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About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica’s New Green Bank

July 15th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Okay, it's not super new — we got the account last year. Nonetheless, we never announced it, and one of the good things about green consumerism is you can push others to follow suit, so I'm doing so now. Though, I'm also doing so because of a funny little surprise


Is This Why Automakers Are So Slow To Electrify?

July 14th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I originally published this article almost 3 years ago, but it seems it's essentially as relevant today as it was then. The original title was, "What goes on in the minds of auto execs?" If someone has a better explanation than the thoughts below, chime in down in the comments


US Auto Sales Down For Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, Mini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Buick, & Cadillac In 2019

July 13th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

We primarily cover the electric vehicle market here on CleanTechnica. However, context is important and that means sometimes looking at the broader automobile market. Therefore, I collect US auto sales data from almost all automakers on a monthly basis and take a look at their sales trends. I also split out car/sedan sales data for these automakers since the dominant, mass-market electric vehicle currently on the market is a car (the Tesla Model 3)


1st Tesla Hearse — CleanTechnica Flashback

July 12th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

As I've noted a few times this week, I've been digging through our archives (it's a long story) in recent weeks. I've found a handful of fun and perhaps enlightening gems in the process. Below is a story about the first Tesla hearse (funeral car), which was very popular when I published it in February 2018. If you missed it then or just want to check out this unique Tesla again, scroll down and enjoy the show


Riding In DIY Electric Vehicles In Ukraine (Videos) — EV Flashback

July 11th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I've spent the past week or so thoroughly looking through our archives. In the process, I've run across some pretty funny and interesting old articles. This one below is from nearly 6 years ago! Tesla delivered a grand total of 5,500 cars in the quarter this was published (Q3 2012). I went on a cleantech tour of Ukraine at that time (Kiev and Crimea, just before Russia invaded Crimea), and there were many highlights, but it's hard to compete with the handmade electric car below. Check it out


Do Tesla [TSLA] Analysts Consistently Manipulate TSLA Downward?

July 2nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

There's an interesting thing that happens every quarter. Once solid estimates for Tesla's quarterly production and delivery numbers are in, short sellers and critics jump to the next quarter and typically claim that delivery will fall off tremendously because pent-up consumer demand has been exhausted and sustainable new demand is going to be much more limited


Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Corolla … Tesla Autopilot Lifesaver … BMW’s White Flag To Tesla — #CleanTechnica Top 20

June 30th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Last week's 20 most popular articles on CleanTechnica included one generic EV story, one solar + wind story, and 18 Tesla stories. I guarantee you, our ratio of article topics was not 18:2 (9:1) in favor of Tesla, which seems to be another indicator demonstrating that there is a tremendous amount of public interest in Tesla news and high-quality original analysis


Electric Vehicle Charging Evolution In Poland

June 29th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Even though we've been following GreenWay's development since before it entered Poland, I was surprised to get the news that it recently opened its 100th EV fast charger in Poland — even before Fastned hit that target! Additionally, I've found it surprising and uplifting to learn about broader EV fast charging development in Poland and nearby countries, with the news mostly coming to me from fellow Tesla Shuttle cofounders Jacek Fior and Tomek Gać. After checking out a brand new fast charger down the street from me with Tomek, who was visiting in a Renault Zoe, and talking to him about it (video coming), I decided to do a whole piece on this topic. Below is my interview with Jacek about how electric vehicle charging has evolved in recent years


Nissan Altima & Maxima vs. Tesla Model 3 — Cost Comparisons Over 5 Years

June 25th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

To satisfy my own curiosity (and, apparently, that of millions of other people), I've been running 5-year cost comparisons of the Tesla Model 3 and other top selling cars on the US market. This round of comparisons pits the Tesla Model 3 versus the Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima


Our Interview With Tesla President Jerome Guillen, Part Deux

June 23rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

If you missed it, the first half of our interview with Tesla President of Automotive Jerome Guillen is here: "Jerome — The Man, The Myth, The Tesla Super-Engineer — #CleanTechnica Interview." In the second half, we covered topics such as Model 3 design, manufacturing lessons from the Model 3, Tesla's continuous vehicle upgrades and production improvements, the Tesla Semi, and much more. Read on for the details


Toyota Corolla vs. Tesla Model 3 — Cost Comparisons Over 5 Years

June 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Let's start out by being very clear — in no universe should a Tesla Model 3 be competing with a Toyota Corolla on cost. The Model 3 is, objectively, a vastly superior vehicle. It is far safer, tremendously quicker, has much higher tech, is larger, and is considerably more prestigious. The only reason we're running this comparison is because, shockingly, the Tesla Model 3 does compete with the Toyota Corolla on cost


Historical Tesla [TSLA] Forecasts From Goldman Sachs, David Tamberrino

June 21st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino came out with a bearish downgrade for Tesla [TSLA] this week. Those who closely follow Tesla stock and analyst statements weren't that surprised. Tamberrino has a long history of recommending that investors/traders sell TSLA, as one Tesla Motors Club forum member made clear with this chart


10 Brilliant Quotes From Tesla Short Sellers & Confident Critics

June 17th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

In the past couple of years, Tesla [TSLA] has often been the most shorted stock on the US stock market. Billions of dollars are consistently being put on the line based on the idea TSLA will crash, or at least go down. For much longer than that, more than 11 years, critics have been predicting Tesla's imminent death



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