About Nicolas Zart

Nicolas Zart Born and raised around classic cars of the 1020s, 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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Risse Racing Technology Voltinator Tough E-Bike, Including DIY E-Bike Options

March 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

It seems not a day goes by without yet another electric bike (e-bike) company introducing a new model, answering the need of a specific market segment, or flat out innovating in one way or another. Today, it's Risse Racing Technology's turn, as it is introducing the Voltinator — a tough e-bike with hefty performance that can be purchased as a do-it-yourself (DIY) kit


Calfee Design Bamboo E-Bike, Anyone?

March 16th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

OK, so let's say a folding fat-tire e-bike hasn't won you over and you're still wondering why, oh why, can't they make an eco-friendly green e-bike? Fear no more — a company named Calfee Design stepped up to the plate with a bamboo-framed prototype for you. Welcome, the Calfee Design Bamboo E-Bike


MOAR E-Bike Folds With Big Fat Tires

March 10th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Fat-tire bikes are all the rage these days, but they are certainly a bike style that can benefit from the help of an electric motor. The MOAR e-bike Fat Tire folding frame is a newcomer in this increasingly crowded field, and it looks like fun!


Electric Bike Highlights At 2017 Electric Bike Expo Kickoff

March 8th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

We love electric bicycles, and the EV grin is alive and well in that industry! The 2017 Electric Bike Expo is off to a great start. 140 electric bicycles and more test rides than we could count were recently offered in Long Beach, California, to a delighted public ranging from teenagers to very happy senior citizens


The Lucid Motors Air Wipes The Competition! (Original Review, Pictures & Video — Part 2)

February 16th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

On Tuesday, we looked at the unveiling of the wildly impressive Lucid Motors Air at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. The Air's performance was already noteworthy on paper, but my test ride was beyond expectations. I haven't been this happy about a new electric vehicle, EV since the unveiling of the Tesla Model S P90D, and before that, the Roadster and AC Propulsion's eBox


The Lucid Motors Air Is Amazing! (Original Review & Pics & Video — Part 1)

February 14th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

In a previous article on CleanTechnica, I dissed the Lucid Motors Air introduction as yet another electric vehicle (EV) hypercar. Boy, was I wrong! An EV hypercar it is, and a real one at that. Hot on the heels of Faraday Future's second odd CES presentation for its FF91, the Lucid Air seemed like yet another unobtainium hyper-EV. I missed a few points I'll clarify here. Last night, Lucid Motors introduced its wild EV called the Air to a bewildered crowd at the Los Angeles Petersen Museum. We took a ride in it and it is anything. but. vaporware


BYD K9 Electric Bus Takes Maiden Trip In Long Beach, California

February 11th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The electric bus wave is upon us and cities are very eager to use them to paint a greener face. Companies such as BYD and Proterra are taking center stage and bitterly fighting for this new lucrative market. In fact, both romanced the city of Long Beach in California (my home base) for some time. The BYD K9 edged out the latter, so we are exploring it in more detail


URB-E Last Mile Solution: The New URB-E Sport

January 15th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The new and improved URB-E Sport changes things around from the previous version. The wheels are obviously bigger, for one thing. The other notable difference is that the electric motor is now inside the back wheel, not in front


The Disconnect Between CEO, Marketing & Engineering

December 20th, 2016 | by Nicolas Zart

This year has been a gigantic marketing hyperbole of planned electric vehicles from mainstream carmakers. It’s not always easy separating cars of tomorrow, cars that are being built today, and those that probably won’t make it into production. What makes it even worse is the disconnect between CEOs, marketing teams, and engineering teams, especially in light of actual deliverables



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