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About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan Zach 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 Cleantech Needs More Media & Citizen Support

March 19th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

If you're reading CleanTechnica (which you are), there's a good chance you already "get" the key points of this story, but it seems that much of the population doesn't benefit from your understanding. Hence the following article

2018 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Finalists — Vote Today!

March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

It's time to vote on the electric car released between Q3 2017 and Q2 2018 that you think will have the most positive impact on the world. This is our 3rd annual CleanTechnica Car of the Year award, with the first two winners being the Tesla Model X and Chevy Bolt

MSNBC Analyst Bombs In Trump Solar Tariffs Comment

March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

MSNBC gets a lot of things right. In fact, it may be the best mainstream media outlet when it comes to focusing on what's important and when it comes to keeping nonsensical political spin off its shows. However, it seems the outlet doesn't know energy

Evolution of the Tesla Supercharger Network

March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The Tesla Supercharger network is still one of the top reasons electric car buyers are convinced to buy a Tesla rather than another company's electric car. The network was a critical competitive advantage we identified years ago when surveying EV drivers and potential EV drivers, and it seems to be referenced every day in comments on CleanTechnica as a core competitive advantage for the Silicon Valley EV and clean energy giant

The Organized, Varied, & Outright Crazy Attacks On Tesla

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla has been attacked for years. Certain people have targeted Tesla as an entity to smear essentially since Day 1. The reasons vary — pure entertainment, efforts to block competition, envy, masculinity issues, entrenched insider inertia, etc. Some people also just think Tesla, its products, and its CEO are not as cool as the rest of the world thinks

CleanTechnica Chats With The Fully Charged Dudes (Video)

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Ever heard of the YouTube show Fully Charged? It seems like every CleanTechnica reader I meet these days is also a Fully Charged viewer. "Back in the day," I remember seeing just a few thousand (or even few hundred?) views on Fully Charged videos, but the viewership is now through the roof. I'm sure in good part it's down to the wicked good job the team does of highlighting interesting cleantech topics in fun ways

A Solar Bike Crosses India, USA, & France

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

While in Abu Dhabi for the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize, the World Future Energy Summit, and the Global EVRT event, I met an interesting character with an spirit of adventure in his genes — Sushil Pakala Reddy. Sushil, an energy engineer, is an IIT Bombay alumnus from Mumbai, India. I am an Energy Engineer. He's currently getting a master's degree in Sustainability at HEC Paris, a university in Jouy-en-Josas

CleanTechnica Meetup In Amsterdam!

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I'll be in Amsterdam again next week for the rEVolution conference. We had a fun CleanTechnica meetup last year on the night before the conference (which is actually how we ended up with Maarten as a superb CleanTechnica contributor). This year, the plan is to have a CleanTechnica meetup on March 13 again

Is Trump Putin’s Puppet? And If He Is, What’s That Got To Do With Cleantech?

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Donald Trump is not that normal, but he is human. He is a human who has lived essentially all of his life with a totally stacked hand, to bring in a gambling analogy. He has still managed to lose all of his or his companies' cash several times, but then his connections in the benevolent and altruistic worlds of the mafia, luxury real estate, banking, and show business have bailed him out and let him start a fresh game with a new (again highly stacked) hand. As such, despite being human, The Donald has had a pretty abnormal life that has not fully warped his sense of reality by itself but which has warped his sense of what's proper and normal for the rest of society. After all, his reality is indeed real, even if it's not normal or proper

Tesla Model 3 Wins February (Despite Production Woes), Other Electric Car Sales Dim In USA

March 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Here's our February electric car sales report for the United States, which complements our just-published Europe and China electric car sales reports. As usual, the report only includes electric cars from Tesla and companies that report their monthly plug-in car sales. Furthermore, the Tesla sales are not official and are based on several Tesla statements, Tesla reports, Tesla forecasts, and broader consumer investigation. This month, I also started crowdsourcing estimates for Model 3 deliveries. My estimate was leaning toward 3,000, but I decided to go with Knetter's estimate of 3,030 for the report

Tesla Shuttle Invite — Start Your Own Branch

March 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As many of you know, we've got a Tesla shuttle service that we've been rolling out in Central Europe — it's called Tesla Shuttle. We've gotten many questions about whether we offer service in other regions — the UK, USA, Australia, etc. We get the inquiries from people interested in using such a service, people interested in driving for such a service, and people interested in partnering in other ways. After numerous inquiries and a little bit of thought, we've decided it could make a lot of sense to expand our vision

Tesla’s Veiled Swipe At The Chevy Bolt

March 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

When I was going through the Q4 2017 Tesla shareholder letter for a recent article, what might seem like a minor comment caught my attention. Tesla wrote, "We incorporated all the learnings from the development and production of Roadster, Model S, and Model X to create the world’s first mass market electric vehicle that is priced on par with its gasoline-powered equivalents – even without incentives."

New Reports on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Show Healthy Residential Market

March 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Rooftop solar power prices have been dropping. Home energy storage prices have been dropping. New and increasingly compelling electric vehicles keep coming to market. These are cleantech topics that come up daily as these industries keep growing and growing. However, there are transformative elements of the cleantech world that stem from more nuanced business innovations and policies. One of those is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing

If A Tesla Pattern Has Emerged, What Does That Mean For Model 3?

March 3rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We humans have a tendency to stare at one tree and forget about the forest, let alone the even broader world around the forest. For example, we perhaps look at our president and think it's the end of our country, when it's really just a 3-point drop in our level of democracy*. When it comes to the restless tech world and our various consumer product addictions, this is certainly true as well. Is Tesla immune to that? Quite the opposite

What’s Up With The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Delay?

March 1st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

A few weeks ago, almost immediately after the quarterly Tesla conference call, emails went out to Tesla Model 3 reservation holders telling us that delivery timelines had changed. In particular, estimated delivery times for the shorter range $35,000 Model 3 were being pushed back — for everyone. Well, Tesla didn't explicitly say they were being pushed back for everyone, but that's what we gathered based on simple and straightforward logic

Tesla Model 3 Deliveries In February — What Do You Think?

February 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I was about to close out the month and get off the computer (at 2:20 am, admittedly), but then something obvious hit me — why not crowdsource the coming Tesla Model 3 delivery estimate for the month of February? I generally base Tesla delivery estimates for my monthly US electric car sales reports on many factors, but I've somehow not previously thought to tap the vast CleanTechnica reader knowledge & speculation base for support

USA in 2nd Tier of Democracy, & the Role the Media Plays

February 26th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Is democracy the best societal avenue for humans to go down? That's a question many of us in democratic countries don't typically ask. The assumed answer is: "duh." But democracy does indeed have its drawbacks. Tyranny of the masses is no small concern

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