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CleanTech Talk — Tesla, Solar, Battery, Climate, AI, EV, & Other Tech News & Analysis

CleanTech Talk — Tesla, Solar, Battery, Climate, AI, EV, & Other Tech News & Analysis

By CleanTechnica
CleanTechnica's Zach Shahan and Mike Barnard discuss cleantech news and original analyses with cleantech leaders, top researchers, and investment experts in the fields of solar energy, battery storage, climate change, artificial intelligence (AI), electric vehicles (EV), and more. The "Tesla Inside Out" show is also part of the CleanTech Talk podcast.
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Nickel, Graphite, Lithium, and US EV Battery Policy
In this episode, RK Equity cofounder Howard Klein talks with CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan about nickel mining, green graphite versus dirty graphite, lithium supplies, & US EV battery policy potential.
30:48
November 24, 2021
EV Battery Supplies, New Lithium Deals, and Tesla Battery Progress
In this episode, RK Equity cofounder Howard Klein talks with CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan about what's new in the EV battery market, current & future supply chain concerns, Tesla's battery progress, and more.
32:16
November 20, 2021
CleanTech Talk with Convergent's Mariko McDonagh-Meier, Part 2
Convergent Energy + Storage is a North American firm installing electricity storage in front of and behind the meter for commercial and industrial clients, for utilities and for municipalities. A long conversation between the CEO and Mariko McDonagah-Meier finally found fertile ground for her to join the firm as Chief Strategy Officer due to, of all things, COVID. Mariko talks about pockets of the future where storage is already valuable and valued, and the interesting models under which Convergent shares risk and revenue with its clients.
44:06
November 16, 2021
CleanTech Talk with Convergent Chief Strategy Officer Mariko McDonagh-Meier
Convergent Energy + Storage is a North American firm installing electricity storage in front of and behind the meter for commercial and industrial clients, for utilities and for municipalities. A long conversation between the CEO and Mariko McDonagah-Meier finally found fertile ground for her to join the firm as Chief Strategy Officer due to, of all things, COVID. Mariko talks about pockets of the future where storage is already valuable and valued, and the interesting models under which Convergent shares risk and revenue with its clients.
43:46
November 8, 2021
Stranded Assets and 5 Greenwashing Problems — Interview with Assaad Razzouk
In the second part of this interview with Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Gurin Energy and host of The Angry Clean Energy Guy podcast, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan asks about stranded assets and discusses three more greenwashing topics.
19:40
November 4, 2021
5 Top Greenwashing Problems — Interview with Assaad Razzouk
Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Gurin Energy and host of The Angry Clean Energy Guy podcast, sits down with CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan and runs through his list of some top greenwashing topics.
22:37
November 2, 2021
Talking E-Aviation with Heart Aerospace CEO Anders Forslund
In this episode of CleanTech Talks, Michael Barnard talks with Anders Forslund, PhD, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. Heart is building a 19 seat, hence easier to certify, regional passenger plane, with a target for certification in 2026. Anders shares his journey to electrifying aviation, his passion for climate solutions, and the pragmatic way in which he and his team have approached designing a plane that airlines will buy. And that’s paying off. Heart just closed a $35 million USD Series A funding round, and has pre-orders for more than 200 planes.
31:60
October 20, 2021
Heart Aerospace Is An Electrifying Scandinavian Aerospace Startup
In this episode of CleanTech Talks, Michael Barnard talks with Anders Forslund, PhD, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. Heart is building a 19 seat, hence easier to certify, regional passenger plane, with a target for certification in 2026. Anders shares his journey to electrifying aviation, his passion for climate solutions, and the pragmatic way in which he and his team have approached designing a plane that airlines will buy. And that’s paying off. Heart just closed a $35 million USD Series A funding round, and has pre-orders for more than 200 planes.
53:03
October 20, 2021
DroneSeed CEO Grant Canary Flies Macrodrones To Turbocharge Tree Planting, Part 2
Grant Canary is the CEO of DroneSeed, a drone-based integrated tree-planting company. It’s the only company the US FAA has certified to fly 120 lb loaded, 8’ diameter, hexacopter in swarms out of line of sight of the operator. We talk about his lifelong obsession with things with wings, from insects to wind turbines to drones, and his time in Italy, Colombia and China that led him to his current successful venture.
30:60
October 12, 2021
DroneSeed CEO Grant Canary Flies Macrodrones To Turbocharge Tree Planting
Grant Canary is the CEO of DroneSeed, a drone-based integrated tree-planting company. It’s the only company the US FAA has certified to fly 120 lb loaded, 8’ diameter, hexacopter in swarms out of line of sight of the operator. We talk about his lifelong obsession with things with wings, from insects to wind turbines to drones, and his time in Italy, Colombia and China that led him to his current successful venture.
