Look, here at THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor, we have nothing against electric vehicles; but the way they’re being forced upon the automotive community as if they’re the end-all be-all has got Alan riled up! First up, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, slams the Tesla Cybertruck as a per-usual attention grab by Elon Musk, fill us in on the Ford Mustang Mach-E and it’s sold-out status in the face of controversy, and informs us on the detrimental effects of cold weather and load on electric vehicle batteries. We also discuss the Kia Telluride’s victory in the KBB Awards, the NACTOY finalists for car, truck, and SUV categories, and reviews the 2020 Mazda CX-9. Up next, everybody’s favorite Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, talks about the forceful expansion of the electric vehicle market, and how it’s spilling over into the motorsports world. Tune in for more.
·[00:00:00] Tesla Cybertruck Just an Attention Grab
·[00:06:22] Mustang Mach-E Sold Out Amid Backlash
·[00:12:31] Chill and Load Affect Electric Range
·[00:19:51] Kia Telluride Wins TWO KBB Awards!
·[00:29:00] NACTOY Finalists for Car, Truck, SUV
·[00:35:53] 2020 Mazda CX-9, Telluride Competitor
·[00:43:14] They’re Shoving EVs Down Our Throats!
·[00:48:52] Electric Cars Are Coming, But Not Yet
·[00:55:45] Electric Cars’ Effect on Motorsports
[00:00:00] Tesla Cybertruck Just an Attention Grab
The Tesla Cybertruck might not appeal to a mass audience, but as the proud past-owner of a Volkswagen The Thing, Alan understands the draw of an unusual car. That said, Kelley Blue Book Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, says the Cybertruck has so little to do with reality that it can’t be the finished product. From fashion, to functionality, the Cybertruck has a lot of problems. Is this just an attention grab play by Elon Musk to gather donors? How is the Tesla business model sustainable? Listen in as we discuss these questions and more.
[00:06:22] Mustang Mach-E Sold Out Amid Backlash
For us, the new Ford Mustang Mach-E just doesn’t scream “Mustang”, but apparently many consumers think otherwise. Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, reports that presales for the Ford Mustang Mach-E are already sold out! Who’s to say if all of the people raising their hand to get a Mach-E in their garage will follow through when they hit the market. Tune in for more on Ford’s new all-electric vehicle.
[00:12:31] Chill and Load Affect Electric Range
Winter is here, and with it comes a range of effects, like sluggish, hard to start vehicles, but no vehicles feel the cold as much as electric vehicles. Kelley Blue Book Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the range-killing effects cold weather has on electric vehicles, but chilly air isn’t the only major battery range reducer. Did you know that some EVs have their range decimated by towing? Some people have been testing the capabilities of the Tesla Model X and saw their range cut down to 33-35 miles (from hundreds of miles)! Tune in to learn more.
[00:19:51] Kia Telluride Wins TWO KBB Awards!
If you’re looking for an amazing car buying/selling resource, there is no better place than Kelley Blue Book. Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, fills us in on some of the best cars waiting for us at the dealer, according to the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards of 2020. With 16 categories and an overall winner, you’re bound to find the right car for you on this list. To no one’s surprise, the Kia Telluride was the big winner this year, taking the overall best buy award, and winning in the three-row SUV category. This beautiful, luxurious three-row SUV starts at $32,000 and tops out in the mid $40,000s. Keep your eye out for the Kia Telluride of your dreams.
[00:29:00] NACTOY Finalists for Car, Truck, SUV
Every year, journalists from across the automotive spectrum gather to vote on a multitude of contestants in the three categories of best car, truck, and SUV. Kelley Blue Book Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, is among these ranks of journalists and brings us their updated list of finalists for each category. For the car category, the Chevrolet C8 Corvette (to no one’s surprise), the Hyundai Sonata, and the Toyota GR Supra have proven their worth. The Lincoln Aviator, Hyundai Palisade, and Kia Telluride are taking top honors in the utility vehicle category, while the RAM Heavy Duty, Jeep Gladiator, and Ford Ranger duke it out for the top spot in the truck category. Tune in for more insights.
[00:35:53] 2020 Mazda CX-9, Telluride Competitor
Alan has been trying to find a Kia Telluride for his wife, but can’t find one anywhere; so in the meantime he’s been attempting a distraction campaign to get her behind the wheel of something comparable. Kelley Blue Book Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, may have found the closest comparison to the Kia Telluride on the market in his most recent test drive – the 2020 Mazda CX-9. The base model starts in the $30,000s and goes up to the $40,000s with a host of premium features, like heated second-row captain’s chairs, automatic open rear-hatch, power slide and tilt second row seats, and more! Learn more about this luxurious, yet affordable SUV.
[00:43:14] They’re Shoving EVs Down Our Throats!
Most major European cities have passed or are on the brink of passing legislation to ban gas-powered vehicles from their streets. How long until this movement reaches our shores? We’re already seeing it being shoved down our throats in certain places in California. Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, discusses the changes in policy around the world in the automotive industry that are forcing electric cars on the masses. What’s your opinion on the issue?
[00:48:52] Electric Cars Are Coming, But Not Yet
It is true, the electric vehicle market is expanding pretty quickly, but is the technology really there? Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, says that while a few great examples of hybridization have popped up – like the Chevrolet Volt – overall, the technology to make electric vehicles appealing to a broader audience isn’t quite where it needs to be. We also chat about the ever-growing SUV segment and how the abandonment of the sedan by some manufacturers is troubling. Tune in for more.
[00:55:45] Electric Cars’ Effect on Motorsports
With the emergence of electric vehicles, the motorsports community has gone through its fair share of changes; like an all-new Formula E racing series. The series has been around for a while now, and while it hasn’t received the same welcoming embrace from the fans as it has from the manufacturers, it continues to improve and evolve. It isn’t all good news as Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, points out; the Formula E racing series has lost billions of dollars since its inception. Tune in to learn more.
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