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.


2021 Honda Clarity
2021 Honda Clarity

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Honda Clarity? What does it compare to? The Clarity is an efficiency-focused vehicle that aims to provide several options for environmentally conscious car shoppers. The lineup currently includes the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the hydrogen-powered...Read More»

2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity is a mid-size sedan available in with a choice among two powertrains: hydrogen fuel cell (only available in very limited areas of California), and a plug-in hybrid with a battery and engine. A fully battery electric model was offered through the 2019 model year. The Fuel Cell...Read More»

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive  -  Portland, OR
Ford Mustang Mach-E: Best Electric Car To Buy 2021

The Mustang is a symbol of freedom and escape and, well, everyone has a Mustang story. With the Mustang badge, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric crossover SUV needed to be good. And it is. What separates the Mach-E is that it’s a very good vehicle compared to cars with gas tanks or not...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: Best Economy Car To Buy 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, more than any of our other Best Car To Buy 2021 nominees, helps make the idea of the economy car relevant for a new generation feeling the pinch of 2020. The “Economy Car” term carries over from an era when air conditioning was deleted and wind-up...Read More»

2021 Toyota Sienna XSE
2021 Toyota Sienna

What kind of car is the 2021 Toyota Sienna? What does it compare to? The Sienna is a passenger-oriented minivan, with seating for 7 or 8. A hybrid powertrain on all models in the lineup assures EPA ratings of up to 36 mpg, and equipment spans from sensible and durable in base LE and XLE...Read More»

2021 Kia Niro EV
2021 Kia Niro EV

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Kia Niro EV? What does it compare to? The 2021 Kia Niro EV is a fully electric vehicle that offers well over 200 miles of range. The Niro EV is nearly identical in its cabin packaging and usability to the Niro hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid models—and...Read More»

2021 Mazda CX-30
2021 Mazda CX-30

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Mazda CX-30? What does it compare to? The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is just one digit away from the CX-3, but it’s a completely different vehicle. As a compact crossover, the CX-30 offers an unexpectedly ample amount of space in a compact-car footprint, and...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV? What does it compare to? The 2021 Bolt EV is a small fully electric vehicle, with a tall-hatchback body style. It’s one of the most affordable EVs that offers a long driving range of well over 200 miles. It most closely compares...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt EV compact electric hatchback was the first affordable, high-range electric car in the U.S. when it was introduced in 2017. Although it isn't the first electric car, nor is it the one with the longest range. It's not the least expensive, nor is it the most spacious. The Bolt EV's...Read More»

2021 Toyota Venza
Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza is a hybrid compact crossover utility vehicle that's based on the RAV4 but with a smoother, softer approach than its boxier counterpart. With the Venza, Toyota revived an older name that once applied to a station wagon. The new Venza is less car-like and more upright, although its...Read More»

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