Founder, Lead Presenter
Self-confessed nerd and adoptive mom, Nikki has been talking and writing about cars ever since she passed her driving test. But her love of cars goes back even further than that.
When I was a kid in the early 1980s, I remember seeing a picture of an electric car and thinking ‘wow, that’s cool!’ Then, when I was a little older, the marshland where the cows my father looked after grazed was flooded with salt water from the local sea. The grass died, the farmer couldn’t afford to keep the cows, and my father had to find a new job. It was the end of my childhood — I was twelve.
Fascinated by how things work, Nikki didn’t take long to figure out that the flooding had been caused by freak weather. In turn, that freak weather had been caused by continued climate instability.
I was in my twenties when it finally clicked into place. But, once I figured out that our transport choices and how we treat the world around us helped cause that terrible flood, I knew it was time to switch to a new form of transport. I knew society had to evolve how it thought about transport. It didn’t take long to realise that electric cars would have less impact that petrol ones.
In 2006, Nikki purchased her first electric vehicle, a 250 watt electric scooter. While she’d planned to use it as transport while she converted her 1965 Morris Minor to electric, the old car’s rusty state forced her a different way, resulting in her buying a 1998 City El electric bubble car instead.
Driven by a desire to tell others about electric cars, Nikki soon found her original profession — that of a classical oboist and music teacher — was beginning to take a back seat to her advocacy.
I soon realised there were very few drivers working as journalists within the sphere. So with the help of some good friends within the EV world, I started to cover EVs, first as an enthusiastic advocate and driver, but subsequently as a fully-blown automotive journalist. I’ve turned my job into my hobby, and my hobby into my job. I couldn’t be happier.
Nikki and her partner Kate have been driving electric almost exclusively since 2006, and can’t imagine going back.
When she’s not working, Nikki enjoys to garden on the 1/3 acre plot she and her wife own in the foothills of the Coastal range just west of Portland Oregon, which they share with their teenage daughter, a flock of chickens, and two dogs. They’re keen advocates of slow food, and try to grow or locally source all the food they eat.
Being a nerd, Nikki enjoys all kinds of tech, but also loves a decent bit of science fiction, plays DnD, and is also the President of the League of Extraordinary Floofs, a local 501(c)(3) group of freelance mascots.
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