Jim Motavalli

Writer

Expertise

Transportation, Climate change, Sustainable energy

Education

University of Connecticut

Introduction

Jim Motavalli is a journalist, author, speaker, and radio host who specializes in environmental issues, with a focus on cars, energy, and climate change.

Experience

Motavalli covered transportation for Mother Nature Network (now part of Treehugger) for eight years, writing about fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles as well as a range of other topics. He previously spent more than 14 years with E—The Environmental Magazine, published by the nonprofit EarthTalk, where he served as editor and senior writer. He is also a longtime auto blogger for The New York Times and NPR's Car Talk, and has written for Audubon, Barron's, The Boston Globe, Grist, The Guardian, Men's Journal, Popular Mechanics, Salon, Sierra, and Success magazine, among other publications. He has authored and edited several books, and hosts a radio show on WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Publications

  • "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry" (2011)
  • "Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery" (2008)
  • "Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Change" (2004)
  • "Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works" (2003)
  • "Forward Drive: The Race to Build 'Clean' Cars for the Future" (2001)

Education

Motavalli holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut.

Treehugger and Dotdash

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