About the Author

Nicolas Zart

Nicolas was born and raised around classic 1920 cars and it wasn’t until he test drove an AC Propulsion eBox and then a Tesla Motors Roadster that the proverbial light bulb went on.

Since then, he has been covering the world of electric mobility for over a decade with a focus on electric aviation. He brings over a decade’s worth of industry deep insight with ties to industry leaders.

Nicolas is published on various outlets both in print and online, such as Electrek, the Vertical Flight Society, and Aviation International News.

March 20

NIO’s last quarter and 2019 financial results show the EV startup is focused on increasing efficiency and reducing costs. expand full story

March 17

Xpeng has secured a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) permit to test-drive its new P7 EV. Does this mean the company is getting closer to the US market? expand full story

March 16

eHang just got its operational permit for its eHang 216 in Norway and Spain. The Chinese aviation startup hopes to develop its presence in Europe and create future flight routes. expand full story

WeRide resumes robotaxi service in China with extreme precautions to keep riders and drivers safe after COVID-19. expand full story

NIO released its delivery figures for Feb. 2020. It will report its fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 financial results on March 18, 2020. expand full story

March 12

We can welcome another German aviation startup into the urban air mobility called e.SAT. expand full story

VoltAero is testing new Safran electric motors on its Cassio e-plane. The electric-hybrid airplane has a few tricks up its sleeves. expand full story

March 11

Arcimoto Rapid Responder
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The Eugene, Oregon Fire Department started an Arcimoto EV rapid responder pilot program. The Arcimoto Rapid Responder is modular and homemade. expand full story

March 6

Xpeng Motors P7 winter test. Photo: courtesy Xpeng Motors
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Xpeng is boasting that its P7 EV boasts the highest range of EVs made or assembled in China. This was verified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. expand full story

March 5

Lucid just announced its Lucid Air retail strategy, nine specific retail network locations, and plans for future growth. expand full story

March 3

Byton plans to launch the European M-Byte EV initially in Switzerland, Germany, Norway, France, Netherlands, and Sweden. Pre-ordering in Europe starts in the second half of 2020 for €500. expand full story

March 2

The first prototype of the Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft out of two was destroyed in a fire. It will be replaced by the only one left in the flight-test program. expand full story

February 27

It will take months to figure the extent of the catastrophic Coronavirus outbreak. To help fight off the Covid-19 epidemic, eHang is lending its eVTOL for medical relief. expand full story

February 26

The production of the highly anticipated NIO EC6 SUV EV kicked off at the JAC-NIO Advanced Manufacturing Center in Hefei. NIO shows it is continuing its climb out of last year’s slump. expand full story

February 25

Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX) is an electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) partners. The company just signed a memorandum of understanding and a definitive agreement to cooperate with Spirit AeroSystems design. ASX moves closer to manufacturing what it says will be an affordable, certified eVTOL. expand full story

Lucid just announced the Dream Edition of the Lucid Air to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show (NYIAS) in April will be powered by the LG Chem cells. Cylindrical cells from the global battery supplier were selected due to their energy density and high availability.

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February 24

Pipistrel signed an MOU with Australian Eyre to There to manufacture their electric Alpha Electro in Australia.

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February 20

Xpeng Motors P7 winter test. Photo: courtesy Xpeng Motors
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You could see a furiously driven Xpeng Motors P7 on the Red River Valley Automotive Test Center in Heihe, China in February 2020 a few weeks ago. The next Xpeng EV has successfully finalized its icy weather performance testing.

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February 19

If we haven’t heard from Lucid Motors over the past two years it was to get the company up and running perfectly. Since the beginning of the year, Lucid has announced a series of good news. The factory is on target to start production by the end of 2020. We also have a new picture of the final Dream Edition Air. expand full story

February 18

Two solar airplane aviation companies with stakes in electric urban air mobility (UAM) teamed up to put an unmanned aerial vehicle in the stratosphere for a whole year using only sunlight as energy. Another project aims to reach the edge of space with a solar airplane.

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