We began our review of Who Killed the Electric Car? by describing the funeral that opens the new documentary. In his Newsweek column, Brad Stone does the same thing–before going on to say the funeral may have been premature.
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- Not to Beat a Dead Battery, But… We swear this will be our final electric-car post, at least until the next one, but there was one other tidbit we learned from Chris Paine, the writer-director of the excellent Who Killed the Electric Car?, which is now playing at Edwards University in Irvine. Paine, Seal Beach activist Doug Korthof and actor-director Peter Horton (who […]
- 2017 Kia Soul ! is a Solid Commuter Car with What’s the Word? Oh Yes: Soul One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles. I knew pretty much what I was stepping into when I climbed behind the wheel of a 2017 Kia Soul !, having last test driven the electric version. See, I even wrote about it: "2016 Kia Soul EV Completes the Love Affair with its Panoramic Sunroof." The gas version […]
- Straight Outta Santa Ana: EV Sportscar Pioneer One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.I remember when the first Mazda Miata hit American shores in 1989, I wondered to myself why it was a gas- as opposed to electric-powered version of […]
- Telling the Bees: New, Bright OC Novel on Old, Fading OC Culture This photograph of retired stacked-up Pacific Electric "red cars" makes me sad, as it should you, especially if you are a native Southern Californian. Yet its arrangement offers a kind of visual poetry, so much resembling the mission of Peggy Hesketh's debut novel Telling the Bees and at the same time, […]
- Peppy Kia Rio Ex Kicks Off Greener Car Reviews Today we begin here at Navelgazing's "Ride Me" lot one in an occasional—and someday, perhaps, weekly—series on consumer vehicles powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines, my tears or other alternative sources. Kicking things off is the peppy little 2012 Kia Rio Ex, an […]
- 2016 Maza MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is the Package for Your Mid-Life Crisis One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source. After a week and one day with a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata—in Soul Red Metallic with a black cloth convertible top, no less—I have concluded it […]