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Tesla’s Wild Ride — Birth to 2020

November 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The past 12 years of Tesla's growth and development has been a sight to see, and it's been a terrific story to cover closely since 2012. This past week was the 10 year anniversary of Tesla buying its Fremont factory from Toyota and GM. Tesla cofounder and CEO Elon Musk recently reflected on the company's growth since then and memories of that period, which feels like a lifetime ago


We Should Thank The GM EV1 (And Its Death) For Tesla

February 10th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Considering how much major automakers are struggling to develop their own commercially viable EVs and catch up with Tesla, it’s ironic that several of these brands did produce EVs back in the 1990s, but cancelled those models, leaving the field wide open for the California upstart


The Nobel Prize, Exxon & The Beginning Of A Battery Revolution

October 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

It would be hard to think of any technology more critical to today’s technological wonders than the lithium-ion battery, which is found in everything from tiny hearing aids to giant power plants. Three pioneers of our “rechargeable world” — John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino — have now won a well-deserved Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in developing lithium-ion energy storage technology (as reported by Bloomberg)


tzero Flashback — Diving Into The EV That Kicked Off A Revolution

July 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

A couple of years ago, Nicolas Zart interviewed one of the few owners of an AC Propulsion tzero and explained the history of the transformative tzero for CleanTechnica readers. I recently ran across the article and decided it was ripe for a reprint. Enjoy! —Zach


Tesla Co-Founder Talks The “Startup Grind” In Silicon Valley (Video)

October 18th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Marc Tarpenning was already a veteran of the Silicon Valley startup scene when he and Martin Eberhard founded Tesla. Their skills in starting companies and securing financing were a big part of the reason that the company was able to get up and running so quickly. Tarpenning is also an articulate and engaging speaker, as I learned when I interviewed him for my history of Tesla. So who better to talk about startups than Tarpenning


AC Propulsion tzero, The Godfather of Modern EVs

June 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Once upon a time — a long, long time ago — an amazing little unknown Californian company filled with electrical geniuses and two men heading the team, President Tom Gage and Founder Alan Cocconi, revolutionized the automotive world



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