John Voelcker

John was the first Editor of Green Car Reports, run by Internet Brands Automotive Group. He served for more than nine years, starting in 2009. He reported for and edited the site, and provided news coverage and new-car reviews to sister sites The Car Connection and Motor Authority. Now, Voelcker contributes to the site while he chases rare British cars out of obscurity. John has covered advanced auto technologies and energy policy for numerous print, online, and radio outlets, including Wired, Popular Science, Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, and In 2015, he was named one of 60 jurors for the North American Car & Truck of the Years Awards. Voelcker has driven electric and hybrid cars from almost two dozen automakers, and hundreds of other vehicles as well. He has held editorial jobs at many magazines, including This Old House, Metropolis, Psychology Today, Exposure, Mother Earth News, Budget Living, and IEEE Spectrum. John received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and splits his time between the Catskill Mountains and New York City. He still has hopes of one day becoming an international man of mystery.


2018 Honda Clarity
2018 Honda Clarity

The 2018 Honda Clarity lineup includes the Japanese maker’s greenest models, with two of its three versions releasing no tailpipe emissions at all. However, only one of the three mid-size sedan versions will be sold nationwide. That’s the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which goes...Read More»

2017 Ford C-Max
Ford C-Max

The Ford C-Max was a pair of fuel-efficient compact hatchbacks that comprises a C-Max Hybrid gasoline-electric model, and a plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi model. They were related to the Ford Focus compact hatchback and sedan, and the Ford Escape crossover utility vehicle, and were built in the same...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen e-Golf

For buyers comfortable with an all-electric car that utterly blends into the background, the Volkswagen e-Golf is the perfect choice—if their local VW dealer carries and services it. Volkswagen has limited the rollout of the VW e-Golf by starting on the West Coast and in Northeast states...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius V
Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius V is a larger hybrid wagon derived from the Prius liftback—the most successful hybrid vehicle ever. It was shelved in 2018 without a successor. Along with the smaller Prius C hatch, the V was part of an expanded Prius lineup that also includes the standard liftback, Prius C...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: two- and three-row crossover is bigger, squarer, and now has a diesel

The New York auto show whose media days ended Thursday saw several debuts of high-volume crossover utility vehicles. One was a redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size crossover, which gained size, new features, and considerably more traditional and upright SUV-like styling. Hyundai said the base...Read More»

2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet, First Drive
2018 Smart Fortwo

The 2018 Smart Fortwo has a simplified powertrain lineup this year: all electric, all the time. It's available as a coupe or coonvertible. It now comes in three trim levels—Pure, Passion, and Prime—and every Smart can be customized with a wealth of dealer options as well. If...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic earned high scores among subcompact cars when it launched seven years ago. Now, as gas remains cheap and utility vehicles have surged, it’s an aging entry in a waning segment. It’s available in base LS, mid-level LT, and high-end Premier trim levels...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid is the gas-electric version of the Japanese automaker's best-selling sedan. With the Accord Hybrid, Honda hit the pause button for the 2016 model year, after selling American-made copies in the 2014 and 2015 model years. A two-year production run in Japan was ended when...Read More»

Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Honda Insight hybrid to debut in Detroit, promises 50 mpg combined

A "concept" for the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will appear at the Detroit auto show that opens next week, debuting a new "premium compact" model that will sit between the compact Civic and mid-size Accord sedans. Honda announced on Thursday that its new hybrid will be EPA-rated at 50 mpg...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Volt
The 10 (best and) greenest cars of 2018

Gas prices might be low, but that's not an excuse for skipping over a green car in favor of a guzzler. Electrification has forced us to rethink just what it means to be eco-friendly. Today's frugal machines may be powered by gas engines that can turn themselves off automatically, they may have an...Read More»

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