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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Flat Earth vs SpaceX & Tesla … Solar Panel Prices Fall Fast … 1st Tesla Hearse (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

February 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica articles of the past week somehow included discussion of "flat earthers." Actually, they led the pack! To be honest, though, it was a really interesting and thought-provoking piece. A CleanTechnica exclusive on quickly dropping solar panel prices also exploded this weekend, followed closely by my exclusive coverage of the world's first Tesla hearse

7 Top Tesla Shuttle Customer Reactions After 50,000 Kilometers

February 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We're approaching one year of operation with Tesla Shuttle — city-to-city transport in a Tesla, airport pickups & drop-offs, special event show & tells, and a bit of Uber use. Just passing 50,000 kilometers of service and approximately 100 passengers, it seemed like a good time to reflect on some of the lessons learned and customer reactions

Used BMW i3, Used Nissan LEAF, or … ?

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

2½ years ago, I asked readers here on CleanTechnica to help me out with a tough decision — which electric car to get. We were planning to move to Florida, or back to Florida in my case (I've been living in Poland for nearly 10 years now, and my wife is from here, so she has lived here most of her life). I left Florida 14 years ago (mid-2004) in large part because of the car-oriented, sprawling development patterns down there, but I've missed the wonderful beaches ever since and would also like my parents to have some time with my young daughters

Nope, Cobalt’s Not A Problem For The EV Revolution, Or Tesla (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In the world of life, there are small challenges and there are major, critical, existential challenges. That’s the story for humans, for businesses, and for industries. Limited cobalt supply is being pitched more and more as an existential problem for the electric vehicle revolution (and for Tesla in particular), but it’s really just another cog in the machine that needs to get moving

#1 Feature Of Tesla Model S In Europe?

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

What's the #1 feature of a Tesla Model S or Model X. Perhaps the acceleration? Perhaps the amazing navigation and software controls? Perhaps the super smooth and quiet drive? Maybe it's Autopilot? Or wait, maybe it's the Easter eggs!

The 1st Tesla Hearse (#CleanTechnica Video)

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Not that long ago, the world's first Tesla hearse popped onto the scene. Tesla hearse? Yes, someone had the brilliant idea to turn a Tesla into a funeral car. I wanted to capture the car in person and talk more to the company and driver behind it, so I took a trip to Den Haag (The Hague) for a visit. Well, actually, I was in Holland for rEVolution 2017 and a great cleantech leader (CleanTechnica reader and now friend) from the Netherlands lined up the visit. Of course, I was certainly thrilled with the idea

Solar Panel Prices Continue Falling Quicker Than Expected (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Solar power prices have been dropping faster than people expected, even faster than experts expected, and even faster than bullish experts expected. I wrote about this general point a couple of years ago for an article for The Economist Group. The question I was supposed to explore was whether we needed solar technology breakthroughs in order for solar to take over the electricity generation market

rEVolution Chat — Watch Now!

February 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Revolution is the name of the game these days — or, rEVolution, as some of us like to put it. Here at CleanTechnica, our objective is to cover the EV revolution, solar revolution, wind revolution, energy storage revolution, and energy efficiency revolution. The reasoning is varied — cleaner air, new economic opportunities, cool tech, etc. — but one core reason is that we're racing to stop global warming, and we're not in the lead

US Electric Car Sales … Tesla Virtual Power Plant For 50,000 Homes … Tesla Model Y … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

February 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla, Tesla, and Tesla — yep, yet again, it was Tesla stories that caught the most eyeballs here on CleanTechnica in the past week. From US electric car sales pontification to an Australian virtual power plant to Tesla Model Y production rumors to Tesla home solar sales at Home Depot, the company was a hot item. Scroll down to find out what else made the top 20 list — and click through if you haven't read any of these!

Big Auto, We Have A Problem — US Electric Car Sales Report

February 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Looking at the US sales of top electric cars (including plug-in hybrids), one thing stands out in January: Tesla dominates. This is unlikely to change anytime soon. Though, hopefully Nissan LEAF sales surge with the new version and hopefully Bolt, Volt, and Prius Prime sales rise higher than they did by the end of

Car Gangsters: Should We Support Their Evolution Despite Their Mafia Past & Present?

