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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

Tesla’s 15% Luxury Car Share In USA … Tesla Energy Vision … Tesla–Fiat Tango — #CleanTechnica Top 20

April 14th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The 20 most popular CleanTechnica articles of the past week covered Tesla's strong sales and luxury car market share in the USA, Tesla's clean energy and energy storage vision and leadership, an interesting new deal between Tesla and Fiat in Europe, many other things Tesla, a new electric seaplane fleet, electric vehicles ranked by "price per range mile," and more. Scroll down and see which stories tickle your interest


Tesla Fremont Factory Video Tour, Part 1 — #CleanTechnica Exclusive

April 14th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

You may have heard — CleanTechnica recently got to tour Tesla's Fremont factory in great detail. We spent hours walking the floors, talking to engineers and factory workers, and gawking at Tesla's impressive machinery and manufacturing processes. Kids in a candy store is the best metaphor that comes to mind


CleanTech Talk with Ross Gerber — Tesla Climate Leadership, Tweeting, $420, & The Oil Crisis Of The ’70s

April 13th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

For our hot new Cleantech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with Ross Gerber, cofounder, president, and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, to discuss cleantech innovation, Tesla, climate change, insurance companies, and more. The conversation was approximately one hour long, so to cut it down into more manageable portions, we've split it up into a couple of episodes. Listen on your favorite podcast platform or via the embedded player below


Tesla Bioweapon Defense Mode With Memory, Smart Powerwall Storm Watch, & Tesla’s Software DNA

April 9th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

A few weeks ago, a Rich Stefani tweeted something to Elon Musk. Highlighting just how abnormal Elon Musk's Twitter habits are — and just how atypical Elon is — he responded to this gentleman. I use the words "abnormal" and "atypical" because Rich has just 23 followers (and has only tweeted 29 times). It's not normal for a billionaire CEO with 25.6 million followers to care much about what people tweet his way, let alone respond to them. It's not typical for a billionaire CEO to spend a lot of time conversing with the unwashed masses (no offense, Rich). Though, it is typical for Elon


Netherlands Electric Car Share Jumps To 7.3%, Fastned Revenue Triples

April 9th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The Netherlands has long been one of the top plug-in vehicle markets. Norway far and away wins the prize for highest market share (Tesla alone accounted for 31% of new vehicle sales in March and all fully electric vehicles combined accounted for 58.5% of sales), but the Netherlands is perhaps the country most closely following Norway's lead


Tesla & Fiat Dance An Interesting Tango

April 7th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

We occasionally joke about people who have claimed for the past 11 years that Tesla will die any day. The truth is, though, it's nearly unbelievable that Tesla has indeed survived, and how quickly it has grown to become so big and influential.Fiat has been on the flip side of the electrification story, generally eager to avoid it, deny it, defer it, and complain about it


Neuralink April 1st Story … Tesla Model 3 #1 In Europe … Tesla Model 3 Delivery Rush In China — #CleanTechnica Top 20

April 7th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica stories of the past week were led by ... an April 1 joke. (It's not the first time. And it was a great article.) Other than the Neuralink joke, Tesla sales in Europe, Tesla sales in China, a solar module efficiency chart, and a global Tesla 11 Year Death Anniversary event I dreamt up attracted the most reader eyeballs


Tesla Model 3 = #1 Luxury Car In USA

April 6th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

In the first quarter of 2019, the Tesla Model 3 was again the #1 top selling car in the US luxury car market. It was far and away the winner. It was actually #13 in the overall US car market, and no other premium-class car even made the top


15 Automakers + 8 Additional Car Brands See Sales Drops In USA

April 6th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that we've got a truly mass market electric car in the US (the 13th best selling car in the country in the first quarter of 2019 and the best selling luxury car), I've found it interesting to take a closer look at changes in all automakers' overall car and automobile sales. I meticulously track changes from month to month and quarter to quarter using automaker sales reports for this purpose


Tesla = 15% Of Luxury Car Sales In USA

April 6th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla had the #1 top selling luxury car in the USA in the first quarter of 2019, but it didn't win the title of top selling luxury car producer in the first quarter and also didn't top the list of luxury automakers (cars + SUVs/CUVs/trucks). However, the Silicon Valley company did stay on the podium despite a 50% cut in the federal EV tax credit for Tesla buyers and despite the fact that most Tesla vehicles were shipped abroad (with the Model 3 making it overseas for the first time)


Best Car In USA, Tesla Model 3, Is 13th Best Selling Car In 1st Quarter — What Does That Mean?

April 4th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The "best car" on the market is generally something you'd think to tie to a specific price range, class, or at least body style. In 2019, though, I don't think you have to do that at all. In my humble opinion (and I'll make the case for it in a moment), the best car on the market is now cost-competitive with the highest selling mass market cars on the market. It wasn't in the first quarter, but it is in the second


3 Charts On Tesla Quarterly Delivery Trends

April 4th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I've got a lot of numbers to crunch and articles to publish now that Tesla has released its 1st quarter production and delivery numbers. Stay tuned for approximately 20–30 more charts and several articles putting Tesla's vehicle sales numbers into context


Tesla Model 3 Performance Racing … Tesla Model Y … Tesla Model 3 Costs vs. Other Cars — #CleanTechnica Top 20 in March

April 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The top CleanTechnica stories of March? A Tesla Model 3 beating a much, much more expensive Porsche. A semi-image of the Tesla Model Y from Tesla. Tesla Model 3 cost of ownership versus the 10 best selling cars in the United States. A new solar panel out of Belgium. Powerful new solar panels from SunPower. Tesla's wonderful navigation system and how it makes road trips sooooo smooth and easy. The Tesla Model 3 versus 21 "competitors." And much more. Have a stroll


Tesla Deliveries Up 110% In Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018

April 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla delivered 110% more vehicles in the 1st quarter of 2019 versus the 1st quarter of 2018. The Q1 2019 delivery total was approximately 63,000. That said, the deliveries were 31% less than the 4th quarter of 2018, due in part to a high number of vehicles in transit, over 10,



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