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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:32:21 pm »



First Battery-Powered Offshore Supply Vessel in the Gulf of Mexico

June 20, 2018 by gCaptain
Photo: SEACOR Marine

Louisiana-based SEACOR Marine has completed the installation of the first hybrid battery power system on an an offshore support vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

SEACOR Marine conducted the upgrade of its OSV SEACOR Maya at Bollinger Shipyards in Morgan City, Louisiana.

In March 2018, the company contracted the American Bureau of Shipping to class the SEACOR Maya as the first OSV in the Gulf of Mexico to operate using hybrid power. Following the successful modification to hybrid lithium battery power propulsion and successful sea trials in May, the vessel was issued its Interim Class Certificate from the ABS with additional notation BATTERY-Li, the first ever ABS OSV to have this notation.

SEACOR Maya is currently operated by MexMar, SEACOR Marine’s joint venture in Mexico.

“The successful installation of a hybrid power solution along with the first ever ABS OSV BATTERY-Li notation is a big milestone for our company,” said John Gellert, SEACOR Marine’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have long believed that cutting edge hybrid power technology has the potential to improve vessel efficiency, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions by as much as 20 percent. Early indications from sea trials of SEACOR Maya put us well within reach of this target and validate the success of our investment.”

“The new hybrid lithium battery system will also help us improve safety, drive energy efficiencies and reduce our overall environmental impact. As governments tighten emissions standards, this technology will be a key competitive differentiator, leaving us well placed to take advantage of an upturn in the market,” Gellert added.

SEACOR Marine has also engaged with ABS to provide the additional BATTERY-Li notation on three additional OSVs operated by MexMar, including SEACOR Azteca, SEACOR Warrior, and SEACOR Viking.

The vessels are expected to be upgraded to a similar battery system as SEACOR Maya with the upgrade expected to be completed by September 2018. SEACOR Marine will also install the technology onboard six vessels under construction at COSCO shipyard in Guangdong.

The first two vessels are due for delivery by the end of 2018, with the remaining vessels set for delivery in 2020.

The lithium-ion-based systems for all four vessels, called the Orca Energy Storage Systems, is supplied by Corvus Energy. Kongsberg Maritime designed the supply and integration of the hybrid power into the vessels’ control, power monitoring, and dynamic positioning systems. Corvus and Kongsberg are contracted on all four of vessels operated by MexMar as well.

http://gcaptain.com/first-battery-powered-offshore-supply-vessel-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 22, 2018, 09:20:36 pm »

INSIDEEVs

IEA Says Global EV Fleet Will Triple In 2 Years


JUN 19 2018

BY MARK KANE

The International Energy Agency forecast in its latest Global Electric Vehicles Outlook that the number of plug-in electric cars will triple in the next two years.

More than one million plug-in cars were sold in 2017, so the total global fleet exceeded 3 million (54% up year-over-year).

IEA sees strong policy and falling battery costs as the main forces that drives plug-in sales to new record levels every year.

Read Also – Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hit 1,224,000 in 2017

Depending on the scenario, the number of plug-in cars could reach 125 to 220 million by 2030.


he biggest plug-in car market is of course China (580,000 cars in 2017, up 72% year-over-year), but nothing compares to the market share in Nordic countries.

Quote
“Nordic countries remain leaders in market share. Electric cars accounted for 39% of new car sales in Norway, making it the world leader in electric vehicle (EV) market share. In Iceland, new EV sales were 12% of the total while the share reached 6% in Sweden. Germany and Japan also saw strong growth, with sales more than doubling in both countries from their 2016 levels.”


The number of publicly accessible charging stations worldwide was ~430,000 at the end of 2017, according to the report.


Bloomberg’s review of the report notes four major points:

֍ China will remain biggest market

֍ The oil market finally will start to feel the demand displaced by EVs

֍ Governments will recognize falling taxes from road fuel (up to $42 billion by 2030) although we believe it will be offset by higher taxes and higher price of the vehicles

֍ There will be need to build at least 10 more battery factories, of a gigafactory size, by 2025 to meet the demand of nearly 800 GWh annually.

“Electric mobility is not limited to cars. In 2017, the stock of electric buses rose to 370,000 from 345,000 in 2016, and electric two-wheelers reached 250 million. The electrification of these modes of transport has been driven almost entirely by China, which accounts for more than 99% of both electric bus and two-wheeler stock, though registrations in Europe and India are also growing.

Charging infrastructure is also keeping pace. In 2017, the number of private chargers at homes and workplaces was estimated at almost 3 million worldwide. In addition, there were about 430,000 publicly accessible chargers worldwide in 2017, a quarter of which were fast chargers. Fast chargers are especially important in densely populated cities and serve an essential role in boosting the appeal of EVs by enabling long-distance travel.

The growth of EVs has largely been driven by government policy, including public procurement programmes, financial incentives reducing the cost of purchase of EVs, tightened fuel-economy standards and regulations on the emission of local pollutants, low- and zero-emission vehicle mandates and a variety of local measures, such as restrictions on the circulation of vehicles based on their pollutant emission performances.

The rapid uptake of EVs has also been helped by progress made in recent years to improve the performance and reduce the costs of lithium-ion batteries. However, further battery cost reductions and performance improvements are essential to improve the appeal of EVs. These are achievable with a combination of improved chemistries, increased production scale and battery sizes, according to the report. Further improvements are possible with the transition to technologies beyond lithium-ion.

Innovations in battery chemistry will also be needed to maintain growth as there are supply issues with core elements that make up lithium-ion batteries, such as nickel, lithium and cobalt. The supply of cobalt is particularly subject to risks as almost 60% of the global production of cobalt is currently concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Additionally, the capacity to refine and process raw cobalt is highly concentrated, with China controlling 90% of refining capacity. Even accounting for ongoing developments in battery chemistry, cobalt demand for EVs is expected to be between 10 and 25 times higher than current levels by 2030.

The report notes that ensuring the increased uptake of EVs while meeting social and environmental sustainability goals requires the adoption and enforcement of minimum standards on labour and environmental conditions. The environmental sustainability of batteries also requires the improvement of end-of-life and material recycling processes.

Looking forward, supportive policies and cost reductions are likely to lead to continued significant growth in the EV market. In the IEA’s New Policies Scenario, which takes into account current and planned policies, the number of electric cars is projected to reach 125 million units by 2030. Should policy ambitions rise even further to meet climate goals and other sustainability targets, as in the EV30@30 Scenario, the number of electric cars on the road could be as high as 220 million in 2030.”

https://insideevs.com/iea-says-global-ev-fleet-will-triple-in-2-years/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:24:06 pm »



June 22, 2018

#Cars #International #Technology

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

VW invests in re-invention of electric car battery

Germany’s largest carmaker VW has announced that it will invest 100 million US dollars in a US company that specialises in the production of “super batteries,” Hanna Decker writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The company named QuantumScape utilises solid state battery technology, which in about 15 years could replace the currently dominant lithium-ion batteries, Decker says.

The energy density of e-car batteries, and therefore also the range of these vehicles, could be doubled with the new technology, said VW research head Axel Heinrich. VW and QuantumScape have agreed to launch serial production of solid state batteries by 2025, Decker adds.

https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/germany-must-reclaim-climate-pioneer-role-new-env-min/upcoming-battery-improvements-could-signal-leap-forward-e-cars-germany-report

Agelbert NOTE: Excuse me if I appear a bit suspicious about VW's motives. By 2025, any manufacturer that has not transitioned completely to EVs will probably go bankrupt. Putting the pollution issue aside, as if we actually could, the internal combustion engine simply cannot compete with an electric motor and battery pack in efficiency. Once mass production of EVs is routine, the cost cutting benefits of manufacturing vehicles with a small number of moving parts will make EVs so cheap that buying a gas guzzler will be a pollution lover's luxury item.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:00:45 pm »

Tesla Model S Bursts Into Flames 🔥 In West Hollywood — Is That News?

June 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

On June 15, Micheal Morris, a television director, was driving his Tesla Model S in West Hollywood, California, when another motorist warned him that smoke was coming from underneath his car. He pulled over and exited the vehicle. His wife, actress Mary McCormack, then took a video of the car as flames burst from underneath. She says the car was being driven normally in traffic and that Autopilot was not involved.

Lieutenant William Nash of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department told The Guardian that firefighters were called. They responded to the incident and quickly extinguished the flames. There were no injuries reported. Later, McCormack posted her video to her Twitter account.
 

Mary McCormack

@marycmccormack
 @Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident,out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd.  Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him

11:44 PM - Jun 15, 2018
5,598
4,287 people are talking about this
Twitter Ads info and privacy

Okay, some of you out there are asking, “Why is this news?” Good question. Here’s the answer: This is news because it is on the front page of The Guardian‘s US news feed at 6:30 am on a Sunday morning.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in 2015, there were 174,000 gasoline vehicle fires in America. 445 people died as a result of those fires, and 1,550 were injured. My trusty Radio Shack calculator says 174,000 fires translates into 476 per day. Yet none of those made The Guardian‘s news feed as far as we’ve seen. The news is: this fire made the news.

