Tesla vs. TSLA - the only time Tesla owners feel buyer’s remorse. Nice chart – return daily to wallow in misery.
TSLA current price: 246.21
TSLA change: -6.73
1st of many is my guess
From the Teslamotorsclub.com and Reddit is the above gallery of a Tesla Model S with some weird stuff on it. The consensus seems to be that this is a testing vehicle for the Model X crossover with the roof mount simulating a high center of gravity and additional weight and the tire sensors showing the handling. The Model x is built on the same platform as the Model S so that seems feasible. The picture set was taken near UC Santa Cruz.
Tesla upgraded its Supercharger Map this week to reflect some new “Coming soon” Superchargers. Most notable is the SE Canada route from Windsor to Quebec City which will soon be traversable via Tesla Model S.
Here’s Tesla’s latest internal dashboard for the stations to go live next (Yay Albany!)
Also Tesla looks to have a second cross country option in the West as a bunch of new stations open up in Utah.
From the creators of the Glass Tesla App, just what you’ve always wanted: A better way to control the charging, temperature and other interfaces in your Tesla remotely. Smartcar.io automatically learns your habits to have your Tesla at your desired temperature when you hop in every morning. It also allows learns your local utility rates to charge your Tesla when the rates are lowest, perhaps saving as much as 75% on utility charges. It might just pay for itself!
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Update: Apparently those front wheels are naturally kicking up snow without any power because I’ve been told by Tesla that the video is only a teaser for another video, not AWD.
It isn’t hard to imagine what they are getting at – you’ll notice the front wheels accelerating through a turn in the (until now) rear-wheel drive Model S.
Coming soon...Stay tuned for the full video! instagram.com/p/lDYxGjwJ-x/—
Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) March 02, 2014
There is a lot of interesting info from a talk that Elon Musk gave at the CPUC last week. Of particular note, Musk gave some spec estimates for the mass market “Model E” vehicle expected to be released in 2017 with batteries coming from the Gigafactory. In the video above he says the car will have a 200 mile range and be 20% smaller than the Model S. Therefore the battery will need to have about 80% of the energy of the current Model S (Musk’s words). To be clear, since Tesla uses the constant sized 18650 cells (and looks to continue to do so) physical size and Watt-hours are fairly constant.
So given that a 60kWh Model S has a range of around 200 miles (EPA 208), that means that the Model E would need to have a battery around 80% the size of the Model S or 48kWh.
That’s still about double what leading ‘mass market’ electric cars have today. The Chevy Spark EV, with a range of 82 miles has a 21.3 kWh battery. The Nissan LEAF which has a 75 mile EPA range rating has a 24 kWh battery. The Chevy Volt has a 16kWh battery while the BMW i3 is 18.8.
Tesla cancelled its $49,000 40kWh battery Model S before it got an EPA estimate but most guesses were that it would get around 150 miles. Add another 8kWh to the battery and take off 20% of the overall car size and 200 mile range seems doable.
Musk also mentions that besides the 20% drop in price, he expects economies of scale and other innovations to drop the price another 30% on the battery alone helping to get the Model E to around 50% the cost of the Model S at $35,000.
fatih guvenen (@fatihguvenen) March 02, 2014
Below is a snippit of Musk talking about the upcoming battery swap: Read more
That was the topic of discussion when I went on Bloomberg today. A few reasons I think it is Nevada’s to lose:
- Nevada is geographically close to Tesla’s Fremont CA plant. Northern Nevada is on a quick direct Train route.
- Northern Nevada also is the US’s only meaningful Lithium mine. Another huge deposit is located in near by Wyoming.
- Nevada’s energy prices are higher than New Mexico or Arizona but still relatively low. Tesla however plans to use Solar and wind power, both of which northern Nevada has in spades
- Texas won’t let Tesla sell cars direct to customers in the state. Arizona can’t go a year without trying to pass some crazy laws against gays, immigrants or other minorities.
- Nevada has low taxes and pro-corporate laws.
- Elon Musk likes going to nearby Burning Man
As for the cost of Li-ion batteries, Lithium is just a small bit. Cobalt and other materials are much more costly components. Read more
Tesla just announced details of the Battery Gigafactory to be located in the Southwest US. The location hasn’t yet been selected but will provide 6500 US jobs and, in 2020, enough batteries for 500,000 electric vehicles.
Tesla also announced a $1.6B convertible notes offering to fund the Gigafactory and other ramping.
As we at Tesla reach for our goal of producing a mass market electric car in approximately three years, we have an opportunity to leverage our projected demand for lithium ion batteries to reduce their cost faster than previously thought possible. In cooperation with strategic battery manufacturing partners, we’re planning to build a large scale factory that will allow us to achieve economies of scale and minimize costs through innovative manufacturing, reduction of logistics waste, optimization of co-located processes and reduced overhead.
The Gigafactory is designed to reduce cell costs much faster than the status quo and, by 2020, produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013. By the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent. Here are some details about what the Gigafactory will look like.
Press release follows: Read more
Tesla would no longer be able to sell its luxury electric vehicles directly to consumers under a new bill in the New York State Legislature.
Groups representing the state’s automobile dealers met with Governor Andrew Cuomo in November to push a bill that would prevent automobile manufacturers from selling their vehicles directly to consumers, public schedules show. Deborah Dorman, president of the Eastern New York Coalition of Auto Dealers, was at that meeting and said Tuesday Cuomo aides told the group the governor would sign the bill if it passes.
She said the bill was designed to protect consumers because it required companies to create a storefront in the state and was not directed at Tesla because it sold electric vehicles. Some environmentalists have claimed the bill unfairly targets electric car manufacturers.
A fantastic litmus test to see if your state government represents the people or corporate interests. 90+% of voters want to be able to buy cars outside of the dealership monopoly. If your state even votes on something so lopsided, they should be voted out. Heck, just introducing such a bill should automatically dissolve the government and force new elections.