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Donald Trump, CAFE, EPA waivers & SB32

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:21+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: #climatechange, Automobiles and Energy, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), California Air Resources Board (CARB), Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), electric vehicles (EV), Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Plugin-electric vehicles, Politics, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

California has saved almost 50,000,000 gallons of gasoline a year by using less than 175,000 alternative technology vehicles. If California hadn't instituted rules that required companies to use better fuel economy technology, we wouldn't have these cars on the market. These are two very important points to remember as you read this article. President Donald [...]

Hyundai Ioniq part of a long-term plan

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), electric vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Hyundai, Plugin-electric vehicles, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Hyundai Ioniq could be one of the first vehicles in three different powertrains based on the same front-wheel-drive architecture. If you've been in the Hyundai Elantra, then you know about the size of the Ioniq sedan. I have long said that if I could have a four-sedan without the plastic feel, I [...]

A 5-Series option for every Ultimate Driving buyer

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: BMW, Hybrids, Luxury vehicles, Plugin-electric vehicles|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fast, efficient, technological sound the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered in a completely redesigned sedan with more versions of the Ultimate Driving Machine than ever offered before. The first lap in the BMW 530i took me to the BMW technology center in Palo Alto, CA. The newest technology originates in the tech center, goes [...]

2017 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid PHEV

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:23+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Chrysler, Plugin-electric vehicles|Tags: , , , |

Finally! It's here! The first plug-in hybrid minivan, and it's everything I want it to be in a minivan and a plug-in hybrid. First, let me say that I have driven the gasoline-only version of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and loved it. The gas only version starts around $28,595 and gets an [...]

2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:26+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Plugin-electric vehicles, Toyota|Tags: , , |

Ojai-yo Toyota Prius Prime plug-in "Ohayou Gozaimasu," or "Ohayou" are the Japanese way to say "Good Morning. I am in Ojai, CA for the first drive of the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. California is the largest market for the Toyota Prius. It's a perfect place to say Hello, or Ojai-yo, to the newest member [...]

gocycling in Europe – ebike

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:32+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Categories: Alternative vehicles, Automobiles and Energy, Health & Fitness, Plugin-electric vehicles, Travel, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , |

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the plug-in hybrid. I also love the outdoors. Most my friends love the outdoors as well. Sam and my husband, Stretch, talk about going on a bicycle trip in Europe, but there is no way I am in that type of shape. I take bicycle classes at [...]

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Theory vs reality

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:36+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Chrysler, Food and Wine, Plugin-electric vehicles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I love minivans, especially the van with the stow and go seats. I remember the first time I saw them and thought they were absolutely brilliant. I don't even have kids, and I love that minivan. I do have animals, and I had a dog when the stow-n-go seats came out. It made [...]

Volkswagen partners with Bosch and Chargepoint for charging solutions on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:18+00:00 July 10th, 2014|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Bosch, drivingthenation.com, electricity, Featured, lou ann hammond, Newsletter, Plugin-electric vehicles, Video, Volkswagen, youtube.com|

Kevin Mull, Vice President of Business Development at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the service Bosch will be providing VW e-golf users and why it was necessary to have one provider for charging needs. VW's press release: Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced providers of charging [...]

BMW X5 plug-in hybrid prototype on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:19+00:00 May 28th, 2014|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, BMW, drivingthenation.com, Featured, lou ann hammond, Newsletter, Plugin-electric vehicles, Video|

Gerhard Thiele, project leader for BMWs X5 plug-in hybrid talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the new X5 plug-in hybrid crossover. BMW has the i8 plug-in hybrid in production and they will be bringing out the X5 plug-in hybrid soon. The car we are in is a prototype. Eighty percent of [...]

What will the future Audi TT and A3 e-tron and Q3 look like?

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:25+00:00 April 10th, 2014|Categories: 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Audi, Automobiles and Energy, drivingthenation.com, Featured, lou ann hammond, Newsletter, Plugin-electric vehicles, Video|

Filip Brabec is Director, Product Planning, for Audi of America, responsible for product definition and configuration of current models as well as setting the lineup for future product. Brabec talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in Detroit, MI about future product and [...]