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« Reply #950 on: April 27, 2016, 03:47:41 PM »
Now it's official.  And, 15,000 new charging points will be built!

Germany officially announces a €4,000 incentive for electric vehicles starting in May
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  • For pure electric cars, there is a grant of 4,000 euros.
  • It starts mid-May.
  • Luxury models are left out. Rewards are only for cars with a list price of a maximum of 60,000 euros (base model).
  • The promotion lasts for a maximum total of 400,000 cars.
  • The bonus will be awarded to first served basis, Schaeuble said. So suppose that the principle:  “first come, first served”. If the quota is queried, it ends the premium.
  • The federal government contributes a total of 600 million euros. The cost should ever share federal and automakers half. Overall, the funding is therefore EUR 1.2 billion.
  • The promotion ends in 2020.
http://electrek.co/2016/04/27/germany-electric-vehicle-incentive-4000/
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« Reply #951 on: April 28, 2016, 02:02:05 AM »
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« Reply #952 on: April 28, 2016, 04:29:21 PM »
The Tesla-friendly state of Connecticut is seeing opposition from its automotive dealers association against a bill permitting three Tesla stores.

Tesla’s direct sales fight heats up in Connecticut – 76% support Tesla according to a survey
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Tesla is currently facing strong opposition from the dealership lobby in Connecticut over a new legislation that would allow the automaker to sell directly to consumers in the state. The bill SB3 is currently in consideration and awaiting a vote in the state Senate. It would enable Tesla to open up to 3 stores in the state.

Besides the dealership monopoly, Connecticut has been very friendly to Tesla, offering up the first Supercharging stations on the East coast, hosting a service center in Milford and an upcoming Gallery multi-purpose location in Greenwich.
http://electrek.co/2016/04/27/teslas-direct-sales-fight-connecticut/


It is well-documented that traditional dealerships generally do poorly marketing EVs.  But a few who have made an effort have done well.
A dealership perspective: How we can sell millions of EVs
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Sales of EVs and PHEVs are growing at what seems like an impressive pace, but are still tiny in relation to the larger auto market. Total new vehicle sales reached an all-time high of over 17 million in 2015, but plug-in sales just cracked the one-percent mark in Europe, and are still well under one percent in the US.

Theories abound as to the reasons for the tepid growth rate, but it’s increasingly obvious that independent dealers are one major bottleneck. Several EV media outlets have sent “secret shoppers” to auto dealerships, and they have found that most dealers are shockingly ignorant about how EVs work, and that some actively discourage customers from buying them. A 2014 study by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis reached the same conclusion. Charged devoted an article to the dealership dilemma in our June/July 2014 issue.

The topic crossed over to the mainstream media in December 2015, when a feature article in the New York Times reported that dealers “are showing little enthusiasm for putting consumers into electric cars,” and cited several examples of would-be EV buyers being steered to legacy gas vehicles.

However, not all auto dealers are stuck in the 20th century. Heath Carney, Electric Vehicle/Sustainability Manager, and John Sullivan, Dealer Principal at the Sullivan Chevrolet/Auto Group in Roseville, California, contributed the following article to Charged.
https://chargedevs.com/features/a-dealership-perspective-how-we-can-sell-millions-of-evs/
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« Reply #953 on: April 28, 2016, 04:55:59 PM »
Looks like Tesla's goal of accelerating the advent of sustainable transportation will get a significant boost from German automakers very soon.  :)

German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry
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It wasn't long ago when the German car industry was still laughing out loud about Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors electric car company.

The proud makers of the world's top-selling luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche could not fathom how a small-time, loss-making upstart from California could ever compete with the giants of the industry that had a century and a half of experience and expertise. In November, a former Daimler chairman, Edzard Reuter, even called Tesla "a joke that can't be taken seriously compared to the great car companies of Germany" and dismissed Musk as a "pretender."

But the patronizing laughter came to a screeching halt after more than 325,000 buyers from around the world lined up to put down $1,000 reservations to order Tesla's Model 3 in the first week — even though the company's electric car for the masses, priced from $35,000, won't go into production for another 18 months.

Some in Germany are now, rather belatedly, seeing Tesla as a long-term threat to the pride and joy of the country's economy: the car industry that employs 750,000 workers and indirectly accounts for 1 in 8 jobs.
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Tesla sold more electric cars in Germany last year than any other brand and proved to be a formidable competitor even before the launch of the Model 3, selling 1,582 Model S cars in Germany in 2015. That compares with sales of 1,051 BMW i3s, 1,161 all-electric Mercedes, 676 electric Smarts and 796 electric VW Golfs.

