Author: Zachary Shahan

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The Future: Screwing with shortsightedness since 1982 (Tesla edition.)

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 […]

October 11th

Audi and Tesla top list of trusted car brands in Germany (VW sinks)

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 […]

October 2nd

Prognosis for the EV revolution, 2017-2030

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 […]

September 25th

Bloomberg shares some mind-bending clean energy charts (plus wind turbines on steroids!)

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 Chairman of the Advisory Board, knocked the ball out of the park in his keynote presentation (whoops, wrong continent for that metaphor). By Zachary Shahan  From the 170 slides, a few of them have already […]

September 21st

US sale of fully electric vehicles up 82% in 2017

The US market for electric vehicles has continued to grow at a rapid pace in the past year — led by California’s particularly strong electric vehicles market, of course. From January through August, national sales of 8 fully electric vehicles* grew 82%. Sales of 6 plug-in hybrid cars were up 28%. Overall, that meant sales […]

September 9th

Electric vehicles – BMW announces plans for 25 electic models by 2025

On October 1, 2013, I excitedly covered the news that BMW would eventually electrify every model in its lineup. No timeline was given, but BMW decisionmakers had basically concluded that batteries had evolved enough that BMW could publicly pronounce it would go full force into electric vehicles. By Zachary Shahan  In 2015, BMW reiterated this target, but […]

September 8th

Electric Vehicles: California backs down from $3 billion rebate plan. “More study” and $0 instead.

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. A California bill was recently set to provide a further boost to electric vehicle adoption […]

September 7th

Tesla Model 3 vs its Electric Vehicle competition

I recently compared the specs of the Tesla Model 3 to the specs of 22 gas-powered competitors that are more or less “in the Model 3’s class.” Naturally, readers also requested that we compare the Model 3 to other electric cars in such a detailed way. So here we are! By Zachary Shahan  However, the whole discussion of […]

August 22nd

Can Merkel really ban gas cars in Germany?

It came out recently that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering bans on gasoline and diesel cars — cars that use internal combustion engines (ICE). This possibility has been floated in the UK, France, India, Norway, the Netherlands, and certain German cities. However, it is a significant departure from the norm for the country’s leader, Merkel, to consider […]

August 20th

Tesla Shuttle to attempt world driving distance record for an electric vehicle

This coming weekend, Tomasz Gać, Jakub Stechly, and I are going to attempt to break the world record for miles driven in an electric car on a single charge. This attempt was planned before a group of Italians recently crushed the previous record, so they’ve certainly made our task more difficult, but we’re still hopeful. By Zachary Shahan  Weather permitting, […]

August 17th