Editor in Chief and Founder at Transport Evolved
Self-confessed geek and mother of two, Nikki has been talking and writing about cars ever since she passed her driving test. Back then, her Internet contributions were all classic car-focused. Now, she’s a full-time journalist with a celebrated list of engagements at top eco-aware sites such as Green Car Reports and Zero Carbon World.
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.
I remember the first time I got behind the wheel. It was brilliant! I could drive all over town for less than the cost of a coffee, but I soon grew tired of the City El’s basic suspension and limited range. I upgraded… a few times… and now I’ve got a Nissan LEAF.
Nikki’s LEAF is actually her eighth plug-in car, and after two years, her longest-owned electric car. Combined with her partner’s Chevrolet Volt, the Gordon-Bloomfield family drives 99 percent of all its trips on electricity alone.
It’s brilliant, I never have to stop at the petrol station. I can’t imagine ever going back.
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.
When Nikki isn’t writing or speaking about cars, she can be found walking her two dogs in and around Bristol, looking after her two children, or kicking back with a good bit of science fiction with her wife Kate.