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« Reply #1100 on: June 20, 2016, 09:54:44 PM »
Electric vehicles are being tested in a 80-day race around the world
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The 80edays 2016, also known as the ELDURO, is an endurance race around the world with only all-electric vehicles – mainly Tesla Roadsters and Model S sedans. 14 international teams will rally across 25,000 km, 20 countries, and 3 continents to finish in Barcelona in 80 days or less.

Along the way, the teams will attend “over 40 events are organized to raise awareness about EV technology.”
The race started this weekend in Barcelona and all the teams reached Lisbon in Portugal. They will fly the vehicles over the Atlantic ocean and continue the race in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The organisation describes the goal of the race:

“[They] will share their EV experiences and send a strong message to the industry that sustainable technology is the future. Passing through preset presentation points (checkpoints), they will plant trees in a bid to offset the greenhouse impact from the event.”
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Almost all the teams are using either a Tesla Roadster or a Tesla Model S, but one team from Hungary is actually racing in an all-electric bus.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/20/tesla-vehicles-race-around-the-world/
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« Reply #1101 on: June 21, 2016, 06:15:12 PM »
VW deal is getting closer. Or not. Details were due out today but VW needed another week. Hey, it's only been 10 months now. Looks like they will fix them. Someday.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-18/vw-said-ready-with-10-bln-diesel-accord-to-devise-fix-later

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« Reply #1102 on: June 22, 2016, 08:20:45 PM »
Switzerland is getting a new fast-charging network worthy of the Tesla Supercharger: 150kW chargers at 100 sites
http://electrek.co/2016/06/21/switzerland-fast-charging-network-worthy-tesla-supercharger-150kw/
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« Reply #1103 on: June 24, 2016, 02:38:46 PM »
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They're calling it the world's first eHighway—a 1.2-mile stretch of road in Sweden that's being used as a test site for battery-powered trucks that are charged as they drive beneath overhead wires.

The technology, which has been developed by the German engineering behemoth Siemens in partnership with the Swedish truck firm Scania, is still very much in the trial phase, but it allows specially designed trucks to draw power using "an intelligent pantograph." The pantograph (the mechanism used to connect the vehicle to the overhead wire) uses a special sensor system allows it to couple and uncouple with overhead electric lines at speeds of up to 90km/h (56mph). The truck draws power as it moves, while putting out no emissions. Their hybrid drive systems then allows them revert to diesel power when back on conventional roads.

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Siemens is also developing another eHighway trial in California on behalf of Volvo, aiming to start tests between Long Beach and LA some time in 2017.

In parts of South Korea meanwhile, OLEVs (OnLine Electric Vehicles) have been on the roads since 2014. Buses on certain routes are charged using technology embedded in the road. It's essentially a giant magnetic resonance wireless power transmission setup, beaming power to receiving equipment up to 17cm above the road surface. The main issue with this approach is that large portions of the road need to be dug up: you need a wireless power transmission unit every five to 15 percent of the road's length.

http://arstechnica.co.uk/cars/2016/06/sweden-trials-electrified-highway-for-trucks/

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« Reply #1104 on: June 24, 2016, 03:45:58 PM »
Just dropping by for a few moments.

I have made no secret of my opinion that Musk is essentially a con man and that Tesla is likely to go the way of the dinosaurs in the next few years.  This has outraged a few...

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Mating Hemophiliacs Seldom Turns Out Well

I’ve long been an Elon Musk/Tesla skeptic, to put it mildly. I’ve called him out as a crony capitalist who milks subsidies, and as a con man.

Most recently, I said that one Musk company’s (SpaceX) purchase of the debt of another Musk company–Solar City–should raise alarms. Well, today four alarms rang: Tesla bid to take over Solar City, and to pay for the acquisition in Tesla stock. Solar City (SCTY) stock soared on the news: Tesla plunged. The effect of the announcement was market cap negative: Tesla’s value declined more than SCTY’s rose.

Both Solar City and Tesla rely on government subsidies, and crucially, on very dodgy financing models and questionable accounting. Like many other solar firms, Solar City was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Such an event would have a direct financial consequence for Musk, and given Elon’s large (and leveraged) ownership stake in Tesla, this would impact Tesla adversely.

Moreover, there’s a serious possibility that a SCTY bankruptcy would reveal a byzantine web of financial connections among Musk’s various ventures. Given the boundary-pushing accounting and tenuous financial condition of all of his companies, there is no doubt a lot hidden that Elon desperately wants to keep hidden.....

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« Reply #1105 on: June 25, 2016, 06:49:24 PM »
Fun review of the Mahindra e2o, a "diminutive new electric arrival."

