2025 Cadillac Optiq Is Promising To Sharpen Cadillac’s Focus On EV Market

Cadillac is hoping that cooling EV demand will not hamper its plans to become an all-electric brand. The Lyriq and the Escalade IQ are providing glimpses into its broader electrification strategy but Cadillac knows that more models are needed in order for it to truly complete its EV transformation. One of these is the 2025 Cadillac Optiq SUV. The Optiq will allow Cadillac to compete in a segment where small luxury crossovers have rapidly become key players in the broader sales plans of automakers. But does the Optiq have the tools to help shift Cadillac’s plans into high gear? Size …

Keep reading

Road Test Review – 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV – Capability and Nameplate Flexibility Shine in EV SUV

Styling often plays a prominent role in the success or failure of an automobile especially a futuristic clean EV looking to shake up the world stage. Mercedes-Benz is trying to do just that with their EQ lineup of EVs. But so far, the reaction has been mixed with customers showing their lukewarm enthusiasm for the bulk of the lineup. But can the SUV version of the EQE reverse this trend while still helping Mercedes-Benz reach out to more family buyers with its enhanced versatility and high level of technology?   EQE SUV Goes Off In a Different Direction Unlike the …

Keep reading

2024 Subaru Solterra Touring review by Ben Lewis

In the world of automakers, Subaru is a smaller one, which means it sometimes pairs up with other manufacturers to help create vehicles at a more affordable cost. It has worked great for the brand, teaming up with Toyota, they have now created two generations of the BRZ sports car, (aka Toyota GR86) that are a complete delight to drive. While the marketplace seems to be adding new EV’s weekly, Subaru – along with many of the Japanese automakers – have been slow to market. And EV’s are expensive and time-consuming to create. Which meant it was a perfect time …

Keep reading

2024 Kia EV9 GT-LINE AWD Long Range Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Lexus TX 500h, and came away impressed with the large 3-row SUV’s overall efficiency, and Lexus lusciousness. But where the TX uses a hybrid powertrain, there are still plenty of folks looking to find a 3-row, EV SUV.  So, it was perfect timing that we got into a Kia EV9 to compare. We were not only interested to see how the EV9 stacks up against the Lexus, but also to see how compares to the Kia Telluride – one of the most popular 3-row SUVs on the market. Let’s check it out! Boxy but Futuristic The …

Keep reading

Tesla’s Cybertruck Gets Software Update To Make It More Capable

While the Tesla Cybertruck began rolling out to customers five months ago, it was readily apparent that it was missing some core pickup truck features and was instead relying on some of its core essentials to make a crack at breaking through the EV pickup segment. That’s changing with the company confirming that a new software update will help add some luster to the Cybertruck’s capabilities.   Off-roading Is Now In The Cards For Cybertruck A key provision in this update is that the truck gets a new Off-Road mode with many of the new features Tesla added being found …

Keep reading

Lotus Annouces U.S. Pricing For Eletre SUV, Opens Up Order Books For Customers

Lotus wanted to make waves when it revealed the Eletre SUV. The Eletre would not only be Lotus’s first SUV, but also its first all-electric utility offering so the pressure on Lotus to get it right was immense. We enjoyed our first taste of the Eletre awhile back and buyers in the U.S. will soon be able to take their first drive behind the wheel too with the company not only opening ordering for the SUV, but also revealing final pricing as well. Eletre Expected To Appeal To Family Buyers When the first Lotus Eletres make their way to Lotus …

Keep reading

GMC Sierra EV Shifts Into High Gear For Launch, Will Feature CrabWalk

GMC made a splash when it unleashed the Hummer EV lineup on the masses a few years ago. The Hummer pickup and SUV proved to be very popular with customers and while these rugged beasts were a good opening act, GMC has been preparing a sequel with the GMC Sierra EV. Not much was known about what the Sierra EV would bring to the table but the brand released final specifications in an announcement earlier today which also included a few surprises as well.   CrabWalk Makes Transition To Sierra Before we get into the nitty gritty, we might as …

Keep reading

Genesis Brings Magma Brand To U.S. GV60 To Lead The Charge

Genesis has made it clear that it intends to be a contender in the luxury car wars and while its products have been the proverbial Cinderella pick in an NCAA bracket, the one item that was missing was a performance model. That’s changing with Genesis bringing the Magma sib-brand to the U.S. Magma sub-brand follows established playbook While the Magma brand’s entry into the U.S. is new, the core script has been used before. The Genesis GV80 SUV coupe concept was slathered in bright orange paint (though the brand never admitted it was launching a sub-brand) and Genesis followed that …

Keep reading

Hydrogen Powered 2025 CR-V eFCEV Shows Honda Is Still In Fuel Cell Race, Adds PHEV Capability

Honda may be better known for its EV and hybrid offerings these days, but the Japanese auto giant has also been known for its experiments in hydrogen fuel cell technology. The Clarity FCEV was a glimpse into how far Honda’s hydrogen technology has evolved and the company is now ready to start the next chapter with the 2025 Honda CR-V eFCEV: Motivation   CR-V eFCEV Doesn’t Stray Too Far From Basic Formula At first glance, the 2025 Honda CR-V eFCEV: Motivation resembles a standard CR-V but Honda designers have made minor modifications to the exterior styling with the front end …

Keep reading

Cadillac Lyriq Regains Elgibility For $7,500 Tax Credit, Brand Cites Change In Supplier

GM announced this week that the Cadillac Lyriq will once again qualify for the Federal $7,500 tax credit after the company changed battery suppliers for two components in the all-electric SUV to help it once again fall into the criteria for that aforementioned tax credit.   New Supplier Helps Lyriq Buyers Cash In On Credit The Lyriq’s recent troubles began after the U.S. Treasury passed revised battery sourcing rules on January 1st which changed the qualification requirements for the credit. These changes knocked half of available EVs for sale off the list and among those hit was the Lyriq. GM …

Keep reading

Road Test Review – 2024 Kia Niro PHEV & EV – Sharper & Greener Than Ever

The Kia Niro wanted to bring green motoring to buyers in a shape that was functional yet bold at the same time. However, the outgoing model had exterior design elements that were bland and awkward looking with performance that made it drive like a bland plate of oatmeal. Kia was paying attention to feedback from its customers and used the 2024 model year to make changes to both the PHEV and the EV models. However, are all of these changes enough to help the duo stand out in the green vehicle race? To find out, we had the opportunity to …

Keep reading

Jeep Offers First Glimpse Of Wagoneer S BEV, Screens To Take Center Stage In This EV

It has been a while since we heard anything new about the Jeep Grand Wagoneer S. The sleek Wagoneer S is poised to make history with the model not only being the first Wagoneer to go all-electric, but also one of the first Jeep models to embrace Stellatnis’s new EV architecture.   New Sketches Show New Details On Wagoneer S When we last saw the Wagoneer S, it was in the form of sketches and we hope you like this particular art form because Jeep released, (you guessed it) more sketches of the exterior. However, these have more detail now …

Keep reading

2024 Dodge Hornet R/T Plus review by Ben Lewis

The times, they are a changin’ – especially for muscle car enthusiasts. We’ve been seeing lately a lot of “Final Editions” of V8 muscle cars, as the market is turning to turbo 4 and 6 cylinders, as well as hybrid and EV vehicles. That’s the bad news…the V8 seems to be on its last legs. The good news – carmakers on Dodge aren’t giving up on performance, they’re just taking it in new directions. One that’s especially interesting is the new Dodge Hornet R/T. It’s got a whole lot of cool stuff going on, from a plug-in hybrid turbo 4 …

