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  • Tesla introduces new $75,000 car: the Model S 70D (Entry Level)

    04/08/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | April 8, 2015 | Octavio Blanco and Peter Valdes-Dapena
    Tesla has just introduced a new entry level car, but before you fire up your laptop to order one, you should know it's even more expensive than Tesla's current starter vehicle. The car it announced on Wednesday is called the Tesla Model S 70D and it'll start at $75,000, although buyers are eligible for a federal tax credit that brings the price down to $67,500. The Model S starts at $70,000.
  • Elon Musk Threatens Layoffs After Tesla Sold Just 120 Cars in China Last Month

    02/12/2015 3:16:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Entrepreneur Magazine ^ | February 11, 2015 | Geoff Weiss
    Though initially heralded by Elon Musk as Tesla’s biggest potential market after the United States, China is shaping up to be an enormous blind spot for the electric car maker. Tesla sold just 120 cars in China last month, according to Reuters -- a dismal figure that has Musk seeing red. He allegedly blasted out an email to managers in China in January threatening to fire and demote executives who were “not on a clear path to positive long-term cash flow.” And so it is. Today, June Jin, Tesla’s vice president of communications in China, has left the company, Bloomberg...
  • KCP&L Becomes Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Leader with Groundbreaking Announcement

    01/26/2015 4:46:52 PM PST · by mykroar · 29 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/26/15 | Press Release
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan 26, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, at a kickoff event at its headquarters, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated GXP, +0.37% announced its plans to install and operate more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations, making it the largest electric vehicle charging station installation by an electric utility in the United States. KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network is the next step in the company’s leadership in environmental sustainability. Over the next several months, KCP&L will install more than 1,000 charging stations throughout the Greater Kansas City region. This network...
  • Chrysler CEO Begs Customers to Avoid Electric Cars

    09/07/2014 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The CEO for Fiat Chrysler (remember how an Italian company helped save Detroit?) is begging Americans to kill more polar bears, pollute the air, and continue to melt the polar ice caps… Or something. There’s also an outside chance that he’s just being a responsible CEO by trying to keep his company out of bankruptcy. Whatever the reason, Sergio Marchionne is asking consumers to steer clear of the company’s all electric Fiat.Under the direction of Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler is apparently taking a new approach to keeping the company solvent: Sell cars that people actually want to buy. And he is...
  • Expert: 'Imminent' ISIS threat to U.S. power grid

    09/01/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 53 replies
    WND ^ | August 31, 2014
    <p>ISIS terrorists pose an “imminent” threat to the U.S. electric grid with the capacity to coordinate a devastating assault on our nation’s infrastructure, warned a leading homeland security and terrorism expert in a radio interview Sunday.</p> <p>Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards. He also served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, and the House Armed Services Committee.</p>
  • Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel not Fixing It

    07/13/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 49 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | Yosef Berger
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power. Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector...
  • Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel not Fixing It

    07/13/2014 2:41:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/14 | Yosef Berger
    Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours. As Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day, many Israelis are demanding that...
  • Darwin's 'Special Difficulty' Solved?

    07/10/2014 8:44:39 AM PDT · by fishtank · 85 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7-7-14 | Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Ph.D.
    Darwin's 'Special Difficulty' Solved? by Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Ph.D. * Darwin's hypothesis of evolution faced enormous scientific challenges from the very outset of its publication. Recently, a group of evolutionists, publishing in the journal Science, claimed to have simplified one of those challenges. Have they? In Darwin's seminal work On the Origin of Species he identified numerous examples of biological structures that, at first pass, seem very difficult to evolve. He even wrote a chapter titled "Difficulties on Theory" which he began with this wry comment: "Long before having arrived at this part of my work, a crowd of difficulties...
  • Tesla Loses $49.8 Million In Q1 2014, Panasonic On Board With Gigafactory

    05/10/2014 6:09:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 23 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | May 8, 2014 | Derek Kreindler
    Although Tesla reported a profit of $17 million on $713 million in revenue, their financials were reported using non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) figures. Which means that my current checking account, according to non-GAAP figures, is probably somewhere in the high seven figures. Using GAAP numbers, Tesla lost nearly $49.8 million, on revenues of $620 million. Despite the loss, Tesla delivered 6,457 units, and expects to sell 35,000 Model S units this year. Tesla also announced that their Model X SUV will be delayed again, until 2015. But the bad news was interrupted today by a major development for Tesla....
  • Electric Vehicle Battery Subsidy Failures Evident Early On

    03/27/2014 10:50:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Last week, the Detroit Free Press concluded that the massive giveaway of state tax dollars to electric vehicle battery makers failed to generate the thousands of jobs that were promised. In particular, a March 16 article noted that, "today, Michigan has only a few hundred battery workers in four plants — despite $861 million in Obama administration stimulus grants and $543 million in Michigan tax credits awarded by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration in 2009." Readers of Michigan Capitol Confidential are not surprised by this news given that the failures of the electric vehicle battery industry in Michigan have been...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • Former Federal Energy Official Says April Attack On San Jose PG&E Substation Was Terrorism

    02/05/2014 4:51:28 PM PST · by rfreedom4u · 40 replies
    CBS News SF Bay Area ^ | 5 February 2014 | CBS
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission believes the attack on a PG&E substation in South San Jose last spring was not an act of vandalism, but instead a terrorist attack. In April of last year, someone shot numerous rounds that damaged equipment at the Metcalf Road substation and also severed underground fiber optic cables nearby. In an interview Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, former FERC chief Jon Wellinghoff called the attack ”the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.” Wellinghoff told the newspaper he’s going...
  • Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply--Up From 0.02% Before Obama

    01/29/2014 5:16:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/29/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Solar power, which President Barack Obama promoted in his State of the Union Address, accounted for 0.2 percent of the U.S. electricity supply in the first nine months of 2013, according to data published by the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration. That is up from the 0.02 percent of the total electricity supply that solar power sources provided in 2008, the last calendar year before Obama took office. “Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” Obama said in the State of the Union. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I...
  • States eye return to firing squads, electric chairs

    01/29/2014 2:56:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2014
    <p>ST. LOUIS — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.</p> <p>Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution.</p>
  • 'Charge Rage' – electric car owners get angry after having vehicles unplugged

    01/24/2014 2:41:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/23/14 | David Millward
    The growing popularity of environmentally friendly motoring in America has led to a new phenomenon, “charge rage”, as the owners of electric cars compete for places to plug in their cars. While the owners of electric cars may care about climate change, they appear to be less solicitous of their fellow ecologically-motivated motorists. Angry notes have been left on windscreens and drivers have returned to their cars to find that they have been unplugged.
  • Charge rage on rise over lack of Silicon Valley car charging stations

    01/20/2014 8:15:52 PM PST · by RansomOttawa · 77 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | The Associated Press
    An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers. Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with soaring demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company's 16 charging stations are now not nearly enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles. Graf says cars are getting unplugged while charging, creating animosity between employees. A charge...
  • High electric use during cold snap triggers request to dial it down (Illinois)

    01/07/2014 5:33:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/07/14 | Michelle Manchir
    The extreme cold has prompted the organization that operates the electrical grid serving Illinois to ask consumers to turn down the thermostat and avoid using appliances like the stove, dishwasher and laundry machine between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The frigid weather has led to higher than normal electricity use and the call for conservation during peak hours is an effort to avoid more drastic measures, said a spokeswoman for PJM Interconnection, which coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity to 13 states including Illinois. The last time the organization asked consumers to take such...
  • MSM Uninterested in FBI Investigation of 'Terrorist Dry Run' Attack on CA Power Station

    12/30/2013 2:43:20 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 30 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    SC Sheriff's Dept released this photo of the attack in progress Last April 16th -the day after the Boston Marathon bombing- one or two individuals militarily attacked a Pacific Gas & Electric electrical substation south of San Jose, CA... you'd think somebody besides blogs and British newspapers would find this of interest, wouldn't you? The operation was systematic, organized, and well planned: assailant(s) first cut both land-line and mobile phone service to the power station before storming the facility at 1am...  firing over 100 rounds into the transformers to see what would happen. In the event, what did happen...
  • Map – Areas Of Probable Power System Collapse: “130 Million Lacking Power For Several Years”

    12/23/2013 8:58:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 89 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 22, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    In just the last twelve months Congressional members and top level administrators at the Department of Homeland Security have warned of threats to the national power grid so serious that should they occur life in America as we have come to know it would change almost instantly. Former DHS head Janet Napolitano, in a letter to her successor, advised that “a massive and serious cyber attack” on the US Homeland is imminent and that a “natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.” This was followed up by a...
  • The Tesla battery swap is the hoax of the year

    12/22/2013 4:34:29 PM PST · by AlbertoZaragoza · 37 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | 22-12-2013 | Alberto Zaragoza
    So here we are, fifteen months after Tesla started getting carbon credits for the battery swap. The company has already cashed out, probably for more than $60 million. Without building a single swap station, or demonstrating the feature in consumer cars, or bothering to provide any sort of explanation. I have emailed them, written on their Facebook page, posted in their forum. Their only “reaction” was to kinda make the battery swap disappear from their website. It’s impossible to get an actual response from the company. Tesla intends to shut up its way out of this mess. The question is,...
  • Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready

    12/03/2013 5:39:24 AM PST · by oxcart · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/02/13 | Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world's largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign — renewable energy. Energy officials worry a lot these days about the stability of the massive patchwork...
  • Expert: “What People Have Got to Know is That They’re On Their Own, Literally…”

    10/27/2013 4:18:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 146 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/27/13 | Mac Slavo
    Over coming weeks millions of Americans will be tuning in to NatGeo’s new American Blackout film about surviving in a post-power grid collapse environment that lacks electricity, fresh water and the normal flow of commerce. For most it will be nothing more than standard evening entertainment, but what if such an event turns out to be a future American reality? Such a scenario may seem improbable, but just in the last several years we’ve seen it play out time and again all over the world, albeit in situations limited in time and scope. Hurricane Katrina and over 50,000 people stranded...
  • ’American Blackout’: Four Major Real-Life Threats to the Electric Grid

    10/27/2013 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/25/13 | Patrick J. Kiger
    A catastrophic, prolonged failure of the electrical grid—the sort of event whose effects are depicted in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, which premieres Sunday—may seem like just apocalyptic science fiction to some viewers. Unfortunately, though, the possibility of such a breakdown is all too real. (See related interactive: “Survive the Blackout.”) Government and utility industry officials are so concerned, in fact, that in November, they will stage a massive emergency drill, called GridEx II, that will involve thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, FBI antiterrorism experts and government officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They’ll...
  • Neil Young’s Electric Car Breaks Down, Left ‘Helpless’ on California Highway

    09/10/2013 4:53:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 88 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/13
    Neil Young, a high-profile proponent of cars powered by alternative fuels, was recently stranded on the highway when his own $1 million biomass-powered hybrid car broke down. **SNIP** Young was on his way to an environmentalist festival in Canada, according to the Sierra Sun, driving his custom-made hybrid electric 1959 Lincoln Continental.
  • Tale of Two Teslas (half news/half vanity)

    08/25/2013 7:28:17 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 22 replies
    self | 8/25/2013 | self
    So, coming across this article on Tesla ranking above the likes of Porsche, Volvo and Land Rover in sales in California, I recalled a recent article that wasn't quite as glowing as the propaganda a few weeks ago about their Earnings Report.The article I recalled (I'll get to that) wasn't quite as glowing. To put it bluntly, there is still quite a lot at risk for Elon Musk & Tesla. For one thing, the glowing propaganda on their earnings is about as equally honest as the housing recovery in public statements from industry reps and government officials. Worse, the aforementioned...
  • McAuliffe associate removes car claim from Web; no record of Defense Department approval

    08/07/2013 8:03:57 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 20 replies
    -The Washington Times ^ | David Sherfinski
    A firm funding the car company founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has claimed on its website for months that its MyCar electric vehicle had been approved by the Defense Department “for U.S. military installations worldwide” — but government officials say they have no record of such an approval. The Washington Times searched a database of companies and contractors with business before the federal government and found no mentions of GreenTech Automotive or its MyCar two-seat vehicle. Government officials, too, found no evidence that GreenTech had been approved by the Defense Department to be a listed supplier for military...
  • Unclean at Any Speed, Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems

    07/02/2013 12:10:48 PM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 30 Jun 2013 | Ozzie Zehner
    Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a...
  • Study: Electric cars no greener than gasoline vehicles

    07/02/2013 11:29:45 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies
    United Press International ^ | 2013 July 01 | UPI
    BERKELEY, Calif., July 1 (UPI) — Electric cars, despite their supposed green credentials, are among the environmentally dirtiest transportation options, a U.S. researcher suggests. Writing in the journal IEEE Spectrum, researcher Ozzie Zehner says electric cars lead to hidden environmental and health damages and are likely more harmful than gasoline cars and other transportation options. Electric cars merely shift negative impacts from one place to another, he wrote, and "most electric-car assessments analyze only the charging of the car. This is an important factor indeed. But a more rigorous analysis would consider the environmental impacts over the vehicle's entire life...
  • Only $1.14 per Gallon?

    07/02/2013 10:40:03 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 44 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 7-2-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last month the launching of the "eGallon" - a tool that will compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles (EVs) to fueling gasoline-powered ones. According to the report, the national average eGallon price is about $1.14. This means that an EV can travel as far on $1.14
  • Tesla to demo quick-swap electric car batteries

    06/18/2013 1:54:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-18-2013 | Staff
    Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells. Tesla chief executive and founder Elon Musk used popular the messaging service Twitter to put out word that a "live pack swap demo" was taking place at the company's design studio in the Southern California city of Hawthorne. Video from the event was to be posted on the Tesla website about 0430 GMT on Friday, according to Musk. Making it fast and easy to restore full power to electric car batteries is seen as a big step in...
  • Electric car trailblazer Better Place to file for bankruptcy within days (Israeli)

    05/24/2013 8:04:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 24, 2013, 11:41 pm | Yifa Yaakov and David Shamah
    Israeli electric car firm Better Place, which hoped to revolutionize driving habits in Israel and worldwide, will file for bankruptcy in the coming week. The trailblazing firm sought to accelerate a world motoring shift away from gas-guzzling cars to electric, battery-powered vehicles. But “the company was not well-served by having things it thought would happen over a decade happen within a year,” a source familiar with the company’s financial woes told Fortune on Friday. snip It also touted partnerships developing in France and the US, harboring particular hopes of an electric car revolution pushed by the Obama administration. snip
  • Law would stop Tesla electric car sales in NC

    05/11/2013 5:41:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    News Observer ^ | 5/09/13 | John Murawski
    To date, 80 North Carolina residents have squeezed their savings for the bragging right of owning the Tesla Model S electric car, some paying more than $100,000 for their g-force ride, but they may be among the last. A legislative proposal, backed by the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association, would make it illegal for Tesla, or any other car maker, to bypass dealerships and sell directly in the state. The proposal cuts at the heart of Tesla’s business model: selling luxury cars over the phone or Internet and then delivering them to the front door of high-net-worth customers. **SNIP** The whole...
  • Tesla Model S: The Best Car Ever?

    05/09/2013 12:46:45 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2013 | Tom Gara
    Consumer Reports went big on the Tesla Model S today, announcing the car had scored 99/100 on its rating system – the highest rating of any vehicle the magazine has ever tested. It’s “truly a remarkable car,” an excerpt of the review concludes, although one still limited by the inherent constraint of any all-electric vehicle: a battery that can take hours to fully charge, complicating long distance travel.
  • 47 depressing facts about Fisker’s epic electric car failure

    04/24/2013 1:11:26 PM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday April 24, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “Bankruptcy now appears unavoidable, and a political reckoning is coming” writes the New York Time’s Bill Vlasic today about Fisker Motors, the Obama administration’s pet electric car company that received millions in federal loans. Vlasic described the car company as the “Solyndra of Electric car companies.” As Congress prepares to grill the leaders of Fisker Motors this afternoon, here are 47 depressing facts about Fisker:
  • Sledgehammer of cyber warfare? EMP attack

    02/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    Enemies' doctrines include devastating blow as part of 'strategic operations' WASHINGTON – Warnings from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that enemy nations are carrying out cyber attacks on the U.S. are on the rise. The target? The U.S. electric infrastructure. Even President Obama has pointed out that “our enemies are also seeking the abilities to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems.” But that may not be the worst of it. Those same adversaries – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – also incorporate in...
  • Another Solyndra?

    02/06/2013 7:13:19 AM PST · by stocksthatgoup · 4 replies
    Energy and Capital ^ | Wednesday Feb 6, 2013 | Jeff Siegel
    Despite a few bumps, and much to the chagrin of those still celebrating the invention of the wheel, the modern energy market continues to expand. .. $529 million. More than a half billion dollars. That's how much the electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive was initially promised by Uncle Sam. That was a few years ago, and since then the automaker has delivered about 1,500 vehicles to customers. But this outfit is far from being in good shape..
  • Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important

    01/31/2013 6:57:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 1/31/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ fuel-efficiency, Reuters reports. But the DOE backpedals furiously from a goal set out in a 2011 State of the Union speech, where President Barack Obama announced what he called “Apollo projects of our times.” One of them was the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million...
  • It's Less Easy Being 'Green' as Los Angeles Yanks Plug on Free Parking for Electric Cars

    01/05/2013 7:53:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-5-13 | Hannah Karp
    On a recent morning, Jack Luu parked his plug-in Toyota Prius in one of the most expensive lots at Los Angeles International Airport before flying off to a film shoot in Canada. The lot, where Mr. Luu leaves his car as many as 10 times a month for business trips, normally charges $30 a day. But when Mr. Luu returned home three weeks later, he drove out, as usual, without paying a dime. "That was a huge reason why I bought the car in the first place," says the 35-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., postproduction company executive, whose car qualifies for...
  • Coda Automotive begins car production in California

    03/13/2012 12:53:06 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/13/12 | foxnews.com
    The first Chinese car that you buy may actually be American. California startup automaker Coda Automotive began production of its all-electric sedan on Monday at a facility in Benicia, outside of San Francisco. The battery-powered four-door is assembled from a glider” -- basically a complete car without a drivetrain -- that’s built by Coda in China under license from local automaker ChangAn Hafei. Its 31 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack comes from Tianjin, China-based Lishen Power Battery and powers an electric motor manufactured in Colorado by UQM Technologies.
  • Tesla will need more loans to stay afloat in 2013

    12/20/2012 9:57:17 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | John Shinal
    It’s a lucky thing for Tesla Motors shareholders that the U.S. Department of Energy loves the company’s loan applications. Without the hundreds of millions of dollars has received from the federal government this year, the electric-car maker’s financials would be gasping for air as 2012 winds down. Given the ugly state of Tesla’s finances — and the company’s sky-high valuation: almost $4 billion — it will rank among the top candidates in Silicon Valley for a 2013 stock collapse, unless it receives significantly more cash next year. The Palo Alto, Calif., company’s financials are, in fact, in worse shape even...
  • Exclusive: First Reports of Massive Layoffs at Coda Automotive

    12/11/2012 2:35:48 PM PST · by nascarnation · 20 replies
    Plugincars.com ^ | 12/11/2102 | Brad Berman
    Coda Automotive, the California-based maker of an all-electric sedan primarily produced in China, last Friday laid off more than 50 employees, including a substantial part of its sales and marketing staff, according to a source familiar with the company’s business. The source, who contacted PluginCars.com about the news, wants to stay anonymous based on concerns about possible “blow back” from Coda executives. The anonymous source said the company had sold fewer than 100 units of its all-electric sedan since it went on sale in March 2012—and that sales had virtually stopped after the car was recalled by the National Highway...
  • GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show [Doubling Down on Failure]

    11/27/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    AP ^ | 11-27-2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity. An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run in all-electric mode but also has a backup gas engine, the Spark EV is a pure electric. GM won't say how far the car will go on a charge, but says it will be a top performer among the small number of...
  • Judge 'Charged' With 'Theft' For Plugging In Chevy Volt Electric Car

    10/31/2012 6:12:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Oct 15, 2012 | Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
    For centuries, the role of Judge has carried with it a solemn duty to uphold justice, the law, and to ascertain which facts are true, and which are not. So when a journalist in Carmi, Illinois spotted a Second Circuit Judge charging his electric car at Wayne County Courthouse, they ran a story claiming Second Circuit Associate Judge Mark Stanley was misappropriating public funds to charge his car. Except he wasn’t. As the CourierPress reports, the local news article caused enough outcry to force Judge Stanley to appear in front of the entire Wayne County Board last week to explain...
  • Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems Files Bankruptcy

    10/16/2012 7:29:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Bloomberg | -Oct 16, 2012 8:50 AM CT | By Dawn McCarty and Craig Trudell
    Title and link only.........
  • Calif. throws subsidy at Tesla Motors

    10/16/2012 7:01:44 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 10 replies
    http://www.calwatchdog.com ^ | 10-12-12 | Joseph Perkins
    Calif. throws subsidy at Tesla MotorsCalif. throws subsidy at Tesla Motors Oct. 12, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Memo to Occupy San Jose: I’ve got a ripe target for you on Santana Row, playpen for the Silicon Valley wealthy. Not Gucci, Burberry, Ferragamo or the other upscale stores along the Row. But Tesla Motors, the electric carmaker, whose co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, boasts a $2.4 billion net worth. Musk is not merely a member of America’s 1 percent, for which Occupy has much contempt. He’s a member of the 1 percent of 1 percent. That’s why it is so unseemly...
  • Fisker Karma earns a failing grade from Consumer Reports ($200 MM down the rat hole)

    09/26/2012 10:58:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | September 25, 2012 | Staff
    The striking Fisker Karma extended-range electric car has turned heads for months in our test program, from its distinctive design to its sci-fi hum soundtrack. During that time we've experienced far more than our share of frustrations. And in the final tally, the Karma scores a failing grade. The Karma ranks as our lowest-rated luxury sedan. Of all sedans, only three have lower overall scores: Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, and Nissan Versa SV. (Learn how we test cars.)
  • Lake Elmo motorcyclist sets electric-bike speed record

    08/29/2012 3:52:07 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-26-12 | Mary Divine
    The unofficial results from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah are in, and it looks like Kevin Clemens has set a new world record for electric motorcycles. Clemens, of Lake Elmo, hit 78.4 mph on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The world record won't be official until it is ratified by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme. Clemens last year set the national land-speed record for electric motorcycles -- 61.538 mph -- at Bonneville
  • Congress gives OK to electric car charging stations on Capitol Hill (The rest of us are exempt!)

    08/03/2012 1:38:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/03/12 | Ramsey Cox
    Congress gives OK to electric car charging stations on Capitol HillBy Ramsey Cox - 08/03/12 12:35 PM ET Congress has approved legislation that would allow the Architect of the Capitol to construct battery-recharging stations for electric cars in congressional parking areas. The bill introduced by Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) requires that construction be at no net cost to the government but says the Architect of the Capitol could construct, operate and maintain battery-recharging stations in House and Senate parking lots. Users would pay a fee, which would eventually pay for the installation and maintenance of the stations. The bill passed...
  • Solar Panel Project

    07/15/2012 12:29:05 AM PDT · by UnBubba · 34 replies
    Myself ^ | 7-15-12 | Unbubba
    My company is contemplating the installation of a 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) generation solar panel project on the roof of our facility. We are located on Long Island and are powered by LIPA. LIPA has a new green initiative program called CLEAN. LIPA's CLEAN Solar Initiative will pay customers $0.22/kWh for PV plants between 50 kW and 20 MW under 20-year contracts. LIPA will begin accepting applications under the program on July 16th, 2012. The United States experiments with feed-in tariffs at the local level. A number of U.S utilities, municipalities and states have approved feed-in tariffs, however such...
  • The electric car with a 500-mile range could finally match petrol power for distance

    07/14/2012 4:16:18 PM PDT · by rawhide · 71 replies
    •QBEAK concept vehicle uses bio-methanol to boost its battery life. Green, they may be. But electric cars have struggled to overcome one of the main shortfalls that put buyers off - an inferior range to their petrol-powered rivals. That may be about to change after a new electric car was unveiled that promises to go 500 miles (800km) before the battery needs recharging. This would be far more than one of the current leaders in the field, the battery/ gasoline Chevrolet Volt, which can do around 375 miles (600km) on one charge-up. The Modular Energy Carrier concept (MECc), created by...