Martin Padgett, Editorial Director

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Martin Padgett is Internet Brands Automotive Group’s Editorial Director. He oversees the words that skim across the Group’s portfolio of automotive destinations, which include The Car Connection, Motor Authority, Green Car Reports, and New Car Test Drive. Padgett is a native of Washington, D.C., an honors undergraduate of Duke University, and an MFA from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Padgett is a 30-year veteran journalist, and a former editor at Car and Driver magazine, with other writing credits at AutoTrader, Edmunds, Automobile, Stuff, Outside and BusinessWeek. Padgett is a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards and is the author of three books. While you’re reading this, he’s on a computer or his iPhone to keep track of what’s going on in the car world.

Articles

  • Automakers look ahead to the day when fast-charging changes the electric-car landscape. Many have debated and some have announced 800-volt electric cars, especially Porsche, with forthcoming versions...

  • Audi details battery for 2019 e-tron electric SUV

    When the Audi e-tron battery-electric SUV goes on sale next year, its 432 battery cells will drink from a 150-kw charging firehose–a rate quicker than the Jaguar I-Pace or a Tesla Model S. The high-energy battery pack, detailed by Audi in Berlin on Wednesday, has an apt, caffeinated analogy...

  • Mercedes-Benz takes the electric car plunge, but diesel is here to stay

    Daimler AG executives said Tuesday that diesel power for Mercedes cars is here to stay, even as electric cars and electrified mobility spreads throughout its passenger and commercial vehicles, and even its global partnerships. Electrified vehicles include everything from 48-volt mild hybrids...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Production Car Spied Before 2016 CES Reveal

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will appear in production-ready form at CES, a new report says.

  • Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, September 2015: Triple-Triple

    With a "double-double" being Canadian shorthand for a coffee with two creams and two sugars, we might call September a "triple-triple": Three plug-in electric car models hit the 100-sales mark last month. Chevy sold 126 first-generation Volts in Canada in September, down slightly from August's 167...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius Preview Video

    One of the most important new cars of the 2016 model year isn’t some 600-horsepower sports car, or a big crossover wagon. It’s the hybrid that started it all, or at least made hybrids what they are today. Recently in Las Vegas, and also at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Toyota gave the...

  • If smaller is better, then you can’t really do much better than the Smart ForTwo. The Fortwo is the city car originally designed in partnership with Swatch, back in the 1990s.

    This year...

  • 2015 BMW i8 Video Road Test

    The BMW i8 is sleek and stunning, but it's no V-8-powered supercar. Is it the car that will give plug-in hybrids sex appeal? First, you need to know what makes the i8 go. This is no straightforward supercar: The i8 gets power in a complex way--it can be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or...

  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Carries Over, Eco Gets 32 MPG--But Where's That Plug-In?

    The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is nearly entirely new--save for the steadily improving Hybrid edition. Hyundai says the Sonata Hybrid will stick with its existing gas-electric drivetrain and body style through the 2015 model year, while the rest of the range takes on a more subdued look and more refined...

  • Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Ready Second Acts (Video)

    The Nissan Leaf electric car and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid went on sale within days of each other back in December 2010. Now, we're expecting second-generation versions of both cars for 2016--and each will have significant upgrades. The most significant upgrade to the Nissan Leaf will be a choice...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Supercar: First Drive Video

    It was a Mercedes-Benz icon before it became a performance flagship. Now it's a messenger for the future: the gullwing's going electric. The SLS AMG Electric Drive electric car is closing in on series production, converting the octane-addicted supercar to fit a greener vision of the future. We've...

  • Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Photo Gallery: 2012 LA Auto Show

    At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a striking new SUV concept said to be capable of packing a hydrogen fuel cell stack, lithium-ion battery and four in-wheel electric motors. The concept is the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force, and although it doesn’t herald a new...

  • Electric cars, hybrids, plug-ins, diesels, CNG- and gasoline-powered vehicles--they can all be green cars, and all are a part of the growing movement to cleaner emissions and better fuel efficiency.

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  • 2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Bows At 2012 New York Auto Show

    Toyota made a vow to build every one of its vehicle lines in hybrid form, and it's adding another model to the growing hybrid list at this year's 2012 New York Auto Show with the introduction of the 2013 Lexus ES 300h. The first Lexus ES hybrid seems to share much with the latest Toyota Camry...

  • Aptera Shutting Down For Good

    Aptera has just released a statement, saying it will shut down operations today. As recently as two years ago, the southern California-based Aptera had plans to introduce an electric car and to sell up to 10,000 copies a year. It had even hoped to received approval for some of the same federal...

  • Chevrolet Volt: Ultimate Guide To Everything You Need To Know

    The Chevrolet Volt is now here, on sale in most states, and ready to plug in--and to answer all your questions about what it is, how it drives, how to buy it and how to wade through all its new technology, there's only one solution. Here, you'll find High Gear Media's comprehensive coverage of the...

  • Now Ford Has A Prius: 2012 C-Max To Go Hybrid-Only

    The upcoming Ford two-row C-Max Hybrid and plug-in C-Max Energi hybrid are still on track, but today Ford says it's canning the planned seven-seat, gas-powered C-Max minivan from its future product plan. The three-row C-Max would have been Ford's first minivan on sale in North America since the...

  • 2011 Miles In A 2011 VW Jetta TDI: A Not So Quick Drive

    In some new cars, you can't learn enough over the course of a first drive. There's not enough time to experience every handling nuance, or every electronic helper, in a hundred miles or less. With the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, you'll find the opposite. Spending more than 2000 miles behind the...

  • High Gear Media is heading to New York in two weeks to cover the next big auto show on the docket--and you could be heading there, too.

    We're partnering with Hyundai and the New York International...

  • High Gear Media Wants You--To Write And Win A Trip To New York

    Electric-car fans, here's your chance to see the latest EVs and plug-in hybrids, up close at New York's Javits Center. High Gear Media is joining with Hyundai and the New York International Auto Show to give you the chance to attend the upcoming show and to write about it for a High Gear Media...

  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Gets...A Tax Break

    All kinds of green cars are eligible for tax breaks, but the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid could be one of the most expensive vehicles ever to get the IRS' nod of approval. The Cayenne S Hybrid earns its buyers up to $1,800 in federal tax credits, the automaker says, making it the first Porsche ever...

  • GE Buying 25K EVs--Starting with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    GM is set to deliver its 2011 Chevrolet Volt to its first batch of owners, but it's just booked a big order sure to keep the extended-range electric car in short supply for the near future. As its CEO Jeffrey Immelt promised two weeks ago, corporate giant General Electric said today it would...

  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra Nabbed, PR Flak Shocked

    God knows, the spy-photo game has its moments. We can recall photographers hanging out of trees, held under arrest in federal custody, even buying and building on land adjacent to proving grounds just to grab the perfect shot. This spy shot hits a little too close to home, as best-in-class PR guy...

  • 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Honda Electric Car to Make Debut

    Honda will jump into the electric-car and plug-in-hybrid fray at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show with a new EV concept. The automaker also confirmed it will lay out the plans for a new plug-in hybrid platform during the L.A. show, which opens to the media on November 17. Honda's entries into the...

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