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  • Volvo Makes An SUV Out Of The BMW i8 To Compete With Tesla [View article]
    Not so. Because of the low power of the EV system, almost all acceleration will cause the ICE to cycle on. Unless you drive like grandma (0-40 mph in 30 sec.), you'd find yourself burning gas everyday.
    May 26, 2015. 12:42 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volvo Makes An SUV Out Of The BMW i8 To Compete With Tesla [View article]
    That's some serious humor right there. I like you Anton, although I disagree with you on certain points. You're alright.
    May 26, 2015. 12:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Volvo Makes An SUV Out Of The BMW i8 To Compete With Tesla [View article]
    The take rate for the PHEV version has been "over 20%". On the low side (assuming 30,000 preorders), 21% of 30K would be 6,300 orders and 29% of 30K would be 8,700. Both of those numbers are far below the 20-27K estimated preorders for the Tesla Model X. Stating that their are more Volvo XC90 PHEV preorders than Tesla Model X preorders is a bald face lie.
    May 26, 2015. 12:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volvo Makes An SUV Out Of The BMW i8 To Compete With Tesla [View article]
    The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is absolutely worth the purchase price as it actually is a performance vehicle in every metric. Third row seats are overrated. They're even going to be optional on the Model X.
    May 25, 2015. 11:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Volvo Makes An SUV Out Of The BMW i8 To Compete With Tesla [View article]
    The sales of the $77,200 Porsche Cayenne E-hybrid which is basically the same thing as the Volvo minus the back two seats have been abysmal despite the incredible all-around performance and quality that Porsche is known for. The sales for this Volvo are going to be about the same. The same goes for the upcoming Audi PHEV SUV. Less than 20 miles of EV range is not worth all the extra hassle, weight, cost, and complexity of the system.

    The average daily distance that Americans drive is 35 miles although many drive considerably more than that. That's why the Volt 1.0 was designed with the range that it had. PHEVs with 15 miles of real-world EV range will burn gas almost every day, defeating the purpose. You mind as well have gotten a diesel and saved $$K on the purchase price. Until PHEVs can hit 35ish miles on electricity alone, they won't really be competitors with long range EVs. I think the popularity of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Chevy Volt which can both cover >30 miles on electrons backs up what I'm saying.

    Anton mischaracterizes EV and PHEV owners as a bunch of greenies. Eco-friendliness is not the biggest reason people buy EVs or PHEVs, although that is the reason that 38% of Leaf owners bought the quirky car. Volt owners (who tend to drive a lot) did it mostly for the fuel (money) savings, Tesla Model S owners bought for a host of reasons (performance, Made in USA, range, beauty, etc.) other than environmental benefit, and Prius PHEV owners did it mostly for HOV lane access. Almost all PHEVs owners would love to go all-electric if it met all of their needs.
    May 25, 2015. 11:28 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sorry Tesla, But No Battery Cigar [View article]
    The i8 is not vaporware at all. I saw one driving down the interstate near Van Nuys, CA. It's a very nice car to look at! It is however an expensive, limited production eco-sports car that blasts from 0-60 mph on an incredible 3.6 sec. and handles amazingly. It has laser headlights for goodness sake!

    It's not a Tesla competitor though.
    May 20, 2015. 11:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sorry Tesla, But No Battery Cigar [View article]
    One thing to remember is that before the Tesla PowerWall, very few people had even heard of any of the other players in the battery storage market. In fact, most people still don't, but a whole lot of people have heard about and want the Tesla PowerWall whether it's financially feasible or not doesn't really matter. It's really cool, kind of like the Model S. The Tesla batteries take up a very little space and are aesthetically pleasing to look at, unlike all the other options. None of them have the Tesla name on them either.
    May 20, 2015. 11:20 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Share Price Means That Everyone Else Is The Winner [View article]
    A whole lot of what this author said does make sense. However, the fact that he doesn't recognize (or rather refuses to recognize) the current AND FUTURE superiority of a Tesla EV over anything the rest of them can fling out shows that he is truly close minded about the tech itself.