Fully Charged Test Drives The Mahindra e2o – Video
http://insideevs.com/fully-charged-test-drives-the-mahindra-e2o-video/
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« Reply #1106 on: June 27, 2016, 12:41:22 PM »
Elon Musk retweeted the following linked article, saying, "Deluded, deranged, etc. Journalistic thesaurus sure got a lot of use last week ... "
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/747298044861784064

This Week In Tesla News: Elon Musk Is 'Deluded, Deranged' And Other (Questionable) Headlines
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Needless to say, Tesla Motors TSLA -1.30% got hammered on all fronts this week.

Everyone and anyone offered their two cents about Tesla’s proposal to buy SolarCity. And two cents is being charitable. The old adage, “opinions are like [dirty scatological word], everyone has one,” applied this week in more than a few cases. My inbox was flooded hourly with dire warnings from financial blog sites. Only by late Friday night did the finger wagging finally stop. Of course, every author thinks they’ve nailed it on why the deal will fail. But lots of the posts were repetitive and/or hastily-concocted tripe. They ranged from ‘Time for Elon Musk to Step Down” to something about the “Biggest Loser” (which I didn’t read) to something else about “Delusion and Confusion” to umpteen posts about how “Solar City will destroy value” to more cerebral takes like “Battery Derangement Syndrome.”

So, since Elon Musk’s opinion matters, by far, the most. And since Musk knows about the synergies (another dirty word) of solar power, batteries, and electric cars probably more than anyone, here are excerpts of Musk’s comments from the conference call. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2016/06/26/this-week-in-tesla-news-elon-musk-is-deluded-deranged-and-other-questionable-headlines/


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@newsycombinator:  Tesla signs $9B agreement to build factory in China
Tesla signs $9 billion agreement to build factory in China, report says
http://mashable.com/2016/06/24/tesla-factory-china-9-billion/

https://twitter.com/newsycombinator/status/747278789969846272
To which Elon Musk replied:
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@newsycombinator @mashable We haven't signed anything for a factory in China
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/747298731691696130
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« Reply #1107 on: June 27, 2016, 02:20:59 PM »
The growth rate required for Tesla to ramp up, in three years, to 500,000 cars a year is not unprecedented -- many Chinese car companies have accomplished it.  And Tesla has several advantages.

Tesla Model 3 build plan is ambitious, but not impossible since Chinese automakers already did it [Report]
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Jaffe explains why outpacing the average Chinese automaker growth rate is feasible:
   “... The reason is the nature of the product. The Tesla Model 3, which will comprise the majority of Tesla vehicles manufactured in the year 2018, is a significantly cheaper car to assemble than any of the Chinese cars made by the ten automakers surveyed in this study. Tesla has revealed that there are approximately 8,000 discrete parts in a Model 3. Any internal combustion vehicle, even the cheapest sub-economy model, will have at least 20,000 discrete parts. An internal combustion engine (ICE)-based drivetrain is and always will be dramatically more sophisticated and complex than any electric drivetrain vehicle.”

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Two other important factors in production ramp-ups are market certainty and access to capital. Because of the pre-order process for the Model 3, Tesla has something that no car manufacturer has had in the past: absolute certainty that there will be a market demand for at least 370,000 Model 3’s in the year 2018. This is a dramatic advantage for any manufacturer’s production buildout planning. In regards to capital, the company has already completed the issuance of stock for a secondary capital raise of $2.6 billion. The company has stated publicly that this will provide it will all the capital it will need to fund the rollout of the Model 3.

http://electrek.co/2016/06/27/tesla-model-3-build-plan-chinese-automakers-did-it-report/
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« Reply #1108 on: June 28, 2016, 02:57:11 AM »
Volkswagen to Face $15 Billion Tab in U.S. Settlement
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Volkswagen AG’s price tag to settle lawsuits in the U.S. over its rigging of diesel emissions tests has jumped to more than $15 billion -- $5 billion more than previously reported -- on the eve of a settlement to be filed Tuesday in a San Francisco court.

Under the deal, VW will set aside $10.03 billion to cover costs including buying back vehicles at pre-scandal values and compensating drivers as much as $10,000 per car for their troubles, two people familiar with the negotiations said. Those figures could rise if VW misses certain deadlines.

In addition, Volkswagen will pay $2.7 billion in fines that will go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, and $2 billion on clean-emissions technology, one of the people said. The carmaker is also expected to announce a settlement with states, including New York, for about $400 million, another person said.

That total far exceeds any previous U.S. civil settlement with an automaker, and it brings VW closer to the $18.3 billion it has set aside to cover the costs of the scandal. But it won’t put an end to VW’s legal troubles spanning three continents as the company still faces civil and criminal actions in other jurisdictions.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-27/volkswagen-said-to-face-15-billion-tab-in-u-s-settlement
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« Reply #1109 on: June 28, 2016, 02:13:16 PM »
"Meanwhile, BYD’s new factory in Qingdao, China began production last week. Annual capacity is 1,000 electric buses, and will eventually rise to 5,000, said CEO Wang Chuanfu."