44:29
October 12, 2021
EV Battery Mineral And Mining Update With Rodney Hooper — Part 2
Rodney Hooper of RK Equity gives us an update on what's happening in the EV battery market, EV battery mining world, and with Tesla's EV battery goals.
38:57
October 3, 2021
EV Battery Mineral And Mining Update With Rodney Hooper — Part 1
Rodney Hooper of RK Equity gives us an update on what's happening in the EV battery market, EV battery mining world, and with Tesla's EV battery goals.
28:12
September 30, 2021
Bill McKibben On Tesla, Elon Musk, Unions, Cryptocurrency, and Social Trust
In the second part of my two-part interview with Bill McKibben, we spent a lot of time talking about Elon Musk, Tesla, and social trust. That included getting into the topic of unions, the UAW itself, cryptocurrency, and whether or not people with nefarious — or at least selfish and greedy — motives have intentionally split the "climate solutions community." This is surely a topic I will come back to repeatedly, and I'm almost considering writing a book on it, but it was good to get into it a bit with someone as notable, influential, and intelligent as Bill McKibben.
31:55
September 28, 2021
Bill McKibben On Climate Crisis, Climate Grief, Climate Action, and US Climate Policy
In this episode of CleanTech Talk, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan gets renowned climate author and social movement leader Bill McKibben to talk about the climate change crisis we're quickly rolling into, climate grief and how to deal with it, US climate policy, rampant conspiracy theories, the great energy transition, and more! Listen and share the love!
22:60
September 24, 2021
EV Charging Station Design, Reliability, and Evolution
FLO Chief Product Officer Nathan Yang talks with CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan about EV charging station design, evolution, reliability, and the changing EV market. They also talk about differences in the customer base across the EV landscape.
45:26
September 15, 2021
Examining The "Hydrogen Ladder," Part 2
Michael Liebreich has published a "hydrogen ladder" that tries to show where hydrogen is useful and likely to be used versus where it is useless and unlikely to be used. Chemical engineer Paul Martin and Michael Barnard discuss some of the ideas in detail here.
55:11
September 6, 2021
Examining the "Hydrogen Ladder"
Michael Liebreich has published a "hydrogen ladder" that tries to show where hydrogen is useful and likely to be used and where it is useless and unlikely to be used. Hydrogen experts Paul Martin and Michael Barnard discuss some of the ideas in detail here.
45:16
August 30, 2021
Sprinting Into An Integrated Cleantech Future
The future of transportation is electric. The future of energy is clean renewables. The future — and increasingly the present — also requires connecting these two. EDF is well on its way in this marathon into the coming decades. Listen in for more details on it all.
40:10
August 9, 2021
EV sales and policy trends in several European countries
Jose Pontes of EAFO and EV-Volumes runs through EV sales trends and policies that influence them in several European countries. CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan chimes in where it might be useful or funny.
53:34
July 27, 2021
500,000 EV Chargers Under Joe Biden: How, When, and Where
In this episode, Travis Allan, Vice President of Public Affairs and General Counsel at FLO, and Zach Shahan, CEO of CleanTechnica, talk about the how, the when, and the where of US President Joe Biden's target to get 500,000 EV chargers installed by 2030.
47:18
July 18, 2021
Autonomous Driving Today & Tomorrow — From Fiat 500e to Tesla
In this episode of CleanTech Talk, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan talked with Chanan Bos, CleanTechnica's Director of Digital Media, about autonomous and semi-autonomous driving systems, especially Tesla's approach.
29:39
July 9, 2021
Auto Infotainment — CleanTech Talk with Chanan Bos
Chanan Bos, Director of Digital Media at CleanTechnica, and Zach Shahan, CEO of CleanTechnica, discuss automotive infotainment systems of today and possibly tomorrow.
27:17
July 1, 2021
Camptoo — "Airbnb on Wheels" — is Expanding
I recently discovered Camptoo, "the Airbnb of camper vans," and had a chat with Jacek Fior, an occasional CleanTechnica contributor who is helping to launch Camptoo in Poland. Learn much more and enjoy the fun chat here.
29:48
June 24, 2021
2021 CleanTechnica Car Of The Year, Tesla Model S Plaid
In this episode, Matt Pressman of EV Annex and I talk about the stunning to Tesla Model S Plaid, which comes with jaw-dropping record-fast acceleration (among other things). We also break the news about and discuss the 2021 CleanTechnica Car of the Year winner.
37:31
June 17, 2021
How To Get Mass-Market Auto Buyers Into Electric Cars
In the second part of a two-part interview with Sam Spofforth of Drive Electric USA and Clean Fuels Ohio, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan talked with Sam about converting mainstream automobile buyers to electric vehicles and zero emissions.
22:19
June 10, 2021
Drive Electric USA, & Electric Vehicle Adoption Trends in USA — Part 1
Drive Electric USA head Sam Spofforth and CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan talk about Drive Electric USA, new EV models, and electric vehicle adoption trends in the USA.
