2013 World Car Awards - Green Experts


Due to the complexity of some of the 'green' technologies, five (5) green experts were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specifications associated with each candidate. They were asked to create a short-list of five finalists for review by the jurors in their second round of voting in February.

Phil Berg
representing North America

Contributor to GreenFuelsForecast.com, DieselForecast.com, HydrogenForecast.com, PopularMechanics.com, AutoWeek, Car and Driver. For a Car and Driver story in 1998, Phil set a non-stop record sealed inside a VW Jetta TDI diesel with a special fuel tank from New York City to San Francisco of 38 hours. As managing editor of DieselForecast.com as well as contributor to OEM magazines and many consumer magazines, he has interviewed hundreds of powertrain engineers for stories about technical subjects from direct injection to aftertreatment ash storage to lithium ion lifespan.

Richard Bremner
representing Europe

Richard edits cleangreencars.co.uk, an environmentally-oriented new car review and environmental news website, which he co-founded with UK-based internet publishers Redspy. The site is noted for its sales-weighted analyses of car manufacturers’ progress towards lower emissions. He is a regular contributor to the UK’s Autocar magazine, for which he frequently reviews environmentally-oriented models. He also edits the What Car Intelligence newsletter (What Car is the UK’s leading consumer motoring title) which includes analysis of cars’ real world fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels. For the past eight years he has also assembled the exhibits for the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s FoS-TECH display of environmentally progressive concept cars and technologies.

Claus-Peter Koeth
representing Europe

Based in Würzburg/Germany, Claus-Peter Köth is editor-in-chief of the German trade magazine "Automobil Industrie" and the website "automobil-industrie.de". A graduate engineer, he has covered the automotive industry since 1998. Green technology is one of the main topics of his reporting. Besides his work as a journalist, Köth organises an annual conference on automotive light-weight technology.

Tadashi Tateuchi
representing Asia

Tadashi is a former race engineer and the founder and chairman of the Japan Electric Vehicle (EV) Club. He was awarded the Environment Minister's medal in 1998 for his contribution to developing and promoting EVs. A juror on the Japan Car of the Year panel, he contributes regularly to Car Graphic magazine and the Japan Automobile Federation's monthly magazine. In 2009, Tateuchi captured a Guinness World Record for the longest journey by a pure electric vehicle on a single charge. Driving a Daihatsu Mira Kei minicar, Tateuchi covered 555.6km (345 miles) without charging as he negotiated heavy traffic and significant up and downhill gradients from Tokyo to Osaka.

John Voelcker
representing North America

John is an automotive journalist and industry analyst. He specializes in advanced technologies, particularly powertrains and the energy policies that affect them. As senior editor at (venture-funded) High Gear Media, he edits GreenCarReports.com and contributes to TheCarConnection.com and MotorAuthority.com. His work also appears in Wired, Popular Science, Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, and other periodicals, and he is a regular guest on Fox Car Report and Sirius Satellite Radio. He covers the market prospects for electric-drive vehicles between now and 2025 for UK industry analyst Just-Auto, and has been invited to speak on that topic to automakers and at industry events. John received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He splits his time among New York City, San Francisco, and the Catskill Mountains, and still has hopes of becoming an international man of mystery.