January 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Credit to the CleanTechnica reader who used the email subject "car gangsters" when he sent along news of ethically sketchy German auto industry "research." Aside from the catchy phrasing, the astoundingly immoral approach that was employed on so many levels to deceive and harm society brought me back to a question that often pops into my head: Should buyers support car gangsters' efforts to change their ways and offer electric cars, or should we just support companies that are "all in" on clean transport

Tesla vs Bolt … China’s HUGE 2017 Electric Car Sales … Renault Zoe Wins Europe … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

January 29th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The hottest CleanTechnica story of the past week was, no surprise, a Tesla-related story. It initially seemed to be a rather humble, inconspicuous, unpretentious but interesting reflection of Steve's time driving and riding in the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, and Chevy Bolt in the Middle East during a 2018 Global EVRT adventure, but then it blew up and is now approaching 200,000 views. I imagine you've already read it, but have a gander if not — at least for the pics!

Join Our rEVolutionary Chat — February 6th

January 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In approximately 9 days, Monica Araya and I, co-hosts of the coming rEVolution 2018 conference in Amsterdam, will interview EVBox CEO Kristof Vereenooghe for CleanTechnica's next #Electrifying webinar series. Yep, that's right — we're going to tag team that Chiefer*

MSNBC & CNBC Miss The Key Points Of Trump Solar Tariffs Story

January 26th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The recent news about tariffs on Chinese solar panels brought out how little MSNBC staff follow the energy industry and how little they understand what the problems are with this specific trade case. Bringing in CNBC Editor-at-Large John Harwood didn't help either, as he also didn't note (and didn't seem to not know) the most important points of the story

Solar Car … 13K Nissan LEAF Pre-Orders … Tesla Model X Door Issues … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

January 22nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There was a wild diversity of interesting stories published in the past week on CleanTechnica, which led to a fun mixture of super hot stories as well. Especially hot was the possibility of the ever fabled solar car. A notable 13,000 pre-orders for the next-gen 2018 Nissan LEAF also caught eyeballs. And, natch, Tesla Model X falcon-wing door issues couldn't slip by without notice. Check out these stories and the rest of the top 20 list via the links below

A Tale of Two Teslas

January 19th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

It seems there have always been two general views of Tesla — 1) disruptor ready to take over the world and 2) clueless upstart on the verge of a dramatic crash & burn. As the company has grown and matured, you might think these divergent readings of the electric vehicle and sustainable energy leader would have merged more, but it appears they haven't. With the larger scale, the visions of 1) world domination and the visions of a fiery Silicon Valley + Wall Street spectacle seem to have both just grown respectively

Inspiration Off The Chain

January 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I sat through another Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony yesterday, and it again moved me to tears. No, it's not normal for me to be moved to tears, but the deep, powerful, inspirational change that certain finalists communicated was too much for the emotional sensors behind my eyes

2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (Cleantech Oscars) Finalists — Vote Now!

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony is tomorrow, January 15. I'm here in Abu Dhabi for the awards since I was on the Review Committee and will be moderating a panel discussion between some of this year's and previous years' winners later in the week. I will also be covering the awards ceremony, of course, covering the World Future Energy Summit, and presenting and moderating panels at The Mobility Conference. As we've done in previous years, I thought it would be fun to run a poll among our readers about who you think will win Zayed Future Energy Prize awards in this 10th edition of the prize

Michael Liebreich & Nicki Shields Headline The Mobility Conference (& Me Too)

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We are a few days away from 1st edition of The Mobility Conference, part of the World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. As you've probably seen by now, CleanTechnica is a co-organizer of the conference and I will be presenting about global electrification of transport as well as findings from our brand new EV charging report. Another headliner just announced is the always superb Michael Liebreich, founder of New Energy Finance, which later became Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And the host of the event will be Nicki Shields, a Formula E and CNN International presenter

Global Warming Is Going To Demolish Economies & Societies

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We had an article last week about the threat to the Florida real estate market that is coming our way from continued heating of the globe, rising sea levels, increased flooding, and stronger storms slamming the coast. Some comments under the article highlighted that such threats persist along vast US coastlines as well as coastlines across the world — it's not just Florida. The fact of the matter is, humans have long settled close to seas, rivers, oceans, gulfs, and bays — and many of the world's most populated and economically vital cities and regions will be physically harmed to one degree or another by the effects of climate change. One commenter highlighted this threat for a rather rich country he's a resident of, but noted, "I think we will cope but it will sure as hell be costly."

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