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  • Nikola Tesla's Youngest Descendant, Serbian Refugee

    12/22/2009 2:06:44 AM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies · 1,513+ views
    Shameless Croats Her name is Danijela Tesla, she is 18-years-old and lives in Smederevo, Serbian town near Belgrade. She is the youngest descendant of the “man who invented 20th century”, Serbian-born American immigrant Nikola Tesla. Ever since the world’s greatest inventor — also regarded as “the greatest genius” that ever lived — closed his eyes in New York hotel on 7 January 1943, Tesla’s name and revolutionary inventions have been the subject of vicious contention between the governments, state officials and institutions, nations and corporations. Recently, Walt Disney studio which wants to create a Tesla character for one sequence of...
  • Interstate Tesla Service Stations: Business Idea?

    10/27/2009 6:26:23 AM PDT · by dangus · 65 replies · 1,125+ views
    Vanity | 10-27-09 | Senseless vanity
    I'm not in the position for making any huge investments, and this might be in the category of just plain ignorant, but I figure this proposal might at least prompt some interesting discussion, and if its plausible, someone should do it: The Tesla gets about 220 miles per charge. Great... if you're going somewhere less than four hours away. But if the S-class (a $50,000 "family car") is going to be someone's main car, they're certainly going to want to take longer trips with it. The problem is the car takes 8 hours to charge with 110 volts. By doubling...
  • Artificial ionosphere creates bullseye in the sky Auroral experiments make glowing plasma...

    10/03/2009 8:37:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,525+ views
    Nature News ^ | 2 October 2009 | Naomi Lubick
    Auroral experiments make glowing plasma patch.Natural aurorae light up the northern skies.Chris Madeley / Science Photo Library An experiment that fires powerful radio waves into the sky has created a patch of 'artificial ionosphere', mimicking the uppermost portion of Earth's atmosphere. The research has not only caused glowing dots to appear around these patches it could also provide a new way to bounce radio signals around the globe.The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), near Gakona, Alaska, has spent nearly two decades using radio waves to probe Earth's magnetic field and ionosphere. One of the most obvious results...
  • NVIDIA's Fermi: Architected for Tesla, 3 Billion Transistors in 2010

    10/01/2009 9:17:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 1,633+ views
    Anandtech ^ | September 30th, 2009 | Anand Lal Shimpi
    The graph below is one of transistor count, not die size. Inevitably, on the same manufacturing process, a significantly higher transistor count translates into a larger die size. But for the purposes of this article, all I need to show you is a representation of transistor count. See that big circle on the right? That's Fermi. NVIDIA's next-generation architecture.NVIDIA astonished us with GT200 tipping the scales at 1.4 billion transistors. Fermi is more than twice that at 3 billion. And literally, that's what Fermi is - more than twice a GT200.At the high level the specs are simple. Fermi has...
  • A Cordless Future for Electricity? (Wireless Power)

    09/02/2009 12:13:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 1,437+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/2/09
    Electronics such as phones and laptops may start shedding their power cords within a year. Wireless electricity may soon make tangled power cords a thing of the past. That's the prediction of Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, a company that's able to power light bulbs using wireless electricity that travels several feet from a power socket. WiTricity's version of wireless electricity -- which converts power into a magnetic field and sends it sailing through the air at a particular frequency -- still needs to be refined a bit, he said, but should be commercially available soon. Giler, whose company is...
  • Tesla Motors Will Move to Palo Alto

    08/18/2009 9:46:01 AM PDT · by Go_Raiders · 17 replies · 817+ views
    City of Palo Alto Website ^ | August 18, 2009 | Linda Clerkson
    Palo Alto, CA The City of Palo Alto and Tesla Motors announced today that Tesla will develop and manufacture electric vehicle components in a renovated building in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. Tesla, the only automaker that is already producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles, will lease an approximately 350,000-square-foot building on a 23-acre parcel at 3500 Deer Creek Road. The facility will supply all-electric powertrain solutions to Tesla Motors vehicles and other automakers, greatly accelerating the availability of mass-market EVs. The world's premier EV manufacturer will also move its corporate headquarters from San Carlos to the...
  • Predator

