Chelsea Sexton

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Chelsea Sexton
Chelsea Sexton NAIAS 2007.jpg
Photo by Scott Smith (Rockershirt on Flickr)
Born (1975-08-14) August 14, 1975 (age 40)
California
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Known for Who Killed the Electric Car
Spouse(s) Bob Sexton
Children (1) Christopher
Website Official Blog

Chelsea Sexton (born August 14, 1975) is an electric car advocate and advisor. She is most notable for her role in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car. Sexton frequently writes articles and blog posts about electric cars and her views on obtaining mass adoption of the technology by the car industry and drivers. She lives in California with her husband Bob Sexton, a former EV1 service technician who was also employed by Tesla. They have one child.

EV1[edit]

Sexton entered the automotive industry at the age of 17 after buying her first Saturn. She wanted to put herself through college by working at Saturn, but she ended up finding that she loved the cars more than what she was studying, so when General Motors announced the EV1 electric vehicle program three years later, she jumped on it. Focusing on building a market for alternate-fuel vehicles through partnerships with corporate and non-profit stakeholders, shaping public policy and incentives, developing marketing strategies, and working directly with the drivers themselves, Sexton became well known as an advocate for clean, efficient transportation.

Advocacy[edit]

Sexton was laid off from General Motors at the end of 2001, after the company stopped manufacturing its EV1 electric automobile. Sexton became a consultant to auto manufacturers and clean-energy providers, helping to bring alternative-fuel vehicles to market, and promoting increasingly "clean" (i.e., air pollution-free) ways to power them. In 2005, Sexton joined the X PRIZE Foundation, leading the creation of a prize effort for both energy technologies and automobiles. In 2006, Sexton managed an alternative-fuel division for Santa Monica, California based start-up, Zag.com (later re-named TrueCar.com); she also served as co-founder, and Executive Director (until the early-2010s), of Plug-In America (a coalition of individuals and organizations advocating the preservation and increased production of plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids [PHEVs]).

In 2008, Sexton founded the Lightning Rod Foundation, an advocacy organization.[1]

Sexton is one of the key experts featured in the 2006 documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car?, and was a Consulting Producer[2] on its 2011 follow-up, Revenge of the Electric Car. Sexton is a frequent guest on the Transport Evolved podcast, and has also appeared on many others (e.g., What Drives Us, and, The Geekcast).[3][4][5]

In 2011, Sexton published a review of the Yokohama HER-02 EV sports concept car, for Wired magazine.[6]

On October 8, 2013, Sexton was announced[7] as one of (a network of) thirteen bloggers on the website of Popular Science. Her Rotorhead blog focuses on the "green" re-birth of the automobile and other forms of transportation, alike.

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