Jon Vandervelde, Contributing Writer

Jon Vandervelde is a designer, architect, and robot combat promoter, with a love for all things mechanical. With a B.A. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and a Masters degree in architectural design from The University of Minnesota, he has worked as a biomedical research scientist, writer and building designer, and is the founder and CEO of MechWars Robot Combat, one of the largest robot combat events in the country. Jon believes that increased success in manufacturing and the production of tangible goods is absolutely essential to the economic future of this country, and would like to see the coming transformation in automobile technology lead to a resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and technological accomplishment. Jon likes both dogs and cats equally (but in different ways).


Ford And Microsoft Collaborate On Energy Management For EV's

Ford And Microsoft Collaborate On Energy Management For EV's

Microsoft and Ford have joined forces to apply the Microsoft Hohm software application to the upcoming Ford Focus EV,  scheduled for North American release in 2011.  Hohm is a net-based application that tracks and predicts an operator's energy usage patterns and helps him or her lower cost and...

April 1, 2010

Audi To Reintroduce The A2 With e-tron Electric Drive-train

Introduced as a Europe-only model in 1999, the A2 was remarkable for its revolutionary use of weight-saving aluminum and its focus on efficiency; a diesel variant was the... read more March 9, 2010

The Think! City

Think! To Build Production Plant In Indiana

Norwegian automaker Think, which barely escaped complete dissolution last year thanks to capital injections from new strategic partners Ener1 and Valmet, continues to forge... read more January 5, 2010


London Grocery Vans Going Electric

Sainsbury's, one of the largest grocery chains in Europe, has been testing a fleet of Smith Electric delivery vans for several years and has now decided to go electric with... read more December 21, 2009


At Climate Change Summit, 14 of World's Biggest Cities Commit to EV's

A group of fourteen of the world’s largest cities came together at the UN COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen on Wednesday to form the ‘C40 Electric Vehicle Network’... read more December 21, 2009

Range Anxiety

Coda Explains Low Battery Plan Or How To Ease Range Anxiety Once Underway

The first EV from Santa Monica based  Coda Automotive is coming to fleets and a limited number of individual buyers in late 2010, but the company's Clearing The Air... read more December 21, 2009


New Report Says Plug-In Hybrids Won't Impact Oil Use Or Emissions For Decades

According to an analysis conducted by the National Research Council , the roll-out of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) to the U.S. market will be too slow to have any real effect on... read more December 16, 2009


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