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.

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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

Toyota COMS Makes A Comeback

July 6th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Tiny little single-seater electric vehicles are apparently doing pretty well in Japan, as Toyota just announced the second generation of [&hellip

Enter the Wind-Mobile!

May 2nd, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Solar cars are fun – even if they’re not yet eminently practical (it’s hard to get enough electricity to continuously [&hellip

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