About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. 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.



Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

28–40% of EV Drivers Have Solar Panels (CleanTechnica EV Report)

June 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Previous surveys — including our initial EV driver survey — have found a strong link between driving electric cars and having home solar panels. Yet again, in our 2017 EV driver report, a very large portion of our respondents had home solar panels, which means that they are essentially “fueling” their electric cars with sunshine


Investing In The Future

June 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Investing is sort of always kind of supposed to be about the future, right? The challenge that has faced many an investor is that the future can be hard to predict. As it turns out, that leads much of the investment community to look at the past and extrapolate forward


Cleantech Fun In Berlin — June 27

June 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We're now announcing the plan for June 27, which involves some social networking, good food, and an EV charging walking tour that involves a "scathing critique" of EV charging stations, cleantech communications, and branding. Here's the schedule


How Far Behind Tesla Is Big Auto? How Long Till It Catches Up?

June 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It may seem absurd to put Tesla ahead of Big Auto, but by many standards, Tesla seems to be far ahead. You don't have to take my word for it — Tesla [TSLA] is now the most valuable US car company, recently surpassing GM and Ford in market cap, and there's a reason or 10 why the investment community on the whole sees Tesla as a more valuable company despite drastically lower annual production/sales output. This article isn't about proving that Tesla's ahead, though. It's actually a genuine, open-minded search for how long it'll take Big Auto to catch up to Tesla ... if it ever can. One widely held assumption is that large automakers can turn on a dime and crush Tesla at its own game "once the time is right." That's not true


Tesla Model 3 Spy Shots … Tesla Haters … Tesla Model 3 Production … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

June 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The past week, with ~1 million pageviews, was a pretty big one here on CleanTechnica. With Tesla Model 3 production around the corner, spy shots jumping out of the corners of the interwebs, and leaks about production beginning soon, it's no surprise that stories about perhaps the most significant car in history topped the charts. Have a look and check out any cool stories you missed


[UPDATED] CleanTechnica Webinar: Tesla Model 3 Interior Predictions, Preparations, & Prayers

June 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We're launching a new webinar series — "Electrifying" — and to squeeze some extra fun out of the Model 3 interior intrigue, we're going to kick off with a chat about “Tesla Model 3 Interior Predictions, Preparations, & Prayers.” Our own Kyle Field, Roger Pressman of EV Annex (author of Getting Ready for Model 3), Viktor Irle of EV Volumes, and I will be chatting about what we've seen, what we expect, and what we dream for in our most optimistic moments


What Now, Tesla Naysayers?

June 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

They said Tesla wouldn't do it, couldn't do it. They said Tesla would collapse before the Model S was produced. They said manufacturing inexperience would doom the Model S and destroy the company. They said the Model X was a colossal disaster that would mark the beginning of the end for Tesla. They said the Model X was impossible, a con, a lie, couldn't be manufactured, wouldn't function, and would quickly close the Elon era. They were wrong


What Happens When The Oil Economy Collapses?

June 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The question is simple and stark, but there will be a gradient of effects, and side-effects, and after-effects. As the oil economy collapses, the world will change. And it will change a great deal


Stimulating EV Awareness, Experience, & Adoption — Afeez Alade-Kolawole

June 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the wonderful things about working in the cleantech industry is, sappy as it sounds, the people. We aren't at the early, early phases of industry growth, but we're at an early enough stage that many of the leaders in the industry are still adventurous, compassionate people who are striving to help society


Could India Really Become 1st Fully Electric Car Country?

June 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Last year, when I presented* at a big institutional investment conference in India, there was a lot of talk about solar, but little about electric vehicles. Of course, a large portion of my presentation was about Tesla and electric cars. The presentation* from Indian Minister of Coal, Power, and New & Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, highlighted the highly competitive cost of solar power but didn't really touch electric vehicles


How Many Cars Do Electric Car Drivers Have? (CleanTechnica #EV Report)

June 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm of the opinion that most households could actually do just fine with a Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, or the like — and then also benefit as a consumer from the wonderful inherent features of an electric car. One key reason I think so is because I've seldom known a household that needed to drive all the cars in their household a super long distance on the same day. Typically, households have 2–3 cars in the US, and when one is out on a road trip, the others are still enjoying a slow-paced, short-trip city life. So, why couldn't one of them be a medium-range electric car


How To Handle Trolls — Cleantech Communication Handbook Coming

June 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Working in the cleantech communication business since the middle of 2009, I can say that I've picked up quite a few cleantech communication tips, and I try to sharpen them every day. Unfortunately, I've also seen a lot of examples of bad, bad, bad cleantech communication — communication flubs are quite abundant in this field. (And, yeah, I've been the person behind those bad examples from time to time.) Many cleantech enthusiasts actually use talking points and discussion strategies that are counterproductive. Yikes!


5 New #CleantechRevolution Speakers Joining Us In Berlin & Wroclaw!

June 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Revolution is a brewing. In two weeks, we will be in the midst of our second Cleantech Revolution Tour conference in Berlin, and our 4th overall. We have a tremendous lineup of speakers and panelists scheduled for Berlin and Wroclaw, and a unique format that will result on some practical end products. Additionally, this year's series brings "tour" into the agenda in a deeper way — with each conference held in two cities


Top EV Incentives (CleanTechnica #EV Report)

June 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Which electric vehicle incentives are most effective? Which will stimulate the most EV adoption? Which break down the biggest barriers to EV awareness, experience, and transition


What’s The Effect of Driving Electric on Broader Energy Conservation? (CleanTechnica #EV Report)

June 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the benefits of driving electric is that electric motors and drivetrains are inherently much more efficient than gasoline- or diesel-powered engines/drivetrains. Aside from that inherent energy conservation, though, how much do electric car drivers strove to conserve energy? And how much does driving electric encourage them to conserve energy? These are matters we dug into a little bit in our latest electric car driver report


20 Gasmobiles Tesla Model 3 Will Body Slam

June 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The Model 3 is placed at the bottom of the premium sedan market. Of course, being a unique vehicle in a heavily undersupplied niche market, it competes with models well beyond the small premium sedan market, so definitely don't consider this to be anything close to a comprehensive global competition summary — the Model 3 will be attracting people who would have otherwise bought a Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Mustang, Nissan LEAF, and BMW Z3 (me 20 years ago). But I think this is a decent list of gasmobiles (gasoline-powered cars) whose sales will be remarkably body slammed by the Model



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