Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Indian Government Advisor: Build Electric Cars In India Or Import Them Like Oil

August 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The electric vehicle revolution presents a once-in-a-century opportunity. Countries around the world import an insane amount of oil. They send their hard-earned cash abroad — billions of dollars of it every day — to oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia, the USA, Russia, Canada, Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE, and Venezuela because of a deadly and economically debilitating addiction

Open Letter To Renault-Nissan Alliance Regarding Supercharging

August 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The following is an open letter to Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman & CEO, Renault Chairman & CEO, and Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn and to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa. If you would like to add your name to the letter, please do so via this Google Form

504,000 Tesla Model 3 Gasmobile Competitor Sales In USA In 2016, & Why To Buy Them In 2018

August 27th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I compared Tesla Model 3 specs to the specs of its top gasoline-powered competitors a few weeks ago, but I didn't provide comprehensive sales data at that time and several people requested such information. I was curious as well, so I dug it up and turned it into a couple of charts (below). Rather than just set you free with the data here, I thought I'd have a little fun here. Below is my take on why someone would buy each of these gasoline-chugging models in 2017 or

Electric Car Charging In The City (#Electrifying Webinar)

August 26th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Our "Electric Car Charging in the City" webinar is starting in a mere seconds! You can watch, ask questions, and make comments on Zoom or on our Facebook page. As noted yesterday, this #Electrifying webinar features a discussion between Artur Sychov (Founder & CEO of, Kyle Field (CleanTechnica's VP of Business Development & Chief EV Reviewer), and me. We will chat about the EV charging solutions at hand, the challenges, the way forward, and how we envision the next 1–17 years in the automotive/transport world

Tesla Model 3 Minimalism vs Buttons & Stuff

August 26th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Long before the final Tesla Model 3 interior was shown, there was daily chatter about the minimalist, sparse, button-free, knob-free, and clean look of the Model 3 interior and especially the dash. Some loved it. Some hated it. Plenty of commenters claimed it was just an effort to cut costs

Charging In The City (#Electrifying Webinar)

August 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

With the next-generation Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, and Tesla Model 3 all making fully electric transport much more practical for normal households, we are entering another phase of the electric vehicle revolution. However, they still hold at their core a double-edged technicality — they offer luxuriously convenient home charging for people who can charge at home, but keeping them conveniently charged if you don't have home charging can be a mighty challenge

iPhones (& Teslas) Could Never Go Mainstream

August 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The same stories come out over and over again as new technologies arrive, start to get popular, and then sweep across the mass market. It happened with the washing machine, with flat-screen TVs, with cell phones and iPhones, and now with electric cars and Teslas

Tesla Model 3 Is “Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum” … “Drives Like A Porsche”

August 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In a recent EV Annex article, I discovered a Jason Calacanis, who Wikipedia tells me is an Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, author and blogger. I should have known he had the blogger force in him — he nailed the headline above for me. The rich Internet dude apparently has a few Teslas in his stable (well, every model) and had the right connections to get an early Tesla Model

Solar & Wind Subsidies = Less Than $0 In USA … Because Clean Energy Saves Lives!

August 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Anti-cleantech companies, think tanks, politicians, and messengers like to talk a lot about renewable energy and electric car subsidies. Meanwhile, they pretend to think that fossil fuels have gotten no subsidies and continue to get no subsidies. That's absolutely rubbish, but it's more or less something we're going to ignore in this article

2040 & 2050 Pollution Car Bans Not So Bold

August 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Several countries have now announced or considered plans to ban gas- and diesel-powered cars by a certain year. These eventual bans are certainly welcome and helpful from a messaging and persuasion standpoint, but if you look at the expected exponential growth curve of electric car adoption, banning polluting cars in 2040 or 2050 doesn't actually look like a very bold move. More or less, it looks like that will happen anyway from simple market forces

Tesla Model 3 vs Electric Competitors (The Straight Specs)

August 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently compared the specs of the Tesla Model 3 to the specs of 22 gas-powered competitors that are more or less "in the Model 3's class." Naturally, readers also requested that we compare the Model 3 with other electric cars in such a detailed way. So here we are!

How To: Write Fake EV Press Releases (Template)

August 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Need to write a press release about some electric vehicle (EV) vaporware? Need to counter another announcement from Tesla? Need to act like you're on the cutting edge of auto tech and the burgeoning car-as-a-service (CaaS) market? Need to fend off the shareholder push to be an electrification leader? Have no fear — an EV press release template is here!

Prepping For World Electric Car (Tesla) Distance Record Attempt

August 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

This weekend, members of the Tesla Shuttle crew are going to attempt to break the world record for miles/kilometers driven on a single charge in an electric car. The attempt is being led by Tomasz Gać, founder/CEO of Quriers and co-founder of Tesla Shuttle. But I'm also one of those people and will be doing a good chunk of the driving — weather permitting. A third co-founder, Jacek Fior, and I did a test drive for several hours recently. Below the video (and in the video chat) are some of my notes from that test drive

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