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  • Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

    07/28/2015 6:46:18 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-07-2015 | Dave
    The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla’s battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor’s radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted. This wonder mineral is the backbone of our everyday lives, popping up in everything from the glass in our windows to our mountains of electronics. And while investors have long appreciated the steady rise in demand for this preferred mineral, the number of new applications continues to multiply. Smart phones,...
  • YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers

    07/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    TechCrunch Daily ^ | July 8, 2015 | Christine Magee
    Transcend Lighting, one of the more unconventional startups accepted into Y Combinator’s latest cohort, is launching out of beta today to bring its energy-saving LED lights to indoor farmers everywhere. Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s Spring 2015 class. “Farms today, generally speaking, use high pressure...
  • Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance charges batteries in minutes

    07/23/2015 9:23:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Peter Carty
    The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem. The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming. The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques – and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (Ł6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (Ł64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Tesla gets $295M in cap & trade-type credits for technology not offered to customers

    07/23/2015 10:49:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Tori Richards
    Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in state cap and trade-type emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers weren’t getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals. In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion dollars in value from the 11 states that use the Zero Emission Vehicle barter as part of a green auto industry mandate. California created the program and leads the pack, doling out $173 million in credits to the Silicon Valley-based Tesla. Tesla claimed the credits between...
  • Tesla, Nissan Take Financial Hits as States Remove EV Subsidies

    07/02/2015 1:19:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 2, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    It’s been six years sinceelectric vehiclemanufacturers enjoyed their windfall from U.S. taxpayers via the stimulus, but the thirst for subsidies, and pain from financial losses, have not waned. The pursuit of government goodiescontinues apace forTesla Motors, even more vigorously after the Los Angeles Timesreported last month that CEO Elon Musk depends on more than $4.9 billion in corporate welfare for his companies, which also include SolarCity and SpaceX. Tesla’s quest may more accurately be portrayed as preservation of the golden goose that is California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) credit scheme. The Golden State requires the six largest auto manufacturers to...
  • Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered car has a record-setting range

    07/01/2015 2:37:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2015 | Graham Rapier
    Toyota has been very vocal about its lofty plans for the new Mirai. After severing ties with Tesla in 2014, Toyota has shifted its focus toward fuel cells and away from all-electric cars. On Wednesday, Toyota announced that the Mirai had achieved an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles. That’s the longest range of any zero-emission vehicle on the market today, including electric vehicles. “Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Toyota’s North America CEO Jim Lentz in a statement “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers...
  • The green mirage—and con job

    06/28/2015 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/15 | Paul Driessen & Tom Tamarkin
    Musk, Schmidt, Simons and billionaire buddies build empire based on climate and energy BS Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must “ask God for a positive outcome” to negotiations over another UN climate treaty. It matters not that the predicted calamities are not happening. There has been no warming in 19 years, no category 3-5 hurricanes making US landfall for a record 9-1/2 years, indeed none of the over-hyped...
  • Tesla Leases Former Solyndra Manufacturing Site

    06/22/2015 7:54:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Gas2 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Steve Hanley
    Electrek is reporting that Tesla has signed a lease for the former Solyndra manufacturing site just a few miles away from its assembly plant in Freemont, California. Its current production facility can build up to to 500,000 cars a year, but Elon Musk says Tesla will be building “millions” of cars by 2020. What will it do with the new space? In an e-mail to Business Journal, it said “901 Page, located conveniently down the road from the Tesla Factory, gives us the space to expand our manufacturing and build more engineering labs as we build up production.” There is...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • Tesla leases former Solyndra building in Fremont

    06/11/2015 7:02:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/11/15 | David R. Baker
    Fast-growing Tesla Motors has leased a Fremont building once occupied by Solyndra before the solar company’s high-profile implosion, the Silicon Valley Business Times reported Thursday. The 500,000-square-foot facility, at 901 Page Ave., was the last of Solyndra’s former buildings to remain empty. Seagate Technologies snapped up Solyndra’s main factory — built with $528 million in federal loans — in 2012. And earlier this year, SolarCity leased a two-building Solyndra complex at 47700 Kato Rd. Tesla CEO Elon Musk chairs SolarCity’s corporate board.
  • Elon Musk Defends His Companies' Subsidies

