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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Tesla Vehicle Revenue In 2022 — $73.7 Billion?

December 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

What will Tesla revenue be in 5 years, in 2022? I don't think anyone has the magic answer, and opinions vary drastically, but here are the results of my fun exercise in Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model S, Model X, Semi, Roadster 2, Pickup, Energy, and Network revenue, gross margins, and gross profit in 2022. Have fun exploring the possibilities along with me

The 10 Electric Cars With Most Driving Range

December 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A lot has changed since I first compiled a list of the 11 electric cars with the most range. Most of those cars no longer make the list. Furthermore, there are a handful of affordable electric cars that have jumped into the high-range bracket. Have a look below (and compare to that 2015 list) for more details

Tesla Model 3 Deliveries To Non-Employees Begin!!

December 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

There's a public Google Sheet people have been using for tracking Tesla Model 3 invites, configurations, and deliveries. It was apparently set up by someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum. I've written a couple of stories that referenced it since the crowdsourced data essentially shows the phases of configuration invites that Tesla has sent out. I just opened it a couple of hours ago by accident and happened to notice that a few people on the sheet had put their info into the "Delivered" tab

Yearly Tesla Semi Revenue To = $5 Billion? $10 Billion?

December 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I had fun last week playing with some numbers in the article “Tesla Semi Price × Orders = $47 Million to $55 Million in Tesla Revenue (with Assumptions).” Since then, the orders have jumped considerably, bringing expected revenue just on known orders (410) up to $82 million based on an average price of $200,000. However, as should be obvious, the number of pre-orders is far less than Tesla will end up getting annually once mass production of its 100% electric Semi begins

Tesla Model 3 Production … Tesla Semi Specs & Demand … EV Battery Progress (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

December 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

This was supposed to be the month of the Tesla Model 3. Things didn't turned out exactly as planned. But it still might be a key breakout month for the breakthrough electric car. Several of the stories this week focus on the car and its production, barely overshadowing several hot Tesla Semi stories. Have a look below for more on the Model 3, the Semi, and other topics

What Changed In The Electric Vehicle Market In November?

December 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As part of our new “What Changed … ?” series, here’s a rundown of what changed in November in the EV market. Since this is a new series, I’ll reiterate what I wrote in the solar update (changing a few words): “To further clarify, this article doesn’t include interesting op-eds about solar and it doesn’t include news that we thought was worth covering but wasn’t really a change in the industry (like specific projects or reports — well, for the most part). It covers significant shifts, trends, and new opportunities in the solar market.” Also, this update excludes battery stories since I covered EV batteries this month in “What Changed In The EV Battery Market In November?“

What Changed In The EV Battery Market In November?

December 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The battery market is one of the most interesting industries in the global economy. As part of our new "What Changed ... ?" series, it seemed appropriate to include a thorough update of what changes in the EV battery market on a monthly basis. Below is a rundown of what changed in November

What Changed In The Solar Market In November?

December 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

What was new in the world of solar energy in November? That is, what significant changes occurred in the industry? For the second month in a row, summarizing a list of those changes is the humble goal I'm trying to accomplish

Is Tesla Model 3 Production Gliding Into 5,000 Cars A Week?

December 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

There have now been multiple claims that Tesla staff members are telling Tesla customers that Tesla is sending out Model 3 configuration invites to batches of 5,000 at a time. If that's true, it seems that 5,000 email invitations were sent in the past few days, 5,000 were sent approximately a week before that, and 5,000 were sent around November 21–22, going by crowdsourced information in this Google Sheet

Who Saved US Electric Vehicle, Solar Energy, & Wind Energy Tax Credits?

December 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The United States Congress hasn't yet passed a tax heist reform bill. However, word on the street is that it's very close. Regarding clean energy tax credits and electric vehicle tax credits that were eliminated in previous versions of the bill, the rumors are that they are no longer going to be eliminated

15,000 Tesla Model 3 Configuration Invites? (Customer Report)

December 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The first Tesla Model X that I got to drive was an early Model X from a regular CleanTechnica reader who drove it from Northern California to Southern California when I was there for the first Tesla Model 3 reveal. He put in an early reservation for a Model 3 too, and he just got his invite to configure a few hours ago. More interesting is what a Tesla employee told him on the phone after he got the invite. The Tesla staff member told him that invites were going out in batches of 5,

Tesla Model 3 Production Ramp — “We Here Yet?” Patience, Young Jedi.

December 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

There's been some hype this week that Tesla Model 3 production may finally be ramping up. The reason? A bunch of Tesla Model 3 customer cars were spotted at the factory ready for delivery. But there's still plenty of reason to stay in your seat and hold the cheers for a future month

10 Reasons The Republican Attacks On Clean Energy & Electric Vehicles Are So Smart

December 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Republicans are interesting creatures. There are the voters, and then there are the politicians. The voters like things like clean air, jobs, Social Security, and ice cream. The politicians, on the other hand, like to let corporations pollute as much as they want, have been known to crash a global economy from time to time1, seem to always be looking for a way to "legitimately" cut holes in the social safety net (note: they're working on a super clever attempt to do this right now), and like to melt ice cream via flamethrowers when the ice cream eater isn't looking. But hey, in the spirit of Monday, below are 10 reasons the latest Republican attacks on clean energy and electric vehicles might actually be a good thing

Tesla Semi Truck Answers, Chevy Bolt’s Time At #1, US Electricity Sector’s Fall From #1 Emitter … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

December 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the past week, surprisingly, didn't include a single Tesla story! Just kidding — it was the subject of 5 of the 20 articles and was heavily embedded in some of the others as well. But we did also have some fascinating pieces about other EVs, clean power trends, scientific advancements, and more

Will Volkswagen Become #1 Electric Automaker Within 5–10 Years?

December 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I know, I know — Volkswagen deceived the public and regulators for years with "defeat devices" that have resulted in innumerable premature deaths ... and continue to cause harm today. I know, I know — Volkswagen is king of vaporware and has been pumping concept electric vehicles for ages that are still years away from potential production

What The “Tesla Is A Cult” People Are Missing

December 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A lot of people don't typically like it when others get extremely excited and bombastic about something. Others, however, can be stimulated by that excitement and bombast. And the preferences are often more a matter of style than anything else

Your Responses To Our Serious & Wacky Tesla Semi Questions (#ChartFun)

December 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Just before the Tesla Semi unveiling, I ran a poll on what the unveiling would include. There were some wacky questions and potential answers as well as some serious ones. The wacky questions and answer choices made it perhaps my favorite piece of work in November. Yet, after a nearly sleepless night and all of the excitement and fun after the event, I forgot about the poll!

How Republican Lawmakers Finally Aim To Cut Carbon Emissions

December 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Billionaires are sitting on islands of cash. Large corporations are as well. The middle class and poor, not so much. Nonetheless, there's a popular myth that's been making the rounds for decades (especially in Republican circles, but even much more broadly). This myth says that giving the super rich more money will result in better economic outcomes than giving the middle class and poor more money

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