The Tesla Model 3, like most electric vehicles, uses regenerative braking to help trickle charge the car’s battery and extend the range. In theory, one could use the regenerative powers of the car’s motors to charge the battery by having the whole thing towed, and now a Model 3 owner has put that to the test. While this is definitely NOT how it was designed to work, pulling an electric car with another car to charge it isn’t exactly against any rules. As Electrek picked up, Tech Forum on YouTube wanted to see what exactly would happen if he tried it, towing a Model 3 with a Ford C-Max hybrid. This is Matt’s second tow test, since the first was before the version 9 software was released which unlocked stronger regenerative braking on Teslas, and he also wanted to do it for a longer leg to see more significant results, so he tried it a second time. The car started at 227 miles of range, creep mode was turned off, and around the 4:20 minute mark you can see the … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 Owner Recharges Car by Having It Towed
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Truck Yeah The trucks are good! The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is supposed to be a rough-and-tumble, body-on-frame, solid rear axle-having pickup that can handle off-road trails with ease. And yet, a number of trucks’ airbags are deploying on mild off-road trails, leaving owners with major hassles. Here’s what’s going on. Back in May, a reader sent Jalopnik a tip about Chevrolet Colorado airbags deploying off-road. “As a ZR2 owner myself, I am very concerned about taking my truck off pavement now,” he told us after reading various complaints on owner forums. I started looking into it. Then, this past Saturday, a Pennsylvania truck driver named Matt Gotowchikow posted a video onto Facebook showing the off-road variant of the Colorado—the big, bad ZR2—popping its side curtain airbags while navigating what appears to be a relatively mild trail. At about 13 seconds into the video, the slow-traveling truck produces a loud pop, and a voice is heard … [Read more...] about Chevrolet Colorado Side Curtain Airbags Keep Deploying On Easy Off-Road Trails
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline feels like a really well-executed El Camino’fication of a Honda Accord. At first I thought that was kind of lame, but after a long weekend of working and playing out of Honda’s little truck I’m convinced that this is actually a cool and uniquely useful vehicle. (Full disclosure: Honda had a fully fueled Ridgeline delivered to my place at my request. I trucked all over California with it over the course of a week and returned it as clean as I could.) On a trip from Los Angeles to Big Sur and back, to celebrate the reopening of the Pacific Coast Highway and catch up with friends, we got to experience all of the Ridgeline’s best features: great on-road manners, secret storage under the bed, a dual-hinged tailgate, outdoor speakers, a battery that doesn’t mind running said speakers for a long time while the truck’s off, and also worth noting–really … [Read more...] about The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Proved Itself on a 700 Mile Camping Adventure
Ford F-Series trucks are the best-selling in the U.S., and the F-150 has legions of diehard fans who wouldn’t think of buying any other vehicle. What keeps it at the top is its ability to serve equally well as both a work truck and a luxury vehicle. To that end, the 2018 F-150 has updated engines, features, and styling. There are seven F-150 trim levels starting with the base XL, priced from $27,705 and climbing to $60,850 for the top Limited trim. In between the two, there’s a version of the F-150 for everyone, including the Raptor for those who put off-roading at the top of the list. You can also choose from two transmissions, five engines, three cabs, three boxes, and either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Our test model was the F-150 4×4 Supercrew Limited, which sits high in the trim range with a starting price of $64,275. It easily does double duty with impressive capabilities and a luxurious and comfortable interior. Standard features include heated, … [Read more...] about The 2018 Ford F-150 is one part work truck, one part luxury ride
If a sudden issue makes you pull over to the roadside and cut your engine, it can be hard to decide right away whether you need tow assistance or you can fix the issue on the spot. So when is towing really crucial? Examples of such situations are many and not necessarily it must be a serious breakdown or an accident. Just imagine a rapid weather change that catches you amidst the road when you are without all-season tyres. You aren’t sure if you will be able to safely come back home and don’t want to leave your car on the road, so a tow service can be an option. It’s crucial to understand the difference between situations when you can handle those tyres, strange noise or transmission breakage and when is it better to have a mechanic do it. Let’s look at the situations that require calling a tow service rather than taking an unwise risk. Flat tyre Unless your car is equipped with run-flat tyres that have the technology of preventing the sudden pressure … [Read more...] about Have Troubles With a Car? Here Is When You Really Need a Tow!