    08/08/2009 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies · 1,461+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 08, 2009 | Randy Fardal
    In a series of articles published from 1902-1904, Ida Tarbell attacked Standard Oil, the leading US supplier of kerosene lamp fuel. The centerpiece of Ms. Tarbell's criticism was that the company had engaged in predatory pricing by continually lowering its prices. Her readers must have asked themselves, "How is that a bad thing? Am I supposed to be outraged that the amount I pay for lamp oil has fallen?" Although company cofounder John Rockefeller had retired from actively managing Standard Oil in 1896, Ms. Tarbell vilified him in her articles, even criticizing his elderly appearance. Populist US president Theodore Roosevelt...
  • GAO: Electric Cars Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions

    07/10/2009 11:38:59 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 49 replies · 2,167+ views ^ | July 10, 2009
    The push for conversion to plug-in electric cars will do nothing to stop carbon emissions, a report by the GAO warns, throwing cold water on a push by Democrats to get more plug-ins on the road. In fact, the problem could be made worse as demand goes up at coal-fired electrical plants. Plus, the need for batteries may just have the US changing the dictators to which were chained, as IBD reports...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • Federal Loan to Electrify Sports Cars

    06/26/2009 12:25:41 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 404+ views
    livescience ^ | 24 June 2009
    Upstart electric car maker Tesla Motors will get a $465 million loan under a $25 billion program set up during the Bush administration as an offset to higher fuel standards. The program is aimed at helping automakers retool to produce more fuel-efficient or electric vehicles. Congress was slow to actually fund the program, however, so this week's announcement involves the first loans. Tesla, which already makes an electric roadster, remains dwarfed by the competition. Ford will get $5.9 billion from the same program, and Nissan snagged $1.6 billion.
  • Can Tesla Become a Real Automaker? (Spunky startup faces a steep road to market electric cars)

    06/24/2009 5:43:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 722+ views
    Business Week ^ | 6/24/2009 | David Welch
    Once again, the federal government is handing billions of dollars to auto companies. The last round of loans raised the question of whether General Motors and Chrysler could shake off their creaky ways and survive to pay the money back. The question this time: Can Tesla Motors become enough like one of those old car companies? The latest round of handouts is coming from U.S. Energy Dept. funds to boost development of greener vehicles. The department issued $8 billion in loans on June 23, granting Ford Motor (F) $6 billion, Nissan Motor (NSANY) $1.6 billion, and tiny electric-car startup Tesla...
  • Ford, Nissan, Tesla's electric plans get $8B jolt

    06/24/2009 12:07:58 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 636+ views
    Forbes ^ | 6/23/2009 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    Cultivating the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and about $2.1 billion to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. in a government-industry partnership to build green cars. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the three automakers would be the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles. The loans to Ford will help the company upgrade factories in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio to produce 13 fuel-efficient vehicles. Nissan (NSANY) will receive loans of $1.6 billion to retool its plant in Smyrna, Tenn.,...
  • Energy Dept. to lend $8B to Ford, Nissan, Tesla

    06/23/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 498+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/23/09 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    The Energy Department said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and provide about $2.1 billion in loans to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc., making the three automakers the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • AP source: Ford, Nissan, Tesla to get govt loans

    06/23/2009 5:27:54 AM PDT · by Need4Truth · 13 replies · 721+ views
    AP / Yahoo ^ | June 23, 2009 | Ken Thomas
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Energy Department is expected to announce Tuesday it is lending money to the Ford Motor Co. and two other automakers from a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Tesla CEO Musk: Gas Should Be $10 A Gallon