Keep reading

Ram Spearheads Entry Into EV Wars With Ram ProMaster Van, Other BEVs To Follow Later

Ram spent plenty of time teasing the Ram REV 1500 pickup and we even had a chance to see the production version of the truck last year at the New York Auto Show. However, contrary to what we have seen from other automakers, the pickup will not be Ram’s spearhead entry into the BEV market. Instead, the honor will be given to the newly unveiled 2024 Ram ProMaster EV.   Zero Emissions Hauling For The Commerical Market While the ProMaster’s new gig may seem a bit baffling at first glance, when you look at the bigger picture, it all starts …

Keep reading

2024 Toyota Tundra 4×4 TRD Pro 5.5 Review by Ben Lewis

Winning hearts and minds can be a challenge in the auto industry. And the most loyal owners you’ll probably find are full-size pickup truck owners. And these buyers buy American with a capital A. Dodge, Ford, GM…they are the dominant powerhouses. That doesn’t stop the import brands from trying to muscle in, though. Toyota started with the T100 years ago – a kind of halfway step between the Tacoma and the full-size domestics. Then Toyota took off the gloves and met the Big 3 head-on with the Tundra. And they’ve made good headway…but all you have to look at is …

Keep reading

VinFast Doubles Down On U.S. Market With VF3 SUV and VF Wild EV Pickup Concept

When VinFast first announced plans to build the VF3 mini-SUV it wasn’t clear if the compact utility would enter the U.S. market or if it would remain an international market exclusive just out of reach of American buyers. VinFast thankfully answered our prayers by not only announcing that the VF3 was indeed coming to the U.S but that the company is also entering the EV pickup wars with the VF Wild concept.   VinFast VF3 Promises To Be The Perfect Urban Commuter At first glance, it appears the VF3 is doing an impression of the Suzuki Jimny (another international market-only …

Keep reading

Kia Prepares For A Mobility Focused Future, Previews PV5, PV7 and Pint-Size PV1 At CES

Kia is preparing to enter a future where the automobile will become a crucial component of a consumer’s life with the vehicle having Life Modules that can be swapped out to help it achieve a wide range of tasks. The Korean auto brand used CES 2024 to preview two of these concepts in the flesh, the PV5 and the PV1.   PV5, The Ultimate Vehicular Swiss Army Knife While we had to wait until we were on the show floor itself to see the PV1, Kia chose to use their conference to unveil the PV5. The PV5 and the PV1 …

Keep reading

Scout Set To Debut First Wave of EVs This Summer, Revives Iconic Nameplate In The Process

It has been awhile since we heard from Volkswagen on its plans to revive the Scout nameplate. The German car giant has teased this plan on and off for a few years, but not much has emerged beyond statements and rumors. However, that’s going to change sooner than many folks have realized, with Volkswagen releasing a new teaser video that celebrates the storied tradition behind the Scout name.   Teaser Video Points To Key Scout Developments At first glance, the teaser video appears to be a greatest hits album for the Scout pickup with plenty of angles of the truck …

Keep reading

A Year In Review – 2023 Best & Worst Drives, And What’s Next?

As 2023 is slowly coming to a close, we wanted to circle back and share some of the things that happened throughout the year and provide a glimpse into what we have planned for the new year starting with the Best & Worst Drives of 2023 that our Metro Detroit branch office experienced this year.   Best: 2022 Maserati MC20 Coupe (V6) In our Best category is the 2022 Maserati MC20 supercar. The MC20 is the last great expression of ICE performance for the Italian luxury car maker before it fully embraces pure BEVs. While a tri-motor Folgore model will …

Keep reading

Half Of GM’s Buick Dealerships Take Buyout Over Electrification, What Does It All Mean?

General Motors is embarking on a push to expand its electrification strategy with Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC already offering buyers production EV models for sale. However, Buick has been the lone exception with the brand still offering a gasoline-powered only lineup while also revealing very little to the world (and Buick buyers) about its long-term electrification plans in the U.S. We pressed GM CEO Mary Barra on this topic a short while back and while she chose to not formally address our questions directly, a related GM buyout program appears to indicate that not all of its franchised dealerships are …

Keep reading

2023 BMW XM review by Ben Lewis

And now for something completely different. If youʻre a fan of Monty Pythonʻs Flying Circus – the crazy Brit comedy sketch series, youʻre certainly know that line – often delivered by a Python-ish TV Newscaster presenting a news story. OK, maybe this a bit of an old and odd reflection, but itʻs what comes to mind when people ask us about the BMW XM. Because while weʻre pretty sure itʻs a BMW, thereʻs really nothing like it. And we sort of think that was the idea. So what is this super-power plug-in hybrid SUV? Letʻs find out. Itʻs a Statement …

Keep reading

2026 Cadillac Vistiq Brings Escalade IQ Luxury Into Smaller Package, Expands Cadillac’s EV Lineup

It wasn’t too long ago that we first got a glimpse at the Cadillac Optiq EV which was supposed to be the brand’s entry into the entry-level luxury EV CUV segment. While we get to wait a bit to hear more about some of the finer details that Cadillac is not telling us about, the brand is pressing on by giving us a sneak peek at another upcoming EV model, the 2026 Vistiq which will be the fifth model in Cadillac’s EV lineup.   Escalade IQ Looks Form Backbone of Vistiq’s Identity Cadillac’s recent obsession with visual references is once …

Keep reading

Is Buick Lost In GM’s EV Masterplan? Comments By GM CEO Mary Barra Paint Mixed Canvas

General Motors is currently moving full speed in its plans to achieve an all-EV future with the company rolling out a growing pool of electric vehicles for Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and the newly revived and rebooted Hummer sub-brand. However, one brand that has been absent from the discussion recently is Buick, with its electrification plans still shrouded in mystery. Has Buick become lost in the proverbial shuffle? Recent comments at an Automotive Press Association (APA) event by GM CEO Mary Barra suggest that while the company still has plans for the brand, the future continues to be very uncertain.   …

Keep reading

Tesla Cybertruck Promises Big Power And Newfound Levels Of Tech, Is It Too Little Too Late?

When Tesla first revealed the Cybertruck back in 2019, it was a unique and daring offering with the wedge-like shape and stainless steel bodywork being balanced out by the ambitious promises of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It was a polarizing statement but then the company forced the world to wait several more years while it embarked on a long development program to bring the concept to production that endured plenty of challenges and setbacks along the way. Fast forward to 2023 and the production version Cybertruck is finally here, but is it a classic case of too little too late?   …

Keep reading

Cadillac Confirms Smaller Optiq EV SUV, Will Flesh Out EV Lineup For The Brand

Cadillac is embarking on its most ambitious model expansion yet with the brand going all in on electric vehicles. The Lyriq, Celestiq, and Escalade IQ all help Cadillac fill specific niches in the broader EV segment. However, a noticeable void in the brand’s roadmap existed in smaller entry-level models with the Lyriq currently serving as the gateway model. But that will soon change, with Cadillac releasing new details on the 2025 Cadillac Optiq.   Cadillac Optiq Sharpens The Optics on EV Mission While it can be easy to dismiss the Optiq name as free material for witty puns, there’s nothing …

Keep reading

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Electrifies N Performance, Will Spearhead Future EV Performance Models

When we last saw the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N it was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the Korean car giant staging an elaborate demonstration on the fabled course that showed off a small taste of its performance capabilities. However, eager enthusiasts in the United States were left in the dark regarding when the performance-infused SUV would hit our shores. Hyundai has revealed the answer however with the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N which is debuting in L.A. as a U.S. spec variant and we even got more information about what it will bring to customers here on …

Keep reading

First Look – Lotus Emeya & Lotus Eletre – New Lotus Models Aim To Catapult Firm To EV Age, Will They Succeed?

