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  • Tesla is apparently recharging ’emissions free’ electric cars with a diesel generator

    05/28/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 54 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...
  • Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

    04/23/2015 5:28:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Northwest Public Radio ^ | APRIL 15, 2015 | JESSICA ROBINSON
    The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more. Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars. Here’s the problem: states traditionally fund highways with a gas tax. But you only pay that if you buy gas. Last week, Idaho lawmakers voted to charge electric vehicle owners an extra $140 annual registration fee. … which was news to Cleve Buttars. "Wow. Well, um ..." Buttars lives in Twin Falls and drives a...
  • Record Numbers Of Drivers Trading In Electric Cars For SUVs

    04/22/2015 5:12:28 AM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/21/2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    President Barack Obama promised to put a million more hybrid and electric cars on the road during his tenure, but new research shows drivers are trading them in to buy sports utility vehicles (SUVs). The auto-research group Edmunds.com found that “22 percent of people who have traded in their hybrids and [electric vehicles] in 2015 bought a new SUV.” This number is higher than the 18.8 percent that did the same last year, but it’s double the number that traded in their electric car for an SUV just three years ago. Edmunds.com reports that only “45 percent of this year’s...
  • Cheap Gas Helps Pull the Plug on Electric Cars [Good News on Earth Day!]

    04/22/2015 4:10:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Time ^ | 4/22/15 | Brad Tuttle
    Sales of the Nissan Leaf and other electric cars have dipped thus far in 2015, and automakers have resorted to price cuts to boost interest in plug-ins.
  • Georgia Slams Brakes on Electric Cars

    04/20/2015 5:25:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Government Technology ^ | APRIL 14, 2015 | ANDRIA SIMMONS
    Did Georgia just pull the plug on the electric car market? Many people are wondering after state legislators voted to eliminate a tax credit that last year helped catapult metro Atlanta to the highest U.S. market share for plug-in electric vehicles. The same bill will impose a $200 registration fee -- the nation's highest -- on noncommercial EVs. When the governor signs the bill, as expected, Georgia will go from first to worst on its support for the EV market. The electric vehicle tax credit ends June 30; the EV fee starts the next day. Local car dealers say they're...
  • Obama Keeps Telling Renewable Energy Lies

    04/09/2015 9:11:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 4/9/2015 | Alan Caruba
    Imagine you wanted to get in your electric car and drive a considerable distance. It wouldn’t take long for your car to run out of power, so you would have to have another car, one using gasoline, to drive behind you to make sure you reached your destination. That’s a description of “renewable energy”, wind and solar, in America today because they both require backup from traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. And “renewable energy” based on “free” sun and wind power costs more to produce and purchase. Need it be said that the sun...
  • 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...
  • Koenigsegg Regera Supercar: A New Configuration For Plug-In Hybrids?

    03/17/2015 7:37:20 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 27 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | March 17, 2015 | Bengt Halvorson
    Hybrid powertrains used to always tag vehicles as optimized for fuel efficiency. But that’s changed in very pronounced ways the past several years, as the fastest supercars in the world--from McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche--have all adopted some form of hybrid technology that helps with acceleration and performance. And increasingly, with models like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, automakers are showing how wealthy owners can stay electric-only and free of tailpipe emissions for lower-speed use in urban city centers, saving the zany acceleration times for the racetrack and the countryside. The latest to go hybrid is the Swedish supercar maker...
  • Resale Prices Tumble on Electric Cars

    03/09/2015 11:00:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | HRISTINA ROGERS
    ...Mr. Hoban expects between 100 and 150 of the leased vehicles to be returned to his Capitol City Nissan dealership on a monthly basis over the next two years as their leases expire. The problem: used Leafs aren’t attracting much demand. With gas prices down 33% from a year ago, and buyers cooling toward electric vehicles, some auto makers are offering deep discounts or attractive leases on battery-powered vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Nissan, for instance, slashed the price of a new Leaf by $6,400 in 2013 and is now offering a $199-a-month lease, or $3,500 cash back and 0% financing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars

    01/22/2015 7:14:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 148 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2015 | AP
    Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math. U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell. "Fuel savings are not top of mind to many consumers right now," says John Krafcik, president of the car shopping site TrueCar.com. Automakers have responded by slashing thousands of dollars off the sticker price of electrics. Incentives averaged $4,159 per electric car last year, up...
  • Why Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

