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“The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles” (Oren Harari, business professor at the University of San Francisco)

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Like any other petrolhead out there, Oraan fell in love with cars in his infancy, so it was only natural for him to become student at a University specialized in the automotive field. In 2000, he became a car journalist and for almost 15 years he tested all kinds of cars, wrote industry analysis articles and expressed his opinions on automotive subjects.

Unlike many petrolheads out there, Oraan-the-engineer increasingly became aware of downsides of combustion engines. At the beginning of the 2010s Oraan-the-car-journalist transformed at a fast pace from a nothing-to-worry-petrolhead to an environment-responsible-electrohead.

At that time everybody was mocking Elon Musk for his Tesla “secret plan”, so Oraan-the-electrohead became the outlaw-advocate-of-electromobility in the petrolheads world. In 2014 he decided to start his own online project aimed to inform and educate the public about green technologies and so-called unconventional-propulsion for cars.

In recent years, Oraan involved in other projects out of the car industry. But he’s still a vigilant “devil’s advocate”, especially since he’s a daily EV commuter. That’s why he couldn’t miss the opportunity to debunk EV myths, explain green tech breakthroughs and share the news in this field to autoevolution audience.
The Best April Fool's Joke (Not): First Evidence for EVs Really Slashing Emissions
The Best April Fool's Joke (Not): First Evidence for EVs Really Slashing Emissions

7 Apr 2024, 16:14 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / Captain Obvious must be proud: it took half a decade to actually measure CO2 emissions to conclude that "the interannual trend in urban CO2 emissions" decreased mainly due to passenger vehicle electrification. That's right, UC Berkle...

 
As Expected, Plug-In Hybrids' Pollution Far Worse Than Carmakers Advertise
As Expected, Plug-In Hybrids' Pollution Far Worse Than Carmakers Advertise

30 Mar 2024, 14:38 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / It was darn time for the authorities to conduct real-world measurements on the actual consumption and emissions of the so-called "electrified cars" that also use an internal combustion engine. I really hope the popular wisdom will finally...

 
Just How Much Is the $1 Trillion Required for the US Electric Truck Fleet Infrastructure?
Just How Much Is the $1 Trillion Required for the US Electric Truck Fleet Infrastructure?

22 Mar 2024, 21:46 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / This March, the Biden-Harris Administration released another strategy to decarbonize the transportation sector: the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy's goal is to set the stage for fully zero-emission trucking by 2040. However, ...

 
ICEocracy. ICEption. ICE Age: The Meltdown
ICEocracy. ICEption. ICE Age: The Meltdown

17 Mar 2024, 15:06 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / "Idiocracy" was a satirical SF movie that tried to imagine American society 500 years from now in the worst-case scenario of stupidity prevailing over time. "Inception" was an original SF movie exploring extreme ways to manipula...

 
Here's Why EVs Are Mostly SUVs, Whether You Like It or Not
Here's Why EVs Are Mostly SUVs, Whether You Like It or Not

9 Mar 2024, 21:26 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / America's public is the biggest fan of too-big and too-heavy passenger cars, and this trend spreads around the world at a fast pace. Apart from the psychological "Mine is bigger!" argument, some other factors explain why cars will on...

 
Actually, Super-Affordable Monthly Lease Fees Could Be the EV Adoption Silver Bullet
Actually, Super-Affordable Monthly Lease Fees Could Be the EV Adoption Silver Bullet

3 Mar 2024, 08:54 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / Everybody's talking these days about EV sales cooling down. Some even predict an EV market crash, ignoring the hundreds of billions of dollars invested by the industry in battery technology and the fast pace of improvements. While it's tr...

 
2023 Passenger Car Sales Tell a Grim Story for the Future, Especially for EVs
2023 Passenger Car Sales Tell a Grim Story for the Future, Especially for EVs

25 Feb 2024, 14:54 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / Most of the numbers are on, and it looks like the passenger car sales topped around 90 million units globally. This marks a 15% increase compared to the pandemic hit in 2020, but it's still 5% under the 2017 level. But what do all these number...

 
Move Over, Super SUVs! Here's "The First Street-Legal Hypertruck," Scarbo SV Rover
Move Over, Super SUVs! Here's "The First Street-Legal Hypertruck," Scarbo SV Rover

17 Feb 2024, 10:02 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / So, do you happen to be able to afford at least $1.5 million (or €1.4 million) for this street-legal rally-raid hypertruck? It comes from California-based Scarbo Vintage company, and yes, you can drive it on any American road or highway. Bonus...

 
No, a Parking Fee Hike for Fat and Heavy SUVs Won't Matter. A Ban Would Make More Sense
No, a Parking Fee Hike for Fat and Heavy SUVs Won't Matter. A Ban Would Make More Sense

10 Feb 2024, 19:36 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / On Sunday, February 4, in the Paris referendum, more than half of the voters basically chose to "tax the rich" because, according to officials, SUVs and other large and heavy sedans are used mainly by the richest. While it may look like s...

