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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. Eager to spread the news of that full torque, he was invited to write for various CleanTech outlets in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets both 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. He particularly enjoys communicating about the new e-mobility technology and what it means to us as a society. Today he focuses most of his writing effort on CleanTechnica, a global online outlet that covers the world of electric vehicles and renewable energy. His favorite tagline is: "There are more solutions than obstacles."



Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

The Kilogram Is Dead. Long Live The New Kilogram!

November 25th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The kilogram was the last unit of measure connected to a real measurable unit. But as of the 16th of November, we lost the kilogram to the uncertainties of our never-resting, always moving universe. The kilogram just isn't what it used to be


Nio Builds Battery Swap Stations In China For Its Electric Vehicles

November 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

While it may have seemed that option was long retired in the electric vehicle world, Chinese startup NIO hasn't abandoned the idea of swapping batteries in electric vehicles instead of — or complementary to — fast charging. The young company is currently building a sprawling network of battery swap stations throughout China


10 Years After Releasing 1st EV, Subaru Unveiling New PHEV At LA Auto Show

November 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Subaru hasn't been a major player in the world of electric vehicles (EV) since it first offered its STELLA in Japan a decade ago. This week, it announced it will unveil its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at the LA Auto Show. CleanTechnica will be there to see it up close and report back on the details


CleanTechnica Interviews Byton Designer Benoit Jacob On Designing The Future Of Electric Mobility

November 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

I recently met with the Byton design team in Munich, Germany, for CleanTechnica and spent a few hours talking to the company's head designer, Benoit Jacob, who also penned the stunning BMW i8 and i3. Find out via the interview summary below how the company sees the future of our green mobility and what its design language means for the industry


An Aerial View Of The California Fire Destruction & Air Pollution

November 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

On my last flight to San Jose, California, on Thursday the 15th from Los Angeles, a 45-minute flight, I finally understood the extent of the current California fires. A bird eye's view stretching from LA to San Francisco reveals what no TV or news can convey, the desolation of the land and the lingering pollution


With 10 Years Of “Clean Trucks Program,” Los Angeles & Long Beach Ports Report Cleaner Air

October 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, together have the second busiest port in the US. Both harbors are next to cement factories and petroleum refineries. Trucks coming in and out of the harbor on the always congested 710 highway belch and spew dirty diesel particulates in the neighboring community. In fact, kindergartens and schools conveniently located next to the highway are the hardest hit. Child asthma has skyrocketed over the decades, to the point where these children will never have fully developed lungs


Is The Electric Porsche Taycan The First Real Proof Porsche Is Finally Serious About Electric Cars?

October 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It can get difficult sifting through the future of electric vehicles (EV) just from reading carmakers' press releases. Some use 80% of their press releases to talk about the future in flowery terms, leaving little to write about current vehicles and real-world specs. Some are more proactive. But finally, after a decade of electric Porsche teases, Porsche is putting its money where its mouth is with the official announcement of its first EV, the electric Taycan (formerly called the Mission E, which some on the CleanTechnica team prefer)


FAA OKs Third Ultralight eVTOL

October 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Here's the third electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft officially recognized as an ultralight vehicle by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Welcome the HoverSurf Hoverbike S3 to the growing family of eVTOLs


Groupe PSA Braves Emissions Hell With Pure Electric Citroen

October 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The Groupe PSA, which includes Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and Vauxhall, has had its hands full after acquiring Opel and Vauxhall. The transition hasn't been as smooth as expected and now the company is facing legacy emission problems after a fiery French newspaper revelation


Formula E Team Envision Virgin Racing Sports New Look For 5th Formula E Season

October 16th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Early founding Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing has completed its final preparations a week ahead of the official Formula E pre-season testing on Spain’s modified 3.09 km Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The new livery and driver line-up was unveiled at its Silverstone headquarters


Zunum Partners With France’s Safran For Hybrid-To-Electric Airplane

October 4th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

If you haven't heard much from Zunum Aero these past few months, that's because the company has been hard at work developing its hybrid-to-electric, 12-seat, 700 mile commuter aircraft. In order to do that, Zunum Aero just announced a strategic partnership with global French aviation company Safran to handle the long-term agreement through its Safran Helicopter Engines subsidiary for its Zunum Aero


The Smooth Electric MellowBoards Cruiser Skateboard Puts A Smile On My Face!

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

MellowBoards reached out to us to try its Cruiser electric skateboard (e-skateboard). After a 25 year break on a skateboard and then two e-skateboard reviews, I couldn't wait to try it out. After some hiccups on my side, I put four miles on the Cruiser on the first outing and now can't imagine not having one with me at all times


Get Ready For Coming Electric Helmet Scooter Laws

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It's chilling seeing a young man riding an electric scooter on a main street with only flip-flops and a pair of shorts. You can't help wonder how long. ... You know what I mean — how long until the first fatality. And then it happened. I got home and heard about a 24-year-young man who passed away after falling off one. And now make way for laws and politicians


Mazda: Will Build Only 5% EVs By 2030, Mostly PHEVs

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the "It Had To Happen" department, Mazda finally says it will use its rotary engine as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) generator. It also says it will deliver a pure EV by 2020. But is it too little, too late after downplaying batteries for over a decade


GreenPower’s Multi-Use EV Star Electric Minibus (#CleanTechnica Review)

September 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

GreenPower recently introduced its first designed-from-scratch electric minibus or large van — called the GreenPower EV Star Min-eBus — which we got to test drive for a CleanTechnica review. GreenPower says the  EV Star Min-eBus meets many needs for fleet owners, and others. Find out how it was to drive and learn more from our talk with GreenPower President Brendan Riley



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