BYD sells 16 electric buses in France, expands manufacturing capacity in China
https://chargedevs.com/newswire/byd-sells-16-electric-buses-in-france-expands-manufacturing-capacity-in-china/
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« Reply #1110 on: June 28, 2016, 09:23:04 PM »
Battery market for electric vehicles to rise to $10 Billion in 2020, thanks to Tesla, BYD and VW [Report]
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A new research report from Lux Research looked into the projected growth of the battery sector for electric vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs) and concluded that the market will rise to $10 Billion in 2020 with six large carmakers led by Tesla accounting for 90% of the demand.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/28/battery-market-electric-vehicles-10-billion-2020-tesla-byd-vw/
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« Reply #1111 on: June 28, 2016, 09:34:06 PM »
Dogs and cats, living together!   ;)

Tesla is talking with gas station chains about installing Superchargers
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”Tesla is talking to some gas station chains about installing charging at some stations that are conveniently located for long-distance, emission-free travel and could provide the necessary amenities for our customers.”

When we talk about “long-distance travel”, we talk about Superchargers or at least DC fast-charging. Those are not meant to take hours. Currently, the typical charging session takes about 30 minutes to an hour, but Tesla aims to eventually bring it down to 5 minutes.

That’s 30 minutes to an hour of valuable customer attention for businesses where the Superchargers are located. It’s so valuable, that some businesses are now contributing to the energy costs associated with the Superchargers at some locations.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/28/tesla-gas-station-chains-installing-superchargers/
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« Reply #1112 on: June 29, 2016, 01:37:31 PM »
Electric bus maker Proterra follows Tesla’s lead and open-sources its Fast-Charging patents
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Over two years ago, Tesla open-sourced all its patents for electric vehicles – a surprising announcement in our IP-centric business climate. CEO Elon Musk explained the move as being in line with Tesla’s mission to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport:

“If we’re all in a ship together and the ship has some holes in it, and we’re sort of bailing water out of it, and we have a great design for a bucket, then even if we’re bailing out way better than everyone else, we should probably still share the bucket design.”

We might get access to yet another bucket design thanks to Proterra, a leading manufacturer of all-electric buses. The bus maker announced today that it will be opening its proprietary “on-route fast-charging technology” on a royalty-free basis.

In a phrasing reminiscent of what Tesla used in its own announcement, Proterra issued a statement explaining that the move was ” to accelerate widespread EV technology adoption and infrastructure development”.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/28/electric-bus-maker-proterra-tesla-lead-open-sources-fast-charging-patents/
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« Reply #1113 on: June 30, 2016, 01:33:23 AM »
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« Reply #1114 on: June 30, 2016, 09:39:42 PM »
The new EV playbook: How utilities can gain from the coming boom in electric vehicles
Electric vehicles can offer grid services at bargain prices if charging is done when and where utilities need it
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If every light vehicle was an EV, total U.S. electricity demand would increase about 25%," said Chris Nelder, a manager in RMI’s electricity program and the paper’s principal author. "But it could be done without increasing peak generation and it could reduce the unit cost of electricity by eliminating the need to invest in peaking capacity.”
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-new-ev-playbook-how-utilities-can-gain-from-the-coming-boom-in-electri/421559/
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« Reply #1115 on: July 01, 2016, 01:25:45 AM »
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« Reply #1116 on: July 01, 2016, 12:56:15 PM »
It was inevitable, and now, sadly, it has happened:  the first death in a Tesla on Autopilot.  Elon Musk has long said the data showed Autopilot to be 50% safer than human driving -- and indeed, as Tesla wrote: “This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles.”

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A fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S on Autopilot and a tractor-trailer, which is just now coming to light but happened last month, prompts a preliminary evaluation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The evaluation will determine whether the system worked according to expectations and it is the first step before an investigation which could potentially lead to a recall.
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It looks like it could be the first reported death caused by a crash while the Autopilot was activated.

Thought the Autopilot was indeed on when the crash occurred, it doesn’t seem to have much to do with the accident the way Tesla describes it:

“What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied. The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S.”


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A Tragic Loss

We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Model S. This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles. It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations.

Following our standard practice, Tesla informed NHTSA about the incident immediately after it occurred. What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied. The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S. Had the Model S impacted the front or rear of the trailer, even at high speed, its advanced crash safety system would likely have prevented serious injury as it has in numerous other similar incidents.

