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  • Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes

    09/21/2016 11:51:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Rundown (PBS Blog) ^ | September 12, 2016 | Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
    Highway express lanes provide a faster trip for carpoolers, people who drive low-emission cars, and solo travelers who are willing to pay more.ThatÂ’s the idea, anyway.But as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them speedy.For solo drivers, the tolls in express lanes typically vary based on demand. In some places, drivers pay more during peak travel times, and in others prices go up as more cars enter the lane....
  • Electric Car Boom In Jeopardy: Need The World’s Entire Lithium Supply Annually To Meet Demand

    09/20/2016 7:09:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 43 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 18 September 2016
    Developing lithium shortages could pose a very big problem for the up and coming electric car industry. According to recent statistics, demand is already outstripping supply by 15%, which explains why the price of lithium has moved higher since the start of the higher. But it’s not finished yet. Experts says this number is about to spike much higher. We know that Chevy is releasing the Bolt this year and that will put further weight on the market, but it’s Elon Musk’s plans for Tesla that could really put pressure on resource producers. The company is preparing to role out...
  • The Electric Car Future That Never Happened

    08/17/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Not long ago, many experts were projecting gas prices above $5 per gallon for the U.S. President Barack Obama said “with more research and incentives” there would soon be 1 million electric plug-in cars on the road. The top executive at General Motors claimed the company could sell 120,000 Chevy Volts in a year. That was in 2011, when GM’s electric plug-in car was still in its infancy. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm very publicly bought her own Chevy Volt after telling the media that electric car batteries represented the “beginning of new Michigan.” That didn't happen, despite massive spending...
  • APNewsBreak: California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

    08/12/2016 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 8:15 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    With the extension of California’s landmark climate change law stalled, a legislative plan is emerging to significantly up the ante on California’s commitment to electric vehicles by requiring that 15 percent of all new automobiles be emission-free within a decade. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, told The Associated Press on Friday that she’ll introduce legislation next week to ramp up the pressure on carmakers. Automakers that fail to sell enough electric vehicles would be required to make payments to rivals that do or pay a fine to the state.“If we create more competition in the market, that automatically will trigger...
  • Why Lithium Will See Another Price Spike This Fall

    07/19/2016 7:25:18 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-07-2016 | The Guru
    So far, lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold, with exponential demand expected over the coming years. Although the price trajectory of the metal has been subdued in recent months, the fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth. Price doubling from 2014/2015 was first seen in China and is now being felt worldwide, with lithium hydroxide prices from $16-20 and carbonate prices from $12-14 thousand USD per ton.
  • EV’s Won’t Kill Diesel – Electric Highways Will

    07/14/2016 3:03:07 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-07-2016 | Harvey
    There are millions of trucks on the world’s highways at any given time, carrying cargo from one place to another and spewing diesel exhaust fumes. That’s how it’s been since the dawn of trucking, that’s how it still is. But that’s not necessarily how it will be in the future. Electric trucks are a fact, though not a very popular one, which is undeserved to a certain degree. While short-haul deliveries are perfect for utilizing electric freight carriers, a long-haul electric truck would need a battery weighing 23 tons to be able to make a 500-mile journey in one go....
  • Germany sets out major cash incentive for electric car buyers

    05/19/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.05.2016 | Ben Knight
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed Wednesday to set aside some €600 million ($675 million) of taxpayers’ money to encourage people to buy electric cars — via an “environmental bonus.” The costs of the scheme will be shared with the auto industry, which is also putting up €600 million. New car-buyers stand to get a €4,000 ($4,500) subsidy if they buy a purely electric car, and €3,000 if they opt for a hybrid car, which combines a battery and a small combustion engine. Not only that, electric cars will be exempt from motor vehicle taxes for 10 years. Economy Minister Sigmar...
  • Electric Vehicles Emit More Pollutants Than Fossil Fuel-Burning Cars

    05/15/2016 10:45:38 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:32 PM 05/15/2016 | Chris White
    Daily Caller News Foundation Electric Vehicles Emit More Pollutants Than Fossil Fuel-Burning Cars, Says Study A study from the University of Edinburgh shows that electric and hybrid vehicles emit as many, if not more, atmospheric toxins than fossil fuel-burning vehicles. The study, conducted by Victor Timmers and Peter Achten at the University of Edinburgh, and published by the journal Atmospheric Environment, found that heavier electric vehicles produce as many pollutants as their lighter weight conventional vehicles. Electric vehicles tend to produce more pollutants from tire and brake wear, due in large part to their batteries, as well as the other...
  • Germany to subsidize electric cars to help own auto industry