That prompted automakers such as Porsche and Audi to accelerate plans to bring their own all-electric cars to the market by the end of this decade after long expressing doubts there would be a sizable market for the cars.

The improbable popularity of the Tesla has touched a deep nerve in Germany, already reeling from last year's Volkwagen diesel-emissions scandal.

"German carmakers totally underestimated the potential of the all-electric vehicle and thought it was just a fad that would pass," said Juergen Resch, the head of the nonprofit Deutsche Umwelthilfe environment and consumer protection association. "And at the same time they've been pushing diesel engines with defeat devices."
http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-0419-tesla-germany-20160419-story.html



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The Mission of Tesla

Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect & CEO November 18, 2013

Our goal when we created Tesla a decade ago was the same as it is today: to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible. If we could have done that with our first product, we would have, but that was simply impossible to achieve for a startup company that had never built a car and that had one technology iteration and no economies of scale. Our first product was going to be expensive no matter what it looked like, so we decided to build a sports car, as that seemed like it had the best chance of being competitive with its gasoline alternatives.
https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/mission-tesla
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« Reply #954 on: April 28, 2016, 08:29:47 PM »
Dubai showcases a new driverless Tesla Model S concept [Video]
http://electrek.co/2016/04/28/dubai-driverless-tesla-model-s-concept-video/
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« Reply #955 on: April 28, 2016, 08:48:06 PM »
Sorely needed!

Seaward’s new handheld charge point tester will help bring quality control to a new level
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The UK-based Seaward Group recently launched a new handheld charge point tester. The company says that its EV110 EVSE test and diagnostic tool for AC charging fills a major gap in the industry’s ability to raise the quality control of charging stations installations to higher levels.
https://chargedevs.com/features/seawards-new-handheld-charge-point-tester-will-help-bring-quality-control-to-a-new-level/
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« Reply #956 on: April 28, 2016, 09:50:45 PM »
Ford:  Really, really late to the party?  ::)   Or, advised by its Board that a car-maker not pushing ahead with electric today looks completely out of touch? 

Ford is developing an EV competitor to the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt, says CEO
http://electrek.co/2016/04/28/ford-is-developing-an-ev-competitor-to-the-tesla-model-3-and-chevy-bolt-says-ceo/
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« Reply #957 on: May 01, 2016, 01:00:57 AM »
British Columbia, Canada:  Year-long charging station program almost fully committed in one month
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On March 23, the Government of British Columbia made available almost $700,000 to help pay for fast chargers in condos and apartments. These chargers can replenish a vehicle battery in three to four hours.

“Many of B.C.’s condo and apartment residents have felt shut out of the EV revolution because they need a place to plug in overnight, and many strata councils have been reluctant to pony up for the costs of a shared charging station,” said J-M Toriel, a director of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, in a press release.
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The Fraser Basin Council, which administers the program, said on a recent webinar that while the funds were intended to last a year, they were nearly fully allocated within one month of the announcement. The organization expects the program funds will be completely committed by the middle of May.
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/year-long-charging-station-program-almost-fully-committed-one-month
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« Reply #958 on: May 01, 2016, 05:45:39 PM »
Nothing like a world-wide scandal to help a business refocus its business goals.  ::)

"The first vehicles produced on the MEB basis are slated to hit the streets at the end of the decade. “We plan to make electric cars one of Volkswagen’s new hallmarks,” Müller explained."

Volkswagen Confirms 20 New Plug-ins By 2020
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At the company’s annual media conference earlier this week, VW Group CEO Matthias Müller said the company will launch new electric vehicles and set up a new firm focused on operations like car-sharing as it seeks to get past its scandal over cheating on diesel emissions tests.

The VW Group is currently working hard on the further development of its strategy, to be presented mid-year. This will focus on the major fields of future importance in the industry – such as digitalization, networking, e-mobility and new mobility services.

The Chairman of the Board of Management reaffirmed the goal of playing a key role in e-mobility, with the Volkswagen Group planning to launch over 20 additional models by 2020.

http://electriccarsreport.com/2016/05/volkswagen-confirms-20-new-plug-ins-2020/
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« Reply #959 on: May 01, 2016, 06:15:14 PM »
Tesla might be looking into bringing the issue before a federal court, instead of the state by state battles it has been fighting for a while now.

GM successfully shuts down Tesla’s effort to directly sell electric vehicles in Connecticut
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For the second year in a row, Tesla tried to pass a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk in Connecticut, to allow the sell of electric vehicles directly to consumers without having to go through the franchise dealerships model. Last week, the bill SB3 was in consideration and awaiting a vote in the state Senate, but it is now officially dead following an impressive lobbying campaign led by GM and the local dealership association.

