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#224, editor reports on EVs, NY Auto Show

VinFast of Vietnam debut two electric SUV at the LA Auto Show. All iamges © James Raia/2021.

Joe Wiesenfelder, the executive editor of, recently returned from the New York Auto Show. Electric vehicles continue to be emphasized in the automotive market space, and Wiesenfelder is our guest on this episode of The Weekly Driver Podcast to discuss it.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia talk with the veteran journalist about the influx of new manufacturers in the EV segment as wells as the health of the segment.

The Mustang Mach-E is among the influx of new EVs is monitoring as the segment expands.
The Mustang Mach-E is among the influx of new EVs is monitoring as the segment expands. Image © James Raia

Can any new EV carmaker, Rivian to Lucid to Polestar to VinFast, challenge Tesla? Can any mainstream manufacturer launch a sustainable EV? Will auto shows remain?

Some high-end manufacturers have discontinued the tradition of debuting new models at auto shows, particularly the major events in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Detroit. We talk about that.

Wiesenfelder discusses with us the health of auto shows and his recent experiences attending the Chicago and New York events.

The industry continues to suffer because of the microchip shortage and also we discuss inventory shortages and the effects of rising fuel costs. That topic is also in our interview. also has a new EV Buying Guide and the site’s staff picks in top EVs in different categories. Curious about EVs?

The website will host its second’s Guide for the EV Curious on April 28.’s editors will share their Top EV Picks and answer your questions about electric vehicles and EV ownership during a Live Q&A. Visit to register.

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