The crash happened at an uncontrolled (no traffic signals) intersection, in Florida.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/30/tesla-autopilot-fata-crash-nhtsa-investigation/
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« Reply #1117 on: July 01, 2016, 08:45:50 PM »
Tesla Autopilot partner Mobileye comments on fatal crash, says tech isn’t meant to avoid this type of accident
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“We have read the account of what happened in this case. Today’s collision avoidance technology, or Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is defined as rear-end collision avoidance, and is designed specifically for that. This incident involved a laterally crossing vehicle, which current-generation AEB systems are not designed to actuate upon. Mobileye systems will include Lateral Turn Across Path (LTAP) detection capabilities beginning in 2018, and the Euro NCAP safety ratings will include this beginning in 2020.”
http://electrek.co/2016/07/01/tesla-autopilot-mobileye-fatal-crash-comment/


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Understanding the fatal Tesla accident on Autopilot and the NHTSA probe
http://electrek.co/2016/07/01/understanding-fatal-tesla-accident-autopilot-nhtsa-probe/
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« Reply #1118 on: July 01, 2016, 08:49:00 PM »
Opinion piece:  Diesels can't really be "fixed."  Let's move on.

Volkswagen settlement is a huge waste of $15 billion
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The fact is that no internal combustion car, whether from Volkswagen or any other car company, diesel or gasoline, lives up to its emissions promises when measured on the road in actual use. To various degrees, everyone is cheating. The litigation, regulatory and brand risks of continuing to operate in shades of gray on emissions has now been exposed, and all automakers are terrified.

In the near term, Volkswagen's transgressions may result in thousands of cars being brought to a premature end, but it may portend a new future for the automobile in the United States and elsewhere. The shift to electric vehicles is imminent and the Volkswagen diesel scandal helped to cement it.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/30/volkswagon-settlement-is-a-huge-waste-of-15-billion-commentary.html
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« Reply #1119 on: July 01, 2016, 10:13:39 PM »
Americans’ Love of SUVs, Pickups, and Vans Keeps Getting Stronger
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U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but America’s infatuation with the sport utility vehicle is only growing stronger. Sales of SUVs, pickups, and vans have accounted for more than half of all U.S. light-vehicle sales (which also include cars) in each of the last 38 months.

American automakers such as Ford and General Motors are notably dependent on light trucks. Below is a breakdown of companies’ light-vehicle sales in the U.S. in the past 12 months:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-01/americans-love-of-suvs-pickups-and-vans-keeps-getting-stronger
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« Reply #1120 on: July 02, 2016, 12:50:32 PM »
Paris Says Non to 20th-Century Cars, Bolstering Koolicar, Uber
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There are two models: the one where everyone has two cars in his garage, and our model, where you get a car when you need it," said Drivy founder’s Paulin Dementhon. "The more we make car owners pay for the real cost of their vehicles, the more incentives they have to use it moderately."
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-01/paris-says-non-to-20th-century-cars-bolstering-koolicar-uber
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« Reply #1121 on: July 02, 2016, 08:01:36 PM »
"It costs an average of $8,558 per year to own a car in the U.S., but each vehicle is used just 4 percent of the time. Ridesharing in an autonomous vehicle could ensure that cars are always in use."

The Merging Worlds of Technology and Cars
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Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne thinks it makes no sense for carmakers to spend billions of dollars developing competing, yet largely identical systems. To share some of the risk—and the cost—the incumbent automotive giants and their would-be disruptors are teaming up in an ever-growing, ever more complex series of alliances.

So Fiat Chrysler, for instance, has paired up with Google to develop 100 self-driving minivans, and is in discussions with Uber about a similar venture. Google has, in turn, invested in Uber, as have Toyota, Microsoft and Tata, owner of Jaguar Land Rover. Bill Ford, chairman of the eponymous carmaker, has meanwhile invested in Lyft, as has General Motors, and Lyft has partnered with China’s Didi, itself the subject of a $1 billion investment from Apple.
http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2016-merging-tech-and-cars/
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« Reply #1122 on: July 03, 2016, 06:12:53 AM »
Swedish car sales continues to boom.
According to bilsweden.se, in June car sales increased by 12.6%, light trucks by 17% and heavy trucks by 28.8%. It's now the 30'th month in a row with increased car sales and this years June was the best June ever.

A funny or rather tragic note; Jaguar sold 77 cars in June, same as Tesla. Jaguar's increase in June was +220.83% and Tesla's decrease was -45.77%. For the first half of the year Jaguar's increase was +206.48% and Tesla's decrease was -18.75%.

More than 50% of the cars are diesel's, they also note the Swedish car market's climate successes.  ::)

I see more muscle cars than ever, I see more stupid oversized SUV's than ever, I saw a model S IRL a couple of weeks ago. I almost went off the road! :)

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« Reply #1123 on: July 03, 2016, 07:13:07 PM »
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A funny or rather tragic note; Jaguar sold 77 cars in June, same as Tesla. Jaguar's increase in June was +220.83% and Tesla's decrease was -45.77%. For the first half of the year Jaguar's increase was +206.48% and Tesla's decrease was -18.75%.

