About | The Driven

Welcome to Australia’s premier website for news and analysis about electric vehicles, and the transition to zero carbon, and quite possibly shared transport.

Whether you are merely curious about EVs, just love to drive them, are an EV nerd, or want to keep up with the news and analysis about new models, government policy and developments in the charging space, we hope that this website is for you.

TheDriven.io is a joint venture between RenewEconomy – Australia’s leading website on renewables, storage and climate policy – and private investors.

It is being launched because we can tell on RenewEconomy that the interest in EVs is huge, and growing quickly. This website will not replace RenewEconomy’s coverage of EVs, but it will augment it.

There is simply too much to write about, and too much interest from readers, to adequately cover the sector on a website focused on the clean energy transition.

That’s why we have created TheDriven.io.

Why the name … TheDriven. We had some big discussions about this – should we go with a garden variety EV something news, or something a bit more evocative, and aspirational. We went for the latter.

As you can see from the main sections of this new website, we are going to focus on news about electric vehicles, charging, fuel cells, and other forms of clean transport.

We will include a Models section that will provide news, analysis, reviews, specifications and information about every model available in Australia.

We will have stories about EV road-trips, and invite all readers to contribute their own story.

And we will deliver a weekly podcast – a combination of interviews with some of the key people in the EV transition, and news of the week.

You can sign up for the free EV-focused newsletter here. At first, we will send it out twice a week, but we expect to increase that as our resources grow.

We have brought together an excellent team to deliver that coverage.

The editor in chief is Giles Parkinson, the founder and editor of RenewEconomy, of One Step Off the Grid, and of this website, and a former deputy editor and business editor of the Australian Financial Review.

Deputy editor is Melbourne-based Sophie Vorrath, who has worked at RenewEconomy since it was founded. Sophie is also editor of the solar, storage and consumer website, One Step Off The Grid.

The main staff writer is Bridie Schmidt, based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, who specialises in writing about new technology, who also uses her design and web developments skills with the back-end of the site.

Tony Bosworth is a Sydney-based motoring specialist who launched Which Car? in the UK and was deputy editor on What Car? in Australia, and has also been managing editor on Australian Classic Car magazine and co-launched Practical Motoring.

Bryce Gaton, from the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, is a weekly contributor and has compiled a (growing) list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers that we hope you find useful. Do you have any more? Please drop us a line if you do.

Other contributors include solar industry veteran and Solar Insiders podcast co-host Nigel Morris, who rides a Zero electric motorbike and will contribute to our podcasts.

And we hope to announce other contributors soon.

We do hope you enjoy this website and find it interesting and useful. We’d love to get your feedback. You can sign up for the free bi-weekly newsletter here.

If you have any advertising queries, for the website, the newsletter or the podcast, please drop us a line at [email protected]

You will be able to find us too on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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