34:39
June 8, 2021
EV Charging Progress, Holes, & Opportunities — ChargePoint Interview, Part 2
CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan interviews Bill Loewenthal, Senior VP of Product at ChargePoint, regarding EV charging progress, holes, & opportunities in the United States. What does the EV charging landscape look like at 50% EV market share? Listen in to get Bill's expert opinion and a whole frunk full of facts.
30:24
June 3, 2021
Carbon Lighthouse: Cutting Energy Use At Portfolio Scale, Part 2
Mike Barnard talks with Brenden Millstein, President of Carbon Lighthouse, in this episode of CleanTech Talk.
48:14
June 1, 2021
Carbon Lighthouse: Cutting Energy Use At Portfolio Scale
Mike Barnard talks with Brenden Millstein, President of Carbon Lighthouse, in this episode of CleanTech Talk. They talk Carbon Lighthouse history, Brenden's time on the show MythBusters, breakdancing for Busta Rhymes, energy efficiency in buildings on a large scale, and much more.
41:53
May 27, 2021
Talking with Ford's Head of Electric Vehicles about Ford F-150 Lightning & Team Edison
To dig further into today's huge Ford F-150 Lightning news, I sat down with Darren Palmer, General Manager of Battery Electric Vehicles at Ford Motor Company, for half an hour.
30:46
May 20, 2021
Electric Ford F-150 Lighting — Tesla Fanboys React
We talk about the hot new Ford F-150 Lightning and the broader electric pickup truck market.
50:51
May 20, 2021
ChargePoint's Role in Advancing the US EV Charging Market
In this episode, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan talks with Bill Loewenthal, Senior Vice President of Product at ChargePoint, about the US EV market, advancing EV charging in the USA, and ChargePoint's role in EV evolution.
28:36
May 17, 2021
The Changing US EV Market — Trio Talk
Matt Pressman, cofounder of EVANNEX; David Havasi, former Tesla Johnny Appleseed; and Zach Shahan, CEO of CleanTechnica talk about the US electric vehicle market, how it's changing, and the potential of new electric models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and Chevy Bolt EUV.
43:36
May 13, 2021
Rivian, Tesla, Auto Dealers, & Backwards State Laws — Part 2
In this episode, I talked with Vice President of Public Policy at Rivian James Chen for our CleanTech Talk podcast series. A video recording of our one-hour discussion is now online for CleanTechnica Members, Supporters, Technicians, and Ambassadors to view on YouTube. We talked a bit about the broader electric vehicle market and how the various EV startups and serious EV efforts from legacy automakers are all partners in the mission to phase out fossil-powered vehicles, but the bulk of the discussion was about why the ability to sell directly to customers is critical for EV startups and how that is being blocked in many US states — a problem found nowhere else in the world. Now that Rivian is on the verge of bringing its vehicles to market, it is facing the same challenges (and more) that Tesla has faced for years trying to sell its vehicles directly to customers in the United States. James Chen and his team are tackling the problem, and he spoke with CleanTechnica about many of the details of this and related matters. Jim has worked on this issue for a long time, as he was previously at Tesla from 2010 to April 2016, where he ended as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel before moving on.
28:19
May 8, 2021
Rivian, Tesla, Auto Dealers, & Backwards State Laws — Part 1
In this episode, I talked with Vice President of Public Policy at Rivian James Chen for our CleanTech Talk podcast series. A video recording of our one-hour discussion is now online for CleanTechnica Members, Supporters, Technicians, and Ambassadors to view on YouTube. We talked a bit about the broader electric vehicle market and how the various EV startups and serious EV efforts from legacy automakers are all partners in the mission to phase out fossil-powered vehicles, but the bulk of the discussion was about why the ability to sell directly to customers is critical for EV startups and how that is being blocked in many US states — a problem found nowhere else in the world. Now that Rivian is on the verge of bringing its vehicles to market, it is facing the same challenges (and more) that Tesla has faced for years trying to sell its vehicles directly to customers in the United States. James Chen and his team are tackling the problem, and he spoke with CleanTechnica about many of the details of this and related matters. Jim has worked on this issue for a long time, as he was previously at Tesla from 2010 to April 2016, where he ended as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel before moving on.
29:23
May 3, 2021
Improving Solar Permitting — Quicker, Easier, Cheaper
How can we make solar permitting much faster, easier, and cheaper in the United States? Accela is doing it, with an app. Accela has been working with city governments and Tesla to make the solar permitting process exponentially better in the USA.
35:56
April 29, 2021
EV Sales Forecasts For Europe, Tesla, & More — Part 2
Rodney Hooper of RK Equity talks lithium and EV battery production and supply forecasts for 2025–2030 for Tesla, Volkswagen, Europe, China, and the US in part two of this two-part interview with CleanTechnica CEO Zachary Shahan.