The reason this story made the news is because the media considers Tesla fires of significant interest to the community but ignores fires in conventional cars. Fear is a big motivator of human behavior. If people fear electric cars, they won’t buy them in the quantities needed to drive the EV revolution forward.

Don’t think for a minute traditional car companies 🐉🦕🦖 aren’t loving anything that will slow the progress of that revolution and do whatever they can 👹 to exploit such incidents whenever possible. Those folks buy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of advertising every year. What they say and do matters hugely to the people who receive all that money.

Elon Musk’s empire — and by extension the entire electric car movement — is like an airship kept aloft by the hopes and prayers of the faithful. If all those good feelings were to somehow evaporate, the whole thing could crashing down, and then we could all get back to buying battalions of pickup trucks from General Motors, Ford, and Dodge the way good Americans 🐉🦕🦖😈 are supposed to do. 

One bit of good news is that the fire department in West Hollywood was able to extinguish the blaze in short order without drama. Sometimes battery fires can take a long time to put out. In a statement, Tesla said this was “an extraordinarily unusual occurrence.” The company has begun an investigation.

Battery fires are scary and are one of the reasons why researchers around the world are working feverishly to develop solid-state batteries that will be less likely to overheat and catch fire. Perhaps one day, the news will be that there is no news about battery fires 🔥 or gasoline fires🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 to report.

The video from Mary McCormack is now available on YouTube, where it has garnered this snarky comment — “That car has Tesla’s proprietary flamethrower technology,😈 ” which is pretty darn funny when you think about it. That’s all the exploding battery news for today. We now return you to your regular programming, already in progress.

Editor’s note: I’d also add that this is news because almost everything Tesla does is news. People, and thus media agencies, are obsessed with Tesla. It is a fascinating and important company in many respects. Competitors are bitter about all the frivolous good press Tesla gets, while Elon Musk and Tesla are often upset about frivolous or misguided negative press Tesla gets. The bottom line is that Tesla gets a ton of press, so we can only expect both positive and negative.

Additionally, electric cars are still novel to many people and he market is growing fast. It would be much cooler if the press had the sense to more frequently and intelligently cover the 30 or so benefits of electric cars, but hey, unusual fires 🔥 get more clicks 😈. We knew that already.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/18/tesla-model-s-bursts-into-flames-in-la-is-that-news/

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/18/tesla-model-s-bursts-into-flames-in-la-is-that-news/

How soon they forget.


How soon they forget (see: Selective Amnesia Syndrome)

Yep. It appears that they have approximately 175,000 (as of 2015) selective amnesia memory problems annually...


 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:42:13 pm »

Tesla Model S Bursts Into Flames 🔥 In West Hollywood — Is That News?

June 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

On June 15, Micheal Morris, a television director, was driving his Tesla Model S in West Hollywood, California, when another motorist warned him that smoke was coming from underneath his car. He pulled over and exited the vehicle. His wife, actress Mary McCormack, then took a video of the car as flames burst from underneath. She says the car was being driven normally in traffic and that Autopilot was not involved.

Lieutenant William Nash of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department told The Guardian that firefighters were called. They responded to the incident and quickly extinguished the flames. There were no injuries reported. Later, McCormack posted her video to her Twitter account.
 

Mary McCormack

@marycmccormack
 @Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident,out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd.  Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him

11:44 PM - Jun 15, 2018
5,598
4,287 people are talking about this
Twitter Ads info and privacy

Okay, some of you out there are asking, “Why is this news?” Good question. Here’s the answer: This is news because it is on the front page of The Guardian‘s US news feed at 6:30 am on a Sunday morning.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in 2015, there were 174,000 gasoline vehicle fires in America. 445 people died as a result of those fires, and 1,550 were injured. My trusty Radio Shack calculator says 174,000 fires translates into 476 per day. Yet none of those made The Guardian‘s news feed as far as we’ve seen. The news is: this fire made the news.

The reason this story made the news is because the media considers Tesla fires of significant interest to the community but ignores fires in conventional cars. Fear is a big motivator of human behavior. If people fear electric cars, they won’t buy them in the quantities needed to drive the EV revolution forward.

Don’t think for a minute traditional car companies 🐉🦕🦖 aren’t loving anything that will slow the progress of that revolution and do whatever they can 👹 to exploit such incidents whenever possible. Those folks buy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of advertising every year. What they say and do matters hugely to the people who receive all that money.

Elon Musk’s empire — and by extension the entire electric car movement — is like an airship kept aloft by the hopes and prayers of the faithful. If all those good feelings were to somehow evaporate, the whole thing could crashing down, and then we could all get back to buying battalions of pickup trucks from General Motors, Ford, and Dodge the way good Americans 🐉🦕🦖😈 are supposed to do. 

One bit of good news is that the fire department in West Hollywood was able to extinguish the blaze in short order without drama. Sometimes battery fires can take a long time to put out. In a statement, Tesla said this was “an extraordinarily unusual occurrence.” The company has begun an investigation.

Battery fires are scary and are one of the reasons why researchers around the world are working feverishly to develop solid-state batteries that will be less likely to overheat and catch fire. Perhaps one day, the news will be that there is no news about battery fires 🔥 or gasoline fires🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 to report.

The video from Mary McCormack is now available on YouTube, where it has garnered this snarky comment — “That car has Tesla’s proprietary flamethrower technology,😈 ” which is pretty darn funny when you think about it. That’s all the exploding battery news for today. We now return you to your regular programming, already in progress.

Editor’s note: I’d also add that this is news because almost everything Tesla does is news. People, and thus media agencies, are obsessed with Tesla. It is a fascinating and important company in many respects. Competitors are bitter about all the frivolous good press Tesla gets, while Elon Musk and Tesla are often upset about frivolous or misguided negative press Tesla gets. The bottom line is that Tesla gets a ton of press, so we can only expect both positive and negative.

Additionally, electric cars are still novel to many people and he market is growing fast. It would be much cooler if the press had the sense to more frequently and intelligently cover the 30 or so benefits of electric cars, but hey, unusual fires 🔥 get more clicks 😈. We knew that already.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/18/tesla-model-s-bursts-into-flames-in-la-is-that-news/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:50:10 pm »

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New Nissan LEAF Is Sold Every 10 Minutes In Europe

June 16th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

2018 Nissan Leaf 🍃 🌟


The new Nissan LEAF doesn’t get a ton of attention or love. It was born in the shadow of the Tesla Model 3, and that’s a big shadow. But it’s a few leaps above the original LEAF, and that model is still the most common plug-in car on the planet as far as I’ve seen.

But the relative lack of hype and PR doesn’t mean the new LEAF isn’t selling. In fact, in Europe, there were more than 37,000 orders in 8 months. Nissan recently highlighted that there’s “one new Nissan LEAF car sold every 10 minutes across Europe.” Furthermore, the 100,000th European Nissan LEAF found its home a couple of weeks ago.

“Globally, over 320,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold, making it the most sold EV in the world.” That’s impressive, but could the LEAF see that many more in a few years with the 2018 LEAF, 2019 LEAF, and 2020 LEAF? Could the company average 4,000 a month in Europe and another 4,000 a month in the rest of the world? That seems do-able. Could the LEAF average 10,000 sales a month globally, leading to 360,000 sales in 3 years?

I did ask Nissan about its expectations for European, US, and global sales. I’ll update this article when I get a response.

Susana de Mena, of Madrid, the 100,000th buyer of a Nissan LEAF in Europe, said, “I’ve spent two years trying to find an electric car. I knew it would be a Nissan!


“When I saw there was a brand-new model of the LEAF, there were no doubts in my mind it would be the perfect fit. My husband and I agreed that the quality, price and specification made it second-to-none.

“We are very conscious that we must respect and protect the environment, so we knew we’d want to go 100% electric. On top of this, an electric car lets us get to the very centre of Madrid when ordinary vehicles can sometimes be restricted due to pollution issues.”

Of course, the LEAF benefits from the many, many advantages of electric cars. It also comes in at a more competitive price than most and the new LEAF has a respectable 150 miles (240 km) of range that shouldn’t have trouble getting the job done. It’s also on the top of the line with regards to Nissan tech.

The LEAF is the first European model to offer ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park technologies, which are akin to Tesla’s Autopilot suite of semi-autonomous driving support.

It also had e-Pedal, which appears to be the most advanced regenerative braking setup in a consumer car. With one-pedal driving being one of drivers’ favorite benefits of electric driving, it’s clear that Nissan got the note from early adopters, stepped it up a notch, and is eager to tell the world.

Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them. The LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, helping to pioneer a future which brings together intelligent power, intelligent drive and intelligent integration.”

Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, explained, “For us it’s no surprise that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. We have been developing our electric vehicle mass-market offering for longer than any other brand and are proud to bring an affordable, visionary car to customers across Europe. In less than 10 years, we managed to make electric vehicle a mass market reality. This milestone proves once again that our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision is embraced by our customers who believe in a more confident, more exciting, and more connected future.” Well, what do you expect to hear from Nissan’s top EV guy — self-criticism?

“European Nissan LEAF customers have now driven over 2 billion kilometres and saved over 300,000 tonnes of CO2,” Nissan adds. “They also boast a 92% customer satisfaction rate – more than any other Nissan model.”


Well, she looks happy already. 

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/16/new-nissan-leaf-is-sold-every-10-minutes-in-europe/
yup the leaf and the bolt are both eating tesla's lunch. Add on the Volt and BMW's entry the market is growing fast. We have a client who has a bolt and absolutely loves it. We installed a 20 amp plug that runs off their solar and a 40 amp plug off the grid (they are grid zero so they can't sell back. When its sunny they use the auxiliary charger off solar when they plan a road trip they use the grid the night before. So far they have used the grid twice in 3 months. I'm quite proud of that one it was my work around for solar car charging off grid.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:10:48 pm »

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New Nissan LEAF Is Sold Every 10 Minutes In Europe

June 16th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

2018 Nissan Leaf 🍃 🌟


The new Nissan LEAF doesn’t get a ton of attention or love. It was born in the shadow of the Tesla Model 3, and that’s a big shadow. But it’s a few leaps above the original LEAF, and that model is still the most common plug-in car on the planet as far as I’ve seen.

But the relative lack of hype and PR doesn’t mean the new LEAF isn’t selling. In fact, in Europe, there were more than 37,000 orders in 8 months. Nissan recently highlighted that there’s “one new Nissan LEAF car sold every 10 minutes across Europe.” Furthermore, the 100,000th European Nissan LEAF found its home a couple of weeks ago.

“Globally, over 320,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold, making it the most sold EV in the world.” That’s impressive, but could the LEAF see that many more in a few years with the 2018 LEAF, 2019 LEAF, and 2020 LEAF? Could the company average 4,000 a month in Europe and another 4,000 a month in the rest of the world? That seems do-able. Could the LEAF average 10,000 sales a month globally, leading to 360,000 sales in 3 years?

I did ask Nissan about its expectations for European, US, and global sales. I’ll update this article when I get a response.

Susana de Mena, of Madrid, the 100,000th buyer of a Nissan LEAF in Europe, said, “I’ve spent two years trying to find an electric car. I knew it would be a Nissan!


“When I saw there was a brand-new model of the LEAF, there were no doubts in my mind it would be the perfect fit. My husband and I agreed that the quality, price and specification made it second-to-none.

“We are very conscious that we must respect and protect the environment, so we knew we’d want to go 100% electric. On top of this, an electric car lets us get to the very centre of Madrid when ordinary vehicles can sometimes be restricted due to pollution issues.”

Of course, the LEAF benefits from the many, many advantages of electric cars. It also comes in at a more competitive price than most and the new LEAF has a respectable 150 miles (240 km) of range that shouldn’t have trouble getting the job done. It’s also on the top of the line with regards to Nissan tech.

The LEAF is the first European model to offer ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park technologies, which are akin to Tesla’s Autopilot suite of semi-autonomous driving support.

It also had e-Pedal, which appears to be the most advanced regenerative braking setup in a consumer car. With one-pedal driving being one of drivers’ favorite benefits of electric driving, it’s clear that Nissan got the note from early adopters, stepped it up a notch, and is eager to tell the world.

Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them. The LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, helping to pioneer a future which brings together intelligent power, intelligent drive and intelligent integration.”

Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, explained, “For us it’s no surprise that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. We have been developing our electric vehicle mass-market offering for longer than any other brand and are proud to bring an affordable, visionary car to customers across Europe. In less than 10 years, we managed to make electric vehicle a mass market reality. This milestone proves once again that our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision is embraced by our customers who believe in a more confident, more exciting, and more connected future.” Well, what do you expect to hear from Nissan’s top EV guy — self-criticism?

“European Nissan LEAF customers have now driven over 2 billion kilometres and saved over 300,000 tonnes of CO2,” Nissan adds. “They also boast a 92% customer satisfaction rate – more than any other Nissan model.”


Well, she looks happy already. 

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/16/new-nissan-leaf-is-sold-every-10-minutes-in-europe/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 14, 2018, 01:54:54 pm »


Oil Producers and Their Governments

June 14, 2018

Off the keyboard of Steve Ludlum

http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php?topic=11192.msg155960#msg155960

While I certainly agree that Oil Producers and the governments they 🐉🦕🦖 have ALWAYS CORRUPTED Their Governments are a pack of profit over planet criminal greedballs doing whatever they can, no matter how environmentally damaging (i.e. STUPID), unprincipled AND ERoEI math challenged, to keep their 😈 UNCOMPETITIVE POLLUTING CRAP PRODUCT in our faces, I have a "renewable energy isn't practical" bone to pick with you. 

Hey Steve, do you STILL think 100% Renewable energy is a "pipe dream", as you tirelessly proclaimed for YEARS on this forum?

It's time for you to APOLOGIZE for pushing the erroneous hypothesis that Renewable Enegy would NEVER be price competitive with fossil fuels.


Or, just pretend I did not post this and have no "basis" for my "groundless" assertion.

Easiest Way To Counterattack Russia — Go Electric

June 14th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

SNIPPET:


Russia is highly dependent on its oil & gas industry. Its economy is already quite weak and its people suffer under a low quality of life as a result, but it’ll get worse if Russia’s oil & gas business is harmed. And, more importantly for the Russian oligarchs running the show over there, it gets much worse for them if they can’t hoard another billion or 10 from oil & gas sales.


Put your own sanctions on Russia, as well as on the sketchy, corrupt, humanity-threatening work of US oil & gas companies, European oil & gas companies, Saudi Arabia, etc.

Lay a smackdown on these anti-social jacktards to the greatest degree you personally can. Go electric.

2017 Electric ⚡ Vehicles 

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/14/easiest-way-to-counterattack-russia-go-electric/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:46:34 pm »

2019 Hyundai Ioniq preview

Aaron Cole

Jun 14, 2018

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq returns this year as an inexpensive alternative for green car shoppers on a budget. 😎

Its lineup has fully matured now; the Ioniq is available as an affordable hybrid, a slightly more expensive plug-in hybrid, or a fully electric model available in limited areas. We say: green, greener, or greenest—no bad pick.

The most notable change for the Ioniq this year is the addition of standard automatic emergency braking on the Hybrid SEL, the bread-and-butter trim level that likely starts at just more than $25,000 (Hyundai hasn't yet announced pricing for the 2019 models). The SEL trim level includes heated front seats, 16-inch wheels, power-adjustable driver's seat, and LED daytime lights.

Value-minded buyers can find nearly as many features for less money, however. Likely starting around $23,000, the base 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Blue is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility, cloth upholstery, a 6-speed automatic transmission, 1.56-kwh lithium-ion battery, and 15-inch wheels. The base Ioniq Blue has the distinction of being the most fuel-efficient car without a plug on sale in the U.S. with a 58 mpg combined rating. Other Ioniq Hybrids are rated at 55 mpg combined due to added weight and different tires.

At the top of the pile is the Ioniq Limited that swaps in leather upholstery, a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, and Hyundai's telematics system for more than $28,000 to start.

A spend-up package is available for SEL and Limited models that upgrades the touchscreen to an 8.0-inch unit with navigation, adds premium audio, wireless cellphone charging, and advanced voice recognition.

Plug-in hybrid and all-electric models are available in base and Limited trim levels. Plug-in hybrids likely will cost nearly $26,000 and electric models ring the bell at just over $30,000 before applicable federal and state incentives are factored in.

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid swaps out the hybrid's 1.56-kwh battery for a larger 8.9-kwh battery system that delivers an EPA-rated 29 miles of electric range before the 1.6-liter inline-4 internal combustion engine kicks in. It's rated at 52 mpg combined as a hybrid.

The Ioniq Electric is limited in availability—and in other ways. The electric Ioniq only offers 124 miles of range, significantly less than the Bolt EV and the upcoming 2019 Nissan Leaf with a bigger battery. The Ioniq Electric is only available in Southern California too 👎, and a confusing charging reimbursement program was dropped for 2018. That may not matter to seasoned EV owners who are accustomed to off-peak charging or who are familiar with existing charging infrastructure, but the Ioniq Electric is hardly appealing to first-time EV buyers with its limited range and availability.

In any powertrain configuration, the Ioniq's best trait may be its ability to blend in seamlessly to everyday operation. There are no "look at me" styling cues to give away the Ioniq's efficient powertrain, and it's dangerously close to being completely normal.

That also figures into the Ioniq Hybrid's usability. The cargo hold is still 23.5 cubic feet (marginally smaller than a Prius) but its wide opening makes most of that space usable. The Ioniq's touchscreen and infotainment is still one of our faves, made better with smartphone compatibility that new buyers might prefer.

We still think the most likeable part of the Ioniq Hybrid is its low price and three available powertrain configurations that is, so far, unmatched by any of its competitors.  


HI-RES GALLERY: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1117217_2019-hyundai-ioniq-preview
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« on: June 08, 2018, 07:42:39 pm »



California Goes Big On Transportation Electrification Hoping To Spur More EV Adoption  

June 6, 2018

By Tom Ewing [Freelance Writer]
         
Late last week, California’s three largest investor owned utilities (IOUs), which provide service to over 30 million people, agreed to a five-year, $738 million plan to invest in transportation electrification. The plan was formally approved in a unanimous vote by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the culmination of a process required by California’s 2015 Senate Bill 350, which set a timeline and pathway for transportation electrification to help advance CA’s clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals. (CA’s smaller IOUs are on a different timeline.)

The IOU’s projects are complex and multilayered, deliberately linking a range of issues, from economic to social, including new rate policies, competition and private-sector opportunities and concerns about environmental justice.

The projects will be built around the following core activities:

֍ San Diego Gas & Electric will implement a $137 million Residential Charging Program. Rebates will help customers install up to 60,000 Level 2 charging stations. SDG&E will complement this with an optional EV-only rate that varies hourly based on day-ahead forecasts of grid conditions.

֍ Pacific Gas & Electric will invest in “Make-Ready” programs (a term primarily referring to distribution infrastructure, e.g., wires/cables/utility poles), spending $22 million for about 234 fast charging stations and $236 million for at least 700 sites supporting electrification for a minimum of 6500 medium or heavy-duty trucks.   

֍ Southern California Edison will install make-ready infrastructure at a minimum of 870 sites to support electrification of at least 8490 medium or heavy-duty vehicles. And, SCE will establish three new commercial “time-of-use” rates.

The $738 million five-year cost includes $29.5 million set aside for program evaluation. Program costs will largely be recovered via customers’ rates. But that doesn’t mean that every ratepayer will be equally affected. For example, electric vehicle (EV) owners (from private autos to transit buses to freight and drayage equipment), obviously, will pay for the power they use and related charging infrastructure, although there are rebates for some of those costs.

The Commission worked to abide by the principle that these rather singularly focused programmatic investments should largely be paid for by those who benefit, i.e., EV owners. However, if investments benefit all ratepayers than Commissioners can judge it fair that everyone chips in.

It’s a difficult balance to advance public policy goals without impacting electric rates. Many TE specialists, however, expect that EVs will benefit the larger, overall electric grid, providing storage, power and stabilization.

Related: Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future

Of course, that’s still in the future, making cost allocation now a bit of a ****; but there’s no progress without risk. Whether the Commission got it right will be closely watched, in California and across the nation.

Commissioner Carla Peterman, who wrote the policy guidance for the IOUs, said that the CPUC’s decision weighed costs and benefits for all rate-payers “and directs significant portions of the utility programs to disadvantaged communities often hit hardest by traffic and air pollution.”

“If we’re successful much of the nation will likely follow California’s lead, and together we will make a difference in the fight against climate change,” she added.

https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/06/california-goes-big-on-transportation-electrification-hoping-to-spur-more-ev-adoption.html
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« on: June 02, 2018, 10:16:37 pm »

What really, really torques me about vehicles is the FACT that they weigh hundreds of times what they are used to carry. In a sane world, you make vehicle SUPER light with a SUPER small motor so you will SUPER save. But, the women are afraid they will be crushed in their light fragile vehicle by a semi or an SUV or a a big car or whatever. So, they want a strong HEAVY thing that can take a crash. It's like an ARMS RACE! The security obsessed drivers want vehicles that are less and lees energy efficient instead of more.

It gets worse. If you go out there in a motorbike with a light tow trailer or some light Electric Cargo Bike, which can carry as much groceries EASILY as the trunk and back seat of my Camry could, some ass hole who sees you aren't "from here" will deliberately run you off the road "by accident" or, when they are in a good mood, yell some obscenities at you to "Go back where you came from".

Even if you don't have to worry about that prejudice stuff, there are plenty of crazies out there who honestly believe their vehicle is an extention of their personality. So, they have penchant for bullying the small fry light vehicles out there. What a STUPID society!
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« on: June 01, 2018, 12:08:01 pm »

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🔊 StreetScooter ✨ Opens 2nd Factory To Build Electric ⚡ Trucks

May 31st, 2018 by Steve Hanley

It started with a simple idea. Deutsche Post, one of the largest global delivery companies, wanted a fleet of electric trucks to lower its carbon foot print. It approached several traditional manufacturers, including Volkswagen, but was rebuffed. So the Deutsche Post board decided to design and build their own using a new subsidiary known as StreetScooter. A factory to build the electric trucks was set up in Aachen, Germany.

streetscooter factory Duren

To date, it has produced 6,000 vehicles, all of which are being used by Deutsche Post as part of its delivery fleet, mostly in urban areas. But a funny thing happened along the way. Other companies heard about the electric vans and asked if they could buy some. The demand was so strong, the company has now opened a second factory in Düren. Like the first factory, the new facility will have an annual capacity of 10,000 vehicles.

According to a company press release, Armin Laschet, the Minister President of  the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, told an audience during the opening ceremonies for the new factory, “The StreetScooter is already an unprecedented success story. The fact that Deutsche Post deploys more than 6,000 StreetScooters throughout Germany clearly demonstrates that electro-mobility is, in several areas, already a perfectly viable, everyday transport solution. It is success stories such as these that can make North Rhine-Westphalia a key driver of growth in electro-mobility. StreetScooter in Düren will create up to 250 new jobs here in the Rhine region. This is structural change in action, and it opens up new opportunities for the people of the region.”


Jürgen Gerdes, a member of Deutsche Post’s board of directors added, “E-mobility is on the move. We can see it in growing public interest and increasing third party customer demand for our StreetScooters. The number of StreetScooters used in the business world, in municipalities, and at Deutsche Post is also on the rise in Germany and abroad, and the reason is the same in both arenas — pollution and more pollution in major cities everywhere. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to start production in Düren.”

StreetScooter is building a variety of electric trucks to meet the needs of various customers. Vans come in small, medium, and large sizes. Flat bed bodies are available, some with tilting mechanisms. Refrigerated cargo boxes are on offer as well.

Organizations that are interested in customized electric vans include municipalities, craft shops, energy suppliers, waste disposal companies, airports, facility management enterprises, and catering companies. “What sets StreetScooter apart in particular is the ability to produce affordable , customized electric ⚡ vehicles for our customers from a variety of industries and countries,” says Achim Kampker, CEO of StreetScooter.

Gerdes tells NASDAQ.com he foresees the possibility that the company may be spun off as a publicly traded entity with its own IPO. “It’s theoretically possible. We’re looking at the next two to three years,” he says.

Hat tip to CleanTechnica reader heinbloed.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/31/streetscooter-opens-second-factory-to-build-electric-trucks/
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« on: May 31, 2018, 05:45:12 pm »



ABB to Equip High-Spec Service Operations Vessel for World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm


May 30, 2018 by gCaptain

Credit: ABB

ABB technology allowing integration of batteries receives major vote of confidence as Louis Dreyfus Armateurs orders second wind farm service vessel featuring a wide scope of ABB’s solutions.

Press Release (ABB) Maritime transportation group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) will add a second 83 meter windfarm service operation vessel (SOV) to its fleet, featuring an extensive range of ABB’s technology, with the award-winning power distribution system Onboard DC GridTM at its core. The vessel will support operations at Hornsea Project Two off the UK coast, which, upon completion in 2022, will become the world’s biggest wind farm capable of powering over 1.3 million homes.

ABB’s Onboard DC GridTM enables simple, flexible and functional integration of energy sources, such as batteries and fuel cells, and empowers the efficiencies associated with variable speed generator operation.

In addition to Onboard DC GridTM, the ABB scope of supply includes tunnel thrusters, generators, transformers, batteries, ABB Ability™ Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS and ABB’s Remote Diagnostics Services. ABB will also provide its Power and Energy Management System (PEMS), which allows battery power to act as backup for running generators, again cutting the need to run spare capacity, and reducing maintenance and fuel consumption in the long-term.


“LDA is positioning itself at the forefront of the wind farm service sector in vessel performance and efficiency,” says Hervé Lapierre, Head of Newbuilding Department at LDA. “Wind farm service requirements are still evolving, meaning that SOVs built for this market, in addition to being cost-effective, need to also be innovative and flexible.”

Onboard DC GridTM solution enables variable speed technology to dynamically optimize system energy use in line with the load situation, which results in a 20% cut in fuel consumption. Power from the dual batteries on board will be introduced to maximize efficiency, and the energy stored can come from a variety of sources, including renewables. DC distribution also provides a unique platform for digital solutions, so that data from equipment sensors can be transmitted between systems instantaneously, and bridge or shore-based systems can monitor and optimize vessel performance.

“The second order from LDA feels like a validation of the performance, cost efficiency and safety that ABB delivers through its ‘Electric. Digital Connected’ approach,” – says Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “We are proud to deliver the technology that enables the use of stored energy for a vessel supporting the renewables industry.”

