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  • How Could Tesla Offer The Model 3 For Only $9,500?  [View article]
    "Musk has said in the past that the Model 3 would cost $35,000, but tonight he clarified that figure doesn't include any state or federal tax incentives."
    Feb 2, 2016. 10:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Truck talk doesn't lift Tesla Motors  [View news story]
    "Mars is closer to the sun"

    Which solar system are you looking at?
    Jan 29, 2016. 10:19 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Truck talk doesn't lift Tesla Motors  [View news story]
    "There were rumors of the use of a Capstone turbine being experimented with in class A."

    More than rumors, Walmart has built a serial hybrid big rig with Capstone turbine range extender:

    "Powering this amazing creature is a “prototype turbine-powered range-extending series hybrid powertrain.” According to a statement from Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, it can run on diesel fuel, natural gas, biodiesel, “and probably other fuels still to be developed.” Naturally, the truck incorporates a battery pack and an electric motor, but specs are unknown at this point."
    Jan 29, 2016. 09:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Upshift time for Tesla Motors on Model 3 and China  [View news story]
    No, There Won't Be A Made-In-China Tesla Anytime Soon

    "The hard part is to get the stack of approvals from various Chinese government entities. That process alone can, and usually does, take years. For instance, rumors of domestic production of Infiniti appeared in 2011, production finally started in late 2014. That was Infiniti, a brand of Nissan, Japan’s largest player in China, which has a strong joint venture with Dongfeng, owned by China’s central government."
    Jan 26, 2016. 11:31 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors sues German supplier  [View news story]
    I like the comment just below it:

    "Picked up my X yesterday. Fit and finish were great. Went to work and the Park setting would not engage and gave a warning that the car could move. By the time I got back with some rocks to put behind the wheels, the Park button began working! Going to get a small set of chucks to carry until I find out if this is going to need to be worked on. Otherwise the car is awesome."
    Jan 22, 2016. 08:33 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors sues German supplier  [View news story]
    "It will let the world know that you think big, much bigger than the common sloths
    who are still concerned with the fossil fueled mindset of profit and loss."

    Poetry! A+
    Jan 21, 2016. 09:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Vehicles And The End Of The Oil Majors  [View article]
    This is a very interesting and informative article, and I enjoyed reading it.

    I wonder if vampire losses from a charged battery should somehow be factored into the equation? EV's tend to use (or lose) electricity 24/7, which is why you can't leave them unplugged for too long

    If I unplug a fully-charged S70, it will lose all that energy in a few weeks. But I can leave my ICE car with 10 gallons of gas in it indefinitely, and it will always have that same amount of energy.
    Jan 20, 2016. 11:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors sues German supplier  [View news story]
    "what the heck have they been spending all that cap ex on for the better part of the last 2 years?"

    3 words: Autonomous Snakebot Army

    By the time you realize I'm not kidding, it will be too late
    Jan 20, 2016. 08:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors sues German supplier  [View news story]
    Thanks for your industry insight into this. In the press release, it says, "...over the failure of the German supplier to properly design the falcon wing doors on the Model X."

    I understand that automakers don't build their own components, but are they not supposed to be responsible for the design of the components? The release makes it sound like Tesla was relying on them to design them in the first place...or were they just supposed to engineer them based on initial designs? Maybe I am unfamiliar with the difference between "designing" and "engineering"?
    Jan 20, 2016. 12:19 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors sues German supplier  [View news story]
    "The Board was able to determine that the fire began in the car and not the charging equipment. Because the car was totally destroyed, it was not possible to pinpoint a cause for the blaze or identify the part of the car where it began.

    The local fire department admitted there wasn’t much they could do about the fire. They were instructed not to use water because of a possible electrical hazard from the high voltage battery in the car. All they could do was let the car burn down and try to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby building.

    It has been learned that the car was one year old. It was purchased as a pre-owned car and the new owner only had it 2 days before the fire destroyed it."
    Jan 20, 2016. 12:02 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MusclePharm completes $10M capital raise  [View news story]
    Sounds like warnings of insolvency and imminent bankruptcy were overblown.

    Drexler is making the tough decisions to right this ship IMO.

    Both combat crunch bars and combat powder appeared in Walmart in 4q, so that could be a nice bump in revenues...I know i buy a box of bars every time I am in there. GLTA
    Jan 14, 2016. 09:37 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SolarCity: Cries Of Disaster Are Overblown  [View article]
    If something sounds easy, then it probably is
    Dec 29, 2015. 11:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What To Expect From Automakers At CES Relevant To Tesla  [View article]
    Dave wrote "The Chevy Bolt will initially be offered only in the USA in a limited number of "compliance" states. After several months, it may be expanded to most or all states,"

    Where do you get this information?
    According to all the press I have read, the Bolt will be available across the U.S. at launch

    "We've also committed that it's going to be a 50-state vehicle at launch. That's to show our commitment to the technology. Our hope is that it becomes a high-volume-selling car, and that it's not just for the coasts..."
    Dec 18, 2015. 09:16 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar, Electric Vehicles Could Make Oil And ICE Cars Obsolete - The Era Of Oil Is Almost Over  [View article]

    Yes, but that's not really the point that I was getting from the article.

    He is saying that there will not be a demand for oil once electric cars are adopted by western nations, and I am saying that there will always be a demand in places where they don't have adequate electrical infrastructure.
    Dec 16, 2015. 11:36 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar, Electric Vehicles Could Make Oil And ICE Cars Obsolete - The Era Of Oil Is Almost Over  [View article]
    The continent of Africa doesn't have an electrical infrastructure to support EV's, at least not any of the countries I visit.

    How will countries like Zambia, Cambodia, and Nicaragua build enough infrastructure to allow everyone with a car to charge it?

    They already have gas stations, and those will most likely be necessary in the foreseeable future IMO.
    Dec 16, 2015. 10:42 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment