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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. 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

When Airplanes Are Designed To Be Energy Agnostic, You Know Electricity Is Banging At The Door

April 20th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The amount of breakthroughs and progress electric aviation has made this past decade are awe inspiring. We've got news practically every day of electric airplanes (e-planes) and electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) aircraft under development, planned for market, or already arriving. When you look back to long-off dreams of electric VTOL aircraft back in the '90s, today's reality is astounding


Air Race E (Electric Airplane Race) Launching In 2020

April 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

What a wild first year it's been for the highly entertaining electric Air Race E, which is gearing up for its first year of races — targeted for 2020. My last conversation with Jeff Zaltman, Air Race E's CEO, showed me that the group is about as dynamic as its airplanes maneuvering in the sky


Will eVTOL Aircraft Pollute More Or Less Than Road Cars In The Coming Urban Mobility Future?

April 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

We recently published an article stating that some scientists and entrepreneurs favor the idea of urban air mobility (UAM) since it could have less environmental impact than our current road-going vehicles. But data and statistics can be applied in many ways, and how we see given phenomena determines how we use them, deal with them, and benefit (or not) from them. This time it's the University of Michigan and Ford — mild surprise regarding the latter — that contest the idea of cleaner eVTOL aircraft


Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab — A Virtual Incubator Cutting Down On Costs, Time, & Carbon Footprint

April 11th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Eco rockets, mobility electric chairs, 3D foot simulation, and more, are possible in a virtual lab that cuts down on development time, lowers carbon footprint, and saves on prototyping. This is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab from Dassault Systemes. So far, the results have been very positive with less waste, less pollution, and a quicker development timeframe


Uber Elevate: Will Be Same Cents Per Mile In Air As On Roads

April 10th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Uber Elevate means business when it comes to electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) urban air mobility (UAM) solutions. Recently, Uber Elevate quoted that eVTOL air miles would cost the same as what Uber charges on the road. And with Airbus UAM's outlook that the market will be around $50 billion by 2030, the company surely wants to make sure it is part of the equation


30% Fuel Savings When Flying UTC’s Hybrid-Electric Regional Planes (Soon)

April 5th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Imagine if airlines could save 30 percent on fuel if they switched to electric mobility? A hybrid-electric aircraft is one way to get there. United Technologies Corp. (UTC) wants us to use such airplanes based on hybrid electric turboprops for future regional. The company is testing and opening the electric urban air mobility (UAM) market as we speak


GenZe Gives E-Bike Fleet Purpose-Built IoT Technology To Track Everything

March 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The North America Mahindra group is already finding ways to deliver on the GenZe connected electric bikes (ebikes) and electric escooter (escooter) platform. It announced its GenZe Fleet e-Bike – the world’s only electric bicycle that is purpose-built for fleets with IoT technology, to help independent operators manage, launch, and maintain a rental, corporate, or shared e-Bike fleet


Top 6 Electric Urban Air Mobility Stories of the Week

February 23rd, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Volocopter is testing its autonomous air taxi later this year, the ASX MOBi-One aircraft plans to use VerdeGo Aero's IDEP systems, Eviation will use Siemens electric motors for the Alice 9-seat electric plane, Honeywell is developing flight-control & detect-and-avoid systems for urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles, Lilium says it will launch “much sooner” than 2025, and In-Flight Data snatches 3 Guinness World Records for BVLOS UAS flights


Yes, Electric Vehicles Work In Winter — Better Than Gas Cars!

February 17th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric vehicles (EV) and gas cars are not very efficient in cold weather. But while we've grown to blindly accept the limitations of traditional cars, EVs are still misrepresented, especially when it comes to cold weather. It's time we nip that myth


Our Rivian CEO Interview: Answering America’s Need For Utility & Adventure Electric Vehicles

February 17th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Recently, we met with Rivian's Founder and CEO, Robert "RJ" Scaringe, for an in-depth look into the wild Rivian adventure. What we found was a dynamic team building products on an unfulfilled segment of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution — SUVs and pickup trucks. Now, finally, America has what it's been waiting for — it's big, it's green, it's off-road, and it's electric


A Month On The Electric Bulls Cross E8 Wave

February 16th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

It's been over a month since I started test riding the Bulls Cross E8 Wave electric bicycle (e-bike), and what a pleasure it has been. This e-bike is a solid, fast, urban commuter. While it is on the pricey side, you get a well thought out e-bike you can ride to work without breaking a sweat. As with anything in life, you get what you pay for



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