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  • Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Insane It Really Is

    01/28/2015 12:57:48 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 180 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...
  • Gas price plunge threatens fuel-cell and electric cars

    12/25/2014 12:23:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/25/14 | David R. Baker
    ehicles, as did concern about global warming. But now gasoline prices have plunged to their lowest level since the Great Recession, averaging $2.50 nationwide for a gallon of regular. If gas prices stay low — granted, a very big “if” — one of the most powerful arguments for alternative fuel cars will be wiped out. “You have an early-adopter group that’s much more interested in these vehicles as a way of doing something 'green,’ and the cost of fuel is not going to be a big factor for them,” said John O’Dell, a senior editor at the Edmunds.com auto information...
  • Tesla Drivers Don't Be Too Smug: Electric Cars Are Not So Green, Says Study

    12/18/2014 1:03:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ronald Bailey
    In a new study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences University of Minnesota researchers report in various scenarios that vehicles using alternative fuels are often more harmful to human health than are conventional gasoline-powered automobiles. From the abstract: We find that powering vehicles with corn ethanol or with coal-based or “grid average” electricity increases monetized environmental health impacts by 80% or more relative to using conventional gasoline. PNAS The AP reported: "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...
  • 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...
  • Michigan to Tesla Motors: You're Not Welcome

    10/22/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 21, 2014 | Micheline Maynard
    Michigan’s Republican governor signed legislation on Tuesday that officially bans Tesla Motors and any other carmaker from selling directly to consumers in the state. But Rick Snyder, who is seeking re-election next month, maintained in a letter to lawmakers that the bill simply clarified the state’s existing law and that such direct sales already were not legal in Michigan, home to Detroit’s big auto companies. Now, state law requires that Tesla, or other car companies, must sell vehicles through networks of franchised dealers. If the company doesn’t have its own network, the state requires it to sell vehicles through another...
  • A Raw Deal in Michigan

    10/17/2014 6:11:10 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 9 replies
    Tesla Motors ^ | October 16, 2014 | The Tesla Motors Team
    On October 1, the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers. The bill, HB5606, was originally a single amendment to existing law designed to ensure that the car dealers can tack additional fees on to the purchase price for all vehicles (from any manufacturer) sold in Michigan. Such fees have a controversial history, are generally regarded with skepticism and have been the subject of consumer concern in other states. Not content with enshrining their ability to charge consumers dubious fees, on the last day of the legislative session, the dealers managed to make...
  • Ghosn: 'We are getting there' on making Nissan Leaf profitable

    10/03/2014 8:58:04 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 33 replies
    autobloggreen ^ | October 2, 2014 | Sebastian Blanco
    "We are getting into positive, which is good for this technology." – Carlos Ghosn After 19 months in a row of record sales in the US, the money picture for the Nissan Leaf is steadily improving. To date (well, until the end of September), Nissan has sold 63,944 Leaf EVs in the US and a total of around 140,000 globally. The company produces the electric vehicle in three countries: Japan, the UK and the US and has sold more standard passenger EVs than any other automaker. Add all that up and you get to an EV that is just about to be profitable. At...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • All-Electric Car Race Ends in Crash With No Flames, But Plenty of Sparks

    09/14/2014 4:51:22 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 35 replies
    Mashable ^ | September 13, 2014 | Adario Strange
    As drivers Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost approached one of the final turns, Prost — attempting to prevent Heidfeld from taking the lead — collided with him, sending Heidfeld's car flying over one of the track dividers. Luckily, Heidfeld emerged from the crash looking mostly no worse for wear. But he immediately rushed over to confront Prost on the track, proving that the dangerous racing tradition of on-track bluster continues, despite last month's tragic accident involving Tony Stewart. "I have a small pain in my calf," Heidfeld said in a statement on the Formula E website. "But apart from that,...
  • Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

    08/31/2014 5:13:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Justin Pritchard
    From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how Tesla is deciding where to build. Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.
  • Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans

    07/03/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 3,2014 | Dana Hull
    FREMONT -- Tesla Motors, which is on a mission to bring electric cars to the masses, now has another goal -- to become a leading employer of America's military veterans. "We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work," Arnnon Geshuri, Tesla's vice president of human resources, said in an interview. "Veterans are a great source of talent for Tesla, and we're going after it." "Tesla has risen to the top" among companies known for creating veteran-friendly workplaces, said Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of VetJobs, the nation's leading military job board. "They have...
  • Another Obama-backed 'green' company, Smith Electric Vehicles,...

