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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

California Bill Drops $3 Billion EV Rebate Plan & Switches To Studies

September 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

California, no question about it, is one of the world's premier leaders in the transition to electric vehicles. Various California policies — not to mention startups — have been critical for stimulating more electric car production and more electric car consumer demand. That said, whenever it comes to spending money, a debate is just around the corner

IEA Gets Hilariously Slammed For Obsessively Inaccurate Renewable Energy Forecasts

September 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Like the US Energy Information Administration, the IEA uses various methodologies and assumptions that just consistently bias their forecasts against renewables. It's easy to assume there are some nefarious ulterior motives underneath these consistent errors — crony capitalism and controlling hand of the pollution industry kind of stuff. That's certainly possible, but I haven't seen strong evidence of it and won't jump to conclusions

2018 Nissan LEAF — Winner Or Loser? (+ Reflecting On Our 2015 Scoop About 2018 Nissan LEAF Range)

September 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Approximately two years ago, I got a scoop that the 2017 Nissan LEAF would have 130 miles of range and the 2018 Nissan LEAF would have 150 miles of range. A lot of people didn't want to believe it. With the growing competition from the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and new plug-in cars hitting the market on a regular basis, many of us hoped and maybe even assumed that Nissan would pull out a surprise and offer a new LEAF with over 200 miles of real-world range. Well, it seemed like Nissan gave some hints along the way that it would do that

17,000 Kilometers In Tesla Model S For $70 … New Tesla Solar Patent … Tesla Celebrity Mods … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

September 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the past week include some that are still blazing hot. As usual, the stories that garnered the most attention were Tesla stories. Apparently, despite being nothing more than clever marketing, people love what this company does and says. This week's CleanTechnica top

It’s The Batteries, Baby!

September 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In so many conversations about electric cars and the transition to electric transport, certain commenters throw around the claim that conventional automakers can jump on the electric bandwagon as soon as "the time is right." As soon as consumers demand them, large automakers can turn on the EV production switch and go into full production. "It's just about putting the pieces of the car together — assembling the various components of the cars — and no one does it better than [pick your favorite conventional auto company]." Furthermore, "Tesla doesn't have any real technological advantage. It can't do anything large automakers can't do."

Every Plug-In Car Model Has A Selling Point

September 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Not that long ago, only a few electric cars were on the market. Nowadays, there are a few dozen. We certainly have a few favorites here on CleanTechnica, but every plug-in car really has its own selling points. I'm sure I don't have a comprehensive list of these in my head, and many of the points are definitely as subjective as opinions about music or movies, but below are many of my thoughts on why I'd recommend various plug-in models

Tesla Model S Charging Cost After 17,000 km = $70

September 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We've had the first Tesla Model S in our Tesla Shuttle fleet for 3 months now. We've put 17,000 kilometers (~10,500 miles) on it. One of several reasons the business idea originally made sense to us was that we'd have almost no operational costs for the car itself. Most of the charging stations in our home city are free and Tesla's Superchargers are of course free (for vehicles up to a certain production date)

How Far Will BMW USA Sales Fall In 2018?

September 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It has been said repeatedly — the auto company likely to be most hurt by the Tesla Model 3 is BMW. BMW is known for sporty. Tesla does sporty better. BMW is known for innovative. Tesla does innovative better. BMW is known for premium. Tesla does premium better

Electric Car Life 101

September 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric cars — great, fun, quick, clean, smooth, quiet, convenient to charge at home and work. But wait, what's life like with an electric car? How do you charge? Where do you charge? What do you need to charge? How do you protect the most valuable component of the car — the battery

Tesla Autopilot Review — 2 Months Later

August 31st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A little over two months ago, I provided my initial observations from life with Tesla Autopilot. Clearly, I was young and foolish. Without a doubt, I rushed in. That said, I have no regrets and stand by what I wrote on June

Tesla Navigation Review — More Goods & Bads

August 31st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A month and a half ago, I wrote a raving review of Tesla's navigation system for long-distance trips. It's brilliant. It's unmatched by any other car's navigation system. The core benefits are: it estimates how much battery capacity you'll have remaining when you arrive at your destination, it tells you where to stop to Supercharge if you need to, and it's extremely accurate because it takes so many factors into account — topography, temperature, your own recent energy use while driving, average driving speed on the route (or at least the speed limit along the route — I'm not sure dataset Tesla uses, or if it uses both), and perhaps even whether or not it's raining. However, it's not perfect. There are three major issues with it, from my perspective. Anecdotally, I gather that most Tesla drivers are irritated by the same three things

BMW Introduces Another Electric Concept Car — MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT

August 30th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Don't get me wrong, it's great to see another electric model sort of announced, but it's also a bit tiring to see that it's again a super unrealistic concept and the production version won't even be unveiled for another 2 years. What's the point? Honestly, that's not a rhetorical question — what is the point of fluffy press releases and unrealistic images and designs so far out

Aston Martin — 100% Hybrids By Mid-2020s

August 30th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Aston Martin — long an example of superb styling/design + compelling performance — isn't playing games much longer, indicating that it is now ready to heavily move into the electric space. As the title indicates, it plans to go 100% hybrid by the middle of the 2020s. Hybrid, of course, is a jumping pad to a fully electric future. The goal is to be fully electric by the end of the 2020s

BMW i3 Gets Sporty — New i3S

August 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It seems BMW doesn't get have an i5 to throw at the Tesla Model 3, but it has rolled out a slightly sportier i3 for people who just needed a little nudge to go for the compact Bimmer. The new BMW i3S adds some power, features slightly "sportier" styling, and has more of a pitbull stance

Indian Government Advisor: Build Electric Cars In India Or Import Them Like Oil

August 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The electric vehicle revolution presents a once-in-a-century opportunity. Countries around the world import an insane amount of oil. They send their hard-earned cash abroad — billions of dollars of it every day — to oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia, the USA, Russia, Canada, Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE, and Venezuela because of a deadly and economically debilitating addiction

Open Letter To Renault-Nissan Alliance Regarding Supercharging

August 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The following is an open letter to Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman & CEO, Renault Chairman & CEO, and Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn and to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa. If you would like to add your name to the letter, please do so via this Google Form

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