Electric Vehicle

Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Electric vehicle owners in San Francisco now have a new option to charge their rides thanks to some good old solar power. Making it even better than charging from your home power outlet is that it's completely free. Thanks to company Envision Solar, three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers have been installed in San Francisco, allowing completely off-the-grid charging. The solar powered units each generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, and are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Thanks to a decision made Friday by West Virginia's governor, Tesla Motors will not be allowed to practice its direct-sales approach in the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that protects franchised auto dealers, making them the only outlet where new vehicles can be purchased from. The new law states that auto manufacturers are prohibited from acting as a new car dealer or operating as a dealership. Not surprisingly, Tesla is unhappy about the decision, which just so happens to have been supported by West Virginia's Senate president, Bill Cole, himself a car dealer in the state.

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Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla is reporting a record quarter to start 2015. According to the company, they delivered 10,030 cars in Q1 2015 alone, their best ever. The company also says their figures are highly accurate (with a 1% error rate) due to the fact they do ship directly to customers, and a delivery is only counted if the customer takes ownership and all the paperwork is finalized. This all comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave some telling commentary on his company’s performance in China, suggesting they were ‘misled’ about interest in the country.

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Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will be greatly expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid models by launching 10 new vehicles between now and 2017. As of now only two models are confirmed for sale in the U.S., but with an aggressive worldwide release of 10 hybrids, it means Mercedes will average a new model every four months. To solidify the company's investment in hybrids, Mercedes is simplifying their branding, dropping the "Plug-in Hybrid" suffix to just add "e" to end of model names.

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NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA is testing their latest experiment; the new idea is the LEAPTech electric wing. LEAPTech stands for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, and this set of wings looks very different from a traditional airplane wing. The LEAPTech wing looks a bit strange with its narrow surface area and its lengthy 31-foot wingspan. Not to mention that the wings are decked out with 18 small engines, while most commerical jets normally have two or four engines. It's electric and aims to be safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

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Tesla to put Model S “range anxiety” to rest on Thursday

Tesla to put Model S “range anxiety” to rest on Thursday

While electric cars seem almost ideal from an environmental point of view, one of the biggest hurdles to their massive adoption is their range capabilities. Tesla, whose business hedges heavily on EVs, knows only too well what it now calls "range anxiety". So when it promises to calm all those nerves come March 19th, people in the automotive industry, especially its rivals in the electric vehicle market, will definitely await that day with piqued curiosities, if not a new kind of anxiety themselves: Tesla anxiety.

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Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber made a deal with Green Wheels and Chinese automaker BYD to use BYD's e6 electric cars. Uber's first fleet of twenty-five electric vehicles is being tested in Chicago. Uber hopes to expand its Chicago test market to include other cities and add hundreds of BYD electric cars to its fleet before the end of the year. If you're unfamiliar with China's BYD, or "Build Your Dream," you're not alone. In America, when we think of electric vehicles we may think of the Tesla or Nissan Leaf instead of BYD.

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Audi R8 e-tron gets another chance in new 2015 prototype

Audi R8 e-tron gets another chance in new 2015 prototype

When Audi pulled the plug on the Audi R8 e-tron in 2012, it was because neither the market nor the technology seemed to be ready yet for an all electric vehicle. Partly in thanks to Tesla's stubbornness, however, the landscape has changed significantly. Now electric cars are part and parcel of Audi's plans for the next three years, as outlined by its own Technical Development management board member Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. And it will be starting off, quite appropriately, with a new Audi R8 e-tron that in some ways stays the same as the original but significantly improves it as well.

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Audi’s Hackenberg future vision: tech, batteries, brains

Audi’s Hackenberg future vision: tech, batteries, brains

It is an exciting time for the automotive industry, with the convergence of different types of technologies ready to have cars zooming to the future. And Audi, naturally, is ready to face the future and make it real. That is the message that Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of Audi's board for management for Technical Development, is giving out at the company's annual press conference. For the car maker, 2014 was the "year of technical milestones, tests and records." Hackenberg belives that 2015 and beyond will build on those lessons and turn them into technologies and products that will excite consumers.

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Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla has lofty goals, and it has grown its workforce steadily over the last year or so. Still, the Chinese market has proven problematic for the auto maker, and now those troubles are leading to job cuts. That doesn't mean Tesla is giving up on the market -- to the contrary, this "restructuring" is taking place so that the company can continue to operate there, at least according to the auto maker. It isn't clear how many jobs are on the chopping block at this point.

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