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

What I hate even more is that "cancel" and "resume" share a button on modern Fords. I drove Honda products before I got my ST and got in the habit of hitting "cancel" twice just to make sure I was actually coasting. Tried that on my ST and got the opposite result. Not a fun experience when traffic suddenly starts… » 5/29/14 7:02pm 5/29/14 7:02pm

You see these everywhere in TJ. Taxi services, company cars, everyday drivers. It's built up such a solid reputation that most new compacts I see with BC plates are current-gen Sentras. Probably represented more down there than Civics and Corollas combined. » 5/23/14 12:48pm 5/23/14 12:48pm