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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

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

Tesla’s Veiled Swipe At The Chevy Bolt

March 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

When I was going through the Q4 2017 Tesla shareholder letter for a recent article, what might seem like a minor comment caught my attention. Tesla wrote, "We incorporated all the learnings from the development and production of Roadster, Model S, and Model X to create the world’s first mass market electric vehicle that is priced on par with its gasoline-powered equivalents – even without incentives."

New Reports on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Show Healthy Residential Market

March 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Rooftop solar power prices have been dropping. Home energy storage prices have been dropping. New and increasingly compelling electric vehicles keep coming to market. These are cleantech topics that come up daily as these industries keep growing and growing. However, there are transformative elements of the cleantech world that stem from more nuanced business innovations and policies. One of those is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing

If A Tesla Pattern Has Emerged, What Does That Mean For Model 3?

March 3rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We humans have a tendency to stare at one tree and forget about the forest, let alone the even broader world around the forest. For example, we perhaps look at our president and think it's the end of our country, when it's really just a 3-point drop in our level of democracy*. When it comes to the restless tech world and our various consumer product addictions, this is certainly true as well. Is Tesla immune to that? Quite the opposite

What’s Up With The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Delay?

March 1st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

A few weeks ago, almost immediately after the quarterly Tesla conference call, emails went out to Tesla Model 3 reservation holders telling us that delivery timelines had changed. In particular, estimated delivery times for the shorter range $35,000 Model 3 were being pushed back — for everyone. Well, Tesla didn't explicitly say they were being pushed back for everyone, but that's what we gathered based on simple and straightforward logic

Tesla Model 3 Deliveries In February — What Do You Think?

February 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I was about to close out the month and get off the computer (at 2:20 am, admittedly), but then something obvious hit me — why not crowdsource the coming Tesla Model 3 delivery estimate for the month of February? I generally base Tesla delivery estimates for my monthly US electric car sales reports on many factors, but I've somehow not previously thought to tap the vast CleanTechnica reader knowledge & speculation base for support

USA in 2nd Tier of Democracy, & the Role the Media Plays

February 26th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Is democracy the best societal avenue for humans to go down? That's a question many of us in democratic countries don't typically ask. The assumed answer is: "duh." But democracy does indeed have its drawbacks. Tyranny of the masses is no small concern

Will Tesla Semi Bring In $20 Billion In Annual Revenue? $3-5 Billion In Profits?

February 25th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In December, I was inspired enough by Tesla's Semi specs and the flow of orders coming in for the trucks that I decided to crunch some numbers to try to estimate various revenue and gross margin possibilities for Tesla from its semi truck offerings. I wanted to start fairly conservative but within the realm of possibility. I ran some estimates for a very modest number of orders first, and then I got more aggressive

Solar Roof Tiles From Dutch Company Exasun Look Slick (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

February 25th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

A Tesla copycat? Certainly not — Exasun was in the solar roof tile business before Tesla. It also has what seems to be a cost-competitive, attractive, high-quality product on offer. I visited the company's headquarters and factory in Amsterdam last year during a cleantech tour Remco van der Horst arranged for me when I was in town for rEVolution

Tesla Model S Center Console From EVANNEX (#CleanTechnica Review)

February 25th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The good folks at EVANNEX were kind enough to send us a Center Console Insert for the Tesla Model S to use in our Tesla Shuttle fleet right after we launched the company. Yes, I assume they expected a review for the gift (which is worth $530–630), but they haven't said so or pressured us in any way. (I have to say, though, it was weird when a 6'7" thug-looking character with EVANNEX tattooed on his forehead showed up at my door holding a long iron rod. And I have to disclose that he did ask me if I needed any help evaluating the console.)

Fastned — EV Fast Charging Leadership (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

February 23rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Fastned is still the only EV charging network I know of that includes CHAdeMO, CCS, and Tesla (via adapter) charging options at all of its stations. This may seem unimportant, since Tesla has its own Supercharger network, but as Fastned co-founder Bart Lubbers pointed out in a recent interview with me, approximately half of the electric cars in the Netherlands are Teslas. As such, even with other options, many of Fastned's customers are Tesla drivers

Flat Earth vs SpaceX & Tesla … Solar Panel Prices Fall Fast … 1st Tesla Hearse (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

February 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica articles of the past week somehow included discussion of "flat earthers." Actually, they led the pack! To be honest, though, it was a really interesting and thought-provoking piece. A CleanTechnica exclusive on quickly dropping solar panel prices also exploded this weekend, followed closely by my exclusive coverage of the world's first Tesla hearse

7 Top Tesla Shuttle Customer Reactions After 50,000 Kilometers

February 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We're approaching one year of operation with Tesla Shuttle — city-to-city transport in a Tesla, airport pickups & drop-offs, special event show & tells, and a bit of Uber use. Just passing 50,000 kilometers of service and approximately 100 passengers, it seemed like a good time to reflect on some of the lessons learned and customer reactions

Used BMW i3, Used Nissan LEAF, or … ?

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

2½ years ago, I asked readers here on CleanTechnica to help me out with a tough decision — which electric car to get. We were planning to move to Florida, or back to Florida in my case (I've been living in Poland for nearly 10 years now, and my wife is from here, so she has lived here most of her life). I left Florida 14 years ago (mid-2004) in large part because of the car-oriented, sprawling development patterns down there, but I've missed the wonderful beaches ever since and would also like my parents to have some time with my young daughters

Nope, Cobalt’s Not A Problem For The EV Revolution, Or Tesla (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In the world of life, there are small challenges and there are major, critical, existential challenges. That’s the story for humans, for businesses, and for industries. Limited cobalt supply is being pitched more and more as an existential problem for the electric vehicle revolution (and for Tesla in particular), but it’s really just another cog in the machine that needs to get moving

#1 Feature Of Tesla Model S In Europe?

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

What's the #1 feature of a Tesla Model S or Model X. Perhaps the acceleration? Perhaps the amazing navigation and software controls? Perhaps the super smooth and quiet drive? Maybe it's Autopilot? Or wait, maybe it's the Easter eggs!

The 1st Tesla Hearse (#CleanTechnica Video)

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Not that long ago, the world's first Tesla hearse popped onto the scene. Tesla hearse? Yes, someone had the brilliant idea to turn a Tesla into a funeral car. I wanted to capture the car in person and talk more to the company and driver behind it, so I took a trip to Den Haag (The Hague) for a visit. Well, actually, I was in Holland for rEVolution 2017 and a great cleantech leader (CleanTechnica reader and now friend) from the Netherlands lined up the visit. Of course, I was certainly thrilled with the idea

Solar Panel Prices Continue Falling Quicker Than Expected (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

February 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Solar power prices have been dropping faster than people expected, even faster than experts expected, and even faster than bullish experts expected. I wrote about this general point a couple of years ago for an article for The Economist Group. The question I was supposed to explore was whether we needed solar technology breakthroughs in order for solar to take over the electricity generation market

rEVolution Chat — Watch Now!

February 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Revolution is the name of the game these days — or, rEVolution, as some of us like to put it. Here at CleanTechnica, our objective is to cover the EV revolution, solar revolution, wind revolution, energy storage revolution, and energy efficiency revolution. The reasoning is varied — cleaner air, new economic opportunities, cool tech, etc. — but one core reason is that we're racing to stop global warming, and we're not in the lead

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