The electric automaker is currently entrenched in several battles over its business model of selling directly to consumers without a third-party dealership. While it is not an issue in most of its markets, Tesla is not allowed or under restrictions to sell its cars in several states including Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Connecticut, Utah and West Virginia.
http://electrek.co/2016/05/01/tesla-gm-direct-sales-connecticut/
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« Reply #960 on: May 01, 2016, 06:23:14 PM »
With auto makers like Mitsubishi Motors joining the band of companies that doctored mileage/emissions test results (including VW & Nissan), it will be hard to say in the future whether we are meeting the CoP21 goals, or are merely reporting doctored results:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/business/international/mitsubishi-fuel-economy-tests.html?_r=0

Extract: "Mitsubishi Motors admitted on Tuesday that it had used improper methods to test the fuel economy of cars sold in Japan for 25 years, drastically widening the scope of a mileage-doctoring scandal gripping the company.
The automaker said it still did not know exactly how many models had been given exaggerated fuel ratings. But it said it now believed it had been using unapproved methods since 1991 — a period that covers dozens of vehicle introductions and millions of cars and trucks.
Mitsubishi has been reviewing its tests since the revelations that it had cheated on ones for the mileage ratings of small-engine microcars that it sells in Japan and supplies to another Japanese automaker, Nissan, through a joint venture agreement. Nissan engineers discovered the discrepancy last year, the company said."
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« Reply #961 on: May 01, 2016, 07:00:13 PM »
No need to worry about doctored emission results of EVs. We have what it takes to move on.

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« Reply #962 on: May 02, 2016, 03:32:13 PM »
The 2017 BMW i3 increases range about 50% using new battery chemistry with the same pack size: now slightly over 100 miles. 

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The new 33 kWh battery, which is the same size as the 22 kWh pack, is really the main difference in the new 2017 model. BMW can achieve the new capacity in the same pack size by using higher energy density lithium ion cells.
http://electrek.co/2016/05/02/bmw-2017-bmw-i3-33-kwh-battery-pack/


I keep seeing lots of comments by folks (many waiting for their 200+ mile-range Tesla Model 3) wanting to drive pure electric today, but not satisfied with the around-100-mile options like the 2016 LEAF or the BMW.  There are concerns about the upcoming 200-mile-range Bolt not possibly not being available much outside of compliance states (and its price, with dealers fees and add-ons).  Used Teslas are snapped up so quickly there are next to none available.  It's a frustrating time!
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« Reply #963 on: May 02, 2016, 07:12:05 PM »
Putting the Tesla HEPA Filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode to the Test
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In less than two minutes, the HEPA filtration system had scrubbed the air in Model X, bringing pollution levels from an extremely dangerous 1,000 µg/m3 to levels so low as to be undetectable (below the noise floor) by our instruments, allowing us to remove our gas masks and breathe fresh air while sitting inside a bubble of pollution.
https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/putting-tesla-hepa-filter-and-bioweapon-defense-mode-to-the-test
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« Reply #964 on: May 02, 2016, 09:39:50 PM »
No need to worry about doctored emission results of EVs. We have what it takes to move on.

If the electricity comes from natural gas fired power plants (or coal-fired plants if you assume that they continue into the future), then it is possible to get the carbon emissions wrong as indicated by the linked reference:

Steven Sexton & Jonathan Eyer (2016), "Leveling the playing field of transportation fuels: Accounting for indirect emissions of natural gas", Energy Policy, Volume 95, Pages 21–31, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.04.023


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030142151630194X

Abstract: "Natural gas transportation fuels are credited in prior studies with greenhouse gas emissions savings relative to petroleum-based fuels and relative to the total emissions of biofuels. These analyses, however, overlook a source of potentially large indirect emissions from natural gas transportation fuels, namely the emissions from incremental coal-fired generation caused by price-induced substitutions away from natural-gas-fired electricity generation. Because coal-fired generation emits substantially more greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants than natural-gas-fired generation, this indirect coal-use change effect diminishes potential emissions savings from natural gas transportation fuels. Estimates from a parameterized multi-market model suggest the indirect coal-use change effect rivals in magnitude the indirect land-use change effect of biofuels and renders natural gas fuels as carbon intensive as petroleum fuels."
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« Reply #965 on: May 02, 2016, 10:48:23 PM »
Putting the Tesla HEPA Filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode to the Test

Here's another test you may enjoy, Sig:  ;)

http://youtu.be/vs_X29DzUfo
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« Reply #966 on: May 03, 2016, 12:12:01 AM »
Putting the Tesla HEPA Filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode to the Test

Here's another test you may enjoy, Sig:  ;)

  ::)
I was thinking more along the lines of the car being a great $70,000+ treatment for asthma....  But the only need for Autopilot in that case would be if you were too sick to drive yourself to the hospital.   8)  :)
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« Reply #967 on: May 03, 2016, 01:05:47 AM »
Volkswagen misses own deadline for diesel-cheating report, now expected by end of year
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Volkswagen did not meet its own April 22 deadline to issue the report, prepared by the law firm of Jones Day after more than six months of investigation.