 
Hot & Cold News: "Wakanda" Bans ICEs; "Ironman" Humiliated in Cold Weather EV Range Test
Hot & Cold News: "Wakanda" Bans ICEs; "Ironman" Humiliated in Cold Weather EV Range Test

4 Feb 2024, 13:58 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / Just a few days ago, Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport and Logistics announced that only electric vehicles will be allowed to be imported into the country. The measure is part of a "logistics master plan" – if this rings a bell,...

 
Low Range, Not Price and Charging, the Main Culprit Against EV Adoption (Part II)
Low Range, Not Price and Charging, the Main Culprit Against EV Adoption (Part II)

28 Jan 2024, 00:48 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / It may be a surprise that an electrohead like me is not trying to convince people that EVs' range issues are not a big deal. On the contrary, in the first part of this editorial, I even used the storytelling method to emphasize this misconcept...

 
Low Range, Not Price and Charging, the Main Culprit Against EV Adoption (Part I)
Low Range, Not Price and Charging, the Main Culprit Against EV Adoption (Part I)

27 Jan 2024, 10:22 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / Wait a minute, isn't 2023 the first year when a full-battery electric car became the best-selling car in the world? Tesla Model Y outperformed the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Corolla by a pretty large margin, while the total number of EVs sold last...

 
Mining and Construction Electric Machinery To Challenge EVs' Battery Demand
Mining and Construction Electric Machinery To Challenge EVs' Battery Demand

21 Jan 2024, 12:50 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / According to the UN's Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, these two sectors combined account for more than a third of global CO2 emissions. A big chunk is because all the heavy machinery needed is powered almost exclusively by...

 
EV Predictions Aren't Great, but Those for Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Are a Disaster
EV Predictions Aren't Great, but Those for Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Are a Disaster

14 Jan 2024, 16:58 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / There are a billion and a half road vehicles worldwide, with more than 90% of them using oil-based fuels, and by the half of this century, their number will double. How many of them will be "Zero Emission Vehicles" in less than thirty yea...

 
Tell Me Where You Live, and I'll Tell You if Your Next Car Will Be Electric or Not
Tell Me Where You Live, and I'll Tell You if Your Next Car Will Be Electric or Not

7 Jan 2024, 14:46 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / It's not the first study of this kind, but the news is that researchers calculated the TCO specifically for 14 American cities. So, if you're a resident in one of these cities, you can make a more informed decision on buying a new electri...

 
This Is Why the First Mass-Production Sodium-Ion EVs Aren't a Historical Breakthrough
This Is Why the First Mass-Production Sodium-Ion EVs Aren't a Historical Breakthrough

29 Dec 2023, 15:18 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / In 2023, the US and European car industries warned about the imminent influx of cheap Chinese electric cars flooding Western markets. Maybe that's why the Chinese car industry seeks to keep momentum from the beginning of 2024, announcing anoth...

 
This Christmas, the Grinch "Stole" Subsidies. Does It Mean the End of EV Sales in Germany?
This Christmas, the Grinch "Stole" Subsidies. Does It Mean the End of EV Sales in Germany?

23 Dec 2023, 20:08 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the German government made an unexpected "present" to the car industry this December: it simply stopped the subsidies program for electric cars. It's not a joke or a conspiracy, but a move many analysts fea...

 
Latest Consumer Reports Test Emphasizes EVs' Weakest Spot: Highway Range
Latest Consumer Reports Test Emphasizes EVs' Weakest Spot: Highway Range

15 Dec 2023, 07:32 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / The number one reason for people not buying electric cars is that they are expensive. But what about those who can afford to buy them? What's holding them back? You already guessed: an electric vehicle's range is still worse than a simila...

 
Will Ditching Fossil Fuels Plunge the World Back Into Darkness or Save It?
Will Ditching Fossil Fuels Plunge the World Back Into Darkness or Save It?

9 Dec 2023, 02:38 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / What does it sound like when you put in charge of a global climate summit someone who runs one of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world and who inconceivably asserts that "there is no science out there, or no scenario, that says that ...

 
EVs and Plug-In Hybrids Are Presumably Much Less Reliable Than ICEVs and Hybrids, CR Says
EVs and Plug-In Hybrids Are Presumably Much Less Reliable Than ICEVs and Hybrids, CR Says

3 Dec 2023, 12:16 UTC · By: Oraan Marc / This year's Annual Auto Reliability Survey covered 20 problem areas that consumers gave feedback on based on their experience with their vehicles in the last 12 months. Electric and plug-in hybrid car owners seem to have very high expectations...

 

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