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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Plug-In Vehicles = 5.5% of Switzerland’s Auto Sales

January 19th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Far and away, the Swiss plug-in vehicle (PEV) leader was the Model 3, which had 29% of PEV market share. That means it had ~1.6% of the overall auto market in Switzerland all by itself, and it put the Model 3 at #4 in the overall auto market in the country, only trailing the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Volkswagen Golf


That NHTSA Tesla “Sudden Unintended Acceleration” Petition? Created By A TSLA Short Seller Who Doesn’t Own A Tesla

January 19th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

First of all, I'll say that I think we f***ed up by publishing an article on this topic that lacked important context and included misleading framing. I think that stemmed from trusting the reporting of a couple of normally good and thorough publications, and also from not digging deeply enough into the story independently


Tesla Model 3 = 7th Best Selling Car In USA*

January 19th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The Tesla Model 3 ended up being the 7th best selling car in the United States in the 4th quarter of 2019 and the 9th best selling car across the whole year*


Tesla Gobbled Up 78% Of US Electric Vehicle Sales In 2019*

January 16th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

While the Tesla Model 3 was the 9th best selling car in the country and had more than 150,000 sales in the USA, the next best selling non-Tesla on the market was the Chevy Bolt with 16,418 sales, followed by the Nissan LEAF with 12,365 sales


In 2010, Volkswagen Aimed To Become The World’s #1 EV Producer By 2018

January 16th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Steve Hanley wrote an article yesterday titled, "Volkswagen Will Be World’s Largest EV Manufacturer By 2030, Claims New Report." It was based on a report from an independent analyst who thinks Volkswagen could become the world's EV top dog within this decade, based on some pretty wild assumptions


Sony Electric Car … Australian Fire Insanity … Zombie Solar Energy Storage System — CleanTechnica Top 20

January 14th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The biggest, hottest, most enticing CleanTechnica stories last week were led by Sony unveiling an electric car, the impossible-to-comprehend scale of this month's Australian wildfires, and a solar energy storage device from the 1980s that has come back to life. You may have noticed something unusual by now — there wasn't a single Tesla story in the top 3! That's the first time in a long time, and ironic considering that Tesla stock [TSLA] went bonkers last week (and is still going bonkers)


London Launching A 100% Zero-Emissions Street

January 11th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

When we examine the electric vehicle market and forecast electric vehicle growth, we often think of automaker plans, battery investments, how many models they're rolling out, etc. What we don't often consider is how strong city and country policies are going to get to push people to go electric. Several countries have announced plans for gas car bans, and some cities have done the same. Such policies can accelerate EV sales growth perhaps more than anything else


Audi USA Sales In 2014–2019 — Hurt Significantly By Tesla Or Not?

January 11th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently decided to take a closer look at BMW USA sales over the past 6 years in order to try to examine how much BMW was being hurt by Tesla's popularity in the United States. Part of the reason for doing that is that recent Bloomberg research highlighted BMW as the auto brand most hurt by and most vulnerable to Tesla


BMW USA Sales 2014–2019 — Getting Slammed By Tesla Or Not?

January 11th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

For several years, we've considered BMW to be most at risk from Tesla's rise. The BMW brand's trademark "the ultimate driving machine" tagline got stolen away from the German automaker. (Even Edmunds went out and called the Tesla Model 3 the ultimate driving machine.) Want the most advanced driving tech? Coolest cat on the block


US Electricity: Solar Up 15%, Wind Up 9%

January 9th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

"Small-scale solar photovoltaics (e.g., rooftop solar systems) alone grew by 19.22% YTD. Compared to all other energy sources, solar-generated electricity has enjoyed the fastest growth rate thus far in 2019." Natural gas generation grew by 6.71%, nuclear energy generation grew by 0.8%, and coal-generated electricity generation declined by 14.46%


The 2 Big Questions Regarding Volkswagen’s Future

January 9th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Volkswagen is launching into what could be a huge electric decade that reinvents and rejuvenates the large global automotive group. Yes, the Volkswagen ID.3 — which is sort of supposed to be the VW Beetle or Golf of this century — has some delays. Reinvention can be tough


Non-Tesla US Auto Sales Down 177,839 In 2019

January 7th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The US auto industry took a bit of a whack in 2019. Excluding Tesla, auto sales were down by 177,839 units in 2019 compared to 2018. That said, only 13 auto brands saw their sales drop, while 18 saw their sales rise


Sony Shocks — Announces Electric Car

January 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

There have been rumors or expectations for years about Apple electric cars, Google electric cars, and Samsung electric cars outside of the Samsung–Renault partnership in South Korea. Though, I don't recall any rumors about a Sony electric car. I guess Sony is good at keeping a secret, because it just unveiled an electric car concept at CES 2020 that has shocked the world


Las Vegas Taxi Company Orders Hundreds Of Teslas

January 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Kaptyn, a Transportations as a Service (TaaS) technology company in Las Vegas, today launched 30 Teslas in its on-demand transportation (i.e., taxi) service in Vegas. Initially, I thought, "That's a big order. We should probably cover that." As I jumped into the story, though, I saw it was about much more than 30 Teslas


10 Cool Solar Power Stories You May Have Missed

January 4th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Too much cleantech news is a good thing, but it sometimes means I need to stuff a bunch of big stories into one article. Following some roundups of autonomous driving news and battery & EV charging news, here's one more roundup of some cool cleantech stories no one wanted to take and write full pieces about. This one is 100% focused on solar power



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