Bengt Halvorson, Senior Editor

Bengt is the Editor of Green Car Reports and is Internet Brands Automotive Group’s Senior Editor specializing in green vehicle coverage. He has been reporting on cars and the auto industry for more than 20 years, and efficiency concerns, policy, and electric-car enthusiasm from Portland for nearly as long. Bengt has written for many news, technology, and lifestyle outlets, consulted on powertrain tech, tracked collector-car prices, led panels about electric vehicles, and won awards for his coverage of consumer affairs. He holds degrees in Applied Physics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and was, earlier in his career, a writer at the UK publication Autocar and an editor at Automobile Magazine. Bengt was most recently the environmental editor for Car and Driver, where he helped to nudge the gearhead/enthusiast publication toward greater EV awareness. Prior to that he was a part of this group’s predecessor, High Gear Media (and also of Green Car Reports’ inception). Bengt also serves as a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year accolades.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars
2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

Compact sedans like the Elantra and Corolla mostly form the role of commuter cars in American households, and they’re spacious enough to be family vehicles for those with smaller kids or pets to put in the back seat. If your budget is tight, the 2020 Toyota Corolla and 2020 Hyundai Elantra...Read More»

2020 Tesla Model S
The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2020

If you’re looking for today’s cars with the lightest environmental footprint you should be looking for charge ports, not fuel tanks. Why? The energy efficiency of electric motors is fundamentally better than that of gasoline engines; and if you consider how rapidly the U.S. electrical...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3 - Best Car To Buy 2020
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

The Mazda 3 and Honda Civic stand above and beyond much of the compact-car class for how they prioritize the driving experience itself. Neither one forgets that cost-conscious compact-car shoppers want a car that’s inherently practical, frugal, and packed with features for the money. These...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic are household names for value and have been top-selling compact-car lines for decades. Today, both of these models definitely aren’t calling it in. In both cases, their most recent redesigns have recast these otherwise modest compact cars in much more...Read More»

2020 Kia Niro EV
Kia Niro EV

The 2020 Kia Niro EV is a small, fully electric crossover. It shares much with the Niro hybrid and Niro Plug-In Hybrid. While those other two models offer a more upright-shaped alternative to the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq, which shares some underpinnings with the Kia, the Niro EV is an...Read More»

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC preview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC is an all-electric crossover that’s the first EV to arrive from the luxury brand’s new EQ sub-brand, which is focused on zero-emissions vehicles. While about the same size and shape as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the EQC offers unique styling and a...Read More»

2019 Audi E-Tron - Best Car To Buy 2020
Audi E-Tron

The Audi E-Tron is a fully electric SUV, and the first all-electric Audi model. In the current market of electric vehicles, the E-Tron stands as a counterpoint to the Tesla Model X. While the Tesla aimed to be different in so many ways, the E-Tron looks and feels like it was designed to fit right...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a 54-mpg green-tech highway machine

If you drive a lot on the highway and think mileage really matters, yet you’re still not ready to turn in your gas card for a charging-network app, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid might prove the perfect choice when it arrives in a few months. With the Sonata Hybrid’s debut at the 2020...Read More»

2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
2019 Audi E-Tron

The 2019 Audi E-Tron is a spacious, all-electric SUV; the first fully electric vehicle from the German luxury brand best known for its quattro all-wheel-drive system, attractive but conservative exteriors, and well-designed and obsessively detailed cabins. It’s available for 2019...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3
2019 Mazda 3

For many years the Mazda 3 has been the compact-car go-to for drivers who can’t afford to leave practicality and frugality by the wayside. With the new 2019 Mazda 3, the automaker isn’t completely abandoning that philosophy, but it is carving out the space for an entirely...Read More»

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