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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Bell Reveals Its 5-Seat Nexus Air Taxi At CES Las Vegas

January 16th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The air taxi space is crowded — if not on paper, then with prototypes and flying demos. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, is a global helicopter leader and no stranger to the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) world. It announced the Bell Nexus, a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft a few years ago at CES. This year, we caught up with the team at CES in Las Vegas to find out what it looks like and what it means for our future mobility needs by


Rolls-Royce Racing To Build World’s Fastest Electric Airplane

January 16th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Rolls-Royce is well-known for its plush cars with infinite refinements. It is not generally known for its electric ventures. The company has dipped its fingers in autonomous electric ferries, as well as an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. So why not the world's fastest electric airplane


Consumers Expect EVs, Hyperloops, & Home Robots By 2030, According To Dassault Systemes

January 12th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Dassault Systèmes and CITE Research sent us the findings of a survey for understanding how consumers expect technology to impact their lives by the year 2030. The survey focused on home, travel, health, and retail. This comes on the heels of another NPR survey that says Americans are feeling more optimistic about their personal future, just not about politics. The study shows consumers expect Hyperloops, fully connected smart home systems, mobile payments, and personalized preventive health plans, among other things


Byton Reveals More Of The M-Byte At CES And It Feels Great

January 7th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Byton will show more of the interior of its M-Byte at CES 2019. CleanTechnica is there for the company's unveiling, with interviews and a behind the scenes look on the way. This year, Byton will talk about the bigger picture. I just got off the phone with Carsten, Byton's CEO & Founder, who told me: "The company is on target to meet its production for late 2019!"


Turning Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

January 6th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Of all the strange things we do as a race on this planet, refining and over-complicating things are some of them. We're never satisfied with letting things be and often time favor extravagant conspiracy theories over reality. After all, how would the opposing piston engine and the convoluted internal combustion engine system have worked until now otherwise? Even though it has brought us this far, we need to get rid of inefficiency for more effective solar thermal energy storage systems


Eviation Aircraft Plans 9-Seat Electric Airplane — Coming Soon? #CleanTechnica Interview

December 25th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Eviation Aircraft has announced that it was selected by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for research and development associated with a four-year undergraduate engineering program in its Prescott campus. The program will start in spring of 2019. Embry-Riddle is well known as the world's largest fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. CleanTechnica interviews Eviation Aircraft CEO Omer Bar-Yohay


EVA Autonomous Air Taxi Has Extended Wings & Can Function As Search & Rescue Aircraft

December 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

EVA is a new electric air mobility startup we met at LA Automobility 2018. It has a promising electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The eVTOL is small, 100% autonomous, and sports an ingenious configuration. It uses wings that retract when taking off and landing. EVA says it is months away from certifications and from flying the machine


Cloud Data Centers Have A Little (Dirty Air) Secret

December 19th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

File it under the "you'd never thought of it unless you knew how energy backup data centers work." We rarely talk about data centers and the amount of energy they use, nor how it's used. What we talk even less about is how their backup data center generators work, are maintained, and are powered on a monthly basis. Hold onto to your hats, because it's a stinky business


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



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