Eric Peters

Eric Peters is an automotive columnist and author of Automotive Atrocities: The Cars You Love to Hate (Motor Books International) and a new book, Road Hogs.

The Electro-Porsche Surtax

 

Porsches have never been inexpensive — but they’re about to become more so. You could call it the electric surtax — because that’s what it amounts to. And it’s probably going to be applied to us all, eventually. Porsche corporate — the company — just announced that it will expect all 190 of its U.S. stores to […]

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Perils of the Part-Time Driver

 

Big Brother has been riding shotgun for years, but he’s never been able to actually watch what we do in our cars. That’s about to change. He’ll soon be able to tell whether we’re sleeping or texting or doing other things unrelated to driving. Which isn’t the bad part. BMW just publicly revealed its new camera-based driver monitoring […]

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The Other Shoe Has Dropped in the VW Diesel Wars

 

The German government has just decreed that all “cheating” VW diesels not turned in by their owners for “fixing” will be de-registered. This means they can’t legally be driven, have been rendered inert — several thousand pounds of deadweight their owners can no longer use. At least, not without risking more serious repercussions. Germany’s federal motor […]

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Their Zippers Bust, Their Buckles Break…

 

You’ve heard the story about teaching a pig to sing? It wastes your time and annoys the pig. So said Mark Twain, at any rate. But how do you deal with cars that are pigs? Which is all new cars. Even hybrid cars. The 2018 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid I just finished reviewing (here) averaged just over […]

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The Dark Side of Amazon

 

Luke Skywalker was tempted by the Dark Side — but didn’t give in to it. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos did. Both began as promising free market Jedi — but have become Sith Lords of crony capitalism. Musk went from earning an honest living as one of the founders of PayPal, which made buying things online much […]

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Only 2.3 Hours to Recharge!

 

My teeth and gums are particularly sore today. I read — and relate with sourness — that GM has achieved the miracle of reducing the charge-up time of the 2019 Chevy Volt to “only” 2.3 hours — assuming you can plug the thing into a 240 Volt “fast” charger. If not, the time to achieve […]

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Elon Needs More Money… Again

 

Last month, I wrote about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contemptuous and breezy dismissal of questions asked by financial analysts about the cash flow situation at Tesla. Would the company need yet another infusion of money to remain afloat? Lame! Next question. That was Musk’s response. As it turns out, it’s Tesla that’s lame. The company — Musk […]

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The Tesla Model 3 Will Fail

 

The death of the perpetually tardy Model 3 may ultimately have less to do with it being an overpriced electric car than with something even more lethal to its chances… It’s a too-small sedan. Electric or not, they aren’t selling. Even the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord — both of them just redesigned — are […]

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No More Cop Cars…

 

Five years or so from now, there may be no more cop cars. Vehicles used by cops, certainly. But not cars. These are being retired — in the Blade Runner taking-care-of-the-Replicants sense. Ford just announced it won’t be making the Taurus — which is the basis for the Taurus cop car — for much longer. So […]

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How Uncle Killed the Viper

 

The Corvette now reigns as America’s only supercar. But there used to be two American supercars — the second one being the Dodge Viper. It was, arguably, more super. More outrageous, certainly. An 8.4 liter V10 (and 600 horsepower) rather than a 6.2 liter V8 (and 460 hp) paired only with a manual transmission. Not just anyone […]

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