John Briggs

John C. Briggs is a Mechanical Engineer working for the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Boston University in Brookline, Massachusetts. His day job consists of developing first-of-their-kind machines that push University ideas into fully functioning prototypes to bridge the gap between the University and the demanding world of venture capital. Recent projects include plant-based vaccines, laser coin-cutting for the U.S. Mint, wave-energy harvesting, and numerous cutting-edge corporate projects that he cannot discuss.

Away from his day job, John is a clean-energy advocate with a strong interest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric cars. Since 2008, he has reduced his home electricity consumption by 75 percent, and provides the remainder with solar photovoltaic panels. He has also designed and installed solar hot-water panels for domestic hot-water production and to displace the home heating oil otherwise used for that purpose. Currently driving a gas-guzzling Toyota Prius hybrid (when not cycling to work), John hopes to become an electric-car owner in the near future.

Articles

Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

Anniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future. April 2 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts vs EPA in which the EPA was forced to regulate carbon emissions...

May 11, 2017
 
2006 Toyota Prius and 2015 Nissan Leaf  [photo: John C. Briggs]

Nissan Leaf electric vs Toyota Prius hybrid: which is lower on cost, emissions?

Sometimes, when tucking in for the evening, you can't help but wonder: did I really make the right choice? Could I have done better? Even now, could I still do better? This... read more June 21, 2016


 
Size comparison of electric-car charging stations (EVSEs) on sale today, March 2016

How to buy an electric-car charging station: buyer's guide to EVSEs

Electric cars all come with a 120-volt charging cable that can charge the battery from a household socket if there are no other options. But sooner or later, most... read more March 29, 2016


 
2015 Nissan Leaf outside home  [photo: John C. Briggs]

How I got a new 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car for $16K net: indecision

Sometimes my liberal environmentalist side fights with my fiscally conservative side, and my decision-making suffers as a result. I’ve wanted an electric car for the... read more February 29, 2016


 
Scenes from Yellowstone National Park, May 2015   [photo: John C. Briggs]

Ford Fusion Or Toyota Prius: Environmentalist's Vacation Dilemma

Carbon guilt weighed heavily on my mind as I approached the car rental counter at the Salt Lake City Airport. The book I was reading on the plane (Sustainable Energy, by... read more May 27, 2015


 
Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Six-Month Update: Great MPG, Great Fun

It happens so quickly: They learn to crawl, and then walk, and before you know it, you're helping them do their first oil change in their first new car. A little more than... read more March 3, 2015


 
2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

When Will Electric Cars Compete in the Mainstream Market?

Electric-car advocates often take it as an article of faith that electric propulsion will one day compete directly with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. Many would go... read more August 4, 2014


 

 
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