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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

Is Tesla Model 3 Production Gliding Into 5,000 Cars A Week?

December 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

There have now been multiple claims that Tesla staff members are telling Tesla customers that Tesla is sending out Model 3 configuration invites to batches of 5,000 at a time. If that's true, it seems that 5,000 email invitations were sent in the past few days, 5,000 were sent approximately a week before that, and 5,000 were sent around November 21–22, going by crowdsourced information in this Google Sheet

Who Saved US Electric Vehicle, Solar Energy, & Wind Energy Tax Credits?

December 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The United States Congress hasn't yet passed a tax heist reform bill. However, word on the street is that it's very close. Regarding clean energy tax credits and electric vehicle tax credits that were eliminated in previous versions of the bill, the rumors are that they are no longer going to be eliminated

15,000 Tesla Model 3 Configuration Invites? (Customer Report)

December 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The first Tesla Model X that I got to drive was an early Model X from a regular CleanTechnica reader who drove it from Northern California to Southern California when I was there for the first Tesla Model 3 reveal. He put in an early reservation for a Model 3 too, and he just got his invite to configure a few hours ago. More interesting is what a Tesla employee told him on the phone after he got the invite. The Tesla staff member told him that invites were going out in batches of 5,

Tesla Model 3 Production Ramp — “We Here Yet?” Patience, Young Jedi.

December 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

There's been some hype this week that Tesla Model 3 production may finally be ramping up. The reason? A bunch of Tesla Model 3 customer cars were spotted at the factory ready for delivery. But there's still plenty of reason to stay in your seat and hold the cheers for a future month

10 Reasons The Republican Attacks On Clean Energy & Electric Vehicles Are So Smart

December 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Republicans are interesting creatures. There are the voters, and then there are the politicians. The voters like things like clean air, jobs, Social Security, and ice cream. The politicians, on the other hand, like to let corporations pollute as much as they want, have been known to crash a global economy from time to time1, seem to always be looking for a way to "legitimately" cut holes in the social safety net (note: they're working on a super clever attempt to do this right now), and like to melt ice cream via flamethrowers when the ice cream eater isn't looking. But hey, in the spirit of Monday, below are 10 reasons the latest Republican attacks on clean energy and electric vehicles might actually be a good thing

Tesla Semi Truck Answers, Chevy Bolt’s Time At #1, US Electricity Sector’s Fall From #1 Emitter … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

December 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the past week, surprisingly, didn't include a single Tesla story! Just kidding — it was the subject of 5 of the 20 articles and was heavily embedded in some of the others as well. But we did also have some fascinating pieces about other EVs, clean power trends, scientific advancements, and more

Will Volkswagen Become #1 Electric Automaker Within 5–10 Years?

December 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I know, I know — Volkswagen deceived the public and regulators for years with "defeat devices" that have resulted in innumerable premature deaths ... and continue to cause harm today. I know, I know — Volkswagen is king of vaporware and has been pumping concept electric vehicles for ages that are still years away from potential production

What The “Tesla Is A Cult” People Are Missing

December 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A lot of people don't typically like it when others get extremely excited and bombastic about something. Others, however, can be stimulated by that excitement and bombast. And the preferences are often more a matter of style than anything else

Your Responses To Our Serious & Wacky Tesla Semi Questions (#ChartFun)

December 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Just before the Tesla Semi unveiling, I ran a poll on what the unveiling would include. There were some wacky questions and potential answers as well as some serious ones. The wacky questions and answer choices made it perhaps my favorite piece of work in November. Yet, after a nearly sleepless night and all of the excitement and fun after the event, I forgot about the poll!

How Republican Lawmakers Finally Aim To Cut Carbon Emissions

December 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Billionaires are sitting on islands of cash. Large corporations are as well. The middle class and poor, not so much. Nonetheless, there's a popular myth that's been making the rounds for decades (especially in Republican circles, but even much more broadly). This myth says that giving the super rich more money will result in better economic outcomes than giving the middle class and poor more money

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

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