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?
Subaru is developing an all-electric sport utility as a joint venture with Toyota. Built on the new e-Subaru global platform, the Solterra is slated to go on sale in the United States, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan in 2022.
The naming of the Solterra comes from a combination of the Latin words for “sun” and “earth.” The joint venture with Toyota, which was announced last year at the renewal of the current collaboration on the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sports cars, aims for electrified vehicles based on technologies shared between the companies. The collaboration combines Subaru’s expertise in all-wheel drive technology and Toyota’s electrification knowledge and allows for the sharing of parts and sourcing.
Subaru says that the new Solterra and its platform were the result of the company’s engineers working specifically to mate Subaru’s AWD capability and driving dynamics with a dedicated EV platform. Subaru says that more details for the Solterra will come closer to the EV’s launch date.
While controversial on its launch, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has proven itself to be a winner to most of those who’ve driven it. In this video, we talk about the new electric crossover from Ford and about Kristin’s impressions and daily use of it for a week. Aaron tries not to ramble on about things too much too. It’s refreshing.
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 episode, Kristin and Aaron talk about family vehicles with a plug. Most plug-in hybrid vehicles and fully electric (EV) vehicles are not generally family-sized. There are a few, however, and the two of us have driven most of them. From the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Tesla Models X and Y, we talk family vehicles with plugs.
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.
In a new video from Hyundai, celebrating the launch of their latest fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), comes a great explanation of how hydrogen fuel cells work.
“Hyundai fuel cell SUVs, including both the current model NEXO and previous generation Tucson Fuel Cell SUV, have accumulated well over ten million miles on California roads, all while producing clean H2O emissions and no negative effects on the environment,” says Hyundai.