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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

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


Alieno Arcanum, The Proper Hyper EV For Aliens!

August 4th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

A little EV dreaming and rubbing some salt into the wounds of struggling carmakers can have great consequences. This is where hyper EVs — or electric hypercars — fit in. Although they might have little direct effect on most people, their outrageous performance stunts send a serious messages to carmakers insisting on gasoline technology — that era is ending. Alieno Arcanum shows what an electric drivetrain can deliver, and you won't believe how outrageous it is


Are Humans Really Ready For The Automation Of All Things, Including Self-Driving Vehicles?

July 31st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The advent of automation means we went from foraging grub with our nails millions of years ago to regularly flying across nations. Automation has been heralded as the freer of time, opening a world of creativity over mindless drone-like activities. While automation certainly has eased many tasks, it has also offered a new set of complex problems mostly due to adaptation. Humans want changes, but are we ready for the automation of all things? Moreover, what does this mean for the future of electric mobility and how will we use it


The Future Of Electric Aviation Is Developing In Scandinavia

July 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

These northern European countries continue to be at the forefront of electric vehicle (EV) adoption — electric cars, buses, boats, and trucks — and they have also started to tackle the final frontier, that of the demanding electric aviation industry



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