Category: electric vehicles

  • 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV – First Drive

    2022 Mazda MX-30 EV – First Drive

    The 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV is an entirely new subcompact crossover utility vehicle (UV) that’s battery powered. It’s only sold in California, at least for now. Driving range is 100 miles. Not really much compared to other BEVs on the market. But, for city dwellers and commuters it might just be enough. Check it out […]

  • 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 – First Drive

    2021 Volkswagen ID.4 – First Drive

    The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric utility vehicle (UV) and the brand’s first global battery electric vehicle (BEV). Notably, the Volkswagen ID.4 has been named “World Car of the Year 2021,” prevailing over strong global competition. About half of U.S. adults support a proposal to phase out production of gasoline-powered cars and trucks and drive […]

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E – Drive Review

    2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E – Drive Review

    The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has a starting price of $42,895 plus a $1,100 destination charge. Depending on model and battery choice, rear-drive configurations have either 230 or 305 miles of range. All-wheel drive configurations have either 211 or 270 miles of range.  The Mach-E is available with standard (68kWh) and extended-range (88kWh) battery options in […]

  • 2020 Mini Cooper SE – drive review

    2020 Mini Cooper SE – drive review

    The 2020 MINI Cooper SE 3-door hatch is the automaker’s first all-electric model. With a price tag starting at $29,900 the SE has an EPA-rated driving range of 110 miles per charge. The MINI Cooper SE drives like an electric go kart. It’s a true performance car that retains all the fun-to-drive attributes of a […]

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus – Drive Review

    With 215 miles of driving range, and maybe even more with some additional effort, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus is a near perfect car for getting around any big city. There’s plenty of room and plenty of performance. With EV charging station infrastructure getting better and growing every day, soon long trips with a short […]

  • 2017 BMW i3 – Drive Report

    The BMW i3 was named the 2017 World Urban Car of the Year. The i3 is the bestselling compact battery-electric vehicle in the premium compact segment worldwide since it was launched in 2014. Driving range is 114 miles on pure battery power. For 2018 its exterior design has been enhanced giving the BMW i3 a wider […]

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Drive Report

    Perhaps a perfect Chicago car! Yes, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric with its 124 mile driving range, compact exterior combined with 5-peson seating and a roomy rear cargo area would do the job very adequately. It’s priced at $29,500, before any Federal tax credits or local incentives, and available right now to buy–no deposit needed […]

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – First Drive

    It’s all electric and can go over 200 miles on a  full charge. You’ll never have to buy gas because it uses none. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is being called a game-changer but you can call it what you like. I see it as the first of the perfect city-use cars. And with the […]

  • 2016 Ford Focus – Drive and Review

    Hot and spicy or sweet and mild, that’s the 2016 Ford Focus. Hatchback or sedan, high fuel economy or high horsepower and even an EV version. Ford has done a nice job in offering lots of variety in just one very practical compact car. Check out my thoughts on the 2016 Ford Focus right here. […]

  • In the News: Auto Hall of Fame, Le Mans, BMW turns 100, VW goes EV plus more.

    While we celebrate all the fathers, here’s a quick summary of some of the top news in the auto world. The hot summer is rolling across the U.S. and the news in the auto industry is often times just as hot. Give it a read right here. @1ChicagoCarGuy