Our Transportation Needs: Electric vs Hybrid Vehicles; Ownership vs Subscription

American Cars ’67 Ford Falcon: My first car! When I was a young kid I had a Ford and then a Plymouth. After my family’s experience with American-made cars, I swore that, as an adult, I would never again own an American car brand. American cars were crap cars–junk that wasn’t innovative or in the least bit reliable. Nissan MuranoAcura… Continue reading

Our (Brief) Tesla Ownership Experience So Far [Updated]

Since I’m going to say some critical things I want to start out by saying that we love our Tesla Model S. However, ownership has not been without issues. So, I thought I would share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Hopefully, this will help Tesla improve their customer ownership experience as well as assist potential buyers in making… Continue reading

Meet Chloé.

Yes, I knew it was only a matter of time. Chloé has now replaced Watts, my wonderful little 2006 Prius. Watts had less than 29,000 miles on him when he was traded in today. He averaged about 46.5 miles per gallon. This means that Watts burned about 624 gallons of gasoline during his time with me—far less than the vast… Continue reading

Lamented No More

Everyone knows I like to be environmentally conscious and give the oil industry as little money as possible.  (I’ve blogged about my keen interest in the Nissan Leaf.  I suspect that, as soon as I can test drive a Leaf, the Prius (Watts) will be replaced with one.  In the meantime… ) Since resale values for Japanese autos are at… Continue reading

Forgiveness

Image via Wikipedia You know, I’m fairly forgiving of people but not at all of corporations.  For example:  when the Exxon Valdez spilled oil all over Prince William Sound in Alaska back in 1989, I swore I would never knowingly purchase Exxon products again.  Here 11 years later, I’ve kept that promise. I was so annoyed by the crappy cars… Continue reading

Lacks the Ring of Truth

Everyone is reporting about the silver-headed gentleman who frantically called 911 early in the week stating that his Toyota Prius was accelerating out of control down the San Diego interstate. In my mind, these are some of the salient things he says in his on camera CNN interview: The the floor mat was not stuck up under the gas pedal.… Continue reading