    05/05/2014 6:39:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-5-14 | Richard Pollack
    Four years have passed since President Obama visited Kansas City's main airport, rolled up his shirt sleeves and admonished the skeptics who said Smith Electric Vehicles was unlikely to make good on its promises to build 510 experimental electric-powered trucks and buses suitable for commercial use. “Come see what’s going on at Smith Electric," the president said, inspecting a table full of bright green truck batteries in what was once a maintenance hangar for TWA. "I think they’re going to be hard-pressed to tell you that you’re not better off than you would be if we hadn’t made the investments...
  • Socialism and Electric Cars:

    03/30/2014 5:46:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Beatrice17 wrote: First of all, the USPS is NOT a government organization, but a private business. (sigh). Second, the USPS does NOT photograph every piece of mail. (sigh) It does run it thru multiple scanners. One is a bio scanner - developed since the "white powder" scare - that can locate poisons, etc. Another is a zip code scanner, to electronically put zip codes on the mail so that it can be electronically sorted. This saves time and money... except when your Grammy writes so illegibly that her letter has to be kicked out and a real live human has...
  • Electric cars can go only half as far in freezing weather, AAA finds

    03/20/2014 1:14:44 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jerry Hirsch
    <p>Testing by AAA has found that how far an electric vehicle can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the weather. Frigid temperatures can reduce that distance by 57%.</p> <p>The research is important to the Automobile Club of Southern California because it maintains mobile recharging trucks for people who misjudge how far they can go in their electric car.</p>
  • 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...
  • 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)...
  • 'Charge Rage' – electric car owners get angry after having vehicles unplugged

    01/24/2014 2:41:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/23/14 | David Millward
    The growing popularity of environmentally friendly motoring in America has led to a new phenomenon, “charge rage”, as the owners of electric cars compete for places to plug in their cars. While the owners of electric cars may care about climate change, they appear to be less solicitous of their fellow ecologically-motivated motorists. Angry notes have been left on windscreens and drivers have returned to their cars to find that they have been unplugged.
  • Auto sales: Plug-in electric sales nearly double in 2013

    01/18/2014 1:10:27 PM PST · by ckilmer · 52 replies
    csmonitor ^ | January 3, 2014 | John Voelcker,
    More plug-in electric cars were sold in the US than ever before in their third year of sales. The 2013 total of roughly 90,000 electric vehicles didn't quite double the 2012 total of about 53,000,  but the numbers seem likely to grow again this year.
  • Tesla battery swap a fake - company gets $55M for non-existent feature

    12/08/2013 8:06:30 PM PST · by AlbertoZaragoza · 36 replies
    Doubting is thinking ^ | 9-12-2013 | Alberto Zaragoza
    The maximum amount of credits goes to a car that can go 300 miles and refuel to 95% of capacity within 15 minutes. The Tesla Model S falls short on range and, especially, on refuelling time. .... And so the joke begins. At the end of 2012, Californai decided that they needed a way to account for the Model S' ability to do a 90-second battery swap. This effectively meant it was refuelling a lot faster than its 15 minutes target, and to 100% capacity to boot. So the cancelled version remained at 4 credits, but the short-range version was...
  • Driver Jailed After Taking Nickel's Worth of Electricity

    12/05/2013 8:03:17 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 89 replies
    Newser ^ | 12/4/13 | John Johnson
    Here's a weird twist in the brave new world of electric cars: A driver ended up in jail on theft charges after plugging into a school's outlet without permission. The kicker: He got maybe 5 cents worth of juice for his trouble, reports 11Alive. The mess began when Kaveh Kamooneh drove to his son's middle school in Chamblee, Ga., to watch his kid play tennis. He spotted an exterior outlet and plugged in his Nissan Leaf, only to get stopped by a police officer after about 20 minutes. The officer filed a report, and police showed up on Kamooneh's doorstep...
  • Report: CA Considering Buying Poor People Green Cars

    12/02/2013 7:42:02 PM PST · by rktman · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/2/2013 | unknown
    The California Air Resources Board is reportedly considering a new plan to help transportation for low earners: buying them cars. The agency would like to give those of low income a voucher to buy energy-efficient vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, which has a sticker price of $21,000. The board currently gives drivers $1,000 to $1,500 to get rid of their older vehicles in an attempt to curb carbon emissions; there is a second program that gives up to $4,000 depending on the vehicles involved.
  • 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...
  • Power Failure: Electric Vehicles Top List Of Cars And Trucks That Depreciate The Fastest

    11/27/2013 10:11:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/26/13 | Jim Henry
    When it comes to resale value, electric vehicles don’t hold their charge. Electric cars lead our list of the cars and trucks that lose their value faster than average. Also ranking poorly are some big-ticket luxury cars, and, not surprisingly, older, lame-duck vehicles that are late in their product life cycle and about to be replaced. On a list of predicted residual values for 2013 models produced by ALG Inc., the bottom three examples are the battery powered Nissan Leaf; the Lincoln MKS, a more upscale, expensive cousin to the Ford Taurus; and the Mercedes-Benz CL Class, a two-door version...
  • U.S. Safety Agency Opens Inquiry Into Tesla Fires

    11/19/2013 5:24:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The federal government announced on Tuesday that it had opened an investigation into two recent battery fires in the Tesla Motors Model S sedan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s decision came amid public speculation over the electric car’s safety and the battery pack’s design after reports of three fires in six weeks. Two of the fires occurred on American highways when the cars hit debris in the road. A third, in Mexico, took place after a high-speed crash into a wall and a tree. The drivers in all three incidents were unhurt. Tesla also said late on Monday that...
  • 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
    TheLocal.de ^ | 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. …
  • Neil Young’s Electric Car Breaks Down, Left ‘Helpless’ on California Highway