    04/27/2016 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 27, 2016 5:40 AM EDT
    Germany plans to subsidize electric cars in a bid to help the country’s auto industry compete in the global market for the growingly-popular and environmentally friendly vehicles. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble says starting May buyers will get €4,000 ($4,514.80) to buy an all-electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrids will receive a subsidy of up to €3,000. The cost will be shared equally by the government and industry. …
  • Mercedes introduces AA class luxury sedan

    Mercedes introduces the Double A class luxury sedan with a top speed of 52 mph , a touch screen dash info system that tracks battery life, a spacious trunk for spares, an onboard satellite tracking system and a ribbon release auto dump feature. No charging stations are required and there are zero emissions. The vehicle comes with a lifetime drive train warranty.
  • Lithium War Heats Up After Epic Launch Of Tesla Model 3

    04/20/2016 8:31:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 46 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-04-2016 | Elon
    The unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 electric car was no less than the lifting of the final curtain on a game-changing energy revolution. And if we follow that revolution to its core, we arrive at lithium—our new gasoline for which the feeding frenzy has only just begun. Unveiled just on 31 March and already with 325,000 orders, it seems that the market, too, understands that the Model 3 is more than just another electric vehicle. In one week alone, Tesla has racked up around $14 billion in implied future sales, making it the “biggest one-week launch of any product ever.”...
  • Don't be fooled - Elon Musk's electric cars aren't about to save the planet

    04/07/2016 9:58:28 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 45 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | April 6,2014 | BJØRN LOMBORG
    Reducing 1.2 tonnes of CO₂ on the EU emissions trading system costs £5; but instead, the UK Government subsidises each car with £4,500. All of the world’s electric cars sold so far have soaked up £9 billion in subsidies, yet will only save 3.3 million tonnes of CO₂. This will reduce world temperatures by 0.00001°C in 2100 – the equivalent of postponing global warming by about 30 minutes at the end of the century. Electric cars will be a good idea, once they can compete – which will probably be by 2032. But it is daft to waste billions of...
  • Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents

    03/24/2016 2:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 23, 2016 | Adam Vaughan and Damian Carrington
    Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents. The company, which makes a range of products that utilise the sort of highly efficient motors needed for an electric car such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and bladeless fans, last year refused to rule out rumours it was building one. But on Wednesday, the government appeared to have accidentally disclosed Dyson is working on one, along with other big companies outside of the automotive industry, such as Apple. "The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric...
  • Tesla Falling Out Of Favor With Investors

    02/08/2016 1:16:29 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 31 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-02-2016 | Elon's evil brother
    Elon Musk is a genius and a visionary who is almost single handedly changing the future of mankind through three different industries at once. With that said, it’s not clear if investors can easily benefit from any of that. Tesla, the company most associated with Musk is in a downward stock spiral over the last month which has taken it to new 52 week lows. There are many reasons for that downward spiral including concerns about market valuations and weak oil prices (which make Tesla’s correspondingly less attractive as a substitute versus conventional cars). But for the first time, Tesla...
  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Sales of Electric Vehicles Fall Far Short of Obama’s ‘1 Million By 2015’ Goal

    01/29/2016 12:12:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2016 | 1:55 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama predicted that there would be "a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015." But only 382,176 plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) have been sold in the U.S. since 2008, according to Hybridcars.com. That's just 38 percent of Obama's one million vehicle goal. And although auto sales in the U.S. were at an all-time-high last year with 17.47 million sold, electric vehicles actually lost market share, dropping from 3.47 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. to 2.87 percent, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). Americans bought 9.7...
  • Ties of Hillary Clinton’s Brother Invite Scrutiny (Tony Rodham)

    05/11/2015 1:48:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/10/15 | STEVE EDER
    **SNIP** “I deal through the Clinton Foundation. That gets me in touch with the Haitian officials,” Mr. Rodham said, according to a transcript of his testimony. “I hound my brother-in-law, because it’s his fund that we’re going to get our money from. And he can’t do it until the Haitian government does it. “And he keeps telling me, ‘Oh, it’s going to happen tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.’ Well, tomorrow hasn’t come yet.” Mr. Rodham’s Haiti project never did happen. The Clinton Foundation said in a statement that it was not aware of Mr. Rodham’s Haiti project and had no involvement...
  • Bill Nye: ‘If NASCAR embraced electric cars it could change the world’

