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About Cynthia Shahan

Cynthia Shahan Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, anthropologist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



Author Archives: Cynthia Shahan

Autonomous Driving Forecasts & Challenges — Interviewing BNEF’s Head of Intelligent Mobility (#CleanTechnica Video)

August 12th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, CleanTechnica Director & Chief Editor, conducted a brief interview with Ali lzadi-Najafabadiat, Head of Intelligent Mobility at BNEF, at The Mobility Conference — a conference earlier this year in Abu Dhabi, UAE, organized by Global EVRT, CleanTechnica, and Masdar. The interview brings us some highlights about and insights into our autonomous future


2018 Chevy Bolt Seems A Fine Fit For Mountain Exploring & Other Edge Cases

July 14th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I finally got a call to come and test drive the 2018 Chevy Bolt. It was worth the wait. I enjoyed the dynamic little EV. I prefer small cars in general — something to take you where you need to go without a lot of space grabbing. The Bolt fit the bill and at the same time seemed to offer enough all-electric car advantages to genuinely consider it


Plug In America & Sierra Club Release The AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies To Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

July 2nd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I drive in one of the best cities in Florida for EV charging infrastructure. Still, there are gaps. Along with education to the public that demystifies electric cars and EV charging, we must dispel many misleading myths. As clean air advocates, we need to work for change in our local communities and states. Plug In America and the Sierra Club have made that a bit easier to actualize. They released the AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption toolkit. This policy guide details the most effective policies for growing the electric vehicle (EV) market at the state, city, and local levels


Test Driving A Chevy Bolt In Florida (… Or Not)

May 27th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

After chatting with a few satisfied new owners of the Chevy Bolt this month, I thought, perhaps it is time to try for a test drive again. Last year, I gave up exploring diverse comparisons to my much appreciated all-electric 2015 Nissan LEAF. I had a hard time finding a variety of EVs at dealerships. The only companies really offering them seemed to be BMW, Nissan, Chevy, Porsche, and Tesla. So, the test drive experience was short — I tried the Volt and the Prius Prime. There simply were not other EVs available for test drives in Sarasota, Florida


Transit Life Is Livelier & Safer

May 26th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Life in dense cities and larger urban areas is often space condensed. Every square foot counts. One realizes quickly that transit can be highly efficient in such places — you can much more quickly walk to a tram, subway, or electric bus; jump on; and get where you want to go than if you and everyone else had to drive through clogged traffic one car at a time


2½ Year Nissan LEAF Review

April 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Since the evening I leased a Nissan LEAF in 2015, my smooth experience of the Nissan LEAF has not changed


Can Kentucky Drive America’s Clean Transportation Future?

April 29th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

"The Ohio Valley has higher levels of pollution the same places where you have higher levels of mortality." This relationship holds true all over the world. These health problems are awakening people all over the world, such as Silicon Holler and a group of citizens with resolute energy driving cleantech change in Kentucky. 


Arctic Has Warmest Winter On Record

March 10th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Arctic winter comes and goes -- but ever so differently as warming trends prevail. Increasing temperatures and glacial caving continue as Mother Nature gets hotter — at the top of our world as elsewhere. James Balog has an immense range of visuals on this subject.


2018 Nissan LEAF — More Email Pitches, New Videos

February 23rd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Once again, via email, CleanTechnica found this week there is still a sale on the refreshed Nissan LEAF, which surpasses an old favorite (the first-generation LEAF) by leaps and bounds. Why wait


Children Need Zero-Emissions, Electric School Buses

February 5th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Children are everyone's hope for positive change. They are every country's most valuable resource. Children make life sparkle and remind one of the most meaningful parts of life. Perhaps that is one main reason why critical health issues for children are so heartbreaking. Those health issues seem all the more tragic when they come from decisions that humans didn't have to make, from not thinking through the options in the best overall way


New Nissan LEAF Named “World Car Of The Year” Finalist

February 1st, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

What happens when a loved and appreciated EV, the Nissan LEAF, is reinvented? What happens when the highest selling electric car in history gets considerably greater range, a hot new design, and additional advanced technologies? One thing that happens is the car — the new Nissan LEAF — is named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards


UK Shipped 2.7 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Scrap To China Since 2012: What Now? Crisis Due To Chinese Ban

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Everyone needs to more determinedly limit or do away with all plastic choices — especially those that go ridiculously far and cross an ocean to be recycled (polluting on the way). The UK is facing an immediate crisis of excess plastic waste. The Chinese said there is to be a halt in taking plastic trash from the UK, which has shipped 2.7 tonnes of plastic scrap for recycling in the past few years to China


The World’s 1st Tesla-Based Production Shooting Brake Coming To London Motor Show

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

A phenomenal highlight that would add to the experience of any motor show comes to the 2018 London Motor Show for a world-first showing. The London Motor Show has announced that it will host the world’s first Tesla-based production shooting brake at this year’s event. If you're not up to speed with British car lingo, a shooting brake is an estate car. If you're still confused, the pictures should help


Renault Zoe Named “Best Electric Car” In 3 Separate Awards: 1 For 5th Consecutive Year

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Perhaps it is in the buoyant and spunky name, Zoe. Perhaps it's the good quality for price. Perhaps it's the style and size. In the end, it's probably just all of the above. Either way, the eco-consciousness of this wonderful EV combined with other compelling consumer benefits to make it the top selling electric car in Europe last year (yet again), but it doesn't just win on the market. For many reasons in all directions, this EV is chosen as winner again and again in various competitions and rankings. It just logged three more wins


Nissan & NASA Extend Research Into Autonomous Mobility Services

January 28th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Two impressive leaders in technology are applying the cutting-edge tools of modern science and engineering to bring the future into our daily lives in a safer, quicker, more effective way. Nissan North America and the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley are collaborating more deeply on research and tech development for future autonomous mobility services


2018 Nissan LEAF USA Leasing Pitch Emailed To Customers

January 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Via email, CleanTechnica found this week there is another enticing sale on that highly anticipated 2018 Nissan LEAF. The time is ripe (and the range is ripe) to buy all-electric. The email announced that a prime LEAF leasing offer is $229/month with $3,070 down. "Get yours and experience the thrill of a whole new way to drive. It’s simply amazing. If you have any questions about the all-new Nissan LEAF®,* please contact us at 855-467-3214."


1st New TX London Electric Taxi Handed Over To London Cabbie

January 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

There is a contented smile of satisfaction on David Harris's face as he looks over his stunning, quiet taxi, considered the world’s most advanced electric taxi. Black cab driver David Harris was the first cabbie to receive the keys to LEVC's (London EV Company's) new TX electric taxi. His first fare-paying passenger had the pleasure of smooth top-of-the-line transit. Besides the significant environmental savings, there is fresher air inside and out. I am sure the ride is considerably smoother than the norm as well. Harris, a former professional tennis player, has been a driver for 21 years. He expects to save several hundred pounds a month in overall running costs versus his old diesel cab


Nissan Launches Nissan Energy Solar: All-In-One Energy Solution For UK Homes

January 19th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

This week, Nissan announced "Nissan Energy Solar" at the Electric Ecosystem Experience powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility. "Nissan Energy Solar is the all-in-one solution that combines world-class residential solar panels with energy storage system to make the most of UK homes. The solution has been designed to allow UK homeowners to reduce their energy bills and get more independence from the grid, allowing them to live more sustainably."



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