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  • Apple's September 9 Event: Will There Be A Surprise Product? [View article]
    ArnieW writes: " ... Then Elon Musk walks out on stage, shakes Tim Cook's hand. Then the announcement. Apple bought Tesla Motors. "

    Musk is scheduled to appear on Stephen Colbert's debut late night show on Sept 8.

    Coincidence ???
    Aug 29, 2015. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors to add charging stations in NYC parking garages [View news story]
    RussellL writes:
    " ... What do you think the article is about?

    It's about Tesla providing garages with chargers to make it easier for Model S owners to wake up to a full tank. "

    If that's what you think the NYTimes article is about, then you would probably think that Moby Dick is about a big fish.
    Aug 15, 2015. 08:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors to add charging stations in NYC parking garages [View news story]
    hlangsner writes: " ... and those of us that live here and have to switch sides each day depending on what side of the street is being cleaned. "

    True NYC parking story.
    A couple of months ago I drove to NY for my college reunion. The usual route from the DC area, after crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, is the NJ Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel and into the city. But there is virtual grid lock on the city side of the tunnel so I went the the GW bridge and down Broadway; really, really interesting and entertaining. Anyway, got to the Excelsior Hotel on W. 81 St about 3pm, and asked to momentarily stop at the one spot in front of the hotel to unload. No can do. So I did a U-turn on 81st in order to return to the beginning of the block to park at the Museum of Natural History parking garage ($25 a day with Hotel stamp.) As I completed the turn a car pulled out directly across from the hotel. In a microsecond flash I pulled in knowing that if I hesitated another moment the spot would be gone. Had I arrived at the hotel 10 seconds earlier or 10 seconds later I would have lost the spot. When I crossed to the Hotel the doorman's eyes where wide open; I had scored the perfect parking spot (have pictures from the street and my 15th floor hotel room) that a New Yorker would rather flag a cab than leave, and, most importantly, was good till Tuesday.
    Aug 14, 2015. 01:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors to add charging stations in NYC parking garages [View news story]
    RussellL writes: " Zelaza "Except you can't do that in Manhattan."
    And Tesla is about to change that. "

    No they're not.

    In the growing list of vertical cities, like NY, there is little space for parking garages. And when they are available these spaces become ever more expensive and approach, or exceed, the sq_ft cost of the dwelling itself. While an ICE can be parked in ANY close by garage, or the street (and you play alternate side of the street parking tag), the Tesla requires the support facility of a garage and powerful charger. And if that garage is a mile away (as in the case of the NYTimes story), you can't claim, as does capt601, that "... Forgetting the most basic function of an ev is that you leave home with a full charge. "

    " ... You mean check out more irrelevant information? "
    Sarcasm via an extreme example. But, $100,000 for a decent garage spot, if available, is not uncommon.

    " ... The good part is, there are a lot of households that can easily afford a Tesla "
    Absolutely true for many in Manhattan. But like the guy in the NYTimes article (whose situation is not atypical), they can't get the close in garage space that is the essential ingredient in the promise of "a full tank in the morning."
    Aug 14, 2015. 10:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors to add charging stations in NYC parking garages [View news story]
    capt601 writes: " ... Please do a simple thing and read before posting. "

    Yes, capt601, please do read the NYTimes article before posting:

    http://nyti.ms/1JWB2d0

    Note that the owner (initials PG) of the P85D ($120,000+) parks it at a garage that it 15 blocks away (FIFTEEN BLOCKS AWAY) because that ratty garage (see picture in article) provides him with a 120 V outlet so that he can fully charge his car in only 2 or 3 days; what a deal! The proposed Tesla chargers are nothing more than their conventional 240 volt chargers; and another great deal! If he (PG) had an ICE he could park it much, much, closer to his condo/apartment that, by the way, is probably worth in the vicinity of $2Million+. Imagine living in a multimillion dollar apartment, having a $120,000+ car, but having to take a cab (or, GASP !!, a bus or subway) to get to it. This is one of the reasons that Tesla doesn't fit into one the priciest and wealthiest communities on this planet.

    capt601 also writes: " ... A benefit for the garage as it is a new customer that pays. Gee, guess you didn't think of that one."
    Availability of parking spaces are so tight in NYC, the garage doesn't need new customers: unless it can charge them an additional premium for the outlet; it ain't going to be cheap.

    capt601 continues: " ... Forgetting the most basic function of an ev is that you leave home with a full charge."
    Except you can't do that in Manhattan.

