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  • The Tesla Storage Battery Big Picture [View article]
    Stan05,
    That is such an eye-opening link for those who haven't already lived the EV way. Excellent!!
    May 5, 2015. 12:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EVs As A Status Symbol, And A Possible Tesla Advantage [View article]
    @Bailout,
    You are misleading when you say Musk is planning to replace all of the Roadsters batteries. Musk is just saying that they will have the option to upgrade to a battery that might be rated to 400 miles of range. An improvement from the original Roadster battery of 245 miles range.

    My 2 year old Model S still displays 266 miles when I fully charge it. It has 32,000 miles on it.

    Paulo, and no rust to contend with (aluminum).
    Dec 21, 2014. 06:38 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Variable That Will Determine Tesla's Future [View article]
    A standard 110V outlet and extension cord works fine with the Tesla - depending on how much juice you still have in your tank and how far to the next supercharger. On a standard 110V outlet you get 215 miles of driving while parked from Friday night to Sunday evening.
    Dec 16, 2014. 02:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Variable That Will Determine Tesla's Future [View article]
    Cparm said "falsely claiming partnerships with Toyota and BMW."
    Sorry, but Tesla actually did have a partnership with Toyota when that statement was made and Mr. Musk never stated there was a partnership with BMW.
    Dec 16, 2014. 02:42 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Variable That Will Determine Tesla's Future [View article]
    41 MPG might be for a decent ICE, but EVs get closer to 100 MPGe. That is why a Nissan Leaf can get 80 miles on the equivalent of less than a gallon of gas.
    Dec 16, 2014. 02:34 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Variable That Will Determine Tesla's Future [View article]
    Anton,
    Range for ICE cars matters for consumers because they aren't able to re-fuel at home. Fewer trips to the gas station during their typical work week is what they are looking for.
    It can at times be inconvenient to interrupt your daily rush to work when the "low fuel" light comes on. That used to happen to me super early in the morning before the local gas stations even opened for the day.
    But with a full tank of electrons every morning, a Tesla driver doesn't even need to glance at the "fuel" gauge unless he/she has been driving for 2 hours from home.
    Best advantage of an EV is not standing out in the cold winter filling the tank. Instead I'm sleeping in a warm bed while my EV fills up on the "off peak" low electricity rates. $8.80 takes me 250 miles. No service visits for oil changes is another nice thing.
    Note to Tom from PV. It is correct to say that superchargers are free fuel when you consider that you aren't paying anything extra whether you use them or not (for the 85Kwh Model S - which, of course, is the vast majority of the Teslas sold). So it is appropriate to call superchargers free for the driver. I take over a dozen overnight road trips (400+ miles each) a year and enjoy the free fuel. I have 35,000 miles on my 2 year old (as of this week!) Model S 85Kwh. So far just 2 service visits (one every 15,000 miles in my case) (New wiper blades and a recent tire change). My old Audi service guy was shocked the other day when I showed him the Model S. (My 18 yr old son now drives my previous steed - a 1998 Audi A4.) He was "embarrassed" that a new upstart company like Tesla, as he said, "beat Audi by such a large amount." Since Audi has been telling him for years that "the E-tron is just around the corner . . . and it's still not here." And E-tron will still have an ICE in it. [ICE keeps the dealers happy - and without dealers in the U.S. AUDI would be in trouble.]
    Dec 16, 2014. 02:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After Earning Tens Of Thousands Of ZEV Credits, Tesla Has Built Zero Swap Stations [View article]
    The only gimmick here is that the refueling rule is in CARB at all. With a full tank of electrons (265 miles for a Tesla Model S) every morning EV's don't need to be driven to a refueling station to wait to refuel. (And no need to stand there holding the plug in even if you do need a supercharger on a road trip - just eat quick lunch). Finding a refueling station every week is the ICE mind set. Model S never needs that in typical daily use.
    The CARB rules were influenced by the director at the time (former Chevron executive). The CARB rules place a max limit on refueling time simply to reward hydrogen fuel cells. Oil/natural gas companies like hydrogen since it is still essentially a fossil fuel as the bulk of the economical hydrogen comes from natural gas (emits just as much CO2 as burning the gas). Hydrogen is just a distraction from the logical efficient solution to personal transportation (Electric Vehicles).
    The Oil companies long-term hope is for fuel cells to scale up and then be economical for using natural gas directly instead of hydrogen (lots of waste energy to turn it into hydrogen). But to avoid local emissions (to get the lucrative ZEV credits) they need to pursue hydrogen for now. ZEV is what drives Toyota, Honda, Hyundai - not so much planning for a cleaner efficient future.
    Dec 2, 2014. 11:46 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kandi Technologies - Rising Revenues, Earnings, And Short Interest [View article]
    Great Instablog you wrote, Arthur.
    Nov 16, 2014. 04:07 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Tesla Earnings Highlight Spending Ramp-Up And A Time To Sell [View article]
    Doc,
    How many separate trades over this year to date? Do you ever calculate commission fees into those profits?
    Nov 8, 2014. 12:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    and here:
    http://1.usa.gov/HYfT2a
    Nov 6, 2014. 12:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    Citation from NASA:
    http://1.usa.gov/HYfT2a
    Nov 6, 2014. 12:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    @Kevin, perhaps you are not looking at GLOBAL temperature but rather local temperatures.
    I looked it up. NASA site: the 20 warmest years having occurred since 1981 and with all 10 of the warmest years occurring in the past 12 years. Even though the 2000s witnessed a solar output decline resulting in an unusually deep solar minimum in 2007-2009, surface temperatures continue to increase.

    @Potpie
    A bit backward calling global warming a religion. It is a science. The deniers are the ones putting trust in magical thinking.
    Nov 6, 2014. 12:19 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    You have to stop using that "19 year cooling" line. This summer was the globe's hottest ever and this year is on pace to set the annual heat record.
    The science of global warming is not in doubt among climate scientists. But people who deny man-made climate change usually have a financial reason to deny. Disaster is avoidable. It's easier the sooner we get moving toward a solution.
    Electric vehicles being 4 times as efficient and being able to source renewable energy sources in addition to storing the excess energy produced at night is one of many steps forward. A carbon tax or cap and trade would be the fairest (not to mention being market-driven) approach to lower carbon emission. Put a true price on carbon.
    Nov 4, 2014. 11:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    Davewmart,
    Since you don't live in the U.S. you probably don't appreciate the positive aspect we Americans feel when Elon creates manufacturing jobs in the U.S. (California and Nevada). Even solar city will build the largest U.S. solar panel factory here (New York state).
    Nov 4, 2014. 07:45 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    The author states BMW i3 range is 130-150. Perhaps that is with the optional range extender ICE. The pure battery EV is rated by the U.S. EPA as 81 miles. The author correctly lists the range for Tesla Model S as 250-300.
    Nov 4, 2014. 07:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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