    06/15/2009 5:51:44 PM PDT · by FromLori · 50 replies · 1,990+ views
    Speaking at the Wired Live conference in New York today, Elon Musk told the crowd that we should all be paying $10 at the pump for a gallon of gas. The low price we're currently spoiled with doesn't factor in "the true cost of gasoline at the pump," said the Tesla CEO (via CNET), "since nobody's explicitly paying for the CO2 capacity of the oceans and atmospheres, it's getting consumed. We will pay for it down the road, but we are sort of ignoring it for now." Nevermind that $10 gas would absolutely devastate our economy, Musk wants it so...
  • Tesla now worth half GM's value

    05/22/2009 12:10:06 PM PDT · by mnehring · 29 replies · 839+ views
    From the what-a-world department: Daimler AG's $50 million investment in Tesla Motors this week means the San Carlos electric car maker is worth roughly half the value of the world's largest auto manufacturer, General Motors Corp. With one roadster on the market and one sedan in prototype, Tesla, thanks to Daimler's 9 percent stake, is valued at $550 million. GM sold 8.35 million vehicles worldwide in 2008; its market value as of Thursday was $1.17 billion, based on the closing stock price of $1.92. "It's sort of amusing," remarked Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard.
  • Daimler grabs Tesla stake in electric-car push

    05/19/2009 8:59:19 AM PDT · by buzzer · 29 replies · 819+ views ^ | May 19, 2009 5:09 AM PDT | Martin LaMonica
    German automotive giant Daimler has invested in electric-car company Tesla Motors and plans to use Tesla's battery packs in its Smart electric car due later this year. At a Tuesday press conference held at the Daimler museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Daimler management board member Thomas Weber said the contract between the two companies calls for joint collaboration on the Smart electric car and future models.
  • Tesla: A Battle to Preserve a Visionarys Bold Failure

    05/07/2009 9:45:45 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 62 replies · 1,992+ views
    NYT ^ | May 4, 2009 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    In 1901, Nikola Tesla began work on a global system of giant towers meant to relay through the air not only news, stock reports and even pictures but also, unbeknown to investors such as J. Pierpont Morgan, free electricity for one and all.....
  • Would You Buy an Electric Car?

    04/07/2009 3:48:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 140 replies · 3,490+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 07, 2009 | Isaac Martin
    President Obama revealed what he might think we should be driving when he visited Tesla Motors , a firm building electric cars in San Carlos, California, while on his Tonight Show trip to the Coast. Unlike political rhetoric read from a teleprompter, cars are real. You can touch them and drive them and determine whether or not they're good, bad or indifferent. And the reality is that electric cars don't match the performance of conventional vehicles you're driving now. There's one major shortcoming, which manufacturers never seem to cover in detail, illuminated in a March 26 Silicon Valley Mercury News...
  • Internal Affairs: Is Schwarzenegger Having Buyers Remorse Over His Tesla?

    03/30/2009 12:19:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was on a short list of celebrities who ordered the super-sleek, $109,000 Tesla Roadster when the San Carlos-based electric-car maker took its first round of orders awhile back. But now it looks as if the governor wants a refund. The gossip Web site Valleywag reported last week that Schwarzenegger for months has been quietly trying to return the sports car. The reason? The car, built on a Lotus frame, is a little too cramped for the former bodybuilder. An aide to the governor was aware of the report but said he couldn't get hold of Schwarzenegger on...
  • An All-Electric Sedan, Awaiting Federal Aid

    03/27/2009 5:37:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies · 879+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2009 | CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
    LOS ANGELES Tesla Motors on Thursday unveiled its Model S, an all-electric sedan it hails as the beginning of a generation of fossil-fuel-free cars and a profitable company But before that happens, the company must find the money to build the vehicle. Tesla is pinning its hopes on Washington and a $450 million government loan. The company expects to hear from the Energy Department this year. We are highly confident that Tesla will be selected, and it will occur this year, said Elon Musk, the companys chief executive, after displaying the car to customers, analysts and reporters in a...
  • Schwarzenegger Wants to Terminate His ($100K) Tesla Roadster