Lotus is preparing to make big moves in the EV vehicle segment. While the company cemented its history as an automaker that made lightweight vehicles that emphasized weight-cutting and exceptional handling, Lotus has also been on a proverbial rollercoaster in recent years with COVID-related challenges and a 2017 stock purchase by Chinese firm Geely being some of the twists and turns that have faced Lotus owners the past few decades. That said, Lotus is preparing to embark on a bold strategy and will focus all of its efforts on building a lineup of EV-only offerings with the Lotus Emira being …

Keep reading

2023 Toyota bZ4X FWD Limited review by Ben Lewis

It may come as a surprise, but in fact the Japanese manufacturers have been slow to join the full-EV bandwagon. Yes, a loooooong time ago you could get a RAV4 EV, and the Nissan LEAF has been around for a while, but as Kia/Hyundai and the Europeans like BMW has flooded the market with electric choices, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Subaru have had limited offerings – often times more focusing on hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. They are slowly coming around though, and one of the most important vehicles is the all-new Toyota bZ4X, which is also sold as …

Keep reading

2025 Ram 1500 Gets Major Updates, Tungsten Trim Level Makes Debut While Hemi V8 Gets Axed

There was a time when the current generation Ram 1500 managed to outshine both the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150 especially, in interior technology. However, the segment is rapidly evolving and Stellantis and Ram found themselves once again behind the pack in several categories. In a bid to re-establish itself in the segment, the company has formally unveiled the 2025 Ram 1500 which hopes to inject fresh sales into Stellantis’s bottom line.   Familiarity Dominates Refreshed Ram Exterior The exterior styling of the 2025 Ram 1500 builds on familiarity and at first glance, the core shape appears to be …

Keep reading

Chevrolet Opens Order Books for Equinox EV, Confirms Beefed Up Pricing

Chevrolet has officially opened up order books for the 2024 Equinox EV but while the SUV is rapidly taking a step closer to full-scale distribution, the news also comes with a noticeable caveat with GM confirming that it has scrubbed the “around $30,000” pricing that it originally promised for the model when it first made its debut.   Higher Pricing Confirmed For Equinox EV Before we get into the figurative meat and potatoes that define the Equinox EV itself, we might as well spend some time talking about the key talking point that many prospective buyers will notice, the revised …

Keep reading

Kia Makes EV Triple Play, Debuts EV3, EV4 and EV5 Concepts, All Three Entering Production

When Kia first unveiled the EV6 and the EV9 we had questions on whether the duo would represent a broader leap for the Korean car giant in its attempt to expand its presence in the EV segment. Kia gave us an answer today at their first-ever EV day, with the unveiling of three EV concepts: EV3, EV4, and EV5. Each one brings something unique to customers, and all three promise to make a statement in the EV wars.   Kia EV3 Is Firmly Targeting The Youth Market Kia claims that it wants to sell 1 million EV vehicles annually by …

Keep reading

Road Test Review – 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S – Volkswagen Attempts To Make EVs Mass Market

The 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is a proverbial crystal ball into the company’s electrification plans. The ID.4 is the smaller cousin to the international market-only ID.6 and is supposed to give buyers in the U.S. an offering that attempts to appeal to the broader mass market. However, does the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S hit the mark in this regard, or is it overshadowed by rivals?   Volkswagen ID.4 Blends Into Traffic, Makes Us Wish For Sportier Lines Volkswagen made some minor updates to the ID.4 for 2024 to try and help it stay fresh in the marketplace. While we’ll get …

Keep reading

2024 Ford F-150 Lightning Flash Bundles Popular Features To XLT Model, Starts At Under $70,000

Despite the ongoing UAW strike as well as a massive backlog of orders for its hot-selling F-150 Lightning pickup, Ford is still continuing to ramp up production of its hot-selling EV pickup. That includes new models, with the company revealing the all-new 2024 F-150 Lightning Flash.   Additional Equipment Not Performance Define Flash Experience Despite what its name might suggest, the F-150 Flash is not a formal performance model. Instead, it’s actually an equipment-focused trim level that bundles in many features and options that are popular with F-150 customers. That’s evident in its placement in the trim ladder, with the …

Keep reading

Road Test Review – 2024 Genesis GV70 Electrified Prestige – An EV For The Traditionalist Now With More Tech

In a world where many electric vehicles are embracing exterior styling that borders on the edges of sci-fi, there is a growing pool of customers who want the EV experience but don’t want to be forced to jump headlong into a vehicle that goes too far out of their comfort zone. Genesis is aware of this and has created EVs that channel their green driving mission well and look like their traditional ICE counterparts. However, is this enough to help models like the 2024 GV70 Electrified stand out against a growing pool of EV contenders?   GV70 Electrified Features Familiar …

Keep reading

2024 Honda Prologue EV Has GM Underpinnings, 300 Miles Of Est Range, Pricing Revealed

The 2024 Honda prologue is an interesting example of strange bedfellows teaming up for the greater good. Honda has been a pioneer in hybrid vehicles for several decades but was noticeably slow in fully embracing the world of all-electric BEVs. On the other hand, GM has the Ultium platform and needed a unique model to test its capabilities. The fruits of this exciting partnership are finally here with the unveiling of the 2024 Honda Prologue.   Prologue, A Blend Of Two Identities As mentioned, the 2024 Honda Prologue is the fruit of a partnership between GM and Honda, but while …

Keep reading

2024 Ford F-150 Brings Mild-refresh To Consumers, Aims To Build On Sales Success

The Ford F-150 has been America’s top-selling pickup for 46 straight years. As such, we won’t hold it against Ford for playing it safe with the 2024 F-150, which is entering the new model year with a light refresh that builds on practicality and technology, especially for consumers looking to do plenty of truck stuff out on the farm or the work site.   Ford Declares The Tailgate Wars Are Over With F-150’s Pro Access Tailgate The tailgate wars between Ford, GM, and Ram over the past few years have made for some pretty captivating television, with GM and Ram …

Keep reading

First Drive Review – 2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range – Tesla Aims Big In CUV Segment

The Tesla Model Y is shaping up to be a veritable sleeper hit for the upstart EV company with the CUV actually being on par in sales with the Model 3 sedan. However, until now, getting Tesla to review (especially in Michigan) was easier said than done due to various factors. As a result, we had to wait a bit to get our chance to get behind the wheel, but is the 2023 Tesla Model Y worth the wait and your hard-earned dollar?   Futuristic Styling That Doesn’t Forge New Ground To find out, we traveled to Detroit and attended …

