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December 11, 2023

Volvo and Starbucks Charging Network, Most Reliable Vehicles of 2023
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Volvo and Starbucks Charging Network, Most Reliable Vehicles of 2023
Jill and Tom are both in studio today for another topic-packed show. Tom opened the episode acknowledging the installation of the first EV charging station under the provisions of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Act, signed into law in 2021. The first unit went live at a Flying J gas station in Ohio earlier this week. Jill and Tom went on to discuss Jill's evaluation of a Starbucks Coffee/Volvo joint effort. This past week Jill drove electric Volvo vehicles from Denver, Colorado to Seattle, Washington, charging the cars only at Starbucks locations along the way equipped with high-speed Volvo-sponsored chargers. Listen in for more on this unique cooperative exercise-and what Jill ordered to drink at each stop. In the second segment Jill and Tom are joined by Consumer Report's Steven Elek. Steven gave the hosts the lowdown on the organization's latest Auto Reliability Study. Steven shared insights into how and why electric vehicles are proving problematic for some owners, and walked Jill and Tom through top-ten list of most-reliable car brands. The list includes a few surprises. In the final segment, Jill is subjected to Tom's "Car Sales in Europe" quiz, capped by a Kikkoman soy-sauce bonus question. Because Jill has not yet listened to last week's episode, Tom explained to her why he was looking to shoot a water buffalo.
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