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

CleanTechnica Readers Vote With Tesla On Moral Right To Share Driver Data

April 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

People don't like to be the reason something bad happens. They lose even more interest if it's something really bad, perhaps even criminally bad. With that in mind, it's no surprise that some drivers have tried to blame their accidents on Tesla Autopilot. There were a couple of incidents (maybe more) where people seemed to accidentally hit "drive" instead of "reverse" or "brake," then took out part of a wall and crashed their Tesla as a result, and then blamed the whole thing on Autopilot


Solar Ink … Solar Panel Deep Dive … 10 Terawatts of Solar … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

April 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The top CleanTechnica stories of the week brought a surprise this week — there were no Tesla stories in the top 3! I don't remember the last time that happened. :P Furthermore, solar power swept the top 4! With the quickly growing consumer EV market, it's been a long time since solar dominated the top of the rankings. I was hit with a bit of a flashback looking at the numbers this week.


Revolution Returns — CleanTechnica Conferences In Berlin, Wroclaw, Warsaw, & Lodz

April 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica and GridHub jointly organized three conferences last year — in Berlin (Germany), Leipzig (Germany), and then Wroclaw (Poland). We had wonderful attendees, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, great partners, and a ton of fun. So, we decided to launch a big series of conferences in the coming year to keep the cleantech inspiration rolling


Nissan & EVgo Plan I-95 Fast Charging … & Superfast Charging?

April 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The world's leading electric car seller and the USA's leading fast-charging network have partnered to build an "I-95 Fast-Charge ARC" that goes from Boston to Washington, DC. In other words, the I-95 corridor in that region will get a lot more fast chargers soon


11 Billion Electric Miles In USA, 1 Million Wireless EV Charging Hours

April 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The world's wireless EV charging leader, Plugless (parent company = Evatran), has been tracking some fun figures and recently shared some electric vehicle milestones with CleanTechnica. The first was that the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, and Tesla Model S have jointly logged nearly 10 billion electric miles (according to estimates, since no one has the precise figure at their fingertips), and all modern EVs have now logged over 11 billion electric miles


Are These Renderings The Next-Gen Nissan LEAF?

April 7th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Sometime back, Pedro Lima of PushEVs — a Portuguese dude who seems to have some close connections to people in the EV battery world and deep knowledge of EV batteries — posted some potentially legit renderings of the next-gen Nissan LEAF. We published about them at the time, but also took them with a grain of salt — renderings of future cars are a dime a dozen


Going Global: EV-Box’s Elvi (#CleanTechnica Original)

April 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

When I headed over to Amsterdam a few weeks ago to give a presentation at rEVolution 2017, I expected EV-Box would have some cool news to share, but I didn't expect as much as I got on the product side or the business/ownership side. I'll touch on the latter briefly here, but I covered it in a couple of previous articles and will dig into it more in another CleanTechnica exclusive soon, but I think there's a big story when it comes to Elvi that perhaps doesn't seem so notable on the surface and needs extra effort to highlight


As Trump Trashes The USA, China Collects Marvin Gardens & Park Place

April 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The people of the United States didn't elect Donald Trump. Approximately 3 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump, while approximately half of the population stayed home. In typical Donald fashion, he is trying to take revenge by pulling the country further into the gutter


Tesla Plans To Build Entire City, Possibly Hundreds Of #TeslaCities

April 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Elon Musk can't stop. Tesla can't stop. The cleantech revolution can't stop. As if electric robotaxis, solar roofs, insane battery price reductions and gigafactories, reusable rockets, record-shattering acceleration, electric semi trucks and minibuses, and hyperloops + tunnel-boring companies weren't enough, Elon Musk has decided to build entire cleantech cities. Well, he's starting with one, but if all goes well, that could leads to hundreds more


Tesla Model 3 Test Track Video (#CleanTechnica Exclusive From Unveiling Night, Abridged)

