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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."



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Zero Motorcycles, Jaguar Electric Boat, Tesla Model 3 Road Trip, & EV Charging For The Masses (Cleantech Talk Today #6)

June 20th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Welcome to today’s “Cleantech Talk Today” discussion of fresh electric vehicle (EV) news. In this daily podcast and video series, we talk about anything electric that moves, crawls, flies, rides, drives, swims, swings, or skips. Today we take a closer look at Zero Motorcycles, jump into an interesting Jaguar Electric Boat world speed record, and circle the topic of what it takes to go on a Tesla Model 3 road trip and what we need in the EV charging space overall for the masses to join the fun


Jaguar I-PACE, SpaceInvader, and … Elon Musk (Cleantech Talk Today #5)

June 19th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Welcome to today’s “Cleantech Talk Today” discussion of fresh electric vehicle (EV) news. In this daily podcast and video series, we talk about anything electric that moves, crawls, flies, rides, drives, swims, swings, or skips. In this episode, #5 of Cleantech Talk Today, we cover CleanTechnica's fresh review of the Jaguar i-PACE, Elon Musk's recent comms regarding Tesla and other matters, and Denmark squeezing cargo space!


Is Mercedes Finally Ready To Roll Out Its EQ Electric Cars?

June 13th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Mercedes has been raising the news alarm to let us know it is still here and has decided to work on getting its tiny two-door electric vehicle, the EQA, out the door. I has just shown the electric EQA Concept, which is part of the new EQ electric sub-brand from Mercedes-Benz


Google Founder Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk Flying Car Project Resurfaces

June 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

We were wondering why we hadn't heard anything from the Kitty Hawk project recently in the midst of a big wave of autonomous aircraft and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft news. Then Google Co-founder Larry Page came out of the woodworks to tell us that it is indeed still alive and is actually kicking with major improvements. You just won't believe who they reached out to in order to discuss the matter


Texas Bullet Train Connects To Regular Amtrak Routes To Reach More

June 7th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The state of the railroad system in the US is a mixed bag. The cargo and freight segment is competitive for a number of routes and purposes, but has basically just chugged along with incremental improvements. The rail passenger industry in the U.S. is easily 70 years behind Europe and on par with developing countries. Amtrak knows it. Everyone knows it. Bullet train projects have abounded since the 1970s and are still tantalizing us, but are hard to get rolling. Nonetheless, there may be progress


BMW Jumps Into Wireless EV Charging — For Real

June 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) should be as convenient as refueling a gasoline car, if not better. While many carmakers try to find the best solutions, the simplest option is often overlooked. If you don't have to plug in to charge, you never even have to realize that you are doing so. Wireless charging is a great out of sight, out of mind solution to keep your EV humming along. It has long been a bit of a distant option, but BMW is now offering it for new plug-in models


Tragic Siemens Magnus eFusion Prototype Accident

June 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Ironically, as I was gathering notes for an upcoming article on the state of the electric air propulsion industry, I read about the tragic electric Siemens Magnus eFusion prototype crash that recently took the lives of its two passengers in Hungary


The State Of EV Batteries: LG Chem, SK Innovation, & Tesla–Panasonic Improvements

May 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The state of electric vehicle (EV) batteries can get confusing. Although internal combustion engine (ICE) aficionados talk about engine displacement and horsepower, EV drivers often consider energy storage as the most important part of their decision making. Today, there are more lithium battery chemistries than ever and figuring out which one is used where and what appears after the dust settles can be difficult. Here's a brief look at what's in store tomorrow from the major EV battery OEMs


SUV Explosion & Pedestrian Fatalities Linked, New Study Finds

May 29th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are all the rage. Sport? Well, not really. In fact, most of them never leave the comfort of paved roads. Utility? Sometimes, once or twice a year, or you could include kids in that definition. Vehicles? Definitely, they are vehicles, and lot of them! So much so that SUVs have become Detroit's bread and butter for decades. It's more profitable building big heavy cars than it is building fuel-efficient vehicles


Shell & Others Invest $70 Million Into Sonnen

May 28th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

A highly accomplished grid-edge startup, Sonnen, has just received a significant investment from European energy giant Royal Dutch Shell. The investment will help it to develop its U.S. and Australian solar + storage market share


Electric Buses A Crucial Portion Of Our Mobility Needs

May 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the race to electrify vehicles, electric buses (e-buses) and other utility platforms have been kept in the specialized news media. Despite the low profile, this market segment has the industrial and financial might to catapult EVs into mainstream use earlier than predicted


BP Gets Greener & Invests In Ultra-Fast Charging Company StoreDot

May 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

BP Ventures invests $20 million into an ultra-fast-charging battery developer called StoreDot that targets a battery for electric vehicles that charges in just 5 minutes. The goal is to commercialize a flash battery for mobile communication devices as early as 2019 followed by an EV battery. Who said petroleum companies were sitting on a goldmine and not taking advantage of it


Aston Martin’s Lagonda Revival — The Exotic, High-End, Electric “Vision Concept”

May 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Hang onto your hats, we may be entering the era of the electric SUV. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, BMW X5 xDrive40e, and of course Tesla Model X have been around for a while, but we now have the Kia Niro EV, Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-PACE, Audi E-Tron Quattro, VW ID Crozz, Nio ES8, Weltmeister EX5, Nissan iMx, Byton's first entry into the market, and others on the way. The latest to join the club? Aston Martin. As Jo Borras writes, Aston Martin is planning to revive the legendary Lagonda brand. The electric SUV concept it is ... slick


California Requires Solar Panels On New Homes 5 Years After 1st California City Did

May 10th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

California can stand up against whatever flavor of the year Washington, D.C., tries to impose on the rest on the country. As the world's 5th largest economy, it continues to push for renewable energy and electric vehicles despite an unruly political landscape that has slowed down cleaning up our pollution. Once more, California has forged ahead, with the latest news being that it is requiring most new homes to be solar energy ready



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