I love Jim Kenzie, but…

I’ve read Jim Kenzie’s columns in the Wheels section of the Toronto Star for more years than I can remember.  He’s a great read: informed, enthusiastic, and not afraid to have a politically incorrect opinion about the vehicles he reviews.

I have to take exception to his column in the Saturday, March 12th edition of the Toronto Star.  In it, Mr. Kenzie goes to considerable lengths to declare electric cars a waste of time and taxpayer money.  Let’s take a look at each his arguments. Continue reading

Spied: Top Secret Telsa Model “T”

Much has been made of the soon-to-be-released Telsa Model X.  This will be Tesla’s foray into the sport utility market.  The Model Three, a more affordable sedan, is still on the drawing board.

Unknown until this past weekend, we discovered a new entry for Tesla.  With a more mainstream sedan, a luxury sedan and full-size sport utility on the market, Tesla will enter the light pickup truck market soon.

Spotted at the Buffalo Supercharger station, the heavily camouflaged truck is, as expected, not sale ready.  Further research reveals that it is almost identical to the previous generation Chevrolet Silverado, obviously trying to slot the new vehicle between the current mid-size (Chevrolet Colorado) and full-size (MY15 Silverado, F-150) truck offerings.  The truck will be charged at the front of the vehicle, rather than the hidden charge port on the left rear of the current
Model S.

Choosing to compete in the most brand loyal segment, pundits will ask if Tesla has bitten off more than it can chew.  But if Tesla can snag even a small sliver of the light truck market, the investment will be worthwhile.

Here’s a quickly grabbed shot of the new Tesla T. Continue reading

Stalled on the E.V. Highway – NYTimes.com

Stalled on the E.V. Highway – NYTimes.com.

Mathematics is an interesting subject.  I remember my grade 11 math teacher, Mr. Rubenstein, demonstrating that an equilateral triangle, in fact, contained more than 60 internal degrees.  At the conclusion of his discourse, he signed the blackboard QED, and left us shaking our heads.

This is how I felt after reading John Broder’s account of his recent trip up the eastern seaboard in a Tesla Model S.  His story was published on February 10, 2013, detailing his odyssey in the middle of January.  That would be winter. It’s cold. Damp.  Chilly.  All things that work against battery life.  Battery life, that Mr. Broder seemed intent on defeating. Continue reading