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 about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drive many cars, do podcasts 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 made in those industries. "There are more solutions than obstacles." Nicolas Zart

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Solar-Powered Electric Yacht — Soel Yacht SoelCat 12 — Unveiling In A Few Days

June 21st, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Once you leave your zero-carbon footprint home for a clean holiday using your long-range electric vehicle (EV), what's better than arriving at your destination and finding yourself ready to continue your zero-emission journey on an electric boat? The idea of lounging and cruising quietly on lakes and seas on an electric pontoon is pretty tempting, and will soon be possible via the solar-powered Soel Yacht SoelCat

EViation Aims To Propel Electric Aviation Forward

June 21st, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

In addition to being the year of the Tesla Model 3, 2017 is turning out to be a major year for flying aircraft that are also electric and autonomous. Soaring cars, driving saucers, flying pontoons-bikes, and electric airplanes have broken into the news regularly. Another electric airplane contender from EViation is moving its product past regulations and certifications and hopes to be in active commercial service by 2021, with a prototype next year

CleanTechnica Begins Jetson Electric Bicycle Review, Stay Tuned

June 18th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

When I first saw the electric bicycle (e-bike) Jetson, I stopped to look again. Where is the obvious battery sticking out? Where is the obvious electric motor? Where is the obvious gearing system limiting these e-bikes to a handful of gears? What is this twelve speed bike doing here in the middle of the e-bike section

AC Propulsion tzero, The Godfather of Modern EVs

June 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Once upon a time — a long, long time ago — an amazing little unknown Californian company filled with electrical geniuses and two men heading the team, President Tom Gage and Founder Alan Cocconi, revolutionized the automotive world

Those Wild Electric Cars That Influenced Modern EVs & PHEVs

June 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Along the way on the rebirth of the modern electric vehicle (EV), we've witnessed some "far out" and pretty wild projects. We also saw some of the world's smartest folks pull together top engineers and brilliant ideas. Some of these companies and projects have threatened conventional carmakers inebriated with bottom line profits to the detriment of innovation. Sadly, some of the companies have fallen by the wayside, while other idle, waiting for the right moment to hopefully capitalize on the business sense of their leadership

The Evolution of Electric Mobility (#VTOL Animations)

June 16th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Flying cars, electric airplanes, flying electric cars, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, and other e-mobility solutions are fascinating. But, essentially, I'm a visual person and I need a visual timeline to put together the pieces

The Nifty Inboard M1 Electric Skateboard

May 23rd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

There are skateboards, and there are skateboards. The same holds true with electric skateboards these days. They are pretty much the same. Take a fairly flat surface, bolt on two trucks with four wheels, and for the electric version, add motor and battery. So far, so good, but Inboard Technology decided to up the ante with some technically advanced features in its Inboard M1 electric skateboard

The Gaffoglio Electric Bus Shows That Buses Can Look Good Too

May 12th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric buses are great and we've covered a few on CleanTechnica many times, including BYD's maiden ride in California. But one thing electric buses share with other common public mass transportation buses is that, well, they are common looking. The Gaffoglio electric bus wants to change this. After all, if Apple gave us computer eye candy, why not make mass transit a little more aesthetic

The E.Moke Is Coming To The US, Slowly

May 11th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

What better car is there to convert to electricity than a Mini? OK, an older Miata or a Geo Metro, but those cars have already been done. How about the Mini Moke? Well, the E.Moke is coming to the

The Electric MotoGP Is Finally Coming!

May 8th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric single-seater with Formula E — check. Electric rally racing Paris-Dakar and Baja, California — check. Electric Hillclimb Pikes Peak — check. Isle of Man TT Zero — check. Electric sedan racing — almost check. So when are we finally going to have an electric MotoGP? By 2019!

Vintage Electric Bikes: Old Charms & New Technology

May 6th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are having a great year in 2017. A plethora of e-bikes can be found on the market, but if you happen to like old cars and EVs, there isn't much that marries old charm with modern technology. Vintage Electric Bikes seems to understand and reach out to both

1917 Mitsubishi Model A Plug-In For Centenary Celebration

May 2nd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Mitsubishi is celebrating it's 100th anniversary by slapping an electric drivetrain onto a modern reinterpretation of its very own 1917 Model A. And why not? If you know the history behind the carmaker, skip to the middle of the article. But if you're interested in some seriously convoluted history, read on

Paul Scott’s “RADICAL,” An Alarming Solution To Dangerous Climate Change — Exclusive Interview

May 1st, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Paul Scott, Radical Book When I first met Paul Scott at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica back in 2009, I automatically liked this friendly man on his electric Vectrix. Paul was frank, straightforward, and driven by a strong motivation to tell the world how to clean up its act with a smile. But make no mistake, this mild-mannered looking man is on a mission, and a dangerous one at that — to avoid a climate meltdown and terrorism. Paul Scott's radical book subtitle says it all: With Billions of Lives at Stake, What Would You Do

XING Mobility Miss R & Miss E Promise Electric Track Fun On Street

April 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Somewhere in the comments on the MG E-Motion Concept story, longtime readers Benjamin Nead and Kurt Lowder asked how come we don’t we have small sport electric cars. While electric sedans are great and electric SUVs are interesting, seriously, where are the fun electric Roadsters today? The XING Mobility MISS R & MISS E hope to answer that question

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