The vessel, designed by Salt Ship Design, will be built at Turkey’s CEMRE Shipyard. Like its predecessor, ordered in 2017, the second LDA vessel will be on contract with Ørsted A/S, the largest energy company in Denmark.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com

http://gcaptain.com/abb-to-equip-high-spec-service-operations-vessel-for-the-worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farm/
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« on: May 31, 2018, 02:06:14 pm »

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Tesla Model 3 Saves Family In Horrific Read-End Collision



May 31st, 2018 by Steve Hanley

A Seattle family was driving their Tesla Model 3 at 65 mph in the HOV lane on Interstate 90 on May 30 when a Camaro SS slammed into the rear of their car, sending it spinning across four lanes of traffic. It collided with the barrier on the right hand margin of the highway before slewing back across the road and slamming head on into the Jersey barrier. Here’s how the driver, whose screen name on the Tesla Motors Club is anatari, described what happened in a forum post:

Was cruising along the i-90 tunnel in Seattle, WA on mercer island with my wife and 2 kids, when I hear some vehicles approach at high speed from behind. Then suddenly I hear a screeching sound from a car braking hard, and then a car slams into my rear end – hard. I was going 65, so that vehicle must have been going significantly faster. From there I lose control of the car, and the car spins out of control, hitting the freeway divider wall all the way on the other side of the freeway 4 lanes across, and then bouncing back all the way back to the other side of the freeway and hitting that wall before coming to a stop.

Thankfully the Model 3 performed miraculously, crumple zones compressed, airbags deployed, no fire after the accident, and no one in my family seems to be seriously injured.

Still processing what just happened and getting all the facts from the police (there may be a criminal case against the person who hit me), but any tips and things to watch out for as I go through the insurance process?

Another driver, Paul Chang, added that he witnessed the accident, which was caused by the driver of the Camaro SS racing a BMW M3. The Camaro was disabled and came to a stop. The white M3 took off, Chang says. Apparently, the local police are considering criminal charges for the driver of the Camaro — and the BMW pilot, if they can identify him. Good. Both of these bozos deserve serious jail time.

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 How tough and safe is the Model 3? Ask this user who walked away from this accident #tesla #model3  https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/my-model-3-got-wrecked-today.116495/

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The Model 3 did a superlative job of protecting the people inside. Elon Musk likes to brag about how safe the cars his company builds are and it looks like he has good reason to be proud. (Note: We also have an EV safety report coming soon that goes into detail about the safety of electric vehicles — good and bad.)

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/31/tesla-model-3-saves-family-in-horrific-read-end-collision/
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« on: May 30, 2018, 04:43:31 pm »

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Tesla Over-The-Air Update Fixes Model 3 Braking Issues, Consumer Reports Fires Back With Improved Rating ✨

May 30th, 2018 by Kyle Field

Tesla Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter approximately an hour ago that the braking issues identified by Consumer Reports have been addressed by an over-the-air software update. His post shows that he has toned down his responses to the trusted firm, which Tesla butted heads with back in October.

The about-face by Consumer Reports happened in what must be a record, taking just 7 days from a Consumer Reports article detailing such a significant issue to having it resolved by the manufacturer. As we reported earlier, Consumer Reports had issues with the Model 3’s braking capability — it took significantly longer to brake than expected for such a car.

The rapid turnaround speaks to the impressive responsiveness by Tesla when faced with what it deems are real issues, and also to the power of its over-the-air software update capability, which can roll out fixes faster, easier, and more cheaply than automakers have ever done.

Somewhat surprisingly, legacy automobiles have never enjoyed the luxury of over-the-air updates, with even a small firmware flash or navigation update requiring a visit to a local service center and the inevitable service bills that follow. Tesla, on the other hand, just has to kick out a software update and push it out to all affected vehicles, much like a cellphone manufacturer would do.

Elon added more color to the update in a second tweet, noting that the braking and user interface (UI) updates were for all Model 3’s, not just the new ones it was building moving forward. He also noted two hardware updates that Tesla had identified to address other concerns raised by Consumer Reports — a quieter windshield and better suspension that would improve the ride quality. It appears that he implied any Model 3 owner could come in for the upgrades and have them done on the house, but he didn’t explicitly say that and he actually discouraged owners from bothering with these issues if they aren’t “really bothered by them.”

The exchange on Twitter shows just how responsive Tesla can be, but really starts to make one wonder about Elon’s capacity and if Twitter is the most effective use of his time. Maybe a Tesla Twitter team with a more structured approach to handling issues, taking feedback, and responding to criticism would result in a better end product and let Elon get back to what is surely a lengthy list of more pressing issues? Oh well — he’s the one changing the world, who am I to offer solutions?

For sure, Elon will just keep doing what he does.  To close out the tweets on such updates (for now, at least), he announced yet another innovative feature that would allow drivers to accelerate the speed at which Tesla’s vehicles improve. He tweeted that drivers could create “bug reports” for Tesla’s vehicles much like they would do for a computer or smartphone app and just using voice commands.

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 All items below will go to all Model 3s within next few months with V8.2 software. To report a bug or ask for a feature, press voice button, say “bug report” followed by issue description. https://twitter.com/mactechgenius/status/1001867688413544448

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https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/30/tesla-over-the-air-update-fixes-model-3-braking-issues-consumer-reports-fires-back-with-improved-rating/
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« on: May 29, 2018, 08:20:05 pm »

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BYD Stands Strong In Response To LA Times 🦖 Criticism — #Pravduh #RealityCheck


May 29th, 2018 by Kyle Field

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BYD President Stella Li reiterated this sentiment in an email to employees in response to the LA Times article, where she called for them to strengthen their resolve in a fight against the dying fossil fuel industry:

“It is also no surprise to me that critics question our ability to deliver on our mission to change the world by creating a complete clean-energy ecosystem that reduces the world’s reliance on petroleum. We are unequivocally the leader of a movement that will reverse centuries of exploitation of our planet.

The entrenched fossil fuel industry 🐉🦕🦖 leading that exploitation will stop at nothing in their efforts to slow down our progress.”

A Bright Future 💫


Ultimately, the near-term critics cannot stop the inevitable tide of renewables and zero-emission transportation solutions. Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that 84% of all new buses sold in 2030 will be electric. Silencing this generation of critics will inevitably give way to another and another, but the transition is occurring. …

Over at BYD, they will stay the course, as they have for years, from their early beginnings as a battery company to their position today as a global EV leader. BYD is accustomed to change and marketplace disruption, having moved from its beginnings in  batteries into the general automotive sector and later also solar to fulfill its objective of becoming a new energy company.

“And across the nation, our work moves forward. Yesterday, we signed a contract with the University of Georgia for 21 of our buses. Today, the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) will receive their first of three buses.

“It is undeniable that electrification is the cornerstone of our future. We’re glad you are here with us working to save our planet for future generations.”    


Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/29/byd-stands-strong-in-response-to-la-times-criticism-pravduh-realitycheck/

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« on: May 28, 2018, 01:46:56 pm »

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May 28th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Tesla: Model 3 Brake Updates, Rocky Mountain Hypermiling, Shanghai Sales Surge

From Tesla Model 3 brake fixes to extreme Tesla Model 3 hypermiling to smashed Tesla sales surge in Shanghai, here’s your Tesla news roundup for the day.

Sharpening the Braking Software

Shortly after Consumer Reports identified an issue with the emergency braking performance of the Model 3, Tesla began sending out over-the-air updates. Elon Musk tweeted on May 26, “Should improve braking distance by ~20 ft for repeated heavy braking events.” In its original testing, Consumer Reports found the Model 3 required as much as 152 feet to stop from 60 mph. Its average for luxury compact cars is 131 feet. If Elon’s tweet is accurate, the braking performance of the Model 3 after the update should be right in line with that average.

Consumer Reports has agreed to retest the car after the company has finished updating all the cars currently on the road. According to Fortune, the braking issue involves the way in which the electric drive motor regenerates electricity when the brakes are applied.

Consumer Reports reported it was unable to recommend the car to consumers because of the braking issue and for other reasons, like excessive wind noise on the highway and an uncomfortable rear seat. It also found the placement of all the controls of the car in the center-mounted touchscreen inconvenient. It remains to be seen whether it will recommend the car even if the brake update solves the emergency braking issue.

In a week in which Musk has adopted an uncharacteristically combative attitude toward journalists, he went out of his way to praise Consumer Reports. “Thanks @ConsumerReports for excellent critical feedback!”

Think what Consumer Reports has to say isn’t important to Tesla? Think again.

Hypermiling Heaven 


While most Americans were busy pounding down hot dogs to honor veterans on Memorial Day weekend, Sean Mitchell, president of the Denver Tesla Club, and Erik Strait, a Tesla owner and YouTube entrepreneur, spent 32 hours driving around in a circle at speeds between 20 and 35 miles an hour. When their car finally stopped running, it had covered 606.2 miles, which may be a new world record if it is certified by the folks at Guinness.

What does one have to do to become a hypermiling champion? Sit in a car for 32 hours with the windows up and the air conditioner off so the temperature inside the car soars to more than 108°F, then have friends drive alongside to pass you food using a net on a pole. If you want to share in the stultifying boredom these two guys endured, you can feast your eyes on the more than 8 hour long video of their adventure that was uploaded to YouTube. Or you could just load one of those videos of a fire burning in a fireplace that go on interminably and watch it until your eyes fall out of your head.

Oh, one other joy that goes along with such stunts? When it’s over, you can have your car towed because it no longer charges properly.  :D

Shanghai Tesla Store Sells Out

After China’s Customs Tariff Commission announced that import duties on electric cars will be reduced to 15% starting July 1, Tesla went ahead and instructed its stores in China to reduce prices immediately. As a result, the Tesla store in Shanghai sold all 10 Model X SUVs it had in stock in just one day. InsideEVs picked up on a story in Yicai Global about the sales surge.