    01/28/2016 8:53:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 104 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | 01/28/2016 | andrew hard
    Nye recently penned an op-ed for digital culture magazine Aeon, in which he argues that NASCAR should make the switch to electric-powered vehicles. In his mind, NASCAR is a celebration of "old tech," one that reinforces the automotive status quo and hinders progress from a social standpoint. And while the environmental benefits of an industry-wide change are obvious, the former mechanical engineer sees another benefit of the EV switch. "Just think what an electric race would be like," Nye wrote. "It would be faster, and quiet. You could talk to the person next to you. The drivers could probably hear...
  • Electric cars will 'suffer' from cheap oil, Elon Musk says

    01/25/2016 1:44:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2016 | Euan McKirdy
    Plunging oil prices are set to hit the electric car industry hard, but Tesla vehicles won't be the worst affected, says CEO Elon Musk. "[The] industry as a whole, I think, will definitely suffer from lower oil prices," Musk told CNN's Kristie Lu Stout on Monday. "It just makes economic sense."
  • Nevada governor signs $335M deal to lure electric carmaker (Faraday Future; backed by Red China)

    12/20/2015 5:37:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2015 9:15 PM EST | Michelle Rindels
    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval approved a $335 million incentive package to attract upstart electric carmaker Faraday Future's billion-dollar factory to a hard-hit Las Vegas suburb, even though the company has yet to unveil a concept car or bring a product to market. The move came shortly after the Legislature voted overwhelmingly to support the deal Saturday, after a four-day special session in Carson City. Lawmakers learned last week that Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting was backing the secretive California-based company, which employs some former Tesla Motors executives, and that Faraday plans to bring 4,500 direct jobs to Nevada. ...
  • Who is Jia Yueting, the Chinese billionaire linked to Faraday?

    11/07/2015 12:02:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 7, 2015 | By Julie Makinen
    He emulates Steve Jobs' fashion sense but loves to brag that his company has already surpassed Apple in areas including design, craftsmanship, hardware and business models. His company -- which is involved in film production, "smart" TVs, video streaming, mobile phones, bicycles and more -- has been called the "Netflix of China." Last year, he put Tesla in his crosshairs. "We will build the best electric cars to solve the problems of air pollution and traffic jams in China," Jia Yueting wrote on his Chinese microblog. Jia, chairman and founder of Leshi Internet Information & Technology Co., also known as...
  • Is Tesla Doomed?

    11/02/2015 4:51:21 AM PST · by norwaypinesavage · 22 replies
    Road and Track ^ | October 26, 2015 | Bob Lutz
    Tesla's showing all the signs of a company in trouble: bleeding cash, securitized assets, and mounting inventory. It's the trifecta of doom for any automaker, and anyone paying attention probably saw this coming a mile away...Snip...Nobody has ever been successful with company stores...snip...they're losing $4000 per car, they're in trouble.
  • Tesla to fight Denmark’s new tax on electric cars

    10/18/2015 7:33:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 12 Oct 2015 08:51 GMT+02:00
    The government has defended its move to gradually phase out tax breaks on electric cars as a way to make things fairer for car owners, but the maker of Denmark’s most popular electric model has slammed the plan as anti-competitive and a death knell for the industry. A political agreement reached on Friday afternoon will see tax breaks on electric cars phased out over the next five years. As a result, the costs of some popular electric models will skyrocket. The hardest hit will be the luxury model Tesla S P85D, which will more than double in price from 875,000...
  • Putting Low-Income Drivers Behind the Wheel of Electric Cars (Los Angeles)

    08/02/2015 2:29:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    TakePart ^ | July 31, 2015 | Kristine Wong, multimedia journalist
    A first-of-its-kind car-sharing program will give residents of Los Angeles' neglected neighborhoods access to carbon-free transportation.Electric vehicles have helped people save money and curb their greenhouse gas emissions. But for those with less cash to spare, those benefits have been largely out of reach. Now a first-of-its-kind E.V. car-sharing program in Los Angeles aims to put the city’s low-income residents—some of whom have to walk a mile to the closest bus stop—behind the wheel of convenient and carbon-free transportation. “It will help improve the lives of every Angeleno in these neighborhoods by offering them options they don’t have,” said Matt...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about “superindustrialization” in which the answer to climate change is a matter of “technological adjustment.” In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

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

    07/23/2015 9:23:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Peter Carty
    The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem. The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming. The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South...
  • Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All?

