Alistair Charlton

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London, UK
Kingston University London
Electric Vehicles, Classic Cars, Automotive History
  • Since becoming a journalist in 2011, Alistair has traveled the world to test and review hundreds of cars and technology products, from driving over sand dunes in Utah to drifting across frozen lakes in Swedish Lapland.
  • As well as product testing, Alistair has interviewed numerous industry heavyweights. These include Rimac Automobili founder Mate Rimac, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös and F1 World Champion Jenson Button.
  • Alistair raced karts at university and took part in 24-hour karting races at Le Mans. More recently, he has lapped the TopGear test track and drove a Radical race car at the Silverstone GP circuit.


For over a decade, Alistair has written across both the consumer technology and automotive sectors, covering everything from smart home tech, iPhones, and bitcoin, to the rise of Tesla, autonomous vehicles, supercars, resto-modded classics, and racing games. In 2017 Alistair traded in his role as Deputy Technology Editor and decided to go freelance. Since then he has tested hundreds of cars, covered thousands of miles in dozens of electric vehicles, and could probably talk for an hour straight about the joys – and otherwise – of the UK's public charging network. When he isn't meticulously planning EV road trips, Alistair can be found touring the Oxfordshire countryside in restored classic Ferraris, testing Range Rover trunk capacity at his local Ikea, working up a sweat in F1 simulators, and cleaning London road grime off his Miata. He also enjoys quizzing auto CEOs on whether an electric sports car can ever truly exist (spoiler: Gordon Murray says yes). Other publications that Alistair has written for include Wired, Forbes, BBC Science Focus, The Independent, T3, and Grand Designs Magazine. He also occasionally dabbles with YouTube, photography, and podcasting.


Alistair has a degree in English Language & Communication with Journalism. While at university he held the role of Chief Layout Editor at the campus newspaper.
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