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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."



Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Is The Electric Porsche Taycan The First Real Proof Porsche Is Finally Serious About Electric Cars?

October 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It can get difficult sifting through the future of electric vehicles (EV) just from reading carmakers' press releases. Some use 80% of their press releases to talk about the future in flowery terms, leaving little to write about current vehicles and real-world specs. Some are more proactive. But finally, after a decade of electric Porsche teases, Porsche is putting its money where its mouth is with the official announcement of its first EV, the electric Taycan (formerly called the Mission E, which some on the CleanTechnica team prefer)


FAA OKs Third Ultralight eVTOL

October 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Here's the third electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft officially recognized as an ultralight vehicle by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Welcome the HoverSurf Hoverbike S3 to the growing family of eVTOLs


Groupe PSA Braves Emissions Hell With Pure Electric Citroen

October 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The Groupe PSA, which includes Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and Vauxhall, has had its hands full after acquiring Opel and Vauxhall. The transition hasn't been as smooth as expected and now the company is facing legacy emission problems after a fiery French newspaper revelation


Formula E Team Envision Virgin Racing Sports New Look For 5th Formula E Season

October 16th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Early founding Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing has completed its final preparations a week ahead of the official Formula E pre-season testing on Spain’s modified 3.09 km Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The new livery and driver line-up was unveiled at its Silverstone headquarters


Zunum Partners With France’s Safran For Hybrid-To-Electric Airplane

October 4th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

If you haven't heard much from Zunum Aero these past few months, that's because the company has been hard at work developing its hybrid-to-electric, 12-seat, 700 mile commuter aircraft. In order to do that, Zunum Aero just announced a strategic partnership with global French aviation company Safran to handle the long-term agreement through its Safran Helicopter Engines subsidiary for its Zunum Aero


The Smooth Electric MellowBoards Cruiser Skateboard Puts A Smile On My Face!

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

MellowBoards reached out to us to try its Cruiser electric skateboard (e-skateboard). After a 25 year break on a skateboard and then two e-skateboard reviews, I couldn't wait to try it out. After some hiccups on my side, I put four miles on the Cruiser on the first outing and now can't imagine not having one with me at all times


Get Ready For Coming Electric Helmet Scooter Laws

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It's chilling seeing a young man riding an electric scooter on a main street with only flip-flops and a pair of shorts. You can't help wonder how long. ... You know what I mean — how long until the first fatality. And then it happened. I got home and heard about a 24-year-young man who passed away after falling off one. And now make way for laws and politicians


Mazda: Will Build Only 5% EVs By 2030, Mostly PHEVs

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the "It Had To Happen" department, Mazda finally says it will use its rotary engine as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) generator. It also says it will deliver a pure EV by 2020. But is it too little, too late after downplaying batteries for over a decade


GreenPower’s Multi-Use EV Star Electric Minibus (#CleanTechnica Review)

September 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

GreenPower recently introduced its first designed-from-scratch electric minibus or large van — called the GreenPower EV Star Min-eBus — which we got to test drive for a CleanTechnica review. GreenPower says the  EV Star Min-eBus meets many needs for fleet owners, and others. Find out how it was to drive and learn more from our talk with GreenPower President Brendan Riley


Jaguar Highlights Electric Car Efficiency By Crossing The Channel To Brussels

September 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

One of the many reasons we love electric vehicles (EV) is, presumably, because we love efficiency. Compared to the woefully pushy, but highly asthmatic, internal combustion engine (ICE), the electric motor "suffers" from the opposite problem — it's too darn efficient. In fact, it's so efficient that it needs to tune down. A gasoline engine requires better airflow, less friction, again and again just to make it 40% efficient (and only within a restricted RPM range) whereas an electric motor is easily 85% efficient. Must we go on? Jaguar just showed how efficient the electric drivetrain is


CleanTechnica Podcast: Is Pebble Beach Right For Electric & Autonomous Mobility Concepts?

September 15th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is behind us, and now that the dust has settled, we can highlight the important notes after our last article. One of the questions that often comes up is why the creme de la creme event for old cars, the internationally famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, would host futuristic concepts? Traditionally, Pebble Beach has not only shown the best of the best, but also displayed future versions, concepts, and prototypes of various types


Podcast: A Weekend At The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance With Modern Mobility Provider Byton

September 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

After spending three days with the Byton team in Monterey, California, at the world famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, I talked to the team in detail on behalf of CleanTechnica about their upcoming M-Byte, which included a ride in the 85% ready prototype. You will also hear what other people had to say about the car. I was recovering a cold ... but notice that not even that stops me from talking!


CleanTechnica Exclusive: Electric Autonomous Byton Prototype Is A Showstopper At The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

August 29th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Bringing a 21st-century mobility prototype to the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is a bold move that needs to be backed up. Byton did just that when it displayed and gave test rides of its M-Byte. It also chose the illustrious show to unveil its K-Byte concept in North America. But what you haven't heard were the conversations over the past three days. And here is the extra scoop


I’ll Take Those Apple Glasses With That Electric Apple Car

August 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

After a period of quite a lot of buzz about a potential Apple car, we haven't heard much from Apple in a while — no rumors and no enthralling tangibles. The once exciting Apple car has drifted into nowhere land. Can we still expect an electric Apple car? And how about a pair of Apple glasses with that


The Tiny Electric Microlino Is The Ideal City Mobility Answer

August 8th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Microcars are nothing new. In fact, Isetta, Messerschmitt, and BMW shared a successful three-wheeled car in the 1950s. Although the original car ran on a highly inefficient two-stroke gasoline engine, today's electric drivetrain is a given for such micro-mobile platforms. So, why haven't we seen more micro EVs



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