I’ll plan to serve up a few plug-in hybrid (PHEV) stories myself once I let my test fleets know my change of heart.
I attended a compelling online presentation by Mark Kaufman, global director, electrification, from Ford this week in which he outlined the plans the company has for its EVs going forward, with an emphasis on the exciting new Mustang, which will be sold alongside its gas-powered coupe stable mates.
The 2020 Mini Cooper SE is the brand’s first production all-electric vehicle (EV). It delivers all the charm and fun of the premium small hatchback, which has built a following since its debut in 2001—without using a drop of petrol.
The Lexus UX 300e is a tidily sized crossover in a configuration that pre-COVID-19 was booming, so it should do well in the U.S. if priced right.
With that in mind, I have decided, after 28 years of automotive testing and writing, that I will now test and review only pure all-electric vehicles.
The Karma E-Flex Platform will help vehicle manufacturers to engineer, test, certify and build their EVs more quickly and efficiently–and that’s a good thing.
If we truly take action, then maybe on the 60th Anniversary of Earth Day, if we’ve dropped our CO2 emissions by 50 percent, updated our electrical grid and electric vehicle charging network, taken natural gas out of many of our homes and buildings (especially all new ones), and done lots of other things to clean up our act, then we can raise a glass and toast the event.
This week I said goodbye to my Chevrolet Bolt EV, affectionately named, in the style of Pee Wee Herman, “Bolty.” My Kinetic Blue 2017 all-electric hatchback served me well for three years and 26,490 miles, but a lease is a lease and I had to return it by January 8.
The third option was to grab a used EV. I recently researched the used EV market, and found there are some great deals out there. So, I decided that I would go cheap and try to keep my monthly payments under $200.
The 2019 Toyota Mirai uses a fuel cell with a battery. You can view on a screen where the energy comes from and where it’s going as it switches back and forth between them.