"Based on the current assessment," the company said in a statement, "Jones Day expects the investigation to conclude in the fourth quarter of 2016."

Therefore, VW continued, its supervisory board and management board have "had to recognize that a disclosure of interim results of the investigation at this point in time would present unacceptable risks for Volkswagen and, therefore, cannot take place now."
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The company also suggested that releasing the report on the announced date could interfere with both settlement negotiations in the U.S. and criminal probes into the scandal.

Thus far, the internal investigation has received 65 million electronic documents, VW said, with more than 10 million forwarded to the lawyers for their inspection and review.
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Close to 500 separate investigators are focusing on about 20 individuals involved in the deception, the report suggested.

The investigation, it continued, had been complicated by the use of "dozens of code words" in the internal documents.

Unnamed company sources said the term "acoustic software" referred to the "defeat device" software that switched off emission controls during real-world use.
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1103715_volkswagen-misses-own-deadline-for-diesel-cheating-report
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« Reply #968 on: May 03, 2016, 01:08:12 PM »
For those who don't believe Elon Musk's statement that very few of the 400,000 Tesla Model 3 preorders were speculative:

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Here at Social Capital we’ve been watching Tesla for many years. We originally tried to get cute on valuation and almost had our faces ripped off. We’ve learned that changing your mind is free — so we did and have been happy supporters ever since. We’re consistently amazed at Elon’s ability to stay true to an ambitious and audacious vision despite the naysayers.

The naysayers came out this past week calling into doubt the pre-order figures that Tesla has been releasing. They cited anecdotes of individual buyers who have managed to get 20 reservations — well above the two reservations per order limit — and suggested a speculative bubble. To get to the bottom of this, we went to our friends at Second Measure to get a read on how the pre-order sales actually went. For those unfamiliar, Second Measure has a panel of several million US credit and debit cards and subsequently provides remarkably deep analytics on spending behavior across a very large subset of US households.

The Second Measure data was irrefutable. It indicated to us that of all pre-ordering customers, 96% reserved only a single car. A further 3.5% reserved two cars and <0.5% made 3 or more. Put another way, the pre-order figures that Tesla is releasing could only overstate unique customers by no more than ~4%, and the true speculative bubble, if any, was limited to less than 0.5% of the buying population. If we had instead seen a significant fraction of customers going above and beyond the two-car limit that would have been a sign of a possible speculative bubble, as it would have suggested a very large fraction of the reservations were going to individuals who were reserving multiple cars presumably for speculative purposes rather than actually using them. However, at less than 0.5%, we remain very bullish that the Model 3 pre-sales figures represent true broad based demand.

To help put this into perspective, 400,000 pre-orders at $40,000 suggests demand at the level of $16B in sales. By our estimates, it took the iPhone roughly 2 years from their launch in Q3 2007 to reach $16B in cumulative worldwide sales (27M units at $600 each). While one may not have been convinced in Q3 2007 that it was a generation defining event in technology, one would certainly have seen it as undeniable by Q3 2009 that the impact was truly enormous.

The more time we spend, the more it seems to us that when looked through the lens of Model 3 demand, the quality of the product and the laggard nature of their competitors, Tesla’s iPhone moment may have arrived.
https://medium.com/@chamath/hey-jerkwater-do-your-math-on-tsla-a29a6435f515
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« Reply #969 on: May 03, 2016, 03:07:44 PM »
Ontario: 

1. Announces clean energy plans, including a provision calling for an electric or hybrid vehicle in every multi-vehicle driveway in the province by 2024:
Ontario climate plan to offer subsidies for energy retrofits, electric cars
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-climate-strategy-to-offer-subsidies-for-energy-retrofits-electric-cars/article29796039/

2. The resulting uproar from the auto industry:
Auto parts makers decry provincial plan for 1.7M EVs on road by 2024
http://windsorstar.com/business/local-business/auto-parts-makers-decry-provincial-plan-for-1-7m-evs-on-road-by-2024

3. Soothing the auto industry:
Ontario tries to allay auto sector fears over climate change plan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ontario-tries-to-allay-auto-sector-fears-over-climate-change-plan/article29819128/



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« Reply #970 on: May 03, 2016, 05:28:46 PM »
Solar plane lands in Arizona on latest leg of around the world flight.

