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The Important Questions Not Asked On Tesla’s Q3 Conference Call

October 26th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

This article was inspired by a CleanTechnica commenter who dropped question #1 under a recent CleanTechnica article. For sure, the ~33 questions below should have been asked on the Tesla financials call last night — these are the really important ones. Alas, it was not a good day. Now that the commotion is over, perhaps Elon will find some time to answer some of them on Twitter

18 Nasty Tesla Charts

October 21st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla used to be a nice and considerate young company, easing its way into a ginormous automobile ocean in which it sold one and then two guppies — the Model S and Model X. Then along came Model

Tesla Model S Still #1 Large Luxury Car In USA — By Far

October 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Poor Model S and Model X. Their younger sister came along and completely stole their thunder*. For years, the Model S and Model X were the hottest items in the auto industry. In particular, the Model S's dramatic, unexpected, sharp rise to the top of its class — in terms of sales, consumer satisfaction, glowing reviews, and everything else — was the story of the century. Then along came Model

Exclusive: Angela Merkel Put Heat On Automakers To Electrify Faster

October 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There has been a little bit of a positive surprise in the past two weeks in Europe. The European Parliament voted a couple of weeks ago to support a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions from transport by 2030, a notably more aggressive transportation emissions cut than the 35% reduction target the European Commission had proposed. That led to a compromise decision to make the target 35%. Exclusive intel I've collected from the inner circles of this world is that this was the first time when such a vote came up that German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't

8 “Impossible” Goals Tesla Achieved

October 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

You may want to write this off as a clickbait fluff piece. Well, it may clickbait (depending on the definition you're using) but it is certainly not a fluffy Furby, flufferbot, or feckless sideshow. In fact, I think the points illustrated below are often critical to know and keep in mind when reading and writing about Tesla

Plug-In Cars = 60% Of New Car Sales In Norway In September

October 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Exponential electric vehicle adoption has been at play in Norway for several years. I remember attending EVS27 in Barcelona back in late 2013 and the hottest news of previous months had been Norway achieving stunning EV market share milestones. That October, plug-in vehicles had risen to 8% market share! Electric cars had been the top selling cars in the country two months in a row — the Tesla Model S in September and the Nissan LEAF in October. The market share had been 7% in September. 7% and 8% market share were figures no other country would touch for years

Brussels, In 4 Days, EV Revolution — Meet Me There!

October 13th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In 4 days, on Wednesday, October 17, I will be presenting and moderating panels about the EV revolution during AVERE's AEC2018 conference. In the opening plenary, I will open up the conference with four EV leaders with diverse expertise and surely useful insight to share. Here's the opening lineup

Lordy, MSNBC & POLITICO Miss The Tesla Elephant Again

October 13th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Stephanie Ruhle does an excellent job covering macroeconomics and the political matters she covers. Ruhle is one of the most pointed, insightful, and, dare I say, electrifying political commentators on TV. But my goodness, she and the crew at Velshi & Ruhle need to get a clue on the 21st century auto industry

Breaking: Tesla Offers Free Supercharging During Hurricane Michael

October 10th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Following in its tradition of lending an extra helping hand to those in need (which is, more or less, the entire underlying mission of Tesla), the Californian company is again letting Tesla owners who are in the path of Hurricane Michael get out of the way quicker via free Supercharging

Automakers #4 Through #7 & Their Electric Vehicle Plans

October 10th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla has busted open the mainstream electric vehicle market. The problem is, approximately 17 million passenger vehicles are sold per year in the USA, the number globally is around 100 million, and there's no way in the netherworld Tesla could produce 10 million cars per year on its own by 2023. Even 2025 seems idealistic (but I would love to be proven wrong). Yes, Chinese automakers are ramping up electric vehicle production faster than automakers in the US and Europe, but they aren't taking over the world anytime soon

Why The Tesla American Success Story Ain’t Gettin’ No Love

October 9th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I've been scratching my head for months — or years — but perhaps no more than this past week. Tesla, one of the great American success stories of the century all time, gets clobbered daily in the media. It happens in the right-wing media, in the left-wing media, and in the center-news-network media. Meanwhile, amidst all of the hooping and hollering about stuff they don't understand, those outlets miss the news that

Tesla Model 3 Is #1 Top Selling American Car In USA

October 8th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla's production and sales growth is stunning. It is one of the most dramatic manufacturing stories in US history, let alone 2018. The sales records and eye-warping bar charts are in multiple important categories, not just in the electric vehicle space. However, one story I haven't seen highlighted yet is that the Tesla Model 3 was the #1 highest selling American car in September

The Top 3 Automakers & Their Electric Vehicle Plans

October 8th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There's a small secret here on CleanTechnica: We ♥ Tesla. Tesla is pushing transportation into a clean, zero-emission, electric future more than any other company. Nonetheless, we also need leadership from large automakers that weren't born electric. Globally, approximately 96 million passenger vehicles are sold a year. In the US alone, the figure is 17 million or more

Scoop: Nissan Electric SUV Price Target = $45,000

October 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

With the Tesla Model 3 — the world's best car under $50,000–70,000 — completely humbling old luxury car leaders and giving the most popular cars from Toyota and Honda a run for their money, the ongoing question is, "When will conventional automakers get more serious electric competitors onto the market?"

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