At last year’s Geneva Motor Show, one message was clear: the world’s biggest automakers are going electric. Marquee names like Porsche, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Hyundai showed up with or teased all-electric cars, while others arrived with hybrids. It was one of the biggest showcases of electrified drivetrains ever. That made it easy to wonder what the future held for Tesla, which at the time held a firm grip on the EV market. But instead of fighting for market share, Tesla’s grip only grew tighter across the rest of 2018. By the end of the year, Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling EV in the world. With the 2019 Geneva Motor Show kicking off this week, a whole new slate of EVs is scheduled to hit the show floor. So it feels like a good time to look back at last year’s bunch. Because while it looked like an electric wave was bearing down on us, last year’s show might wind up serving as a good reminder that looks can be deceiving. Jaguar I-Pace First … [Read more...] about Tesla competitors made a big splash at last year’s Geneva Motor Show — so where are they now?
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Beneath the hoods of millions of the clean electric cars rolling onto the world's roads in the next few years will be a dirty battery. Every major carmaker has plans for electric vehicles to cut greenhouse gas emissions, yet their manufacturers are, by and large, making lithium-ion batteries in places with some of the most polluting grids in the world. By 2021, capacity will exist to build batteries for more than 10 million cars running on 60 kilowatt-hour packs, according to data of Bloomberg NEF. Most supply will come from places like China, Thailand, Germany and Poland that rely on nonrenewable sources like coal for electricity."We're facing a bow wave of additional CO2 emissions," said Andreas Radics, a managing partner at Munich-based automotive consultancy Berylls Strategy Advisors, which argues that for now, drivers in Germany or Poland may still be better off with an efficient diesel engine.The findings, among the more bearish ones around, show that while electric cars are … [Read more...] about The dirt on clean electric cars (and their batteries)
Courtesy of DFA A 609-acre California coastal community, Walden Monterey, serves as a respite for those needing to recharge their batteries — especially the region's leaders in tech. The enclave's founder, Nick Jekogian, invites potential homeowners to visit the property and stay in portable homes, called "roving rooms," to truly experience the sustainable, outdoor-centric lifestyle the community has to offer. Now, a new unit, called the Galini Sleeping Pod, will be used to house prospective buyers as they consider making a more permanent purchase of the land. According to the pod's designer, it's much more than simply a mobile home. About eight hours south of Silicon Valley sits the Monterey Peninsula, where you'll find a fledgling community that's being designed as a respite for the region's tech elite. Walden Monterey was founded in 2016 by developer Nick Jekogian, who set out to turn the 609 acre-land into a coastal "agrihood" community, a growing trend … [Read more...] about Designed for a community of tech elites, these tiny homes are 3D printed, run by Tesla batteries, and cost $250,000
Tesla officially missed its goal of making 2,500 Model 3 vehicles a week at the end of the first financial quarter of this year, according to numbers announced today by the company. It will start the second quarter making just 2,000 Model 3s per week, but the company says it still believes it can get to a rate of 5,000 Model 3s per week at the midway point of the year. CEO Elon Musk set these targets for the company late last year after it became apparent that Tesla was going to miss his original goal of making 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of 2017. Along with being more affordable, the Model 3 represents Tesla’s first attempt at creating a car at mass-market scale. Production of it is eventually supposed to outpace that of the Model S or Model X, which Tesla currently makes at a much higher rate. In total, Tesla has made 9,766 Model 3s since the beginning of 2018. A sizable chunk of those — 2,020 — came in the final week of the quarter, a figure that backs up … [Read more...] about Tesla misses production goal of 2,500 Model 3s a week
On March 23, a 38-year-old man driving a Tesla Model X rammed headfirst into an unshielded highway median while traveling south on U.S. Highway 101 near Mountain View, California. Two other vehicles subsequently rear-ended the SUV, which caught fire after the driver, who later died from his injuries, was pulled from the wreckage. According to news reports, the car blaze shut the highway for 5 hours, firefighters required special suits for cleanup, and at one point had to call Tesla for help in containing the blaze. On Tuesday (March 27), the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced a field investigation into the incident. "Here we have an electric vehicle involved in a postcrash fire. … Did the batteries play a role in that? Did the batteries make it harder for the fire to be put out?" NTSB spokesman Chris O'Neil told The Washington Post. These are all excellent questions that Tesla drivers might be itching to have answered. But are Teslas more likely to … [Read more...] about Why the Fire that Incinerated a Tesla Was Such a Nightmare to Put Out