After the long delay in Hawaii due to battery problems, it seems all systems are working properly.
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« Reply #971 on: May 04, 2016, 11:04:11 PM »
U.S.:  Low-No program selects seven electric bus projects to receive $22 million in grants
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The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced its fiscal year 2015 project selections for the Low and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (Low-No). Seven transit providers in five states will receive a share of $22.5 million for battery-electric and fuel cell transit buses and related facilities.

FTA awarded the funds after a competitive review process that prioritized transit agencies and bus manufacturers with established records.

The projects selected in this round:

- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive $4,275,000 toward five battery-electric buses, as well as eight charging stations. This infrastructure will serve the Metro Orange Line bus rapid transit corridor in the City of Los Angeles.
- Foothill Transit will receive $1,310,000 toward charging facilities to support the agency’s ongoing electric bus program.
- The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) will receive $1,551,611 toward five electric buses and related equipment.
- The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Ohio will receive $4,015,174 toward three American Fuel Cell Buses.
- The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will receive $2,585,075 toward the purchase of 25 Proterra electric buses and related equipment.
- The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will receive $5,427,100 toward five electric buses, which will serve the route connecting the University of Utah campus to Salt Lake City.
- King County Metro in Washington will receive $3,336,040 toward eight e-buses, which will allow two routes to be operated using entirely zero-emission vehicles.

Interested parties currently have the opportunity to apply for $55 million in FY2016 Low-No funding. The application period closes in May 2016.
https://chargedevs.com/newswire/low-no-program-selects-seven-electric-bus-projects-to-receive-22-million-in-grants/
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« Reply #972 on: May 04, 2016, 11:26:26 PM »
Tesla announces new Model 3 production plans, guidance of 500,000 cars/yr by 2018, instead of 2020
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We are on track to achieve volume Model 3 production and deliveries in late 2017. Of course, in order to meet that timeframe, we will be holding both ourselves and our suppliers accountable to be ready for volume production in advance of that timing.

Additionally, given the demand for Model 3, we have decided to advance our 500,000 [per year] total unit build plan (combined for Model S, Model X, and Model 3) to 2018, two years earlier than previously planned. Increasing production five fold over the next two years will be challenging and will likely require some additional capital, but this is our goal and we will be working hard to achieve it.

We remain on plan to make the first cells at the Gigafactory in Q4 2016, and we are adjusting our plans there to accommodate our revised build plan.
http://electrek.co/2016/05/04/tesla-tsla-surge-model-3-production/
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« Reply #973 on: May 05, 2016, 01:02:54 AM »
Tesla Update:   During the Quarter 1 2016 financials conference call today, Elon Musk said he expects the increased production plans to result in about 100,000 to 200,000 Model 3 cars made during 2017.  He said people interested in the Model 3 could order it today and they would likely get their car before the end of 2018.

Following the 500,000 car-per-year volume in 2018, he expects to produce about 1 million cars per year by the end of 2020.  Opening factories in Europe and China "just makes sense", rather than shipping cars from California all over the world.  (Although he thinks a million cars per year could be made in Freemont, with the improvements in manufacturing he is overseeing.  The Model 3 will be an easy car to make, as compared to the complex Model S and especially the Model X.)

Although the gigafactory is ramping up to supply the increased volume of batteries for Model 3, Musk  does not expect this to affect the ramp up of the energy storage products side of the business.

Here's the link to the shareholder letter, with other details:
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ABEA-4CW8X0/599848170x0x889927/27EE2FDA-9C77-4D6A-8CEE-E8DFE45227BA/Q1_2016_Tesla_Shareholder_Letter.pdf

Edit:  the conference call recording is now available here: 
http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/c67hnavs
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« Reply #974 on: May 05, 2016, 01:14:44 PM »
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« Reply #975 on: May 05, 2016, 09:11:52 PM »
 The VW "defeat device" evolved from a software program originally written to address acoustical issues in a diesel engine.

VW diesel 'defeat' software built by Audi, which never used it
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1103793_vw-diesel-defeat-software-built-by-audi-which-never-used-it
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« Reply #976 on: May 06, 2016, 01:30:13 AM »
 Bloomberg's Tom Randall on Tesla's aggressive new production goal.