27:11
April 24, 2021
Lithium & EV Battery Forecasts For Europe, US, & China, 2025–2030 — Part 1
Rodney Hooper of RK Equity talks lithium and EV battery production and supply forecasts for 2025–2030 in Europe, China, and the US in part 1 of this two-part interview with CleanTechnica's Zachary Shahan.
38:25
April 20, 2021
Volkswagen's EV Plans, Europe EV Sales Trends, & EV Charging in Europe
Jose Pontes and Viktor Irle, cofounders of EV Volumes, talk with CleanTechnica CEO Zachary Shahan about Volkswagen Power Day, EV charging issues in Europe, EV market share sales trends and forecasts, and a bit more.
36:31
April 12, 2021
Autonomous Driving Tech, Regulations, & Auto Design — CleanTech Talk with Cruise's Robert Grant
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan sits down with Rob Grant, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Social Impact at Cruise, to talk about Cruise’s work in the autonomous vehicle space.
51:15
April 5, 2021
Battery Mineral Mining Policies & Regional Trends
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Howard Klein, Founder and Partner at RK Equity, to talk about the lithium, nickel, and graphite markets in the United States, North America, and Canada.
01:07:30
April 5, 2021
Forecasting EV Battery & Metal Prices — Interview with BloombergNEF's Head of Clean Power Research
In the this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Logan Goldie-Scot, Head of Clean Power Research at BloombergNEF, sit down to talk about the battery supply chain. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. EVbatteriesEV batterieselectric vehiclesBloombergNEFstocks
32:29
March 6, 2021
How NVIDIA Brings Autonomy To Automakers
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Danny Shapiro, Senior Director of Automotive at NVDIA, sit down to talk about autonomous vehicles.
46:04
February 28, 2021
KoBold: Using Machine Learning To Find EV Battery Minerals — CleanTechnica Podcast, Part 2
In the second half of this episode of our Cleantech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Josh Goldman, cofounder and CFO/CTO at KoBold Metals, continue their conversation about mineral exploration.
33:08
February 22, 2021
KoBold: Using Machine Learning To Find Battery Minerals — Part 1
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Josh Goldman, cofounder and CFO/CTO at KoBold Metals, sit down to talk about mineral exploration.
43:06
February 22, 2021
Lyft’s 100% Electrification Target, Autonomy, Charging
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability at Lyft, sit down to talk about Lyft’s transition to 100% electric vehicles.
29:56
February 22, 2021
Wireless EV Charging, Then & Now — WAVE CEO Interview
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, Mike Masquelier, CEO of Wave, and Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics, Inc., sit down to talk about wireless EV charging
57:43
February 13, 2021
The EV Battery Supply Chain & Pricing — Nickel, Cobalt, & Lithium Trends (Part 2)
In the second half of this CleanTech Talk podcast interview, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan continues his talk with Caspar Rawles, Head of Price Assessments at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, to delve into the battery supply chain.
34:42
February 7, 2021
The Battery Supply Chain & Pricing — Lithium, Nickel, & Cobalt Trends (Part 1)
In the first half of this CleanTech Talk podcast interview, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan sits down with Caspar Rawles, Head of Price Assessments at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, to discuss the battery supply chain.
29:34
February 7, 2021
Green Hydrogen — Where Is It Useful? Where Is It Not?
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and co-founder of The Solutions Project, to discuss green hydrogen.
51:56
February 7, 2021
Scooter Share Industry Needs to Up It's Social License Game Per Study from TigerComm
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Mike Casey and Nathaniel Schub from Tigercomm, sit down to talk about micromobility.
01:05:18
February 7, 2021
Electric Tractors Can Revolutionize Agriculture
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, CleanTechnica Director Zach Shahan sits down with Alf Poor, Chief Executive Officer of Ideanomics, Inc., Stephen Heckeroth, Founder and CEO of Solectrac, and Keith Byers, Senior Vice President of Operations at Ideanomics, to talk about electric tractors.
44:52
November 14, 2020
The Future of EVs, Wireless Charging, & EV Supply Chains
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Roger Atkins, founder of Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd., sit down to talk about the future of electric vehicles, wireless charging and supply chains.
50:26
November 14, 2020
Cutting Back On Plastic Pollution & Plastic Propaganda
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Scott Cooney, Founder and CEO of Pono Home, sit down to talk about plastics. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summary of the topics covered, but tune in to the podcast to follow the full discussion.
44:57
November 14, 2020
Climate Disaster Risk Reduction & Managed Retreat, Part Two
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Anna Ziolecki and Brent Doberstein from the University of Waterloo, continue their talk about disaster risk reduction and managed retreat.
42:21
November 14, 2020
Climate Change Mitigation — Talking With Professors Doberstein & Ziolecki
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Anna Ziolecki and Brent Doberstein from the University of Waterloo, sit down to talk about disaster risk reduction and managed retreat.
