TodayApril 15, 2022

A Republican in CA, free charging carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

I’m in San Diego today, saying goodbye to my friend Jim. RIP Jim, you were real, and I liked that.

It’s heating up in California; 101 degrees in Auburn, CA today! Don’t forget to carry water with you, and make sure all of your liquids in your car are accurate. This month is also the time to check your tires as the heat will change the pressure.

This week I drove the Toyota Sienna seven-passenger all-wheel drive, not so minivan. It’s kind of an oxymoron when you have a seven-passenger minivan :) The turning radius was great, so the length wasn’t as daunting as I drove around San Francisco Union Square while attending the Clean Energy Summit. The Sienna was $49,301 out of the door. I would have achieved better mpg than stated (16/19/23) if it hadn’t taken me 3.5 hours to go 120 miles. uggh!

Speaking of the clean energy summit, I was at the event covering the International Energy Agency (IEA) with Fatih Birol, and the PCCleads agreement signing with Governor Jerry Brown and the other Governors from the Pacific Coast. All are concerned about Donald Trump’s energy plan and said so at the event. The link here gives Donald Trump’s energy plan, the video of Governor Brown’s reaction to my question, and his open letter to California. Let’s just say; he is adamant in his opposition to Trump’s plan.

I also drove the exquisite 2016 Audi S7 4.0 turbo all-wheel drive (Quattro) S Tronic. I love that car. The A7 or the S7, just a beautiful design, lovely lines. Yeah, it’s more than I can afford at $95,000, but it is a sweet ride.

I am impressed, still, with the 2016 Honda Civic EX – $22,875 out the door and an EPA estimated fuel economy of 31 city/41 highway/35 combined.

Let’s chat about cars.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.