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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 Model 3 Performance & AWD Details Sung From A Little Blue Bird — 3.5 Seconds To 60 MPH! [Hot!]

May 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to his favorite social media and communications platform to share details regarding the new Tesla Model 3 Performance & AWD option Tesla is rolling out. Aside from what you will find in the Model 3 configurator, Mr. Elon responded to some of the many tweeted questions with extra details and a little bit of his special Elon marketing


What Changed In The Electric Vehicle Industry In April?

May 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Our "What Changed ... ?" feature tries to cut through the "noise" (that is, review articles, op-eds, superfluous analyses, announcements about the not-so-near future, fun anecdotes, etc.) in order to highlight significant news in the EV industry, solar energy industry, and energy storage industry each month. Here's an update on what was actually new in the electric vehicle world in April


China X Cleantech — 1st Half of Q2 2018

May 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

China is the hottest kid on the block when it comes to cleantech. As such, we try to keep an exceptionally close eye on what's going on there and share regular reports of the most significant news of the past month or quarter


The Daily Caller Drops Ignorance Bomb On Internet Regarding Energy & Developing Countries

May 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The Daily Caller isn't exactly known for winning Pulitzer Prizes. I've read enough incorrect or misleading information on the site that I strive to stay away from it in order to protect my sanity, keep my head from exploding, and not accidentally absorb misinformation. However, one recent piece was suggested for our Reality Check series and I was compelled to respond


New Tesla Interior Options Include The Best Ever!

May 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Nope, you still can't get anything other than black for the interior of a Tesla Model 3 if you order one today — well, black + that one wooden dash feature that I have to admit I love. However, if you want a Tesla Model S or Model X, Tesla just updated its interior options (h/t Hypebeast). If you scroll over to the Model S Design page or Model X Design page, you now have the following interior options


Huge Gap — Tesla Model 3 Sales vs. Other Electric Car Sales (US Electric Car Sales Report)

May 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As I discussed yesterday in a couple of pieces, Tesla Model 3 sales are beginning to look very good compared to gas cars in its class, and they should even give the top selling passenger cars in the United States a run for their money by summertime. I'm probably going to start doing monthly reports on those sales, but that doesn't mean I'll stop doing the super fun US electric car sales reports


Tesla Model 3 vs Small & Midsize Premium Car Competition (New Sales Figures & Charts)

May 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In the middle of last month, I published an article about expected Tesla Model 3 sales versus gas car sales in its class. To be clear, the estimates were for all models (not just the Tesla Model 3), with gas car estimates based on April 2017 sales and recent trends. It turned out that estimates for a few of the models were quite off — sometimes high, sometimes low. The good news is that makes this update all the more interesting


sonnen’s Energy Storage Leadership Around The World

May 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Sonnen is one of our favorite cleantech leaders. It is great at innovation, leadership, and vision. Last month, I published a January interview with sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann. The good folks at The Beam went and created a transcript of it. If you can't be bothered to watch a video but would like to read it, here you go!


Elon Slows Tesla Down … To Cut Out The Financial Trolls

May 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Maarten just wrote an epic piece on Elon Musk's apparent decision to drop Wall Street and drop a beat on the world via a more enlightened, independent, inspired, societally beneficial, long-term corporate approach than we are used to seeing — even from Tesla


Elon, Bruh …

May 3rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

When Elon Musk first tweeted out an article of mine some years ago, naturally, I was ecstatic. What was also cool is that it sat at the top of his twitter feed for a few weeks and the only other things he had tweeted in a period or 2–3 months directly related to his companies (my article didn't — it was a more generic solar power article). That's not how Elon tweets today


Tesla Model Y Production = 24 Months Off … Maybe

May 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

On the Tesla quarterly conference call today, one questioner couldn't help asking about Tesla Model Y production. It's the model millions of people really, really, really want — and since we know so little about it, we are thirsting for information


Tesla Life In An Emerging Central European EV Market (Poland)

April 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As reported a few days ago, my colleague Tomek Gać is "conquering" 12 Central & Eastern European countries in a Tesla. The home base — starting and ending country — is Poland, so we thought a handful of notes about Poland might be of use to kick things off


Why Cleantech Forecasting Often Sucks, & Some Solutions (#Electrifying Webinar)

April 29th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I was in a meeting last year with a bunch of cleantech experts. One of them asked a top analyst in the room something akin to, "Hey, why does your forecast for EV adoption level off like this around 2030?" This was an aggressive adoption forecast among conventional forecasters and analysts, but not the kind of earth-shattering forecast you get from a Tony Seba or such



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