    03/27/2009 2:03:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,476+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | Owen Thomas
    When Tesla Motors launched its all-electric Roadster sports car, celebrities lined up to order one including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now we hear he's been trying to return it for months. Like Detroit, cash-strapped Tesla is currently a supplicant to the government, counting on money earmarked for alternative energy to carry it through its trying times. In other words, a good time to have a political celebrity in their corner, right? Alas, no. Schwarzenegger frequently cited Tesla as an example of California's nascent green industries in speeches in previous years, and appeared with Tesla CEO Elon Musk at various events....
  • Tesla Model S Electric Car

    03/27/2009 2:28:12 PM PDT · by NavVet · 67 replies · 2,002+ views
    Tesla Motors ^ | 27 Mar 09 | Tesla Motors
    With a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge, the $49,900 Model S can carry five adults and two children in quiet comfort and you can charge it from any outlet, without ever stopping for gas. Worlds first mass-produced electric vehicle offers performance, efficiency and unrivaled utility, making it the only car youll ever need.
  • Tesla unveils groundbreaking electric car ("Model S" sedan rolling out in 2011)

    03/26/2009 5:20:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 203 replies · 4,790+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/09 | Rob Woollard
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) US automaker Tesla Motors unveiled its state-of-the-art five-seat sedan here Thursday, billed as the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric car. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said the company, which last year released a breakthrough two-seater roadster, aims to have its sleek "Model S" sedan rolling off assembly lines by 2011. The futuristic zero-emission vehicle will be powered by lithium-ion battery packs capable of between 160 and 300 miles (257 and 482 kilometers) per charge. The car has an anticipated base price of 57,400 dollars but will cost less than 50,000 after a federal tax credit of...
  • The new Tesla Model S: leaks and details -(Full size sport sedan)

    03/26/2009 4:59:21 PM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies · 1,155+ views
    csmonitor ^ | 03.26.09 | y Chris Gaylord |
    First came the Twitter leak, now real details have emerged on the upcoming Tesla Model S sedan. founder Kevin Rose, a well-known tech gossip, blew Teslas surprise today by linking to pictures of the new concept car a few hours before its official unveiling. A Twitter message from Rose directed people to his Flickr page, where curious followers found both exterior and interior photos of the electric car. Two hours later, Rose took down the images at Telsas request. [T]esla called.. asked me 2 take down the pics, he wrote in the followup post. Im hereby politely but...
  • Secret Service Interferes with Bill Clinton's Test Drive of Tesla Roadster

    02/27/2009 12:48:58 PM PST · by presidio9 · 41 replies · 2,627+ views
    Edmund's Inside Line ^ | 02-27-2009 | Anita Lienert
    In automotive dealer parlance, it appears that the Secret Service acted as the dreaded "cutoff man" in former president's Bill Clinton's desire to take the Tesla Roadster for a spin recently. Writing on the Tesla Motors blog, the general manager of the Tesla Store in Los Angeles reports that he was at an event with Clinton, who "announced he was eager to take the Roadster for a ride around the block." "After the event, while others crowded around to take photos, I handed the keys to America's 42nd president and urged him to join in test-driving the coolest car on...
  • Tesla says federal loans needed for Model $ sedan

    12/10/2008 11:03:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies · 830+ views ^ | 12/10/2008 | Staff
    After yesterday's good news regarding delivery of the 100th Tesla Roadster, it's back to number-crunching reality. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the Detroit Free Press that if the electric car maker doesn't get a $350 million loan from the government, then the Model S will be delayed and San Jose plant won't open. Just two weeks ago, Tesla opposed the Big Three getting any bailout money from the government. So, Musk's statement may seem contradictory, but it's not. We just need to look at the details. Tesla's Vice President of Business Development, Diarmuid O'Connell, blogged about how it was a...
  • Another key manager resigns from Tesla Motors

    12/02/2008 10:29:32 AM PST · by MAD-AS-HELL · 10 replies · 711+ views
    Darryl Siry ^ | Dec 1, 2008 | darryl siry
    Switching Off I have resigned my position with Tesla Motors due to some disagreements in strategy. I believe that in such a situation its best for a senior executive to part ways with the company so as to not get in the way. Ive stayed until now to help manage the transition, including recruiting a very strong successor to lead Sales, Marketing & Service going forward. I am sure he will do a great job. Regardless of my personal decision, I think Tesla is an extraordinary company with extraordinary potential. There are a lot of great people there working hard...
  • Should the government give $400 million to the maverick electric car maker?

    11/24/2008 9:02:56 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies · 810+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11/21/2008 | Taylor Buley
    Bay Area Mayors Gavin Newsom, Chuck Reed and Ron Dellums want to turn California into the Detroit of green cars with their new public-private initiative (See "California E-Car Dreaming.") Now, I'm a conservationist, but I'm also a libertarian. So while I'm all for bringing green business to Silicon Valley, I have to ask: Does that mean rescuing a business that shows no evidence of being able to make it on its own? Electric car maverick Tesla Motors, of San Carlos, Calif., is asking the U.S. Department of Energy for $400 million in direct loans. To me, it seems like a...
  • Here's how McCain can wrest the momentum

    10/22/2008 2:45:53 PM PDT · by idov · 10 replies · 357+ views
    I think McCain holds a winning hand in his energy transformation program. But he's got to put a name to it like they did back in the day with the Manhattan Project or JFK's Man On The Moon. Put this another way, McCain's got the game, but he sore needs a name. My vote is for the Tesla Project. The man Tesla was a dreamer and a doer, won some, lost some, but his goal was to catapult the world into the future and he still inspires many of the informed young. There is a statue of him in Niagara...
  • Tesla Motors announces layoffs; Musk to assume CEO post

    10/16/2008 5:57:19 PM PDT · by Westlander · 12 replies · 673+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10-16-2008 | Matt Nauman and Pete Carey
    Tesla Motors is putting its Model S sedan on hold, closing the Michigan facility that was working on some of the sedan's engineering and laying off an unspecified number of people, the company confirmed Wednesday.
  • Tesla to build luxury US$60,000 four seater luxury EV (Electric Vehicle)

    09/27/2008 10:23:17 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 20 replies · 960+ views ^ | 09/27/08 |
    September 27, 2008 The Tesla Brand of luxury electric vehicles is certainly capturing a lot of the limelight as the era of the EV dawns. The company has announced a state-of-the-art US$250(sic) assembly facility in the heart of Silicon Valley Silicon Valley . The facility will build a new US$60,000 five-passenger luxury sedan with exceptional perfroamnce and a lithium -ion battery pack capable of delivering 240 miles per charge. The first sedans are likely to roll off the assembly line in late 2010. The new plant will be able to produce at least 15,000 sedans up to...
  • Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system

    08/22/2008 5:27:09 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 37 replies · 244+ views
    AFP ^ | Thu Aug 21, 5:31 PM ET
    Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets. Electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb that uses more power than a typical laptop computer. Most importantly, the electricity was transmitted without zapping anything or anyone that got between the sending and receiving units. "The trick with wireless power is not can you do it; it's can you do it safely and efficiently," Intel researcher Josh Smith said in an online video explaining the breakthrough. "It turns...
  • Electric dreams (Tesla)

    08/22/2008 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies · 286+ views ^ | 08/21/2008 | By KEN GIBSON
    IVE just driven the electric dream green machine the worlds been waiting for. Forget about milk floats and little city cars, the Tesla is a sexy two-seat roadster that makes no emissions and has the performance of a supercar. The Tesla is so sexy Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney will be one of the first to take delivery of one. That is likely to be the only thing George and I ever have in common as I recently had one delivered unfortunately, only for a day. Sadly, the Tesla will set you back more than 78,000 for the privilege...
  • Shipping Costs Start to Crimp Globalization

