 km or 18 miles for the 155 mile battery range a day.
The New Aurus Senat SWB Saloon and the 1985 Zil Limousine

Russia’s Rolls Royce Turns Out to Have the Guts and Soul of Porsche

After abandoning plans for Zil, the storied Russo-Soviet official state car builder that was supposed to make Vladimir Putin’s next set of wheels back in 2012, the Russian Federation tapped and funded a government entity to develop a LWB car. Here’s the thing: instead of relying on unreliable Russo-Soviet engineering, they German engineered and are now ready to market this SWB car with Europe in mind. Both cars have Porsche developed engines. I get it now. A Zil this is not. Not bad at all.
Mercedes Benz EQC400 4MATIC different views

Mercedes EQC SUV: If "the Best or Nothing" Means a Paltry 200 Mile Range, We’d Rather Have "Nothing" From Mercedes

In formulating a response to Audi’s rollout of its first BEV e-Tron very soon, more so than responding to anything Tesla, Daimler AG bizarrely unveils a whole year before its debut, its first head-on to Tesla full production BEV, a historical vehicle on its electric E-Mobility platform in CUV variant in the separate Mercedes EQ line. But they baffled the media giving it only a puzzling 200 mile range.
Tesla Model S

What a Perfect Time to Buy a Used Electric Car! A Glut of EVs on the Used Car Market Makes Them a Steal!

With the continued uptick purchases of trucks and SUVs by US consumers, while global new car sales are slowing down, and gas prices remaining low the last two years, there is now a glut of used EV cars on the market, with bargains to be had if you know where and how to find one for the right price.
Dyson boss with Dyson electric car

Dyson Shows it Means EV Business: A Nearly $3 Billion USD Investment With a $200 Million Facility Shows They’re About Cars Too

People would laugh at a vacuum company investing money and its reputation in building all electric BEV cars it’s never done before. But Dyson has something that took Tesla years to get and another thing it still doesn’t have, that gives Dyson an edge against Tesla: a manufacturing apparatus to build solid state batteries, and the key patents to make them, which are better than what Tesla is using.
Ford Mustang Electric

In Making a Mustang Inspired CUV EV with Trucks and Mustang Left in Their Portfolio, Ford Risks Mustang Fatigue With Already Angry Sedan Customers

As new car sales slow down for the first time since the Great Recession, car makers have had to make key decisions about marketing and production efficiencies, and Ford is no exception. Ford may be limiting itself with choices that customers will grow tired of, if it’s all about just one car: Mustang.
Dethleffs e.Home RV

Dethleffs Pulls Another E.Home Camper out its EV Hat: A Prototype RV Trailer that Tows Itself With Power for Camp and Home

German camper manufacturer Dethleffs continues its experimentation in the EV camper market with another prototype. The last one we reported was a Type 3 RV EV camper covered head to toe with solar panels. This time it’s a EV RV trailer already in production as a conventional camper, that it’s still hitched to a vehicle, but self propels itself with two electric motors on each wheel. A large battery pack has implications for off grid camping and auxiliary home power.
Jaguar land Rover Old Car Restoration

Jaguar Land Rover’s Attempt Preserve its Classic Cars Erases the Problems that Came With Them

In opening the first Jaguar Land Rover Classic facility in the US, the first of its kind, JLR is cleverly taking steps to preserve its heritage with the cars already in the wild. By expanding the restoration market by offering electrification and restoration options, it also takes steps not only to help clean the environment, but also cleverly erase the mechanical troubles its cars have been known for, for decades.
Kalashnikov CV-1

Russia’s Re-Volt: Their Green Response to Tesla’s Capitalistic Electric Revolution is a Soviet Retread EV

Poor Tesla: First it was the Shorts, now even the Russians are coming after them with a new Kalashnikov CV-1 electric car. Kalashnikov wants to build an electric car. But this Russian response from the inventors of the AK-47, to Tesla’s earth soothing, humanity healing, eco-conscious electric car lineup, is a retreaded 1970’s Soviet Era hatchback retro-electrified. Classic car conversion: maybe. State of the art design prototype: no. Roadware! Very nice!
Workhorse Group’s Lineup: W-15 PHEV Pickup, Surefly Drone, N-GEN Delvery EV Van

