Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

New Nissan LEAFs For $11,840 In Colorado! $11,510 In Texas!

December 22nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

One week ago, thanks to a reader tip, I published about a tremendous group buy discount on Nissan LEAFs in Kansas and Missouri, which brought the price of a new Nissan LEAF as low as $11,510 after incentives (the $7,500 federal tax credit and a $10,000 group buy discount). Turns out, this isn't the only such deal in the United States. Commenters noted that almost identical offers are on the table in Colorado and Texas. The discounts run through December 31 and January 3, respectively


China’s Opening Gets Bigger & Bigger As Trump Walks Into More Traps (His Own Traps)

December 15th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

As I pointed out before the election, Donald Trump's campaign was so full of irony it could have filled a gold-plated plastic slurpee cup — something Trump may well own. Of course, now that he's "President-Elect" Donald Trump (with nearly 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, sprinkling more irony into the cup), the craziness has continued


Get A New Nissan LEAF As Low As $11,510 (After Incentives) In Kansas Or Missouri!

December 15th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

One of our readers, Bill Kalahurka, commented last week: "I just bought a 2017 Leaf yesterday! I was on the list for the Model 3, but then my local utility company (Kansas City Power and Light) started offering a $10,000 incentive for Nissan Leafs. After the KCPL rebate and the federal tax credit, I got a brand new Leaf for about 16,400 bucks! I am no longer a bystander in the EV revolution; I'm in the game, baby!"


1st Non-Tesla High-Power EV Charging Station In USA!! Thanks, EVgo

December 15th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Our 2016 EV driver and potential driver surveys came to a number of interesting findings, but perhaps the most interesting was how much respondents required or strongly desired super-fast EV charging (read the full 70-page report for free). The problem, of course, is that only Tesla had a single super-fast (aka high-power) EV charging station


CleanTechnica T-Shirts & Mugs!

December 15th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Looking for a new t-shirt? You've come to the right place! We've got a handful of fun designs (well, we think they're fun) that you can buy in our new CleanTechnica store


Danish Solar Auction Garners 5.4¢/kWh Average Price Bid!

December 13th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

5.4¢/kWh is on the low end of Lazard's estimated levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar power plants. It's not far below it like recent bids in the Middle East — but this is Denmark! If an immature solar market in a Scandinavian country can see an average solar price of 5.4¢/kWh — which beats the LCOE from every other new power plant option except wind — that's a significant milestone


Florida City Votes For 100% Energy Freedom!

December 13th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

A Florida city enjoying the relaxed breeze that comes off of the neighboring Gulf of Mexico has become the 20th city in the United States to commit to 100% energy freedom


BMW & Ford Electric Car Sales = 6% Of BMW & Ford US Car Sales In November

December 12th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

BMW cars with a plug, electric motor, and battery are now approximately 1 out of every 16 BMW USA passenger car sales (6.4% of such sales), based on November's sales split. That includes sales from 3 fully electric and plug-in hybrid BMW models: the BMW i3, BMW i8, and BMW 330e. The BMW X5 xDrive 40e was not included in this calculation since it falls under BMW's "light trucks" category


10 Cleantech Solutions Your City Should Implement

December 8th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Cities are where most of the world's people live, and they can make the move toward cleantech and away from burning up the planet go much, much — much — faster. In fact, some policies could trump critical levers like ZEV mandates, and if adopted broadly, make the ZEV transition happen faster than most of us think possible


10 Best Electric Cars For The Money (Right Now)

December 7th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Following my post on "10 Top Cleantech Christmas Gifts" and other recent discussions, I thought it made sense to write an article on what I think are the "best electric cars for the money" right now. Naturally, this is a subjective top 10 list. Because of the difficulty in comparing some models and the subjective nature of the list, I'm not ranking these 10 — these are just, overall, the 10 electric cars that I think offer the best value for the money


10 Top Cleantech Christmas Gifts

December 4th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica is largely a consumer-oriented website, so it seemed like we should do one of those "top 10 gifts" thingies. Here's my shot at 10 top cleantech Christmas gifts (or Hanukkah gifts, Kwanzaa gifts, winter is long and cold gifts, etc.)


1 Million Pure EVs Worldwide: EV Revolution Begins!

November 22nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The new electric car models hitting the market right now and in the coming year are a huge leap ahead of models that have been on the market for the past several years, but even without these new models, 1 million pure electric vehicles are now on roads worldwide! That's according to new data from EV Volumes


Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week

November 20th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Curious what your fellow travellers considered the most interesting CleanTechnica stories of the week? Have a gander at the most-viewed stories below


Every US State & Every Country Can Become An “Energy Giant” Via Solar

November 17th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

While editing an in-depth article on Arizona solar energy this week, this line caught my attention: "With over 375 solar companies serving the value chain in Arizona, there are more than 6,900 people employed in the state’s solar market." 6,900 jobs in a state like Arizona is a big deal, and the solar industry is just getting started!


Tesla’s SolarCity Acquisition Approved

November 17th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

As Elon Musk expected, Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity was overwhelmingly approved by shareholders. Over 85% of shareholders approved. Interestingly, that matches up quite closely with reader surveys we conducted. In our initial survey, 74% of respondents supported the acquisition. In our second survey a few months later, 89% of respondents supported the acquisition



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