    06/05/2015 9:20:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 5, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Alt-energy/transport-tech CEO Elon Musk and his trio of companies (Tesla,SolarCity andSpaceX) didn’t cooperate with the Los Angeles Times on its article that tabulated his businesses’ whopping sum of corporate welfare ($4.9 billion) , and he was predictably miffed by the (accurate) portrayal. So he went about trying to fix things on CNBC and with the Times on Monday, but not by denying the conclusions reached by reporter Jerry Hirsch, but instead by essentially pointing at fossil fuel industries and saying “they do it more.” “If I cared about subsidies,” Musk told Hirsch in a follow-up to his Sunday expose’,...
  • Taxpayer Subsidies Keep Elon Musk's Companies Afloat

    06/02/2015 11:24:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 2, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Well, somebody did it, and it was the mainstream media. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times for taking the time to research and estimate the total amount of U.S. public (local, state, and federal) subsidies for companies owned or run by South African-born Canadian-American Elon Musk. The total amount calculated by reporter Jerry Hirsch for taxpayer-backed incentives – of many different forms, including tax credits and rebates provided to customers – was $4.9 billion. The corporate beneficiaries have been Tesla Motors and SpaceX, where Musk is CEO, and SolarCity Corp., where he is chairman. The sum does not include SpaceX’s...
  • Tesla loses its shot at direct car sales in Texas

    06/02/2015 9:00:27 AM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 23 replies
    Engadget ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jon Fingas
    If you want to buy a Model S in Texas, you're going to have to jump through some hoops for at least the next couple of years. Bills that would let Tesla sell cars directly to customers aren't going to get a vote before the state's legislative session wraps up on June 1st, leaving the electric vehicle maker high and dry until the next session kicks off in 2017. This doesn't mean that you're completely out of luck if you want Tesla-made transportation in Austin (see above for proof), but you can't simply pick one up. The setback isn't completely...
  • Elon Musk’s $5 Billion in Govt Subsidies Helps Make Ends Meet

    05/31/2015 1:52:41 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 May 2015 | Robert Wilde
    If you build it we will come could be the mantra for Los Angeles billionaire mogul Elon Musk. Well the Los Angeles entrepreneur built Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, and what came was an estimated $4.9 billion in government subsidies, according to data compiled by The Los Angeles Times. “He definitely goes where there is government money,” said Dan Dolev, an analyst at Jefferies Equity Research. “That’s a great strategy, but the government will cut you off one day.” Now after a plethora of government incentives, such as grants, tax breaks, factory...
  • Tesla is apparently recharging ’emissions free’ electric cars with a diesel generator

    05/28/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 55 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 28, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Bishop Hill points us to this video of the Tesla Supercharging station at the Harris Ranch exit of Interstate 5 in California. He writes: “How can one resist posting a video of Tesla electric cars being recharged (so it is claimed) using a diesel generator? These people love the environment you see.” The video shows a portable diesel generator next to the charging station and some Tesla automobiles. Watch this short video:
  • Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market

    05/26/2015 9:35:12 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 45 replies
    valuewalk ^ | May 26, 2015 08:08:59 PM | Michelle Jones
    Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market Posted By: Michelle JonesPosted date: May 26, 2015 08:08:59 PMIn: TechnologyNo Comments Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is leading the way in electric vehicle technology, especially in batteries, and this is a good time to be in Tesla’s position. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) estimates that “electrified vehicles” will be one-quarter of the car sales in the world in the next ten years. The analysts define “electrified vehicles” as those with an electric powertrain, which include not only EVs but also hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.Tesla is taking one of...
  • Consumer Reports' Tesla Model S P85D breaks—before testing begins

    05/18/2015 7:06:09 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 39 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | May 18, 2015 | Eric Evart
    A new car shouldn't have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month. Yet Consumer Reports' brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable. After we’d owned the P85 D for a mere 27 days, with just over 2,300 miles on the odometer, the driver-side door handle failed. The door handles in the Model S retract electrically so they rest flush with the sides of the car when they’re not in use. Walk up to the car with the key fob in your...
  • Consumer Reports' Tesla Model S P85D breaks—before testing begins

    05/18/2015 1:17:43 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 16 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | 05/18/2015 | Eric Evarts
    A new car shouldn't have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month. Yet Consumer Reports' brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable.
  • 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.
  • What Do The Model-T And The Tesla Have In Common?

    05/12/2015 10:19:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | George Leef
    Henry Ford did a lot for the automobile in America. What everyone knows is that he figured out how to improve manufacturing efficiency so much that the auto was transformed from a toy for the rich into an item that ordinary people could afford. ... But very few people know that Ford had to fight against a cartel to be allowed to sell his vehicles. In this 2001 article published in The Freeman, “How Henry Ford Zapped a Licensing Monopoly,” Melvin Barger goes into the fascinating history of Ford’s legal battle against the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM). In...
  • Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage

    05/01/2015 11:11:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | By Chris Mooney
    Late Thursday, the glitzy electric car company Tesla Motors, run by billionaire Elon Musk, ceased to be just a car company. As was widely expected, Tesla announced that it is offering a home battery product, which people can use to store energy from their solar panels or to backstop their homes against blackouts, and also larger scale versions that could perform similar roles for companies or even parts of the grid. For homeowners, the Tesla Powerwall will have a power capacity of either 10 kilowatt hours or 7 kilowatt hours, at a cost of either $ 3,500 or $ 3,000....
  • Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

    05/01/2015 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | by By Michael Liedtke And Jonathan Fahey
    Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants—and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it. Musk took the stage at Tesla's design studio near Los Angeles International Airport, an audience of drink-toting enthusiasts cheering him on, in a scene fitting for an audacious dreamer renowned for pursuing...
  • Tesla Unveils Battery To Power Homes (Solar Energy Storage & Backup Generator Alert)

    05/01/2015 12:33:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 74 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/01/2015 | BBC News
    Chief executive Elon Musk announced the firm would build batteries that store solar energy and serve as a back-up system for consumers during blackouts. The device would allow consumers to get off a power grid or bring energy to remote areas that are not on a grid. Tesla plans to start shipping the units to installers in the US by this summer. In a highly anticipated event near Los Angeles, Mr Musk said the move could help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world". "Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation,"...
  • Tesla Could Be Changing The Dynamics Of Global Energy

    04/28/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-04-2015 | Prince In White Tesla
    Tesla’s announcement last week about creating a new line of batteries for use by businesses, consumers, and the electrical grid at large is a game-changer for the industry. Currently, when individuals or companies need back-up power, they usually rely on generators. Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. The big problem with solar and wind right now is that the energy is only useful when it is actually produced and, because a...
  • The Tesla Gigafactories Are Coming. Can Global Lithium Supply Keep Up?

    04/26/2015 7:06:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 42 replies
    The Tesla Gigafactories Are Coming. Can Global Lithium Supply Keep Up? Many investors are dreaming of the growth that Tesla Motors' Gigafactory could unlock, but is there enough global lithium to enable the growth in the first place?   Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson (left), shown here on the roof of the Gigafactory with Tesla CTO JB Straubel (right), has invested in Elon Musk through SpaceX and Tesla. Image source: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr.Five hundred thousand electric vehicles per year, a steady supply of household energy storage devices to be coupled with residential solar, and a doubling of global lithium ion battery production...
  • Tesla’s Mystery Product May Be Battery Power For Your Home

    04/22/2015 11:21:57 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    cbs sf bay ^ | 4-22-2015
    Tesla shares (TSLA) are getting a charge from a Bloomberg report that the company will unveil a home battery and a large-scale utility battery, at an event at its Hawthorne design studio next week. Bloomberg got a hold of an email from Tesla’s investor-relations chief saying the company will explain the benefits of Tesla’s solutions compared to battery options in the past. There has been speculation that Tesla will look to challenge the traditional utility power grid with home and utility batteries, and a research note from Deutsche Bank says Tesla could be at the forefront of an energy storage...
  • 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.
  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