Tesla's Wild New Forecast Changes the Trajectory of an Entire Industry
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"Tesla is going to be hell-bent on becoming the best manufacturer on Earth," Musk said during an earnings conference call Wednesday. "My desk is at the end of the production line. I have a sleeping bag and a conference room adjacent to the production line, which I use quite frequently. The whole team is super focused."
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/tesla-s-wild-new-forecast-changes-the-trajectory-of-an-entire-industry


(Musk also said during the conference call that he is meeting personally with each of his Model 3 suppliers. Not the CEO, but the "A-Team" who will be producing the part.  Asking them if they're willing to work harder than they've ever worked before.  He's set a firm July 1, 2017 deadline for everything to be ready to come together -- yet he is also preparing to make any part in-house, if necessary to meet his targets.)
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« Reply #977 on: May 06, 2016, 06:36:27 PM »
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« Reply #978 on: May 06, 2016, 07:56:30 PM »

Electrification of transport is a great way forward, but it only works for certain segments of the population and for certain classes of vehicle.

In California a significant amount of both GHG and criteria emissions are caused by HDVs and those will certainly not be electrified for a couple of decades or more.

Another issue in California is distribution of electric cars. One of the reasons why SB350 did not pass (Senate Bill 350, for a 50% reduction in petroleum usage by 2030) was that CARB (California Air Resources Board) has been pushing an electrification agenda and it simply is not a viable solution for many areas of California. A number of politicians in the central valley voted the bill down as they want CARB to have more transparency and accountability, to show metrics on carbon reduction. The money put into Electric cars dwarfs spending on renewable fuels and yet renewable fuels accounts for about 90% of the GHG reductions in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Electric cars suit the wealthy cities. They do not work (yet) in disadvantage rural communities, and they are the ones that suffer from NOx and PM health issues.

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« Reply #979 on: May 06, 2016, 08:19:54 PM »
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« Reply #980 on: May 06, 2016, 09:28:52 PM »
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« Reply #981 on: May 06, 2016, 10:04:57 PM »
Lyft reportedly planning to pilot self-driving Chevy Bolt taxis ‘within a year’
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According to a report today from The Wall Street Journal, GM and Lyft are partnering to test a fleet of self-driving electric taxis sometime within the next year in an undisclosed city. The pilot will reportedly take advantage of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a speedy compact crossover all-electric....
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Details of this plan are still “being worked out,” according to the report, but it is said to give customers “the opportunity to opt in or out of the pilot when hailing a Lyft car from the company’s mobile app.” There’s no word on where the program will take place, with WSJ saying it will be “in a yet-to-be disclosed city.” Lyft is said to be starting the program with drivers in the front seat, but that — assuming legal hurdles can be navigated — human drivers will eventually be out of a job.
http://electrek.co/2016/05/05/lyft-reportedly-planning-to-pilot-self-driving-chevy-bolt-taxis-within-a-year/


Elon Musk has been asked about an autonomous Tesla fleet, and he pointedly answered, "No comment" -- a rare reply for him -- so we can asume Tesla has something in the works, too....   :)
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« Reply #982 on: May 07, 2016, 08:37:46 PM »
As more EVs hit our streets, when will people start getting "gas anxiety?"
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Looking a bit further out, Romano thinks the gas station's days are numbered. "By 2025, it will be virtually impossible to buy a car without a plug. With the oil industry heading into a tailspin and gas stations disappearing quickly, it won't be long before drivers are suffering from "gas anxiety," not "range anxiety," he said.
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« Reply #983 on: May 07, 2016, 09:31:00 PM »
The need for platinum will plummet when it is no longer needed to clean pollutants from tailpipe exhausts.

Oil Isn't the Only Commodity Threatened by Tesla's Rise
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"It's a long term risk to platinum, electric battery vehicles don’t need any platinum at all,'' Marc Elliott, an analyst at Investec Plc, said by e-mail from London on Wednesday. While he sees a decade-long transition through hybrid vehicles, which may use platinum, he says battery-electric cars are most likely to take over. Last year, almost one of every two ounces of platinum used worldwide was sold to the auto industry, from mines primarily in South Africa and Russia.
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« Reply #984 on: May 08, 2016, 08:09:14 PM »
VW Colluding With Shell To Block EU Fuel Efficiency Goals
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With the European Union’s planned new fuel efficiency targets looking more and more likely to be implemented, VW and Shell have apparently partnered to fund a new study arguing against the measures, according to recent reports.

The new study argues that rather than imposing stronger fuel efficiency standards on the industry, that the European Union should instead rely on “greater use of biofuels, CO2 car labelling, and the EU’s emissions trading system.” I wonder what possible reasons VW could have for that preference?


As it stands, the European Union is planning to implement two new fuel efficiency targets (for 2025 and 2030) in order to help meet some of the terms of the agreements made at the recent COP21 climate change talks in Paris.

The Guardian provides more:

In reality, such a package would involve the end of meaningful new regulatory action on car emissions for more than a decade, EU sources say. But Shell insisted it is not trying to block an EU push for electric cars.