    09/10/2013 4:53:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 88 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/13
    Neil Young, a high-profile proponent of cars powered by alternative fuels, was recently stranded on the highway when his own $1 million biomass-powered hybrid car broke down. **SNIP** Young was on his way to an environmentalist festival in Canada, according to the Sierra Sun, driving his custom-made hybrid electric 1959 Lincoln Continental.
  • McAuliffe lobbied Obama aide in charge of Solyndra

    08/07/2013 10:54:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Brendan Bordelon
    Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia and former owner of an electric car company now under federal investigation, once paid a visit with three other advisers to the same White House “green energy” official who helped secure more than $500 million in guaranteed loans for Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer backed by a prominent Barack Obama fundraiser. White House visitor records reviewed by Watchdog.org indicate that McAuliffe met with Greg Nelson, the former associate director for energy, environment and technology, at the White House on October 13, 2010. While the substance of the meeting is unknown,...
  • GM cuts Volt electric car price by $5,000 for 2014 model (Fire sale?)

    08/06/2013 7:07:55 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 08/06/13 | Yahoo Staff
    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM) said on Tuesday it is slashing the price of its Chevrolet Volt electric car by $5,000 to help boost demand for the plug-in hybrid in a segment still struggling to gain a foothold in the U.S. auto market. The price cut for the 2014 model will lower the price to $34,995, including delivery fees before federal tax credits. Pricing could fall as low as $27,495 with the tax credit. "We have made great strides in reducing costs as we gain experience with electric vehicles and their components," Don Johnson, U.S. vice president for...
  • US not into electric cars, but feds gave company $100M for charging stations, watchdog says

    07/31/2013 1:36:03 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 31, 2013
    A California company was given more than $100 million in taxpayer funds by the federal government – with few strings attached – to establish a network of electric car charging stations that is fraught with problems, according to a government audit. All this, despite weak demand by the American public for electric cars. While President Obama has pledged to get 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, a new report by the Department of Energy’s inspector general found that Americans’ aversion to electric vehicles and loose department supervision led to stalling the charging network – which cost taxpayers...
  • 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
    fool.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Is Tesla Motors Really Worth $100 a Share?

    06/22/2013 1:33:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | 06/21/2013 | by John Rosevear
    Can Tesla Motors really make it in the automotive mass market? It's the question that haunts (or that should be haunting) current and potential Tesla investors. Tesla has already achieved big things, designing and building a great electric luxury sedan in the Model S, pictured above. It has also proven that it can sell enough of them to turn a profit. It's true that so far the profit has been tiny, and the economic conditions in the U.S. quite favorable, but still: That's an enormous achievement. But it's another big leap from there to becoming a mass-market carmaker - but...
  • Oil Brings us to a Better Place

    06/15/2013 5:25:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    By all accounts, Shai Agassi, the founder and CEO of Better Place, Israel's bankrupt electric car company, is an extremely charismatic man. His charm had politicians, venture capitalists, celebrities and non-automotive industry reporters slobbering over him. Everyone wanted to get their picture taken with the man who would transform Israel's auto industry into the first electric powered industry in the world and transform the start-up nation into the transportation hothouse for the world. Agassi's vision was simple and easy to understand. By 2020, half of Israel's cars would be battery powered electric cars supplied by his company, Better Place. We...
  • 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...
  • Nissan Leaf races ahead of Chevy Volt in May

    06/04/2013 5:39:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 3, 2013 | By David J. Unger
    Electric car sales hummed along in May amid a solid month for the auto industry. But the surprise story this year was May's strong full-size pickup truck sales – not exactly a sign an endorsement of efficiency and alternative fuels. Nissan sold 2,138 Leafs in May, up 319 percent over last year. In March, the company sold a record 2,236 units of its all-electric vehicle. General Motors sold 1,607 Volts in May, down 4.3 percent from a year ago. In the first five months of 2013, the company sold only 100 more Volts than during the same period last year.
  • Electric Avenue: Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative

    05/26/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 24, 2013 – 06:14 PM | Sören Harder
    A lot of thought is put into how much energy we use to drive from point A to B. But what if the road itself could generate energy? Julie and Scott Brusaw, a married couple from Sandpoint, Idaho, have taken on just such a concept, which they hope will make the auto transport of the future cleaner and safer. The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. Wherever roads are laid, solar panels could go instead. They would generate electricity, which would in turn be fed into the grid. Thus, oil is conserved twice: Electric cars could be charged...
  • LEAF Sales Soar in March, Volt Remains Stable

    04/03/2013 8:08:52 AM PDT · by lacrew · 20 replies
    Plugincars ^ | 4-2-13 | Eric Loveday
    Steady Voltage Chevy Volt sales have been consistent lately, with no wild ups and downs as experienced by the Nissan LEAF during the production changeover. Sales of the Volt had hit a 12-month low of 1,140 units in January 2013, but rebounded to 1,620 units in February. For March 2013, Volt sales check in at 1,478 units.