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About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. 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, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.



Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Eli Zero Comes Back To Life

August 8th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

We covered the cute, fun, tiny Eli ZERO electric concept car in 2017 and 2018. It is not looking to upend the traditional global auto market like the Tesla Model 3 or Tesla Model Y, but it is a cool, attractive-looking little electric vehicle that could sell in decent portions to vehicle-sharing fleets, tourism transportation systems, college campuses, retirement villages, etc


Nissan & E.ON Partner On Large UK Vehicle-To-Grid Project

August 7th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Let's dive into a new partnership between Nissan, E.ON, Newcastle University, Imperial College London, Northern Powergrid, UK Power Networks, and National Grid ESO — with Nissan and E.ON forming the core of the partnership. The consortium is named e4Future


Xpeng Files For IPO On NYSE — Looking Through Xpeng’s History

August 7th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Xpeng, which I wrote an in-depth piece on just a couple of days ago, has just filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Its SEC Form F-1, filed today, is more than 200 pages long and we'll be diving into it to see what we can learn. But the short story is that Xpeng has filed for IPO to trade under the symbol "XPEV." In the meantime


Hyundai & Urban-Air Port Working On Urban Air Mobility Infrastructure In UK

August 7th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Hyundai Air Mobility (part of Hyundai Motor Group) and Urban-Air Port have teamed up to "explore new, purpose built, multifunctional and scalable infrastructure to enable Urban Air Mobility (UAM)." Think it's just a side project? Think it's marketing? Think again. Hyundai plans to invest $1.5 billion in the next 5 years to both develop an air vehicle and help develop the broader urban air mobility ecosystem


Kia (Finally) Starts Offering More e-Niros In UK

August 7th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona EV (cousins of sorts) were ahead of their time. Their combination of range for a semi-affordable price — as well as being in a popular vehicle class with good styling — put them on the top of many shopping lists. EV enthusiasts loved them


Mobileye & WILLER Partner For Robotaxis In Japan

August 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

News this month out of Japan is that Mobileye is partnering with WILLER, an unfamiliar name to an American like me but apparently "one of the largest transportation operators in Japan, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian region," in order to launch robotaxi service in Japan, Taiwan, and elsewhere in Southeast Asian


Northvolt: $3 Billion For 2 Battery Gigafactories In Europe

August 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Northvolt just raised another $1.6 billion in debt, bringing total debt and equity raised to $3 billion. We recently interview Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson about Northvolt's history and plans, giving much more insight and depth to what Northvolt's plans are with that $3 billion


Mercedes-Benz & CATL Team Up

August 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the largest EV battery producers on the planet, CATL, and a luxury automaker out of Germany you might have heard of, Mercedes-Benz, have teamed up to "lead in battery technology."


NIO Deliveries Grew 322% In July 2020 vs. July 2019

August 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

NIO continues to show solid growth despite the clear economic challenges of 2020. The Chinese EV startup announced its July deliveries this week and shared that the July 2020 figure was 322.1% higher than the July 2019 figure


Who Is Xpeng?

August 5th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Xpeng, or Xiaopeng Motors, was founded in 2014 — two years after the Tesla Model S came out — in Guangzhou, China. Without a doubt, it took the idea of "copying what Tesla did" to a potentially obsessive level (I'll come back to that later on)


NIO Cars, Deliveries, Stock, & More

August 4th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

We are launching a variety of resource pages on major cleantech companies, products, and topics. As a leading electric vehicle and lifestyle startup in China, one of the companies we're starting with is NIO. We have resource pages on NIO, the NIO ES6, and the NIO ES8 to begin


Tesla = 19% of Global Plugin Vehicle Market

August 3rd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Yesterday, I reported that the Tesla Model 3 had nearly 4× as many sales as the second best selling electric vehicle in the world in the first half of 2020, and more sales than the 2nd best selling, 3rd best selling, 4th best selling, 5th best selling, and 6th best selling plugin vehicles combined. Let's now look briefly at plugin vehicle sales rankings by brand


Tesla Model 3 Had More Sales Than 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, + 6th Best Selling Electric Vehicles In 1st Half Of 2020

August 2nd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

While different electric vehicles may be #1 in different markets (the Renault Zoe in France, the Audi e-tron in Norway, the VW e-Golf in Germany), globally, there is no question which electric vehicle is the most popular. According to recently compiled data from EV Volumes, the Tesla Model 3 had nearly as many sales in the first half of 2020 as the 2nd best selling, 3rd best selling, 4th best selling, 5th best selling, 6th best selling, and 7th best selling plugin vehicles combined


Finland Achieves 16% Plugin Vehicle Market Share

August 1st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Finland is the 4th best country in the world in terms of plugin vehicle market share this year. It is at 16% market share, double its 8% market share in 2019 and more than triple its 5% market share in 2018, according to our friends at EV Volumes


Xpeng Motors Ready For IPO In USA

August 1st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Xpeng Motors, a popular electric vehicle startup in China that has unabashedly followed Tesla's lead, that used patents that Tesla opened up for anyone to use, and that designed and developed cars that clearly resemble Teslas (yet do have their own design language) is readying for an IPO in the United States


Nissan: Free Parking At Cool Pavilion For Your Electricity. Mmmkay, Thanks.

July 31st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Nissan has rolled out a unique opportunity for electric LEAF drivers in Japan. The company has set up an innovation showcase near its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, and LEAF drivers can park for free — inside the showcase — if they are fine contributing some of their battery's electricity to help power ... the showcase



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