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Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Mar 02, 2010

Car Talk is pleased to be the home for original articles by environmental and automotive writer Jim Motavalli. Jim is insightful and opinionated, and will try his darndest to make the serious stuff entertaining as well. His specialty is the green car revolution, but he's also fascinated by offbeat auto history, the quirky world of classic cars and their owners (not altogether different from dogs and their owners), auto safety, and oddities about public transportation. He thinks we're at a big turning point in how we get around, and says it's sort of like 1900, when there were equal numbers of gasoline, electric and steam cars on the road.

When he's not sheepishly posting stuff on our lousy site, Jim writes on environmental topics for The New York Times, CBS MoneyWatch, Hearst's Daily Green, Mother Nature Network and others. He is author or editor of six books, including Forward Drive: The Race to Build Clean Cars for the Future, Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change, and Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery. His latest book, titled High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry, chronicles the current period of unprecedented change in the electric vehicle market. He is also a contributor to the Environmental Defense Fund publications and to Knowledge @ Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania.

Like us, Jim hosts a radio program on WPKN-FM in Connecticut. Unlike us, angry hordes don't stand outside the studio, throwing rotten fruit. Jim lectures widely on climate, transportation and population issues.

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