    BMW, Audi, and Porsche are targeting the 2012 Model S P85 and/or X with their 2017-2019 long-range EV models. Do you really think that Tesla will stay stagnant for the next few years? Absolutely not! It's common knowledge now among Teslanarians that the Gigafactory will be pumping out a new 20700 cell that is 10% larger, >30% cheaper, and allows battery packs to be made with >30% increased energy density.

    That means that a 10% thicker battery pack in the Model S could give it a 345-mile EPA range, faster charging speeds, and even faster acceleration. A car with the same range would weight about 300 lbs less, improving handling. This could happen as soon as next year when the Gigafactory starts battery production. They already have a Roadster 3.0 test car that's capable of 360 miles at highway speeds. Imagine the sales spike if they put out a two-seat halo car with two 470 hp motors, a 300-400 mile range, low weight, designed with the racetrack in mind.

    The continuously growing Supercharger Network is the biggest advantage that Tesla has over the competition. I'm surprised that you didn't even mention it. This advantage from what we know will remain indefinitely as NONE of Tesla's competitors have even considered building out a charging network. Instead, they have stated that they are leaving this up to third parties to do so which won't happen anytime soon since there is little money to be had.

    PHEVs with 20ish miles of range pose no threat to Tesla. PHEVs with 35+ miles of range and good performance are more serious competitors as those would allow about 80% of people to drive gas-free most days. However, almost all of the future PHEV models from mainstream automakers will have <30 miles of range.
    May 20, 2015. 11:03 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Powerwall's Implication On The Electric Utility Industry [View article]
    I convinced my Father to go solar. They installed panels on his house zero down and cut the electricity bill in half. There really are no downsides.

    I think that people are conveniently forgetting that there are some pretty sweet incentives available for PowerWall in some places making it a no-brainer. When combined with solar which is also a no-brainer, one could save a whole lot of money. Three 7kW batteries tied to a large PV system could allow one to go off-grid for around $20,000 without filling their entire garage with deep-cycle lead acid batteries.

    I view the PowerWall like the Tesla Model S. It makes little financial sense (in many areas), but it sure is awesome! Even if there is no financial incentive to buy it, some Tesla fans will buy based on the "cool factor" alone. Commercial installations are also going to make Tesla a whole lot of money.
    May 11, 2015. 01:27 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Firing On All Cylinders Without Cylinders [View article]
    About the Quant Flow-cell...

    Have you read a review of the car? No? Don't feel too bad, - no one has.
    The flow cell battery requires more than 400 litres of liquid electrolyte (a proprietary blend of highly concentrated specific metallic salts and other ingredients). It's energy density is just a fraction of the LiOn batteries used by Tesla. Accelerative power is produced through use of super-capacitors and when they are depleted (very quickly) it then has just 30kW of electrical power at it's disposal (40 hp; think BMW i3 REx) to push more than 2,300kg of mass while the super-capacitors recharge.

    The guy behind it is Nunzio La Vecchia. Pop star, self-educated engineer and physicist, inventor, genius, entrepreneur, and convicted fraudster. Feel free to do your own research on the guy, then come back and tell us if you're still confident in his "break-through" technology.
    May 1, 2015. 08:09 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Firing On All Cylinders Without Cylinders [View article]
    Have you ridden in much less driven a P85D? I'm sick of ICE-powered cars. They irritate me and some just bore me to death. ICEs have been running cars for the past 100+ years. I'll take the instant, seamless TORQUE and TIE-fighter soundtrack of a Tesla any day of the week over some jerky, stinky, smoky Rube Goldberg machine powered car.

    And no. I do not think rowing through gears and having my ears constantly assaulted with the din of dirty fossil fuels being converted to heat, toxic pollution, noise, vibration, and forward motion is fun. It's initially exciting, but quickly gets busy and tiring, besides the fact that it's juvenile, irresponsible, and hopelessly outdated. Automatics are already quicker, faster, and more efficient than manuals.

