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About Jacek Fior

Jacek Fior Jacek is an entrepreneurial type who sees opportunities all around. He runs his own corporate language training company and international translation agency, Better Horizons. One of his many passions, besides card tricks and mixology, is electric cars and their introduction on the market. He is currently working on launching the Polish platform of CleanTechnica — cleantechnica.pl — in the hopes of helping people to understand the revolution we are witnessing. Jacek is also a founding partner of Tesla Shuttle.



Author Archives: Jacek Fior

Dear Elon Musk, Consider Poland

September 3rd, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

I have decided to write this short letter to you following rumours of a Tesla factory opening in Germany. As a Tesla fan, user and campaigner, I feel somehow obliged to tell you there are better places for your European presence (not saying Germany is a bad choice, but simply that there are better). The location I have in mind, naturally, is Poland. Here are just a few reasons behind it, in random order (or not)


Wrocław — Polish Shenzhen

July 22nd, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

There seems to be some kind of attachment I feel towards Shenzhen as I have already used it as benchmark (high one!) for some Polish activities related to e-mobility. Yet again, let me use it to praise one of my favourite cities — that is Wrocław in Poland


Electric Vehicle Charging In Poland Taking Another Big Step Forward

June 5th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

CleanTechnica readers may think there is a strong Polish lobby here, as news from Poland keeps popping up more and more, and you are somehow right. There is a growing number of people here who care and get involved in various ecological activities. Plus, we are lucky, as our current government chose e-mobility to be one of its flagship projects (and trust me, I am very careful in praising any government). Therefore, after I wrote about the dark side of Polish energy policy, I could start reporting brighter stories, as even other writers are doing so


Epic Energy Usage In Our Tesla Model S In Albania

May 19th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

Here we come with the final stage of our CleanTechnica Tesla Shuttle Adventure. Our previous entries attracted a lot of attention in the countries we visited and the photo of the Polish tourist in Macedonia was a Twitter hit. We also received emails from concerned EV enthusiasts from Hungary, who were sorry to hear  about our difficulties in Debrecen


Tesla Wanders Dracula’s Castle, Monasteries, Transfagarasan Road, & Kaufland Parking Lots

May 1st, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

As we are receiving regular reports from Tomek and his fellow travelers, we can now put together a few stories from the first couple of days on the road with the Tesla. The most important news is there's no real news — the first day driving through Poland was simply smooth and easy. There are two reasons behind this: Tesla’s range and GreenWay infrastructure. As Zach was already pointing out in the opening article, GreenWay has done a good job developing a network of fast chargers in Poland and Slovakia. It may still be challenging in a Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe to get from charging point to charging point, but not so in a Tesla


Cleantech Is Exciting!

April 29th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

If you ask people today if cleantech is exciting, they will most likely not care or, if part of our cleantech bubble community, they will say "yes" and start shouting out "Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, Mars, Musk, Tesla ... (yeah, I know SpaceX is for space travel not cleantech, but you know, Elon, Tesla, Musk, SpaceX...). The trouble is, Elon Musk has no rivals. I mean, business-wise, there is a long list of competitors, but in terms of popularity, he seems somehow unchallenged. Rivalries have always inspired rivals themselves, but also the watchers, the ones who supported one or the other, and I am talking about it in the positive sense of urging people to do more, do better, or just do


EV Adventurers Come From Poland Too

April 29th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

Electric vehicle enthusiasts join various races, challenges, and events all over the world. They are great ways to publicize electric vehicles (EVs). Ever since Poland joined the rEVolution, there have been many such efforts, big and small — including Tesla Shuttle and CleanTechnica's attempt at a single-charge driving distance record (which we couldn't set) and our upcoming exploration through 12 Central and Eastern European countries


Fortum Charge & Drive’s Brilliant Plugsurfing Acquisition (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

March 25th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

I wonder if you remember your first EV charging experiences. For me, it all started with a Renault Zoe some time ago, and that still remains one of my best EV memories (regardless of driving Tesla models later on, this was a "first love" kind of thing :-) ). I charged it at home every night as I drove it around like crazy, and one day I was travelling a longer distance and planned to charge in the city of Wrocław (Poland). Well, I must be honest, I actually didn't plan at all and only knew there were chargers in the city. Oh, was I naive!


300 Electric Buses Make No News In Poland

March 4th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

Poland is quite far from being a leader in the rEVolution and we normally get overly excited when things, even small ones, move in the right direction -- EV enthusiasts go as far as to celebrate openings of EV charging stations! So much the more, I was amazed to learn that one of the Polish metropolises, Katowice, is planning to purchase 300 electric buses and very little is said about it in the press or social media


Is Coal A Patriotic Issue?

February 7th, 2018 | by Jacek Fior

This is a voice from behind the Iron Curtain ... again! It may sound like history is playing a joke on us here in Poland, but the truth is we are being pushed behind an invisible barrier separating us from a more sustainable West. There is no wall anymore (we're lagging behind the USA a bit in that matter ;-) ) but a brief look at any interactive map of air quality/pollution will quickly reveal our place in Europe — 33 out of the 50 dirtiest cities in Europe are in Poland. And yet, if you ask a person in the street, you would be surprised how much people still value coal and revere miners. What a paradox!


The Only Cleantech Solution We’re Lacking

December 28th, 2016 | by Jacek Fior

Breakthrough technology? New cleantech developments? Another innovation? If you believe that's what's needed to stop climate change, you are mistaken. The truth is, we have it all. Only one element needs improvement…



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