A sales representative at the Shanghai store told the local press, “The cars available were all imported from the States in April and May this year. After selling all of them, we’ll replenish stock when the new tariffs come in. We were losing out on profit with the lowered price as the cars were imported at the old tariff rate — the Model S 75D was CNY70,000 (USD11,000) cheaper.”

The new prices will apply to all cars imported into China going forward but not to existing orders. Prior to July 1, all  Tesla automobiles are subject to a 25% import duty, so Tesla is effectively subsidizing sales for the next 5 weeks. It is unlikely people with pending orders will be very pleased about such corporate largess unless Tesla decides to compensate them in some way.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/28/tesla-model-3-brake-updates-rocky-mountain-hypermiling-shanghai-sales-surge/

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« on: May 18, 2018, 02:47:06 pm »

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DAF Trucks Partners With VDL Groep On A Fully Electric Class 8 Truck


May 17th, 2018 by Kyle Field

The competition in electric trucks is quickly heating up as the flood of products developed in response to Tesla’s Semi reveal last year continue to be unveiled. This time, DAF Trucks has revealed its new CF Electric truck that it developed in partnership with VDL Groep.


The beautifully normal truck comes with a 100 kilometer range with fast charging that makes it a great option for short haul routes that require fast turnarounds. To that effect, it has been equipped with high power charging capability that allows it to quick charge in just 30 minutes in order to recharge while being loaded or unloaded. A full charge of its 170kWh battery pack takes a bit longer at 1.5 hours, which is still extremely rapid, considering how massive the battery is.

Tasked with propelling the truck down the road is a 210 kW electric motor which runs whisper quiet. The fast charging and silent operation make DAF’s new CF an attractive alternative for operations that need to run 24/7 without the hassle of noisy diesel engines or the emissions they generate.

The first round of CF Electric trucks will be delivered to key customers this year 💫in a 4×2 tractor configuration developed for up to 40 ton distribution applications within urban areas in which single or double axle semi-trailers are the standard.

Read more:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/17/daf-trucks-partners-with-vdl-groep-on-a-fully-electric-class-8-truck/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:45:59 pm »

Cool video!  


Notice that some of this video shows Electric buses being stacked on on top of the other, so it's something that can be used for any sized vehicle, private or public transportation, manually driven or automated.
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« on: May 17, 2018, 02:55:40 pm »

How does an Electric Car work ? | Tesla Model S

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Electric cars are making big waves in the automobile world. These noise-free, pollution-free and high-performance vehicles are expected to make their I.C. engine counterparts obsolete by 2025. This video will unveil the hidden technologies behind the Tesla Model S, which recently became the world’s fastest accelerating car. We will see how electric cars have achieved superior performance by analyzing the technology behind the induction motor, inverter, lithium ion battery power source, regenerative braking and above all, the synchronized vehicle mechanism, in a logical, step-by-step manner. The working and features of Tesla car is explained here with help of animation.

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Why Is It Only Fossil Fueled Pundits 
Criticize Electric Cars?

There seems to be no shortage of deceptive attacks on electric vehicles, whether from the GOP’s opposition research arm or the Koch brothers themselves. The latest attempt to malign EVs is a report released Monday, which claims increased adoption of EVs will actually increase air pollution. Multiple reports in the past have come to the opposite conclusion--so what makes this one different?

For starters, the “Short Circuit” report was published by the Koch (and Mercer , and Big Tobacco ) and Exxon-funded Manhattan institute, and authored by Jonathan Lesser  , an energy industry consultant with a history 😈 of doing utility and industry bidding and a long track record of anti-climate action writing. With these credentials, it’s not exactly surprising that the report advocates against EV subsidies.

What is surprising is that Politico gave Lesser space to promote the report--without any disclosure of his energy industry 🦖 clients or the Manhattan Institute’s fossil fuel funding. Instead, Lesser’s consultancy is described as “an economic and regulatory consulting firm 😇”   in his Politico byline. This sounds a lot more innocent than the blurb on his LinkedIn profile, which discloses that he provides “services to clients in he [sic] energy industry.”

Lesser’s 👹 full CV provides a little more detail on those energy industry clients 🐉🦕 🦖, which include Shell, Exelon, various state-based gas and utility companies, and the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, an anti-wind farm group with a Koch brother as its chairman.

As for the report itself, the topline findings are that people buying electric cars instead of new gas powered autos will actually increase particulate matter , sulfur and nitrous oxide pollution (the American Lung Association says otherwise), that EVs will only reduce CO2 emissions a little (not true), and that subsidies are unfair because only rich people can afford EVs. 


Please forgive us, then, for not wasting our time and yours by digging into the report to find just where and how Lesser has cooked the books to produce the counterintuitive click-bait headline that EV subsidies are bad. And it beggars belief that anyone would actually believe that the Manhattan Institute 👹, funded by conservative billionaires 🦀💵 🎩, actually cares about economic inequality, given that it 😈 has argued that “there is little evidence we should” even try to reduce economic inequality.

To sum up, this report is written by a man whose career is built on fossil fuel consulting, published by a group built with fossil fuel money, arguing cars that don’t use fossil fuels are bad. For some reason, Politico only thought that third part was relevant for its readers. 

But would you trust the findings of that report Lesser more than all the others showing the opposite?


The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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Tony Seba Charts Out The Disruptive Path Forward To EVs & Out Of The I.C.E. Age

May 6th, 2018 by Kyle Field

SNIPPET:

Tony Seba took the stage at rEVolution 2018 in Amsterdam to share a tale of two technological disruptions in cleantech that we are currently living through and a look at the adoption curves that he believes map out the next few years for them. We dive in below the video.


Detailed discussion of presentation with eye opening graphics: 

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/06/tony-seba-charts-out-the-disruptive-path-forward-to-evs-and-out-of-the-i-c-e-age/
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« on: May 04, 2018, 09:44:08 pm »

Model 3 at a Tesla Supercharger (Instagram: s3xy.3)

Tesla Model 3 Can Make Almost Any Road Fun (Video)

May 1st, 2018 by Matt Pressman

Originally published on EVANNEX.

SNIPPET:

Looking at the roundup of recent press from the automotive media, it’s clear that the Tesla Model 3 is making an impression. Recently, John Beltz Snyder at Autoblog got his chance to test drive the Model 3 and provide a critique of the much-anticipated car. In short, he calls the Model 3 “a super entertaining daily driver that offers quiet quickness in an efficient, stylish and practical package.”


Read more:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/01/tesla-model-3-can-make-almost-any-road-fun-video/
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« on: May 04, 2018, 02:02:28 pm »

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Hamburger Hochbahn Orders 20 Mercedes-Benz Citaro Electric ⚡ Buses

May 4th, 2018 by James Ayre

The Hamburg (Germany) based bus operator Hamburger Hochbahn AG has placed an order for 20 units of the new all-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses.


As revealed in a Daimler press release, this firm’s order is expected to be delivered sometime before the end of 2018.

The head of Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) Buses, Till Oberwörder, commented on the news: “The first major order for our fully electrically powered, emission-free Citaro has been received even before the official premiere, demonstrating the confidence transport operators have in our concept for electromobility in urban public transport. With the Citaro, we are bringing a major component on the way to locally emission-free bus traffic to market.”

The comment about the order occurring before the official premier is a reference to the fact that the all-electric version of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro isn’t slated to officially enter production until late 2018.

Here’s more from a press release (via Green Car Congress): “The drive system of the new all-electric Citaro is based on the ZF AVE 130 electric portal axle with electric motors at the wheel hubs, as previously deployed in other variants of the Citaro. Peak motor output is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 N·m.

“The modular battery packs offer a total capacity of up to 243 kWh. The batteries are cooled to the ideal temperature for maximum charge, maximum usable capacity, and a long service life. The batteries are charged at a connector in the bus depot. After the series start-up of the Citaro, further variants for intermediate charging en route will become available.”

As the model is based closely on the best-selling Mercedes-Benz Citaro, sales should be strong. Notably, Hamburger Hochbahn has itself purchased more than 1,000 Citaro platform buses to date, so this initial order of the electric version should lead to further sales at a later point.

An order of 20 electric buses in Europe or the United States is news worth celebrating. It’s a big order. But as regular readers of CleanTechnica know, it would be a small mound of sand on the beach in the Chinese electric bus market. It’s good to see Daimler getting into a competitive market that Proterra has long been leading in over in the USA and BYD has been leading in globally. However, it’s questionable whether Daimler is actually prepared to compete. Hamburg, as we’ve pointed out, is quite a captive customer for Mercedes-Benz buses. How about São Paulo? London? Tokyo?

Competitiveness in a market like buses generally comes down to a couple of things — economies of scale and better technology. Does Mercedes-Benz have superior technology for electric buses? Does it have greater economies of scale to take advantage of for electric buses?

