Senior Technical Editor Charles Murray is on his second tour of duty with Design News. He served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, <em>The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer</em>, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles jumped 37% in 2016, but the numbers were still a small fraction of overall new car sales, suggesting that the much-publicized pure electric car still isn’t trickling down to the average consumer.