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.

Articles

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»

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»

2019 Nissan Leaf
2019 Nissan Leaf

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus offers up to 226 miles of EPA-rated range, which makes this all-electric hatchback competitive with other long-range models such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia Niro EV. Last year the Leaf lineup received a redesigned exterior and...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model X
2019 Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X used to be the only fully electric vehicle you could get in the U.S. that was truly fit for American-size family duty. Although with the introduction of the Audi E-tron this year, plus the Jaguar I-Pace and many more shades of electric crossover if you go smaller and...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model S
2019 Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S wasn’t the first model from the California electric carmaker, but it’s the one that put Tesla on the trajectory as an innovator. It was unprecedented in many ways and has already earned a place in history books—the fastest volume-production plug-in...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
2019 Tesla Model 3

If we were gauging cars by their level of hype, the Tesla Model 3—not some exclusive supercar—might as well be the car of the decade. From the time that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk revealed this compact sedan in 2016, it’s put Tesla on a new trajectory—and opened...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 first drive: Welcoming a “hip” era for Zoom-Zoom

Before letting us drive its redesigned 2019 Mazda 3, the company’s engineers had us spend time on core-strengthening desk-chair toppers popular in Japan. No, it wasn’t because they saw too many beer guts in the room. In designing and engineering the latest version of the Mazda...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla, 2018 LA Auto Show
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: 50-mpg hybrid tech for a new normal

The Toyota Corolla has historically flaunted its frugal credentials. In a sign of changing times, the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is angling for a lot more eco cred. For the first time, it packs something very noteworthy: Toyota’s hybrid system, and mileage that’s surprisingly close...Read More»

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