In-depth investigative reporting about cars, transportation, and mobility
In 2002, I founded HybridCars.com. Ever since then, my beat has been vehicle electrification. A decade later, I expanded my research and reporting to include autonomy and mobility. These are the biggest changes to how we get around in more than a century. Every assignment – from feature stories to rapid-fire blog posts – is an opportunity to grab readers by the collar. And tell the story in a relatable way, conveyed to match the style of the specific publication.
Transportation Analyst & Editor
Having a front-row seat to the EV and self-driving world helps me advise a range of clients, from AAA’s GoMentum Station (a self-driving test track) to Recargo (the folks behind the PlugShare app). Other clients have included Canvas (Ford’s car subscription service), KQED Public Media, Natural Resources Defense Counil, PG&E, Roadster, Toyota, U.S. News & World Report, and DAV (a cryptocurrency for autonomous vehicles).
Media Production & Content Strategy
I offer black-belt project management, using words, photos, video, and content management systems. Projects are always delivered on time and under budget. All content assets and channels go into the big-picture plan. Bottom line: Put users’ needs first.
See Projects and Writing.
Will a self-driving car be like a living room on wheels? That’s not likely when considering how many people could get carsick if not buckled in and facing forward in an autonomous vehicle. See my investigation for The New York Times into how researchers will prevent people from losing their lunch. Currently, I’m working on a piece for NYT about the new anti-car aesthetic emerging from start-ups like Byton and Canoo.
Detroit automakers are finally expressing a commitment to deliver compelling EVs at scale. I’m doing my best to hold their feet to the fire about those promises, and what their doing in the meantime regarding environmental legislation. See my exclusive interviews with GM CEO Mary Barra and GM President Reuss – as well as a fun but provocative exchange in the press scrum with Ford Chairman Bill Ford.
My recent stories for SAE’s Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazine, where I’m the west coast correspondent, include a behind-the-scenes look at Aptiv’s AV command center, Smart Eye’s driver monitoring software, and a report from the unveiling of the Cruise Origin.
I also recently spoke with the founders of the Lightyear One solar car, the chief executive of Volkswagen Autonomy, and (for a story just filed) founders of the hottest start-ups in the world of Urban Air Mobility.