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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.



Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

[Updated With Pricing] Tesla Model 3 Configurator Opens In China

November 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We reported earlier today, based on tweets from Elon Musk, that Tesla plans to start delivering Model 3s to customers in China in March of 2019. Or, more cautiously, in April. Now we have word from our friend Vincent in China that the Tesla Model 3 configurator has just opened for reservation holders in China. More in a moment


Tesla Reaching Out To US Model 3 Reservation Holders To Ask If They Want A Refund

November 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla is in an interesting position. Hundreds of thousands of people put down reservations for a Model 3, perhaps 100,000 of them (or not quite) have now gotten their cars, and hundreds of thousands are still waiting. Many of those people are overseas, but plenty are surely still in the United States. Who are they? Are they going to order? If not, are they ever going to ask for a refund


Tesla Model 3 = #1 Top Selling Luxury Car in USA in October

November 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

This may have been the longest I've ever taken to create a monthly US sales report, and it may have also been the most difficult. We had a strong sense of how Tesla Model 3 production and deliveries were ramping up through the 3rd quarter, but due to the intense push to get Model 3s out the door and into customers' hands by the end of the quarter, it has been hard to estimate output in subsequent weeks — much of October


TeslaMondo Returns!

November 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Editor's note: For many moons and months, TeslaMondo was perhaps my favorite thing on the internet. It is a blog that offers insightful and hilarious commentary on Tesla. Hold on, let me rephrase that — it offers tremendously insightful and insanely hilarious commentary on Tesla. Alas, for more than one year, the person* behind TeslaMondo stepped deeper into the shadows and TeslaMondo went silent (*no, that person isn't me, despite what some people have claimed and how much I wish that were the case)


5 Years of Poor Tesla Forecasts & Analysis … Tesla Model 3 China Deliveries … #CleanTechnica Top 20

November 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In the past week, CleanTechnica stories of all stripes were popular and spread far and wide across the internet, but the most popular stories were the 20 below. The biggest eyeball earners covered: 5 years of poor Tesla analysis by one prominent short seller, an estimate for the introduction of Tesla Model 3 deliveries in China, Tesla Autopilot vs lidar-based autonomous driving, automotive giants vs. the EV revolution, Jaguar I-PACE efficiency, China's electric car sales, and more Tesla, autonomous vehicle, EV, and cleantech fun


Why Automakers Try To Slow & Stifle The EV Revolution

November 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I've had a lot of fun recently while highlighting 50 "tips" for slowing the electric car revolution and writing about what the end of gasmobiles could look like, but the discussions left some people scratching their heads. Why would automakers conscientiously try to delay a switch to electric vehicles? Why would they not try to create attractive electric cars once they were shown how popular Tesla's models have been


45% of Current Electric Car Drivers Plan to Buy a Tesla Next — #CleanTechnica Report

November 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

You're going to be shocked — the electric car respondents most frequently said they were most likely to buy next (or for the first time in the case of non-EV drivers) was the Tesla Model 3. Over 100,000 reservations ($1,000 each) were placed for the car in under 24 hours — even before the car was shown. The demand was through the roof and ended up being the single biggest product reveal in history by certain key metrics. So, it is not a surprise in the least that this electric car tops the list of “expected next EV model.”


Electric Car Drivers: Demands, Desires & Dreams — #CleanTechnica Report Intro

November 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

EV Driver Desires, Demands, & Dreams explores the preferences of current electric car drivers in North America and Europe regarding electric car models, classes, special features, range, battery options, and more. It also takes a deep dive into key consumer benefits of electric cars and respondents' views on the best ways to promote electric car adoption


Republican Policy Is Inviting A Nightmare (or 3)

November 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Numerous prominent Republicans and former Republicans, some of whom were in top positions in Republican White Houses and Congress, have urged voters to vote for Democrats in this election (often for a whole set of reasons related to democracy and protecting the core essence of the United States that I'm not even going to discuss in this article)


Tesla — Spaceship of a Revolution

November 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I didn't get into this career in cleantech via engineering, business, or battery chemistry. My first degree was a dual major in sociology and environmental studies, which somehow led to CleanTechnica through a wildly meandering route. I love sociology and still consider it the heart of my career, and the heart of my work today. So, I'm surely a bit biased in how I view Tesla, which is often through the lens of a sociologist


Tesla Model 3 Competes With Camry & Accord … 14+ Tesla Demand Levers … #CleanTechnica Top 20

November 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular articles of the past week on CleanTechnica included another great total cost of ownership (TCO) comparison between the Tesla Model 3 and some very popular cars, consumer demand levers Tesla could pull if it needed to stimulate more demand, an exploration of Tesla's focus and mission beyond being a carmaker, electric bike fatalities and injuries rising, and more


5 Years Of Incorrect Claims & Forecasts About Tesla From TSLA Bear Mark Spiegel

November 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There have been a handful of particularly loud Tesla bears or critics over the past several years. One of those people, Andrew Left of Citron Research, recently made a U-turn in his position on Tesla (citing 4 CleanTechnica charts of Tesla sales along the way). Another one is Jim Chanos, who we'll probably address again before long, and another is Mark Spiegel. Like Chanos, Spiegel gets put on major TV shows frequently for his "expertise" on Tesla. But if you look at Spiegel's historical record on Tesla, it's really bad — really, really bad


Republican Senator Proposes Taking Away US EV Tax Credit

November 3rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

A Republican Senator from Wyoming thinks that thinks that helping to clean up our air, lead in an extremely fast growing industry, and stop global scorching is not a good idea. U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) has proposed killing off the federal zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) tax credit via a bill he has introduced, the Fairness for Every Driver Act


China’s Chery Sneaking Into Europe

November 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

If you follow our monthly China electric car sales reports, you should recognize the name Chery. It hasn't been on the level of BYD or BAIC, but it has a relatively good seller in the eQ. The car actually landed on the #3 spot in August


How Trolls Dominate The Internet

November 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

If you've been on the internet lately, you've probably noticed a few trolls. In fact, if you've spent much time in discussions about Tesla, politics, or climate change, you've seen swarms of trolls roll in. Sometimes you may have thought, "Hey, these peeps be trolls?" And sometimes you may have simply assumed they were normal human beings honestly expressing their point of view



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