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.


How Much Gasoline Can You Save With A Hybrid Or Plug-In Car?

How Much Gasoline Can You Save With A Hybrid Or Plug-In Car?

As of the middle of April, gasoline is approaching $4.00 per gallon across the United States and oil is surging past $110 per barrel. More and more energy observers are talking about "$5 per gallon fuel" here in the U.S. So how do you minimize your gasoline costs and maximize your mileage? What...

April 19, 2011
First factory-built Fisker Karma live photos

Electric-Car Range Extender Engines: OK Now, Can Do Better

Electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Fisker Karma get around the problem of range anxiety the old-fashioned way: They use gasoline engines. They do it because... read more April 6, 2011

Hertz electric vehicle rental

Renting an Electric Car: When Is It Smart, When Is It Dumb?

One way for potential buyers to get familiar with electric cars is to rent one. Several rental companies, among them Enterprise, have announced plans to rent 2011 Nissan Leaf... read more April 1, 2011

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

Electric Cars: How the 2011 Nissan Leaf & 2011 Chevy Volt Differ

Not all electric cars are the same. Buyers can now choose between "pure" battery electric vehicles and a car with a combination power train termed either a range-extended... read more March 29, 2011

Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station

Level 3 Quick Charging For Your Electric Car: How It Works

The formal name for what many of us more casually call “Level 3” charging is CHAdeMo, which is the only currently installed standard to reduce electric-car... read more March 28, 2011

2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Buyers Eager For Order Followup

On August 31, 2010, Nissan opened the ordering process for its 2011 Leaf, and over the follow months has gradually extended the initial markets on the West Coast and... read more March 28, 2011

2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

Is The 2011 Nissan Leaf The Truly Invisible Electric Car?

After three weeks of using our new 2011 Nissan Leaf for most of our local commuting, it has a valued and important place in our two-car family. We appreciate the driving... read more March 15, 2011


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