About Nicolas Zart

Nicolas Zart Born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, it wasn't until Nicolas drove one of the first Tesla Roadsters that the light went on. Eager to spread the news about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drive many cars, do podcasts and film everything that is new and efficient. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he made in those industries. "There are more solutions than obstacles." Nicolas Zart



Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Arcimoto SRK IPO Reveals Expected Average Price

July 2nd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The Arcimoto team, based out of Eugene, Oregon, did a great job with its electric three-wheeler, the SRK. I think an electric three-wheel platform, otherwise known as RT3, is one of the most ideal solutions to urban mobility, allowing for fast and convenient hops throughout the city. And the Arcimoto SRK certainly looks like it would be fun to own, whether I lived in a city, the countryside, or the desert. I briefly test drove an early version of the SRK at the Los Angeles Auto Show and was immediately impressed


Urban Populo Has A Sub-$1,000 E-Bike Winner

June 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

I'm particularly happy to bring up an electric bicycle (e-bike) that fits in the under-represented sub-$1,000 entry price level. The Populo Bicycles Urban enters this rare and illusive rarefied e-bike market rarely mentioned in mainstream news, is one the most hotly discussed items


Aston Martin Valkyrie Hybrid Is Exotic First For Company

June 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

It's hard not to be impressed, if not left scratching our head when we see such unique carmakers as Aston Martin recently announcing their wild exotic hybrid, the Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar's performance is equally as impressive as its dramatic body shapes are designed to evoke in us


Electric Big Phat Scooter Offers Versatility & Oomph

June 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Riding fat wheels on electric bicycles and scooters can be a thrill if the electric motor is up to the job. We've covered two dual-motor electric bikes (e-bikes) so far that were silly fun to maneuver in corners — the EVO Big Bud PRO from Emotion and the MOAR foldable fat tire e-bike. It certainly sounds as if the Phat Scooter is shooting for something a little different, which should appeal to many as well


Hyper Chariot Aims To Go Faster, Further, & Cheaper Than Hyperloop

June 24th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The concept of low- to no-pressure travel through tubes has been around for a few hundred years, but it's clearly facing a revival of inspiration lately. It continues to capture imaginations as a promising future mode of transport, but also now investment dollars. Today, the idea of achieving high-velocity travel in a controlled tube environment may have made a step forward, thanks to the startup Hyper Chariot Network


Solar-Powered Electric Yacht — Soel Yacht SoelCat 12 — Unveiling In A Few Days

June 21st, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Once you leave your zero-carbon footprint home for a clean holiday using your long-range electric vehicle (EV), what's better than arriving at your destination and finding yourself ready to continue your zero-emission journey on an electric boat? The idea of lounging and cruising quietly on lakes and seas on an electric pontoon is pretty tempting, and will soon be possible via the solar-powered Soel Yacht SoelCat


EViation Aims To Propel Electric Aviation Forward

June 21st, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

In addition to being the year of the Tesla Model 3, 2017 is turning out to be a major year for flying aircraft that are also electric and autonomous. Soaring cars, driving saucers, flying pontoons-bikes, and electric airplanes have broken into the news regularly. Another electric airplane contender from EViation is moving its product past regulations and certifications and hopes to be in active commercial service by 2021, with a prototype next year


CleanTechnica Begins Jetson Electric Bicycle Review, Stay Tuned

June 18th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

When I first saw the electric bicycle (e-bike) Jetson, I stopped to look again. Where is the obvious battery sticking out? Where is the obvious electric motor? Where is the obvious gearing system limiting these e-bikes to a handful of gears? What is this twelve speed bike doing here in the middle of the e-bike section


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


Those Wild Electric Cars That Influenced Modern EVs & PHEVs

June 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Along the way on the rebirth of the modern electric vehicle (EV), we've witnessed some "far out" and pretty wild projects. We also saw some of the world's smartest folks pull together top engineers and brilliant ideas. Some of these companies and projects have threatened conventional carmakers inebriated with bottom line profits to the detriment of innovation. Sadly, some of the companies have fallen by the wayside, while other idle, waiting for the right moment to hopefully capitalize on the business sense of their leadership


The Evolution of Electric Mobility (#VTOL Animations)

June 16th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Flying cars, electric airplanes, flying electric cars, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, and other e-mobility solutions are fascinating. But, essentially, I'm a visual person and I need a visual timeline to put together the pieces


The Nifty Inboard M1 Electric Skateboard

May 23rd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

There are skateboards, and there are skateboards. The same holds true with electric skateboards these days. They are pretty much the same. Take a fairly flat surface, bolt on two trucks with four wheels, and for the electric version, add motor and battery. So far, so good, but Inboard Technology decided to up the ante with some technically advanced features in its Inboard M1 electric skateboard


The Gaffoglio Electric Bus Shows That Buses Can Look Good Too

May 12th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric buses are great and we've covered a few on CleanTechnica many times, including BYD's maiden ride in California. But one thing electric buses share with other common public mass transportation buses is that, well, they are common looking. The Gaffoglio electric bus wants to change this. After all, if Apple gave us computer eye candy, why not make mass transit a little more aesthetic



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