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  • Claim: Hydrogen powered cars for the masses one step closer to reality

    11/20/2017 11:04:13 AM PST · by Signalman · 64 replies
    WUWT ^ | 8/20/17 | Anthony Watts
    UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars. The device could make hydrogen cars affordable for many more consumers because it produces hydrogen using nickel, iron and cobalt — elements that are much more abundant and less expensive than the platinum and other precious metals that are currently used to produce hydrogen fuel. “Hydrogen is a great fuel for vehicles: It is the cleanest fuel known, it’s cheap and it puts no pollutants...
  • In Puerto Rico, Tesla is doing what Donald Trump isn’t

    10/16/2017 4:07:56 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 52 replies
    rawstory ^ | Anthony Cuthbertson | Rawstory/newsweek staff
    Almost one month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, technology firms like Tesla are stepping in to fill the relief-effort void that many say President Donald Trump has created. Following through with a pledge by Elon Musk that his company could solve Puerto Rico’s energy crisis with solar panels and batteries, Tesla Powerwall battery packs were spotted at San Juan airport on the island over the weekend.
  • Tesla reveals all-electric semi-truck, guarantees drivetrain will last 1M miles

    11/17/2017 11:24:43 AM PST · by Mariner · 80 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | November 17th, 2017 | By: Benjamin Raven
    Tesla figuratively pulled the cover off of its all-electric semi-truck for the first time Thursday night, Nov. 16. The electric car maker says on twitter that the Semi's drivetrain comes with the guarantee to last 1 million miles, or equal to about 40 trips around the Earth. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has not been shy in his excitement for the semi-truck's release, said it is capable of going 500 miles on a single electric charge even while hauling an 80,000-pound load. The Associated Press reports that Musk said interested buyers can put $5,000 down for the semi, which will...
  • Hotbed of Misinformation (Tesla lawsuit. Musk responds)

    11/15/2017 5:48:40 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies ^ | 11-14-17 | Tesla Team
    There are a number of other false statements in the class action lawsuit alleging a so-called “hotbed of discrimination”: - There is only one actual plaintiff (Marcus Vaughn), not 100. The reference to 100 is a complete fabrication with no basis in fact at all. - The plaintiff was employed by a temp agency, not by Tesla as claimed in the lawsuit. - Marcus was not fired, he was on a six month temp contract that simply ended as contracted. - His email to Elon was about his commute and Tesla’s shuttles, which was addressed as he requested. There was...
  • Fisker patents solid-state battery that promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging [Maybe]

    11/15/2017 6:00:50 AM PST · by jjotto · 23 replies
    Motor Aurhority ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    Solid-state batteries represent the holy grail for automakers as they promise a driving range for electric cars comparable to internal combustion models, along with charging that could end up quicker than the time it takes to fill a gas tank. Revived electric car company Fisker has now revealed that it’s filed patents for solid-state battery technology that could enable a range of 500 miles and a charging time of just one minute. The key are three-dimensional electrodes that have 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film solid-state electrodes, along with high electronic and ionic conductivities. According to Green Car...
  • Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

    11/04/2017 7:34:24 AM PDT · by jerod · 60 replies
    The Register ^ | 2 Nov 2017 at 18:47 | Kieren McCarthy
    Didn't help that the automaker's financial results also sucked Tesla's share price took a dive Thursday morning as Republicans in Congress revealed they were planning to kill off a US federal tax credit for electric vehicles. The proposed House tax bill calls for an immediate repeal of the $7,500-per-vehicle credit: something that would have an immediate knock-on impact for Tesla given that it only produces electric cars. Its share price fell more than seven per cent to about $296 apiece from Wednesday's $321. The draft law emerged as the Elon-Musk-led automaker announced its worst-ever quarter, recording a $671m loss and...
  • Tesla Stock Plunges $5.5B as Model 3 Suffers 6-Month Delay

    11/03/2017 3:56:04 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 41 replies ^ | 3 Nov 2017 | Chriss W. Street
    Tesla (OTC: TSLA) has only made a profit in one quarter of its 14-year existence, and that was only due to selling federal and state tax credits to traditional auto manufactures and others that actually do make taxable profits.
  • Electric vehicle $7,500 tax credit expected to go away with new House tax bill [Confirmed]