More than 50% of the cars are diesel's, they also note the Swedish car market's climate successes.  ::)

I see more muscle cars than ever, I see more stupid oversized SUV's than ever, I saw a model S IRL a couple of weeks ago. I almost went off the road! :)

I know the feeling.   :)
I was curious about the Tesla decrease you quoted.  Tesla doesn't provide their own monthly sales numbers, in part because they manufacture and gang deliveries to selected areas at a time -- Sweden might simply have been low on the list in June.  ;)

With most of the Model X production problems now ironed out, total Tesla sales likely increased significantly -- we're waiting for the official quarterly numbers from Tesla.

U.S. Plug-in Car sales are tallied here:  http://insideevs.com/monthly-plug-in-sales-scorecard/
It looks like June will be the all-time largest sales month in the US.

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Tesla produced 18,345 vehicles in Q2, an increase of 20% from Q1, and exited the quarter consistently producing just under 2,000 vehicles per week. Due to the steep production ramp, almost half of the quarter’s production occurred in the final four weeks.
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Due to the extreme production ramp in Q2 and the high mix of customer-ordered vehicles still on trucks and ships at the end of the quarter, Tesla Q2 deliveries were lower than anticipated at 14,370 vehicles, consisting of 9,745 Model S and 4,625 Model X. In total, 5,150 customer-ordered vehicles were still in transit at the end of the quarter and will be delivered in early Q3. That amount was higher than expected (there were 2,615 vehicles in transit to customers at the end of Q1) and is more than a third of the number of cars that completed delivery in Q2.
http://electrek.co/2016/07/03/tesla-tsla-missed-on-deliveries-in-q2-with-14370-vehicles-beats-production-with-18345-vehicles/

More from the Inside EV's link above:
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[Model S:]  And while this scorecard focuses on the US, we have to note that in Q2, Tesla really focused on US deliveries (at the expense of international ones), to a degree that we have not seen in many quarters.
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[Model X:]  Looking at actual production, the neglect of international deliveries appears to be over, because as soon as a Model X entering production was unlikely to be delivered to the US, Euro/Asia production kicked off.
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« Reply #1124 on: July 04, 2016, 04:01:01 AM »
Sig, maybe those who can afford it here buys a Jaguar and a model S to soothe their conscience? :)
It's been a while since I quoted sales numbers from Bil Sweden and I forgot to add the regular little caveat: Directly Imported cars or other older cars registered for the first time in Sweden are not included. That said, it normally doesn't make much difference overall.
Bil Sweden has a short presentation in English: http://www.bilsweden.se/in-english
Traffic Analysis / Statistics Sweden (SCB) has statistics of all vehicles (including directly imported) regardless of age, in their registration numbers. They should update their June numbers today.

Neither has teslaclubsweden updated their June numbers, but If I check January to May, they report 274 cars (model S), exactly the same as Bil Sweden. Model X not reported yet.

While reading at teslaclubsweden I saw this; Gothenburg has finally committed to install 14 new charging stations with CCS, Chademo and Type2. Only 4-5 sites but nevertheless, wow! :)
I hope they will start with their levees soon or they will have to buy more boats instead. You lived in the mountains Sig, but you might have a lake nearby and would be interested in a Swedish boat? :)
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« Reply #1125 on: July 04, 2016, 06:50:49 PM »
Sleepy,
That is a beautiful boat.  Much classier than anything I've seen around here making their way to the lake.  And it's electric-powered -- cool!
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« Reply #1126 on: July 04, 2016, 09:15:17 PM »
 ;D  ;)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Does Commercial For Battery-Operated Mercedes "AA" class Car, on Saturday Night Live
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« Reply #1127 on: July 05, 2016, 05:06:04 AM »
Sleepy,
That is a beautiful boat.  Much classier than anything I've seen around here making their way to the lake.  And it's electric-powered -- cool!
Yes, it is beautiful.
I love boats, sold my last one in the early 90's. Because of work, not AGW. A friend told me back then; you can sell your boat, but you can never sell your love for them. Later on I simply couldn't motivate buying an earth destroying dinosaur guzzler just for fun.  :(

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« Reply #1128 on: July 05, 2016, 02:03:46 PM »
Video examining traffic solutions.

