George Parrott, Contributor

Since 2011, George Parrott has driven a Nissan Leaf, a Chevrolet Volt, and a 2013 Tesla Model S. Those electric cars followed a Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid, starting in 2004, that he bought to do his part in improving air quality. They followed a specially ordered Oldsmobile 4-4-2, then a series of economy cars from Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota. As of February 2015, he drives a new 2015 Tesla Model S P85D. In the rest of his life, Parrott is a retired professor of psychology at California State University--Sacramento, and he has had visiting appointments in Australia, Poland, along with Fulbright assignments in Manchester and Warsaw. He has been a fanatic runner for almost 30 years, and has finished more than 130 marathons and 40 ultra-marathons.

Articles

Electric-Car Withdrawal: Gasoline Cars Now Feel Loud, Crude

Electric-Car Withdrawal: Gasoline Cars Now Feel Loud, Crude

After more than 11,000 miles driving solely on electric power in our 2011 Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, we now find our Volt in the body shop. So for longer trips, our "extended-range vehicle" is a rented 2012 Ford Focus SEL model. The 2012 Ford Focus is one of the most impressive of the latest...

August 15, 2011
 
2011 Chevy Volt front air dam, after modification, on worst slope in driveway

2011 Chevrolet Volt: Air Dam, Display Issues Fixed By Dealers

The first 2011 Chevy Volt was delivered in December 2010, and GM’s rollout of this engineering achievement has seemed quite smooth thus far. Still, after six months... read more July 6, 2011


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf Generates Constant Buzz: Musicians Beware!

After almost 4500 miles on our 2011 Nissan Leaf, my wife has regularly complained about an "irritating whine" that constantly pesters her when she's riding in or driving the... read more July 1, 2011


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

Almost every Tesla Roadster owner is probably a car enthusiast, but Mike Koenigs is also a true clean-power activist. First, he set up a “Life with Tesla” website... read more June 30, 2011


 
Sacramento Electric Vehicle Gathering, June 18, 2011

Want To Educate About Electric Cars In Your Area? Here's How

We've already told you that early adopters are great promoters of a new technology, and on 18 June the central Sacramento Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) co-op... read more June 23, 2011


 
2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott

2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2011 Nissan Leaf: 7,000 Miles Later

After several months of using a 2011 Chevy Volt and a 2011 Nissan Leaf as our sole family transport, we have a better understanding of both cars than we did in March, when I... read more June 18, 2011


 
Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California

Aptera Struggles Toward Production Of 3-Wheel Electric Car, Maybe

One of the most remarkable--and most delayed--of the promised new generation of electric cars is the three-wheeled Aptera 2e. The unusual, highly aerodynamic vehicle was... read more May 19, 2011


 

 
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