    12/15/2014 2:48:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline."
  • Obama Is 826,000 Short of His 1 M Electric-Car-by-2015 Promise

    12/03/2014 4:58:53 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/2/2014 | John Merline
    Back in the good old days when President Obama didn't have so many dings on his record, he promised that by 2015 there'd be more than 1 million electric cars on the road. Well, with just days to go, he's only about 826,000 or so cars short of that goal. Instead of 200,000 Nissan Leafs on the road today -- as Obama's Department of Energy predicted in 2011 -- there are less than 70,000...
  • Chevrolet Volt US Sales Slow In October As New Production Yet To Come Online

    11/07/2014 7:07:00 AM PST · by lacrew · 15 replies
    InsideEVs ^ | 11-3-2014 | Jay Cole
    For October, the results did improve somewhat however, as 1,439 Volts were sold, which was up 3% from last month, but still off 29% from the 2,022 sold last year at this time. For the year, 15,979 Volts have been sold, which is down 14.9% from the 18,782 sold through the first 10 months of 2013. General Motors now faces a couple problems trying to finish out 2014 strong: •Production – the Volt’s Hamtramck, Michigan facility has been idled since mid-August as part of a previously announced $384 million dollar investment into the facility that is currently seeing the Voltec...
  • CTA testing 2 all-electric buses

    10/30/2014 6:23:18 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-30-2014 | Jon Hilkevitch
    The 40-foot green machines, which as prototypes are priced at about $1 million each, are made by New Flyer Industries. The all-electric propulsion system was built by Siemens. Regular diesel-powered buses cost $400,000 to $500,000 each, and diesel-electric hybrid buses cost about $700,000, according to the CTA. CTA officials estimated the electric buses will reduce energy costs by more than $25,000 a year per bus, or roughly $300,000 over the average 12-year bus life span. The electric bus demonstration project is funded by a $2.2 million grant received in 2011 from the Federal Transit Administration, plus about $300,000 in congestion...
  • How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas? [Subsidies and 'Carbon Laundering']

    10/20/2014 12:15:18 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 13 replies
    Stephen J. DUBNER: As you likely know, the American automobile company Tesla makes some of the most desirable–and expensive–electric cars in the world. The company is currently valued at roughly $31 billion. Compare that to the $55 billion market cap of the Ford Motor Company.Tesla, however, last year sold fewer than 25,000 cars while Ford sells more than 6 million vehicles a year, or roughly 240 vehicles for every single Tesla. Tesla currently has just one vehicle in production, the Model S luxury sedan. In the U.S. the starting price is a bit more than $70,000.Americans buy more Model S’s...
  • Tesla D Buyers Shouldn't Get Tax Credit

    10/16/2014 1:45:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 16, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Environmentally conscientious, wealthy car enthusiasts are in luck! The much-hyped "D" unveiling came last week as Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, presented what appears to be a very impressive version of its plug-in Model S electric car called the P85D. Boasting 691 horsepower, 687 ft/lb of torque, AWD and a blazing 3.2 second zero to sixty time, the new rich peoples' toy is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $120,000. In fact, the car is so darn impressive that the only obvious question is why in the world do we need to give the affluent purchasers of cars like...
  • Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

    10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 88 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | 1 hour, 33 mins ago Oct 13, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    Improved lithium-ion battery technology is coming, charging up your battery to 70% in two minutes, or an entire electric car in 15 minutes ***************************************************** Tweet3 Share0 The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.    The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The...
  • Now That Electric Cadillac Can't Compete With Tesla, GM Tries Frequent Flyer Miles

    10/07/2014 1:25:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 7, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Cadillac sales continue to sputter at General Motors. In fact, the brand is the only make at GM that has seen a year over year sales decline for the period ending in September at a time when the auto industry was booming. Specifically, Cadillac has logged in 127,837 sales for the first nine months of 2014 compared to 133,414 in 2013 for a sales decline of 4.2 percent. GM will now offer frequent flyer miles to help spur sales at the division. The marketing move at GM follows a decision to relocate Cadillac's sales team to New York City....
  • 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...
  • Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles [in Europe]

    10/01/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by palmer · 3 replies
    Manufacturing dot Net ^ | Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:28am | European Commission, CORDIS
    Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. ... In practice, this means that the car is intelligent, and provides the driver with braking tips based on traffic flows and advice on the best route to limit energy use. Up to 30 % of energy can be saved this way, without losing much time along the way. ...
  • Will Nissan Abandon Its $1.4B Stimulus-Backed Battery Factory?

