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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.

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Plug-In Hybrids Are Still A Useful Tool To Fight For The Environment

January 31st, 2020 | by Jennifer Sensiba

A few weeks ago, the EV folks on social media joined together to sing the scorn of a German engineering firm's "Hyper Hybrid" — a modified Tesla with a reduced battery pack and a small range extender under the hood instead of a frunk. "Why fix what isn't broken?" some asked. The general consensus was that battery EVs are the answer, while plug-in hybrids are a step backward. It's not that simple, though

2018 Nissan LEAF: 60,000 Mile Update

January 26th, 2020 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Almost a year ago, I wrote an article about the first 40,000 miles in my Nissan LEAF. Fortunately, I continue to drive this car a lot, and can give you an idea of what to expect

Induced Demand Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

December 31st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Elon Musk took a lot of crap on Twitter recently when he questioned "induced demand," a popular theory of urban planning. While the theory does have its skeptics, it has been shown to be true across a wide variety of situations. That having been said, it's also widely misunderstood among environmentalists and urban advocates on Twitter

Guns & Teslas: EVs Are For Everybody

December 28th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Some stereotypes are useful. Others are not. All of them need to be challenged from time to time. Today, I'm challenging the myth that electric vehicles are for people on the left, instead of being for everybody

Rivian’s Tank Turn Is More Than A Silly Stunt

December 27th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

We awoke Christmas morning to a cool surprise from Rivian: its trucks and SUVs are going to be capable of tank turns! The short video was widely shared, but few people seemed to understand that it's actually a useful feature

Bolt EV: Drive Unit Deep Dive

December 25th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

While batteries get a lot of attention, drive units in electric vehicles don't get as much love. Why? Because many think they're simple and all the same. An electric motor turns a reduction gear of some kind, which turns the CV axles, which turn the wheels and makes us go. It's just a few moving parts, right

Sono Motors Seeks Help From The EV Community

December 23rd, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Sono Motors, the solar-powered EV company we've written about before, is looking for help. Starting up a company is no small task, and starting an automobile manufacturer is harder still. After getting at odds with investors, Sono decided to take a very different approach: ask the overall EV community to help fund it instead

Scooters Have Improved, But They’ve Still Got Issues

December 18th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

For those of you who live in places with scooters on the sidewalks everywhere, this is probably old news, but my habit of living in the hinterlands does give me a unique perspective on the scooter phenomenon. I do ride one from time to time, but then I'm away from them for months at a time. When things change, I don't experience it gradually

Canadian Shop Upgrades 2015 LEAF & Triples Range To More Than 200 Miles

December 17th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Véhicules électriques Simon André, a shop in Quebec, recently put the battery pack from a LEAF Plus in an older 2015 LEAF, increasing the range to an indicated 231 miles | 371 kilometers. Originally, the 2015 LEAF came with a 24 kWh pack, and had an EPA range of 84 miles | 135 kilometers. By swapping in the 62 kWh pack, the range is almost tripled

Why Everything’s A Tesla Killer: Tesla Stuffing, For Science

December 9th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

For both Tesla fans and Tesla critics (including the extreme versions of both kinds of Tesla-interested people), there's definitely one thing all of us in and out of Tesla-dom can agree on: the "Tesla Killer" thing is getting old (even for a young brand like Tesla). We have our own different reasons for thinking the Tesla killer thing is wrong, but it's well known that as a meme it's not only cliche but absurd to say every new EV or mobility service is going to kill Tesla, or to compare everything to Tesla

EV-Resource.com: A Great Site For EV Noobs

December 8th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

One of the hardest things about getting more people to adopt electric vehicles is the learning curve. For those of us who own EVs and have for a while, it's easy to take for granted what it takes to operate one. You have to know how to charge, where to charge, and you have to know that charging at home is even possible

Spending It In Space Is Spending It On Earth

November 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

"We should be spending this money here on Earth," we often hear people say when space programs and private investment are discussed. It's such a widespread sentiment that even big names in science fiction tend to share it (albeit reluctantly)

Sucking Sand To Save The Land (Or Make New Land)

November 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

One day, there's a ring of reefs in the ocean, or an atoll. Coral, fish, various invertebrates, and many types of plants call the place home. The next day, it's raining sand. First, it starts to fill in the cracks and voids in the coral. Plants get buried, and then even some of the fish. As the sand keeps falling and falling, everything that can't move fast enough gets buried. Eventually the sand is so deep, it breaks the top of the water

Serious Truck People Need Ford To Step Up To The Challenge

November 28th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

When I saw Sunny Madra's tweet challenging Elon Musk to an "apples to apples" comparison of Cybertruck vs Ford, I was excited. Elon Musk accepted the challenge, but Ford's media department indicated to several outlets that the challenge wasn't really going to happen. That's a mistake

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Plug-In Hybrid

November 21st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

While certainly not the big news of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, Ford had another announcement for us this week: The Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring. I know our readers tend to be big EV fans and don't get excited about plugin hybrids, but the Corsair takes an interesting approach that is worth mentioning

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