Year   China Electric Bus Sales
2011           1136
2012           1904
2013           1672
2014        12,760
2015        94,260
2016      115,700
2017        89,546
TOTAL   316,978
 

The good thing for Daimler is that many places in Europe would prefer a Mercedes-Benz bus over a Chinese one. That gives it a leg up. The challenge in Europe is that development doesn’t compare to a place like China, so bus fleets aren’t rapidly expanding. New bus orders are primarily to replace buses, and that is only needed to a limited degree in European cities. So, with all of that context in mind, an order for 20 electric buses is a notable success for Daimler — hence the press release.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/04/hamburger-hochbahn-orders-20-mercedes-benz-citaro-electric-buses/
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Kia Takes The Wraps Off[color=green] Niro Electric SUV[/color][/size]

May 4th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

The automotive world is crazy for sport utility vehicles. But as of this moment, there are almost no electric SUV offerings available other than the Tesla Model X. Jaguar says its I-Pace electric SUV will be available soon. Porsche is working on a variant of the Mission E called the Cross Turismo. But when it comes to an electric SUV that the average drivers can afford, there just aren’t any outside of China.

Kia Niro Electric SUV

At the CES 2018 show, Kia showed off a battery-powered concept of the Niro, which is already available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Now Kia has released the first official photos of the Niro Electric SUV, which will go on sale in Korea later this year before becoming available in Europe and  North America next year. It will be featured at the Paris auto show this September.


The Kia Niro Electric will offer customers two battery options — a 64 kWh version with 380 kilometers of range and a 32 kWh version with 240 kilometers of range. The smaller battery option will be more affordable and should suit the daily driving needs of most people. Pricing for both versions has not yet been announced.
While the company’s press release goes on at some length about its chunky steel wheels and sporty alloy wheels, the real news for EV aficionados is that the battery used is a lithium polymer unit. Lithium polymer replaces the liquid electrolyte used in conventional lithium ion batteries with a polymer gel. Such batteries typically offer more power per kilogram. While no details about the battery in the Niro Electric are available at this time, the lithium polymer battery used in the Kia Soul Electric is sourced from SK Innovation and has an energy density of 200 watt-hours per kilogram.


Tesla fans will be happy to see the front end treatment of the Niro Electric looks similar to the clean, modern look pioneered by Tesla. There was a time when the grille was the most important design feature of a car. A few years from now, cars with grilles will start to look a bit odd.

The look of the Niro Electric is a collaboration between the Kia design studio in California and the company’s principal design studio in Namyang, Korea. The finished product is just as appealing as the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the car.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/04/kia-takes-the-wraps-off-niro-electric-suv/
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Electric Car Jitters May Drive Oil To $300 A Barrel

April 30th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Opinions are like noses — everybody has one. An opinion is usually worth precisely what you paid for it — sometimes less. But if your name is Pierre Andurand and you are one of the best known oil hedge fund managers in the world, your opinion may actually be worth listening to. Andurand was one of many commodity fund managers who met with Saudi oil minister Khalid Al-Falih last July as OPEC was considering whether to raise oil production.

oil pricesAndurand tweeted on April 30th that concerns about the impact of electric vehicles on future demand for oil was limiting investment in projects with long lead times. “So paradoxically these peak demand fears might bring the largest supply shock ever,” he wrote. “If oil prices do not rise fast enough, $300 oil in a few years is not impossible.”

That was enough to get the people at Bloomberg interested. They report that many in the oil business believe higher prices might be bad for the world economy but Andurand and Al-Falih disagree. “So no, $100 oil will not kill the economy,” Andurand tweeted. “And we need +$100 oil to encourage enough investments outside of the U.S.”

A spokesperson for Andurand Capital Management declined to discuss the tweets — which have since been deleted — with Bloomberg. But Al-Falih is on record as saying recently that prices could rise above their current level of about $75 a barrel without doing economic damage. “We have seen prices significantly higher in the past, twice as much as where we are today.”

He notes the price of Brent crude rose to $150 a barrel in 2008 without dire consequences [<sarcasm> if you ignore the global economic crisis that followed from the collapse of the banking industry, wiping out trillions of dollars in wealth worldwide </sarcasm>].

Crystal balls are notoriously inaccurate, so Andurand’s warning may be just background noise that can be safely ignored. But we know money is what moves markets. Politicians aren’t having much luck enacting carbon taxes to offset the government benefits fossil fuel companies enjoy, so $300 a barrel oil might actually be a boon to the renewable energy and electric vehicle industries, as people rush to “green” solutions that are cheaper.

Imagine what fun it would be to see acres of used Stupid Duty pickup trucks for sale on dealer lots as manufacturers race to bring efficient cars back to their showrooms  ;D — the very same efficient cars they are busy running away from today. Some super expensive oil might be the ultimate weapon for “Keep It In The Ground” advocates.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/30/electric-car-jitters-may-drive-oil-to-300-a-barrel/

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Andrew Hockings

The higher prices go the faster the take up of EVs.
About £1.22 a litre where I am (UK) so about £5.53 or $7.61 a gallon.
Starting to see an awful lot more EVs on the road now.
Putting prices up will be shooting themselves in the foot.

^ 22
[color=blue]agelbert [/color] > Andrew Hockings





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Donald Zenga
As oil prices keep rising, people will give up their pickups first and settle for a crossover which is also very functional with lot of interior space.

Then they will start buying affordable hybrids and finally the plugins, only the share of Oil will drop and nothing will happen to World's economy.

^3 

Agelbert > Donald Zenga
Agreed. Also, the entire rationale for having a pickup truck is based on carrying loads of all types conveniently. With a tow trailer the same size as a pickup truck bed, there is zero reason for owning a pickup unless you carry loads every single day. Over 80% (and probably higher than that) of pickup truck owners in the USA DO NOT carry loads more than once a week.

The whole pickup truck fad, endemic to the USA where more pickup trucks are sold than just about any other vehicle 👎, is an unnecessary waste of energy because you are moving extra weight for no other reason than the convenience of an occasional use truck bed. 👎👎

You don't need one unless you carry pickup truck bed sized loads every day as part of your job. 
 
Hey pickup truck owners, get an EV and a tow trailer to carry your loads. It will save you a lot of money 💵 😉 and help clean up the environment too! 😇

This trailer sold at Home Depot even tilts to dump the load. http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png


Detail K2 1639 lb. Payload Capacity 4.5 ft. x 7.5 ft. Utility Trailer with Bed Tilt and Collapsing Ends to Extend Bed to 12 ft.
Model#  MMT5X7
(89)
$1,199.00

https://www.homedepot.com/b/Tools-Automotive-Towing-Trailers-Cargo-Management/N-5yc1vZc8n0
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« on: April 29, 2018, 04:09:36 pm »

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Can Kentucky Drive America’s Clean Transportation Future?

April 29th, 2018 by Cynthia Shahan

SNIPPET:

“The Ohio Valley has higher levels of pollution the same places where you have higher levels of mortality.” This relationship holds true all over the world. These health problems are awakening people all over the world, such as Silicon Holler and a group of citizens with resolute energy driving cleantech change in Kentucky.


I like the personalities in the film. They are focused on bright ideas, pragmatic action, and bright lives. As these “radical cowboys” show, all types of people embrace change. These Kentuckians form one notably eclectic electric group. Here’s more on the organization:

“EVolve KY (a grassroots non-profit group of Kentucky’s electric vehicle owners) is leading the state’s clean transportation revolution by installing fee free community chargers, educating the public in innovative ways, and demonstrating that EVs are fun, economical, and planet-friendly. Meanwhile, from coal museum roofs to former mountaintop removal mining sites, renewables and world-changing battery technology are starting to take off … in coal country! With humor and heart, EVOLVE weaves together inspiring stories of transformative work by passionate people in unlikely places.”

Folks can purchase a DVD documentary from EVolve KY via their website — www.evolveky.org — or can watch it on Vimeo by purchasing it via the button in the top-right corner of the preview above. You can also get information on public screening licenses there if you want to host a screening.

Related Stories:

Tesla Blows Minds Deep In Kentucky

Kentucky Coal Museum Switches To Solar Power

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/29/can-kentucky-drive-americas-clean-transportation-future/

Agelbert CHUCKLE: It made my day when I saw the Kentucky EV owner say he had a V8 in his car. He opened the hatch and there was a bottle of V8 juice! 
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Tesla’s Moats — Tesla Can Do What Other Car Companies Only Dream About, And Why

April 27th, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Originally posted on Cars With Cords.

By Patrick C

A moat surrounds a medieval castle to protect from attackers

In modern business parlance, a moat is something that protects a business from competition or gives it an advantage. A moat could be a trade secret, patented product or process, or an asset that represents a significant capital investment. A moat could be a partnership, an exclusive license, a government granted limited-monopoly, or any barrier to a resource or market. The term was popularized by Warren Buffet. He covers moats in his book Buffett Beyond Value and says that he doesn’t invest in businesses unless they have one or more moats; otherwise, it’s a quick race to the bottom.

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“In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable moats.” ~Warren Buffett

This story is about Tesla’s moats, but I don’t mean to imply that Buffett would invest in Tesla. Tesla is far from the value investments of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. Rather, Buffett’s comments are to demonstrate the importance of moats. Morningstar even has a guide called Why Moats Matter. Understanding the moats a business employs is clearly important to understanding the business and its future.