Keep reading

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally Channels Ford History, Gets Raised Suspension and 480 HP

Ford’s attempt to dominate the EV market has proven to be a very profitable gamble for the company, with models like the F-150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E proving to be strong sellers for the company. But while these models are previewing Ford’s future, there were also some that were concerned about the push for EVs leaving the company’s heritage behind. Ford has responded to these concerns with the debut of the all-new 2024 Mustang Mach-E Rally, a trail-ready EV that brings the Mustang nameplate into new territory. Mach-E Rally Channels Ford’s Rally Pedigree When we last saw the Mach-E …

Keep reading

GMC & EarthCruiser Officially Unveil Hummer EarthCruiser EV Overlander

Following a lone teaser image that GMC and EarthCruiser released a short while back, the two companies have finally revealed the finished product, the GMC Hummer EarthCruiser, with the model designed to enhance the Hummer’s off-road capabilities while also giving owners a unique option to hunker down for the night out in parts unknown. Part Trail Warrior, Part RV, All Hummer This creation starts life as a base Hummer EV pickup (and we use the term “base” very loosely), with EarthCruiser mounting a living space in the Hummer’s pickup bed. While this greatly reduces how much stuff you can haul …

Keep reading

VinFast VF9 Gets 330 Miles On Single Charge, Starts At $83,000

VinFast is attempting to flesh out its EV lineup, with the Vietnamese upstart promising to create a diverse pool of utility vehicle models aimed at appealing to a wide segment of the buying public. While the VinFast VF8 has had mixed reviews since it arrived on our shores, it will ultimately be the bigger VF9 model that will help determine whether the company can seal the deal in the eyes of both customers and newly minted stockholders.   VF9 Can Go 330 Miles On A Single Charge The VF9 is VinFast’s flagship EV offering, and for a price, the VF9 …

Keep reading

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus review by Ben Lewis

Lately, Mazda has been updating their line with new models, but to keep it simple, they have just added a zero – so you know what belongs where. Hence, the CX-3 was replaced by the CX-30, and the CX-50 is the update for the CX-5 (which continues to be sold, for the time being). So, it wasn’t a big surprise when Mazda introduced the CX-90, the new hotness taking place of the much-loved CX-9, three-row SUV. Since each of the previous “0” models have been a distinct and delightful improvement, we couldn’t wait to try out the latest and greatest …

Keep reading

Cadillac Unveils 2025 Escalade IQ, All-Electric SUV Ratchets Up Caddy’s All-Electric Future With Luxury

The Cadillac Escalade has long been considered an icon in the full-size luxury SUV ranks, with the SUV being a favorite of celebrities, family luxury buyers, and more. While the bulk of this is due to its styling and impressive amounts of luxury, the V8 powertrains that once dominated the engine bay (the current generation introduced a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six) also helped cement this reputation further. Cadillac has stated in the past that it intends to be an all-electric brand moving forward, and the 2024 Cadillac Escalade IQ will be the latest model to embrace GM’s Ultium EV technology. Escalade …

Keep reading

Fisker Unveils Bold Plans For Future, Debuts Alaska Pickup, Ronin Supercar and Pear

Fisker showed that it was off to a strong start when the company unveiled the Ocean all-electric SUV. The Ocean was a glimpse into how CEO Henrik Fisker would take full advantage of his second attempt at the EV market (after prior failures with VLF and the original Fisker company.) However, if the company wants to reach the maximum number of customers, it would have to expand the model lineup. Fisker has managed to do just that in a big way, with several models making their debuts during an event the company threw in California to help provide the Ocean …

Keep reading

GMC Teams With EarthCruiser To Create Special Overlanding Hummer EV, Debuts Early Next Year

The GMC Hummer EV is slowly trickling its way to customers and has garnered quite a reputation. It’s one of the most capable EVs that the company has ever built, and the model is breathing new life into a brand that was once known for being anything but fuel efficient. However, we never had a chance to see what it would look like if the Hummer were allowed to be an overlanding machine. GMC and EarthCruiser are out to show the world the answer and have released a new teaser photo that appears to answer this question.   Overlanding In …

Keep reading

2024 Lexus RX 450h+ Adds Plug-In Capability To RX, Starts At $70,080

The Lexus RX has always tried to be the proverbial jack of all trades in the luxury CUV market for the past 25 years. While some of its past attempts at this haven’t gone as well (the ill-fated three-row RX was a classic example), Lexus is hoping that the all-new 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ will help successfully bring the RX into the world of plug-in hybrids for the first time ever.   450h+ Plugs In For Better Efficiency The exterior styling of the 450h+ is carried over from the rest of the RX family, and as a result, There’s not …

Keep reading

Acura Teases 2024 ZDX EV Ahead Of Monterey, ZDX Will Spearhead Acura’s EV Future

Acura revealed late last year that it would be joining the EV ranks and even confirmed that the axed ZDX nameplate will be given a second chance at life for the new EV. However, we haven’t heard much since, but the Japanese luxury brand is changing that with a new preview image of the ZDX, which sheds new light on some of the finer details.   Precision Styling Mixes With ZDX Production Reality The new teaser image reveals that the ZDX will take some of its cues from the Precision concept CUV. While the look here is toned down from …

Keep reading

Mazda MX-30 Axed In U.S. MX-30 R-EV Not Coming To Our Shores Either

The Mazda MX-30 was a very curious EV offering when Mazda first revealed it several years ago. The stylish CUV was supposed to be Mazda’s first foray into the EV ranks, but sales were initially limited to the California market only. Mazda’s recent confirmation of the MX-30 REV plug-in hybrid appeared to confirm that the company was potentially ready to expand the MX-30’s availability. However, the company has confirmed that it’s not only axing the MX-30 for the U.S. market but also not bringing the MX-30 R-EV to our shores either.   Slow Sales and Compromised Range Proved To Be …

Keep reading

Chevrolet Releases Pricing For 2024 Blazer EV, Starts At $56,715

Chevrolet has just started formal production of the 2024 Blazer EV at its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and while that’s still ruffling a few feathers at the UAW, Chevrolet is continuing to press ahead and has formally revealed official pricing for the model as it prepares to roll it out to customers.   2LT Blazer EV Model Starts At $56,715, SS To Come Next Year Chevy reps confirmed that while the range-topping SS model will not make its way to consumers until next year, the 2LT model will lead the charge when the SUV begins its national rollout. A …

Keep reading

Stellantis To Eliminate Separate Inverter Charger In Attempt To Enhance EV Efficiency, Simplify EV Construction

Stellantis is supercharging its entry into the EV marketplace and has already made some moves to prepare for the leap into electrification while also introducing the Ram REV 1500. The truck impressed us so much that this author put in a deposit, and we weren’t alone, with Stellantis and Ram reporting record numbers of interested customers. But progress will always be a part of the EV experience moving forward, and Stellantis has revealed that it’s aiming to remove the separate inverter and the onboard charger in a bold attempt to improve efficiency and simplify the construction of EVs.   New …

Keep reading

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Brings N To EV Ranks, Features 641 Horsepower Electric Powertrain

