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

Do Americans Understand What Government Is For?

January 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I keep telling myself to focus on other matters — a big EV report I'm in the midst of, our series on cleantech actions cities can take, my next US electricity reports, the dozens of stories I collected during my week cleantech megaweek in Abu Dhabi, etc. — but I keep getting thrown back in disbelief at the American public and many of the politicians we elected


Vice Ruler Of Dubai Has Tesla Supercharger (& Model S) — Nothing To See Here, Move Along Now … (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

January 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I landed a couple of pretty interesting scoops today while in Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. First of all, I found out that Tesla is opening a store in the UAE next month — it's unclear if the store will be in Abu Dhabi or Dubai or both cities. That was expected for a long time, though, especially given that the backdrop of Dubai has appeared in some Tesla advertising


Tesla Opening In UAE Next Month (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

January 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) seems like an ideal place for Tesla Motors. Clearly, the country has money, and people with money can afford Teslas — which nearly everyone seems to want. Additionally, UAE leadership — despite making a fortune and a half on oil & gas — seems to be keenly aware that the future is cleantech, and the future is coming faster than a Tesla Model S


Next Big Thing: Renewable Water Desalination

January 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One fun thing about running CleanTechnica for the past 7 years or so has been watching as new innovations and industries pop up, and then navigating the initial players in these nascent markets and trying to find out who is leading and where the market is going


Awareness, Awareness, Awareness — Clean Energy Is Cheap, Cheap, Cheap (Time To Be Annoying)

January 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

What do you think of people who just keep talking about the same thing o v e r and o v e r and o v e r again? Annoying as hell, right? Politicians who repeat the same crap lines repeatedly. CEOs who you hear deliver the same fluff PR talking point for the 100th time. Annoying cleantech bloggers who keep telling you about ... oh, wait, I'm not going to go there. :)


2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards & Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony

January 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In a few moments, the 2017 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will launch. That includes the opening of the 2017 World Future Energy Summit, the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony, WISER (Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy), Abu Dhabi Global Action Day, the 2017 International Water Summit, and more. Technically, it also includes the IRENA General Assembly, which I attended on Saturday and where I was inspired to write about the totally insane carbon bubble and tremendous cost-competitive renewable energy potential (790 GW) in South East Europe (more articles to come from the IRENA event)


The Totally Insane Carbon Bubble

January 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As the cleantech transition speeds up, many of us are jumping for joy. Trump may be king of tweetland, but he and his oil & gas buddies can't stop renewables or electric robotaxis. They know that. Their goals are pretty clear, though: pump up the carbon bubble as much as possible, stuff as much cash into their own bank accounts before it pops, and hopefully retire and die before the whole global economy is brought down with the the thin soapy liquid that was probably much prettier as a bubble


EV Charging Survey — This One Will Make A Difference!

January 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I know, we’ve been sharing a lot of EV surveys lately. However, I can say with strong confidence that this one will use the input for practical consumer products that will improve the EV industry. So, if you always thought, "How come my EV charger is not doing X?," then this is a survey where you can help to improve the market offerings


Tesla, Chevy Bolt, & Other EV Production & Sales Numbers In 2017 — You Guess!

January 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica reader "No way" had a great suggestion last week — poll the community on 2017 Tesla production and delivery predictions. We actually did this last year, but I forgot to check on the numbers until Karl Graves emailed them over. A few of us were quite close to nailing the 2016 total. However, I think we didn't carefully consider production versus delivery figures, so we are clearly separating those this year


7 Models = 81% Of Electric Car Sales In US (2016 US Electric Car Sales Report)

January 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

US electric car sales had another record month in December, and again reached a record market share in the country. Fully electric and plug-in hybrid electric car sales reached 19,133 in December (and 144,455 sales for 2016 as a whole), which put EV market share among all passenger cars at a record 1.13% (and 0.82% for 2016 as a whole).


Ford Mustang Electrified — Big News … Or Maybe Not

January 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Last night, an email from Ford flew in. Ford had a hot new press release to share. This was the headline: "FORD ADDING ELECTRIFIED TRANSIT, MUSTANG, F-150 BY 2020 IN MAJOR EV PUSH; EXPANDED US PLANT TO ADD 700 JOBS." I was super excited — "Yes, Ford is finally in the game!" The first thing to dampen my enthusiasm was realizing that "2020" was in the title. I guess it's not fully in the game yet, just putting its socks and boots on. The bigger letdown


Death — Meh

January 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Well, it's a pretty philosophical topic when you get down to it — we're all going to die, it's up for debate whether we have any control over when or how we die, and it's up for debate if dying prematurely is a negative thing or doesn't matter at all. But, basically, I assume what most people assume — we should do what we can to avoid "premature" death and we should do what we can to not cause other people and animals premature death


The 20 Electric Cars For Sale In The USA, Canada, & Europe

January 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We've been rather discretely rolling out cleantech consumer buying guides, which we'll be continuously updating and improving as time goes on. The first resource page (found at products.cleantechnica.com) covers current electric cars for sale (or soon coming to market) in North America and Europe


Electric Robotaxis — The Future Is Coming … Fast!

January 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

My idea for an answer for the Masdar 2017 Engage Global Social Media Competition came to mind quite quickly after I saw the prompt, which is, "what will be the most important technological development over the next 10 years that will have the greatest impact in reducing climate change risks?"


Top CleanTechnica Stories In 2016 & December

January 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm not going to attempt to identify which CleanTechnica stories of 2016 were my favorites, but below is a top 50 list of our 50 most popular articles in 2016 based purely on pageviews. After that, there's a top 30 list for December (also purely based on pageviews)


CleanTechnica’s 5 New Year’s Resolutions

January 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

These New Year's resolutions weren't planned, nor the idea itself. I just spontaneously jumped into this because of some recent articles from our team — and the calendar transition, of course. In any case, FYI, here are 5 New Year's resolutions from CleanTechnica (aside from "exercise more" and "sleep more")



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