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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

A Tale of Two Teslas

January 19th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

It seems there have always been two general views of Tesla — 1) disruptor ready to take over the world and 2) clueless upstart on the verge of a dramatic crash & burn. As the company has grown and matured, you might think these divergent readings of the electric vehicle and sustainable energy leader would have merged more, but it appears they haven't. With the larger scale, the visions of 1) world domination and the visions of a fiery Silicon Valley + Wall Street spectacle seem to have both just grown respectively


Inspiration Off The Chain

January 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I sat through another Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony yesterday, and it again moved me to tears. No, it's not normal for me to be moved to tears, but the deep, powerful, inspirational change that certain finalists communicated was too much for the emotional sensors behind my eyes


2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (Cleantech Oscars) Finalists — Vote Now!

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony is tomorrow, January 15. I'm here in Abu Dhabi for the awards since I was on the Review Committee and will be moderating a panel discussion between some of this year's and previous years' winners later in the week. I will also be covering the awards ceremony, of course, covering the World Future Energy Summit, and presenting and moderating panels at The Mobility Conference. As we've done in previous years, I thought it would be fun to run a poll among our readers about who you think will win Zayed Future Energy Prize awards in this 10th edition of the prize


Michael Liebreich & Nicki Shields Headline The Mobility Conference (& Me Too)

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We are a few days away from 1st edition of The Mobility Conference, part of the World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. As you've probably seen by now, CleanTechnica is a co-organizer of the conference and I will be presenting about global electrification of transport as well as findings from our brand new EV charging report. Another headliner just announced is the always superb Michael Liebreich, founder of New Energy Finance, which later became Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And the host of the event will be Nicki Shields, a Formula E and CNN International presenter


Global Warming Is Going To Demolish Economies & Societies

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We had an article last week about the threat to the Florida real estate market that is coming our way from continued heating of the globe, rising sea levels, increased flooding, and stronger storms slamming the coast. Some comments under the article highlighted that such threats persist along vast US coastlines as well as coastlines across the world — it's not just Florida. The fact of the matter is, humans have long settled close to seas, rivers, oceans, gulfs, and bays — and many of the world's most populated and economically vital cities and regions will be physically harmed to one degree or another by the effects of climate change. One commenter highlighted this threat for a rather rich country he's a resident of, but noted, "I think we will cope but it will sure as hell be costly."


The Benefits Of An Electric Vehicle Road Trip … In The Middle East

January 10th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As a lead-up to the upcoming Middle East Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) (which CleanTechnica is a media partner for), which is kicking off from The Mobility Conference (which CleanTechnica is also a media partner on), Dubai radio station Dubai Eye interviewed Global EVRT Cofounder & Managing Director Ben Pullen. You can listen to the interview on the Dubai Eye 103.8 website, or you can just read the transcript below if you prefer that. Enjoy. And we hope to see some of you in the UAE and/or Oman next week!


#1 Tesla Model S, #2 Tesla Model X, #3 Chevy Bolt — 2017’s US Electric Car Sales Winners

January 8th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

With Tesla's slower than expected Model 3 production ramp, the electric star of 2017 (in many respects) didn't shine very brightly on the sales spreadsheet. In fact, it came in just below the Ford Focus Electric on the year-end sales tally. However, it's two older siblings — the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X — appear to have led US electric car sales*


SureFly Electric Helicopter … BMW i3 Nags Amongst Awesomeness … 20 Plug-In Hybrids (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

January 8th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla has long been seen as a rebel of the auto world, but it's becoming a bit mainstream, no? I'm inspired to do a long piece on this ... but not yet. But it just struck me rather starkly as I shockingly saw that no Tesla story was among the top 3 stories of the past week on CleanTechnica ... or even the top 5! Or even the top 10!


EV Policies The UAE Needs (Interview with Fares Almazrooei)

January 8th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Fares Almazrooei, Cofounder and Managing Director of Volt, gets interviewed by interview Ben Pullen, Cofounder and Managing Director of Global EVRT, in a lead-up to The Mobility Conference and the 2018 Middle East


Foundations of EV Revolution in Dubai, UAE (Interview with Taher Diab)

January 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the speakers at the coming World Future Energy Summit's 1st annual The Mobility Conference, which is also the kickoff point for the 2018 Middle East Electric Vehicle Road Trip, is Taher Diab. Mr. Diab is Senior Director of Strategy & Planning at Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Secretary General of the Emirates Energy Award. Below is an interview the EVRT team conducted with Mr. Diab about the EV story in Dubai an the UAE at large


220 Mile Tesla Model 3 vs 225 Mile Nissan LEAF — Who Will Win?

January 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Some quietly broken news this past week was that the 2019 Nissan LEAF is expected to have 225 miles of range, potentially trolling the base Tesla Model 3 by 5 miles. That would put the LEAF #5 of the list of electric cars with the most range, only trailing the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model 3 Long Range, and Chevy Bolt


#TeslaCities … German Solar Record … Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors … (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories of 2017)

December 31st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The year just wrapped up here in Europe. Below were the 30 most popular articles of the year here on CleanTechnica. Naturally, despite a slower production ramp than expected and planned, the big cleantech story of the year was the Tesla Model 3. However, no article about that car won the top spot. Surprisingly, the top spot was won by a piece I very quickly put together after almost deciding to go to bed instead. I think there's really something to that article's success, and I think Tesla would be wise to consider it — but that's a discussion for another day


Reality Check — Correcting The Cleantech Record

December 31st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We love journalism. We need journalism. We need local journalism, high-access national journalism that puts a check on the power elite, and deeply investigative journalism that goes where few would dream to go. If people truly respected one of the great thinkers behind the forming of the United States, they would respect that the work of journalists is valuable — critical — to a democratic society. Thomas Jefferson said


Sustainable Neighborhoods + Electric Transport = Winning The Future

December 30th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We write a lot about electric vehicles here on CleanTechnica, because we're a tech site. But some of the best ways to cut emissions involve no tech at all. One of the best things you can do to cut your carbon footprint and pollution output is live in a walkable, mixed-use location where much of your recreation and relaxation can be done right there in the neighborhood or community where you live. That eliminates the need to drive, traffic on the road, the stimulus to build more roads, and extra parking lot asphalt


Tesla’s New Christmas Easter Egg → More Than A Gimmick

December 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As I noted a moment ago, I recently took a small risk, faced a short freakout, and then made it through my first Tesla software update. The reason I cut it close on the timing and installed the update was that it was a fun Christmas one that I knew my older daughter (3 years old) would love


Teslas Are Freakin’ Computers (1st Software Update Notes, Freakout, & Reflections)

December 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Some other members of our Tesla Shuttle team installed Tesla software updates on our Model S earlier in the year, but the first time I personally did so was the day after Christmas (or 2nd day of Christmas as some people call it). I was a little uncertain whether to do the update at that time — we needed to leave approximately 2 hrs later and the car said it would take 1 hour and 40 minutes. Additionally, I was a little concerned about how much energy it might take. We had an 85% charge but quite a ways to drive. "How much energy does a Tesla software update take?" I had never thought to ask and didn't recall seeing this information somewhere, so I searched online. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an answer



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