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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Volkswagen Missed Its 2018 Electric Vehicle Goal (From 2010) By ~217,000 Units

February 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

A Tesla Motors Club forum member somehow came across a 2018 electric vehicle (EV) sales target from Volkswagen Group that the company shared back in 2010. Volkswagen was hoping to sell ~300,000 EVs a year by 2018. It turns out the 2018 total was more like ... 82,685 (and that's counting a bunch of plug-in hybrids as electric vehicles, which many people wouldn't count)


First ~3,000 Tesla Model 3s For European Customers Arrive In European Port — Pictures!

February 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Just after publishing Maarten's superb article on the electric vehicle explosion coming to Europe in 2019, I got word of the Glovis Captain arriving into Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. I threw some tweets about this into the bottom of Maarten's article, but given how long Europeans have patiently waited for their Model 3s, it seemed the news deserved its own headline


Tesla’s Insanely Awesome Growth Not Impressing People Who Expected Much Worse … Wait, What?

February 4th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla reported financials for the 4th quarter of 2018 and for all of 2018 last week. The company also gave some guidance for the coming quarters. The results included Tesla's second consecutive quarter of profits, which came after months of Wall Street analysts and the financial media claiming that Tesla was about to run out of cash (and might even go bankrupt), couldn't possibly post a profitable quarter in 2018 (and certainly not two quarters of profits), and would need to raise money again to fund its massive "cash burning" production processes.


Tesla Model 3 Used Car Prices … Tesla Model 3 vs. Honda Accord … Tesla Sales — #CleanTechnica Top 20 in January

February 4th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica articles of January were led by a CleanTechnica analysis showing (before Kelley Blue Book came out with its rankings) that the Tesla Model 3 was performing exceptionally well on the used car market. A comparison between the Tesla Model 3 and Honda Accord slotted into the #2 spot, and a perspective-focused piece on Tesla's December sales and inventory landed in #


Audi e-tron vs. Hyundai Kona EV vs. Jaguar I-PACE vs. Kia e-Niro vs. Nissan LEAF e+ — Vote Now!

January 27th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Two weeks ago, we published our 2019 CleanTechnica Car of the Year finalists. In case you missed that announcement or just felt too lazy to take 10 seconds to vote, we wanted to give you a proper second chance. So, I'm republishing a portion of that article intro, the finalists again, and how to vote. After this, the polls will be closed and we'll be announcing the winner


New Hyundai Ioniq … Tesla Referral Survey … Tesla Layoffs — #CleanTechnica Top 20

January 26th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica articles of the past week were actually not led by a Tesla story. (Though, Tesla Model 3 is in the title since the featured EV, the Hyundai Ioniq, is being compared to the Model 3.) Other top stories included some findings from a rather limited but interesting survey of Tesla buyers who used the referral code of one of our writers, Tesla layoffs and Wall Street's response, an open letter to Toyota USA, and a piece rounding up 30 Tesla sales charts from the past month


Journalists Should Remember Their Core Duty

January 26th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Journalists have a very special duty. They are critical to any democratic society and to any free market — or semi-democratic societies and semi-free markets. I am a bit cautious about criticizing journalists or the media with any kind of blanket statements. Such criticisms are popular these days, but they are generally oversimplified and often incorrect. That said, many journalists would do well to revisit their underlying mission, as would many of the executives at major media agencies. Everything is not about money, despite what some have convinced themselves


Tesla Flashbacks, Take 5

January 20th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently had some fun digging up old Tesla news, putting it in the context of the company up to today can make it fascinating. I've also elaborated on 11 years of hyped up FUD about Tesla and claims of its eminent demise for the past decade, as well as 8 "impossible" goals the company has achieved. I forgot, though, that a reader sent along a list of his own back in October. It's a great list as well, so I'm writing about it here for another round of "Tesla Flashbacks."


30 Nasty Tesla Charts

January 20th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

With our US large luxury car sales report, US small & midsize luxury car sales report, US electric vehicle sales report, and other Tesla-related sales reports recently completed, it's time for another edition of Nasty Tesla Charts!


Gas Cars = More Human Death

January 20th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

A recent news item — €70 Billion A Year In EU Health Damage Caused By Vehicle Emissions — reminded me of the following article, which is a piece I wrote in 2016 to try to more directly communicate the issue to people. Initially, the opening line below was the title


What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

January 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in which readers admonished me a little because I put "Solar Power Exploding" in a headline, and they thought I was referring to genuine explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010 progress looks like anthills


Tesla Crushes Porsche & Jaguar Globally — 4th Quarter Sales Report

January 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla's global sales in the 4th quarter were almost as large as Porsche's and Jaguar's sales combined, showing Tesla's continued rise in the broader auto market. It also shows Tesla's quick transition through these more limited, exclusive segments and into the direction of larger brands like BMW, Audi, and perhaps even Toyota someday


Tesla Model 3 vs. Honda Accord … Flying Tesla Roadster … Tesla 75D Vehicles vs. Supercharging V3 — #CleanTechnica Top 20

January 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The top, most popular, most clicked stories of the past week here on CleanTechnica were about the Tesla Model 3, Tesla Roadster 2, Tesla Supercharging, Tesla Model S, other electric vehicles coming to invade Europe, the cost-competitiveness of solar + storage, and more. Scroll through the headlines and click the links to find out more and to read any stories you might have missed in the 100 articles we published last week



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