Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

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


Nuance vs Simple Messages

August 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We're in the business of communications here at CleanTechnica. We have to constantly consider how to communicate in a useful, interesting, and clear way. One topic that comes up practically every day is how to balance simple messages with the extra depth, nuance, and details that create a more complete story


Will Tesla Model 3 Become Top-Selling Car In USA? #2? #3? #5?

August 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Much has been written about the Tesla Model 3, its expected sales, and its potential impact on the auto industry and other automakers. However, a comment today from "Dan" struck me and stimulated this article. The title alone is sure to get me slammed as a "Tesla fanboy." Top-selling car in the USA a Tesla? Sacrilege!


Tesla Shuttle To Attempt World Record In Electric Driving Distance (#Electrifying Webinar)

August 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

This coming weekend, Tomasz Gać, Jakub Stechly, and I are going to attempt to break the world record for miles driven in an electric car on a single charge. This attempt was planned before a group of Italians recently crushed the previous record, so they've certainly made our task more difficult, but we're still hopeful. Weather permitting, the last charge of a Tesla Model S 100D will take place on Saturday evening. The route is basically Poznań–Łódź–Wrocław–Łódź–Wrocław (with some nuance)


Will Merkel Really Ban ICE Cars In Germany?

August 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It came out yesterday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering bans on petrol and diesel cars — cars that use internal combustion engines (ICE). This possibility has been floated in the UK, France, India, Norway, the Netherlands, and certain German cities. However, it is a significant departure from the norm for the country's leader, Merkel, to consider such a strong policy, and I would say that even in recent months I wouldn't have expected it. The auto industry in Germany is just too strong and too interested in a slow transition to electric vehicles, and Merkel is much more a moderate than a revolutionary


Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors (The Straight Specs)

August 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that we have several official specs for the Tesla Model 3, I wanted to do a thorough update of how the Model 3 competes against comparably priced offerings from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Acura, and Jaguar. Last week, I commented at length about subjective features of the Model 3 that I think will make it a much more attractive offer for drivers and passengers — openness, torque, serenity, and 21st century controls. I honestly think these are the core factors (along with the convenience of home charging) that will lead to the Model 3 dominating its market segment. However, I know many people just want to see the numbers and I am sometimes in search of specific numbers for various comparisons, so this article is primarily aimed at providing several key specs across a few variations of the Model 3, the Tesla Model S, and 22 gas-powered competitors



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