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

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

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 measure, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus we reviewed earlier this week is ancient, with a basic structure in its ninth model...

February 28, 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


 
2018 Nissan Leaf

How Nissan hopes to market its future electric cars

The Nissan Leaf with a roughly 60-kilowatt-hour battery was expected to make its public debut at the LA Auto Show earlier this month. It didn’t. That car is expected to... read more December 20, 2018


 
Audi e-tron GT Concept, 2018 LA Auto Show

Electric cars from Audi, Porsche: Explaining platform magic

It would be unthinkable for any automaker but Porsche to introduce a new car with a flat-6 engine hung out behind the rear axle. At this week’s 2018 LA Auto Show, the... read more December 2, 2018


 
2019 Hyundai Nexo, Topanga Canyon, CA, Oct 2018

2019 Hyundai Nexo: first drive of 380-mile fuel-cell crossover utility

Pretty much any story on a new vehicle these days notes that new-car buyers are snapping up utility vehicles, while traditional sedans languish on sales lots. That puts... read more October 16, 2018


 
2019 Jaguar I-Pace, photographed outside Tesla Store, Mount Kisco, NY

2019 Jaguar I-Pace real-world review: 3 days with the sexy electric crossover

To the world’s surprise, the first all-electric luxury utility vehicle to follow the Tesla Model X into production did not come from the German makes of Audi, BMW, or... read more September 27, 2018


 

 
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