Workhorse Group Gets Ready to Fight the Fight With a Product Line That Takes on Manhattan

Ohio electric commercial mobility company Workhorse Group has been in the news lately with either new products or updates on the progress of ongoing ones. They diversified their product line by rolling out a new helicopter drone recently in Manhattan. With the recent news of Ford introducing a hybrid, and Tesla’s plans to introduce a BEV pickup, eyes are now paying closer attention to Workhorse and their new pickup.
5 Speed Manual Gear Pattern

Now You Want One as They’re Getting Rid of Them: the Manny Tranny: The Lazy Driver vs. EVs

We have no one to blame for the destruction of the manual transmission except for the few of us that were gifted to know how to use it. If we only knew how few of us existed, maybe we could have coordinated consumer demand to prevent the inevitable from happening. Electrics would have sealed their fate anyway.
Tesla Model S Battery Charging at Supercharger

The Worldwide Car Battery Shortage and is Your New Car Order Affected?

With the growing rapid output of worldwide EV production, the glaring reality of supply and demand becomes more obvious as to which key players in the auto industry are prepared for battery shortages and which ones are not. Regardless, if the company you buy a BEV from is not one of “the big three,” you should expect you car order to be delayed because of battery shortages by the factory.
Tesla Model 3 Courtesy Tesla Medía Website

A New Battery Design May Mean a Sooner or Surer $35,000 Single Base Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently revealed that Tesla’s battery development people have come up with a lighter weight and cheaper design of the Model 3 battery pack. This can be a game changer not only for the elusive Base Model 3, but across the entire present and future model range.
Saudi Arabia Tesla Buyout

"Funding Secured" Means the Saudis Want In: the Tesla Buyout May be the Largest in History

The Tesla news blindsided and shocked the world. A stock exchange wasn’t notified, neither was the Securities Exchange Commission. Not even the board of directors of the company that was affected by the news. Stock prices went crazy, its stock was eventually suspended, everyone who’s anyone about billions denied they were asked to help, and a moment of explanation finally came: Elon Musk wants Tesla to go private, he wants an equity leveraged buyout, and he wants the Saudis to finance it.
Instagram Rendering NexGen Model S, Model 3 Cabin Like Model S, Safety Cage Model S

Another Instagram Artist Strikes Again for Us to Contemplate What Changes Should Come on Model S

Like it was a few weeks ago when a Spanish designer took to Instagram to show his render of a proposed Tesla Semi 8 RV Camper, another artist has given us his vision of what a Tesla Model S next generation might look like with the present generation before its retirement sometime in 2021.
Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle - Large 1200x900

Harley Davidson Caves to Millennials with EV Motorcycles

Finding themselves in the same situation they were ironically in back in the 1970’s facing record loses toward bankruptcy, Harley Davidson, the storied motorcycle company had to swallow some bitter reality medicine and face up to changing times with a younger generation that the company turned off with motorcycles their fathers rode, and their Millennial sons (and daughters) never liked. And now here comes the Harley Davidson electric motorcycle.
Self-driving car on a street 1200x900 size

Let’s Do Driverless Cars with the Ones We Have Now: Jumping Out for #InMyFeelings

Talk about eager to get into autonomous cars. Some people can’t wait until you have to get a real one. A national trend is developing quickly that has the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) alarmed that if it’s not soon abated it will add another condition to the already overburdened resources of local law enforcement, and that is car jumping to the song and social media movement #InMyFeelings by the pop artist Drake and recording the episode to post it on YouTube. The NTSB is telling people to stop.
White Porsche Taycan 1200x900 size

