Will Lack of Infrastructure Doom EVs in the U.S.?

Looking at the safest vehicles of the year; Road tests of Acura TLX, Lexus LX 570

Big News regarding America on the Road. The program has just signed a deal with the Sports Map Radio Network. America on the Road will begin airing on the network on August 14. In conjunction with that, AOTR will change the publish day for its podcast from Friday to Monday. So look for AOTR on a Sports Map Radio Network station near you. And look for our weekly podcast dropping on Monday rather than Friday.

As we prepare for our first network show August 14, we’d like to offer you one of our favorite past shows recorded earlier this year. 

As carmakers introduce more electric vehicles adoption of the technology grows. But a big question is where and how will we charge all these new electric vehicles? Happily, we just interviewed a guy who has the answers to those questions, special guest Bill Loewenthal is SVP Product at ChargePoint, a giant player in the electric vehicle charging space. In business before the current electric-car era began, ChargePoint has thought through and solved problems many of us never knew existed in its quest to make owning and charging an electric car seamless. In his in-depth interview with host Jack Nerad he’ll have interesting things to say about issues like the fabled “range anxiety.”

The 2021 Acura TLX splits the difference between sports and luxury sedan.

In the car review segment co-host Chris Teague will discuss the 2021 Acura TLX sedan. In many ways a “tweener” splitting the compact and midsize luxury sedan segments, the car captures some of the best points of both, though Chris points out some of its foibles as well.

The Lexus LX570 has big power, big interior, and big styling.

Also in the road test segment Jack Nerad will talk about the big pluses and minuses of the 2021 Lexus LX 570 full-size SUV. The kissing cousin to the fabled Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX 570 wears a well-tailored suit outside and is luxury-filled inside. Is it as good as domestic luxury SUVs? Jack and Chris have a disagreement on that.

In auto news from around the globe, host and co-host will discuss the just-released 2021 Top Safety Pick Award Winners from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS.) The insurance-industry-funded safety organization named 49 vehicle models Top Safety Pick+, its highest award, and it cited an additional 41 vehicles as Top Safety Pick. Between the two awards, IIHS lauded a total of 90 award winners this year versus 64 in 2020, and we’ll tell you about many of them.

We’ll also tell you about a new and interesting re-mix of Carvana’s signature car vending machine. It’s located in Las Vegas, and that might give you a hint of where they went with it.