    08/02/2008 12:15:46 PM PDT · by don-o · 89 replies · 144+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2008 | LARRY ROHTER
    When Tesla Motors, a pioneer in electric-powered cars, set out to make a luxury roadster for the American market, it had the global supply chain in mind. Tesla planned to manufacture 1,000-pound battery packs in Thailand, ship them to Britain for installation, then bring the mostly assembled cars back to the United States. But when it began production this spring, the company decided to make the batteries and assemble the cars near its home base in California, cutting more than 5,000 miles from the shipping bill for each vehicle.
  • Report: Tesla Will Supply Mercedes-Benz With Batteries For Electric Cars

    07/02/2008 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Flavius · 31 replies · 76+ views
    tc ^ | 7/1/2008 | Erick Schonfeld
    With all the news yesterday around Tesla Motors signing a deal with Governor Schwarzenegger to manufacture its next electric sedan in California instead of New Mexico (see video), a potentially much bigger deal slipped by almost unnoticed. German magazine AutomobilWoche is reporting that Tesla will be supplying lithium ion batteries to Mercedes. The German car maker plans to make electric versions of its A- and B-class vehicles, as well as its Smart cars as soon as 2010. When I called Tesla for confirmation, the spokesperson there had no comment, but did not deny the report either.
  • When Lithium-ion Batteries Explode-(Tesla has 6340 per car)

    06/02/2008 7:31:32 PM PDT · by Flavius · 43 replies · 2,807+ views
    dailytech ^ | May 27, 2008 6:47 P | Paul Mah
    Lithium-ion batteries are both a blessing and a curse when it comes to mobile electronics The topic of exploding lithium-ion batteries has been debated to death in the wake of massive battery recalls over the last couple of years. Amidst the deft public relations maneuvering and finger-pointing, however, the question as to why they explode in the first place is still shrouded in mystery for many. The most important thing to understand here is that lithium-ion technology is considerably more volatile compared to other forms of rechargeable battery technologies. Defects in the insulating membrane can result in a mini-explosion that...
  • HOT NEW HYBRID CAR: The Fisker Karma (Tesla Killer?)

    05/15/2008 12:48:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies · 852+ views ^ | 05-13-2008 | by Jorge Chapa
    We love our green sports cars here at Inhabitat, and we have plenty of room on our favorites list for more than one. While weve been raving for the last two years about the Tesla Roadster, the Fisker Karma has been doing the one thing Tesla has yet to do: bring a hybrid sports car to market. Created by noted car designer Henrik Fisker, the ultra cool Karma is a sleek, power packed eco-luxury ride. The Karmas performance specs rev out at 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, and a top speed of 125 mph. At $80,000 USD, The car...
  • Tesla electric sports car ready to hum onto highways

    05/02/2008 8:58:21 PM PDT · by kingattax · 139 replies · 489+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-2-08 | JOHN ROGERS
    LOS ANGELES It's safe to say Jeremy Snyder gets a charge out of the two-seat Tesla Roadster whenever he pulls one off the lot and not because it's equipped with an all-electric engine. As he pulled one of the sleek new automobiles down a side street Thursday and put the pedal to the metal, its lithium-ion battery-powered engine didn't give off sparks. It just emitted a powerful hum, something like a much quieter version of a jet taking off. "Accelerate pretty good?" asked Snyder, head of client services for Tesla, who knew the answer. "I call it a...

    02/04/2008 10:39:55 PM PST · by BlueSky194 · 64 replies · 4,509+ views
    Nikola Tesla states: I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device. Cosmic ray investigation is a subject that is very close to me. I was the first to discover these rays and I naturally feel toward them as I would toward my own flesh and blood. I have advanced a theory of the cosmic rays and at every step of my investigations I have found it completely justified. The attractive features of the cosmic rays is their constancy. They shower down on us throughout the whole 24 hours, and if a plant is developed...
  • Exclusive First Drive: Tesla Roadster