    06/27/2015 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/27/2015 | BY KERRY JACKSON
    Is that electric car in the driveway — yes, that one with the long cord tethering it to the inside of the garage — a sign of deep environmental concern and human goodness? Or is it an indication that someone has been duped? A growing body of evidence shows that electric cars are more harmful to the environment than comparable fossil-fuel burners. The latest is a study — "Environmental Benefits From Driving Electric Vehicles?" — out this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study's authors — economics and business professors — say that "rather than simply accepting...
  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

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

    04/05/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 152 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bengt Halvorsen
    While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the U.S. The Tesla Model S, according to the market-research firm Strategic Vision, boasts figures of ‘love’ from their overall vehicle experience that handily top those for much-loved sports-car models like the Porsche Boxster and 911. A whopping 92 percent of owners of the Model S summed their experience in the top...
  • New Jersey Throws It Into Reverse, Welcomes Tesla

    03/18/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Micheline Maynard
    Last year, New Jersey’s state legislature told Tesla its selling style wasn’t welcome. But now, Elon Musk’s electric car company is back in the Garden State’s good graces. On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that allows Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers, Bloomberg reported. The move is part of a bill that overhauls the state’s automobile franchise laws. Under the new law, Tesla has to meet some criteria, such as maintaining a service center in New Jersey where the electric vehicles can be fixed. ... But Texas lawmakers have refused to let the company sell directly to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Amp Electric's Workhorse Wants To Be 'Tesla Of Trucks' For Electric Delivery Vans

    02/23/2015 6:32:11 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 15 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 23, 2015 | John Voelcker
    The pack is sized to provide a comfortable range buffer for trucks with predictable daily use, and Amp quotes a range of about 60 miles. But it also equips the E-Gen with a extender to eliminate range anxiety under unexpected circumstances. ... Fleet operators used to the costs of buying fuel for 6-mpg delivery trucks will see a clear financial benefit to an electric truck from Day One if they're leasing it, Burns said, when lease payments, fuel, and maintenance are added together. And that's even without the Federal tax credit for buying a plug-in electric truck, he claims. The...
  • Strange Bedfellows: Consumer Groups, Koch Brothers Unite To Back Tesla Stores

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

    02/17/2015 7:36:42 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 71 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 17, 2015 | David Noland
    ... Based on 84 data points from the 85-kWh version of the Model S and six from 60-kWh cars, the study concludes that the Model S will retain about 94 percent of its capacity after 50,000 miles, with losses thereafter shrinking to about 1 percent per 30,000 miles. That means that after 100,000 miles, the typical Model S is projected to retain about 92 percent of its battery capacity and range.
  • City Testing the 2015 Volkswagen eGolf: An Electric Vehicle Without Pretense

    02/14/2015 9:34:48 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2015 | Mark Ewing
    eGolf is Volkswagen’s late entry in the electric vehicle (EV) market, a neighborhood scooter that builds upon the EV concept defined by the Nissan LEAF—except it’s engineered by clever Germans who analyzed Nissan’s steep learning curve. In the fundamentals of range, performance, curb weight, powertrain layout, price, amenities, and even consumer leasing, eGolf SEL was benchmarked against the top-spec Nissan LEAF SL. VW has less costly trims levels arriving within the year, but entered the market with the range-topping eGolf SEL Premium. Above: VW eGolf has 83 miles of range, which costs about $3. That’s one-half to one-third the cost...
  • Elon Musk Threatens Layoffs After Tesla Sold Just 120 Cars in China Last Month

    02/12/2015 3:16:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Entrepreneur Magazine ^ | February 11, 2015 | Geoff Weiss
    Though initially heralded by Elon Musk as Tesla’s biggest potential market after the United States, China is shaping up to be an enormous blind spot for the electric car maker. Tesla sold just 120 cars in China last month, according to Reuters -- a dismal figure that has Musk seeing red. He allegedly blasted out an email to managers in China in January threatening to fire and demote executives who were “not on a clear path to positive long-term cash flow.” And so it is. Today, June Jin, Tesla’s vice president of communications in China, has left the company, Bloomberg...
  • GM confirms Bolt 50-state electric car built in Mich. (a new ObamaMobile!)

    02/12/2015 8:04:07 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/12/15
    General Motors Co (GM.N) said Thursday it will build the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at an assembly plant near Detroit, where it will invest $200 million for the project. The compact Bolt, shown as a concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show last month, is designed to have a range of 200 miles, and will cost about $30,000 apiece after tax breaks. GM's announcement confirms a report last week by Reuters that the Bolt would be produced at the under-used Orion assembly plant in Michigan. The only electric car currently available with a 200-mile range is the Tesla Model S,...
  • 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...
  • New NADA Chairman Will Continue Anti-Tesla 'Get The Facts' Campaign

    02/05/2015 3:15:02 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 39 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 5, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Last June, the National Automobile Dealers Association launched a publicity campaign to convince car buyers why it's in their own best interests that dealers make it illegal to buy a car from Tesla Motors. The campaign is called "Get the Facts," and it now includes a handful of animated videos, infographics, fact sheets, and other publicity materials. While it's not clear that the campaign has had a great deal of effect on car buyers' attitudes toward dealers, NADA's new chairman plans to continue the campaign.
  • Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Insane It Really Is

