I’m Brian Martucci, an independent journalist based in Minneapolis.

I create news, features, and explainers for a living. You can find examples of my recent and not-so-recent work on my Portfolio page, but the tl;dr is I focus on:

  • Local news and trends across Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Upper Midwest
  • Personal finance
  • Commercial real estate and real estate finance
  • Housing trends and policy
  • Home improvement and DIY
  • Decarbonization and the energy transition
  • Consumer technology 

If you have something to share, I’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch via my contact page, fill out the form to the right, or tweet me @Brian_Martucci.

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Level 1 vs. level 2 vs. level 3 charging — what?

People talk about level 1, level 2, and level 3 chargers all the time without clarifying what they mean. The distinction isn’t super complicated, but it’s important to understand early on in your EV journey.

Non-Tesla EV sales surged from 2020 to 2023, but normies still aren’t buying

I spoke earlier this month with Karl Brauer, executive analyst for iSeeCars. We talked about iSeeCars’ latest EV dealers study, which found non-Tesla new EV sales grew by 800% from November 2020 to November 2023. We also chatted more broadly about the state of the electric vehicle market as 2023 draws to a close.

I don’t regret buying a used BEV (yet)

If you're seriously considering buying a used electric vehicle — particularly a full EV (battery-electric vehicle, or BEV) rather than a plug-in hybrid — then you've probably heard or read advice against doing so. Battery life: the strongest argument against buying a...

Should we have bought a plug-in hybrid instead of an all-electric car?

I'm the first in my close friends-and-family network to purchase a full battery-electric vehicle. Several friends have plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles though. Before we pulled the trigger on our new car, a few of these expressed reservations about our going full...

We had one car until we needed two

This is the prologue, the tl;dr on why I'm writing about electric vehicle ownership in the first place. It was with great smugness that I sold my 10-year-old subcompact to a dealer in early 2022, at the height of the post-pandemic used car shortage and well before the...

Contact Brian

You can find me in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I live and work — except when I'm in the field, which honestly isn't too often.

If you want to learn more about what I do, or discuss what you think I can do for you, use the contact form to get in touch. Or reach out to me directly on Twitter @Brian_Martucci. I personally respond to every inquiry.