The EVolution

Jay Nargundkar
News and commentary on topics related to electric vehicles and the future of transportation in the U.S.
Created 22 Mar 2021
  • The EVolution #15: Tesla-Hertz so good
    30 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    A certain yellow-clad rental car company, which emerged from bankruptcy less than four months ago, made big news this week. Hertz is purchasing 100,000 new Tesla vehicles for its rental fleet, of whic...
  • The EVolution #14: Clean air & rideshare
    23 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    One evening earlier this week, I pulled over on a neighborhood street while my friend went to pick up our takeout order. Moments later, I was startled when my rear car door opened. A woman climbed in ...
  • The EVolution #13: Behind every great EV...
    18 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    In the burgeoning world of battery-powered electric vehicles, consumer-facing car brands command the lion’s share of attention. But the major EV automakers, including Tesla, Volkswagen, and Ford, are ...
  • The EVolution #12: Electrify the Parks
    30 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    One of America’s greatest attributes is our National Parks system—beautiful refuges all across our country, accessible to anyone, that inspire feelings of awe, invite quiet contemplation, provide pers...
  • The EVolution #11: Road Trip
    31 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    “Can your car’s battery make it all the way to Anaheim?” my dad had asked, when I mentioned my weekend plan to drive down from San Francisco in my new Tesla Model 3. My goals were to see the incandesc...
  • The EVolution #10: Plug Talk
    20 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Fueling a traditional, gas-powered car is easy: drive it to any gas station, where the pump and nozzle will work regardless of the car’s make or model. Fueling an electric car, by comparison, can seem...
  • The EVolution #9: True Grid
    29 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    When I first started working in the EV space, I was good-naturedly pressed by a few friends and family members about whether electric cars can actually make a difference in combating climate change. M...
  • The EVolution #8: Thunderstruck
    24 May 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    What is the highest-selling vehicle in the U.S.? The Toyota Camry and Honda Civic are obvious contenders. As SUVs have ascended, though, the Rav4, CR-V, and Chevy Equinox have come to seem ubiquitous....
  • The EVolution #7: PIPE Dreams
    10 May 2021 • 3 min read • 5 1
    This newsletter exists because I’m excited by and optimistic about electric vehicles. I’m no blind zealot, though. Patience and skepticism are beneficial qualities in evaluating this field (and really...
  • The EVolution #6: Going back to black?
    08 May 2021 • 2 min read • 4 3
    In automotive and clean energy news publications alike, one headline was a fixture this week: the results of a newly-published study in Nature Energy with sobering news for electric vehicle enthusiast...
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