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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Avionics V1 — Stunning 5 kW Wild Retro Boardtracker

August 7th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

We can safely say that 2017 has so far given us more electric bicycle (e-bike) choice than ever before, and the Avionics V1 e-bike 5 kW Wild Retro Board-Tracker is further proof of this. It has the cool factor, that unbeatable nostalgic look, and a heck of a lot of oomph to boot with its outrageous 5,000 watt electric motor. Due to go on presale on Indiegogo this September, keep an eye out for this e-bike — it could make you the envy of the block

Goodbye, Mitsubishi i-MiEV — You Were My First

August 6th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is no longer being sold in the US. The electric car first mass-produced and sold to the open public in the country — yes, even before the Nissan LEAF — is retiring after almost a decade running

Kreisel Electric Wins Frost & Sullivan EV Award Thanks To “Lightest” Battery

August 6th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Kreisel Electric recently won the 2017 European Electric Vehicle Technology Leadership Awards from Frost & Sullivan for having the "lightest" battery on the market. This is a high honor. This also confirms that although breakthroughs and innovations are great, squeezing more performance and efficiency out of what we have today (lithium-ion batteries) is key to a wide and mass adoption of electric vehicles (EV)

Indian Trains Get Solar Panels

July 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Most people are not aware that the train system is one of the most efficient means of moving people and merchandise around. However, there is room for improvement and some Indian train operators are turning to solar panels on cars, as well as wind and solar energy near the tracks

While You Were Blinking, Geely Bought A Rosy Future

July 24th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Chinese carmaker Geely is in a quiet and subtle strategic buying race, zipping by under the scrutiny of the media. It seems the company learned the lessons most fail with international acquisitions, to leave well alone

Straight To The Point, The Elegant Electric PILPELED x FOFFA E-Bike is Pure Beauty

July 18th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Although you won't be too surprised to hear, not too many people know of Pilpeled x Foffa on this side of the pond (North America), but it's noteworthy joint venture probably gives us one of the most elegant and well balanced electric bicycles (e-bikes) to date. Slim, elegant, straightforward, single-speed look and feel — cables, batteries, and everything else neatly tucked away — the Pilpeled x Foffa is performance wrapped up in eye candy. Indeed, you won't believe it is electric!

GenZe E-Scooter Partners With Postmates

July 18th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

It's not every day we hear of two companies offering a perfect marriage between a product and a service. In this case, though, we have an electric mobility platform with a highly praised electric scooter (e-scooter) and a delivery service solution that are together wrapped up as one. Genze and its e-scooter have just partnered with Postmate's zero-emission transportation solutions for New York City and San Francisco

Whisking By The Competition, Lucid Air Hits 235 MPH

July 15th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The small and subtle California electric vehicle (EV) carmaker Lucid Air has hit 235 mph* with its Alpha Speed Car prototype on the 7.5-mile oval track while thumbing its nose at the so-called competition. (*235.44 mph, to be exact.)

Volvo Polestar Green With Performance

July 15th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

After a decade of pointing to the obvious, the Volvo Polestar goes green with performance — it's about time to see hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEV), and pure electric vehicles (EV) finally take up that task

Geely Buys Terrafugia & Takes To The Skies

July 4th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

OK, this is probably one of the easiest titles to pull off — "Geely buys Terrafugia and takes to the skies." The consequences of one of the biggest carmakers in the world continuing its buying spree, this time with a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) startup, are interesting and revealing. China is still very determined to build its transportation industry in order to better compete in the international arena

Arcimoto SRK IPO Reveals Expected Average Price

July 2nd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The Arcimoto team, based out of Eugene, Oregon, did a great job with its electric three-wheeler, the SRK. I think an electric three-wheel platform, otherwise known as RT3, is one of the most ideal solutions to urban mobility, allowing for fast and convenient hops throughout the city. And the Arcimoto SRK certainly looks like it would be fun to own, whether I lived in a city, the countryside, or the desert. I briefly test drove an early version of the SRK at the Los Angeles Auto Show and was immediately impressed

Urban Populo Has A Sub-$1,000 E-Bike Winner

June 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

I'm particularly happy to bring up an electric bicycle (e-bike) that fits in the under-represented sub-$1,000 entry price level. The Populo Bicycles Urban enters this rare and illusive rarefied e-bike market rarely mentioned in mainstream news, is one the most hotly discussed items

Aston Martin Valkyrie Hybrid Is Exotic First For Company

June 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

It's hard not to be impressed, if not left scratching our head when we see such unique carmakers as Aston Martin recently announcing their wild exotic hybrid, the Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar's performance is equally as impressive as its dramatic body shapes are designed to evoke in us

Electric Big Phat Scooter Offers Versatility & Oomph

June 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Riding fat wheels on electric bicycles and scooters can be a thrill if the electric motor is up to the job. We've covered two dual-motor electric bikes (e-bikes) so far that were silly fun to maneuver in corners — the EVO Big Bud PRO from Emotion and the MOAR foldable fat tire e-bike. It certainly sounds as if the Phat Scooter is shooting for something a little different, which should appeal to many as well

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