    01/28/2008 3:12:40 PM PST · by dynachrome · 42 replies · 106+ views
    Auto blog ^ | 1-28-08 | Damon Lavrinc
    Most people are lucky to experience one life-affirming moment while they're on this earth; I experienced mine last week. AutoblogGreen's Sam Abuelsamid called to ask if I was interested in accompanying him on his exclusive First Drive of the Tesla Roadster. Aside from the company's own employees, only a few customers and the major automotive print publications have driven the Tesla Roadster so far. But you won't have to check your mailbox or drop $4.95 at Barnes and Noble to read about what it's like to drive this truly revolutionary vehicle. Follow the jump for our full road test (with...
  • Tesla may begin delivering Roadsters with temporary transmissions[will fail in a few thousand miles]

    12/24/2007 8:01:39 AM PST · by grundle · 25 replies · 123+ views ^ | Dec 13th 2007 | John Neff
    The skinny is that Tesla is having a difficult time developing a transmission strong enough to "survive the process of shifting gears while the motor remains at full torque", according to our own Sam Abuelsamid who has been following the Roadster's development from Day 1 and has actually rode shotgun in it. Two suppliers are currently working simultaneously to find a solution. Meanwhile, the company has gone ahead and built the first production model at the Lotus factory in Hethel, England. The first car belongs to Elon Musk, Chairman of the company and one of its initial investors. His car...
  • Military's Pandora's Box: HAARP, Advances In Tesla Technology

    12/04/2007 10:26:56 AM PST · by Fennie · 77 replies · 138+ views
    This article was prepared to provide a summary of the contents of a book written in 1995 which describes an entirely new class of weapons. The weapons and their effects are described in the following pages. The United States Navy and Air force have joined with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to build a prototype for a ground based "Star Wars" weapon system located in the remote bush country of Alaska. Unlike the protests of the 1960s the objections to HAARP have been registered using the tools of the 1990s. This article will will only give the highlights...
  • Reviving Tesla's Wireless Power Initiatives

    10/07/2007 9:21:00 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 150 replies · 2,795+ views
    Electronic Design ^ | September 13, 2007 | Kristina Fiore
    [TechView: The Industry] Reviving Tesla's Wireless Power Initiatives Kristina Fiore ED Online ID #16478 September 13, 2007 Copyright 2006 Penton Media, Inc., All rights reserved. While scientists at the turn of the 20th century were experimenting with the wireless transmission of information, like radio, Croatian-born inventor Nikola Tesla had a grander vision (Fig. 1). He imagined the wireless transmission of powerto supply "light, heat, or motive power anywhereon sea, or land, or high in the air," he told The New York Times in 1904. With the help of the October 2006 film The Prestige, where a fictionalized version of...
  • Tesla Announces 2008 Production Schedule; Hits Milestones on Crash and Range Testing

    09/25/2007 6:46:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies · 99+ views ^ | 09/25/2007 | staff
    Tesla Motors has set a production goal of 50 electric Roadsters in the first quarter of 2008, followed by an additional 600 cars for the remainder of the year. Tesla is currently engaged in intensive durability and validation testing of the final prototype cars. As part of this final testing, a Tesla Roadster ran for 245 miles on the combined EPA cycle on a single charge (236 on the EPA highway cycle, 255 on the EPA city cycle). In an announcement earlier this year, Tesla notified customers that the EPA range of the car was not likely to reach the...
  • Ever heard of a Tesla coil based Metals Analyzer? (vanity)

    08/25/2007 5:20:23 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 12 replies · 726+ views
    me | 8/25/07 | me
    I have this machine called a Metals Analyzer made by Applied Precision Technologies. It looks to be made in the 60's. It was given to my father by a man who said it was based on Tesla coil technology. Anyone know anything about it?
  • Tesla Motors Replaces Eberhard as CEO

    08/14/2007 12:25:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | 12 Aug 2007 | Staff
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  • Charging Batteries without Wires

    11/16/2006 8:11:40 PM PST · by annie laurie · 46 replies · 1,213+ views
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    11/27/2006 6:03:25 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 40 replies · 1,315+ views
    ABC ^ | 15 Nov 2006 | Anna Salleh
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    07/10/2007 1:44:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 61 replies · 2,004+ views ^ | July 8, 2007 | Jay Leno
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