Ulrich Eichhorn, VW’s new head of research and development, said that plug-in hybrids and more efficient vehicles were “building blocks” for the future, but that “higher shares” for biofuels would be needed in the meantime. He told a meeting in Brussels: “Modern diesel and natural gas engines will absolutely be required to deliver CO2 targets until 2020 and they will also contribute to further reductions going on from there.”
http://evobsession.com/vw-colluding-shell-block-eu-fuel-efficiency-goals/


The Guardian article is here:

VW and Shell accused of trying to block EU push for electric cars
Industry giants’ call for biofuels over electric and fuel-efficient cars puts Europe’s carbon emissions targets at risk, say experts
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/28/vw-and-shell-try-to-block-eu-push-for-cleaner-cars
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« Reply #985 on: May 08, 2016, 08:18:14 PM »
Japan now has more electric car charging stations than gas stations. (Far more than the US)

It’s Official: Japan Now has More Electric Car Charging Spots than Gas Stations*
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Unlike the majority of gas stations in Japan however, the 40,000 electric car charging points quoted by Nissan includes ones in private homes, causing some critics to cry foul. After all, if a charging station is hidden in a privately-owned garage, it isn’t easily accessible to the public.

Yet while we understand that criticism — and it’s why we used an asterisk in our headline — the rise of charger-sharing sites like PlugShare.com means that more people than ever before are offering their private charging station for others to use, either as an altruistic gesture or for cold, hard cash.

Moreover, it’s possible to argue that because privately-owned charging stations are enabling owners to drive their cars without visiting public charging stations, they’re providing just as valid a service to everyday drivers as publicly-assessable, higher-powered ones.

But while electric car charging stations may now be far more common in Japan than a gas station, the numbers of electric cars on the roads of Japan still represent a tiny proportion of the total cars registered. In order to support more electric cars, Japan’s healthy, robust charging network needs to keep growing and developing, since even with CHAdeMO DC quick charging, speed of refuelling isn’t as quick as it is with a liquid-based fuel like gasoline or diesel.
https://transportevolved.com/2015/02/17/official-japan-now-electric-car-charging-spots-gas-stations/
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« Reply #986 on: May 08, 2016, 09:01:55 PM »
and just
how does Europe get it's bio-fuels ?
2007 + 5 = 2012 + 4 = 2016 + 3 = 2019 + 2 = 2021 
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« Reply #987 on: May 08, 2016, 09:07:08 PM »
Maybe what is needed as a different quantifiable numeric that combines how many charges can be made at the same time, length of time for a full charge and distance that can be travelled under full load.
A gas station may have say 12 gas pumps that can fill a 40 litre tank in 2 minutes each that can take a car under full load 500km.
Note: do not know what the exact numbers are but just making an example.
Number of charging stations at each location is say 4 on average, to charge from empty to full is 30 min, that can take car under full load 150 km.
Then you can get a better apple to apple comparison.
There is an advantage with a private location such home, shopping or office charging station, you can get it charged will you are doing something else.
Until electric can get fully charged in a few minutes and take you under full load for 500km or more in one charge, they will have limited application.
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« Reply #988 on: May 08, 2016, 10:32:28 PM »
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Until electric can get fully charged in a few minutes and take you under full load for 500km or more in one charge, they will have limited application.

"Convenience" is not the only metric to consider.  For some people, ditching fossil fuel use makes a certain amount of inconvenience worthwhile.  Besides, ICE cars are so "last century."  It's time to think differently about our transportation habits.  8)
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« Reply #989 on: May 08, 2016, 10:56:08 PM »
true that and once the market penetration will be sufficient we shall have ex-changing system where you simply pull out the empty battery and apply a full one and pay:

a) a service fee
b) the charged current (Ampareage)
c) the difference in battery ages either a bonus or a malus

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« Reply #990 on: May 09, 2016, 10:59:56 AM »
Until electric can get fully charged in a few minutes and take you under full load for 500km or more in one charge, they will have limited application.

Neither of those is true in Norway, yet the market share of electric cars reached 22.5% in 2015. Of course, this was with heavy subsidies and other perks, but it suggests that price and lack of charging infrastructure are just as important as range anxiety and charging speed.

Interestingly, Norwegian friends tell me that one of the reasons why electric cars are selling so well now is that people are overcoming range anxiety by word of mouth: as more of your friends have an electric car and say that lack of range is not a problem, it becomes less of a worry for you.

Remember that most people don't drive anything like 100km in a normal day, let alone 500km, and in the case of two-car households, it is almost never the case that both cars need a range of anything like 500km. Also, if you can charge your car while you are at work/shopping/university/a business meeting, you can potentially more than double the daily range of your car.

