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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Who Showed What At The 2018 LA Auto Show?

December 16th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In part 1 of our review of the 2018 LA Auto Show, we looked at the mobility startup world and how it is proposing to meet tomorrow's mobility needs. Let's now look at what traditional carmakers had to offer at the 2018 LA Auto Show


EV Startups Steal The 2018 LA Auto Show

December 16th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is over and leaves us with a few questions, observations, and trends to report back. In this first part, we take a look at startups and how they go head to head against more established carmakers, as well as the difference between the media days and public days. In part 2, we will look more closely at traditional carmakers


The Kilogram Is Dead. Long Live The New Kilogram!

November 25th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The kilogram was the last unit of measure connected to a real measurable unit. But as of the 16th of November, we lost the kilogram to the uncertainties of our never-resting, always moving universe. The kilogram just isn't what it used to be


Nio Builds Battery Swap Stations In China For Its Electric Vehicles

November 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

While it may have seemed that option was long retired in the electric vehicle world, Chinese startup NIO hasn't abandoned the idea of swapping batteries in electric vehicles instead of — or complementary to — fast charging. The young company is currently building a sprawling network of battery swap stations throughout China


10 Years After Releasing 1st EV, Subaru Unveiling New PHEV At LA Auto Show

November 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Subaru hasn't been a major player in the world of electric vehicles (EV) since it first offered its STELLA in Japan a decade ago. This week, it announced it will unveil its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at the LA Auto Show. CleanTechnica will be there to see it up close and report back on the details


CleanTechnica Interviews Byton Designer Benoit Jacob On Designing The Future Of Electric Mobility

November 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

I recently met with the Byton design team in Munich, Germany, for CleanTechnica and spent a few hours talking to the company's head designer, Benoit Jacob, who also penned the stunning BMW i8 and i3. Find out via the interview summary below how the company sees the future of our green mobility and what its design language means for the industry


An Aerial View Of The California Fire Destruction & Air Pollution

November 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

On my last flight to San Jose, California, on Thursday the 15th from Los Angeles, a 45-minute flight, I finally understood the extent of the current California fires. A bird eye's view stretching from LA to San Francisco reveals what no TV or news can convey, the desolation of the land and the lingering pollution


With 10 Years Of “Clean Trucks Program,” Los Angeles & Long Beach Ports Report Cleaner Air

October 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, together have the second busiest port in the US. Both harbors are next to cement factories and petroleum refineries. Trucks coming in and out of the harbor on the always congested 710 highway belch and spew dirty diesel particulates in the neighboring community. In fact, kindergartens and schools conveniently located next to the highway are the hardest hit. Child asthma has skyrocketed over the decades, to the point where these children will never have fully developed lungs


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



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