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

U.S. Carmakers To Japan: Don't Need Your Stinkin' Fast-Charge

U.S. Carmakers To Japan: Don't Need Your Stinkin' Fast-Charge

So you bought a 2011 Nissan Leaf, and paid for the optional $700 quick-charge connector. Now you're able to get an 80-percent battery recharge in just 30 minutes, albeit from very few places right now. Promising, right? Not so fast, sonny. It appears that U.S. makers of electric cars are likely to...

May 13, 2011
 
2011 Toyota Prius

Will Japanese Power Problems Mean Fewer 2011 Toyota Prius Cars?

World supplies of the highly popular Toyota Prius hybrid could be further threatened by new electric power problems in Japan. The Japanese government requested on Friday, May... read more May 10, 2011


 

Earth Day: Eager Electric-Car Advocates Meet Unaware Public

Three weeks ago, in a suburban park in Roseville, California--just outside the state capital, Sacramento--a community celebration of Earth Day served as a gathering of the... read more May 9, 2011


 
Sign on Vacaville, California, DC fast charger for electric cars, May 2011

What Good Is Fast-Charging For Electric Cars If It's Closed?

Vacaville, California, has the distinction of the very first public Level 3 or DC quick charging station for electric cars to be installed in the United States. It was first... read more May 5, 2011


 
2011 Nissan Leaf at dealership after software upgrade, May 2011, photo by George Parrott

2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update: Easy, But Slow (4 Hours?)

Nissan's new electric car, the 2011 Leaf, is rolling out slowly. Recently, it came to light that early-delivery vehicles are failing to start after the air conditioning has... read more May 4, 2011


 
2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, E.U. spec

2012 Mitsubishi "i" VS 2011 Nissan Leaf

What is the basic purpose of the new electric cars? For most of us, it is as a city or local commuting vehicle. The basic commuting "appliance" might be optimized to: 1. cost... read more May 3, 2011


 
Scenes from dedication of electric-car charging station at Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA

Electric-Car Warning: Check Your Utility Bill Carefully!

It is apparently quite possible that the local utility company that provides the power to charge your new electric vehicle may not have "all its ducks in a row" when it comes... read more April 30, 2011


 

 
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