In no particular order, here’s a list of Tesla’s moats: mall stores, direct sales, Supercharger network, brand loyalty, EV mindshare, mission-driven, Tesla Energy, Panasonic partnership, rockstar status CEO, electric motor technology & manufacturing, battery technology & manufacturing, software development, connected cars, AI, talent magnet, fleet learning, SpaceX, vertical integration, over-the-air updates, mobile ranger service, Gigafactory, investor expectations, first mover advantage.

These moats enable Tesla to do things that other automakers cannot even consider. Some of these moats are wider than others. Let’s group them and look at them in more detail. If you know of any Tesla moats missing from the list, let me know below.

Stores & Direct Sales

When you buy a Tesla product, you buy it from, well, Tesla. This might seem like a silly statement, but that is not how most car companies operate. Traditional automakers have dealerships. Dealerships are not owned by the manufacturer, they locally owned businesses. In most states, the automakers are legally forbidden from owning a dealership. Dealerships are middlemen. This means that when you pay for a car, you must pay a price that allows both the manufacturer and the dealership to make a profit on the sale.

Tesla has stores in shopping malls. This allows you see their cars in a familiar and comfortable place. The Tesla employees in the store are not commissioned, salespeople. They are there to answer questions, not to “get you into a deal today”. There is no haggling, the cars have a Hobson’s Choice price; Take it, or leave it. You pay the same price that Elon Musk’s mom would pay, the same price that any Tesla board member would pay. This matches well with the online shopping model that Gen Y and younger are accustom to.

* Moats: Mall stores, direct sales.

Connected Cars & Over-the-Air Updates

All of Tesla’s cars have wireless service. The original cars had 3G, today they have 4G LTE, and when 5G is the standard they’ll come equipped with that (or maybe something better). This connectivity allows the navigation system to have up-to-date maps and real-time traffic. Every smartphone has had this feature for over a decade, but in cars, this is still a rarity. In other cars, maps could be years out date and/or cost hundreds of dollars to update.

The maps and traffic data is nice, but the real advantage of a connected car is software updates. Tesla is constantly improving their software (more on software later) and when they have a new version, you click a couple buttons on the screen, and your car is updated to the latest and greatest. This keeps the ownership experience exciting. You can recapture a bit of the new car smell when a new feature or easter egg is added.

* Moats: Connected cars, OTA updates, refreshed software keeps cars relevant.

No Dealerships

A dealership’s agenda, might not be the same as the manufacturer’s and it is not likely the same as yours.

We just discussed over-the-air updates. These are an example where the dealership might have a different interest than you or the manufacturer. Over-the-air updates are convenient for owners, you just wake up to a vehicle with updated software. Well, dealerships in many states can prevent a manufacturer from implementing this feature in their cars. Why? Because that is considered “servicing the vehicle” and the dealership agreement guarantees that all manufacturer service is contracted to the dealership. The dealerships want you to bring your car in often so they have a chance to upsell you on service or to a newer car. If a manufacturer pushes updates over-the-air, they might find themselves in a lawsuit or two with the dealership associations as Tesla has been, albeit for different reasons.

Dealerships make most of their money from service. Anything that prevents a car from coming into the shop is a missed opportunity for them to profit from the customer. Electric vehicles already require far less maintenance than gas cars, allow wireless software updates too and there is even less of a reason for the car to visit the dealership on a regular basis.

With Tesla owning their own stores and service centers, Tesla is able to set their own direction without a complex web of multi-state dealership agreements. This gives them flexibility and allows them to define the ownership experience for their vehicles.

* Moat: Ownership of customer experience, no margin sharing.

Panasonic Partnership

Tesla and Panasonic are partners in battery and solar technology and manufacturing.

Full, very thorough, excellent article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/27/teslas-moats-tesla-can-do-what-other-car-companies-only-dream-about-and-why/
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« on: April 25, 2018, 07:55:12 pm »

Truthdig

APR 23, 2018

Could Saudi Plans Hugely Expand Electric Car Market and Save Tesla? ???

By Juan Cole

SNIPPET:

In March of this year, US plug-in EV sales were up 42% year on year!

EVs don’t rise or fall on Tesla — Nissan and the Chinese brands are arguably way ahead, and the Chevy Bolt is comparable to the Tesla 3. But it is unarguable that a price spike in petroleum would certainly help the company get past its current Tesla 3 production problems by substantially bolstering investor and consumer confidence.

$100 a barrel petroleum would push sales of EVs up by an order of magnitude. And here’s the kicker: higher oil prices in the window of 2018-2024, the last six years when gasoline cars are (on the surface) cheaper to buy, would offset that apparent advantage of internal combustion engines, essentially moving up parity several years if you figure in fuel costs.

Saudi Arabia knows all this. They know that their oil will likely be worthless in as little as 15 years, but that most investors do not realize that the petroluem industry is in a raft about to go over the edge of Niagra Falls.

Outside the Oil Oligarchy 🐉🦕🦖 that is the United States 🦀, the impact of an oil price run-up could be even more dramatic.

China produced 680,000 EVs last year, with plans to do 2 million/yr in only a couple of years. High gasoline prices will accelerate China’s transition.

Likewise, the Indian government desperately wants to get off gasoline and higher oil prices and cheaper EVs will speed that process up. EV sales are expected to see double digit growth in India over the next few years. This is not just a matter of market forces.

China and India together account for 40% of the world population.

Full article:


https://www.truthdig.com/articles/could-saudi-plans-hugely-expand-electric-car-market-and-save-tesla/

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Ken Cova

Good article, however the logic that rising oil prices will effect Tesla’s volume does seem to questionable IMO. With a backlog of Model 3 reservations of 400,000+ units you could probably double the price of oil, or even halve the price of oil, and it wouldn’t have much impact on that particular company. Tesla wil be insulated from oil price swings in either direction for the next several years. At least.

Having said that, overall EV sales should eventually get a boost from higher oil prices just as you indicate, but unfortunately even that may be delayed a few extra years because the legacy manufacturers are still dragging their feet when it comes to making EV’s. They all seem to have decided to sacrifice future market share for short-term profits. Again.

Agelbert > Ken Cova

Agreed. There is another factor that is of utmost concern to the fossil fuel industry, though they go out of their way to avoid discussing it in public. That is the FACT that crude oil refining is inelastic in regard to product percentages. IOW you will always get about the same percentage of heavy lubricants, lighter lubricants, fuels from diesel on up to gasoline and then the gases like propane and methane, along with al the poisonous VOCS that go up the smoke stack that the EPA 😈 is trying desperately to ignore.

Pollutants aside for a moment, the crude oil feed stock for plastics, medicines, fertilizers, paints, etc. represents less than 6% worldwide of all crude oil products. THAT is a drop in the bucket and never was, regardless of the lies and propaganda from the fossil fuel industry, a big part of the profit equation. It has ALWAYS been about getting us to BURN FUEL.

Consequently, a vanished market for gasoline and diesel means bankruptcy for the fossil fuel industry. 

Those polluting fuels and gases will always be produced when crude oil is refined. They can't just flush them into rivers like Rockefeller did in Pennsylvania in the 19th century before he created a market for his pollutants by saving Ford from bankruptcy in return for having the Ford carburetors run on gasoline INSTEAD of ethanol (which was the original plan by Ford).

Gasoline is what made Rockefeller rich. Without a market for gasoline or gases, the huge profit from selling them is converted into a massive unavoidable cost of handling over 40% per barrel of refined crude as hazardous waste. ⁉️

The fossil fuel industry CANNOT survive unless it keeps talking us into burning fossil fuels, period. They know that, but they do not want anybody else to know that. 🕵️

The inelastic oil refinery product percentage (i.e. what comes out of those cracking towers after a de-oxygenated barrel of crude [de-oxygenating crude is a massively energy intensive process that they have deliberately left out of ALL the calculations for energy return on energy invested for crude oil]) is the elephant 🐘 in the fossil fuel business model room.

The Fossil Fuel Industry "business model", when all the energy and pollution costs are considered, was always unjustified. They got away with it through massive welfare queen subsidy hand-outs from government while using the air, water and land as pollution dumping areas for over a century. It's time to stop this grand larceny and planet scale pollution.


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« on: April 23, 2018, 04:39:01 pm »


Tesla Model S Crushes Large Luxury Car Competition In USA

April 22nd, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

SNIPPET 1:

In July of 2017, I put together a comparison of Tesla Model S sales and other large luxury car sales in the USA. An update has long been due.

The story was very much the same in the first part of 2018 as it was in the first part of 2017. The Tesla Model S sat comfortably at #1 in this category.

SNIPPET 2:

This isn’t a blip in history. Rather, it’s been the story in the US large luxury car market for years.

Someone new to the topic might wonder why the Model S performs so well and outsells historic giants of the market such as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Each individual buyer is different, but in aggregate, it seems that would be due to the Tesla’s superior performance, advanced tech (esp. Autopilot), smooth and fun electric driving experience, convenient home charging, attractive design, superb safety (top of the market), and zero emissions. However, we don’t have any definitive research on the matter, so we’re left to speculate based on anecdotes and some consumer research.

Tesla Model 3 Following Suit
 


Full article with more eye opening graphics:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/22/tesla-model-s-crushes-luxury-car-competition-in-usa/

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