Using the Tesla Model S as a battery price metric
It seems pretty clear that batteries for hybrid and electric cars will become cheaper over time. New technologies, better manufacturing, and scale all seem on an inevitable path towards making batteries cheaper. But when? Also, are there any confounding variables lurking?
If Tesla’s Model S battery packs are any indication, then it seems that predicting the future price of hybrids and EVs is largely impossible. At least that’s the conclusion New York Times writer Paul Stenquist reaches after reviewing the pricing of the Model S and its corresponding battery price tell. Read more…
It’s crunch time for this EV maker
Last quarter Tesla lost $89 million dollars. The quarter before, $48.9 million. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t worried, as long as Tesla can perfectly deliver 5000 Model S’s this year and head into 2013 with the ability to produce 20,000 S’s every year — and sell most of them — the company will soon be profitable.
And, while the financial loses and the lofty sale’s projections have many believing that Tesla is now climbing a very slippery slope, I believe Tesla has a legitimate shot for success, and here’s why. Read more…
A few thoughts about battery strategies
Getting old sure is fun, and funny, especially in terms of technology. As a boy, renting a VCR for the weekend was one of the greatest technological highlights of my pre-teen years. Of course, eventually my family bought a VCR, with no regard to the whole betamax versus vhs debate. Ultimately, the only thing that mattered to my parents was price.
And that brings me to the future of the battery-powered car and the battery strategies being utilized in the Tesla Model S, the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
Which is better? Which is smarter? Read more…
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It’s about more than just EV range
Was just checking out some pictures of the new Tesla Model S in the noteworthy CNNMoney article Inside the Tesla Model S, and I absolutely love the 3rd row of seating that turns the gorgeous Model S sedan into the coolest station wagon ever.
Tesla isn’t just challenging conventional automakers on advanced powertrains and automotive manufacturing, but on virtually every element of automotive design. Read more…
With the help of Fortune
Fortune Magazine has offered up its Most Anticipated Cars of 2012 list which includes a number of hybrid cars and plug-in vehicles, including the Ford C-Max, Tesla Model S, Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, as well as the BMW 3 and the Chevy Malibu — both of which will include a new hybrid versions.
And almost all of these new vehicles offers a pretty interesting 2012 story. Read more…
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The cash is running out, but the Model S is almost here
Does Tesla need another government loan? That seemed to be the big question yesterday regarding Tesla Motors, yet Tesla has not applied for any new government loans beyond the $465 million already guaranteed. Regardless, it seems Tesla will still need more money before finally rolling out the Model S, due out in mid-2012.
But, will even the Model S be enough? Read more…
Model S: Plugged in and beautiful
What’s not to love about the idea of electric cars? The quiet, yet powerful elegance of electron-powered cars is intoxicating to almost all that have ever driven such a vehicle.
Unfortunately, while electric cars make uber-sense in theory, real world costs make such vehicles prohibitively expensive for mainstream buyers.
For luxury buyers, however, EVs such as the Model S seem ready to compete. Read more…
Is Tesla the Porsche of electric cars?
By late summer next year Tesla will start selling the Model S sedan, when the automaker plans to sell up to 5,000 electric cars, increasing production up to 20,000 in 2013.
More interesting, the Tesla Model S will be offered in 3 different versions based on electric range, offered at 3 different prices. Read more…