Eric C. Evarts

Eric Evarts has been bringing topical insight to readers on energy, the environment, technology, transportation, business, and consumer affairs for 25 years. He has spent most of that time in bustling newsrooms at The Christian Science Monitor and Consumer Reports, but his articles have appeared widely at outlets such as the journal Nature Outlook, cars.com, US News & World Report, AAA, and TheWirecutter.com and Alternet. He can tell readers how to get the best deal and avoid buying a lemon, whether it’s a used car or a bad mortgage. Along the way, he has driven more than 1,500 new cars of all types, but the most interesting ones are those that promise to reduce national dependence on oil, and those that improve the environment. Well, OK, compared to some old jalopy they might replace.

Articles

Classic Aston Martin features plug-and-play electric power

Classic Aston Martin features plug-and-play electric power

Wealthy buyers looking for an electric Aston Martin may not have to wait until the brand's new Rapide E performance car—at least not previous owners who may already have an old Aston Martin lying around. The company has joined other European automakers in developing an electric drive system...

December 9, 2018
 
Smokestacks [CREDIT: Global Climate Budget 2018]

Report: Global CO2 emissions at record levels in 2018

Blame China—and India. Global carbon emissions are on the rise, and hit record levels in 2018, after remaining flat in 2016 and experiencing a small gain last year, a... read more December 7, 2018


 
Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts

VW's last engines, Toyota batteries, Ford names: Today's Car News

VW announced that it is now designing the last combustion engines it will sell. Ford trademarks two possible names that could go on its upcoming electric SUV. Toyota explains... read more December 6, 2018


 
2020 Ford electric SUV teaser

Trademark filings show Ford may call electric SUV the "Mach E"

Fans of the Ford Mustang didn't take it well earlier this year when Ford suggested it might call its upcoming 300-mile electric SUV the Mach 1. Now new trademark filings... read more December 6, 2018


 
Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

Electric cars cheaper than gas ones by 2020, says Chinese battery supplier

Envision Energy, a Chinese company that bought Nissan's former AESC battery business, says it will be able to make battery packs for less than $100 per kilowatt-hour in the... read more December 6, 2018


 
VW MEB platform

VW says it is now developing its last generation of gas, diesel engines

Our readers speculate a lot on this site about how long it will be until gas and diesel engines fade out, and the transition to electric cars is complete. Volkswagen may just... read more December 6, 2018


 
2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Toyota Prius AWD price, more VW electrics, French protests: Today's Car News

Toyota announced pricing for the new 2019 Prius AWD-e. In trade talks with the Trump administration, VW's CEO revealed the company could use Ford factories in the U.S. to... read more December 5, 2018


 

 
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