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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Elon, Bruh …

May 3rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

When Elon Musk first tweeted out an article of mine some years ago, naturally, I was ecstatic. What was also cool is that it sat at the top of his twitter feed for a few weeks and the only other things he had tweeted in a period or 2–3 months directly related to his companies (my article didn't — it was a more generic solar power article). That's not how Elon tweets today

Tesla Model Y Production = 24 Months Off … Maybe

May 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

On the Tesla quarterly conference call today, one questioner couldn't help asking about Tesla Model Y production. It's the model millions of people really, really, really want — and since we know so little about it, we are thirsting for information

Tesla Life In An Emerging Central European EV Market (Poland)

April 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As reported a few days ago, my colleague Tomek Gać is "conquering" 12 Central & Eastern European countries in a Tesla. The home base — starting and ending country — is Poland, so we thought a handful of notes about Poland might be of use to kick things off

Why Cleantech Forecasting Often Sucks, & Some Solutions (#Electrifying Webinar)

April 29th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I was in a meeting last year with a bunch of cleantech experts. One of them asked a top analyst in the room something akin to, "Hey, why does your forecast for EV adoption level off like this around 2030?" This was an aggressive adoption forecast among conventional forecasters and analysts, but not the kind of earth-shattering forecast you get from a Tony Seba or such

Help Cities Create Intelligent Electric Transport Ecosystems — New #CleanTechnica & #GreenWay Report

April 25th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

If you want to improve public health, cut air pollution, slow global warming, and boost your regional economy, there are few things you could do that would be more helpful than hastening a shift to electric transport. CleanTechnica has been in the business of "trying to help society help itself" for approximately a decade, and we have focused our work on broadly raising awareness about the benefits of cleantech. However, following the 2016 US elections, we were particularly keen to find out more ways we could help society, and in particular, ways that we could help cities move forward since we saw cities as key leaders in the cleantech revolution

Tesla [TSLA] Now Really A Dramatically Shorted Stock (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

April 23rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

One month ago, we got an email from IHS Markit. The market analysis firm had a totally unsurprising yet also shocking story to share — Tesla [TSLA] was a dramatically shorted stock. It's unsurprising because this has been TSLA's fate for years — it's a favorite of stock shorters. However, it's shocking because: 1) People and companies shorting TSLA have gotten absolutely burned in recent years and even months. 2) Model 3 production is ramping up — it's certainly not at full speed and there have indeed been delays, but production is ramping up

Tesla Model S Crushes Large Luxury Car Competition In USA

April 22nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In July of 2017 (and previously), I put together a comparison of Tesla Model S sales and other large luxury car sales in the USA. A few people recently made me realize an update was in order. I didn't really have a clue how things would turn out this time around since I hardly follow the non-electric car market, but my hunch was that the Model S was still #1 in the large luxury car category

A Truly Solar-Powered Car — #Electrifying Chat With Sono Motors

April 22nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In this week's #Electrifying chat*, we are talking with Sono Motors co-founder & CEO Laurin Hahn. To join this free conference call (which starts at 6:00 pm CET / noon NYC time / 9:00 am California time), register on Zoom here and then join via the provided link once the call starts

Tesla Model 3 — Already #1 In Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales? (USA)

April 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

At the beginning of the month, Tesla noted that it had gotten Model 3 production up to 2,000 cars a week at the end of March. More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CBS that Tesla had produced 2,070 Model 3s in the week leading up to April 10. If you assume Tesla stalls at approximately 2,000 cars a week for the whole month, that's still over 8,000 Model 3 electric super-sedans produced in April

Tesla Model 3 = #1 In Q1 2018 US Electric Car Sales

April 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The Tesla Model 3 appears to have been the top selling fully electric car in the United States in the first quarter of 2018. If you believe my estimates (see more on those below), #2 and #3 on the list were the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model

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