About Nicolas Zart

Nicolas Zart Born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, it wasn't until Nicolas drove one of the first Tesla Roadsters that the light went on. Eager to spread the news of that full torque he started writing in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures and film everything that is new and efficient. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. There are more solutions than obstacles.

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Intelligent EV Charging Startups Shouldn’t Copy The Gas & Utility Business Model

October 14th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Ten years ago, the world crashed and caught many out-of-touch companies unprepared. All of a sudden, clean and green projects popped up and enthusiastic business models sprouted left and right. The tone was optimistic, betraying a deeply archaic business model unable to address its consumer needs. Some of the things witnessed were truly creative, out-of-the-box business models that innovated and were revolutionary, if not evolutionary. Ten years later, intelligent charging infrastructure is on the rise, thankfully

Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights

October 12th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

If you thought autonomous cars were freaking out some older drivers, wait until you hear the one about autonomous flights. Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company we mentioned here a little while back. This is throwing serious weight into the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry

More Launch Details About Zunum Aero Electric Hybrid Planes

October 5th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

One of the pioneers in modern electric aviation is releasing more details on the launch of its Aero aircraft today. The hybrid-to-electric aircraft is the first of an ambitious line of electric and hybrid regional platforms that promise to seat up to 12 passengers for short hops.

Join The Local Clean Energy Alliance’s Clean Power, Healthy Communities Gathering

October 5th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The Local Clean Energy Alliance is the California's Bay Area's membership-based organization working at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources. The organization is putting on an event next month you won't want to miss — the Clean Power, Healthy Communities Gathering

VTOL Personal Drone, Carrying People One (Or Two) At A Time

October 2nd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

2017 is the year of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles. So far, we've seen a few wild projects and some further in the future ones. Despite battery energy density not being quite there yet for long-distance flights, electric airplanes and drones (and everything in between) are taking off. Today's drone fad is all the rage and has been thrust into the media with such force that it shouldn't surprise anyone to find a few companies working on drones capable of flying people, right

Avionics V1 — Stunning 5 kW Wild Retro Boardtracker

August 7th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

We can safely say that 2017 has so far given us more electric bicycle (e-bike) choice than ever before, and the Avionics V1 e-bike 5 kW Wild Retro Board-Tracker is further proof of this. It has the cool factor, that unbeatable nostalgic look, and a heck of a lot of oomph to boot with its outrageous 5,000 watt electric motor. Due to go on presale on Indiegogo this September, keep an eye out for this e-bike — it could make you the envy of the block

Goodbye, Mitsubishi i-MiEV — You Were My First

August 6th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is no longer being sold in the US. The electric car first mass-produced and sold to the open public in the country — yes, even before the Nissan LEAF — is retiring after almost a decade running

Kreisel Electric Wins Frost & Sullivan EV Award Thanks To “Lightest” Battery

August 6th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Kreisel Electric recently won the 2017 European Electric Vehicle Technology Leadership Awards from Frost & Sullivan for having the "lightest" battery on the market. This is a high honor. This also confirms that although breakthroughs and innovations are great, squeezing more performance and efficiency out of what we have today (lithium-ion batteries) is key to a wide and mass adoption of electric vehicles (EV)

Indian Trains Get Solar Panels

July 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Most people are not aware that the train system is one of the most efficient means of moving people and merchandise around. However, there is room for improvement and some Indian train operators are turning to solar panels on cars, as well as wind and solar energy near the tracks

While You Were Blinking, Geely Bought A Rosy Future

July 24th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Chinese carmaker Geely is in a quiet and subtle strategic buying race, zipping by under the scrutiny of the media. It seems the company learned the lessons most fail with international acquisitions, to leave well alone

Straight To The Point, The Elegant Electric PILPELED x FOFFA E-Bike is Pure Beauty

July 18th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Although you won't be too surprised to hear, not too many people know of Pilpeled x Foffa on this side of the pond (North America), but it's noteworthy joint venture probably gives us one of the most elegant and well balanced electric bicycles (e-bikes) to date. Slim, elegant, straightforward, single-speed look and feel — cables, batteries, and everything else neatly tucked away — the Pilpeled x Foffa is performance wrapped up in eye candy. Indeed, you won't believe it is electric!

GenZe E-Scooter Partners With Postmates

July 18th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

It's not every day we hear of two companies offering a perfect marriage between a product and a service. In this case, though, we have an electric mobility platform with a highly praised electric scooter (e-scooter) and a delivery service solution that are together wrapped up as one. Genze and its e-scooter have just partnered with Postmate's zero-emission transportation solutions for New York City and San Francisco

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