The plugalicious ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle that was built from the ground up to be an EV. The ID.4 has nearly 250 miles of range per charge, drives smoothly and nicely, and doesn’t pretend to be some kind of rich person’s toy. With the same interior room as a Tiguan despite it’s smaller stance and wheelbase, the ID.4 is a well-sized family car and daily driver.
In this interview inside a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 electric car, Ryan Allen of VW talks about the car, its design impetus, and what its future might hold. This is VW’s first electric car made from the ground up to be so and it constitutes the beginning of a big push forward for the company as it goes fully electric over the next decade.
Watch for Aaron’s full review of the 2021 ID.4 coming to the channel soon.
In this episode, we discuss the moon landing-like effort that would be required to achieve President Biden’s goal of having fifty percent of vehicle sales be electric by 2030. There are a lot of roadblocks, but we could overcome them if we wanted to. The question is: do we actually want to achieve this goal badly enough?
In this video, contributor James Gilboy drives the 2020 Bolt EV, Chevrolet’s longest-running electric vehicle. He talks about the ups and downs of this vehicle versus its closest competitors and some of the good and bad in the Bolt’s design. An honest look at a car that, frankly, should appeal to more “on the fence” EV buyers than any other battery electric option on the road.
By now, you’ve heard that the Hummer is back as a model in the GMC family. But it’s not the same Hummer you might remember from the 90s. Originally designed for the military, the H1 was known for an estimated mpg rating south of 20, a wide road hog that evoked Arnold Schwarzenegger associations.
That particular vehicle faded out of the market in 2008; gone but not forgotten. Rising up from the ashes of that original Hummer, the new GMC Hummer EV has blazed back onto the scene as of January with a bold commercial during the biggest NFL game of the year.
Zero-emissions and all electric, the new Hummer EV boasts 1000 hp and, GMC says, 11,500 lb-ft of torque. That number is not exactly the torque calculation you’re used to, however; some speculate that it’s the wheel torque multiplied by the gear ratio. Even so, if the Hummer has 1000 lb-ft of torque, it’s still an incredibly impressive number. And with a reported 0-60 in less than three seconds, this vehicle is definitely going to MOVE.
Adding to the fun, removable roof panels allow you to feel the wind through your hair in this hulking new-generation beast.
The electric vehicle market is picking up, with competitors Bollinger and Rivian promoting EV trucks with less horsepower but with other alluring features. Bollinger’s B2 will have the capability to carry a 16-foot load through a patented passthrough into the cabin, and the B1 is a four-seat SUV with removable glass, doors, roof panels, and windshield. Rivian’s R1T has parking-lot friendly dimensions and 11,000-pound towing capabilities, and its R1S SUV is more family friendly, with three sleek rows. Ford says an F-150 is in the works, which we’re looking forward to hearing more about soon. The brand’s Mustang Mach-E, which debuted last year, is much smaller and more budget-friendly than the Hummer EV, but includes the all-electric instant-torque thrill.
GMC called this new SUV a “quiet revolution” in its January commercial and it’s going to be interesting to see who buys this vehicle. It seems obvious that it won’t be the same consumers who bought the gas-guzzling original, but who knows? The brand is currently saying that it will be available as of the fall of 2021. We’re looking forward to it.
In this video, we explain what the various electrified vehicles are and give an overview of how they work and who they’re suited for. From fully battery electric EV options to plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, this video explains the basics to the consumer wondering about efficiency options. Got questions? Comment below or find us at http://www.DriveModeShow.com and ask. We’re happy to help.
Based in the midwest, Current Automotive not only has a nice double meaning to their name, but also specializes in helping customers find used EVs to match their lifestyles. Got questions about an electric car? Wondering which one might be right for you? Hoping to get an EV but don’t live where that particular model is sold? Current Automotive has you covered. Check these guys out.
At Fully Charged USA in Texas at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) center, Kristin talks with Rob Mantinen about the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Rob explains what’s new with the Bolt and the two talk about teen driving and how electric cars like the Bolt can be a great choice for that.
This weekend, the epic commercials of the Super Bowl will include one from GMC that teases the new Hummer. Unlike the much-maligned (yet much-loved) SUV of old, the GMC Hummer this time will be all-electric. Yep, a Hummer EV. From GMC. It rhymes.
The General is touting some pretty big numbers for the Hummer as well.
- 1,000 horsepower
- 11,500 lb-ft of torque
- 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds
The GMC HUMMER EV will be revealed on May 20, 2020 and built in Michigan at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The commercial will air during the big game on Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek at that:
Ford unveiled the new Mustang Mach-E electric crossover to Texas at the Houston Auto Show. Presenting was Cristina Sanders, who heads up marketing for the new Mustang. Cristina gives us a full walkthrough of the highlights of the Mach-E, including a quick look at the funky door handles and new interior. Ford is clearly proud of this new Mustang and it definitely shines on the Houston Auto Show floor.