Mach-E is Very Good, But Not Yet Great

The first question before any test drive is always this: how much? That comes before I ask: Is this car fast, well-mannered and agile, versatile, convenient, reliable and safe? It’s also important to ask: Is it pretty enough to make me cry? And is it something of a ground-breaker, an historic triumph for the history …

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How Geely Engineered a Reinvented Volvo Cars

Twelve years ago, Volvo became a ward of Chinese carmaker Geely. It was a terrible time for the Swedish automotive brand, and a triumphant one for Geely, the first Chinese carmaker to buy an established Western automaker. Volvo was desperate at the time because an equally desperate Ford Motor had spent the previous decade driving …

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Older Buildings Present an EV Charging Challenge

I own a property in a MURB or multiple-unit residential building — an apartment building. So this EV (electric vehicle) announcement from Ottawa grabbed my attention last summer: all light-duty cars and passenger trucks sold by 2035 must be zero-emission. What? Really? No warning? I thought this was planned for 2040? Ah, the late-summer election. …

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The future of car buying — it’s gonna be great!

Digital pioneers and hucksters have been predicting the demise of traditional car dealers for at least two decades. Soon, we have been told, buying a car will be just like buying a pair of sneakers from Vessi or a computer monitor off Amazon. And here we go again. I’m looking at a curious and, of …

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Want a fancy new EV in 2022? Disappointment lurks

The announced parade of new, pure battery-electric vehicles coming to market in 2022 is long and impressive, from Rivian’s R1S SUV to the way-cool Kia EV6, Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Cadillac’s Lyriq, and perhaps even the Fisker Ocean, not to mention the Lexus RZ 450e and the intriguing apology for short-sightedness called the Toyota BZ4X. That’s …

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