    01/28/2015 12:57:48 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 183 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Many Tesla fans and electric-car drivers now know about the Model S P85D, Tesla's all-wheel-drive electric car that's arguably the fastest four-door sedan on the market. What most of them likely don't know is just what the car's ultimate performance mode, called "Insane," actually feels like. Now there's a video out from Drag Times that shows how astoundingly, jaw-dropping, amazingly, startlingly, incredibly insane the Insane mode actually is. NOTE: Video is NSFW, has rude words (delivered in tones of shock, horror, awe, amazement, and joy). With 1.3 million views in three days, the reactions to Drag Times CEO Brooks Weisblat's...
  • Tesla Is No Free Market Champion

    01/27/2015 5:09:39 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/26/2014 | John Merline
    Some conservative types have been extolling the electric car company Tesla's fight against archaic and anti-consumer laws that prevent direct-to-consumer car sales. But Phil Kerpen, writing in National Review Online, cautions that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is hardly a model of free-market capitalism. In fact, he says, the company wouldn't last long without massive government subsidies.
  • Tesla P85D Destroys Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Dragstrip: Electric Car Thrashes 707-HP Hemi (Video)

    01/20/2015 11:57:06 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 263 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Jan 19, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Say "P85D" to Tesla owners and fans, and you will see the drooling and twitching and heavy breathing and lustful stares--and more drooling--that Tesla's fastest, highest-performance electric car brings. The same happens with the word "Hellcat" for fans of high-powered Hemi V-8 performance. Now, courtesy of two owners--each convinced that their car is the fastest, baddest beast on the road--we know what happens when the two cars face off on the drag strip. Two days ago at Palm Beach International Raceway, a Tesla Model S P85D and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat competed in the traditional quarter-mile drag race. Hint:...
  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 141 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | January 5, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Plug-in electric car sales for calendar year 2014 rose above the 100,000 level, the third annual increase in full-year sales in the U.S. since modern electric cars first went on sale in December 2010. The highest-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, set a new U.S. record for plug-in sales of a single vehicle in one year, logging 30,200 deliveries during 2014. That compares to a 2013 total of 22,610, and less than 10,000 units in each of its first two years on sale. The balance of 70,000-plus was made up of sales of no fewer than 20...
  • Nissan LEAF Drivers Drive More Miles Than Gasmobile Drivers In Europe

    01/09/2015 10:03:38 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 100 replies
    CleanTechnica ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Zachary Shahan
    In Europe, at least, drivers of the 100%-electric Nissan LEAF actually drive about 50% more than average drivers of petrol- and diesel-powered cars. This helps to bust the myth that electric cars are inadequate for the average driver, and that electric car drivers don’t drive very much. It also indicates that Nissan LEAF owners must be saving a lot more money than generally assumed. Electricity for powering a car is much cheaper than petrol or diesel. The average driver will save several thousand dollars (or euros, british pounds, etc.), but someone who actually drives much more than average is going...
  • Fed car-charge stations rarely used in Ore., U.S.

    01/05/2015 2:12:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | AP
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Nissan Leaf owner Will Price of Eugene doesn't need the network of government-provided electric vehicle charging stations that were installed for motorists like him. Price drives 14 miles to and from work, which is easily within his electric car's 70-mile range, so he ignores the publicly accessible fast-charging units scattered around Eugene-Springfield. "I never use them," Price said of the public chargers. "They are of no consequence to me."
  • Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

    12/30/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 30 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | December 29, 2014 | John Voelcker
    If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for everyone. It extended the tax credits for electric-car charging stations and natural-gas-vehicle refueling stations, which should make owners of those vehicles happy. But it did not extend the generous tax credits for purchase or lease of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, disappointing advocates of that zero-emission vehicle technology. Those advocates include Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda. Now, it turns out, the often-reviled "gas guzzler tax deduction" was restored to its previous level by the budget bill as well. As...
  • Electric Cars Worse For Health, Environment, Than Gas-Powered, Study Claims

    12/28/2014 3:28:47 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 99 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 28, 2014 06:27 GMT | Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota
    Think electric cars are the only form of transportation that can save the world from the dangers of the gas-powered engine? A new study warns that they could actually have the opposite effect. Gannett’s Cincinnati website cites the findings of a study to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences next week. In it, co-author and University of Minnesota engineering professor Julian Marshall explains the findings. “It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline [for the environment]… A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.” Electric cars...