    The "auto enthusiast" is going extinct. The age of smooth, torquey, efficiency is looming closer. Immediately following will be semi-autonomous and self-driving cars that will make our highways safer. Drunk or stoned people wouldn't need a designated driver (often themselves).
    May 1, 2015. 08:01 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Energy launches with a charge [View news story]
    A 4 ft X 3 ft X 7 is NOT huge. In fact it's about 1/5 the size of the smallest Generac generator on sale.

    The idea is that the solar system provides all of your daily power needs, and the battery just adds whenever and wherever it's needed. The battery is supposed to augment a large solar array, not stand alone. One could do net metering and peak energy release with a large enough solar array. These boxes are small enough that one could install several in even a single car garage; and they look cool too.

    I wonder how much rebates will factor into this. I would buy one. Most Tesla owners I think would as well. The payback period on the batteries is similar to solar panels or LED lighting for that matter. There are plenty of people buying those. Pay a lot upfront for vastly reduced monthly costs after than...

    One of the biggest reasons for solar panels, these batteries, and EVs is to is stop burning fossil fuels. Why then would you buy a generator that burns fossil fuel and spits out toxic pollution?
    May 1, 2015. 04:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • About That BMW i5 And Its Impact On Tesla [View article]
    I haven't heard of any new Tesla's having issues.

    It is important to note that actual data shows that PHEVs have exceptional reliability in spite of the increased complexity. The slightly increased maintenance cost is negligible. This argument is moot. PHEVs have real negatives like reduced passenger and cargo space due to the larger batteries and most of them have very short EV ranges making them pretty unattractive for the price premium charged.

    When PHEVs start offering 50-100 mile ranges with no compromises (most people don't view gas and ICE's as compromise), they will become quite popular as they (Chevy Volt) already offer the best of both worlds with limited downsides.
    Apr 27, 2015. 09:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • About That BMW i5 And Its Impact On Tesla [View article]
    Who knows how many upgrades will have happened by then. They will have vastly improved batteries (20700 cells) potentially bringing the Model S's range up to 345 miles EPA while maintaining a similar weight.

    The Model III is expected to have at least a 200-mile "real-world range" according to Elon Musk and start at $35,000 before incentives. I predict that the Model III will be launched at a loss and not be profitable for the first year of production.

    Tesla has spent a lot of time perfecting the Model X, so they will probably have far fewer teething issues as they did with the Model S. Also, those cool doors will attract just as much attention as any BMW i8.

    The BMW i8 is an awesome car, but it's a gorgeous and impractical 2+2 seat (it's a 2 seater) exotic sports car with 5 cu. ft. of storage space (not counting rear "seats") that gets 26 mpg according to Car and Driver. It has the lowest CG of any BMW, and can do 0-60 mph in a stunning 3.6 sec with launch control, 4.6 sec. without. With the engine's soundtrack being augmented and amplified through the car's stereo, it apparently sounds awesome at fully throttle. Electric car, it is not. Stealth (EV) mode lasts a mere 15 miles. It does 0-60 in 9.5 sec. and is limited to 75 mph in EV mode. LAME.
    Apr 27, 2015. 09:10 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • About That BMW i5 And Its Impact On Tesla [View article]
    The thing is that BMW designed the i-cars to appeal to a different type of consumer so as to not cannibalize any sales from their ICE-powered product line. That's why they are so weird and wonderful.

    The problem is that almost all PHEVs have tiny electric ranges making them pretty useless for the price premium charged and reduced cargo space. That's why they are not competition for the Tesla Model S. If they came out with PHEVs with 50-100 mile electric ranges and good performance, then you could say that it's a Tesla competitor.

    They are low production models built to meet CAFE rules, for R&D, and enhance their brand's Eco-Cred.

    The fact that a $75-130,000 car is outselling almost all of these far cheaper cars tells me something. PEOPLE WANT RANGE, and are willing to pay for it. The more the better. I hope that Tesla does come out with 95kWh and 115kWh batteries in the near future. Having a range of 300+ miles would completely eliminate range anxiety, especially when chargers are spaced every 100 miles or so in the next few years.
    Apr 27, 2015. 08:45 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment