The last time I attend a launch of the Chevy Malibu at the New York Auto Show, I was (like many commentators) underwhelmed by the car GM showcased. The mild-hybrid system was all compromises, whether it be fuel economy or performance, and GM quickly reshuffled its cards for the 2016 relaunch. And this time, I […]
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We ride the Ducati of electric motorcycles, the Energica Ego, through the canyons of Malibu. It’s love at first twist as the bike handles beautifully.
A 95 mile day of canyon and freeway riding proves the Zero S is ready for anything, regardless of how far it may take you.
A month ago, I took delivery of a 2013 Zero FX. My first impressions are here. It’s been a wonderful month, even as I’ve had to work hard to keep The Smug from blinding everyone around me. Well, putting in an 80-mile day on Sunday was a great way to temper The Smug. If you aren’t familiar with The Smug, please take a moment and familiarize yourself here in South Park. Granted, that episode aired way back in 2006 when lowly hybrid drivers could think they were cool. Not so anymore, now that pure EV’s are becoming almost as ubiquitous, and Tesla is profitable.
We don’t really need all that power, but this is America, and we’re nothing if not obsessed with power. James told me the most exciting ride of his life was following me through LA traffic on the Brammo Empulses we rode today. Today was just another day of freedom to me, only more free because I didn’t have to buy gas. To survive LA traffic, motorcyclists have to be fast and sure. “He who hesitates in war is lost.” are words to live by here. But how fast is fast enough? Would the street version of the bike that won the TTXGP World Championship be fast enough to survive LA traffic?
One of the many hidden costs of car ownership are repairs. So as cars get more complicated, repair costs are bound to go up. Cars.com recently paid over $14,000, and waited nine weeks, to get their Chevy Volt back from the repair shop after a front-end collision.
Right off the bat, let me say that I am not…thrilled with my New York Auto Show coverage. That said, automakers ended the auto show season on a high note, and I’m happy I went. I am not happy, however, with my Droid 2 going dead before I’d even finished my fourth press conference. Nor […]
Hybrid sales haven’t been great lately, though it isn’t for a lack of help. The U.S. General Services Administration has bought at least 14,584 hybrids from Ford and GM, about a quarter of the hybrids sold between the two companies.
Remember a few years back, when all of the sudden the market was flooded with hybrids? I’m not talking about the Prius or the Insight, genuine hybrid cars, but rather the “half-hybrids” cranked out by GM and Chrysler prior to their bankruptcy proceedings. There was the Saturn Vue Green Line, Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, the Chrysler […]