April 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One year ago, Kyle Field and I were in Los Angeles to see the unveiling of perhaps the most influential car in history. The introduction of the Tesla Model 3 seems as exciting today as it was a year ago — in some ways, a bit more exciting; and in some ways, a bit less exciting. I'll chat more about that after the video, but the video is the focus of the article


The 150-Year-Old Energy Giant Ready To Disrupt The Market (#CleanTechnica Original)

March 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Engie had been on our radar before, but never to a large degree, even though it is a giant energy company — one of the largest in the world. Then, in January, Thierry Lepercq — Executive Vice President of Engie in charge of Research, Technology and Innovation — made some eye-popping futuristic claims which grabbed a lot of attention. A short time later, I was in Abu Dhabi at a gigantic IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) meeting of ministers from many countries around the world. To kick off a big ministerial, there was a CNN-moderated panel discussion with top people from IRENA, Statoil, EDF, IEA (the International Energy Agency), and Engie. Thierry was at the table


Energy Giant Engie Buys EV Charging Leader EV-Box (Exclusive Interview)

March 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As you probably saw, I was one of the keynote speakers at EV-Box's inaugural rEVolution summit. I noticed ahead of time that the inspiring Engie exec Thierry Lepercq was going to be one of the other speakers, but I did not anticipate the huge news that was to come. At the very end of the summit, EV-Box CEO Kristof Vereenooghe slow-walked us through the announcement, somewhat teasing the audience as he unveiled that EV-Box had just become a part of Engie


Idea! Let’s Bring The USA 30–100 Years Back In Time!

March 12th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you're a thinking person, you know that the USA was once a wonderful utopia of happiness, economic prosperity, equality, and a tremendously high quality of life — maybe 30 years or so ago, maybe 40 or 50, maybe 100. I don't know when, but I do know one thing — it was once a paradise like you can't even imagine today


Bonkers, Paranoid, & Potentially Trapped Donald Trump vs Mike Pence — Who Would Be Worse?

March 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I saw the following title on Google News and broke out with a quiet but spontaneous midnight laugh: Is Donald Trump bonkers, paranoid or trapped? The answer is quite likely "all of the above," of course, which is probably why it was so funny. However, I think the bigger question is, "Who's more dangerous as president — Donald Trump or Mike Pence?" I'll get back to that question after quickly running down the idea that Trump is bonkers, paranoid, and/or trapped


How Can You Most Effectively Defeat Trump’s Oil & Gas Cronies? #DropPollution #DropCorruption

March 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Yes, Donald Trump's so-called "presidency" is about much more than oil & gas. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, & other hyper-racist faux news sources have filled Trump ("Don the Con," as some people call him ... as I've heard some people say) with a tremendous amount of crazy-person hate for "others." I don't have to describe who those "others" are, I hope, but it is a wonder that Don the Con is so keen to have dark skin despite being so seemingly scared of dark-skinned people


What If Trump & Pruitt Do Clobber US & California Fuel Economy Standards?

March 9th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As a couple of our writers have highlighted this week, there may be a war brewing between California and the US Environmental Protection Agency. If that seems strange to you (knowing that California is super green and the EPA is all about keeping our world green), note that the United States under Donald J. Trump has a dude running the EPA who basically wants to see the EPA destroyed — so, yes, we are living in backwards land at the moment


US Electric Car Sales Up 68% In February

March 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

US electric car sales jumped approximately 68% in February 2017 vs February 2016. Fully electric car sales were up 74%, while plug-in hybrid sales were up 61%. For the first two months of the year, that puts all plug-in car sales up 64%, fully electric car sales up 57%, and plug-in hybrid sales up 72%


What If Obama Had Done it?

March 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years, many Republicans falsely claimed that Obama was not born in the US (and thus wasn't our legitimate president), that he's Muslim (he's actually Christian), that he hates America (so obviously absurd that the claim baffles the mind), etc., etc. All the while, Obama maintained his composure and was "presidential" for his entire 8 years as president. Try to imagine for a minute if he wasn't. And try to imagine he had serious conflicts of interest and strong ties to anti-democratic, anti-USA countries. What would the haters have been yelling if he crossed the lines Trump has crossed



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