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV served as a symbolic launching pad for Hyundai’s EV ambitions, with the award-winning SUV proving to be a surprise sales hit during Hyundai’s calculated launch of the model. But while the standard model already offers a balanced mixture of range and performance, some buyers wanted more raw performance and speed. Hyundai has answered these concerns with the all-new 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.   Ioniq N First Step In Broader Electrification Plan For N Hyundai claims that more N-badged EV models are in the cards (the company already teased an Ioniq 6-based concept), but …

Keep reading

Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster Pickup Teased Ahead of Goodwood Debut

The Ineos Grenadier SUV aims to be the throwback off-roader that many buyers never knew they needed, with the model also adding a pinch of modern conveniences to help it appeal to younger buyers. However, the SUV was never meant to be the lone offering for the company, and Ineos has released a new teaser for the new Grenadier Quartermaster pickup, which will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.   Family DNA Gives Quartermaster Familiarity At its core, the Quartermaster is essentially a Grenadier SUV with its back half transformed into a pickup bed which means that …

Keep reading

Lordstown Motors Files For Bankruptcy, Prepares For Legal Fight With Foxconn Over Prior Deal

When we last saw Lordstown Motors, we had a chance to get a glimpse of the Endurance pickup truck when the model embarked on a surprising underdog bid for NACTOY truck of the year honors. While that bid ultimately came up short, we liked the truck that they had on display at the event. However, Lordstown has also been on a figurative rollercoaster financially, and the company has revealed that it has formally filed for bankruptcy as the company prepares to sue Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn.   Bankruptcy Latest Chapter In Lordstown Saga Lordstown’s move to Chapter 11 bankruptcy is …

Keep reading

Cadillac Reveals Escalade IQ Teaser Video, Will Unveil Model In NYC August 9th [Video]

Cadillac recently announced that it was preparing to electrify the iconic Cadillac Escalade while debuting its IQ sub-brand to denote future Cadilac models. However, other than the badging, we didn’t see much of the styling, and we certainly had some questions about what Cadillac was up to here. The luxury brand has released a new teaser video that attempts to answer some of these questions and provides the world with a glimpse into the 2024 Escalade IQ’s styling.   Lyriq Plays Prominent Role In Escalade IQ’s Styling, Adorns Bigger Canvas At first glance, it becomes apparent that the Cadillac Lyriq …

Keep reading

Embrace The Future: 12 Key Reasons to Choose an Electric Car or Truck

Electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer an unfamiliar sight on our roads. As technology advances, they are becoming increasingly popular for many reasons. Below are the top twelve reasons why investing in an electric car is a wise and forward-thinking decision, from their environmental benefits to their future-proof potential. Beneficial To The Environment Perhaps the most compelling reason to invest in an electric car is its positive impact on the environment. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, reducing their overall carbon footprint. This feature makes them a prime solution in combating climate change and improving air quality, which is crucial as …

Keep reading

2025 VinFast VF3 Emerges As Affordable EV SUV For Vietnam, Will It Come To The U.S.?

The Suzuki Jimny is an adorable little off-roader that has become a cultural icon thanks in no large part to its cute styling and impressive off-road capability. However, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? VinFast thinks so and has unveiled the all-new 2025 VinFast VF3, which is not only aiming to bring the fight to the Jimny, but also be a hot seller for the Vietnamese firm. VF3 Is Cute And Adorable Like the Jimny, the VF3 adopts a boxy two-door design, with the company claiming that it has enough room for five passengers. VinFast also says that the …

Keep reading

Toyota Announces Plans To Build $50 Million Battery Lab At U.S. R&D Campus, Announces Separate STEM Investment

Toyota’s preparing to go full throttle in its efforts to prepare for an all-electric future, with the company confirming its finalizing plans to build a $50 million dollar battery lab at its state-of-the-art U.S. R&D facility in York Township, Michigan. In addition to the new battery lab, The Japanese auto giant also announced separate plans for STEM programs in local school districts.   Battery Lab To Play Key Role In Toyota’s Electrification Strategy The battery lab is slated to play a role in reshaping the way that Toyota develops its battery packs, with the facility capable of supporting the process …

Keep reading

2024 Volvo EX30 Bring Electrification To The Masses, Starts At $36,145, Cross Country On The Way

The all-electric 2024 Volvo EX30 is the answer to a question that many asked at Volvo, what would an affordable EV crossover look like? Volvo is out to answer this question with its fourth all-electric model, which aims to reshape how most buyers think about the brand.   EX30 Is Ready For The City And Urban Terrain The EX30 was designed to be a more city-friendly alternative to the C40 Recharge and the XC40 Recharge, with the EX featuring styling that allows it to fall in line with Volvo’s current design language for the broader EX lineup. There’s plenty of …

Keep reading

2024 Acura ZDX Will Debut Google Based Software, Be First Acura Model To Use Google Tech

The 2024 Acura ZDX is poised to become Acura’s first-ever production EV, but while the company is still not ready to formally unveil it yet, the luxury brand chose to unveil another piece of the ZDX puzzle instead with confirmation that the model will be the first model to come integrated with Google based software.   Google Aims To Make ZDX Better EV While the ZDX will technically be the second Honda/Acura model to feature Google’s integrated software (the Honda Accord beat it to the punch), the ZDX’s Google-sourced software will be the first time that the company’s software package …

Keep reading

2023 VW ID.4 Standard review by Ben Lewis

The EV market continues to boom, and it seems like every day another manufacturer adds a new or updated model. We last tested a 2021 VW ID.4 we found it a great overall EV. For 2023 VW has added some updates, including a new more affordable entry-level model. With the prices for EV’s running so high, that sounds like a great option, so we decided to test it. Frugal or fail? Let’s find out! Still a Stunner Well, the ID continues to make a great first impression with a bold and capable look that’s one of our favorites. Up front, …

Keep reading

Maybach Embraces The Dark Side With Night Series Models, Rosegold and Black Accents Add Style

Blacked-out versions of various car models have become a rapidly growing trend in the automotive marketplace, especially in the luxury car market. The folks at Mercedes-Maybach have noticed this trend and unveiled the all-new Night Series lineup, which adds darkened accents to all three Maybach models to keep them fresh and draw in younger buyers.   Triple Dose Of Night Time Style The Night Vision Series will be available on all three models that can be equipped with the Maybach package (S-Class, EQS, and GLS) and will serve as a styling package for the trio with Maybach adding Rosegold accents …

Keep reading

Cadillac Announces Escalade IQ, Will Help Launch IQ Sub-Brand & Broaden Cadillac’s EV Reach

Cadillac has made it known that it sees the electric vehicle market as the next frontier for its sales targets and the future of the brand itself. While the Celestiq and Lyriq are rolling showcases that display what the brand’s technology is capable of, they lack the familiarity that many Cadillac buyers want. Cadillac is out to show that it also has these customers in mind and confirmed that the next model to receive electrification would be the Cadillac Escalade, which will also be the first offered under the IQ sub-brand and be called the Escalade IQ.   Escalade IQ …

Keep reading

First Drive Review – 2023 VinFast VF8 City Edition – VinFast’s First U.S. Model Has Potential But Is Marred By Flaws

It’s no secret that Vietnamese company VinFast is facing an uphill battle when it comes to carving a slice of the sales pie for itself in the BEV SUV market. The company is part of the larger VinGroup corporate umbrella, but while the corporation has managed to make waves in its home country, it faces a tougher job of convincing Americans to embrace an EV future from a brand that does not have as much brand cache as rivals like Tesla. Despite this, the company is pressing forward with their first U.S. model, the 2023 VinFast VF8 City Edition. But …

