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  • Exclusive: Nissan faces battery plant cuts as electric car hopes fade

    09/15/2014 6:41:07 AM PDT · by shove_it · 29 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Cadillac ELR: Mary Barra’s First Embarrassment?

    12/12/2013 10:11:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 12, 2013 | Mark Modica
    General Motors has announced that Mary Barra will be replacing Dan Akerson as CEO as of mid-January. Ms. Barra was previously the head of global product development. As such, she already has to take partial responsibility for the over-hyped and low-selling Chevy Volt along with the upcoming Cadillac version of the car. With Consumer Reports now stating that the new Cadillac ELR (a glorified Chevy Volt) gave them "sticker shock," will the ELR be the first major embarrassment for Ms. Barra? Anyone who has followed the Chevy Volt story could have guessed at what the prospects for a gussied up...
  • California Considers Giving Away Free Electric Cars to the Poor

    12/02/2013 10:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/02/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    What do the poor need most? Jobs? Nah. In Governor Moonbeam’s California they need free electric cars.Free means that you’ll be paying for them. Even if you’re not a California resident, there will probably be Federal money involved. “The California Air Resources Board is now embarking on a program that would help poor people buy energy-efficient vehicles. In one scenario posed by the agency, a “voucher” might even pay the full price for a Nissan Leaf, an electric car with an MSRP above $21,000, or for used cars with lower price tags.” But it only stands to reason. If...
  • Taxpayers Pay $176 per Gallon of Gas “Saved” by Chevy Volt

    11/22/2013 8:38:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 22, 2013 | Mark Modica
    I have to hand it to General Motors and those Chevy Volt supporters who continue to come up with creative ways to espouse the virtues of the slow selling and heavily subsidized vehicle. They just won't give up. The latest figures being presented in political fashion utilize large numbers that, on the surface, appear impressive. When analyzed, the figures give more insight into just how much taxpayer money is being wasted on green subsidies, particularly on electric vehicles (EVs). Sound the trumpets! According to Green Car Reports, the Chevy Volt has saved 17 million gallons of gas to date. Now...
  • Tesla stock falls after another Model S fire caught on tape

    10/29/2013 3:36:39 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 28, 2013
    DETROIT -- Tesla Motors (TSLA) shares dropped Monday after reports of a second fiery crash involving the Palo Alto company's Model S electric car.
  • Tesla Fire is About Rushing, Subsidizing Immature Technology, Not Stock Price

    10/04/2013 8:35:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 4, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    A fire (screen capture from that torched a Model S from the formerly Teflon Tesla Motors on Tuesday blackened its front end, lowered its stock price, and (further) revealed a corporate arrogance not seen since Fisker Karmas were alight. But CEO Elon Musk saw to it that taxpayers werefully paid back their $465 million Department of Energy loan, so as watchdogs over the public purse we can forget all about it and just go on about our business – right? Wrong. The incident near Seattle still should be of great concern because Tesla still heavily depends on tax breaks...
  • Hollande hails ‘revolutionary’ new lithium battery plant

    09/21/2013 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 21/09/2013
    French President François Hollande hailed “a new industrial revolution” in inaugurating Friday a new lithium battery plant built by the Bolloré group, which manufactures the Bluecar made popular by France’s electric-car sharing scheme. … Earlier in the day, as he attended an environmental conference in Paris, Hollande vowed to halve energy consumption in France by 2050 and cut fossil fuels by 30% by 2030. The French president has also made electric cars “a priority.” …
  • Germany to ‘fall short’ of electric car target

    09/18/2013 10:53:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai ^ | 17 Sep 2013 09:15 CET | (The Local/tsb)
    Germany hopes to put one million electric cars on the roads by 2020, but just 3,000 have been sold this year. A study released on Tuesday casts doubt on sales projections. Electric cars have been among the highlights of the IAA motorshow in Frankfurt which opened last week. New models include the BMW’s i3. … Researchers argue that the best scenario for electric cars is for the price of batteries and energy to decrease, while diesel and petrol gets more expensive. …
  • GM Developing Car to Rival Tesla

