About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the 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 and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, 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

Why 9 Of Top 10 Norway Cars Are Electrified (CleanTechnica Video)

November 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the top presentations at EVBox’s first annual rEVolution conference earlier this year came from Sture Portvik, project leader for electrical vehicles and charging infrastructure in the City of Oslo's Agency for Urban Environment. He was also presenting in Paris recently for Autonomy, where I was again present to moderate some panel discussions


Why Does Tesla Do Everything Better?

November 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The #1 complaint about Tesla seems to be that ... we have to wait too long for mass production of its products. That's sort of a sign that the company is doing things quite well. Actually, if you crunch the numbers, you can see that Tesla cars offer more range, better performance, better interior tech, better semi-autonomous driving features, better charging options, and


Want To Regain Democracy? Talk *Politics* & *Policy*

November 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you are watching the attacks on US democracy closely, it's a bit shocking. Basic elements of the US Constitution and a functional democracy are attacked on a daily basis. There are attacks on an independent judicial systems, attacks on independent media (which is essential to provide societal checks on political power — Thomas Jefferson said it was more critical than government itself), attacks on individuals who express different viewpoints, and attacks on free speech and the idea of discussion at all


Tesla Semi Truck — 8 Questions

November 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica's Kyle Field is in Hawthorne for the Tesla Semi Truck unveiling. He's getting or got or will get a pre-event briefing, but he's prohibited from sharing any details or even pictures from the site before Elon takes the stage and the event begins. I'm quite tempted to ask for some info off the record, but I'll just be patient and wait in line like the rest of you ... sort of


10 Awesome Design Features of Tesla’s Newest Supercharger Station

November 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It shouldn't surprise you that seeing a nice pic of the new Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, California, triggered another article. This station is really a prime example that others should learn from, and it's not just about one or two things — I counted 10. 


New Tesla Superchargers Hint At Future Of Public Charging (& Not Just Because They Have 40 Stalls)

November 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla emailed approximately an hour ago that it just opened North America's largest Supercharger station ... er, two of them. What's more interesting to me is that they represent a transition into a different charging dimension. Kyle Field and I have been talking about this for a couple of years — the future of public charging needs to include more amenities, more relaxation opportunities, more commercial attractions, and just overall more ::stuff:: (forgive the consumerist language and implications here)


Do One Thing

November 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

This has been building for a while, but this week's call to action from 15,000 world scientists pushed me up the final step that led to this article


Amsterdam’s Electric Vehicle Leadership (CleanTechnica Video)

November 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the top presentations at EVBox’s first annual rEVolution conference earlier this year came from Bart Vertelman, Program Manager of Electric Mobility at the City of Amsterdam. Check out his presentation below in this exclusive CleanTechnica video


The Mobility House — Used EV Batteries Intelligently Powering The World (CleanTechnica Video)

November 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the top presentations at EVBox's first annual rEVolution conference earlier this year came from Thomas Raffeiner, CEO & Founder of The Mobility House. In this presentation, Thomas highlighted a few projects used old EV batteries and helping to intelligently manage extreme as well as regular electricity needs in these locations. The Mobility House has partnered with Nissan, Renault, Daimler, and others for these projects. In my eyes, though, the most interesting project was with the Vatican. The presentation is worth a watch, so just get on it


Chevy Bolt Rises Again, Nissan LEAF Drops Off Cliff (October US Electric Car Sales)

November 12th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Our EV charging conference last week delayed my monthly US electric car sales report, but the day has arrived. Naturally, Tesla Model 3 bottlenecks are a bummer, so my Model 3 estimate* is moderate. Meanwhile, estimates for the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X put these vehicles at #2 and #3. And the car that really stole the show in October was the Chevy Bolt


What Changed In The EV Market In October?

November 12th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We published 509 articles in October. It's rather hard to read every single one — I'm not sure if anyone does, but I can tell you that I don't have time for that and I'm the director and chief editor of the site! We publish weekly and monthly roundups of the most popular articles, but I've felt like something was still lacking. So, I've decided to jump into a couple of new monthly reports — one for electric vehicles (this one) and one for solar energy + stationary energy storage


In Giant Shifts, The Invisible Becomes Haunting

November 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The shift away from fossil fuels to clean technology options is so dramatic that I think it can't even be overrated. But one thing that means is that many "invisible" laws of human society will be ripped up, tossed out, and will create resulting commotion and challenge


Electric Car Sales Trends, Forecasts, & Insights (CleanTechnica Interview)

November 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you're a regular CleanTechnica reader, you know EV Volumes well, and you probably also recognize Viktor Irle's face. We've been enjoying and sharing data from EV Volumes on a regular basis for a long time, and Viktor has joined us for most of our Cleantech Revolution Tour conferences


How Cities Can Stimulate More Electric Car Sales (CleanTechnica Interview)

November 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

David Beeton is a leading researcher and policy instigator in the e-mobility world, and more broadly. He founded Urban Foresight in 2011 and has been rolling strong as Managing Director of the company. Here's a quick snippet of what he does there, from his LinkedIn profile: "Working globally on strategies and projects for smart cities. A particular focus on rapidly emerging sectors such as electric vehicles, smart grids, intelligent transport systems and renewable energy."


Norway EV Leadership, Subsidies, & Plans (CleanTechnica Interview)

November 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Continuing and nearly at the end of our interview series in advance of our West Meets East: Charging Central & Eastern Europe's Electromobility Revolution conference* (part of our Cleantech Revolution Tour conference series), below is an interview with Morten Edvardsen, senior policy advisor at Norsk elbilforening (the Norway EV Association). If you are curious about the hottest electric car market in the world (by far), I think this is an awesome read. And why wouldn't you be curious about Norway's leadership!


Charging, Charging, Charging — Best Way For Cities To Break Down EV Adoption Barriers (CleanTechnica Interview)

November 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Prepping for our coming CleanTechnica + GreenWay 1st annual EV charging conference in Warsaw, Poland, I've been interviewing leading thinkers and doers in the EV charging world and in the Central & Eastern Europe EV industry who will be presenting or sitting on panel discussions during the conference*. This time, I peppered one of my ELMO Carsharing and Tesla Shuttle co-founders, Jacek Fior, with some questions. Check out the discussion below



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