Keep reading

Fisker Ocean Goes Off Road With New Force E Off Road Concept, Latest Attempt At Bringing Electrification To The Trail

The Fisker Ocean is Henrik Fisker’s attempt to try and bring electrification to the bulk of SUV buyers. However, while the Ocean is sleek and stylish, it’s far from being a trail warrior with the model preferring to slink its way around urban roads. Fisker Inc is out to change that though with the company confirming that it’s developing an off-road focused Force E variant for the Ocean lineup.   Force E Brings Trail Ready Performance With A Pinch of Magic While Fisker is still working on preparing the Ocean for U.S. consumers, deliveries of the model have already begun …

Keep reading

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin AWD review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Volvo S60 Recharge plug-in Hybrid and came away massively impressed. With Volvo mentioning that all vehicles sold for 2023 on will be hybrid or full-on electric, we wondered if the fun was going to get lost in the process. Well, it certainly didn’t on the S60. So now, we were really excited to test the all-electric C40 Recharge. We’re pretty hopeful about the fun, but we also wondered in the world of EVs, does the C40 keep that special Volvo-ness that we’ve come to love? Let’s find out! Swedish Smurf The first thing you notice about …

Keep reading

2023 Kia EV6 GT review by Ben Lewis

Of all the manufacturers, Kia and its sibling Hyundai seem to really be on a roll. And for the Asian nameplate manufacturers, it’s really pushing the EV envelope with loads of great vehicles. One of the best is the Kia EV6we tested recently. With 225 horsepower and a range of 310 miles it’s the sweet spot in the lineup. Unless you’re an enthusiast that is, because at the top of the line, there’s the EV6 GT model with 576 horsepower and allegedly the kind of performance that humbles the most expensive European models, let alone most EV’s. So, we had …

Keep reading

GMC Expands Hummer Family With All New 3X Model, Adds 22-Inch Wheel Option For More Choice

GMC has unveiled the next member of the Hummer electric vehicle lineup with the debut of the all-new 3X trim which will be available for both the 2023 Hummer EV pickup and 2024 Hummer SUV models. The 3X is the next phase of GM’s plans to flesh out the Hummer lineup with all the models produced prior to this being range-topping Edition 1 models that went to reservation holders and had limited availability.   3X Brings Hummer To More People, Debuts On-Road Package The 3X model shares much of its core styling elements with the existing Hummer lineup but unlike …

Keep reading

Volta Preparing For U.S. Debut Of All-Electric Zero Commercial Truck, Will Unveil It May 1st At ACT Expo

When Volta Trucks first embarked on its plan to shake up the commercial EV trucking segment, it focused on Europe first but did confirm that the U.S. market was also on its radar too. After several years of testing (including recently announced plans to start testing in select U.S. cities), the company has revealed that it’s now prepared to not only debut the Volta Zero here in the U.S. but also display it for the first time with the company debuting the rig at the Advanced Clean Technology Expo (ACT) In May.   ACT Will Be Big Launching Pad For …

Keep reading

2025 Ram 1500 REV Shatters Expectations. 500 Mile Range and 654 Horsepower Setup Change The Game

When we first saw the 2025 Ram REV (aka Ram Revolution) it was during the Super Bowl and other than a few fleeting glimpses of the truck, we didn’t get to learn too many details about the technology lurking under the skin. Ram has delivered the goods and used the 2023 New York Auto Show to formally reveal the 2025 Ram 1500 REV and shatter what we should expect from a BEV pickup in the process.   Ram 1500 REV Is Capable of Going How Far? Before we get into the other details that define the Ram 1500 REV we …

Keep reading

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL S-AWC review by Ben Lewis

Have you ever met someone, and new immediately that you were going to be great friends?  Well, that happens with cars, too. Last year we tested the then all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and loved it. The only thing missing – the popular PHEV (plug-in hybrid) model remained on the previous chassis. But now for 2023 you can get the PHEV model with all the goodies. So, is it still love at first sight? Let’s find out! Same Great Looks – Can you say I Fu Do Do? We were super happy to see that the PHEV has inherited the same …

Keep reading

Hyundai Confirms 2024 Kona Electric Powertrains, Promises More Performance And Range

The 2024 Hyundai Kona is continuing its systematic tease campaign, with Hyundai choosing to share some new details about the 2024 Kona Electric, including performance, range, and more, ahead of the 2024 Kona’s arrival on our shores later this year.   Kona Electric Gets Class-Leading Range, But U.S. Figures Unknown Hyundai’s announcement confirmed that the 2024 Kona Electric would get the best range figure in its segment. The one catch here is that Hyundai didn’t reveal U.S. figures and instead opted to reveal figures the SUV got under the WTLP measurement system used in international markets. While that means we …

Keep reading

Cadillac To Unveil Three New EVs in 2023, Promises To Be All Electric By The End of The Decade

Cadillac kept it simple and straight to the point in its business presentation, revealing that not only did the brand see an impressive performance in overall sedan sales but also news that the luxury brand will be unveiling three new EV models this year as it attempts to become all-electric by the end of the decade.   Cadillac Accelerates EV Pursuits, SUVS Remain Sales Kings When Cadillac unveiled the Cadillac Lyriq and the Cadillac Celestiq, the luxury brand made it clear that these two models would only be the beginning of a broader transformation that would see Cadillac become an …

Keep reading

2025 Ram 1500 REV Debuts Ahead Of Super Bowl, Will Be Brands First EV Pickup

It wasn’t too long ago that the Ram Revolution EV concept truck made its debut at the 2023 CES show in Las Vegas. We even had the chance to see it ourselves at the Chicago Auto show and we wondered how long it would before we saw the production version of the Revolution in a TikTok video we did. Thankfully, Ram execs were just as impatient as we were, and have released several photos of the 2025 Ram 1500 REV pickup ahead of its Super Bowl debut.   Ram REV Shortens Name, Goes In Conventional Direction The Ram Revolution concept …

Keep reading

Production Bollinger B1

Piracy On The High EV Seas? Bollinger Motors Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Munro

The EV wars are rapidly evolving and we have seen our fair share of models emerge to try and get their own piece of the action. However, one battle is getting fresh attention with Bollinger Motors taking UK upstart firm Munro Motors to court over patent infringement claims as the two automakers try to get their respective EVs in the hands of customers.   Bollinger, Munro Fight Centers On Image In the lawsuit that it filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bollinger Motors claims that the similarity between the Bollinger B1/B2 and …

Keep reading

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid EX AWD review by Ben Lewis

As long as there’s been Kia in the US, it seems like there’s been a Sportage SUV. It started out small and rugged, and grew into a stylish, strong-performing model that we liked to call the Korean Cayenne. No small praise, giving Porsche props there. And now we have an all-new 5th generation Sportage, and while we might have expected a further development of the current model, Kia has instead unleashed the designers and engineers to create something completely different. How did they do? Let’s take a look! Opposites United No, that isn’t a name for a new English soccer …

