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Published on February 18th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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Listen To Our 1st “Cleantech Talk” Podcast (Apple Cars, Tesla Model X, Formula E, Chevy Bolt)

February 18th, 2015 by  


Also published on EV Obsession & Gas2.

Chris DeMorro and I have just launched a new podcast series, “Cleantech Talk.” We’ll surely get into other topics down the road, but for this first one, it was all about electric vehicles. We discussed 4 big stories from the past week, which I’ll write a bit about in below, but if you just want to jump into the podcast, it’s right here:

Apple Self-Driving Electric Car?

The first story we discussed is one Chris, James, and I have written about (as have hundreds of other people). Basically, there have been anonymous leaks to the media that seem to indicate Apple is working on an electric car, perhaps even an electric self-driving car. I searched the interwebs for details and quotes from these anonymous sources to try to get the best picture possible at this point, and put most of that into this article: Is Apple Really Developing An Electric Car? (In Depth).

I encourage you to read that piece and listen to Chris and I discuss the matter.

Tesla Model X Spy Pics

I imagine you’ve by now seen these spy pics of a very lightly camouflaged Tesla Model X testing on the streets of Cali. Chris and I give our initial opinions on the look of the Model X and its market potential.

Formula E

As someone who really couldn’t be less interested in car racing, I had to get a quick summary of Formula E from Chris in a pre-show talk yesterday. He actually, to my surprise, got me interested in the new electric vehicle race. The key things that pulled me in are discussed in the podcast.

I asked Chris for some key Formula E stories to share with readers of this article, and he sent along these two:

The Top 5 Formula E Overtakes So Far

Warm-Up Lap: The Five Best Crashes In Formula E (So Far)

Chevy Bolt

We couldn’t skip chatting about the Chevy Bolt. The Bolt looks set to be the first mass-market, affordable, long-range electric car. It is supposed to cost $30,000 after the federal EV tax credit, and have a range of at least 200 miles. That’s big! We discussed the looks, GM’s unveil and subsequent statement that it would indeed manufacture the Bolt (starting in 2016!), and the strange (low) production target of just 30,000 vehicles a year.

By now, I hope you’ve listened to the podcast. If not, note that you can get it on the Apple App Store or Google Play via SoundCloud
 





 

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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