    09/30/2014 11:23:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    Reuters sources inside Nissan are saying the production of batteries inTennessee for the all-electric Leaf, which stimulus-subsidizing U.S. taxpayers backed with a $1.4 billion loan, could be eliminated. According to the report, at minimum there is sharp debate over whether the company will continue to manufacture electric vehicle batteries in-house or contract with an outside supplier. Nissan partner Renault, which has 43.4 percent shareholder ownership in the joint company, is said to be pushing for outsourcing battery production – possibly to LG Chem. None who revealed the information were identified for the Reuters story. “We set out to be...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: Nissan faces battery plant cuts as electric car hopes fade

    09/15/2014 6:41:07 AM PDT · by shove_it · 43 replies
    Rooters ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | LAURENCE FROST
    (Reuters) - Nissan (7201.T) boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has reopened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault (RENA.PA). The plan, which faces stiff resistance within the Japanese carmaker, would see U.S. and British production phased out and a reduced output of next-generation batteries concentrated at its domestic plant, two alliance sources told Reuters...
  • Tesla reportedly selects Nevada to build massive $5 billion battery plant

    09/03/2014 3:35:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 3, 2014 | AP
    RENO, Nev. – Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, said work would soon resume at an industrial park outside Reno. Four other states -- California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico -- were vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will bring.
  • Electric car drivers may start paying to charge up at Redwood City stations

    09/03/2014 5:59:39 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 09/03/2014 | Bonnie Eslinger
    Redwood City wants to do something new to electric car drivers: Charge them for charging up their batteries. Since 2011, the city has provided some charging stations at no cost as part of its effort to fight global warming.
  • As Fuel Prices Fall, Will Push For Alternatives Lose Steam?

    Just four months ago, a conference here on electric cars drew four times as many people as expected. District fire marshals ordered some of the crowd to leave, and the atmosphere was more like that of a rock concert than an energy conference. A brief film depicted an electric car owner driving off with a beautiful woman to the strains of "The Power of Love" while her original companion struggles to pay for gasoline. The audience cheered. One discordant note in the series of enthusiastic speeches came from Bill Reinert, one of the Toyota Prius designers. He cautioned that designing...
  • Chevy Volt Resale Values Plunge as Lease Returns Hit Market

    08/08/2014 9:06:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 8, 2014 | Mark Modica
    It has been two years since General Motors admitted that there was little demand for the Chevy Volt (as reported here)due to there being "no plug-in market." Their answer was to "create market" to drive sales for the politically popular but economically-nonviable Volt. GM manipulated sales for the Volt through the use of subsidized leases at a time when President Obama's favorite, green wonder-car was being criticized for low sales as it failed to live up to the early hype. GM was able to use taxpayer money in the form of electric vehicle tax credits to help drive down...
  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 7:37:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 104 replies
    CNET ^ | July 20, 2014 2:30 PM PDT | Brooke Crothers
    Tesla said this week that its $35,000 entry, due in 2017 (or thereabouts), will be called the Model 3. One of the keys to making a cheaper Tesla is battery technology, as CEO Elon Musk pointed out to Auto Express earlier in the week. I chatted with John Voelcker, senior editor for High Gear Media, which publishes Green Car Reports, in the wake of the news. He offered insight into what impact a lower-priced Tesla might have. Q: Tesla has sold very pricey cars to date. How might a $35,000 Model 3 shake things up? John Voelcker: A list price...
  • Tesla Enthusiasm for Battery Swap Wanes After Subsidies Disappear

    06/30/2014 10:31:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 30, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    NLPC has extensively documented howTesla Motors has taken advantage of market distortions to reap revenues – including government mandates, subsidies, and taxpayer support – not the least of which have been so-called “zero emission credits” from the state of California. But much of the revenue Tesla enjoyed last year – which often meant the difference between profit and loss – was credited based upon theoreticaltechnological capabilities and not ones actually put into practice. CEO Elon Musk has also relied on accounting gimmicks to enhance his bottom line over the last 18 months, during which a couple of quarterly earnings...
  • 1,000-mile EV battery to debut within two years

