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 Hyundai Kona small crossover debuts at LA auto show
2018 Hyundai Kona small crossover debuts at LA auto show

The 2018 Hyundai Kona small crossover utility made its debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles auto show, adding another utility vehicle to the Korean maker's lineup as buyers snap up SUVs of all sizes. Smaller than the Tucson, the 2018 Kona has expressive and extroverted styling like the Toyota C-HR...Read More»

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door Sedan CVT ES FWD Side Exterior View
Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer is the brand's second smallest offering, a compact four-door sedan that sits above the diminutive Mirage in the company's limited lineup. Over the last couple of years, Mitsubishi has dramatically pared back the Lancer lineup. The five-door hatchback SportBack model from prior...Read More»

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 4-door HB ES Side Exterior View
Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a small hatchback electric car. Offered on and off for sale since 2012, the i-MiEV can travel up to 62 miles on a full charge with its electric powertrain. With the i-MiEV, Mitsubishi has a subcompact hatchback far smaller than a new Mini Cooper. In short, with the iMiEV...Read More»

2015 Lexus CT 200h 5dr Sedan Hybrid Angular Front Exterior View
Lexus CT

The Lexus CT 200h is a compact 5-door hatchback hybrid in a class almost by itself. With the CT 200h, Lexus has adapted some of Toyota's gas-electric drivetrain technology from the evergreen Toyota Prius, but infused it with a personality that's not as dowdy as the all-business Toyota. The Lexus is...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test, built-in vacuum system, June 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: how much does the vacuum suck?

You get to feeling old when you realize that, back in your day, kids didn't eat in the car. But times change. Some cars now play movies inside, stop themselves before an accident, and offer as many as a dozen cupholders. Also, kids now eat and drink inside vehicles. Apparently quite a lot, which is...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen CC
2017 Volkswagen CC

The 2017 Volkswagen CC is an aging but still handsome "four-door coupe," meaning a four-door sedan with a lower and sleeker roofline than VW's squarer and more upright Passat (which sells in much higher numbers). It's actually a mechanical cousin to the last-generation VW Passat, the...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is the smaller of two SUVs now in the VW lineup, below the large and pricey Touareg. It's small compared to the other compact crossovers it competes with, and the conservative design has aged well. But it's pricey, falls down on safety, and lacks numerous...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Now in its third year, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is the first and so far only all-electric VW offered in the U.S. and Canada. Even owners will have to look twice to realize that it's a different version of the seventh-generation Golf hatchback, powered by a battery and electric motor...Read More»

2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence
2017 Volvo XC90

New last year, the 2017 Volvo XC90 large luxury SUV appears to be succeeding in its mission of redefining where Volvo sits in the growing global luxury market. Its an understated and modest exterior design hides is a quietly elegant, supremely ergonomic, and easy-to-use family utility...Read More»

2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the current incarnation of what is now the world's oldest electric car still in production, dating back 10 years to the first test fleets launched in Japan. Sadly, the i-MiEV's age shows in virtually every facet of its design, performance, and...Read More»

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