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

For pickup trucks, more than half all fuel savings come in 2022-2025 CAFE rules

For pickup trucks, more than half all fuel savings come in 2022-2025 CAFE rules

Sometimes, when science and technology issues have economic or political consequences, incorrect or misleading information and analyses can be propagated through the media, leading both decision makers and the public astray. A piece published in April by Forbes, covering the effects of the 2022...

August 9, 2017
 
2016 Nissan Leaf

How much do electric cars really pollute, even without tailpipes?

Personal automobiles have given hundreds of millions of people the great luxury of a convenient and comfortable mode of transportation. But there's no escaping that... read more August 3, 2016


 
2015 Nissan Leaf at start of 1,000-mile road trip [photo: John Briggs]

1,000-mile Nissan Leaf electric-car road trip in the Northeast: are we there yet?

When my son scored a coveted civil engineering summer internship in Silver Spring, Maryland, the chance for an electric-car road trip from our Boston-area home presented... read more July 19, 2016


 
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


 

 
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