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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Poland To Paris — Our “31 Hour” Tesla Model S Road Trip To & From Autonomy

October 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Autonomy starts in just a few days. I will be headed over there (to Paris) with my smart and funny cleantech pal Kuba Stechly. I will be moderating two panels at the conference, but it would have been somewhere at the top of my list of "conferences to squeeze out some time to attend" anyway due to the integrated, full-picture, and insightfully future-focused approach it brings to the world. It's not just about electric cars, not just about cleantech, not just about alternative transport, and not just about city planning. It's about bicycling, walking, city planning, robotaxis, electric cars, electric scooters, EV charging, mobility as a service, the internet of things, and much more. Bringing his own strong commitment to personal action to my inbox, Kuba suggested that we take a Tesla Shuttle to Paris instead of flying


Next Generation of EV Charging (#Electrifying Webinar with Peter Badik, GreenWay)

October 12th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years, it has been clear — electric car customers want superfast (not just "fast") charging available for long-distance travel. It has also been clear that only Tesla has looked out for its customers in regards to this. It wasn't until this year that any other charging companies really started offering products capable of this, and there still aren't any electric cars on the market that could charge more than 100 kW anyway — hence the lack of supply of non-Tesla superchargers


The Future — Screwin’ With Shortsightedness Since 1982 (#Tesla Edition)

October 9th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I have waaaaaaaay too many important things to do than spend time writing this article, but I can't help myself. This morning, I decided to read an article we published yesterday evening that got ~47,000 views on it before I got my eyeballs on the full thing. It's an article about Elon Musk vs Tesla haters (well, it's just a small subset of Tesla haters, but an interesting lot nonetheless). I figured I better make sure I'm not missing anything new or odd in the piece ... especially since the title was a bit enticing and it was getting quite a bit of attention. Surprisingly, the piece got me laughing a few times, and then certain segments inspired me to write this quick reflection piece


Tesla Keeps Crushing, Chevy Bolt Keeps Climbing, Nissan LEAF Hangs In (US Electric Sales Report)

October 8th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I love doing the US electric car sales report at the end of each quarter. With Tesla's quarterly figures published, Tesla registration data from Europe and China mostly logged, my estimates for the first two months of the quarter, and a little more estimating (Australia, UAE, etc.), I'm able to check out the remainder I have left for Tesla sales in the last month of the quarter. As has happened nearly every time before, the figure that resulted for US sales in that third month of the quarter actually looked logical, so I left all previous months as initially projected


82 Cleantech Leaders Down To 40 — Inspiration Off The Charts

October 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I thought the Zayed Future Energy Prize was cool when I first attended one of its awards ceremonies during the annual World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. I thought it was cooler after working with the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) crew loosely for a couple of years to highlight prize winners and finalists. This year, I was added to the ZFEP Review Committee, which meant that I was in Abu Dhabi last week for a couple of days to help narrow 82 shortlisted candidates down to


Superfast Charging For Big Auto Arrives! New 150–350 kW Charging Station From ABB [Hot!]

October 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In an email just sent my way, ABB has announced that it is about to launch its first 150–350 kW high-power charger, the new Terra HP High Power Charge system. You can't touch the Terra HP in an IKEA parking lot yet, but you can check out the breakthrough charging product at EVS30 in Stuttgart, Germany. The dates for that event are October 9–


Tesla #2 In New Auto Brand Ranking In Germany — Brand Loyalty, Brand Status, & Society’s Conventional Car Inertia

October 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

How much does loyalty to a major brand — or at least the status of various brands — limit the transition to electric vehicles from Tesla, Dyson, e.Go, etc.? On the other hand, how much does dissatisfaction with conventional automakers drive customers to such automotive newcomers? How much do legacy automotive brands keep the door shut to newcomers like Tesla versus invite the disruptors in


Progression Of The EV Revolution (2017–2030)

September 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Most of you reading this are in agreement: electric vehicles will upend the conventional vehicle industry within the next 50 10–20 years. The pollution industry in the world of transport will be destroyed. Gasmobiles stinking up cities, garages, lungs, hearts, and minds will be retiring to scrapyards and history books. But the endgame is sort of boring — yes, awesome, but boring since it is the end of it all


Electric Car S-Curve Adoption By Country (Fun Chart!)

September 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric car sales are increasing at very different speeds around the world. Some developed countries still only see a handful of electric car sales per month. Others are moving hundreds of cars off of lots and into garages every day


Epic — Wind Turbines On Steroids, + Idiotic Clean Energy Forecasts (Charts)

September 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As I noted in my article earlier today, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit just wrapped up in London. Michael Liebreich, BNEF's Founder* and now Chairman of the Advisory Board, knocked the ball out of the park in his keynote presentation (whoops, wrong continent for that metaphor)


Epic — Battery Electric Car Sales vs Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Sales #RevolutionRising

September 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Bloomberg New Energy Finance's London Future of Energy Summit just wrapped up. As usual, the highlight of the show was the presentation from Michael Liebreich, Founder* and Chairman of the Advisory Board. This article and the next one were kicked off by a couple of tweets Karl Graves sent my way that featured two of Michael's brilliant slides


SpaceX Dude’s Tesla Model 3 Order Update … Elon Musk Inc … Nissan’s LEAF “Trick” (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

September 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It was another blazingly hot week in EV world, led by rock star Tesla (and its Model 3) but also backed up by a strong performance from sidekick Nissan (and its new LEAF). Some original pieces from some of our thoughtful writers caught a lot of eyeballs, as did several exciting and surprising news stories. Solar energy and wind energy jumped in for a bit as well


Volkswagen Aims For Pan-European Battery Cell Union (Maybe)

September 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It's one of the hottest debates in the EV enthusiast community these days: what's the best battery approach for automakers — vertical integration or simply buying batteries from top battery producers? Either approach could end up with lower costs and more advanced battery tech, depending on how the future rolls out*


EV Obsessed? Write With Us!

September 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Back when Important Media (the network CleanTechnica is a part of) was started, the idea was primarily that the customers would be the writers. The network (which was actually called Green Options Media, or GO Media, for a few years) would handle web hosting, website design, other website management items, etc. Writers wouldn't have to worry about that, would have a joint platform for writing about topics they were passionate about, and would have an attentive community ready to engage and share their content



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