About Charis Michelsen

Charis Michelsen spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.



Author Archives: Charis Michelsen

Driving A Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Days 1+2

December 4th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

I believe I have found an excellent vehicle to drive through the zombie apocalypse - or at least a good one for hauling stuff around on a regular basis. I've had a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport tossed at me for the week, and it's turning out to be a lot of fun!


MINI Es in Munich – the BMW Test Project Kicks Off

August 14th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Another step towards market readiness for electro-mobility: The BMW group and the Technical University Munich fired the starting shot for the first project to be showcased in Bavaria-Saxony. Over the coming five months, 25 test drivers will take to Munich’s streets behind the wheels of their own electrically-powered MINI Es


Federal Tax Credit For Two-Wheeled EVs – Yes, Please!

August 9th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Those of you who love two-wheeled transportation - and there are a lot of you - have one more reason to go green. The Senate Finance Committee approved a federal tax credit for purchasers of electric bikes and motorcycles last week


Video: Electric DeLorean Prototype Goes For A Ride

August 9th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Anyone who knows me will tell you that there is absolutely no objectivity when it comes to a DeLorean - despite being painfully slow and almost laughably unreliable, they're gorgeous classic cars. I mean, look at it. Have you ever seen anything so pretty? (Don't answer that.)


Toyota On Moving Forward

August 7th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

One might say that Toyota’s plug-in hybrids are plugged into the future (of course, that would be a terrible, terrible pun and which no one sane would actually make, right?). Either way, Toyota has been markedly successful with the Prius. The Japanese automaker is not, however, standing still



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