    04/08/2015 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Conti
    Jake Pultorak chuckles at the mention of “range anxiety,” the fear among some electric vehicle owners that their car's battery will run out of juice before the driver can find a charger. “I had that as a gas-car driver, but the anxiety was over how much I had to pay to get where I was going,” said Pultorak, 44, of Franklin Park, who has owned an all-electric Tesla Model S for about two years. Worries at the gas pumps have diminished over the past nine months as the global crash in oil prices brought the cost of gasoline to its...
  • 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...
  • Author provides inside look at Argonne National Laboratory’s efforts to build a ‘super battery’

    03/30/2015 4:11:19 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 29 replies
    uchicago.edu ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Laura Alessio
    Author provides inside look at Argonne National Laboratory’s efforts to build a ‘super battery’ By Laura Alessio March 27, 2015 So secretive were efforts to create the first self-sustained nuclear reaction in 1942 that physicist Enrico Fermi and his Manhattan Project team quietly toiled beneath the stands of Stagg Field and communicated with each other in code.That breakthrough ushered in the nuclear age, but also led to the creation of the country’s first national lab, Argonne National Laboratory. Some 70 years later, with 20 countries racing to achieve another world-changing scientific shift—to design and build a better rechargeable “super battery”—Argonne...
  • Electric Cars Leave Behind A Cloud Of Carbon Dioxide

    03/26/2015 7:39:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | KERRY JACKSON
    Another name for electric cars is "coal-powered cars." That doesn't sit well with those who want to demonstrate their green bona fides by driving a plug-in vehicle. But it is in many cases accurate. Anyone who begs to differ can take up the argument with Chris Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto. He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that, depending on the province, an electric car can produce more carbon dioxide than a gasoline-powered car.
  • 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...
  • Tesla denies reports about gigafactory construction delay

    03/08/2015 11:45:21 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    8NewsNow.com ^ | 03/08/2015
    <p>RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.</p> <p>The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in an online job posting, says the project has been delayed.</p>
  • Tesla should stop accepting subsidies says WSJ

    03/01/2015 6:40:39 PM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    ecomento.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | STEVE HANLEY
    The European edition of The Wall Street Journal has said in an editorial that Tesla Motors should stop accepting federal and state subsidies. “Last year Tesla made a roughly $150 million killing from selling ZEV credits. That’s up from $130 million in 2013, $32 million in 2012, and $3 million in 2011. All told in 2014 Tesla sold about $216 million in credits,” the newspaper said. It goes on to say, Capitalism needs visionaries, but its reputation suffers when companies worth billions soak middle-class taxpayers for profits. Turn off the taxpayer tap, Mr Musk. It would earn you more friends...
  • Meet the fast-charging, affordable ‘future’ car that Elon Musk hates

    02/25/2015 12:04:07 PM PST · by ckilmer · 171 replies
    Meet the fast-charging, affordable ‘future’ car that Elon Musk hates By Drew Harwell February 25 at 8:00 AM The Toyota that runs on hydrogen fuel cells(3:23) Toyota's Mirai will be one of the first mass-market cars to run on hydrogen fuel cells, which convert compressed hydrogen gas to electricity, leaving water vapor as the only exhaust. (Toyota) Toyota this week officially rolled out what it's betting will mark "a turning point" in automotive history — a sleek, affordable, eco-friendly "future" car that can drive for 300 miles, takes less than five minutes to charge and comes with three years of free fuel.It's everything haters of gas-guzzling...
  • 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...
  • Strange Bedfellows: Consumer Groups, Koch Brothers Unite To Back Tesla Stores

