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My name is Noel Adams and I run the evfinder.com web site among other things.  I also write the occasional article for Electrifying Times and EV World. I am British but have lived in the Southern California area for over a quarter of a century.  Before moving to the US I also spent four years working for an automobile manufacturer in the middle east. 

 

I developed an interest in Electric Vehicles back around 1990 and my interest became an obsession when I tried unsuccessfully to lease a GM EV1.  I realized that it was really difficult for people to even find information about electric vehicles, and finding an actual car was all but impossible.  I decided to do something about it and started EVFinder.com.  Now the evfinder web site gets about 60,000 hits per month and I have helped hundreds of people to find an electric car.  Still, as Rodney Dangerfield says, "I get no respect".  It gets frustrating at times to get totally ignored by a company like Tesla Motors.  At times I feel like giving up then I get a dealer who tells me that their business depends on referrals from my site and it all seems worth while again.

 

The following page will contain my own thoughts on a variety of topics related to electric vehicles and will also allow me to stray off topic a bit and look at other issues such as hybrid vehicles, and issues surrounding air pollution and oil addiction, which are the reasons I got interested in Electric Vehicles in the first place.

My Articles

  

 

Electrifying Times

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Santa Monica Alt Fuel Expo  

Firefly Energy

Gildo's Fetish

What's happening at Smart

GMC Sierra hybrid

Cruising the Las Vegas Strip in a Kool Kar

Ford Focus PZEV at LA Auto Show

Why is GM Crushing their EV-1s

Battle Rages over the ZEV mandate

 

EV World

  2015 LA Auto Show

  2014 LA Auto Show Part 2

2014 LA Auto Show part 1

2013 LA Auto Show Par 2

2013 LA Auto Show Part 1

Test Driving the BMW i3

2012 LA Auto Show Part 2

2012 LA auto Show Part 1

10 Plug-in cars you can buy today

It's Not Easy Making Cars

Economics of EV Charging

2011 LA Auto Show Prt 2

2011 LA Auto Show Prt 1

Switching to the Volt

2010 LA Auto Show Prt 2

2010 LA Auto Show Prt 1

Test Driving the Volvo C30 DRIVe

Battery Range: Yours will vary

2009 LA Auto Show Prt 1

2009 LA Auto Show Prt 2

Cash for Clunkers

Reality of Fast Charging

When states get in the way

2008 LA Auto Show

2007 LA Auto Show

GM Electric Cars II, 2006 LA Auto Show  

An Electric Car murder mystery

Prius Madness

A Shade Greener

2005 LA Auto Show

Doing the 04 LA Auto Show

Why we need alternatives to oil

2002 LA Auto Show

 

Green Hybrid

Lexus GS450H Test Drive

 

Sunday September 20, 2019 Greenhouse Gas Timeline Last week I read a very interesting article in the Guardian that went over the timeline where the fossil fuel industry knew about the possible problems with greenhouse gas emissions. The article covered the period from 1959 until the present.  I thought it might be interesting to summarize their findings and add some historical data...Continued

 

Sunday July 28, 2019 Volta Goes DC Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Volta.  The company provides free charging at places like Malls and similar locations.  To fund the cost their chargers feature advertising which hopefully generates enough income to cover the cost of the charger, installation, and electricity.  Now, Volta is venturing into the world of DC Fast Charging...Continued 

 

Sunday September 15, 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHE Now that the California Air Resources Board has extended the ZEV mandate to include medium sized manufacturers we have been seeing a scramble to get plug-in cars on the road.  One of the latest of these is Subaru who started selling a plug-in version of the Crosstrek in February.  Like Chrysler Subaru has chosen to call this the Crosstrek Hybrid with no reference to it being a plug-in in the name.

 

Sunday August 25, 2019 2019 Fleet Sales to Drive EV Growth  Back in 2006 there wasn't much available on the EV Market.  The EV1, RAV4-EV and EV+ were gone and the Tesla Roadster was still a couple of years away from production.  That was the year that ZAP introduced the Xebra.  Shortly after the launch of the Xebra, I met with ZAP CEO Gary Star at their headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA.  Gary said something to me that day which really struck in my mind...Contiued

 

Sunday August 11, 2019 CO2 Emissions from Jet Fuel - There has been much in the press recently about the Google Camp event held in Sicily at the end of July which, this year, was addressing Climate Change.  The big issue that was being banded about was that many of the politicians and celebrities attending the meeting flew there on private jets or arrived aboard luxury Yachts, and were chauffeured around town in Maserati SUVs making their carbon footprint huge...Continued

 

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Media

 

 

Video

Jay Leno picks up his Volt

What is the electric car Plug-in America Press Conference in Sacremento

EV Parade in Oslo for Al Gore

Toyota Plug-in Prius

Tango Google Presentation

Plug-in America Video

EV1 Madness

Electric Wheels on Salem News.com

Eliica 

Xebra Pickup

Xebra on NBC 11 News

Surprise Xmas Gift

Corvette v T-Zero

Venturi Fetish

Tango

Wrightspeed X1

Bleecker Electric Cars

 

Books

Energy and EV secrets - Russell Sydney

Build your own Electric Vehicle - Bob Brant

Convert it - Michael Brown

The lost Cord - Barbara Bradford

Solo my life with an electric car - Noel Perrin

Plug-in Hybrids the Cars That Will Recharge America - Sherry Boschert.