    09/17/2013 7:44:27 AM PDT · by illiac · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/17/13 | Mike Ramsey
    General Motors Co. GM +1.89%is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000, officials at the largest U.S. auto maker said, offering a challenge to luxury electric-car startup Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA -0.58% Doug Parks, GM's vice president of global product programs, disclosed the effort on Monday at GM's battery laboratory and test facility in Warren, Mich., but didn't say when the car would be available. He said while the technology is available now, the cost of the batteries remains too high to be able to pull off the feat today. GM's move...
  • Lack of Customers Results in Electric Car Price War

    08/23/2013 8:38:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8/22/2013 | Institute for Energy Research
    America will not achieve President Obama’s goal of 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. This is despite large subsidies from the federal government and many states for making batteries and vehicles as well as additional subsidies for purchasing these vehicles. Very few consumers are interested in expensive cars with limited range and the anxiety of not knowing if the battery charge will last for their entire journey. As a result, manufacturers are dropping prices in order to sell the vehicles they are forced to produce. First Nissan slashed prices of its plug-in vehicles early this year, then...
  • Electric cars are often worse for climate, report says

    08/15/2013 10:57:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 38 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 15, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Electric cars are currently more damaging to the climate than some other vehicle options, mainly because of the emissions involved with producing large batteries, according to a report from Climate Central. The nonprofit research organization acknowledged that electric cars have helped to lower U.S. vehicle emissions because they are consuming electricity produced increasingly from natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal. “But when all the carbon emissions associated with building and driving electric and high-mileage gasoline cars are included in the analysis, the all-electric advantage goes up in smoke,” Climate Central said. “In the vast majority of states, the significant...
  • Tesla’s Success So Far Has Some Analysts Eating Crow

    08/10/2013 6:48:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUG 9,2013 | Jonathan Welsh
    “At the end of the day, you cannot deny how smart Elon Musk is.” That’s the conclusion of Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue book who for years doubted electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc.TSLA -0.31% would still be in business in 2013, much less outperforming Wall Street’s expectations with its second-quarter results released this week. Brauer’s comments reflect feelings many auto industry insiders have expressed since Tesla got started a decade ago. Like many fledgling companies, Tesla repeatedly overpromised and seemed to underestimate the difficulty of starting a clean-sheet manufacturing operation, especially in the hidebound and prohibitively expensive...
  • GM to Lose Even More on Each Chevy Volt

    08/08/2013 11:35:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 8, 2013 | Mark Modica
    The Chevy Volt madness continued this week with General Motors announcing that consumers will see a $5,000 decrease in the price of President Obama's favorite green wonder-car. Sales of the Volt have been dismal, with most consumers refusing to be as smitten with the car as the President and the few enthusiastic green ideologues who seemed to believe that spending approximately $20,000 more for a car (over a gas-powered rival) that can save them about $3 a day in gas makes sense. What seems to go unrecognized is the fact that the price cut comes at the expense of GM...
  • Unclean at Any Speed

    07/25/2013 1:27:37 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 16 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | June 30, 2013 | Ozzie Zehner
    Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a...
  • BMW's New Electric Car Just Became a Major Problem [a problem for its competitors]

    07/24/2013 1:27:04 AM PDT · by grundle · 139 replies ^ | July 23, 2013 | Katie Spence
    On Monday, BMW announced that the U.S. base price for its all-electric i3 will be $41,350, not including any federal or state incentives. For General Motors' Chevy Volt, and possibly Tesla Motor's Model S, BMW's move spells major trouble. Here's why. Bad news, GM With a starting MSRP of $39,145 in 2012, the Volt was the best-selling EV, and it's not hard to see why. Really more of an electric hybrid than a straight EV, the Volt combines a 9.3-gallon fuel tank with a lithium-ion battery. This combination allows the Volt can go an estimated 38 miles on pure battery...
  • Former Electric-car Engineer: Electric Cars Pollute More Than Gas

