Is it safe to use an extension cord for charging an EV?

Is it safe to use an extension cord for charging an EV?

My neighbor has an electric vehicle. He parks it in his driveway and uses a 50-foot [15-metre] extension cord to charge it from a plug on the outside of the house. Is that safe? I know from using power tools that too long a cord can lead to a drop in voltage. So could it … Read more

My insurance company wants to write off my car. With used car prices soaring, can I make them repair it?

My insurance company wants to write off my car.  With used car prices soaring, can I make them repair it?

Our 2007 Buick was hit by a flatbed truck while parked in a shopping plaza. I did all the right things: I filed a police report, I called Intact, our insurance company, and I even found video footage showing the accident. The car was assessed at Intact’s preferred body shop as needing approximately $3,800 in … Read more

Toyota offers to buy back recalled bZ4X fully electric SUV from customers

Toyota offers to buy back recalled bZ4X fully electric SUV from customers

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X in San Diego, Calif.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. is offering full refunds and incentives for the bZ4X, the automakers first all-electric vehicle, because of concerns over the wheels falling off. In June, Toyota recalled all the bZ4X that had been delivered worldwide – about 2,700 vehicles … Read more

Review: Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition goes all in on one upping the Detroit Three

Review: Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition goes all in on one upping the Detroit Three

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 1794 Edition.Doug Firby/The Globe and Mail If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Detroit Three auto makers will be pleased to see what Toyota has done with the long-awaited redo of its full-sized light duty pickup truck. The 2022 Tundra has abandoned its gas-guzzling V8 engine in … Read more

Is it illegal for a driver to speed up while you’re trying to pass them?

Is it illegal for a driver to speed up while you’re trying to pass them?

We just drove from Victoria to Calgary and back with a dog and two kids. When we got to Alberta, there were a few times where drivers sped up when we tried to pass. They’d be going just at the speed limit and then floored it to 120 kilometers an hour as we passed. This … Read more

Why do EV fast chargers slow once the charge hits 80 per cent?

Why do EV fast chargers slow once the charge hits 80 per cent?

On the first long trip we took in our Nissan Leaf, we charged to 100 per cent at every DC fast charger because we wanted the extra charge as a backup. But we noticed that the fast charging was only fast until the battery reached 80 per cent – ​​that took about 40 minutes, but … Read more

‘We need much more infrastructure’: David Suzuki on the challenges faced during his cross-country EV road trip

‘We need much more infrastructure’: David Suzuki on the challenges faced during his cross-country EV road trip

David Suzuki and his wife, Tara Cullis, stand next to a fully electric Volvo C40 Recharge that they drove from Vancouver to Toronto.Handout Vancouver-based environmentalist David Suzuki was faced with a problem. He and his wife, Tara Cullis, recently had to be in Toronto for the June 9 world premiere of What You Won’t Do … Read more

As e-bike demand surges, here’s what you need to know before buying one

As e-bike demand surges, here’s what you need to know before buying one

The compact folding Gocycle G4i+ is an exotic-looking $9,000 machine with ultralight carbon fiber wheels and a handlebar that has a built-in display.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail Amid soaring gas prices and a return to sloth-speed traffic, electric bicycle industry insiders say demand and interest is booming – and it’s easy to see why after … Read more

How long will I have to wait to get an EV?

How long will I have to wait to get an EV?

We’re ready to trade in our gas-powered car for an EV, but what’s the wait like right now? I’ve heard a year, but I don’t know if we can wait that long. – Carolina, Toronto With interest in electric vehicles surging, expect to wait but for how long, it’s hard to say. Much depends on … Read more

Is it legal to text and drive if I’m in a Tim Hortons drive-through?

Is it legal to text and drive if I’m in a Tim Hortons drive-through?

I’m new to Ontario and I’m wondering: can I text on a phone while driving on private property – for example, in a Tim Hortons drive-through? –Sulabh Ontario’s the only place in Canada where you can legally text in a drive-through – but you probably shouldn’t. “It would definitely be recommended that people stay off … Read more