    06/12/2014 11:16:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 66 replies
    EV Fleet World ^ | 11 Jun 2014 | Alex Grant
    Two companies have developed a new type of electric vehicle battery said to offer a 1,000 mile range, with prices and whole-life costs comparable to a conventional petrol or diesel engine. The joint project between metals specialist Alcoa and green technology company Phinergy has produced a demonstrator featuring an aluminium-air battery, designed as a range extender for the lithium-ion units used in most electric vehicles. Already used in military applications, the battery uses a reaction with air and water over 50 aluminium plates, each of which can drive a car for up to 20 miles. The unit is designed so...
  • Toyota (NYSE:TM) Bets Cars Of The Future Are Not Electric

    06/02/2014 5:09:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 58 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Paul Ebeling
    The market is betting big bet that Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ: TSLA) battery technology is the fuel of the future for motor cars. And to its credit, Tesla’s Model S has proven that a battery-electric car can be practical and desirable. But everyone does not see a battery-operated automotive future. May see it as a fad. The biggest automotive manufacturers have turned away from EVs (electric vehicles), and Japanese giant car maker is one of them, and TM knows a lot about battery powered electric cars Toyota’s Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid. Toyota has built over 6-M hybrids to date,...
  • ‘Green’ cars still a giant waste of money

    05/16/2014 12:37:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 57 replies
    driving.ca ^ | May 16, 2014 | David Booth
    The only thing environmentalists revel in — more than predicting a fiery doom for our planet — is gloating over the successful replacement of the infernal combustion engine with good, clean electricity. So, it is, then, that there’s been much trumpeting of the news from Norway and, more recently, the Netherlands, where plug-in vehicles have seemingly achieved the enviroweenie’s holy grail: mainstream acceptance. The numbers are startling. While North Americans remain devoted to their internal combustion dinosaurs drinking, well, dinosaur juice — Toyota sold barely 200 plug-in versions of its Prius hybrid last year in Canada and Nissan only 470...
  • Texas launches $2,500 incentive for CNG, electric vehicles

    05/14/2014 9:54:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Drivers will now be able to get up to $2,500 in state incentives to help purchase alternative-fuel vehicles, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced this week. Officials with TCEQ said it’s the first time the agency has offered an alternative fuel vehicle incentive program specifically geared towards light-duty vehicles. The incentive program was part of state legislation that was approved by the state legislature a year ago. Joe Walton, manager of the implementation grants section at TCEQ, said previous efforts to launch the program had sputtered as they’ve failed to get funding. The new program will provide up to...
  • Chevrolet Sells 1,210 Volts In February, Off 26% From 2013

    03/04/2014 12:31:32 PM PST · by lacrew · 17 replies
    InsideEVs ^ | 3-3-14 | Jay Cole
    After posting a fairly disappointing 918 Volt sales in January – the first time sales were under 4 digits in 2 years (603 - Jan 2012), the extended range Chevy bounced back a little in February notching 1,210 deliveries. Year-over-year, this February’s result was up against some fairly stiff competition as 1,626 were sold this month a year ago, meaning sales were off 25.6%. For the year to date, 2,128 Volts have been sold as compared to 2,766 – off 23.1% There just isn’t enough casr to even get the Volt a fighting chance as the General opted to produce...
  • Tesla reveals $5 billion Gigafactory, the world's largest battery plant

    02/26/2014 8:56:24 PM PST · by ckilmer · 93 replies
    recode.net ^ | 02/26/2014 | Justin Hyde
    Tesla reveals $5 billion Gigafactory, the world's largest battery plant By Justin Hyde 6 hours ago Motoramic   .View photo Tesla Motors No automaker has quite the momentum that Tesla Motors enjoys today. It sells every car it builds easily, with customers queuing around the globe. It's considered the best car for sale in America by several critics, and Wall Street has bought into Elon Musk's vision with a fervor rarely seen outside riverside baptisms. And yet everything Tesla stands for today and wants to accomplish in the future rides on a single stubborn, expensive piece of technology — the...
  • Tesla May Raise the Green Bar With New Battery Factory

    02/22/2014 7:54:51 PM PST · by ckilmer · 11 replies
    wallstcheatsheet ^ | February 22, 2014 | Eric Schaal
    Tesla May Raise the Green Bar With New Battery Factory Eric Schaal | More Articles February 22, 2014 As is often the case with Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), expectations for the electric car company’s battery factory are sky-high. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk recently noted that the soon-to-launch factory would produce more lithium-ion batteries than all other sources on earth combined. In fact, word that the factory will be powered by sun and wind helps Tesla toward its stated goal of changing the sustainability quotient of the auto industry and thus U.S. culture as a whole.Musk’s appearances at town-hall-style meetings in Europe in...
  • Tesla's future rides on a massive battery plant

