Jim Motavalli



Transportation, Climate change, Sustainable energy


University of Connecticut


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


Motavalli covers transportation for Treehugger, specializing in fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles. 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 a regular contributor to The New York Times, Barron's, Environmental Defense Fund's Solutions, MediaVillage, and Wharton School reports—and has also 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.


  • "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)


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

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