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« Reply #991 on: May 09, 2016, 12:51:56 PM »
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In a bid to cut down on pollution in Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has banned car traffic from the world-famous Champs-Elysees, for one day a month. So far the plan is a big hit with residents and tourists alike.
Video:  http://www.nbcnews.com/video/-no-car-day-along-paris-champs-elysees-681756739915
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« Reply #992 on: May 09, 2016, 01:03:02 PM »
true that and once the market penetration will be sufficient we shall have ex-changing system where you simply pull out the empty battery and apply a full one and pay:

a) a service fee
b) the charged current (Ampareage)
c) the difference in battery ages either a bonus or a malus

And even faster charging is possible, with the right equipment:
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Speaking with the MIT Technology Review, Tesla’s Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel said that in the future, Tesla cars will be able to refuel at its supercharger stations as quickly as five minutes. “It’s not going to happen in a year from now,” Straubel said in a recent interview. “It’s going to be hard. But I think we can get down to five to 10 minutes.”
http://www.plugincars.com/tesla-jb-straubel-five-minute-recharging-without-swap-127734.html
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« Reply #993 on: May 09, 2016, 06:59:45 PM »
To succeed, Tesla doesn't have to win at the EV game.  The company is changing the game simply by being in it. 

Elon Musk's Tesla Strategy: Win Big by Falling Short
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...Musk has never launched a product on time, yet no one seems able to keep up with him. It drives Wall Street nuts.
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The new forecast, like the original 2020 deadline, seems a farce. But something funny happened on Thursday, the day after Musk moved the goalposts. Even as Tesla's stock declined, analysts and auto enthusiasts almost universally moved their own estimates for Tesla unit sales higher. In the same report in which RBC's Spak warned of "the risk to new investment" and maintained a neutral rating on the stock, he nearly doubled his forecast for Tesla's 2020 sales, to 620,000. That's higher than Musk's old target—the one most considered impossible.

This may be the doctrine at work. Even though Tesla's founder is almost certain to fail at his new goals—and is putting the faith of his investors and car buyers at risk in the process—he also just changed everyone's horizon of expectations. What was once considered an impossibility for Tesla, and for electric cars in general, is now considered the most likely course of events.
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« Reply #994 on: May 10, 2016, 09:40:46 PM »
Looks like Hyundai will be making electric plug-ins for a very long time.  ;)  Perhaps this announcement is merely a way to save face after all the money they spent on fuel cell technology, with little to show for it.

Hyundai: “We are making electric plug-ins until hydrogen fuel cell vehicles take hold”
http://electrek.co/2016/05/10/hyundai-electric-plug-in-hydrogen-fuel-cell/
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« Reply #995 on: May 11, 2016, 02:13:13 PM »
Tesla EV road trip!  This new chart shows estimated Supercharging time based on battery state of charge.  (Rate of charge is fastest on an empty battery; it slows as the battery gets closer to full.)
https://twitter.com/teslaroadtrip/status/730366240338890752

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« Reply #996 on: May 11, 2016, 03:15:18 PM »
Austria:  EV battery start-up plans custom-made batteries to convert ICE cars to EVs.

Kreisel starts construction of new 800MWh battery factory for high energy density packs for EVs
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Kreisel Electric, a little Austrian startup making some waves in the battery industry, announced that it started construction of a new battery factory to manufacture up to 800 MWh of high energy density li-ion battery packs aimed at the electric vehicle industry.

It’s not a Gigafactory with a 50 GWh planned output or with battery cell production, but it’s still a significant plant with 0.8 GWh planning to come online as soon as next year in Rainbach, Austria.

The startup made a name for itself by designing battery packs used to retrofit electric vehicles or gasoline cars with decent energy capacity.
http://electrek.co/2016/05/10/kreisel-electric-battery-factory/
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« Reply #997 on: May 12, 2016, 07:37:56 PM »
Etiquette and protocol.  ;)

The Battle of the Supercharger: Congestion in the face of increased Model 3 production
http://www.teslarati.com/battle-supercharger-congestion-face-increased-model-3-production/
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« Reply #998 on: May 12, 2016, 08:29:14 PM »
Using a natural gas range extender.

Nikola Motor unveils electric truck concept with up to 1,200 miles of range
http://electrek.co/2016/05/12/nikola-motor-electric-truck-concept/
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« Reply #999 on: May 13, 2016, 01:52:48 AM »
Sig


Your above got me thinking of natural gas trains. They now run diesel-electric & I'd think converting diesel to NG might be a relatively cheap upgrade that could save a bunch on both CO2 & particulate emissions.


With current NG pricing it might even make sense financially.


The sight of a smokeless, clean burning engine pulling a long line of lignite filled coal cars to an energy plant might bring tears to ones eyes. (or not)


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