Archive for the electric cars Tag

2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play

The beauty of the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid sneaks up on you. It’s not in its function-over-form body but in how easily this compact-class crossover wagon-hatchback fits into a busy lifestyle. With around 26 miles of battery driving, it is quick to dispense with errand-running and with engine assist there are more than 500 miles of total driving range; it is an EV that doesn’t fiddle around. The Niro PHEV is an urban runabout and...

2018 Nissan Leaf: Simple green without the gimmicks

Critics of electric cars point to the obvious downsides of range, range anxiety and price. But few realize the upsides until they own an EV and the first of those validation points might be not having to go to a gas station except for a fountain drink, lottery ticket or the air pump. Then there are the obvious incentives of reduced vehicle maintenance and an ever-topped-off tank after an overnight charge. And somewhere on the...

Tesla Model 3: Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

Tesla is complicated, but its cars are not. A recent week in a new Model 3, the compact electric sedan, is a rethinking of car ownership. It’s as much lifestyle choice as transportation. There is much awareness of this new car and brand — and some attitude. A driver in an Audi A4 tried a stoplight drag race and a few other drivers were not hospitable in yielding the right of way, which was quite...

2019 Jaguar iPace EV: Zeroing in on the future

  Skimming along your favorite back road you just might begin to feel the hefty curb weight of the Jaguar iPace — but only if it’s country-lane blacktop. This all-wheel-drive and larger-than-most EVs, is a performance Jaguar that feels tight as a slab of aluminum with sports-car steering and one-pedal function for acceleration and regenerative braking, which happens to be quite useful for some stabilizing trail-braking when powering into a turn. Weighing 4,784 pounds, the...

VW shows concept I.D. BUZZ Cargo van

Volkswagen today debuted its I.D. BUZZ CARGO, an electrically powered commercial van that recalls the vintage Transporter bus. The concept vehicle offers a glimpse into the middle of the next decade, Volkswagen says, with its fully-automated I.D. Pilot driving mode (Level 4). The transporter concept shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover is a sibling of the I.D. BUZZ concept, shown at the 2017 Detroit auto show. That concept is the people-carrier version of...

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard