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  • Tesla burns cash and loses more than $4,000 on every car it sells

    08/09/2015 10:29:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/08/2015 | JOSEPH WHITE AND PAUL LIENERT, REUTERS
    It's crunch time for Tesla Motors. The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles. The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next. Chief Executive Elon Musk said he's considering options to raise more capital and didn't rule out selling more stock. Musk has taken investors on a thrill ride since taking Tesla public in 2010. Now he's given himself a deadline, promising that by...
  • Maps reveal how EVs can be WORSE for the environment than gas-guzzling vehicles

    07/07/2015 2:09:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    They have been hailed as the environmentally-friendly solution to getting around towns and cities. But new research has found electric cars have an overall impact on pollution that may be worse than gas-guzzling vehicles. The study looked at US vehicle emissions on a county-level to map where gas cars and electric vehicles cause the most damage to the environment. It found that in the east of the US, the impact of charging up EVs overnight does more harm to the environment than going to the petrol station. ... The study, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, looked at five...
  • New Fisker ready to reopen in California?

    06/19/2015 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.autoblog.com ^ | Jun 19th 2015 at 1:28PM | Staff
    No Word On When New Owner Wanxiang Will Start Making Cars We've reported extensively about Tesla Motors developing its massive Gigafactory in the hinterlands near Reno, Nevada. Now, reports are coming out that the most recent incarnation of Fisker Automotive will build a factory about halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. There's lots of land left out there for any other aspiring plug-in automakers. Fisker, which is now owned by China-based Wanxiang, already has offices in Costa Mesa, CA, and employs about 200 people there, according to the Orange County Register. Now, Fisker will build a 556,000-square-foot plant in...
  • Here is the proof that Apple is secretly developing a car battery

    05/14/2015 8:15:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | May 14, 2015, 12:00 PM | Rob Price
    For several months now, rumours of increasing credibility have circulated that Apple is secretly working on an electric car project. This week, the Cupertino company reportedly will settle a lawsuit brought against it by A123 Systems — a large-battery company that alleges Apple deliberately poached its employees to develop its own car battery technology.
  • Lovefest: Tesla Model S Owners More Likely To Recommend The Brand

    04/05/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 152 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bengt Halvorsen
    While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the U.S. The Tesla Model S, according to the market-research firm Strategic Vision, boasts figures of ‘love’ from their overall vehicle experience that handily top those for much-loved sports-car models like the Porsche Boxster and 911. A whopping 92 percent of owners of the Model S summed their experience in the top...
  • Tesla reports 'record' quarter for auto sales

    04/04/2015 9:42:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/04/2015 | Staff
    Electric carmaker Tesla announced Friday it delivered a "record" number of vehicles in the first quarter, as it began more timely reporting of sales figures. The California firm started by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it sold 10,030 cars in the first three months of 2015. "This was a new company record for the most cars delivered in a quarter and represents a 55 percent increase over the first quarter last year," the company said in a statement. Going forward, Tesla said it would publish the number of new car deliveries within three days of quarter end. "We have decided...
  • New Jersey Throws It Into Reverse, Welcomes Tesla

    03/18/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Micheline Maynard
    Last year, New Jersey’s state legislature told Tesla its selling style wasn’t welcome. But now, Elon Musk’s electric car company is back in the Garden State’s good graces. On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that allows Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers, Bloomberg reported. The move is part of a bill that overhauls the state’s automobile franchise laws. Under the new law, Tesla has to meet some criteria, such as maintaining a service center in New Jersey where the electric vehicles can be fixed. ... But Texas lawmakers have refused to let the company sell directly to...
  • Electric Garbage Trucks: Huge Energy Savings And They Won't Wake You Up In The Morning

    03/05/2015 5:37:16 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2015 | Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    If one raises the topic of electric vehicles (EVs), everybody seems focused on Tesla these days. How many vehicles have they sold? Is Apple a would-be competitor? Where’s the stock going? And of course Tesla and its EV brethren have tremendous potential to reduce overall energy consumption and pollution, if sold in significant volumes. To date, there are over 250,000 EVs on the road, which is a solid start. But if one really wants to cut down on fuel use through electrification of vehicles, it might make sense to focus on the types of vehicles in which the most energy...
  • Here's everything we know about Project Titan, Apple's rumoured electric car

    03/01/2015 3:58:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2015 | Rob Price
    Just a few weeks ago, the idea that Apple might make a car seemed like an outlandish rumour. Today, it's accepted by many as gospel. Numerous reports have filtered through in recent days, providing more detail on Apple's automotive ambitions. Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet. The Apple Car would be a massive, multi-year undertaking. But here's what we've heard so far: It's called Project Titan. The detail comes via a report from the Wall Street Journal. It's an electric car. This puts the company in competition with Tesla, which develops cutting edge electric-powered vehicles. VC and entrepreneur Jason...
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt Powertrain: How It Works In Electric, Hybrid Modes

    02/25/2015 9:30:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 53 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Voelcker
    The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is sleeker, has more electric range, higher gas mileage, a fifth seat, and should be both faster and quieter on the road. ... For the record, the new transmission and final drive unit is formally known as the 5ET40 Electrified Transaxle. The pair walked us through the five separate operating modes of the new Voltec system: two electric-only, and three blended.
  • Amp Electric's Workhorse Wants To Be 'Tesla Of Trucks' For Electric Delivery Vans

    02/23/2015 6:32:11 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 15 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 23, 2015 | John Voelcker
    The pack is sized to provide a comfortable range buffer for trucks with predictable daily use, and Amp quotes a range of about 60 miles. But it also equips the E-Gen with a extender to eliminate range anxiety under unexpected circumstances. ... Fleet operators used to the costs of buying fuel for 6-mpg delivery trucks will see a clear financial benefit to an electric truck from Day One if they're leasing it, Burns said, when lease payments, fuel, and maintenance are added together. And that's even without the Federal tax credit for buying a plug-in electric truck, he claims. The...
  • China’s electric car boom: should Tesla Motors worry?

    02/20/2015 6:25:55 AM PST · by ckilmer · 23 replies
    fortune ^ | February 19, 2015, 7:00 AM EST | Levi Tillemann
    China’s electric car boom: should Tesla Motors worry? by  Levi Tillemann February 19, 2015, 7:00 AM EST   Up until recently, China has been an underperforming electric vehicle market, while Tesla has been an over-achieving electric vehicle company.Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has threatened to fire key executives from his China team after weak sales of the automaker’s luxury electric cars. And last week, the company’s chief marketing officer in China resigned. Although the media widely covered the management shakeup, the press has largely ignored the context: a massive boom in China’s market for electric cars. For after years of...
  • Tesla Model S Battery Life: How Much Range Loss For Electric Car Over Time?

    02/17/2015 7:36:42 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 71 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 17, 2015 | David Noland
    ... Based on 84 data points from the 85-kWh version of the Model S and six from 60-kWh cars, the study concludes that the Model S will retain about 94 percent of its capacity after 50,000 miles, with losses thereafter shrinking to about 1 percent per 30,000 miles. That means that after 100,000 miles, the typical Model S is projected to retain about 92 percent of its battery capacity and range.
  • City Testing the 2015 Volkswagen eGolf: An Electric Vehicle Without Pretense

    02/14/2015 9:34:48 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2015 | Mark Ewing
    eGolf is Volkswagen’s late entry in the electric vehicle (EV) market, a neighborhood scooter that builds upon the EV concept defined by the Nissan LEAF—except it’s engineered by clever Germans who analyzed Nissan’s steep learning curve. In the fundamentals of range, performance, curb weight, powertrain layout, price, amenities, and even consumer leasing, eGolf SEL was benchmarked against the top-spec Nissan LEAF SL. VW has less costly trims levels arriving within the year, but entered the market with the range-topping eGolf SEL Premium. Above: VW eGolf has 83 miles of range, which costs about $3. That’s one-half to one-third the cost...
  • The Chevy Volt As A Pickup: Via Motors President Talks Origins Of Plug-in Hybrid Truck

    02/08/2015 1:46:55 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 114 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 8, 2015 | Brooke Crothers
    Conventional Chevy Silverados being transformed into plug-in hybrid trucks at VIA Motors’ high volume assembly plant.Think of it as a Volt with a flat bed. Via Motors’ “electrified” 4WD Chevy Silverado entered commercial production last month. That’s a first for the company — founded in 2010 — that retrofits GM pickups and vans and turns them into $85,000-plus plug-in hybrids that can also function as roving generators. (More on pricing below.) It’s no coincidence that the concept is similar to the Volt. The chairman of Via Motors is Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy plug-in hybrid. It’s also no coincidence...
  • Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Insane It Really Is

    01/28/2015 12:57:48 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 183 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Many Tesla fans and electric-car drivers now know about the Model S P85D, Tesla's all-wheel-drive electric car that's arguably the fastest four-door sedan on the market. What most of them likely don't know is just what the car's ultimate performance mode, called "Insane," actually feels like. Now there's a video out from Drag Times that shows how astoundingly, jaw-dropping, amazingly, startlingly, incredibly insane the Insane mode actually is. NOTE: Video is NSFW, has rude words (delivered in tones of shock, horror, awe, amazement, and joy). With 1.3 million views in three days, the reactions to Drag Times CEO Brooks Weisblat's...
  • Tesla P85D Destroys Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Dragstrip: Electric Car Thrashes 707-HP Hemi (Video)

    01/20/2015 11:57:06 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 263 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Jan 19, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Say "P85D" to Tesla owners and fans, and you will see the drooling and twitching and heavy breathing and lustful stares--and more drooling--that Tesla's fastest, highest-performance electric car brings. The same happens with the word "Hellcat" for fans of high-powered Hemi V-8 performance. Now, courtesy of two owners--each convinced that their car is the fastest, baddest beast on the road--we know what happens when the two cars face off on the drag strip. Two days ago at Palm Beach International Raceway, a Tesla Model S P85D and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat competed in the traditional quarter-mile drag race. Hint:...
  • GM shows Bolt electric vehicle concept with 200-mile driving range (from Volt to Bolt)

    01/12/2015 6:23:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 117 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:51am EST | Ben Klayman and Joe White
    General Motors Co on Monday showed its Chevrolet Bolt concept car with an electric driving range of more than 200 miles and a $30,000 price tag, offering a view into where the U.S. automaker is pushing in development of electric vehicles (EV). The all-electric Bolt is a concept car not currently slated for production, but Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said the company is committed to developing an affordable long-range EV, and GM said they could develop the car in as little as 18 months. “This is a real game changer,” Barra told reporters at the media preview at the...
  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 141 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | January 5, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Plug-in electric car sales for calendar year 2014 rose above the 100,000 level, the third annual increase in full-year sales in the U.S. since modern electric cars first went on sale in December 2010. The highest-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, set a new U.S. record for plug-in sales of a single vehicle in one year, logging 30,200 deliveries during 2014. That compares to a 2013 total of 22,610, and less than 10,000 units in each of its first two years on sale. The balance of 70,000-plus was made up of sales of no fewer than 20...
  • Nissan LEAF Drivers Drive More Miles Than Gasmobile Drivers In Europe

    01/09/2015 10:03:38 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 100 replies
    CleanTechnica ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Zachary Shahan
    In Europe, at least, drivers of the 100%-electric Nissan LEAF actually drive about 50% more than average drivers of petrol- and diesel-powered cars. This helps to bust the myth that electric cars are inadequate for the average driver, and that electric car drivers don’t drive very much. It also indicates that Nissan LEAF owners must be saving a lot more money than generally assumed. Electricity for powering a car is much cheaper than petrol or diesel. The average driver will save several thousand dollars (or euros, british pounds, etc.), but someone who actually drives much more than average is going...
  • Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

    12/30/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 30 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | December 29, 2014 | John Voelcker
    If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for everyone. It extended the tax credits for electric-car charging stations and natural-gas-vehicle refueling stations, which should make owners of those vehicles happy. But it did not extend the generous tax credits for purchase or lease of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, disappointing advocates of that zero-emission vehicle technology. Those advocates include Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda. Now, it turns out, the often-reviled "gas guzzler tax deduction" was restored to its previous level by the budget bill as well. As...
  • Michigan to Tesla Motors: You're Not Welcome

    10/22/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 21, 2014 | Micheline Maynard
    Michigan’s Republican governor signed legislation on Tuesday that officially bans Tesla Motors and any other carmaker from selling directly to consumers in the state. But Rick Snyder, who is seeking re-election next month, maintained in a letter to lawmakers that the bill simply clarified the state’s existing law and that such direct sales already were not legal in Michigan, home to Detroit’s big auto companies. Now, state law requires that Tesla, or other car companies, must sell vehicles through networks of franchised dealers. If the company doesn’t have its own network, the state requires it to sell vehicles through another...
  • A Raw Deal in Michigan

    10/17/2014 6:11:10 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 9 replies
    Tesla Motors ^ | October 16, 2014 | The Tesla Motors Team
    On October 1, the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers. The bill, HB5606, was originally a single amendment to existing law designed to ensure that the car dealers can tack additional fees on to the purchase price for all vehicles (from any manufacturer) sold in Michigan. Such fees have a controversial history, are generally regarded with skepticism and have been the subject of consumer concern in other states. Not content with enshrining their ability to charge consumers dubious fees, on the last day of the legislative session, the dealers managed to make...
  • My First-Hand Experience With Tesla Motors, Inc.'s Ninja-Like Service

    10/05/2014 7:40:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Fool.com ^ | 09/27/2014 | Daniel Sparks
    According to Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S owners are highly satisfied. In fact, the 99 out of 100 owner-satisfaction score gathered from 600 owners is the highest the agency has seen in years. This is somewhat surprising in light of what seems to be a high level of maintenance and service appointments that Model S owners are experiencing. To be fair, much of the maintenance seems to be due to hyperactive proactivity and misdiagnosis as the company learns to properly diagnose problems unique to its electric cars. Still, as a young vehicle manufacturer, there is certainly room for quality control...
  • Why Tesla's Next Big Thing Could Flip the Auto Industry Upside Down

    10/05/2014 6:40:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 133 replies
    fool.com ^ | Daniel Sparks | Daniel Sparks
    Why Tesla's Next Big Thing Could Flip the Auto Industry Upside Down By Daniel Sparks | More Articles | Save For Later October 5, 2014 | Comments (10) Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) is calling it the Gigafactory. The electric-car maker estimates that the $5 billion factory will boast lithium-ion battery production that by 2020 will exceed the entire world's 2013 lithium-ion battery production. The factory, Tesla says, is necessary for the company to bring the economies of scale to batteries that will enable Tesla to launch an electric vehicle at half the price of its Model S by 2017, one...
  • Ghosn: 'We are getting there' on making Nissan Leaf profitable

    10/03/2014 8:58:04 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 33 replies
    autobloggreen ^ | October 2, 2014 | Sebastian Blanco
    "We are getting into positive, which is good for this technology." – Carlos Ghosn After 19 months in a row of record sales in the US, the money picture for the Nissan Leaf is steadily improving. To date (well, until the end of September), Nissan has sold 63,944 Leaf EVs in the US and a total of around 140,000 globally. The company produces the electric vehicle in three countries: Japan, the UK and the US and has sold more standard passenger EVs than any other automaker. Add all that up and you get to an EV that is just about to be profitable. At...
  • What's Holding Back Electric-Car Sales?

    09/29/2014 7:29:45 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 231 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 28, 2014 | Yuliya Chernova
    Electric cars aren't selling nearly as well as many predicted. Why is that? Research suggests a host of reasons—including a basic lack of familiarity, a high price tag, misconceptions about the cars—and ineffective government incentives. Consider the lack of familiarity. In a survey by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Kansas, respondents couldn't correctly answer basic factual questions about plug-in electric vehicles more than 60% of the time. Some 75% of wrong answers underestimated the beneficial aspects of the vehicles. The survey, the most exhaustive on consumer perceptions of electric cars in recent years, was published in the...
  • All-Electric Car Race Ends in Crash With No Flames, But Plenty of Sparks

    09/14/2014 4:51:22 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 35 replies
    Mashable ^ | September 13, 2014 | Adario Strange
    As drivers Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost approached one of the final turns, Prost — attempting to prevent Heidfeld from taking the lead — collided with him, sending Heidfeld's car flying over one of the track dividers. Luckily, Heidfeld emerged from the crash looking mostly no worse for wear. But he immediately rushed over to confront Prost on the track, proving that the dangerous racing tradition of on-track bluster continues, despite last month's tragic accident involving Tony Stewart. "I have a small pain in my calf," Heidfeld said in a statement on the Formula E website. "But apart from that,...
  • China Could Upend Elon Musk's Renewable Energy Dreams

    09/13/2014 9:21:07 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 58 replies
    fool.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | By Travis Hoium
    China Could Upend Elon Musk's Renewable Energy Dreams By Travis Hoium | More Articles September 13, 2014 | Comments (0) Elon Musk has as much as $10 billion, not to mention his own personal fortune, riding on the growth of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) EV sales and SolarCity's (NASDAQ: SCTY  ) solar and energy storage system growth. It's one of the biggest bets ever made on renewable energy and it's made him a household name across the country. To dominate EVs, solar energy, and energy storage Musk is trying to build out battery capacity before competitors can gain traction, and thus far...
  • Few critics as Nevada mulls Tesla tax breaks

    09/10/2014 10:40:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 11, 2014 1:13 AM EDT | Scott Sonner
    Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers’ money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors’ $5 billion battery factory to the state. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an “extraordinary opportunity” to land the electric car maker’s “gigafactory” and the tens of thousands of jobs he said would help pull Nevada from the worst economic crisis in state history. Legislative leaders, who convened...
  • Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

    08/31/2014 5:13:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Justin Pritchard
    From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how Tesla is deciding where to build. Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.
  • Battery Economics The story of Elon Musk and GM’s race to build the first mass-market electric car

    08/30/2014 11:30:35 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 94 replies
    One of the hottest clashes in technology pits two pathmakers in the new era of electric cars—Tesla and General Motors. Both are developing pure electrics that cost roughly $35,000, travel 200 miles on a single charge, and appeal to the mass luxury market. The stakes are enormous. Most electrics have less than 100 miles of range. Experts regard 200 miles as a tipping point, enough to cure many potential electric-car buyers of “range anxiety,” the fear of being stranded when their battery expires. If GM and Tesla crack this, sales of individual electrics could jump from 2,000 or 3,000 vehicles...
  • Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S has ‘more than its share of problems’

    08/12/2014 11:51:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:51pm EDT | Bernie Woodall
    Consumer Reports, which last year gave top marks to electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S sedan, now says the car it owns has had “more than its share of problems.” While the car has impressed staff at the influential U.S. consumer magazine with its “smoothness, effortless glide and clever, elegant simplicity,” there have been many quirks that might dampen consumers’ experiences, Consumer Reports said in a statement on Monday. […] “Just before the car went in for its annual service, at a little over 12,000 miles, the center screen went blank, eliminating access to just about every function of...
  • A FReeper got a Leaf

    05/07/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 181 replies
    self | ctdonath2
    I did it. I got an electric car. A Nissan Leaf. Whatever the origins, the confluence of factors made it absurd not to. Buyers get a $7500 credit off federal taxes. Georgia offers $5000 off purchase or lease. Power usage costs about $25/mo (vs gas at $150-300). That, plus negotiating, makes a 2 year lease net cost $0, if not negative. That I was driving a '98 POS facing major repairs, plus legislative movements reconsidering the incentives, made it a must-do. If you're in a state with similar incentives, and have any reason at all to get another car, do...
  • 'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

    04/24/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-24-2014 | Staff & Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    (Phys.org) —Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, ORNL researchers challenged a long-held assumption that a battery's three main components—the positive cathode, negative anode and ion-conducting electrolyte—can play only one role in the device. The electrolyte in the team's new battery design has dual functions: it serves not only as an ion conductor but also as a cathode supplement. This cooperative chemistry, enabled by the use...
  • ABC Frets Over Pro-American Cadillac Ad: 'Arrogant' and 'Xenophobic?'

    03/06/2014 2:37:43 PM PST · by mandaladon · 76 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday were sufficiently provoked by a pro-American Cadillac commercial that they devoted a whole segment to wondering if the spot was "arrogant" and "xenophobic." GMA's reporters, who couldn't find any time to cover former IRS head Lois Lerner pleading the Fifth on Capitol Hill, devoted almost three minutes to the "backlash" against the car commercial. The ad features a man strolling around his large house, praising the free enterprise system and the work ethic of Americans: "Other countries, they work. They stroll home. They stop by the café. They take August off. Off!"...
  • Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

    01/23/2014 8:24:46 PM PST · by ckilmer · 95 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/23/2014 | John Voelcker
    These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses.
  • 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...
  • Energy Department to lose millions on electric car maker loan

    11/24/2013 5:24:36 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    10 NEWS.COM ^ | 23 NOVEMBER 2013 | 10 NEWS.COM
    <p>WASHINGTON - The Energy Department says it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc.</p> <p>The government sold the loan for $25 million Friday to Hybrid Technology LLC, a holding company that plans to keep the California carmaker operating.</p>
  • A Nervous GM Is Spying on the Tesla Playbook

    10/05/2013 7:28:06 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies
    wallstcheatsheet ^ | October 05, 2013 | Justin Lloyd-Miller
    Not all that long ago, news broke which indicated that General Motors (NYSE:GM) had formed a special committee with the sole purpose of studying Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) and assessing the upstart EV maker as a threat to GM’s business. While Tesla produces a minute fraction of the number of cars that GM makes, the latter’s fear of the California-based Tesla isn’t completely unfounded: This year to date, Tesla’s market valuation has rocketed to $23 billion, nearly half of the $50 billion that GM is worth on the public exchange. “At this pace, if the bubble doesn’t burst, 10-year-old Tesla could eclipse...
  • GM working on 200-mile electric car, exec says

    09/16/2013 8:16:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2013 4:57 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said. Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks wouldn’t say when or if such a car will be built, however. … The 200-mile car would cost about the same as the current Volt, and it would match the range and be far cheaper than Tesla Motors’ $71,000, all-electric Model S. The Model S can go up to 265 miles on a single charge. …
  • Terry McAuliffe's Green Nightmare (WSJ)

    07/24/2013 4:52:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2013 | By Stephen Moore
    Virginia attorney general and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is back on the attack in a tight race with momentum swinging back and forth seemingly every week. Of late Mr. Cuccinelli has been trying to focus attention on the crony capitalism misadventures of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe. Mr. McAuliffe, a major fundraiser and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is also founder of GreenTech Automotive. The electric car company was suppose to have produced some 400,000 vehicles by now, along with 10,000 new jobs, mostly in Virginia. To date, however, GreenTech has produce around 100 cars and has...
  • A Long-Term Bet Against Gasoline

    07/11/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 74 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 11, 2013 | Wes Patoka
    Oil prices have been given a lot of scrutiny and consumers are not seeing relief at the pump. Nobody will argue that price fluctuations do not play games with consumers’ minds and wallets. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has proposed that electric vehicles are a way to free ourselves from foreign sources of energy, and giant price fluctuations. To import, or export that is the question As supply increases, we should see gasoline prices come down, right? Wrong. We are seeing a huge supply glut of oil in the US, but refineries like Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) are...
  • Tesla unveils 90-second battery-pack swap

    07/07/2013 9:36:14 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 138 replies
    cnn ^ | June 21, 2013: 2:26 PM ET | By Chris Isidore
    Tesla Motors unveiled a system that will let drivers swap out the battery in a Model S in about 90 seconds,
  • The Latest Look Into Elon Musk's Crystal Ball

    07/04/2013 1:44:55 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 30 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 4, 2013 | Daniel Sparks
    Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) , and founder of SpaceX, has a keen ability to make good predictions. Source: Businessweek. Though not always accurate, many of his predictions are eerily on target -- especially for Tesla. For the most part, Musk has been able to stay on schedule with his original plan for the electric car manufacturer. Perhaps Tesla's soaring stock price has emboldened Musk's forecasting spirit, because he's made quite a few bold predictions lately. Though they should be taken with a grain of salt, four of his recent predictions are worth...
  • California Electric Car Maker CODA Files For Chapter 11, Sold Only 100 Cars

    05/02/2013 3:30:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 05/02/2013
    Electric car maker CODA Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday after selling just 100 cars and said it plans to quit the auto business altogether. The Los Angeles-based parent of CODA Automotive filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Delaware. A consortium of debtors plans to acquire CODA for $25 million, according to a company statement. The company’s statement said it plans to concentrate on CODA Energy, an energy storage business founded two years ago, and exit the automotive business. “CODA Energy’s products are based on the same core battery management technology found in its vehicles...
  • New Patented GAGE200 Electric Car Could Revolutionize The Automoblie Industry

    03/31/2013 10:17:17 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 54 replies
    MarketersMedia ^ | March 30th, 2013 | Press Release
    Transport New Patented GAGE200 Electric Car Could Revolutionize The Automoblie Industry The new Patented Gage200 system averages more than 200 miles per gallon on cars of today. Using a multiple power source system for propelling vehicles of today and the future. BMW2 Selma, NC, US - March 30th, 2013 /Press Release Distribution/ Email Print Patent Number US 8,397,852 B1 was presented to the inventor Raymond Earl Perry on March 19, 2013. Originally filed in July 3, 2001 it was a long hard road but finally the new spin on electric and gasoline cars of today is finally going to happen....
  • JPD: Woman charged with DWI after trying to drive off in toy truck (also: had no pants or shoes)

    03/05/2013 10:16:35 AM PST · by Stoat · 36 replies
    Region 8 News ^ | March 4, 2013 | Patricia D. Davis
    JPD: Woman charged with DWI after trying to drive off in toy truck Submitted by Patricia D. Davis, Community Web Producer Monday, March 4th, 2013, 2:33pm Topics: Crime, News    Jamie Craft (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) A Jonesboro woman was arrested on DWI charges after police say she slammed into a mobile home then tried to leave the scene of the accident in a child’s battery-operated truck. Jamie Jeanette Craft, 29, is also charged with public intoxication, refusal to submit, disorderly conduct, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driving while license cancelled, suspended or revoked. Just 5:30...
  • Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway (Great Article)

    02/10/2013 7:40:17 AM PST · by BobL · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | John Broder
    Washington — Having established a fast-charging foothold in California for its electric cars, Tesla Motors has brought its formula east, opening two ultrafast charging stations in December that would, in theory, allow a speedy electric-car road trip between here and Boston. But as I discovered on a recent test drive of the company’s high-performance Model S sedan, theory can be trumped by reality, especially when Northeast temperatures plunge
  • 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...