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 HybridCars.com. 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.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq
2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is a compact five-door hatchback that breaks new ground among fuel-efficient cars by offering three separate powertrains: hybrid, all-electric, and plug-in hybrid. Several makers offer plug-in variants of conventional hybrids, but Hyundai is the first to add a...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius V
2017 Toyota Prius V

The 2017 Toyota Prius V wagon is the most spacious and largest member of the Prius hybrid family, now in its sixth year on the market. While the Prius Liftback model was entirely redesigned last year, the Prius V wagon uses the same powertrain as the previous...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The new plug-in version of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid launched a year after that car, and it got a new name too. The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime succeeds the previous and discontinued Prius Plug-In Hybrid model, sold from 2012 through 2015, but it’s a much-improved and...Read More»

2017 Toyota Mirai
2017 Toyota Mirai

The 2017 Toyota Mirai is the second model year for Toyota's halo car, the only full zero-emission vehicle in its extensive lineup. Its sales are entirely dependent on the rollout of hydrogen fueling infrastructure, for now limiting to specific areas of California. Hence, it will likely...Read More»

2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
2017 Smart Fortwo

The 2017 Smart Fortwo is the second year of a complete redesign for the tiny two-seat car, and this year the Cabrio soft-top convertible has rejoined the lineup. Both body styles remain at 8.8 feet long, but they're wider and more modern than the previous generation, with a better array...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class marks a significant, mid-cycle upgrade for what was previously knew as the GL-Class. As part of a nomenclature change sweeping the entire brand, each of the German luxury maker's sport-utility vehicles has received new badging and a full or partial...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord sedan prototype, Honda Tochigi R&D Center, Japan, June 2017
2018 Honda Accord prototype first drive: V-6 deep-sixed, and better

The 2018 Honda Accord will be an all-new version of the popular mid-size sedan last redesigned for the 2013 model year. The 10th-generation Accord will ride on new underpinnings, and use a pair of revised 4-cylinder engines, eliminating the previous V-6 that's been the top engine option for many...Read More»

2017 Ford Focus Electric
2017 Ford Focus Electric

Now in its sixth model year, the 2017 Ford Focus Electric is the sole battery-electric vehicle sold anywhere in the world by Ford. After falling to the bottom of the list on range and features for several years, the electric Focus gets a higher-capacity battery and the option of DC...Read More»

2017 Ford C-Max
2017 Ford C-Max

The 2017 Ford C-Max hybrid hatchback enters its fifth model year with only the most incremental of changes. A frontal restyle so subtle you may miss it, some equipment tweaks, and a slight change to trim levels are the sole updates, along with a single new paint color. The C-Max Hybrid...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
2017 Ford Fusion

With its Aston Martin-esque styling, the 2017 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan remains a comfortable, spacious, and good-looking entry in an especially competitive segment. It competes with the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and a new and much improved Chevrolet Malibu. We named...Read More»

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