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About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. 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, 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.

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US BMW 3 Series Sales Have Collapsed

September 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Cover your eyes if you don't want to see something nasty. Following this sentence are two charts showing a clear collapse of BMW 3 Series sales in the

Solar + Wind = 10% of US Electricity Generation in 1st Half of 2018

September 19th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

To complement our revival of US electricity capacity reports, here's a new report on US electricity generation. As with the capacity report, things are not looking too bright. There's still a lot of grey — in the bar charts below, in the skies near fossil fuel power plants, and in the human and planetary outlook based on how slowly we are cutting fossil fuel electricity generation

What Changed In The Solar Energy Industry In August?

September 17th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Another month is over (long over, actually) and it's time for another update on what actually changed in the solar industry in that time period. Additionally, we got a significant look at new or updated professional forecasts for the solar industry in various arenas. Read below to see the big solar news of August

Bound: Hartford ↔ Boston In A Tesla

September 17th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Need to travel between Hartford, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts? Well, the only natural way to do so is in a Tesla. More eager to work, watch a movie, or sleep than drive on that trip? Well, then jump into a Tesla city-to-city ridesharing vehicle

8 New Tesla Shuttle Routes Open In US Northeast

September 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

New routes in the Tesla Shuttle network are opening up today as another Tesla Indie operator joins the network. The routes are focused on the NYC—Boston—Hartford metro areas

Renewables = 43% of New Power Capacity in USA in 1st Half of 2018

September 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm restarting regular US renewable energy reports here on CleanTechnica. However, this time around, I'm making them quarterly reports instead of monthly reports. Quarterly reports are better at capturing the trends, and some other organizations do contribute monthly updates

10 Nasty Tesla Model 3 Charts

September 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

This is just nasty — what Tesla and its wild young Model 3 are doing to the old guard. Just take a look at the charts (and my notes if you feel like it)

Everyone Loves Their EV

September 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In the EV internet, there's a lot of shade. Far too much shade. People throw shade on every electric vehicle under the sun. There are critics of the Nissan LEAF, critics of the Chevy Volt & Chevy Bolt, critics of the BMW i3, the Ford Energi models, Tesla's premium-class cars, and everything else

#1 Car In USA In Revenue = Tesla Model 3 … Kia Niro EV Is A Winner … (#CleanTechnica Top 20)

September 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica stories of the past week centered around some of the most popular electric cars in the world — the Tesla Model 3, Kia Niro EV, and ... Tesla Model 3. There were also some surprises — a solar tech advancement, an electric pickup truck concept, Elon smokin' weed (or not), Formula E, and more. Check out the full list of the 20 most popular CleanTechnica stories of the past week

NIO Goes Public, And TSLA Jumps As A Result?

September 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

NIO is one of the electric vehicle (EV) startups we've been most eagerly watching over the past couple of years. It has the backing of some solid Chinese billionaires, has presented an attractive vehicle design in the car class humans now love most, and has ambitious autonomous and connected vehicle plans

Is Business Insider Searching For The Truth On Tesla? #Pravduh #RealityCheck

September 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In our first week tracking Tesla headlines across major media outlets, several things stood out to us. One of the big takeaways was that a few major media sites routinely publish a ton of articles about Tesla. Furthermore, those same media sites have demonstrated an overall negative slant on the company

208 Tesla Headlines, 155 Negative & 26 Positive — #Pravduh About #Tesla

September 10th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm a huge fan of the media and high-quality journalism. The free press is a cornerstone of democracy, and much more. The largest media outlets in the world have the resources, passion, and expertise to do tremendous investigative reporting that is invaluable to society. But they are dropping the ball on Tesla, misleading consumers in a highly biased manner

How Serious Is Volkswagen About Electric Revolution?

September 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Volkswagen is a fascinating case when it comes to the electric transport transition. With some interesting news coming in this week, we are revisiting some of the key facts and forecasts we have from the company

Elon Musk On Joe Rogan: “Love is the answer.”

September 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

After talking about artificial intelligence, samurai swords, old cars, and other tidbits with Joe Rogan tonight, Tesla CEO, Chairman, & Chief Humor Officer Elon Musk got to talking about Tesla. My favorite statement from the interview was where Elon emphasized that Tesla vehicles aren't really cars — "a Tesla is a thing to maximize enjoyment."

Tesla Sales Higher Than Acura, Audi, BMW Car, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus Car, & Mercedes Car Sales In USA (August Sales)

September 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Let's just start with some numbers. Below are USA sales totals for the month of August from several top luxury car brands. Additionally, I've included an estimate for Tesla's sales in the USA. While we don't have precise numbers from Tesla, there is now confirmation from CEO Elon Musk that Tesla sold more cars in the USA in August than BMW, which means it sold more cars than all the other brands in the headline

Tesla Model 3 = 5th Best Selling Car In United States

September 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Three weeks ago, I published that I expected the Tesla Model 3 would be the 5th best selling car in the United States in August. That has now been confirmed. (Note: we're just talking cars, not SUVs or pickup trucks.)

Tesla Killers, Episode #79

September 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

You know what they say — "As long as there's been Tesla, there've been Tesla killers."

The Press Got Bored & “Wised Up” — Tesla News 5 Years Ago vs. Today

September 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I've been curious lately — how has Tesla coverage in the mainstream media evolved over time? Has Tesla coverage always been batshit crazy? Or is that a relatively new thing? Last week, I wrote about dramatically negative press sentiment about Tesla that was prevalent 10 years ago. The company was sure to die any day, according to smart dudes at The Truth About Cars, the New York Times, and most outlets in between

How Many Progressives Have Been Duped By Anti-Tesla, Anti-EV Propaganda?

September 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I am proud to be on the side of working-class Americans. I'm proud to support progressive political candidates who are working to get millions more people the basic health care, livable wages, and core education that are the bedrock of a healthy, happy, successful country

Tesla Shuttle Flies Into Florida

September 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla Shuttle, a city-to-city Tesla shuttle service (who would have guessed it from the name?), has expanded into the United States

Automakers Try Hard To NOT Sell Electric Cars

September 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Automaker executives from Ford, GM, Nissan, and Toyota are fond of saying that not very many consumers want electric cars. They sometimes claim they could make many more electric cars, but customers are not asking for electric cars. (They somehow ignore the hundreds of thousands of orders Tesla has pulled in for the Model 3.)

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