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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Tesla Executes

August 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There's a lot of big news to share and discuss from Tesla's second quarter shareholder letter and conference call. We'll be covering what we consider to be the most important data points and stories in the coming hours and days — including answers to the questions I was able to shuttle CEO Elon Musk's way. (Listen to the call if you haven't yet.)

Tesla Model 3 Highlights From 3 Owners & Me (Videos)

July 31st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric vehicle activist, early adopter, and now Model 3 owner Paul Fosse was kind enough to take his fresh Tesla Model 3 an hour or so south to let me drive it. He also brought along some friends and their Model 3 for double the chocolate, double the fun. (Actually, I think no chocolate was involved — whoops.)

The EV Safety Advantage — #CleanTechnica Report

July 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric cars are now known for being quick. They are known for being clean. They are known for being quiet and smooth to drive. However, one of their biggest benefits is style something seldom discussed or even acknowledged. Electric cars are safer

Tesla Production Now Passing Up 2017 Jaguar Production — #CleanTechnica Report

July 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Jaguar sold 172,848 cars last year. Tesla sold approximately 100,000, but it was also at the beginning of a steep production ramp. In the second quarter of 2018, Tesla delivered 40,740 cars and had over 10,000 in transit. That would put the company at a production rate of around 200,000 cars a year, already more than Jaguar. However, Tesla was still steeply ramping production of the Model 3, with one foot still in production hell, as CEO Elon Musk put it

What If Model 3 Was A Ford Or BMW?

July 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

It seems quite common these days to attribute obsession with Tesla and especially the Tesla Model 3 to some kind of Le Elon Muské cult Kool-Aid. You know, Tesla is so extremely popular only because of Elon Musk's quirky, nerdy, superhero shtick and unconventional marketing pizzaz. Tesla's cars are okay, but they're in high demand simply because Tesla fans are crazy and quite illogical. And there's not as much demand as everyone presumes anyway. Right

Tesla Production Rising Toward 7,000 Vehicles A Week? — #CleanTechnica Report

July 27th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There are various Tesla production "trackers" out there. None of them are perfect. Who knows what the heck is really going on anyway? And even when Elon Musk himself seems to know what's going on, a new hiccup (or dagger from the devil ruling production hell) can end up changing the story. That said, recent indicators I've seen imply that Tesla is approaching a solid 7,000+ cars a week again

Tesla Shorts Are Scared, Exposed, & Desperate — Memo To Media: Don’t Be Duped

July 23rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

First of all, let's be clear — Tesla is such a popular company now that many people in the media have to cover it, or feel inspired to cover it, who know very little about the company, its products, its history, or its finances. Some of those reporters and bloggers may think they got up to speed quickly, got the story straight, and rightfully came in with boxing gloves on to bash the company. The problem is that those people often didn't get the full story, may have consumed and digested absolutely incorrect information, and may be out of their depths in the general topics they're briefly covering (manufacturing, finance, cars, technology, etc.). I would say that, by and large, these people aren't evil — they've just been misled

Where Does US Democracy Go From Here?

July 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the key lessons I learned while getting my first degree in sociology is a simple one, but it's also a profound one that is too often glossed over. The lesson is that democracy is fundamentally built on two pillars: 1) widespread availability of accurate, nearly complete information; and 2) a citizenry that engages in politics

Wroclaw’s Electric Carsharing Program Passes 30,000 Users

July 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

A local news report in the Polish city where I've been living for nearly 10 years highlights that our relatively fresh electric carsharing program — Vozilla — has passed 30,000 users. Before moving to Florida a month ago, I was seeing the cars — mostly Nissan LEAFs — everywhere I went

Sorry, Elon — Tesla Model 3 Much Better Than I Expected (#CleanTechnica Review)

July 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I thought the Model 3 would be great, top of its class, similar to the Model S we've had for a year. However, it seems I was caught off guard due to Tesla's incessant improvements and all of the nitpicky, consistent attacks from Tesla critics (paid or otherwise). The Model 3 is better than I expected. I expected to love it, but I didn't expect to love it so much. In particular, there were a handful of little things that made the car significantly more comfortable as a passenger and more enjoyable to drive than our 2015 Model S

BMW i3 vs Chevy Bolt vs Nissan LEAF (Comparison Review)

July 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently test drove the Chevy Bolt (at last!) and also spent some time driving a 2015 Nissan LEAF again (due to our i3 being in service). The differences were striking, and I have to say that the Bolt was a letdown — compared to the electric cars I'm used to

Tesla Model 3, Model X, & Model S = #1, #2, #3 In US Electric Car Sales

July 9th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Let's get the biggest matter out of the way right off the bat: no one outside of Tesla really has a clue as to how many Model 3s were delivered in the US in each month of Q2. Yes, we have a Model 3 delivery total from Tesla for the quarter as a whole, but the company doesn't break that down by month or region. For a while, the slowly growing ramp allowed us to estimate without too much difficulty, but a few things changed in May and June

EV Incentives Chat with Paul Scott (Cleantech Talk Today #10)

July 8th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

EV leader/legend Paul Scott talks with CleanTechnica for Cleantech Talk Today #10. We cover the US federal tax credit for EVs, California's $2,500 EV rebate, and unfortunate US politics today with Republicans guiding our ship toward a giant iceberg followed by a flaming crater of hell

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