45:02
November 14, 2020
Machine Learning + CleanTech + Climate Risks, Part Two
In the second half of this CleanTech Talk interview, Michael Barnard sits down with Paul Werbos, Ph.D. Co-Director of the Center for Intelligent Optimization and Networks, to talk about all things climate change.
42:48
September 15, 2020
Machine Learning + CleanTech + Climate Risks, Part One
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard sits down with Paul Werbos, Ph.D. Co-Director of the Center for Intelligent Optimization and Networks, to talk about all things climate change. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summary of the topics covered, but tune into the podcast to follow the full discussion.
01:08:56
September 15, 2020
Democratizing Energy & Community Solar Investment
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Matt Moroney, Co-Founder and COO of Raise Green, to discuss Raise Green’s efforts to leverage crowdfunding for investment in clean energy projects nationwide.
48:26
September 11, 2020
Voodoo Economics & Lithium — Lithium Supply = 15% of 2023 Global EV Sales Target
In the second portion of our latest Cleantech Talk podcast with RK Equity's Rodney Hooper and Howard Klein, we ventured outside of mining more than we typically do to talk about energy density and vehicle-to-grid solutions, but we also circled back around for a strong focus on the gap between electric vehicle sales forecasts from automakers and actual battery-grade lithium production.
29:13
September 1, 2020
Lithium and Nickel and Tesla, Oh My!
Last week, I sat down with Rodney Hooper and Howard Klein for another chat about nickel and lithium mining, electric vehicle batteries, Tesla, the electric vehicle transition, and a few other matters. Listen to the conversation here.
33:22
August 31, 2020
Standard Lithium and Other Unconventional Lithium Options
Howard Klein and Rodney Hooper of RK Equity help us to learn more about different types of lithium mining, Standard Lithium, and other potentially up and coming approaches to lithium extraction.
55:19
August 23, 2020
Joe Biden's VP Pick, TikTok, + 2020 Election Possibilities, Part Deux
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, sit down to continue their talk about politics, the First Amendment and Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential pick.
50:01
August 15, 2020
TikTok, Joe Biden's VP Pick, & Racism's Deep History On The US Election Process
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, sit down to talk about political trends, TikTok, and the Vice Presidential pick for Joe Biden.  Note: this conversation occurred right before the VP pick was announced.
43:36
August 15, 2020
Ideanomics on Electrification of Mining
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan chats again with Alf Poor, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ideanomics, Inc., about the electrification of the mining industry, and the benefits of choosing electric for heavy duty vehicles.
34:55
August 9, 2020
The Tesla & Big Auto Battery & Mining Catch-22 Threatening the EV Revolution
Electric vehicles need batteries, and it takes one or two years to get a battery production plant up and running. However, something that is often forgotten is that you don't make batteries out of thin air.
36:10
July 28, 2020
Tesla Battery Materials & Production — Lithium & Nickel Sourcing
Following some of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's comments regarding battery production during the quarterly Tesla conference call for shareholders last week, I decided to have two long conversations with Howard Klein and Rodney Hooper of RK Equity about the EV battery production and mining industries.
10:32
July 26, 2020
Infosys innovations for climate change and sustainability
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Ashiss Dash, Senior Vice President and Industry Head for Services, Utilities, Resources and Energy at Infosys, talk about Infosys’ work and innovations related to climate change and sustainability.
55:23
July 25, 2020
Ghost Road, on Myths and Future for Autonomous Vehicles with Anthony Townsend, Part Two
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Anthony Townsend, author of GHOST ROAD: Beyond the Driverless Car, sit down to talk about autonomous vehicles and urban planning.
37:14
July 21, 2020
Ghost Road, on Myths and Future for Autonomous Vehicles with Anthony Townsend — Part One
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Anthony Townsend, author of GHOST ROAD: Beyond the Driverless Car, sit down to talk about autonomous vehicles and urban planning.
47:56
July 20, 2020
Northvolt CEO On Starting Northvolt, Large-Scale Battery Storage, & More
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Dr. Maximilian Holland, anthropologist, social theorist, international political economist and CleanTechnica contributor, and Peter Carlsson, CEO of large-scale battery manufacturing company Northvolt, sit down to talk about Northvolt’s contributions to battery storage transformation.
57:35
July 20, 2020
Tesla Stock Pop, Hot EV Market, Big Auto's Big EV Moment — Energy Independence Weekend
We're here with another episode of Tesla Inside Out, a series on our CleanTech Talk podcast channel. This one is a special "Energy Independence Weekend" episode focused on a mix of the big EV news this year (more potent this week than ever) and David Havasi's history in the industry (in Tesla from 2012–2019 and outside of it since then).
01:01:35
July 5, 2020
Urban Magnets and Climate Change with Bruce Haden, Part Two
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down with Bruce Haden, architect, urbanist and author, about urban magnets and architecture in the time of COVID-19.
39:26
June 22, 2020
Urban Magnets & Climate Change with Bruce Haden, Part One
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down with Bruce Haden, architect, urbanist and author, about urban magnets and architecture in the time of COVID-19.