    11/03/2017 7:18:11 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 33 replies ^ | 11/2/17 | Fred Lambert
    Ever since the election of Donald Trump, electric vehicle enthusiasts feared the possibility of the federal government slashing the $7,500 federal tax credit given at the purchase of a new battery-powered car. Now those fears are coming closer to reality as reports suggest that the program has been removed as part of the new House tax bill.
  • Tesla Announces Huge Losses, Reduces Model X and Model S Production

    11/03/2017 1:44:52 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 41 replies ^ | 2 Nov 2017 | Lucas Nolan
    Tesla recently announced the largest quarterly loss in the company’s history and stated that they would be slashing production on their Model X and Model S cars to focus resources on the development of their Model 3 vehicle. Business Insider UK reports that Tesla announced on Wednesday the largest quarterly loss in the history of the company. Bloomberg also reported some key numbers from Tesla’s announcement which can be found below: Adjusted loss per share: -$2.92 (-$2.23 expected). Revenue: $2.98 billion ($2.39 billion expected). Free cash flow: –$1.4 billion (-$1.2 billion expected) Tesla stated that they would be producing approximately “10 percent fewer,” Model S and Model...
  • Danish pension funds criticized over Tesla investments

    10/25/2017 9:27:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 25 October 2017 10:15 CEST+02:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    Eight Danish pension funds have been criticized after investing over 140 million kroner (€19 million) in US electric car giant Tesla. The investments, details of which were published by media Ugebrevet A4, have been censured due to Tesla’s policy of banning unions along with its reputation for low wages and high incidence of workplace accidents, reports news agency Ritzau. “The way I see it, the pension funds ought to withdraw from a company that oppresses its employees and forbids unions,” job market researcher Henning Jřrgensen, a professor at Aalborg University, told Ugebrevet A4. “This is a question of withdrawing as...
  • Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies [2015]

    10/23/2017 2:29:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 30,2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Musk and his companies' investors enjoy most of the financial upside of the government support, while taxpayers shoulder the cost. The payoff for the public would come in the form of major pollution reductions, but only if solar panels and electric cars break through as viable mass-market products. For now, both remain niche products for mostly well-heeled customers. Musk declined repeated requests for an interview through Tesla spokespeople, and officials at all three companies declined to comment. The subsidies have generally been disclosed in public records and company filings. But the full scope of the public assistance hasn't been tallied...
  • Epithets, racist drawings at Tesla factory, ex-workers say

    10/17/2017 5:54:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10-16-17 | LOUIS HANSEN
    Three former Tesla factory workers charge in a new suit the company’s factory is a hostile environment for black employees, adding to earlier accusations of racial harassment. The men, who are African-American, claim in a new complaint filed Monday in state court that Tesla supervisors and workers used racial epithets and drew racist graffiti on cardboard boxes. Tesla has faced ongoing labor disputes and disruption this year. The company fired hundreds of workers this month after company-wide performance reviews. The new suit is the second by black employees charging Tesla failed to address racial antagonism at its factory.
  • The $65,000 Pyramid: Electric Autojournos Pump Tesla Stock, Receive Massive Gifts

    09/30/2017 12:14:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | September 29, 2017 | Jack Baruth .
    Imagine the following scenario: Your humble author buys an Accord Coupe, and loves it, and suggests that you do the same. Not so hard to imagine, insofar as that’s what actually happened. Now let’s imagine I tell you that you, the TTAC reader, can get a discount on an Accord if you use my referral code. That’s kind of odd, right? After all, I’m here to report on the Accord, not to incentivize your purchase. Last but not least, let’s imagine that for every four Accords sold with my referral code, Honda gives me $6,200 worth of Honda products. A...
  • Suit: Tesla, other automakers used illegal foreign workers to build plants

    09/18/2017 10:15:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | September 18, 2017 | By LOUIS HANSEN
    Widening earlier claims of immigration fraud at the Tesla factory, a recently unsealed whistleblower suit says several other major automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen, illegally used foreign construction workers to build their U.S. factories. The charges expand on an investigation by this news organization last year into foreign construction workers building Tesla’s paint shop in Fremont. The federal suit charges that the carmakers used hundreds of Eastern European workers on suspect visas hired through subcontractors for the German company Eisenmann. The investigation, “The Hidden Workforce Expanding Tesla’s Factory,” and court documents revealed at least 140 foreign workers on questionable...
  • Big (green) rig: This Cummins electric tractor trailer could be the future of short-haul trucking

    09/14/2017 6:40:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies ^ | August 31, 2017 | Graham Kozak
    The Aeos, ready to haul. ======================================================================================================================== Cummins -- you know, the company that makes the diesels that go in all the really serious big boy pickup trucks, among other no-nonsense equipment -- is apparently looking ahead to a non-oil-burning future. Or at least a future where big rigs have a range of powertrain options, including electric: The company has just unveiled its all-electric AEOS tractor-trailer prototype. Aeos, named after one of the fiery immortal steeds of the sun god Helios (cool!) is a fully functional Class 7 truck -- only instead of a 12.0-liter internal combustion engine, the prototype gets...
  • Democrats choose union over Tesla in California cap-and-trade deal

    09/12/2017 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 12, 2017 | by Jim Miller
    Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown are siding with organized labor in its battle with automaker Tesla, inserting a provision in last-minute legislation to spend $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade money. The legislation would inject the state into an increasingly acrimonious union organizing campaign at automaker Tesla’s Fremont plant. Manufacturers that want to be eligible for the state’s zero-emission vehicle rebate program – a major driver of Tesla sales – would need to be certified by the state labor secretary “as fair and responsible in the treatment of their workers.” Tesla buyers are eligible for rebates of up to $2,500, but...
  • Tesla flips a switch to increase the range of some cars in Florida to help people evacuate

    09/10/2017 10:42:47 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 83 replies
    Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a liiiittle bit farther, thus helping their owners get that much farther away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Wondering how that's even possible? Up until a few months ago, Tesla sold a 60kWh version of its Model S and Model X vehicles — but the battery in those cars was actually rated at 75kWh. The thinking: Tesla could offer a more affordable 60kWh version to those who didn't need the full range of the 75kWh battery — but to keep...
  • Send This Story to Everyone You Know Who Drives an Electric Car

    08/08/2017 2:18:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Rush ^ | August 8, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Those of you driving a Prius, those of you who have ordered a Tesla, those of you who think that you are saving the planet before it climate change or other horrible acts of nature because you are purchasing an electric car, which means that you are engaging in sustainable, renewable energy, this story is for you. ItÂ’s from the U.K. Daily Mail. Now, weÂ’re gonna link to this story at, and I want those of you out there to pass this story on to everybody you know that drives an electric car or a hybrid. I donÂ’t...
  • Ten gigabattery scale battery factory projects in China, Europe and USA

    08/08/2017 3:08:03 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    nextbigfuture ^ | August 8, 2017 | brian wang
    Ten gigabattery scale battery factory projects in China, Europe and USA brian wang | August 8, 2017 |    A report published by Bloomberg Intelligence in June said factories planned by Chinese companies could have the battery capacity to produce more than 120 GWh by 2021 – enough to supply 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles. This will be over three times initial the battery cell capacity of the Tesla Gigafactory at 35 GWh.As of 2014, the projected capacity of Gigafactory for 2020 was to have been 35 gigawatt-hours per year of cells as well as 50 gigawatt-hours per year (5.7 MW) of battery...
  • Can we wean Elon Musk off government support already?

    08/08/2017 4:53:46 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 18 replies
    thehill ^ | 08/07/17 | JENNY BETH MARTIN
    Tesla’s new Model 3 has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon. The critics seem to love it, and Tesla management says it’s already received deposits for 500,000 of the vehicles. Perhaps now Elon Musk can finally get his hand out of U.S. taxpayers’ wallets? Musk is, to be sure, an ideas man. Private, commercial space travel? Check. Washington to New York in less than half an hour in what he calls a “hyperloop” train that will travel at 800 miles per hour? Check. A new kind of tunneling engineering? Check. Solar energy? Check. Electric cars? Check, check. As...