The End of Traffic: How the Smartest People in the World Are Fixing Your Commute
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-28/the-end-of-traffic-how-the-smartest-people-in-the-world-are-fixing-your-commute
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« Reply #1129 on: July 05, 2016, 02:17:52 PM »
Solar-powered cars (with batteries) -- that look more like a "normal" car and less like a student science project. ;D

Hanergy Unveils Solar-Powered Cars to Expand Use of Technology
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Under ideal conditions, Hanergy’s solar-powered cars can travel about 80 kilometers (50 miles) on a five- to six-hour charge in the sun, it said. Power would come from thin-film solar cells affixed to their bodies.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-02/hanergy-unveils-solar-powered-cars-to-expand-use-of-technology
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« Reply #1130 on: July 05, 2016, 04:01:55 PM »
Hyundai reveals pricing for the IONIQ Electric in the UK, starts at £28,995
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You remember the Hyundai IONIQ? The South Korean automaker’s one-car platform to release three models with different electric powertrains, IONIQ Hybrid (HEV), IONIQ Plug-in (PHEV) and IONIQ Electric (BEV). It created a lot of buzz earlier this year with hopes that the all-electric version could compete with the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3 and other long-range electric cars coming to market in the next year.

We were disappointed when it was actually revealed that the IONIQ Electric will actually have a 28 kWh battery pack allowing for an EPA-rated of about 110 miles. Now Hyundai reveals the first pricing for the vehicle in Europe, starting with the UK, further confirming that the vehicle will actually be competing with the Nissan LEAF.
 
While the HEV version will start at £19,995, Hyundai revealed that the all-electric (BEV), IONIQ Electric, will start at £28,995 ($37,900 USD) in the UK.
http://electrek.co/2016/07/05/hyundai-reveals-pricing-for-the-ioniq-electric-in-the-uk-starts-at-28995/
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« Reply #1131 on: July 07, 2016, 03:33:48 PM »
CARB:  Here's an idea.  Let's reduce our support for the one car company that's managed to do exactly what we've mandated all other car companies to do.  That will encourage them!  ::)

California considers stricter ZEV mandate, but might leave Tesla out of it
http://electrek.co/2016/07/07/california-stricter-zev-mandate-tesla/
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Should Truck Fleets Fear Regulation?
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Two urgent causes, environmental sustainability and highway safety, are driving the U.S. government to regulate trucking and transport at a seemingly unprecedented pace. “We’re in a period marked by close scrutiny of the transport of goods and of the greenhouse gases this activity produces—along with its other impacts,” says Scott Perry, Vice President of Supply Management and Global Fuel Products at Ryder System, Inc. “This will continue, but as an industry, we have what we need to make big upgrades, and, going forward, to tell a positive story about performance and accountability."
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« Reply #1133 on: July 07, 2016, 06:25:37 PM »
How the Media Screwed up the Fatal Tesla Accident
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Joshua Brown died tragically while his Tesla was on Autopilot. But the media’s response shows how little it understands about technology.
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/07/how-the-media-screwed-up-the-fatal-tesla-accident


Tesla Model S driver and 8-yr-old son survive 80mph rollover truck crash w/minor injuries
http://electrek.co/2016/07/07/tesla-model-s-son-survive-80mph-crash-truck-images/
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« Reply #1134 on: July 08, 2016, 12:59:06 AM »
What Volkswagen’s Big EV Bet Tells Us
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This isn’t the kind of movement typically seen in an industry known for incremental change and a myopic clinging to core revenue drivers. For Volkswagen though, sticking with what works is simply no longer an option. Fallout from last year’s diesel emissions scandal continues to be a drag on the German auto giant’s sales, and a toxic element for its brand. Shareholder and customer anger continues to mount.

To stop the bleeding, VW is apparently trying to transform itself from a massive manufacturer that uses electric vehicles as a halo—and a counterweight to its sooty diesel offerings—into a forward-thinking auto company that fully embraces the vision of transportation powered by electric propulsion.

Handelsblatt, a German business journal, on Tuesday reported Mueller clearly indicating that VW is considering abandoning diesel engine development altogether for its consumer vehicles. “Against this background,” Mueller told the journal, “We have to ask ourselves whether we want to spend more money on the further development of diesel.”
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« Reply #1135 on: July 08, 2016, 02:54:42 AM »
Testing (Semi) Autonomous Cars With Tesla, Cadillac, Hyundai, and Mercedes
http://www.motortrend.com/news/testing-semi-autonomous-cars-tesla-cadillac-hyundai-mercedes/
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« Reply #1136 on: July 08, 2016, 01:01:23 PM »
Tesla Roadster 3.0 battery upgrade (R80) are finally starting to arrive – ~340 miles of range
http://electrek.co/2016/07/08/tesla-roadster-3-0-battery-upgrade-r80/


Musk has tweet-promised a special paint job available to those ordering "Maximum Plaid" mode (a step beyond Ludicrous mode) in the next generation Roadster.  ;D
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« Reply #1137 on: July 09, 2016, 05:41:39 PM »
A year-to-date look at potential competitors to the Tesla Model 3 shows most selling many fewer cars this year than last.  Have all the lost buyers all switched to (gas) SUVs?  Or are they waiting for the Model 3?  (Or, given the popularity of leasing, both....)