Keep reading

2022 Audi e-tron quattro Review by Ben Lewis

It’s been an Audi lovefest the past few weeks here at CRD. We’ve tested the S4, A4 and now we’re reviewing the fully electric e-tron SUV. While the other sedabs wooed us with their wonderful engines, we wondered can an EV powered Audi win our hearts as well? Let’s find out! Hello Handsome We’ve noticed a trend in the EV world, either you make it look crazy and unique, or you make it look much like the gas-powered choices, the BMW i4 comes to mind – making an easier transition for those coming from fossil fuel cars. We’d say that …

Keep reading

2024 Polestar 2 Goes To The Gym, Gets More Power And Range For The New Model Year

When Polestar first revealed the Polestar 2 it represented a key step for the upstart EV brand. However, it was far from perfect, and it had some noticeable flaws in executing the finer details. Polestar is out to change that, and has revealed the 2024 Polestar 2 which brings more power, range, and tweaked styling to buyers.   Tweaks Outside Hide Big Polestar 2 Changes Inside At first glance, it might seem like there isn’t alot going on with the exterior styling only receiving minor tweaks including the front mounted “SmartZone” panel that houses the bulk of the Polestar 2’s …

Keep reading

Volta Trucks Announces First Production Orders, Confirms First 300 Units Already Spoken For

It has been a while since we heard from Volta Trucks. The European EV, the commercial vehicle maker, has been busy preparing for the debut of its production model, the Volta Zero, with the firm kicking off a testing program for interested companies back in 2022. However, it appears that things are in the home stretch, with Volta confirming that it has accepted customer orders for the first 300 slots in the manufacturing order, with the company confirming that this will help them snag an estimated profit of €85 million.   Volta Trucks Poised To Make Its Mark In Commerical …

Keep reading

Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV Silences Range Anxiety With Rotary Engine, Gets 373 Miles Of Range

The Mazda MX-30 promised to preview the EV future that Mazda is aiming to achieve with its vehicle lineup. But while the small CUV was stylish and offered an impressive array of sustainability in its interior, the EV’s paltry 100 miles of range between charges was arguably its biggest weakness and limited it to the California market. But Mazda is hoping that the all-new Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV will not only silence all the critics but also finally allow the MX-30 to blossom to its full potential.   MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV IS Europe Only For Now, But U.S. Is Next …

Keep reading

Jaguar I-Pace Gets Light Mid-Cycle Update In Europe, Is America Next?

The Jaguar I-Pace first entered the marketplace in 2018  and was supposed to be Jaguar’s first entry into the EV market. The I-Pace impressed us when we drove it a few years ago, and it appears that Jaguar is preparing to update the model with European models getting a light mid-cycle refresh that aims to remove some of the rough edges and make the I-Pace a contender again in the EV wars.   A Nip & Tuck Gives This I-Pace New Levels Of Style We weren’t kidding when we said that Jaguar gave it a light update, with observers having …

Keep reading

Ram Seeks To Revolutionize EV Pickup Market With Ram Revolution Concept, Will Shape Brand’s EV Future

Ram promised to shake up the EV truck market when it announced plans to release an EV version of its popular Ram 1500 pickup. As time went by, rivals like the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado RST, and the Rivan R1T appeared, and it became very evident that Ram was going to be running late to the figurative party. But after many teasers as well as a fair share of rumors, Ram has finally taken the veil off of the Ram Revolution Concept, which will spearhead Ram’s efforts at bringing the fight to Ford and Chevrolet.   Ram Revolution Comes …

Keep reading

First VinFast VF 8 Models Reach U.S Shores, Boasts 180 Mile Driving Range

VinFast promised it would turn the EV segment upside down when it announced plans to bring the VF 8 and VF 9 SUVs to the U.S. market. The young upstart company appears to have succeeded in some of its early goals and recently announced that its first shipment of VF 8 models has arrived in the U.S.   VF 8 Serves As Spearhead, But Sacrifices Range When VinFast execs announced their plans last year, the company hinted that the VF 8 would have a range of 260 miles between charges. However, the first batch of SUVs appears to have sacrificed …

Keep reading

Hyundai Unveils 2024 Kona, Will Be Global Offering With Radical Redesign

It’s no secret that Hyundai has been hard at work on the next generation Kona thanks to various prototypes that we have spotted running around select parts of Metro Detroit. However, the Korean car giant has chosen (surprisingly) to not only unveil the 2024 Kona lineup, but also share some new information about some of the features that will be coming to the model for 2024.   Radical Redesign Adds Sci-Fi Style To Kona The current generation Kona had styling that was already unique to say the least, but the 2024 model doubles down on things and embarks in an …

Keep reading

2024 Lucid Gravity Promises To Shakeup The EV SUV Segment, What Can We Expect?

Lucid recently made waves when the company confirmed that it will be producing the Gravity EV SUV. The Gravity will be the first SUV offered by the upstart EV maker, but what can buyers expect and will the 2024 Lucid Gravity help pull customers into Lucid showrooms? Here’s a few key things that you can expect when it hits showrooms.   Gravity: A Project For Now, But Will Play Key Role In Sales Later For now, Lucid is calling the SUV “Project Gravity” but look for the Project portion of that moniker to be canned after the production version eventually …

Keep reading

VinFast VF6, & VF7 To Spearhead U.S. Launch, Company Also Hints At Sports Car Offering

VinFast used the 2022 L.A. Auto Show to reveal the all-new VF6 and VF7 CUVs. The duo aim to be the mass-market focused spearheads that will help propel VinFast into the U.S. market while also perhaps laying the foundation for an all-new sports car offering.   New VinFast Models Flesh Out Lineup, Join VF8, VF9 In Showrooms When we last checked in with VinFast, we got the chance to see the VF8 and VF9 at the New York Auto Show and even went for a brief lap inside one at the EV test track they had. While illness kept us …

Keep reading

2023 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop 2-Door review by Ben Lewis

EV’s have come a long way in a relatively short time. Just a few years ago, your choices were mostly a Tesla or a Nissan LEAF. Other manufacturers were test-marketing cars, but the choices were limited. We now have electric vehicles offered in pretty much every price point from the Chevy Bolt, start at $26,595 up to stratospheric vehicles like the Lucid, Porsche and Mercedes all easy eclipsing the $100k mark. The truth is, if EV’s are really going to make a big dent in the marketplace – government efforts notwithstanding – they’re going to have to be affordable. But …

Keep reading

2024 GMC Sierra Denali Edition 1 EV Plugs In For More Capability And Performance, Other Trims To Follow

The GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado have always followed a pendulum-like motion regarding major updates or new models. What one gets is ultimately shared with the other, and that includes the electrification side of the coin. With the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV serving as the opening salvo, GM has unveiled the other piece of the puzzle, the 2024 GMC Sierra Denali Edition 1 EV, which mixes similar traits with a distinctly different approach to electrification to bring the fight to Ford and other rivals.   Sierra EV And Silverado Similarities Are Only Skin Deep At first glance, the Sierra …

Keep reading

Mullen Buys Controlling Interest In Bollinger Motors, Restarts B1 & B2 Programs

In a surprise move, Mullen Automotive has revealed that it has bought a majority stake in rival Bollinger Motors and also announced that it has big plans for Bollinger as the EV startup attempts to expand its presence rapidly amidst rapid change and legislative laws that passed.   Mullen’s Move The Ultimate Surprise When we say Mullen’s move came out of left field, we mean it, with this author out on another assignment when the news came off the wire. Mullen’s investment in Bollinger reflects the grand plans that the firm has for its new acquisition, with the company spending …