Porsche Hits a Few Cones Readying up Taycan Production

The first all electric Porsche since 1897 is having ramp up production issues but so far Taycan is on schedule with an assembly line timeline of 2019. Taycan will be Porsche’s first production all electric car and the second electric Porsche ever made, since the sports car company founder Ferdinand Porsche built the last one himself, the P1 which was the first Porsche ever built.
Sergio Marchionne

Why Marchionne Had To Go Anyway Despite Illness: The Era of Jeep Begins

Let me start off at bat: Don Marchionne is a great man. Period. I didn’t agree with him with his paltry 5 year electrification plan for FCA Group, but with his expedited departure, we can now look back with definitive successes and failures. This is how the Era of Sergio Marchionne came to an end, and the Era of Jeep begins as the dominant force in the car industry, perhaps to equal that of Goliath General Motors, now that Jeep takes the world stage.
Tesla Roadster and Semi

Here’s 2 for the Road in 2019: Tesla to Put Roadster 2 and Mighty Semi into Production

In an unusual nighttime announcement during the week after the American markets closed, Tesla said it was setting 2019 production dates for two all new vehicles, one coming as a surprise. With the launch of the second generation Roadster and the surprise production of Tesla Semi, Tesla sets its sights on both extreme ends of the vehicle market, while it battles itself to bring the Model 3 to the global market, and battles insolvency before it beats them everywhere.
Porsche Taycan 2020

Porsche Taycan's Waitlist Should Avoid Tesla Model 3's Problems: Precautions and Expectations

EV customers and fans are holding their breaths almost as if EV fatigue is overwhelming us, while Autocar is reporting that Porsche AG is receiving interest from customers about the new production coded BEV Mission-E, now named the 2020 all electric Porsche Taycan utility sports saloon, that will compete with the Tesla flagship sports saloon, the Model S. But of course we’re all looking over our shoulder at, shall I write it? The debacle surrounding the Model 3.
New 2019 Nissan Leaf

Changes are Coming Around the Corner for Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf made changes to its second generation model this year, as they’re obviously trying to expand its market for more customers, particularly younger ones with the electric vehicle/clean energy dynamic. By making the Leaf less ugly and producing different variants for specific purposes, not only makes it more competitive against others like Bolt and Model 3, but it may also create a larger customer base, especially a younger one.
Red Tesla Model 3, 1200x900 size

The Take Down of the $35,000 Model 3 and Its Meaning to Tesla: Analysis and Opinion

Tesla Inc was smart for itself by taking down the mystery $35,000 price for a model version some have long been waiting for, hadn’t yet been built, not sure if it will ever exist, and that they were never really in a position to offer. They need to worry about surviving first, and you do that by making money. Period.
Maserati’s Upcoming Lineup Includes Electrics. All Photos Courtesy FCA Websites

Better Late than Never: FCA Chrysler Details their EV Plans, Finally

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA Chrysler laid out a 5 Year Plan to investors in Italy last month that will be his swan song before leaving in April 2019. Investors were eager to know what his plans were to electrify the entire portfolio. He gave few details other than throwing money and some numbers. But this week he leaves it to his minions at Maserati and Alfa Romeo to hash the details as to how the Ítalo-American auto company will become electrified.
Cheap Tesla Model S with owner

The Hoovie’s Garage Bargain $33,500 Tesla Model S

With the introduction of the new executive car, the Tesla Model 3, combined with the dynamic of the aging of the first generation of the current flagship sports saloon, the Tesla Model S, Tyler Hoover of YouTube’s Hoovie’s Garage capitalizes on this dynamic to find an excellent example of a 2012 Model S for a small fraction of the price of a Model 3. Deals are to be had!
Mattel Hot Wheels

Mattel Hot Wheels Celebrating 50 Years: Value Enjoyed Both By Children and Adults

Mattel's Hot Wheels toy cars are 50 years old. I was 10 years old in 1968 when Hot Wheels hit the market. They were the biggest thing to hit since Mt. Vesuvius erupted. My friends and I were crazy for them. The Saturday morning ads were very powerful and fueled our interest.

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