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About Jennifer Sensiba

Jennifer Sensiba Jennifer Sensiba is a long time efficient vehicle enthusiast, writer, and photographer. She grew up around a transmission shop, and has been experimenting with vehicle efficiency since she was 16 and drove a Pontiac Fiero. She likes to explore the Southwest US with her partner, kids, and animals.

Author Archives: Jennifer Sensiba

The Robot Gig Economy: Will It Pay Off For Tesla Owners?

April 21st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Tesla is taking bold steps toward launching the Tesla Network, an Uber-like transportation service in which a self-driving Tesla will give you a ride. Recent research indicates that this could make big money for not only Tesla, but also Tesla owners who are willing to let their car participate in the Network while they’re not using it. But will it be profitable for owners that do this

My 1st Time Charging With Electrify America: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

April 21st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

While people have been charging at Electrify America sites for months in the eastern portions of the US, the Southwest deserts have been among the last places to get a station. I recently had my first chance to use one in Deming, New Mexico. I was very impressed with the station, but there’s definitely room for improvement when it comes to paying for a charge

Dear Elon, I Have An Idea For Autopilot

April 21st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

What follows is a letter about an idea I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years that could both reduce the impact of electric vehicles and make them go longer (both in terms of range and longevity)

An Electric Bike That Reads Your Mind?

April 20th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Xmera recently started a new ad campaign on Facebook for an electric bike (e-bike) that uses wrist sensors and an EEG helmet to read your mind for easy control and customized workouts. After years in development, the bicycle is set to go live for crowdfunding next month

Planning For Backcountry EV Adventures

April 18th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

If you’re willing to plan ahead, take a little extra time, and enjoy the journey as much as the destination, there’s no reason to leave your EV at home

Are We Seeing A Late Combustion Age Collapse?

April 13th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Humans have a habit of dividing history up into periods. On smaller scales, we have our own lifetimes. On the largest scales, we have geologic time and the various epochs in the age of the universe. What nearly always marks the beginning of a new period is a disruptive event that changes a significant portion of the topic in question

Convincing Mom To Get The Pacifica PHEV

April 8th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

I have 4 kids, so you might think I’d consider a minivan, but I’m just not a minivan person. I don’t have anything against them, but they’re just not for me. At all. My mom, on the other hand, loves them. She’s owned a number of different vans and minivans over the years. Her last two vans were Dodge Grand Caravans. She really likes them — enough, apparently, to go for three in a row

Go-Station Building New EV Charging Network

April 5th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

The Southwest, and eventually the wider United States, is getting a new EV charging network. With modular upgradability, data-driven locations, and the ability to reserve charging, Go-Station has some interesting plans

Kuhl Racing Gives The 2G LEAF A Mean Look

April 4th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

As EVs continue to go mainstream, we are starting to see the various facets of larger car culture embrace them. In the world of Japanese cars, enthusiasts like body kits, or aftermarket body parts that change the look and possibly the performance of the car. Well known body kit maker Kuhl Racing just released an aggressive and audacious kit for the second-generation Nissan

2020 Ford Escape/Kuga Returns To Its Efficient Roots

April 4th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

While the Ford Escape is not as exciting for this audience as a Tesla Model Y, the vehicle is Ford’s second best selling model, only beat by the F-150. The reintroduction of the hybrid option and a new PHEV option will lower emissions and put many more electrified vehicles on the roads

Elon Musk Might Have Let Me Try A Neuralink Prototype

April 1st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

I don’t remember writing the below story. I woke up feeling like I had been out drinking or something, and wasn’t sure at all what I did that day. When I got on my computer to write the next day, I saw this file on the desktop. Maybe it’s an elaborate hoax, or maybe this really happened. I’ll just share this with our readers and let you be the judge

Solar EV Charging Options For Renters

March 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Home charging can be challenging enough alone for renters, but the idea of solar driving appears nearly impossible. Or is it? I decided to do some research and throw a little of my own experience on top to see what options exist for renters to drive on nothing but sunshine. Here’s what I found

Yes, EV Owners Can Be Car Enthusiasts

March 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

There’s a common stereotype on the internet about EV drivers. Supposedly, we are all “iPhone people” and can’t be “real” auto enthusiasts. But is it true

iWEECH Wants To Be The Tesla Of eBikes

March 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

If you’ve test driven a Tesla or other electric vehicles, you know that the electric drive is only part of what sets them apart. Advanced electronic features, integrated into the very heart of the vehicle, make driving an EV easier than ever. This is especially true for its built-in Trip Planner capabilities, telling you how to get there and how long to charge at each charging stop. A new company, iWEECH, aims to do the same for eBikes with its “artificial intelligence” bike

Lyft Adds More EVs & Driver Perks

March 29th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

After recently going public, Lyft is trying to attract more drivers and maybe take some of Uber’s best with some new perks. By offering no-fee bank accounts with automatic deposits, and cheaper repairs, they hope to sweeten the deal without increasing driver pay. They’re also increasing the number of hybrid and electric vehicles available for driver rentals

Electrify America No Longer Announcing All Stations Under Construction. Here’s How You Can Help!

March 29th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Many owners of non-Tesla EVs are enthusiastically following the rollout of Electrify America. Unfortunately, it looks like Electrify America stopped announcing under-construction stations, instead only announcing them after they’re up and running. For reasons I’ll explain below, it’s important to get this information out there, and we need your help!

The Borderland & The Wall: Future Renewable Powerhouse, Or Environmental Disaster?

March 29th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

West Texas and southern New Mexico, known locally as “The Borderland,” has a lot of potential. With abundant and powerful sunshine, wind, and some hydroelectric resources, there’s the potential to become a renewable energy powerhouse. Sadly, there’s also great potential for the politics of isolationism to turn the borderland into a corridor of environmental destruction and human suffering

Our Eccentric Geniuses Deserve Better From Us

March 27th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

It’s easy to look at history and judge the ignorance of past generations. We know that the earth is not flat (well, most of us do). We know that flying machines are possible. We know many things people didn’t know back in the day. But what do we not know today? Who are our eccentric geniuses? And perhaps, most importantly, are we treating them any better

Smart’s End May Be Near

March 27th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

It was a good idea, in theory, to make a micro car. In practice, with the drag coefficient of a Ford Windstar, the Smart ended up with lots of drawbacks and questionable benefits. Daimler is going to be deciding the fate of Smart this year, and things don’t look good for it

Is The Electric Ford Truck Test Mule Really An F-150?

March 26th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Yesterday, Motor1 revealed spy shots of what appears to be an electric F-150. Ford is obviously trying to hide that the test vehicle is electric, but there’s plenty of obvious evidence otherwise. The great thing is that this shows Ford is serious about electric vehicles, but it’s possible that this is not actually an F-150 under development

Sono Motors Reveals Solar-Powered Production Vehicle

March 25th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

A couple of weeks ago, Sono Motors released the production design of its Sion solar/electric car. While the solar panels don’t do much to differentiate it from other cars, it does have some features that make it an interesting competitor in the EV marketplace. From the ground up, it’s designed to be the “Swiss Army Knife” of electric vehicles

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