    02/18/2015 12:34:09 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 28 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 18, 2015 | Stephen Edelstein
    War makes strange bedfellows. Over the past decade, the Koch Brothers have become a major political force, funneling money from their family company into organizations that support conservative politicians and causes--including the denial of climate change. So Charles and David Koch wouldn't seem like enthusiastic supporters of electric-car maker Tesla Motors. Yet the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity is one of 10 signatories on a letter sent to U.S. governors and legislators urging them to support Tesla's direct-sales business model.
  • 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.
  • As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

    02/16/2015 5:02:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2015 | By ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
    Most of the debate over the building of the nation's first bullet train, in California, has focused on the economics of such a monumental undertaking and its projected $68-billion first-phase price tag. Largely ignored amid the excitement over the railway's recent official groundbreaking is the physical impact and design challenges that cities will need to grapple with as they prepare for high-speed rail. California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. To make the most of California's once-in-a-lifetime chance at building a thriving transportation network,...
  • Apple has 'several hundred' workers designing new electric car, codenamed 'Titan' - report

    02/14/2015 4:07:50 AM PST · by shove_it · 219 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Sam Oliver
    The smoke surrounding rumors of an Apple-branded vehicle has begun to thicken, as a new report says that Apple is indeed working on an all-electric vehicle that would take the shape of a minivan, with a huge team tasked to the project. Apple has given the project codename "Titan," according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is said to have "several hundred" employees working in the group. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly green-lighted the project almost a year ago, and company executives have already begun to meet with potential contract manufacturers, including Canadian firm Magna Steyr. Apple iPod and...
  • Apple hiring automotive experts to work in secret research lab

    02/13/2015 1:27:47 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 67 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Friday, February 13, 2015 | Tim Bradshaw, Andy Sharman
    Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret research lab, said several people familiar with the company, pointing to ambitions that go beyond the dashboard. Dozens of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from its iPhone unit, are researching automotive products at a confidential Silicon Valley location outside the company’s Cupertino campus, the people said. Sir Jonathan Ive’s team of Apple designers has held regular meetings with automotive executives and engineers in recent months, in some cases trying to hire them. Recent recruits to Apple’s team include the head of Mercedes-Benz’s Silicon...
  • CarPlay's Emerging Dominance

    01/24/2015 7:22:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    TGAAP ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | by: Mark Reschke
    31 car companies and counting. Apple is closing in on adding every major, or exotic, car manufacturer on the planet to their CarPlay solution. Third party makers such as Alpine and Pioneer are also making aftermarket CarPlay receivers. Kenwood said only months ago it really did not need CarPlay, but in early January at the Detroit Auto Show, Kenwood announced its forthcoming CarPlay decks, as did JVC. The four major aftermarket deck manufactures are now building for CarPlay. High-end smartphone market share was clearly going to shape which platforms auto makers would support, and Apple is dominating the U.S....
  • 5 things Steve Jobs said Apple would never do - and Apple is doing

    01/19/2015 11:18:56 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 160 replies
    Money/CNN ^ | 1/19/15 | David Goldman
    Go to the link for details, but herein I break it down for ya bruvva Introducing styluses Small iPads Large screen iPhones Lifelike-looking software/icons ("skeuomorphism") Restoring philanthropy
  • 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...
  • New NADA Chairman Will Continue Anti-Tesla 'Get The Facts' Campaign

    02/05/2015 3:15:02 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 39 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 5, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Last June, the National Automobile Dealers Association launched a publicity campaign to convince car buyers why it's in their own best interests that dealers make it illegal to buy a car from Tesla Motors. The campaign is called "Get the Facts," and it now includes a handful of animated videos, infographics, fact sheets, and other publicity materials. While it's not clear that the campaign has had a great deal of effect on car buyers' attitudes toward dealers, NADA's new chairman plans to continue the campaign.
  • 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 Is No Free Market Champion

    01/27/2015 5:09:39 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/26/2014 | John Merline
    Some conservative types have been extolling the electric car company Tesla's fight against archaic and anti-consumer laws that prevent direct-to-consumer car sales. But Phil Kerpen, writing in National Review Online, cautions that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is hardly a model of free-market capitalism. In fact, he says, the company wouldn't last long without massive government subsidies.
  • 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:...