The Family Car focuses on vehicle features important to families,
safety, comfort, efficiency, accessories, cost and sustainability.
A Couple Dozen
TheFamilyCar's editor, Dean Adams Curtis, reports that there are two dozen EVs that you and your family might now consider, including the new all-electric vehicle lineup from a new Vietnamese automaker and full EV lineup from Chevy.
Pulitzer Prize winning editor and family-focused automotive journalist, Keith Turner, aka KT Carguy and @carguydrives1178, reviews a test drive of EVs by California journalists.
Keep on Electric Trucking
TheFamilyCar's editor, Dean Adams Curtis, reports on new EV trucks from the Detroit Auto Show.
Pulitzer Prize winning editor and family-focused automotive journalist, Keith Turner, aka KT Carguy and @carguydrives1178, reviews Ford's F150.
We took the 2019 Acadia Denali to explore alt mobility at LA CoMotion, then crossed the concreted Los Angeles River on the iconic 4th Street Bridge, to enjoy views of downtown LA from East LA, and to seat at a fabulous restaurant there.
We toured the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Td6 through the City Of Industry. There’s a city called Industry? Indeed. It is a crescent of warehouses east of East LA. The dynamic diesel Discovery Td6 offered us a comfy ride through it.
We whisked effortlessly along freeways crossing Los Angeles within the 400-horsepower 2018 Cadillac CT6 with its autonomous Super Cruise system engaged, keeping us centered between the white lines and away from darting vehicles.
The animated Rubberneck family opens this 2017 video report from the Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show, NAIAS), where Ford's executives presented a vision of autonomous driving tech decreasing vehicle injuries and fatalities.
The 2016 Chrysler Pacifica is packed with family- and eco-friendly features, such as three-piece panoramic sunroof, powerful vacuum to keep cookie crumbs at bay, and it can run on electric-only power for up to 33 miles per charge.
Discussions and displays at the 2016 LA Auto Show, revealed to TheFamilyCar and GreenFamilyCar correspondents that the autonomous vehicle age has already dawned, raising questions about whether we are ready for to embrace it.
The founder of the Advanced Sustainability Institute, Michael Boehm, test drives BMW’s electric i3 around downtown Los Angeles during the 2013 LA Auto Show. The i3 EV has been designed from scratch for maximim sustainability.
H stands for hydrogen, the chemical element that drives the car, the Audi exec explains. His A7 h-tron hydrogen vehicle fulfills the promise offered by hydrogen and raises the question, from what source? Maybe at home electrolysis?
Reporters from The Family Car and Green Family Car attended both the LA and Detroit auto shows of late 2011 and early 2012. Click above and below for a quick touchstone to help you gauge industry progress now, a decade later.
Wild New Vid View
Rubbernecks Take A Roadtrip
The Rubbernecks are The Family Car mascot family. With Joanne (Jo) Rubberneck behind the wheel,
rolling along the open road can get animated. Though Charles (Chuck) Rubberneck handles roadtrip navigation between reading his newspapers and journals,
he prefers his collection of vintage maps to mapping apps. Riding in the back seat, daughter Skye's app searches fill in news and location information that her father's analog sources lack.
Beside her, the family's dog, Mocha, is the color of coffee with cream and is as smart as a Jack Russell, which he (being a mutt) may be a cross with, though he believes himself to be a Golden Retriever.
In the attic of the traveling house, Comfy the Cat is always up to something, while most often comfortably nestled in her basket bed. In the Rubberneck vehicle's kitchen, young Wyatt is stirring up a recipe he
wants to share with his family once their day's roadtrip has ended. He is the engineering lad who helped get the family's home on wheels upgraded with solar panels, battery-filled-chassis, and electric motor.
Click the image above to roadtrip with The Rubbernecks. Remember to scroll right to see more!
Family Car Matriarch
Teacher Skilled in Reading Recovery
For many years, the Ulysses S. Grant elementary school in Ferndale, Michigan, was a focus of a U.S. Justice Department desegregation
lawsuit. Government lawyers found that it had, in fact, been built to segregate the school district's black children from white children.
After the school district was desegregated, Mrs. Curtis was a first grade teacher at Grant, where she evolved her focus to provide one-on-one
reading facilitation to first grade students who tested at the lowest reading skill level of their class, using the highly effective "Reading Recovery" tutoring
methodology for Grant students. Mrs. Curtis entered her retirement years traveling
to various elementary schools in Detroit in her favorite vehicle to help additional first graders learn to comprehend the English language via
Reading Recovery techniques, as she does in one of our favorite videos.
Young Wyatt Rubberneck
Exposing the Equation
The Rubbernecks took to the road due to necessity in 2008, but young Wyatt Rubberneck thrived on the many opportunities that the varied places his family visited, and the variety of people they met, offered him
to learn about life, and about himself. He knows his Einstein theories and realizes he is no Einstein, but still is inclined to puzzle about the greatest physicist's musings. In fact, he is thinking at this moment about a statement of Einstein's, "We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness." Early on in their voyaging, Wyatt learned to cook. Now he prepares a veggie spaghetti sauce with a medley of veg he picked up at a farmer's market. He is at work on an equation to help combat the
global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. He wants to do his part to help humanity create a shared sustainable human occupation on the planet, and enjoy zero-emission EV roadtrips!
TheFamilyCar Final Notes - EV sales grew 60 percent in 2022. There are 30 million EVs on the road.