The Green Car Guru

“Green Car” expert, John Voelcker, gives us the low-down on 2010 environmentally friendly cars

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010

By his own estimation, in the last couple of years, John Voelcker has written close to a thousand articles about cars that use alternative fuels. A good portion of this reportage is done in his capacity as senior editor for The familiarity with his subject is evident when talking with Voelcker about the latest developments in “green cars”—he is a veritable walking, talking Wikipedia on everything from clean diesel to hybrids, from small high mileage cars to electric cars, from battery technologies to ultracapacitors.


We interviewed Voelcker recently at his home in West Saugerties (he also resides in Manhattan). His home is located on the side of a mountain, and on a clear day you can see 40 miles to the Berkshires. Parked at the top of a steep dirt driveway is his 2000 Subaru Outback—yes, he has a dream job testing fun, “green” automobiles, but at the moment the cobbler has no shoes.


Right now is an exciting time to be analyzing and writing about this segment of the auto industry, with several very different types of alternative fuel vehicles set to hit the streets in the next few months. We asked Voelcker to explain the drive train differences between the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Toyota Plug-in Prius. He also gets charged up about the Tesla and basic battery technology.

Read on for your car guide!
(John talks about the Tesla)
(John talks about the Volt)
(John talks about the Leaf)
(John talks about the Prius)

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