47:53
June 15, 2020
Managed Retreat in the Face of Climate Change, Part 2
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and A.R. Siders, core faculty at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, continue their talk about A.R.’s work as a preeminent U.S. researcher in managing retreat in the face of climate change.
42:48
June 13, 2020
Managed Retreat In The Face Of Climate Change, Part 1
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Dr. A.R. Siders, core faculty at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, sit down to talk about A.R.’s work as a preeminent U.S. researcher in managing retreat in the face of climate change.
41:33
June 12, 2020
Tesla Model Y Review From Owner Of Full Tesla S-3-X-Y Lineup
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Roger Pressman, Co-Founder of EV Annex, to discuss his review of Tesla’s Model Y and his work at EV Annex. Roger owned one of the earliest Model S sedans, a Model X, and a Model 3. EV Annex sells aftermarket Tesla accessories to thousands of Tesla owners and was the first Tesla aftermarket supply company. Roger also discusses the Tesla consumer community a bit in this podcast.
49:38
June 9, 2020
The Tesla & The Oil Sheik
In this episode of our Tesla Inside Out podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down once again with David Havasi, former Tesla Senior Delivery/Product/Marketing Lead, to discuss fun and interesting stories from David’s time with Tesla.
51:09
June 8, 2020
The EV Transition & EV Charging Evolution
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down to talk with Alf Poor, Chief Executive Officer of Ideanomics, Inc., about electric vehicle charging. 
31:03
May 31, 2020
The US Senate's Chance Of Flipping & Joe Biden's VP
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, sit down to continue their talk about physical isolation, COVID-19, and politics. Featured image: Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks at the U.S.—China Climate Leaders Summit, held at the JW Marriott hotel in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
45:20
May 20, 2020
Pandemic Management — Biden vs. Trump
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, sit down to talk about physical isolation, COVID-19, and politics.
01:02:17
May 19, 2020
Echo Chambers Warp Policy Debate
In the second half of this interview for our CleanTech Talk podcast series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to continue a conversation with Ed Dolan, economist, writer, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center, about climate change communication and action across political divides.
35:36
May 18, 2020
Climate Change Communication Across Political Canyons
In the first half of this interview for our CleanTech Talk podcast series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to talk with Ed Dolan, economist, writer, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center, about climate change communication and action across political divides.
56:13
May 17, 2020
5G and the Future of Transport
What's 5G's role in the future of transportation? How will it enable or help vehicle electrification, robotaxis, transportation as a service, and EV charging? Listen to this chat with Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics, for insight on these topics.
29:12
May 17, 2020
The Coming Climate Crisis — Podcast With Michael Mann
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to talk with Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and the Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, about the immediacy and importance of addressing climate change.
39:16
March 30, 2020
Tesla Performance Evolution & The Power Of Test Drives
For the latest edition of Tesla Inside Out (which was recorded before the COVID-19 crisis started to really unfold in the US), David Havasi and I focused on the wonders of Tesla performance and Tesla test drives. David brought us back to the launch of “the D,” the Tesla Model S P85D, and highlighted how it brought the performance of a supercar like a McLaren F1 (which Elon had some history with) to a much broader segment — still rich people, but not just hyper-rich people.
01:00:58
March 23, 2020
How To Debunk A Myth (Effectively)
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to continue talking with John Cook, cognitive scientist and founder of Skeptical Science, about climate change misinformation and communication.
41:07
March 22, 2020
Science Denial, & Communication To Solve That
In the first half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to talk with John Cook, cognitive scientist and founder of Skeptical Science, about climate change misinformation and communication.
42:06
March 22, 2020
The Tesla & EV Battery Cost Revolution
As you may have seen by now, 7 year Tesla insider David Havasi and I have been getting together in recent months to talk about the deep history of Tesla from an insider (David) and outsider (me) perspective in a podcast and video chat series called Tesla Inside Out. The thing that triggered this chat was recent data from BloombergNEF showing that battery energy density has nearly tripled in the past decade.
01:01:25
February 25, 2020
Transitioning the World to 100% Renewable Energy — Part 2
In the second half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, talks with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and cofounder of The Solutions Project, about transitioning the world to 100% renewable energy.
48:13
February 18, 2020
Transitioning the World to 100% Renewable Energy
In the first half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, talks with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and cofounder of The Solutions Project, about transitioning the world to 100% renewable energy.
37:16
February 16, 2020
Democratic Presidential Candidates On Climate & Energy, Part 2 — Pete Buttigieg & Elizabeth Warren
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his discussion with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the climate action plans (and other political matters) of current presidential candidates. This second part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and the evolution (or devolution) in the Democratic Party and Republican Party.
49:38
February 10, 2020
Democratic Presidential Candidates On Climate & Energy, Part 1 — CleanTech Talk
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about the climate action plans of current presidential candidates — Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and others.
