My dad used to be the state spokesman for a major freight railroad. Every major accident or derailment saw him driving four hours to talk with investigators and figure out how to explain what happened. Needless to say I never, ever screw with trains. » 3/17/15 1:17am 3/17/15 1:17am

Profile looks kind of coupe-like to me, the CHMSL is definitely set further in than the two primary brake lamps, like it's at the base of a rear window. I'm thinking either E90 or F32 3-series/4-series BMW coupe, maybe a current-gen Camry. » 9/08/14 5:56pm 9/08/14 5:56pm

Case study: My Fiat 500e with a 24 kWh battery pack being charged overnight using $0.16/kWh SDGE off-peak electricity costs me $3.84 for a full recharge from zero percent. My 65 mile round-trip commute uses only about 80 to 85 percent of my battery every day depending on traffic and whether I make other stops on the… » 8/27/14 5:02pm 8/27/14 5:02pm

Traded in my Focus ST on a 500e last month for mostly the same reasons. (Thanks to the Jalopnik community for keeping the resale on that high enough for that to be practical.) So, so much cheaper to drive and it's nearly as much fun. I miss the manual, but I don't miss sitting in stop-and-go with a manual, and the HOV… » 8/14/14 9:27pm 8/14/14 9:27pm

I'm from suburban Albany, NY living in California and it's always a struggle to figure out what to say quickly when somebody asks. Saying "Upstate New York" sounds like I'm throwing out too much information, saying "Albany" makes people think I'm from the Bay Area, and saying "New York" is pretty disingenuous even… » 8/08/14 11:42pm 8/08/14 11:42pm