Born and raised surrounded with collectors cars, before it was fashionable, Nick's first recollection of a car was the tail end of a Bugatti 37A at the tender age of 6. This left an indelible impression on him. He passionately drives his Alfa Romeos while currently working on an electric conversion of a 1970's Alfa Romeo spider. If the electric car made little sense to him, it wasn't until he test drove an AC Propulsion eBox, a converted Scion to electricity, that everything made sense. With this much performance, gas cars finally have real competition. If the innovation curb has been flat these past decades with gas cars, the electric drive is unleashing technological breakthroughs as well as design wonders. Nick has been involved with electric drive vehicle groups, is the editor at Electricnick.com, as well as a contributor for the Examiner as the Electric Car Examiner. When Nick is not coaching business people globally, he writes about electric cars.
Keith Evans, a geologist by profession first became involved in the lithium business in the early 1970’s when he was asked to evaluate the future potential of Bikita Minerals which had, until the imposition of UN sanctions against Rhodesia, been the dominant producer of lithium ores of low iron content for the glass and ceramics industries.
Subsequently, he jointed Lithium Corporation and later joined Amax Exploration. On behalf of Amax and a Chilean partner he led the negotiations with the Chilean Government to evaluate and later develop the brine resources of that part of the Salar de Atacama that had not been leased to the Foote Mineral Company.
He was subsequently responsible for all aspects of the evaluation but when Amax decided not to proceed with the project ownership passed to Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM). It is now the world’s leading source of lithium.
After retirement from Amax he has continued to consult on a number of industrial minerals and has written extensively on the subject of lithium reserves.
John Petersen is executive vice president and chief financial officer of ePower Engine Systems, Inc., a company that has developed, built and demonstrated an engine-dominant diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain for long-haul heavy trucks that promises fuel savings of 25 to 35 percent depending on terrain and payload.
John is a lawyer and accountant with over three decades of corporate finance, due diligence, M&A advisory and related legal services for manufacturers, innovators and investors in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors.
Over the last eight years John has earned a global following for his articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. He has contributed to AltEnergyStocks, Seeking Alpha, The Street, NASDAQ.com and Batteries International Magazine. He currently works as a senior editor at InvestorIntel.
John is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He was admitted to the bar in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981. John’s diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give him a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of the battery industry.