The lazy days of summer are upon us – when we are planning vacations, enjoying fruity cocktails and daydreaming or planning our activities for the coming weekend (especially popular on Mondays).

This past weekend, I was driving across town with the windows down. From another car, I heard the old theme song for the TV show, The A-Team, and that made we wonder what kind of EV would B.A. Baracus be driving if the show aired today (and they were into driving electric vehicles).

So to help you break out of your own back-to-work blues, we’ve compiled a list of six TV shows from the 1980s that featured a car, truck or van and what those vehicles might have been if they were EVs set in present times.

We pulled our list from The 80 Best TV Shows of the 1980s and it was by no means a scientific study, so we apologize in advance if we overlooked anyone. The EV info comes from Plugin Cars.


dukes-hazzardNo. 6 Dukes of Hazard | Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Original Run: 1979-85
The Dukes of Hazzard has been in the news lately for the wrong reason. The show’s iconic General Lee – an orange Dodge Charger with a Confederated Flag on the roof – needs a new, more inclusive look. So what would the Duke boys be driving if they needed to make a run from  Rosco P. Coltrane and Boss Hogg?  

The Toyota Prius line is basically the opposite of the General Lee. It seems like everyone we know that drives a Prius is either retired, a teacher, a librarian, a nurse or works in sustainability. They all tend to follow the rules and drive about 10 miles below any posted speed limit. In other words, they would be perfect role models for the Duke boys of 2015.   


magnum-piNo. 5 – Magnum PI | BMW i8

Original Run: 1980-88
Who didn’t want to be Magnum? You get to live in an opulent Hawaii beach house as a guest of a never-present millionaire novelist and drive his Ferrari 308 GTS.  I definitely can see Magnum stepping out of one these. What do you think?



miami-viceNo. 4 – Miami Vice | Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Original Run: 1984-89

The Miami-based detectives Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) would need to ride in something sexy enough to be believed in as drug players in South Florida. I think the Porsche does the trick.  

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a-teamNo. 3 – The A-Team | Ford Transit Connect EV

Original Run: 1983-87
Mr. T’s B.A. Baracus, Hannibal, Face and Crazy Murdock need some space to store all the firepower they usually carried with them on a mission. I personally love the Transit EV, if they can find one, but that is what Face is for anyway.  


taxi-tvNo. 2 – Taxi | Nissan LEAF or Kia Soul EV

Original Run: 1978-83
Whether its Latka or Reverend Jim, we think the LEAF or the Soul EV would be perfect taxi vehicles for getting fares from one place to the next.



knight-riderNo. 1 – Knight Ridder | Tesla S

Original Run: 1982-1986
Artificial intelligence and outfitted with enough gadgets to make James Bond jealous? Of course, KITT circa 2015 would be a Tesla, the only question is which model would David Hasselhoff be driving. Heck, who needs Hasselhoff? Let’s just cast Elon Musk to play the role.  Here is the Tesla Model S.

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