John Voelcker

John was the first Editor of Green Car Reports, run by Internet Brands Automotive Group. He served for more than nine years, starting in 2009. He reported for and edited the site, and provided news coverage and new-car reviews to sister sites The Car Connection and Motor Authority. Now, Voelcker contributes to the site while he chases rare British cars out of obscurity. John has covered advanced auto technologies and energy policy for numerous print, online, and radio outlets, including Wired, Popular Science, Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, and HybridCars.com. In 2015, he was named one of 60 jurors for the North American Car & Truck of the Years Awards. Voelcker has driven electric and hybrid cars from almost two dozen automakers, and hundreds of other vehicles as well. He has held editorial jobs at many magazines, including This Old House, Metropolis, Psychology Today, Exposure, Mother Earth News, Budget Living, and IEEE Spectrum. John received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and splits his time between the Catskill Mountains and New York City. He still has hopes of one day becoming an international man of mystery.

Articles

Busting 7 of the most common myths about electric cars

Busting 7 of the most common myths about electric cars

Ah, yes, forwarded emails with subject lines like, “The real story behind …” or “Things you haven’t been told about ….” They can contain much misinformation, and their “facts” can spread at digital speeds. We recently got one from an...

May 1, 2019
 
2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 takeaways over 8 years

When a completely new vehicle is introduced, it's generally around for five to seven years before an entirely redesigned generation of that vehicle is launched. By that... read more February 28, 2019


 
2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019

First drive review: The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus delivers more power, 226-mile range at last

At the moment, there are more Nissan Leafs on the world’s roads than any other electric car in history—closing in on 400,000. As of Jan 1, Nissan had delivered... read more February 25, 2019


 
Future Cadillac long-range electric large luxury utility vehicle (rendering), 2019 Detroit auto sho

Long-range Cadillac SUV to lead GM's next electric-car push, in 3 years

On Sunday night, General Motors showed renderings of a future long-range, all-electric SUV to be offered roughly three years hence by its Cadillac luxury brand. The look at... read more January 14, 2019


 
2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

2019 CES: Quiet year for green-car and self-driving news

As always, the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show held this week in Las Vegas was massive. Hundreds of thousands of attendees, workers, and support staff converged at multiple... read more January 13, 2019


 
Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, at 2019 CES

Toyota and Kenworth to build 10 fuel-cell semis for LA port duty

The word "drayage" isn't commonly used, even among green-car fans, but it's used by the shipping and logistics industries to refer to the transport of goods over short... read more January 9, 2019


 
Toyota Research Institute P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle

Toyota's newest self-driving test car is a Lexus LS luxury sedan

If you're going to develop a self-driving test vehicle, why not make it one that passengers would enjoy riding in? Perhaps that's the logic behind Toyota's choice of its new... read more January 4, 2019


 

 
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