    To get an idea what having your own parking spot in NY costs, check this out:
    http://nyti.ms/1JWB2d2
    Aug 13, 2015. 11:44 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla unveils Snakebot autocharger [View news story]
    mbender writes : " ... The door opens and closes automatically, fool. "

    Yet another unnecessary actuator mechanism to fail.
    Aug 7, 2015. 08:15 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors preps autopilot software update [View news story]
    marshgre writes: " Kind of missing the point of a road trip if you only care about how fast it's over. "

    Yeah! And stopping (and searching for) a supercharger every 200 miles, or so, is a lot more fun.
    Jul 31, 2015. 02:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors preps autopilot software update [View news story]
    Sid Dalal writes: " ... Are you suggesting I ship myself to a destination like a package based on that link?? "

    Yes.
    Jul 31, 2015. 02:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors preps autopilot software update [View news story]
    Sid Dala writes: " "Well you would get there faster in a Greyhound." - I had no idea greyhound offered door to door service. How do I schedule this pickup from my house? "

    http://tinyurl.com/plw...

    Or, call a cab.
    Jul 31, 2015. 02:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors preps autopilot software update [View news story]
    marshgre writes: " ... I'm sure that the cost of a bus ticket is substantially more than plugging into a supercharger. "

    If you conveniently neglect the $70,000+ cost of the Model S required to be able to plug into supercharger.
    Jul 31, 2015. 11:38 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battery Recharging: Why Is Tesla Not Going Wireless? [View article]
    wfa writes" ... Could you please inform us how the sun orbiting the galactic center in any way affects solar panel electricity production which seemed to be your initial point? ;-) "

    (1) Try reading my comment to see what I was responding to.
    (2) " which seemed to be your initial point? ;-) " No, that was not my point. I made no point about the solar production of electricity. My point was to point out the ridiculous, uncontrolled rhetoric, of some people who can't stop themselves. For example: "Oh and the Earth still went around the Sun and the sun went around a spiral arm of a far flung galaxy and so far this is the only dot of life known to man with naught but vacuum and a few dead rocks and burning plasma for lightyears in all directions. And for some reason some of those life forms don't seem to think that this situation is at all precious." :-)
    Jul 2, 2015. 07:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Has A Graphite Problem [View article]
    JRP3 writes:
    "http://1.usa.gov/zR96n5
    16,000 tons of coal used by refineries in 2014, down quite a bit from previous years. "

    Sounds like a lot!
    Let's see.
    16,000 tons divided by 365 days gives about 44 tons per day. Typical rail coal cars have a capacity of about 100 to 120 tons. So, all the refineries in the US, combined, use about 1/3 the load of a coal carrying rail car. On average, one rail car load of coal can supply all US refineries for three days.
    That's impressive.
    Jul 2, 2015. 08:17 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Has A Graphite Problem [View article]
    oildeathspiral writes: " ... Even your snarky answer is off base. It takes a fair amount of electric power to turn oil into gasoline or diesel. Various estimates put that figure at around 5kw per gallon. Even if it's half of that it's not "infinitely more". "

    The electricity and steam used in processing petroleum comes from a portion of the petroleum itself (about 15%) and petroleum "waste" products of the distillation process. Oil refineries usually don't make the steam or electricity themselves but hand it off to nearby "companies" that are often closely related or subsidiaries. There is no need for "outside" electrical power.
    Jul 1, 2015. 08:34 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battery Recharging: Why Is Tesla Not Going Wireless? [View article]
    Cecil Rhodes writes: " @Zelaza ... Prove that the sun is moving or anything else is on that list that moves."

    The speed of the Sun about the galactic center of the Milky Way is:
    220 (+/- 20) km/sec.

    See, for example:

    (1) Binney, J. and Tremaine, S., "Galactic Dynamics, 2nd Edition." page 12
    (2) See also, http://bit.ly/1KsZfXR
    (3) Hundreds (if not thousands) of articles in arXiv.org

    As for gears, wheels, cooling fluids, what can I say?
    Jul 1, 2015. 07:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battery Recharging: Why Is Tesla Not Going Wireless? [View article]
    Cecil Rhodes smugly writes: " ... Note that the only moving part in the entire chain is the rotor inside that motor at the last step. "

    Actually, you forgot the moving sun, the moving gears, the moving wheels, and the moving cooling fluids and pump components required to keep this eco-system from overheating. And you can't get too far from that "Wall Socket."
    Jul 1, 2015. 02:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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