    07/12/2013 6:23:08 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 July 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Former Electric-car Engineer: Electric Cars Pollute More Than Gas The New American 12 July 2013 Is the only "green" aspect of electric cars the money some companies make off them? If former plug-in advocate and General Motors engineer Ozzie Zehner (shown) is correct, this is exactly the case. Author of the book Green Illusions, Zehner once built his own hybrid car that could run on electricity or natural gas. And, he writes in a recent article entitled "Unclean at Any Speed," he was convinced cars such as his "would help reduce both pollution and fossil-fuel dependence." But he now...
  • Chevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

    07/08/2013 4:16:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | July 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    The good news for GM these days is that no one has been consumed in a fiery death due to engine compartment fires since the Chevy Volt was discovered to spontaneous combust after accidents shortly after production began. The bad news for the company is that while Chevy Volt sales in June set a record, prior to June their sales for 2013 sucked despite general auto sales setting post-crash records. “With signs that sales of its Chevrolet Volt battery car could be coming unplugged,” reported NBC News in June, “General Motors is offering potential buyers as much as $5,000 in...
  • Electric vehicles “unclean at any speed”?

    07/03/2013 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Conservatives have long argued that the pursuit of electric vehicles through government grants and credits is a bad idea, mainly from a public-policy and economic standpoint. But what if electric vehicles are a bad idea from an environmental standpoint, too? An environmental activist who once pushed for EVs and now works as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley now calls electric vehicles “unclean at any speed” in a recent article for the engineering journal IEEE Spectrum (via Weasel Zippers and UPI): The idea of electrifying automobiles to get around their environmental shortcomings isn’t new. Twenty years ago, I myself built...
  • Only $1.14 per Gallon?

    07/02/2013 10:40:03 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 44 replies ^ | 7-2-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last month the launching of the "eGallon" - a tool that will compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles (EVs) to fueling gasoline-powered ones. According to the report, the national average eGallon price is about $1.14. This means that an EV can travel as far on $1.14
  • Unclean at Any Speed, Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems

    07/02/2013 12:10:48 PM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 30 Jun 2013 | Ozzie Zehner
    Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a...
  • Study: Electric cars no greener than gasoline vehicles

    07/02/2013 11:29:45 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies
    United Press International ^ | 2013 July 01 | UPI
    BERKELEY, Calif., July 1 (UPI) — Electric cars, despite their supposed green credentials, are among the environmentally dirtiest transportation options, a U.S. researcher suggests. Writing in the journal IEEE Spectrum, researcher Ozzie Zehner says electric cars lead to hidden environmental and health damages and are likely more harmful than gasoline cars and other transportation options. Electric cars merely shift negative impacts from one place to another, he wrote, and "most electric-car assessments analyze only the charging of the car. This is an important factor indeed. But a more rigorous analysis would consider the environmental impacts over the vehicle's entire life...
  • The Many Costs of Obama’s Electric Car Folly

    06/26/2013 12:26:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 26, 2013 | Mark Modica
    It appears that there is no end in sight to the Obama Administration's costly quest to electrify America's auto fleet, despite the recent flurry of reports that continue to confirm that the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) are practically nonexistent in comparison to the costs. One of these reports even came from Obama's own NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) panel which downplayed the importance of EVs and claimed that electric cars will only need to account for between one and three percent of car manufacturer's product portfolios by 2025 for lofty government EPA requirements to be met. The
  • Tesla to demo quick-swap electric car batteries

    06/18/2013 1:54:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-18-2013 | Staff
    Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells. Tesla chief executive and founder Elon Musk used popular the messaging service Twitter to put out word that a "live pack swap demo" was taking place at the company's design studio in the Southern California city of Hawthorne. Video from the event was to be posted on the Tesla website about 0430 GMT on Friday, according to Musk. Making it fast and easy to restore full power to electric car batteries is seen as a big step in...
  • GM Ups Chevy Volt Incentives as Demand Wanes

    06/10/2013 8:46:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 10, 2013 | Mark Modica
    General Motors has announced a $4,000 rebate (or $3,000 and a four year, zero interest loan from government-owned Ally Financial) on the slow-selling Chevy Volt. The company had a choice regarding how to deal with an excess supply of Volts that is growing faster than demand. GM could have, once again, temporarily halted production until inventory (currently at about a 6 month supply) came down to reasonable levels. It instead chooses to lose more millions of dollars by spending on incentives designed to manufacture demand that otherwise is practically nonexistent. The much-hyped Chevy Volt was originally presented by GM...
  • Tesla’s Model S Is Shaming BMW and Mercedes

