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,, US News & World Report, AAA, and 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.


Rivian teases electric pickup and SUV planned for LA auto show

Rivian teases electric pickup and SUV planned for LA auto show

A new startup automaker, Rivian, plans to beat Tesla to the punch with an electric pickup truck. After years of stealth, the company is finally poised to reveal its new pickup and SUV at the LA auto show later this month. This week, the company set up a media site complete with space for pictures...

November 16, 2018
2018 Tesla Model 3

Commentary: Tesla's carrot sells more electric cars than California's stick

If you build them, they will come—as long as what you build is attractive. That's the message of Tesla's dominant sales reports and awards this month. Buyers seem to be... read more November 15, 2018

Carpool lanes I-5, Seattle, Washington [Credit: SounderBruce-Wikimedia Commons]

Look for new gridlock-busting purple California Clean Air stickers (Updated)

California electric-car drivers have a new color to keep track of. Starting New Year's Day 2019, the state will issue updated Clean Air stickers that allow electric cars... read more November 15, 2018

Rich Rebuilds flooded Tesla Model S, via YouTube

New report shows oceans warming much faster than anticipated (Updated)

Update: The scientists behind this study have updated their report in the journal Nature acknowledging key errors in the study. The note that the data regarding scientific... read more November 14, 2018

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, cheap renewables, tax credits: Today's Car News

California regulatory documents show range estimates for the new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. A new report shows that building new renewable power can be cheaper than running old... read more November 14, 2018

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in Maven car-sharing fleet, Los Angeles [photo: Dan MacMedan fo

California to pass half-million electric-car mark

By the end of November, California will have more than 500,000 electric cars registered in the state, according to the latest report from Veloz, a consortium of state... read more November 14, 2018

Image from 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric-car ad by Ourisman Chevrolet, Rockville, Maryland

Tesla, GM, Nissan band together to extend electric-car tax credits

As tax credits for buyers of America's two most popular electric-car brands begin to sunset, automakers and advocates are banding together to restructure the tax-credit... read more November 14, 2018


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