Tesla Model 3 Already Gobbling Premium Gas Car Sales, It Seems
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Retro drive-in restaurant chain Sonic tests EV charging stations and solar panels
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« Reply #1139 on: July 10, 2016, 04:49:18 PM »
Alibaba Wants its operating system to have a Slice of the World's Largest Car Market
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« Reply #1140 on: July 10, 2016, 08:00:53 PM »
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Elon Musk:  Working on Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2. Hoping to publish later this week.
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Almost a decade ago to the day (August 2, 2006), Elon Musk laid out Tesla’s mission in an awesome blog post titled ‘The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)‘. Now he is apparently almost ready to release a second part to this Master Plan.
At the end of the original post, Elon summarized the plan:

1. Build sports car
2. Use that money to build an affordable car
3. Use that money to build an even more affordable car
4. While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options
5. Don’t tell anyone.

Tesla is now on the third step by working on the Model 3, its third generation vehicle. While the master plan is quickly becoming a reality for the automaker, it’s apparently time for a second part.
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http://electrek.co/2016/07/10/elon-musk-tesla-secret-master-plan-part-2/
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Elon Musk says ‘no plan to disable Autopilot’, Tesla working on blog post to better explain the system
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Following the news of the fatal crash in a Model S in May, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) implied that Tesla could be planning to disable the Autopilot when drivers are not using it properly, but now Elon Musk gave a quick interview to the publication (Paywall) and says that the company has no plan to disable the Autopilot.
http://electrek.co/2016/07/12/musk-no-plan-to-disable-autopilot-tesla-blog-post-to-better-explain-the-system/
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EV-Box installs 40,000th EV charging station
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EV-Box, an international EVSE manufacturer that has offices in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris, London and New York, has installed its 40,000th charging point, at a hotel in The Netherlands.

The Hotel & Restaurant Central Park by Ron Blaauw, in Voorburg, strives to make all its operations as sustainable as possible. “Lending electric cars to our hotel guests and providing charging points to our visitors have been a logical step for us to take,” says Ron Blaauw, the culinary mind behind the establishment.

“In this day and age, all hotels and restaurants should offer charging stations for electric vehicles,” said Central Park owner Carsten Klint. “They are the future, and it’s an excellent service we can offer to our guests. I think we can expect the number of charging points to duplicate in the next few years.”
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« Reply #1143 on: July 13, 2016, 06:10:34 PM »
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Elon Musk:  We don't mind taking the heat for customer safety. It is the right thing to do.
From @RoadandTrack: http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/news/a29944/leave-tesla-alone/

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/753125662874042369


Leave Tesla Alone
The carmaker is far from perfect, but we should be amazed at what it has managed to accomplish instead of scrutinizing it over every misstep.
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Here's a statistic for you: 1.08 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, that's the death rate on the American road as of 2014, the last year for which there is complete data. In 1994, the rate was 1.73, so we are almost twice as safe as a nation of drivers as we were twenty years ago. This will no doubt come as a surprise to those of you who buy into the idea that "distracted driving" has unleashed a plague of death and destruction upon us. The fatality rate in 2007, the year of the iPhone's introduction, was 1.36. We are now 30 percent safer than we were before the iPhone. Unlike the people who make a living raising panic about distracted driving, I won't try to make an outrageous and illogical assertion based on the above fact.

As good at the 1.08 stat is, I can come up with a better one: 0.76 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. Is that the fatality rate for Germany, where nobody ever passes in the right lane, there is barely any distracted driving, and everybody who has a license is basically as good a driver as Michael Schumacher, or at least Ralf Schumacher? Is it Finland where the driving test is so strict there's a 57 percent failure rate? Or is it Japan, where all the cars are clean and brand new?

No, that fatality rate is for a very specific driver right here in America, and the name of that driver is Tesla Autopilot. Again, let's not lie with statistics. The conditions under which Autopilot, Tesla's semiautonomous driving feature, will operate are, by definition, some of the safest and most predictable situations possible. Heavy rain, icy roads, limited visibility, the Tail of the Dragon—all places where Autopilot will cheerfully hand the wheel back over to you, the Tesla owner, and wish you good luck. Implying that Tesla Autopilot is safer than the average driver is probably like suggesting that most convicted felons are Democrats; the raw data might support the assertion, but there are other, more complex factors in play.
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In any even remotely sane universe, this achievement would be celebrated in the most hyperbolic fashion possible by every man, woman, and child on the planet. Americans would be as proud of the Tesla Model S as we used to be about the moon landing or about winning the Cold War. The entire auto industry would be working night and day to make a car that could beat Tesla at its own game. Kids on their bicycles would pretend to be a Tesla P90D in Ludicrous Mode. (Or is it Ludacris Mode, where one is encouraged to "act a fool?")

