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

Battery-electric vehicle versus plug-in hybrid: why having both makes sense

Battery-electric vehicle versus plug-in hybrid: why having both makes sense

Not long ago, green car fans had only one choice: a hybrid vehicle like the Prius that gets all its energy from gasoline. Now there is a choice of several pure battery-electric vehicles that get all their energy from grid electricity, several plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that get their energy...

June 25, 2018
 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

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... read more August 9, 2017


 
2006 Toyota Prius and 2015 Nissan Leaf  [photo: John C. Briggs]

Should we buy a Toyota Prius Prime, Chevy Bolt EV, or Volt?

It's now time to shop for a new car for my wife, as her wonderful 2006 Toyota Prius has 144,000 miles and we're ready for something new. So I thought I might throw the... read more August 7, 2017


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

Anniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future. April 2 of this year marks the... read more May 11, 2017


 
2015 Nissan Leaf in front of Prudential and Hancock Towers, Boston [photo: John Briggs]

2015 Nissan Leaf: one year later, owner offers pros and cons

Sometimes being a revolutionary requires a lot of personal sacrifice, and sometimes it doesn’t. After one year of driving of a 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car, I was... read more February 22, 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


 

 
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