35:10
February 10, 2020
Zero Mass Water Shrinks Its Panels
In this episode of our Cleantech Talk podcast interview series, Kyle Field sits down with the founder of Zero Mass Water, Cody Friesen, about the significant improvements the company has made with its new Rexi Hydropanels.
38:30
January 14, 2020
Johnny Appleseed Tesla Seedsters & The Tesla Market (& Stock Price) In 2013
In this episode of “Tesla Inside Out,” we talk about David’s role getting sent down to Florida (from New York) in 2013 as a kind of Johnny Appleseed character — part of Tesla’s “asset light” program — in order to respond to consumer interest and stimulate sales in the region. Ironically, David was sharing this story with me on Johnny Appleseed Day!
20:24
December 25, 2019
The Boring Company Plus Pumped Hydro: Proposal For Elon Musk — CleanTech Talk
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan is back again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about one solution to current energy storage limitations: closed-loop pump storage hydropower.
01:00:34
December 11, 2019
EV Boom — Roger & Zach Chat Lithium, EV Forecasts, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla
In our first ever episode of a new "EV Boom" podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Roger Atkins, founder of Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd and self-described “jack of all trades, master of none,” to discuss Roger’s insights into lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicle industry.
48:55
December 9, 2019
Tesla Deliveries: From DIY Trailers In 2012 To Price-Shifting Leadership In 2019 (Tesla Inside Out)
Resuming our "Tesla Inside Out" series, this video picks up where David Havasi and I left off last time, chuckling about a wild DIY Tesla delivery story. David and a team of early 2012 employees built a trailer to deliver early Model S's without having any real clue what they were doing. Luckily, they got the job done. He also mentioned a funny story about a Miami delivery truck in highlighting their overall novice delivery truck awareness back in 2012.
26:52
December 5, 2019
Cleantech At NYU's Urban Future Lab — Cleantech Talk with Pat Sapinsley
In this episode of our Cleantech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Pat Sapinsley, Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives at the Urban Future Lab / ACRE at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, to talk about her work.
40:08
November 14, 2019
Tesla Inside Out — Tesla History From 7 Year Insider, Part Deux
Continuing our discussion of Tesla and David Havasi's long history at Tesla, we took up where we left off, talking about pre-Model S days at Tesla. At that time, they had a gigantic factory in Fremont with almost nothing in it other than big, wild dreams and post-apocalyptic images of Blade Runner and The Highlander.
24:14
November 9, 2019
Tesla Inside Out — Tesla History From 7-Year Insider
I recently met a gentleman named David Havasi while charging our Tesla Model 3 at a ChargePoint station at a Whole Foods I frequently visit. He recognized me from CleanTechnica and I quickly learned he worked at Tesla for 7 years, until just recently. We got talking, talking, talking, and talking. I wasn't sure if he'd be camera shy to repeat some of what he told me (or more) on camera, but it turned out he very much wasn't shy — he had actually worked on Broadway before working at Tesla!
01:17:02
November 9, 2019
Ranking Democratic Presidential Contenders' Climate Policies — CleanTech Talk with Mike Barnard
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his conversation with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the role of climate change plans and policies in the 2020 presidential election.
49:55
November 7, 2019
Climate Change, Florida, Texas, & The 2020 Election — CleanTech Talk with Mike Barnard
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about a number of hot topics, including shifting public opinion on climate change and the role of climate action plans in the next presidential election. 
45:30
November 7, 2019
Green Business, Energy Efficiency, & Apocaloptimist — CleanTech Talk with Scott Cooney
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Scott Cooney, primary owner of Important Media, the company holding CleanTechnica, and the founder and CEO of Pono Home, to discuss Scott’s newest pursuit: Apocaloptimist, a podcast series to inspire and engage people in hope for the future by highlighting innovative solutions to challenges around the world.
35:41
October 14, 2019
Universal Basic Income, Andrew Yang, the Green New Deal, & Tesla — CleanTech Talk with Mike Barnard
Mike has been a global technology strategist and architect for major global technology companies, and is considered an expert on many topics within the clean technology field. He has worked in almost every sector, including health care, automation, freight transportation and finance. Mike attributes this breadth of expertise to being a bit of a nerd, or “just a generally interested guy.” In the one-hour podcast, Zach and Mike covered universal basic income, Andrew Yang, the Green New Deal, Tesla, and more.
01:02:35
October 14, 2019
US Climate Politics History Lesson — CleanTech Talk with Nathaniel Rich
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Nathaniel Rich, novelist, essayist, and writer at large for the New York Times Magazine. Together, they discuss Nathaniel’s new book, Losing Earth: A Recent History, detailing the history of public climate change understanding and the larger, unaddressed issues and moral questions arising from the climate crisis.