    02/22/2014 10:02:29 AM PST · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Chris Isidore
    So far the story of Tesla Motors has been about exciting electric luxury cars and an even higher performing stock. Next week it will reveal plans for a much less sexy innovation that is more important to the company's future than either of those things: A huge new lithium battery factory dubbed the "Gigafactory" by Tesla founder Elon Musk. The plant is the key Tesla needs in order to produce an "affordable" long-range electric car in substantial enough numbers to join the ranks of the major automakers. "It's the future of the company," said Craig Irwin, analyst with Wedbush Securities....
  • The Electric Car Boondoggle (Cost comparisons)

    02/22/2014 10:58:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2014 | Matthew Hurwitz
    There are two electric cars on the market that have received a lot of attention in the media. One is GM's Chevy Volt and the other is the Tesla Model S. Extravagant claims have been made by both manufacturers to have us believe that these that these automobiles are practical and economical to drive. As we shall see, that is not really true when one takes into account all the factors which contribute to the total operating cost of each of these two vehicles. Chevy VoltThe manufacturer claims that "The Chevy Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline...
  • Proof That Demand for the Tesla Motors, Inc. Model S Is Healthier Than You Think

    02/14/2014 9:18:55 AM PST · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    fool.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | By Nickey Friedman
    Recs 2   Proof That Demand for the Tesla Motors, Inc. Model S Is Healthier Than You Think By Nickey Friedman | More Articles | Save For Later February 13, 2014 | Comments (4) Demand has been so strong, you would think that Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) had the most popular commercial aired during the Super Bowl. Nope, Tesla has still refused to spend a single dime on advertising. If there was any concern about value and demand of Tesla's electric cars, there is a new indicator should quickly remove any last doubt.Tesla draws a crowd. Source: Tesla Motors The production...
  • What You Need to Know About Tesla Motors' Big Plans for the Chinese Auto Market

    02/14/2014 7:30:17 AM PST · by ckilmer · 11 replies
    fool.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | By Tamara Walsh
    What You Need to Know About Tesla Motors' Big Plans for the Chinese Auto Market By Tamara Walsh | More Articles | Save For Later February 13, 2014 | Comments (1) Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) is hoping to unlock even more growth as it expands its operations overseas. The electric-car maker recently entered the world's largest auto market and plans to officially begin Model S deliveries in China as soon as next month. However, the real potential for Tesla comes as the automaker prepares to install its Supercharger network there.Value creation at its bestTesla's Supercharger network creates tremendous value for...
  • Don't Expect Electric Cars To Save The Environment

    02/03/2014 5:17:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/03/2014
    In 2010, President Obama said he wanted 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. They won't be there, and it wouldn't matter if they were. A nation full of electric cars will make no ecological difference. So what if nearly half of us were driving EDVs (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles) by 2050? Wouldn't that mean a cleaner environment? After all, it's those fossil-fuel-burning dinosaurs that are ruining the world, isn't it? Not necessarily. A recent North Carolina State University study "indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs)...
  • Tesla Motors' Dirty Little Secret Is a Major Problem

    01/20/2014 6:22:29 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 34 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 1/19/2014 | Katie Spence
    Energy independence, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, lower fuel costs: All of these promises are factors behind the rise in electric vehicles' popularity. Unfortunately, they're more fiction than fact. Here's why, and how it could affect companies like Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) .Do you want cancer with that battery?Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy undertook a study to look at the environmental impact of lithium-ion batteries for EVs. The study showed that batteries that use cathodes with nickel and cobalt, as well as solvent-based electrode processing, have the highest potential for environmental impacts, including...
  • Houston’s growing alternative-fuel fleet among nation’s largest

    12/15/2013 7:26:01 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 13, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    The nation’s oil capital has become a model for progress in electrically powered vehicles, boasting the nation’s third-largest municipal hybrid fleet, according to new report from advocacy group Electrification Coalition. More than half of the vehicles in the city’s light-duty fleet are hybrids, according to the report. Among the city’s alternative-fuel vehicles are 27 Nissan LEAF battery electric vehicles and 15 Toyota Prius plug-in electric hybrids. The report applauds the city for reorganizing its fleet management to better support electric vehicles, including promoting their use in an employee car-sharing program and creating a network of charging stations. The report estimates...