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The U.S. Can Get to All Electric Vehicles by 2035


If all cars and trucks sold in the United States are electric by 2035, it could save consumers in the United States some $2.7 trillion over the course of the next 30 years, working out to roughly $1,000 in savings per household per year, a new analysis finds. And if you’re itching to start seeing that cash, you’re in…

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2021 VW ID.4 completes 6,700-mile cross-country drive from New York to California

Volkswagen is on a mission to shatter people’s misconceptions of range anxiety by engaging on an 18-day, 6,700-mile cross-country drive in its 2021 ID.4 all-electric crossover. The trip began in New York City in mid-March and ended last March 30 in Sacramento, California. “We proved exactly what we set out to do with this drive, which was to show that … Continue reading

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How to Ensure Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Is Accessible to Everyone


As the Biden administration puts the federal government’s muscle behind widespread electrification, one fact has becoming increasingly clear: The electric vehicle revolution is coming. But states have a lot of catching up to do if they want to make sure everyone is included, a new report shows.

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The 7 Best Phone Docks for Your Car

scosche car dock on a colorful backgroundScosche

Everyone knows not to use your phone while driving (we hope so, at least). So, what’s a driver to do? Slap that phone on your dashboard, of course. With a good car dock, you can put your phone on the dash, clipped to an air conditioning vent, or even in the cupholder, keeping it within eyeshot and allowing you to go hands-free. It’s a win-win.

What to Look for in a Phone Dock for Your Car

There are tons of great phone docks on the market, but which one is right for you? Here are a few key things to look for when making your decision.

  • Stability: You need good support for both the phone mount and for your phone. The phone mount needs to be secure enough when fastened to your dashboard, windshield, or car vents that it doesn’t detach while you’re driving. Then, your phone also needs to fit securely in the mount too.
  • Ease of Use: It should be easy to put your phone in the dock and just as easy to take it out. You shouldn’t have to fight with it and possibly damage your phone as you pull it out of the mount.
  • Magnetic vs. Spring-Loaded: There are two main ways to fasten your phone in the phone dock: by magnets or by a spring-loaded mechanism. With a magnet-based phone mount, you have to attach a magnet to the back of your phone or phone case. Sometimes this can interfere with wireless charging, depending on where you place the magnet. With a spring-loaded mount, you have to fit your phone into the spring-loaded arms each time. A spring-loaded mount is more convenient for multiple people unless you plan to buy magnets for all the phones you intend to use with the mount.
  • Will It Fit Your Phone?: It’s very important to make sure your phone and phone case, if applicable, will fit into the mount. If the mount you’re looking at only fits phones with up to a 6-inch display, but you have a thick case that adds an extra quarter of an inch, that mount is not going to work for you.
  • Mount Type: Lastly, there are four different places you can put your phone mount. You can clip it to your air vent, suction it to your dashboard or windshield, or place it in your cup holder. All four options will work great, though in some states it’s illegal to use a windshield mount, so check your state or county always before buying anything. Just think about where you want your phone to be while you’re driving.

Best Overall: iOttie Easy One Touch 4

iottie one touch 4 dash mountiOttie

iOttie is a highly reputable phone dock brand and the Easy One Touch 4 mount is the company’s  most popular option. It comes with an adhesive dashboard pad and a reusable suction cup for strong support. If you want the mount on your windshield, you’ll only use the suction cup.

One of the best things about this mount is its lock and release mechanism. You press the release bars for the side arms, touch your phone to the Easy One Touch trigger, then the arms automatically close around your phone to secure it.

Once your phone is in the mount, you can easily adjust it. The telescopic arm allows you to tilt your phone up and down up to 225 degrees and extend it up to 8 inches.

Best Overall

iOttie One Touch 4 Dash Mount

The iOttie One Touch 4 dash mount is a great easy option that works well for most people.


Best Budget: Trianium Magnetic Dash Car Mount

trianium magnetic phone mount for carTrianium

If you don’t have a whole lot to spend, the Trianium Magnetic mount is the one for you. There are four magnets built into the base and covered by a smooth rubber magnetic pad. Then, you’ll need to attach a metal plate to your phone or your phone case. It includes a protective film to prevent any scratches if you decide to attach the plate directly to your phone.

If you use any kind of wireless charger, you’ll have to remove the metal plate before you can start charging your phone. If you want to be able to use wireless charging more seamlessly, I’d go with the Scosche MagicMount below. But if you don’t use wireless charging or don’t mind removing the metal plate before prior to charging, this budget phone mount is a solid option.

Best Budget

Trianium Magnetic Dash Mount

The Trianium Magnetic dash mount is an affordable, yet effective option.

Best with Wireless Charging: Kenu Airframe Wireless

kenu airframe wireless charging phone dockKenu

Kenu’s Airframe Wireless phone dock is great if you love the convenience of wireless charging. Your phone case has to be less than 3mm thick for it to charge best, so if you have a thick case, you may want to consider other options.

All phones that are Qi-enabled, which is most new phones, work with the Airframe Wireless dock. It can charge up to 10W, with a max charging rate of 7.5W for iPhones and 9W for Samsungs. A wireless charging dock in your car means you won’t have to mess with annoying cables anymore, which is certainly a bonus.

The option pictured above is the vent mount, but there’s also a suction mount option if you would prefer it to be on your dashboard or windshield.

Best for Wireless Charging

Kenu Airframe Wireless Charging Phone Mount

The Kenu Airframe phone mount is a high-end option that lets you wirelessly charge your phone.

