Cleantech Talk 11: BMW i5 vs Tesla Model S, Volvo XC90 Sales Surprise, Cadillac CT6, & Tesla’s Near Sale To Google

In this Monday’s episode of Cleantech Talk, Chris and I talk about some “controversy” that started here on CleanTechnica when Chris called the BMW i5 a Tesla competitor. He followed up with a piece on Gas2 defending the point. Chris and I chat more about that to kick off the show.

We then jump into higher than expected Volvo XC90 Plug-in sales. The key quote on that story from Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor is as follows: “We were planning on a 3 to 5% take rate of this model…. But our current rate on sold orders is over 20%. We underestimated it.” Chris and I go a lot further on that matter and high-end plug-in hybrids as a whole, including the hot new Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid.

Lastly, we delve into the story of Elon almost selling Tesla to Google for a cool $11 billion. There was a lot of fun stuff to talk about there, going far beyond the articles Chris and I wrote on Gas2 and CleanTechnica.

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Stay tuned for our next Cleantech Talk podcast. It may come sooner than you expect. 😀

Zachary Shahan

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.