36:39
September 2, 2019
The Electric Van Market — CleanTech Talk with Tomek Gać
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Tomek Gać, Co-Founder of Tesla Shuttle and founder and CEO of Quriers.pl and Energia Słonca, to discuss the successes, challenges, and future of electric delivery vehicles.
23:35
August 25, 2019
Investment In Tesla, SolarCity, Zola Electric, & More — Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Nancy Pfund, founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners. They discuss Nancy’s journey from policy and politics to business and impact investing, especially her work in the clean technology sector with companies like Tesla, SolarCity, and ZOLA Electric.
29:11
August 12, 2019
100% Renewable Energy, Tesla in the Early Days — Mark Z. Jacobson on Cleantech Talk
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and co-founder of The Solutions Project, to discuss Mark’s work to bring together important players from science, business, culture and community behind his vision of 100% renewable energy for 100% of people.
39:32
August 5, 2019
Tesla Marketing, Consumer Awareness, Tesla FUD, Tesla Communications, Elon Musk, & More — CleanTech Talk with Zac from Now You Know
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Chanan Bos and I sat down with Zac from the hugely popular YouTube show Now You Know. We talked almost entirely about Tesla, but also about the Now You Know show and a few other cleantech topics. You can listen to the full one-hour conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player, I've also briefly summarized the topics we discussed — but not the many points we made. You have to really listen this time if you want to follow the discussion.
57:47
May 19, 2019
Tesla's Autonomous Advantage, Electric Airplanes, Short Sellers, & Elon Musk Smears — Galileo Russel, Pt.2
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Chanan Bos and I sat down with Galileo Russell, CEO, Founder, Director, Producer, and Host of HyperChange TV.
50:05
April 28, 2019
Tesla Investment, Hyperchange, Tesla FUD, Rivian & Moonshot Mondays — Galileo Russell, Pt.1
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Chanan Bos and I sat down with Galileo Russell, CEO, Founder, Director, Producer, and Host of HyperChange TV. Our conversation ran for 1½ hours, so I've split it into two episodes. This is part one, covering Tesla investment, Elon Musk, millennials, Rivian, NIO, China, Tesla smear campaigns, Tesla media coverage, the Tesla Fremont factory, and more. Enjoy!
47:05
April 27, 2019
Tesla's Long-Term Hardware & Software Play — ARK Invest's Tasha Keeney, Part 2
For our hot new CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with ARK Invest Analyst Tasha Keeney to discuss various aspects of autonomous vehicles, Tesla, Tesla, and Tesla. Tasha is focused on autonomous cars, AI, and 3D printing in her position at ARK Invest.
23:11
April 21, 2019
Tesla Autopilot, Full Self Driving, Elon Musk, ARK Invest — Tasha Keeney, Pt. 1
For our hot new CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with ARK Invest Analyst Tasha Keeney to discuss various aspects of autonomous vehicles, Tesla, Tesla, and Tesla. Tasha is focused on autonomous cars and 3D printing in her position at ARK Invest. She and ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood recently hosted Tesla CEO Elon Musk in the studio for their new podcast series, so we built off of that chat and I also brought in several key autonomy topics I'm always eager to learn more about. The conversation was approximately 45 minutes long, so to cut it down into more manageable portions, I've split it into two episodes. This is the first episode, and the second will be published tomorrow.
20:16
April 20, 2019
Tesla Financials, Wall Street, Elon Sleeping Under The Desk — CleanTech Talk with Ross Gerber, Part 3
For our hot new CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with Ross Gerber, cofounder, president, and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, to discuss Tesla financials, consumer demand for Tesla vehicles, Wall Street, Tesla financing, Elon Musk, and more.
22:34
April 16, 2019
Tesla Fremont Factory Insights, Tesla Innovation, & Tesla Communications — CleanTech Talk with Ross Gerber, Part 2
For our hot new CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with Ross Gerber, cofounder, president, and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, to discuss Tesla innovation, Tesla's vehicle and manufacturing platforms, the media, Tesla communications and marketing, and more. The conversation was approximately one hour long, so to cut it down into more manageable portions, we've split it up into a few episodes. Listen on your favorite podcast platform or via the embedded player below.
18:32
April 14, 2019
CleanTech Talk with Ross Gerber — Tesla Climate Leadership, Tweeting, $420, & The Oil Crisis Of The '70s
For our hot new CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with Ross Gerber, cofounder, president, and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, to discuss cleantech innovation, Tesla, climate change, insurance companies, and more. The conversation was approximately one hour long, so to cut it down into more manageable portions, we've split it up into a few episodes.
24:50
April 13, 2019
CleanTechnica Interviews Tesla Cofounder and Wrightspeed Founder & CEO Ian Wright — In 2016!
Chris DeMorro and Zachary Shahan of CleanTechnica.com interview Ian Wright (founder and CEO of Wrightspeed and co-founder of Tesla Motors) about Wrightspeed, Tesla, electric trucks, electric cars, and much more. Listen and enjoy!
30:50
February 20, 2019