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Battery Swapping: Never Say Never

John Voelcker at Green Car Reports, in an article today argues it will never happen. () . John is a very smart, well read and well respected writer on Green Cars, but, I have to say “Never, say Never”.  Battery swapping for EV’s won’t happen right now, but, it will likely happen in the next […] Read more

Tesla Dissed by New Jersey

Well, score one against the free market. In the Garden State, where Governor Chris Christie rules over hurricane clean-ups and bridge closures, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is no longer allowed to sell its vehicles. Why? Because apparently, doing so is in direct violation to a law that requires all vehicles to be sold through middle men. The law, which […] Read more

Tesla’s Giga Factory Will be INSANE

Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided some more details on the proposed battery factory: Pioneering EV maker Tesla just announced a $1.6 billion convertible debt offering. Tesla looks to offer $800 million of convertible senior notes due 2019 and $800 million due 2021 to build the world’s largest battery factory. Musk predicts that the new factory […] Read more

Tesla Model S Passes “Cold Test”

How do electric cars perform in cold weather? To alleviate concerns about the limitations of batteries during cold weather, this man drove his Tesla Model S 535 kilometers (332 miles) from Oslo to Trondheim. While a single test is obviously not statistically significant, the video clearly shows Tesla Model S (and its Panasonic batteries) handling the […] Read more

Mercedes + Tesla = B-Class Electric Drive

Electric cars are gaining serious momentum, and the number of car makers that start investing in electric vehicle technology is constantly increasing, as they realize that the demand for this type of vehicles is only going to go up in the future. Although Mercedes-Benz entered the electric car market a bit later than its competitors, […] Read more

Tesla Motors: Building A Hybrid Battery System?

A family of Tesla patents and pending applications relating to a hybrid battery system has been generating a bit of buzz (see, e.g., Cleantechnica’s story here). The patent family includes U.S. Patent Nos. 8,190,320, 8,450, 974, 8,471,521 and 8,543,270 as well as U.S. Patent Application Publication Nos. 2013/0181511 (’511 Application) and 2013/0187591 (’591 Application), some of which are entitled “Electric […] Read more

Panasonic Supplies 2 Billion Li-Ion Cells to Tesla Motors

Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors this week announced that the two companies have reached an agreement in which Panasonic will expand its supply of automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla. With this agreement, the two companies update and expand their 2011 arrangement to now supply nearly 2 billion cells over the course of four years. […] Read more

Virginia Green Lights Tesla Dealership

Some of the most interesting things that make Tesla Motors different from all other car manufacturers are their unusual business model and the way they sell their cars. The American car market imposes strict rules regarding car sales, requiring that manufacturers sell vehicles through franchised car dealerships, instead of direct sales. But, Tesla have chosen […] Read more

Lithium Batteries: How Green Are They?

Electric cars have really taken off in the last two years or so and it’s understandably the case. Fossil fuelled autos may have become increasingly efficient in the last half decade or so, but in short they still fill the world with nasty exhaust emissions and in addition, they’re also eating up the world’s oil. […] Read more

Tesla: Working on Driverless Cars

It looks like the driverless car game is about to become much more competitive than it has been so far, as electric car company Tesla Motors has started working on an autonomous car project, and we should be able to see the results of that project in about three years. This means that Google should […] Read more

Roads With a Contact Rails: The EV Answer?

European scientists and engineers are working on a technology that would allow to charge an electric car on the go. A network of “smart power supply” could make it possible to drive an electric car all day without having to recharge. “We have the technology to power a car while it is moving, with an […] Read more

Tesla Destroys Earnings

Tesla (TSLA) shares surged 14 percent in after-hours trading on better than expected revenue and gross margin. The EV pioneer’s Q2 revenue of $405 million beat estimates by $22 million and its Q2 EPS of $0.20 beat estimates by $0.37. Tesla sold 5,150 Model S vehicles in North America during Q2. The EV builder’s surge […] Read more

Electric Car Throwdown: BMW vs. Tesla

Tesla motors has company in the luxury electric vehicle market. BMW recently revealed its first mass-produced electric vehicle, dubbed the BMW i3. According to Business Insider, this futuristic-looking two-door coup will hit the U.S. market in 2014 and retail for $41,000. That’s significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model S electric car, which starts at a […] Read more

Solar Throwdown: SolarCity vs. XCEL Energy

SolarCity (SCTY), one of the two biggest rooftop solar installers in the country, is now fighting soft costs one utility at a time. Its current nemesis is the Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (XEL). “From an administrative standpoint, the Xcel Energy Solar*Rewards program is the most complex of the […] Read more