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.

GM Kills the Electric Car

 

If electric cars are such a grand idea, why is GM killing off the Chevy Volt? It’s the one electric car that actually did make some practical sense, at least. Four hundred-plus miles without stopping and regardless of the weather (other EVs are badly gimped by extremes of heat and cold). Same time to get back […]

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The Automotive Low Flush Toilet

 

I wish I could take credit for this one, but I can’t. However, I will shamelessly use it — and credit the reader (thanks, Jim!) who made the analogy: Auto-stop/start systems — which have become de facto standard equipment in all new cars — are the automotive equivalent of the low flush toilet. You may […]

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Electric Cars: The Real Killers

 

Back in the ’90s, Michael Moore made a movie accusing GM of killing the electric car. He was wrong. The real killer wasn’t GM. It was a tag team of the market — and the government. One of those killers was innocent. The other is still at large. The market killed off the GM EV1 […]

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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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