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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

Lilium Flirts With Biomimicry, Wins Red Dot Award

August 18th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

One benefit of the new wave of electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) and electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) airplanes is the freedom the electric propulsion system gives designers. Airbus has a "Bird of Prey" concept that will please most Star Trek fans, and now a flying Manta Ray could grace our skies in a few years


Bye Aerospace & OXIS Energy To Commercialize Lithium-Sulfur Batteries For Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

August 17th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Bye Aerospace is an extremely busy electric aviation company developing the future of our urban air mobility (UAM) world. It has two electric airplanes (eCTOL) and is working on an electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) project with Uber Elevate. But that's not all. It is also partnering with another two companies focusing on pre‐crash sensing technologies, parachute ballistic recovery systems, landing gear‐airframe crashworthy structural concepts, high-energy absorbing seats, and advanced restraints


eHang Wants To Start An eVTOL Service In Guangzhou Soon

August 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

China knows no speed limit when it comes to technological advance. Local e-mobility startup eHang is pushing boundaries in the electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) aircraft market and is now promising an air taxi service in Guangzhou, China. I look forward to testing that service on my next trip to Guangzhou


Get Ready For The First eVTOL Certification Rules From Europe

July 31st, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

A first stab at clarifying how electric and hybrid vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) and conventional electric and hybrid aircraft (eCTOL) will interact in our urban air mobility future was recently made by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It calls the first eVTOL rule “the first building block to enable the safe operation of hybrid and electrical VTOL aircraft.”


Airspeeder — Radical 21st Century Electric Flying Motorcycle

July 28th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

These are the times we're living in, when flying electric motorcycles are being tested and raced. Well, we're getting to that point, with the Airspeeder Mk. IV leading the way. Bet you didn't know you wanted one before seeing this news, but let's see how you feel after the article


tzero Flashback — Diving Into The EV That Kicked Off A Revolution

July 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

A couple of years ago, Nicolas Zart interviewed one of the few owners of an AC Propulsion tzero and explained the history of the transformative tzero for CleanTechnica readers. I recently ran across the article and decided it was ripe for a reprint. Enjoy! —Zach


£90,000 Buys You The Ultimate Electric Café Racer, The Arc Vector

June 30th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

By putting the price upfront, Arc Vector wants to remove any potential confusion around this electric motorcycle (e-motorcycle). The performance, like the price, will be wild. Although I've seen more than my fair share of extravagance, my first question is, is this thing wilder than the already insane Lightning Motorcycle LS218? If so, then the Arc Vector electric motorcycle is going to be thunderous!


Airbus Moves In With Daher & Safran To Build Hybrid Aircraft By 2022

June 29th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Airbus is letting no time go by (while Boeing deals with self-inflicted problems) by announcing more electric air mobility news, that of a hybrid aircraft with the French turbine company Safran and airplane maker Daher. And to prove the point that urban air mobility (UAM) is doing very well, Airbus aims to have the airplane ready by


H55, Solar Impulse Spinoff, Introduces Electric 2-Seat Airplane

June 26th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

A spinoff from Solar Impulse, a company going by the short name of H55, has successfully flown its maiden flight in a new electric two-seat airplane. Using an electric propulsion system manufactured by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic airplane is perfect for pilot training and flight schools. It's exciting to see the Solar Impulse foundational work now leading to a commercially available electric aircraft, and potentially soon an air taxi


Xpeng Motors Rolls Off 10,000 Units Of Its Smart G3 EV

June 19th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Xpeng Motors (Xpeng) continues its steady progress by completing another production milestone, that of 10,000 units of its G3 smart electric vehicle (EV). This was just 188 days into its official launch. Xpeng thus clenched the title of most EV sales from a new EV manufacturer/startup in China



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