Needless to say, the world of 2016 is a thoroughly insane universe, so none of the above is happening. Instead, there's a cottage industry springing up of people who are trying to make a name, or a living, or both, disparaging Tesla and its products. Instead of celebrating the existence of a self-autonomous electric car, they are focused on whatever individual gain they can scrape for themselves off the bottom of Elon Musk's shoe.

These individuals are assisted in their quest by a media that long ago decided that it was completely okay with killing the society on which it parasitically feeds. Every potential flaw in a Tesla, every customer complaint, and every perceived shortfall from perfection in the product, the company, or its people is endlessly chewed into pulp by the mandibles of these filthy dung beetles in an effort to find a morsel of notoriety on which they can subsist. These people can't look away from their own navels long enough to contemplate the technological miracle of a self-driving electric car that runs elevens in the quarter. They'd rather focus on minor quality issues or customer-relations missteps.
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...It makes you wonder why Elon Musk couldn't just be content sitting on his Paypal money and living the lifestyle of the famous one percent. It certainly would have been less hassle....
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Can you imagine if the media had treated Henry Ford in the Model T era the way these idiots deal with Elon Musk? I can just imagine the headlines:

Horrible Racist Anti-Semite Wants People to Do the Same Job All Day for Just Five Bucks

Some Early Delivery Model Ts Are Breaking Owners' Wrists

Model T Owner Runs Into Horse, Dies

Ford Fails to Deliver Improved Quarterly Profits Or Stock Price Increases; Puts Money Into River Rouge "Gigafactory" Scam Instead

Customers Are Triggered by Having No Color Choices on Crappy Little Car; Some Vow to Repaint It Themselves
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California lawmakers unplug the state's electric car program
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Carmakers signed agreements with the state committing to the production of cleaner vehicles with the understanding that public dollars would go toward incentive programs, said John Bozzella, president and chief executive officer of Global Automakers, an umbrella group representing the U.S. divisions of 12 motor vehicle manufacturers.
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« Reply #1145 on: July 14, 2016, 11:55:59 PM »
The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen's plan to recall vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines, calling the proposal incomplete and deficient.
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/california-rejects-volkswagen-recall-3-liter-diesel-cars-n609246
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« Reply #1146 on: July 18, 2016, 05:53:41 PM »
VW diesel owners are bringing their business to Tesla
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Volkswagen diesel vehicle owners have been considering their options under the settlement plan the auto maker submitted in June, but some have already put down the $1,000 deposit for the Tesla Model 3 with the intention of using the money from VW’s proposed vehicle buyback program to help purchase the car.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/vw-diesel-owners-are-bringing-their-business-to-tesla-2016-07-14
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New York Alleges in Lawsuit Volkswagen Executives Covered up Diesel Cheating
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Senior executives at Volkswagen, including its former chief executive, covered up evidence that the German automaker had cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, New York state charged on Tuesday in a civil lawsuit against the company.

New York was one of three states bringing separate lawsuits in state courts against VW, along with Maryland and Massachusetts. The suit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in state court in Albany on Tuesday outlined more than a decade of efforts by the world's No. 2 automaker to deceive regulators in the United States and Europe, citing internal VW documents.
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« Reply #1148 on: July 21, 2016, 03:28:53 AM »
Ladies and gentlemen, Elon Musk presents:  the future!  Here is his long-awaited* "Master Plan, Part 2.”

   Electric Tesla vehicles will include: "a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck", and "heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport."  Full autonomous driving at 10 times the safety of human driving.  And an even cheaper Tesla won't be needed because you can use someone else's:  "You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation...."

*for more than a week!   ;) ;D

Master Plan, Part Deux
https://www.tesla.com/blog/master-plan-part-deux
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« Reply #1149 on: July 21, 2016, 04:16:56 AM »
More on Musk's announcement, from Electrek:

Tesla plans a ‘shared autonomous fleet’ for owners to make money off their car
http://electrek.co/2016/07/20/tesla-shared-fleet-autonomous-fleet-money-off-their-car/

Tesla’s Master Plan Part Deux includes future ‘compact SUV’, ‘a new kind of pickup’ and money saving Uber-like service
http://electrek.co/2016/07/20/teslas-pickup-suv-crossover-model-3/

Tesla to enter the semi truck business, starting with ‘Tesla Semi’ set to be unveiled next year
http://electrek.co/2016/07/20/tesla-semi-truck-business-cargo/
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