Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

An Oil Man Dies

July 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently got news of a hugely accomplished oil man dying. This guy was the top guy in charge of finding oil for Exxon across most of the USA (barring California and Alaska) when he retired. Years after retirement, he once told me that we had just gotten "spoiled" and our addiction to cheap oil was basically unsustainable


Remember The Tesla Death Watch? (Hahaha)

July 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla was on a "death watch" nearly one decade ago. News coverage and editorials frequently postulated Tesla's coming demise. "It couldn't produce cars," said some critics. "No one wanted its cars," skeptics claimed. "Its cars broke down around every turn," liars lied. "Where would people charge? Where could the cars be fixed?" The barriers to success were many and large


Your Electric Car Sales Projections — Half-Year Check-In

July 27th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

At the beginning of the year, we asked you to put down your estimates for total electric car sales in the US in 2017, sales by model, and sales by type of EV. With 6 months of sales under our belts, I thought it would be interesting to check in and see how those projections look today. Note that we're just looking at US sales, FYI. Global sales are impossible to track and I'd rather not play with those estimates today


Used Tesla Model S vs Tesla Model 3 (Next #Electrifying Webinar)

July 26th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

With Tesla Model 3 now in production, we're having a lot of fun. The naysayers have not exactly quieted down (they actually seem louder than ever), but yet another major milestone they said was impossible is already in the rearview camera. New details on the Model 3 are coming out on Friday along with the final unveiling of the production version of the car. There will surely be some fun surprises. However, more or less, we know what the Model 3 is offering


It’s Never Been Done Before

July 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It's a common argument — whether worded so directly or not. It's a reason used to not start a business, to not advocate for better government policies, to not launch a new product. This simple argument stifles many an effort to make the world better


The Attacks On Cleantech Leaders Have Begun — Expect More

July 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you've followed CleanTechnica for long, you've surely run across the "100% renewable energy" work of Mark Jacobson. Basically, he has been uncovering how the world could go 100% renewable (on a country-by-country basis, and on a state-by-state basis in the US). You've probably also heard of a man who goes by the name Elon Musk — a South African dude now living in California who has a cleantech startup named after an old-timey dude from Croatia


Tesla Superchargers vs … Ugh

July 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

First of all, let me say that if anyone else creates a superfast charging network anything close to Tesla's, I'll be one of the first people to cheer it on and I may cheer it more loudly and broadly than anyone else. My goal is to stimulate the transition to zero-emissions transport as quickly as possibly, not to loyally attach my dreams to one company over every other one because I like the logo. Companies that do good stuff deserve to get praised and rewarded


New Answers To Common Electric Car Questions

July 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that I've been driving an electric car (a Tesla Model S) around on a regular basis for a few weeks, I'm getting bored with the most common questions. Over and over again


Is The BMW i3 A Good Buy With Tesla Model 3 On The Way? (#Electrifying Webinar)

July 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The BMW i3 is one of those electric cars that doesn't get enough love (in my personal opinion). It's a stunning vehicle, "the most advanced vehicle on the planet," according to respected engineering outfit Munro & Associates. It offers a totally awesome driving experience, premium interior that's on another level, the best visibility in town, an insane turning radius, a superb parking package, adaptive cruise control, super strong regen braking (strongest in the industry last I heard), high-quality batteries, and the choice of a range extender


Always Have 2–3 Options (For EV Charging)

July 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Driving an electric car for a bit, I've learned what many an EV driver knows well: You should always have 3 — or at least 2 — charging options in mind. Also: Choose wisely. And get lucky


Tesla Smart Navigation Is Brilliant (+ 3 Tips)

July 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently used Tesla’s smart navigation system to drive from Wrocław (Poland) to Berlin (Germany) and back, and then I used it again a few days later on a long trip to the Polish boonies. Tesla doesn't call it "smart navigation" — just sticking to the boring basic term "navigation" instead — but this beast is brilliant and performed much better than I expected. However, I learned something from these drives that I think anyone using this navigation option should know ahead of time. I'll get to that in a minute


A Tesla Service Experience — The Cool & The Uncool

July 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It's sweet when you buy a car and it immediately needs service — awesome experience. Seemingly out of pure luck, that's what happened with the first Tesla Model S we bought for our new Tesla Shuttle service. Days after picking the Model S up from Germany (used, and not through Tesla), "Acceleration Reduced" appeared on the small screen behind the steering wheel, and underneath that in a bit smaller text, "Contact Tesla Service When Convenient."



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