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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Tesla Model 3 Production, PR, & Costs … Hyundai Kona EV Specs … (#CleanTechnica Top 20)

April 3rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

With the end of the quarter wrapping up, Tesla Model 3 production news and speculation this past week was hotter than a spoon on a Florida beach. A story about official Hyundai Kona EV specs were able to sneak into the top 5 nonetheless, with the biggest reader concern about this sizzling newcomer being that Hyundai probably won't have the capacity (read: battery supply) to build a ton of them


Save A Baby’s Life In Sierra Leone — For Real (#CleanTechnica Video)

April 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There are a lot of things that are exciting and cool about various cleantech products, but when it comes down to it, many of us hardcore cleantech enthusiasts follow this stuff because it saves lives. Saving any life is great, but there's something extra special about saving a baby's life. On the flip side, there's something extra harsh about seeing or even hearing about a baby's death


sonnen’s Global Energy Solar Leadership

April 1st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Germany-based startup sonnen is a solid leader globally in the residential energy storage market. In January, I spent a good amount of time talking with sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann. I had also interviewed him in January 2017, so this was a good opportunity to see what was new and also dive deeper into some interesting topics


China’s Next Step To Take Economic & Political Power From United States, & How It Could Help

March 27th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm going to get to China in a moment, and the notable news of the week from that side of the world — another power grab of sorts that will almost certainly shift the global economy and politics to some degree or another. First, though, I just watched some great interviews with two conservative American pundits that I think made some important notes that relate to the broader story (you have to connect a few dots, which we're not great at these days, but connecting the dots does create a coherent picture)


Why Cleantech Needs More Media & Citizen Support

March 19th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

If you're reading CleanTechnica (which you are), there's a good chance you already "get" the key points of this story, but it seems that much of the population doesn't benefit from your understanding. Hence the following article


2018 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Finalists — Vote Today!

March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

It's time to vote on the electric car released between Q3 2017 and Q2 2018 that you think will have the most positive impact on the world. This is our 3rd annual CleanTechnica Car of the Year award, with the first two winners being the Tesla Model X and Chevy Bolt


MSNBC Analyst Bombs In Trump Solar Tariffs Comment

March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

MSNBC gets a lot of things right. In fact, it may be the best mainstream media outlet when it comes to focusing on what's important and when it comes to keeping nonsensical political spin off its shows. However, it seems the outlet doesn't know energy


Evolution of the Tesla Supercharger Network

March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The Tesla Supercharger network is still one of the top reasons electric car buyers are convinced to buy a Tesla rather than another company's electric car. The network was a critical competitive advantage we identified years ago when surveying EV drivers and potential EV drivers, and it seems to be referenced every day in comments on CleanTechnica as a core competitive advantage for the Silicon Valley EV and clean energy giant


The Organized, Varied, & Outright Crazy Attacks On Tesla

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla has been attacked for years. Certain people have targeted Tesla as an entity to smear essentially since Day 1. The reasons vary — pure entertainment, efforts to block competition, envy, masculinity issues, entrenched insider inertia, etc. Some people also just think Tesla, its products, and its CEO are not as cool as the rest of the world thinks


CleanTechnica Chats With The Fully Charged Dudes (Video)

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Ever heard of the YouTube show Fully Charged? It seems like every CleanTechnica reader I meet these days is also a Fully Charged viewer. "Back in the day," I remember seeing just a few thousand (or even few hundred?) views on Fully Charged videos, but the viewership is now through the roof. I'm sure in good part it's down to the wicked good job the team does of highlighting interesting cleantech topics in fun ways


A Solar Bike Crosses India, USA, & France

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

While in Abu Dhabi for the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize, the World Future Energy Summit, and the Global EVRT event, I met an interesting character with an spirit of adventure in his genes — Sushil Pakala Reddy. Sushil, an energy engineer, is an IIT Bombay alumnus from Mumbai, India. I am an Energy Engineer. He's currently getting a master's degree in Sustainability at HEC Paris, a university in Jouy-en-Josas


CleanTechnica Meetup In Amsterdam!

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I'll be in Amsterdam again next week for the rEVolution conference. We had a fun CleanTechnica meetup last year on the night before the conference (which is actually how we ended up with Maarten as a superb CleanTechnica contributor). This year, the plan is to have a CleanTechnica meetup on March 13 again


Is Trump Putin’s Puppet? And If He Is, What’s That Got To Do With Cleantech?

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Donald Trump is not that normal, but he is human. He is a human who has lived essentially all of his life with a totally stacked hand, to bring in a gambling analogy. He has still managed to lose all of his or his companies' cash several times, but then his connections in the benevolent and altruistic worlds of the mafia, luxury real estate, banking, and show business have bailed him out and let him start a fresh game with a new (again highly stacked) hand. As such, despite being human, The Donald has had a pretty abnormal life that has not fully warped his sense of reality by itself but which has warped his sense of what's proper and normal for the rest of society. After all, his reality is indeed real, even if it's not normal or proper


Tesla Model 3 Wins February (Despite Production Woes), Other Electric Car Sales Dim In USA

March 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Here's our February electric car sales report for the United States, which complements our just-published Europe and China electric car sales reports. As usual, the report only includes electric cars from Tesla and companies that report their monthly plug-in car sales. Furthermore, the Tesla sales are not official and are based on several Tesla statements, Tesla reports, Tesla forecasts, and broader consumer investigation. This month, I also started crowdsourcing estimates for Model 3 deliveries. My estimate was leaning toward 3,000, but I decided to go with Knetter's estimate of 3,030 for the report


Tesla Shuttle Invite — Start Your Own Branch

March 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As many of you know, we've got a Tesla shuttle service that we've been rolling out in Central Europe — it's called Tesla Shuttle. We've gotten many questions about whether we offer service in other regions — the UK, USA, Australia, etc. We get the inquiries from people interested in using such a service, people interested in driving for such a service, and people interested in partnering in other ways. After numerous inquiries and a little bit of thought, we've decided it could make a lot of sense to expand our vision



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