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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

3 Million Plug-In Vehicles Sold On This Planet

December 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Although we are far from the millions of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fully electric vehicles (EV) needed to slow down our pollution race, the 3 million mark of sold PHEVs and EVs has been reached globally


Byton (New Chinese Global Electric Vehicle Brand) Starts With An “SIV”

December 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

In the electric vehicle (EV) world, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Chinese electric vehicles and global startups. China is doing everything it can to establish its international brand in this arena — perhaps the hottest new consumer market of the 21st century. It makes us wonder how the West will react? Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, GM, Daimler, and others have strong statements on electric vehicles and autonomous ones at that, but how prepared are each of them to genuinely compete


Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free, But Who Will Pay?

December 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Autonomous vehicles (AV) were all the rage this year, and we bet they will be the main topic of 2018. As much as we've covered the technicality of the AV challenge, we're even more interested in the socioeconomic backbone of the technology. How will society coordinate self-driving cars and who exactly will pay for it all


A Cautionary Tale About Mainstream News Media

December 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Warning: this is a cautionary tale about mainstream news media, distortions, and beating others to the punch. It is also followed after many paragraphs by a CleanTechnica fundraising pitch. Of course, regarding the mainstream media frustration, we are very well aware that we are preaching to the choir here. CleanTechnica is made up of independent journalists, writers, and enthusiasts. We write, talk, and film for independent media outlets. As such, we don't owe allegiance to companies, executives, editors (well, sort of — right, Zach?), or ideologies. Nor do we bow to any lobby groups


EO Smart Electric Car 2 Clumps Up, Shrinks, & Pivots

December 22nd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

On CleanTechnica, we love smart e-mobility solutions. And as much as the electric vehicle (EV) rEVolution has certainly opened up solutions, it also let loose engineers' and designers' full creative juices to devise some pretty smart ones. A few years ago, Steve Hanley covered the EO Smart Connected Car, and the EO Smart Connected Car 2 shows how the vehicle has matured to offer an ideal solution for urbanites


The Electric Workhorse N-GEN Gives Fleet Owners Another Way To Switch To Electricity

December 20th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Here's another fleet owner's way to switch over to electricity — the Workhorse N-GEN, which our own Steve Hanley covered recently here. When it comes to electric options, better options, 2017 has also been good to fleet owners. They haven't been left alone and new players have jumped into the market, such as the revolutionary Chanje platform, helping them to switch over to electricity. After exploring Chanje, I wanted to dive into another workhorse — pun intended — the Workhorse N-


Chanje Electric Van = Serious Fleet Industry Game Changer (Part 2)

December 20th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

In part 1 of this Chanje electric van review, we looked at the Chanje electric van's background and some of its features. In this second part, we take a look at what Chanje brings to the table for fleet owners if they turn from simple vehicles operators to energy management and vehicle coordination. Chanje is a game changer, and this time, pun intended


Californian Cities Start Electric Bike-Share System

December 15th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Bike sharing has been happening around the world for some time, but electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing has been left behind, at least until now. Some Californian cities are about to start an e-bike-sharing system and it will be the biggest in the country. Can Californian cities make business sense of an electric-bike-share system


CleanTechnica Appears On China Global Television Network (Video)

December 13th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Oh, shameless plug! We can't help promoting clean technologies around the world, even if it means appearing on international live TV to talk about electric vehicles (EV) and renewable energy. When our colleagues at CGTH.com, China's national TV channel and its international broadcasting platform, reached out to us to talk about EVs, we jumped on the occasion. What we weren't expecting was the stellar and classy service getting there. A Tesla was waiting in front of our doorstep ready to take us to downtown LA for the life TV interview


Ouch, Ford Doesn’t Believe Electric Cars Are Good Enough For Autonomous Driving

December 13th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Ford is a different kind of carmaker. Part of the Big Three, it sometimes looks content to be away from the GM and Chrysler fight and sometimes surprises us with innovations. Although it gave us a great little electric vehicle (EV) and pushed its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Energi platform seriously for a few years, the recent auto event shows the company's still focused on gasoline engines, SUVs, and pickup



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