Keep reading

Jeep Wagoneer S Adds Electrons To Iconic Moniker, Embraces New Shape And Compliments Wagoneer 4xe Model

The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models are the ultimate expressions of Jeep capability and luxury. We enjoyed our time with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but it’s no secret that, like their ancestors, fuel economy is not a strong suit. However, it would seem that Jeep is out to change all that, with the brand confirming that it has begun exploring the idea of an all-electric EV version with the all-new Grand Wagoneer S and the Grand Wagoneer 4xe.   Sleek Grand Wagoneer S Embraces Three Distinct Pillars Unlike the Recon, Jeep revealed that the Grand Wagoneer S name itself …

Keep reading

Jeep Eyes The EV Wars With 2023 Recon, Small EV Promises Wrangler Capability In Tidy Compact Package

Jeep’s 4xe day has begun, and the brand not only used the occasion to elaborate on its EV plans but also show the spearhead of this offensive with three all-new Jeep EVs that aim to shake the very foundation of Jeep to its core. While the Jeep Avenger will be a Europe-only offering, the off-road brand showed us one of two U.S.-bound models, the 2023 Jeep Recon.   Recon Provides Glimpse Into Trail Slaying Strategy The 2023 Recon was the surprise unveiling of 4xe day, and while it may look like an all-electric Wrangler replacement, Jeep assures us that it …

Keep reading

Bollinger Motors Announces B4 EV Commercial Trucks, Will They Be Lightning In A Bottle For Company?

Bollinger Motors is a company that has certainly seen its fair share of ups and downs over the past few years. When we last heard from Bollinger, they announced that they were ending development of the B1 pickup and B2 SUV models while also doubling down on the commercial vehicle segment. Bollinger has so far been reluctant to reveal full details of what that means for consumers, but recently, the company offered a small glimmer of what this could mean with he reveal of their all-new lineup of B4 commercial chassis cab models.   Cab Forward For An All EV …

Keep reading

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Luxury Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the all-new Lexus NX 350 and we very impressed. OK, so we know it’s heavily based on the new Toyota RAV4, but that’s fine with us, the updated RAV4 was a major step forward for one of the best-selling small SUVs of all time. And our favorite RAV was the RAV4 Prime with over 300 horsepower and 0-60 in under 6 seconds. It’s one of the fastest vehicles in the Toyota fleet! So, while we loved the NX 350, we were really waiting for the NX 450h+ which would be using the same muscular running gear as …

Keep reading

GMC Uses Woodward To Tease Hummer EV SUV, Tries To Troll Ford In The Process

The 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise was filled with plenty of highlight moments, but one that might have flown under the radar for some was the surprise appearance of the GMC Hummer EV SUV, which slinked its way down Woodward during the early evening hours and provided us a good look at the EV in a more urban-focused setting.   Hummer EV SUV Takes The Top Off For Maximum Fun While GMC was a few minutes late in its attempt to steal the spotlight from Ford and the seventh-generation Mustang, the SUV’s appearance still managed to turn some heads on the …

Keep reading

Ford Teams Up With Jay Leno And Walmart To Recreate Sam Walton’s F Series Truck In Lightning Form

The 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise might’ve had a soggy end to the festivities due to rain squalls in the area, but before the heavens unleashed buckets of rain, the sun and blue skies held out long enough for celebrity and everyone’s favorite car enthusiast Jay Leno to unveil a brand new Ford F-150 Lightning project truck that not only pays homage to Sam Walton’s original F-150 pickup but also celebrates a collaboration between the star and Walmart.   F-150 Lightning Paying Homage To Frugality Of A Classic   Walmart is a robust shopping juggernaut these days, but it can be …

Keep reading

Acura Precision EV Is Stylish Preview Of Brand’s SUV Future, Shines At Monterey

Monterey Car Week is kicking into full gear and per usual multiple automakers are preparing wild concept vehicles to display on these hallowed grounds. One of these firms is Acura which used the occasion to formally reveal the Precision EV concept in what could be the eventual shape of things to come for the luxury brand.   Precision EV Provides Slightly Hazy Preview Of SUV Styling Acura was quick to point out that the Precision EV is not meant to be a formal preview of an upcoming model, but is instead a styling exercise that shows what Acura designers are …

Keep reading

Road Test Review – 2022 F-150 Lightning – Electrcity Adds New Angle To Ford’s Best Seller

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably one of the most highly anticipated EVs in recent memory. While it was beaten to production by the Rivian R1T, Ford is still in a position to make a splash in the EV pickup wars, especially since the Tesla Cybertruck has still not entered production despite repeated promises by Elon Musk and Tesla representatives. But does the Lightning give the F-150 the perfect opportunity to dominate another pickup market niche, or is it an evolutionary dead end for an icon?   F-150 Lightning Styling Combines Familiarity With Slick Touches When you first lay …

Keep reading

Honda Teases Prologue EV SUV, Confirms 2024 Production Target

GM has made waves with the recent unveilings of EV products like the Equinox EV, Blazer EV, and even the ultra-luxurious Celestiq EV. However, Honda’s efforts have long remained in the shadows despite inking a recent partnership with GM to co-develop EV models. That’s now changed, with the Japanese auto giant releasing the first teaser of its upcoming Prologue EV SUV.   Prologue Shaping Up To Be Important SUV Unlike some of Honda’s recent teaser efforts which had details about as sparse and wafer thin as a saltine cracker, this one is the equivalent of eating a hearty Fig Newton. …

Keep reading

Road Test Review – 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge – Stylish CUV Trades Practicality For Good Looks

There was a time when square and boxy styling defined many SUV and other utility offerings. Volvo was once considered a prominent player in this cube-themed world, thanks mainly to its lineup of estates. But as tastes have changed, the brutish slab-sided entries of yesteryear are rapidly being replaced by curvy rounded offerings aiming to achieve maximum fuel economy. Volvo is aware of the times and has been working on adding some curves to its lineup. That includes the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge but does this EV have what it takes to be a good gateway into Volvo’s electrified future? …

Keep reading

2024 Chevrolet Blazer Adds Electrified Tech To Iconic Nameplate, Will Join Equinox EV

When Chevrolet announced that they would electrify the Blazer, we were curious to see how the brand would tackle this challenge head-on. Subsequent teaser images of the Blazer revealed that a very futuristic overhaul was in store but not much else about what lurked underneath the skin. That changes today with the unveiling of the 2024 Blazer EV. Blazer EV Reboots Sporty Intentions The ICE-powered Blazer was clearly inspired by the Chevrolet Camaro but this time around, the EV version goes off in a clearly different direction. The front fascia is bolder than it’s ICE counterpart and it comes adorned …

Keep reading

First Drive Review – 2023 Cadillac Lyriq RWD – The Harbringer Of Cadillac’s EV Future

Remember back when Cadillac was once one of the pillars in the U.S. luxury car market? Back in the 1920s and 1930s owning a Cadillac was a sign that you made it in life and that you had the wallet needed to put one in your garage. Since then, Cadillac’s star has gone through its fair share of ups and downs as it strived to stand out from established German contenders, as well as upstart Japanese brands like Lexus and Acura. The brand is looking to change that with the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq which elevates Cadillac into a new realm …

Keep reading