Best Magnetic: Aukey Car Phone Mount

aukey magnetic phone dock for your carAukey

If you want a magnetic mount for your phone so you don’t have to worry about adjusting spring-loaded arms, the Aukey Car Mount is perfect for you. There are four strong magnets inside the base, which you can adhere to your dashboard or your windshield.

Then, you either attach a metal plate to your phone or slip it in between your phone and your case. If you have a smaller phone, you use the circular metal plate provided; for larger phones, there’s a rectangular metal plate that’s a bit stronger. And again, if you use wireless charging on a regular basis, that’s something to keep in mind when buying Aukey’s magnetic mount. Before using wireless charging, you will need to remove the magnet from your phone or phone case.

Plus, the base can rotate 360 degrees, so it’s easy to get your phone in just the right place to view during a drive.

Best Magnetic

Aukey Magnetic Phone Mount

The Aukey Magnetic phone mount lets you place and remove your phone with strong magnets rather than spring-loaded arms.

Best Minimalist Design: Scosche MAGDMB MagicMount

scosche magnetic magicmount phone dockScosche

This option from Scosche is great if you don’t want your phone mount to take up too much space in your car. You attach this mount to your dashboard with a strong adhesive. Then, there’s a magnet plate you have to either attach to your phone or stick in your phone case and you’re good to go.

Though this phone dock is small, it’s pretty powerful. It uses Rare-Earth neodymium magnets to keep your phone secure during your drive. Plus, if you position the magnet plate in the right place behind your phone case, you can still use wireless charging stations without taking the magnet out.

The Scosche MagicMount also has a 4-axis, 360-degree head, so you won’t have any trouble moving your phone around to find the best angle.

Best Minimalist Design

Scosche Magnetic Mount

The Scosche magnetic mount is great if you want to prop your phone up, but don’t want your mount to take up tons of space on your dash.

Best for Thick Phone Cases: VANMASS Universal Car Mount

vanmass phone mount for thick phone casesVanmass

This is a heavy-duty phone mount that will fit phones of any size with pretty much any case, including Ring cases, OtterBox cases, a PopSocket, and more. On top of being designed to fit thick cases, this car phone mount is extremely sturdy.

The VANMASS phone holder has undergone vibration tests to ensure your phone won’t drop while you’re driving. Plus, it can hold up to 44 pounds, so your phone is definitely secure. It’s also weather resistant in extreme conditions, like -40 to about 194 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can attach this phone mount to your dashboard, windshield, or air vent.

Best for Thick Phone Cases

VANMASS Universal Car Phone Mount

If you have a hefty, protective case on your phone, the VANMASS phone mount has you covered.

Best Cup Holder Mount: TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount

topgo cup holder phone mount for carTopgo

A lot of car phone docks out there attach to your dashboard, windshield, or air vent. It’s simple to install any of the above options and, if installed properly, they are very secure. But sometimes there’s a fear that your phone will fall anyway. If you feel uncomfortable with your phone being suspended in a mount from your dashboard, windshield, or air vent, you should get a cup holder mount.

The TOPGO phone dock sits in your cup holder, as the name implies, giving your phone a strong, supportive base. You can easily adjust the height up to 8 inches tall and utilize the 360 degree rotation to turn your phone whichever way you want it.

It comes with an adjustable base, so you can fit it perfectly to your cup holder size. This newest version of the TOPGO phone mount can support a cup holder size of 2.4 inches to 4 inches.

Best Cup Holder Mount

TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount

The TOPGO phone mount gives you a great location alternative if you don’t want to mount your phone on your dash, windshield, or air vent.

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Global chip shortage worsens, forces production cuts at GM, Hyundai

Global chip shortage worsens, forces production cuts at GM, Hyundai

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The auto industry continues to suffer the effects of a worldwide shortage of silicon chips. General Motors will idle production of midsize pickup trucks at a factory in Missouri until April 12 and extend the shutdown of another factory in Michigan. In South Korea, Hyundai Motor Group, which had been unaffected so far, now says it expects to have production problems in April due to the shortage. And if that wasn’t enough, a fire at a factory in Japan will further exacerbate the problem.

The chip shortage got started with the COVID-19 pandemic. As countries around the world went into lockdown in 2020 to combat the virus’s spread, many automakers saw their sales evaporate at the same time as public health measures forced the closure of some factories. Consequently, some of these companies cancelled pending orders for chips, which resulted in the foundries switching to fulfilling other orders. But as demand for new vehicles started to pick up, the OEMs discovered that it would be some time before their chip suppliers could meet these new orders, as the chip factories had no spare capacity.

In February, GM said it had to halt production at factories in Kansas, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea as it prioritized more profitable product lines. Some of those plant closures will continue until April, the company now says. It will now also idle a factory in Missouri that currently builds GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups, until April 12 at the earliest. And another GM factory in Michigan will idle two weeks earlier than planned in late May. And while it is keeping its full-size truck production steady, some of the pickups are leaving the production line without a chip that enables their 5.3 L V8 engines to deactivate certain cylinders for better fuel efficiency.

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Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept is fully electric-powered

Right now, the only electrified version of the Jeep Wrangler that we know is coming to market is the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. That vehicle can drive a scant 22 miles on electricity alone. The annual Jeep Safari is right around the corner, and Jeep has unveiled some of its concept vehicles for the event. One of the concept vehicles … Continue reading

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