Let’s get one thing out there right in the beginning: I’m a truck guy, always have been. It’s not that my head can’t be turned by a great car—I still feel my heart flutter every time they roll out the latest Corvette. But so far, I have not let the mid-life crisis get the best of me, and it doesn’t take too long to refocus on my true ride of choice: a pickup, especially a vintage model.
Having made that clear, I am still reliving recent experiences from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which showcased a dazzling display of new auto technologies. In addition to driverless car demos and a concept crossover that features solar panels built into the roof so it can provide some onboard energy production to assist the hybrid power train, we were invited to take a real-life test drive through the streets of Las Vegas in a snazzy electric vehicle.