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

Why Did Republicans (& Some Independents) Fall For The Trump Con?

May 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Donald Trump's election was a somewhat shocking and somewhat obvious result. Shocking, in part, because Donald Trump was so thoroughly unqualified for the job, and also in part because his life and words were so contradictory to the ideals espoused by the Christian base Republican politicians focus so much attention and messaging on


Electric Car Range Requirements … From Current EV Drivers (CleanTechnica Report)

May 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

How much range do people need? Various studies have jumped into this topic, but I don't recall seeing anyone survey electric car drivers themselves. So, in our new 93-page electric car driver report, we asked different types of EV drivers across two continents what their range requirements and expectations were for their next EVs


Electric Car Drivers Want Electric SUVs/CUVs, Midsized Cars, Much More Model Variation (CleanTechnica Report)

May 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the challenges of the current EV market is extreme lack of choice. There are only a few widely available models, and even if you look in the most popular markets (California, Norway, etc.), EV models only account for a small percentage of all the vehicle classes. We were curious which classes were most desired for future EV purchases and again polled respondents on this topic (simply in regards to size and style, not taking into account price)


Republicans’ Trump Crisis A Reflection Of Broader Issues

May 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Remember that there was a strong #NeverTrump campaign within the Republican Party during the primaries, and even running into the general election. Former Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush reportedly did not even vote for Trump in the general election. I'm sure some other prominent Republicans didn't either. Seasoned politicians who know how government and politics work could see the train wreck coming 5 miles away


German Solar + Wind Record … Tesla Model 3 Book … Boring Machine + Electric Sled (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories)

May 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Crazy week last week, eh? If you got a bit too caught up in Donald Trump's shocking decision to fire FBI Director James Comey (because, apparently, Trump was sort of sick of seeing Comey discuss the FBI investigation into potential collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russia), perhaps you missed some of our top stories. Interestingly, the top story of the week got shared by Bernie Sanders on one of his Facebook pages (his US Senator page), but the big burst was thanks to a reader submitting it to reddit, where it rose to the top of the reddit homepage for quite a few people


1st Tesla Model 3 Book Is Superb — 3 Reasons Why

May 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The good folks over at EV Annex had a great idea — publish the first Tesla Model 3 book*. When I was introduced to the idea, I thought, "That's a neat idea," but just thought it would be a book about the momentous arrival of the most important electric car in history, a car that is iconic as a symbol of the unprecedented transition from polluting cars to clean cars


23–50% of Electric Car Drivers Plan to Get Tesla Model 3 Next (CleanTechnica Report)

May 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

With over 100,000 reservations logged in under 24 hours — before the car was even unveiled — it doesn’t take six polls to uncover which electric car tops the list of “expected next EV model.” Nonetheless, the Tesla Model 3 didn’t single-handedly account for the majority of answers for that question, and seeing the precise “future car” split according to 6 six very different EV-driving groups is fascinating


New French President Invites Cleantech & Climate Leaders From USA To Ditch Donald Trump, USA (Video)

May 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We've written a few times about how China has the opportunity (and seems to be taking it) to increase its global influence and power thanks to the Trump presidency. There are various avenues for achieving that, but the largest of them seems to be Trump's science denial and absurd ideas regarding global warming and sensible climate action. Now, another global superpower is following suit with this opening, but much more directly


Is A Republican Rift Forming? 3 Republican Senators Break With The Pollution Party On Methane Rule

May 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Members of the Republican Party sitting in Congress have been particularly good at sticking with the "party line" on a wide range of issues — even when that means pouring more pollution into their constituents' throats, working to increase the number of superstorms that slam the East Coast and the dramatic droughts that destroy the Southwest, voting through health care bills or amendments that make it much more expensive for normal Americans to get health care (apparently, just so the richest among us can keep more money in overinflated bank accounts), and pretending Donald Trump's potentially corrupt connections and actions in regard to Russia wouldn't have their faces exploding with range if it had been Obama in such a situation


Why Electric Car Early Adopters Went Electric, + Best Things About Driving Electric

May 9th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Last week, we published CleanTechnica's new, 93-page electric car and driver report. For the report, we surveyed over 2,000 electric car drivers living in 28 countries (26 European countries, 49 of 50 US states, and 9 Canadian provinces). Generally speaking, we wanted to find out what early electric car adopters require and desire from their next electric cars and from EV charging networks, as well as what EV life is like so far for them


rEVolution (Video)

May 9th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I gave a presentation in March in Amsterdam (Holland) at EV-Box's first annual rEVolution summit. When creating my presentation, I decided to dive into a theme that I've been increasingly compelled to present on — how do you communicate electric transport to "outsiders" in the most effective way


On The Wrong Side Of History …

May 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

What happened with people who sided with Hitler and the Nazis in their quest to murder countless humans? As their crowd rose to the heights of power and prestige, many people who supported them must have thought their futures were looking up and they were setting up some kind of positive family reputation for future generations. To look at things from the perspective of today, it is mind-boggling how those people could have thought that they were going in the right direction


US Sales Of 10 Electric Car Models Grew 42% In April, 69% In January–April

May 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Once upon a time, there was an epic monthly sales battle in the US between the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt. They were neck and neck for ages, sometimes changing places several months in a row. Nowadays, the market is growing, and more relevant is probably looking at the Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Prime, and maybe BMW i3. The cars are in a similar price range and class, but each offers a unique mix of features and style. Importantly, they are also the models that are available "nationwide."


US Electric Car Sales By State — Who’s #1, Ohio Or California?

May 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Our friends over at EV Volumes — a Silver Sponsor of our upcoming Cleantech Revolution Tour conference in Berlin+Wroclaw — recently shared some interesting state-specific electric car sales data with us. The most notable finding is clear enough in the following chart


GM’s Chevy Bolt Ad Excites (CleanTechnica Mistake Offers Interesting Case Study)

May 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A little more than a week ago, we published an article about a Chevy Bolt "fan commercial." The commercial was superb and we praised it while somewhat despondently wondering why GM doesn't create such superb commercials. There was just one problem with that — it turns out the commercial was created by GM's team in South Korea


Tesla Model 3 HUD — Huge Demand, Even If It Won’t Arrive (Poll Results)

May 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In late March, we got seemingly definitive word from Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the Tesla Model 3 would not have a HUD (heads-up display). Since the unveiling event over a year ago (or even before it), there was a great deal of speculation that the 3 would include a HUD. Given how common this speculation/expectation was, it seems odd that Elon took so long to state that the 3 would not have a



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