    05/14/2013 7:17:46 AM PDT · by grundle · 92 replies
    Wall St. Cheat Sheet ^ | May 14, 2013 | Justin Lloyd-Miller
    For the naysayers who maintained that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) wasn’t going to make it, with the Model S too expensive to be successful, here is a fact worth reflecting on: in the first quarter, Tesla outsold comparable cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Tesla moved 4,750 Model S units in the first fiscal quarter. Among the top three German luxury builders, the Mercedes S Class came in second with 3,077 units sold. BMW took third place with 2,338 7-Series sedans sold and Audi’s flagship A8 sold 1,462 cars, good for fourth place. There are are few things to consider when...
  • Electric-car maker Coda files for bankruptcy

    05/01/2013 1:05:15 PM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 5/1/2013 | James O'toole
    California-based electric car maker, Coda, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, saying it plans to transition to the battery and energy-storage business. The company had positioned itself as a cheaper alternative to fellow electric-car maker Tesla (TSLA) and plug-in hybrid-car maker Fisker. Coda's all-electric mid-sized sedan went for roughly $37,000, but proved a huge sales disappointment, with less than 100 vehicles sold. A Tesla Model S, with its most potent battery option, goes for $72,000. Coda had the bodies and chassis of its cars built in China, with the battery systems installed in California. CEO Phil Murtaugh said in a...
  • 47 depressing facts about Fisker’s epic electric car failure

    04/24/2013 1:11:26 PM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday April 24, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “Bankruptcy now appears unavoidable, and a political reckoning is coming” writes the New York Time’s Bill Vlasic today about Fisker Motors, the Obama administration’s pet electric car company that received millions in federal loans. Vlasic described the car company as the “Solyndra of Electric car companies.” As Congress prepares to grill the leaders of Fisker Motors this afternoon, here are 47 depressing facts about Fisker:
  • Fiat CEO says governments shouldn't strong arm automakers into producing electric vehicles

    04/21/2013 9:19:46 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | 04/21/13 | Donald Melanson
    Fiat may now be producing electric vehicles, but CEO Sergio Marchionne apparently doesn't think they represent the future for the automaker just yet -- or, at least, the only future. Speaking at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit yesterday, Marchionne said that his company is losing $10,000 on every 500e car sold (a figure he first offered fully two years ago), and added that "doing that on a large scale would be masochism in its extreme."Those comments came as part of a larger point he was making about the push towards electric vehicles, and what he described...
  • Chevy Volt Battery Technology Questioned After Billions Wasted

    04/11/2013 10:11:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 11, 2013 | Mark Modica
    It appears that the Mainstream Media folks may finally be starting to expose one of the worst cases of taxpayer abuse that this country has ever seen. Kudos to Deepa Seetharaman who wrote a piece for Reuters which questions the feasibility of the government-subsidized, lithium-ion based battery technology behind electric vehicles (EVs) like the Chevy Volt. While Seetharaman acknowledges the limitations of lithium-ion batteries, what remains unchallenged is the continued waste of billions of taxpayer dollars to support the failing, pseudo-green technology. The evidence that the Obama Administration's EV subsidization has been a costly fiasco (particularly regarding the Chevy Volt...
  • Somebody Please Tell Stubborn Fool Obama How Filthy and Toxic Electric Cars Really Are

    03/20/2013 3:46:30 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    When you buy a car, there are various ratings outfits in the business of calculating the true cost of owning that particular vehicle, inc. insurance, depreciation, maintenance, cost of repairs, etc. Such a comprehensive model is surely more realistic than just looking at the monthly payment or sticker price, and the customer knows if they're actually making a cost-effective, bottom-line decision. But even if you buy-into the now imploding globaloney scam, wouldn't it make sense to apply similar logic to calculate the entire environmental impact of electric vs. internal combustion cars over the full service life... esp since the actual...