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About Nicolas Zart

Nicolas Zart Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"



Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Electric Aircraft Pilot Training Is Arriving

January 15th, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

Quantum Air and OSM Aviation Group just announced an electric aircraft pilot training partnership. OSM Aviation Academy will conduct the Quantum-branded pilot training program according to FAA commercial standards. Electric urban air mobility (UAM) is taking shape one step at a time


NIO EV Sales Up — Strong Community Backs The Startup

January 14th, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

NIO has released its delivery figures for December 2019. With deliveries of 3,170 vehicles in December 2019, including 2,537 ES6s and 633 ES8s, the cumulative deliveries of ES8 and ES6 have reached 31,913, spelling good news for the company as it closes a tumultuous year


5 New Things Byton Is Unveiling At CES 2020

January 7th, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

Byton is stepping up its digital life by unleashing more of the potential its M-Byte has to offer at CES 2020. The company made a strong point to deliver more on its future user experience with a wave of content partners that spells the beginning of more to come


ASR Says It Has A Parachute For Every eVTOL Aircraft

January 4th, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) — a leading parachute safety company that won one of Revolution.Aero’s competitions earlier this year — says it has a parachute system that will work with eVTOL aircraft, even at low altitudes. I recently spoke with Larry Williams, CEO of ASR, on how the company’s parachute technology works, its application for eVTOL aircraft, and public perception


NIO’s Q3 Financials Are In

January 1st, 2020 | by Nicolas Zart

Fresh from Shenzhen where NIO unveiled its new EC6 and an updated ES8 at its packed NIO Day, the company also announced its Q3 earnings before the end of the calendar year. Despite a tumultuous 2019 in which NIO maneuvered the end of Chinese electric vehicle (EV) subsidies and a battery recall (partly due to the battery company), it managed to increase sales towards the end of the year


NIO Unveils EC6 In Front Of Cheering Home Crowd

December 28th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

CleanTechnica was in the middle of a wild crowd of NIO fans tonight waiting for the rumors to be confirmed, and we weren't disappointed. The new NIO EC6 electric crossover, presumably aimed at the Model Y market, was revealed with fanfare. That joins the ES6 and


Harbour Air Makes Aviation History With 1st Electric Seaplane Flight — CleanTechnica Interview

December 23rd, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, aviation is not only undergoing its third revolution, with electricity this time, but history was made on Tuesday, December 10, in Vancouver, Canada, when Harbour Air took off in a seaplane using electricity. The maiden electric seaplane flight is a sweet wink at commercial aviation history, which started with seaplanes


Lilium Jet Accomplishes 3-Minute Test Flight

December 21st, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The Munich-based aviation startup Lilium Jet has been busy and recently released a video of its successful 3-minute test flight on October 1st. Lilium tested controllability with banked turns in transition flight needed before certification and commercialization


Xpeng In-House Autonomous Vehicle Technology Keeps Prices Down

December 21st, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

I recently met with Dr. Xinzhou Wu, Vice President of Autonomous Driving at Xpeng Motors, to learn more about the company’s autonomous vehicle (AV) bottom-up approach, part of its long-term strategic plan. Dr. Wu is in charge of overall strategy and technical planning of the business and team management for Xpeng's global autonomous driving R&D center in Silicon Valley, California


CleanTechnica Tests The Electric Folding Gocycle e-Bike

December 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

It's been a while since I tested an electric bicycle, and when Gocycle asked me to see what they did on their new GX, I jumped on the chance to ride this fun and cool futuristic e-bike. Here's to a fun four weeks spent on the new Gocycle GX that is every bit worth its price


NIO Power & Xpeng Motors Team Up On Battery Charging Service

December 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Two of my favorite electric vehicle (EV) startups are teaming up, and that is good news for the industry. NIO and Xpeng Motors are teaming up in China, and it should raise a sense of urgency in the West for more EV mobility companies to collaborate


World’s 1st Commercial Electric Seaplane Takes Off!

December 10th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Harbour Air just completed a world's first, the successful maiden commercial electric seaplane flight, which took off today! Stay tuned, as I will speak to the company tomorrow to find out more. In the meantime, enjoy this


Xpeng Motors Unveils The New Smart P7 At Guangzhou With A Bang

December 5th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

CleanTechnica was invited to the Guangzhou Auto Show by Xpeng Motors to see the official unveiling of its sleek P7. If you haven’t heard about the P7 yet, see our previous article on it. The electric vehicle (EV) is Xpeng’s second car and resoundingly focuses on an intelligent, smart platform. The car is chock full of goodies, and the interior feels spacious, roomy, and very comfortable


How Xpeng Designed Its Stunning P7 — CleanTechnica Exclusive

November 20th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The first time I saw the Xpeng Motors P7 at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, I knew it would rank high on my list. I recently spoke with the designers of the electric vehicle (EV) to find out their motivation and inspiration for the car's design. What they told me was different and surprising. I was even more surprised by the way the conversation took a different direction than expected. I will be at the Guangzhou Auto Show in a few days to see the official unveiling and write more about it on CleanTechnica, but this piece covers that initial interview with the designers



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