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Published on September 2nd, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Model X 2nd-Row Seats, New Model X Spy Video, Top EV Companies… (Clean Transport Highlights)

September 2nd, 2015 by  

Some more clean transport highlights for the obsessed among you (click the subheadings to read the full stories):

How Will The 2nd-Row Model X Seats Work? (2 Ideas)

Tesla Motors CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk has stated that the second-row seats in the Model X would be “the nicest second-row seat you’ve seen in any car ever” and are a thing of “sculptural beauty.” What exactly that means has been very much up in the air and a point of wild speculation.

So, when Model X configuration went live for Signature reservation holders yesterday, people primarily skipped over the amazing but expected acceleration of the Model X P90D (0–60 mph in 3.8 seconds, or in 3.2 seconds with Ludicrous mode) and dove into the seats and speculation regarding how they worked (based on computer renderings that may or may not leave out important details)….

Double Model X Video

In one of the best Model X videos yet, Mark Coker captured two Model X SUVs (as well as an accompanying Model S) as they exited the parking lot of a Denny’s, where a Supercharger is located….

Ranking Automakers On Their Electric Commitment (Top 10 List)

This is going to be a fun one. ? No matter how this ranking turns out, people are going to have differing opinions, sometimes very strong ones. But that’s the nature of subjective rankings, especially about topics people are very emotional about. Considering how people name their cars, how they will buy from a single brand for decades simply because their parents did or because their first vehicle came from that brand, and how they will spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on what is objectively a ripoff, I imagine I’m in for some fun down in the comments. ? …


Rich People Benefit More From Tax Credits (Duh)

I’ve always found it a little fucked up that US federal incentives for solar energy and electric cars are tax credits. I’m sure there are some arguments for this, but a simple cash rebate (like California offers) would be much more useful for the majority of people. In the case of the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs, you have to take the full credit in one year, so if you don’t owe at least $7,500 in taxes, you’re out of luck….

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Battery Info Emailed To Owners

One of the things Tesla has long said it would do is offer a Roadster upgrade as a thanks to the super-early adopters who helped Tesla get off the ground. That’s supposed to include a longer-range battery, improved aerodynamics, and better tires….

Toyota Corolla P85D 😀

It seems like everyone and their mother want a Tesla P85D or P90D now. Maybe I just hang out too much on Tesla and EV forums and sites, but it’s clear there are thousands if not millions of people who have caught Tesla fever. As a fun reflection of this, I share with you the Toyota Corolla P85D:

Sweet Chevy Volt Offers If You Look Around

With a much-improved 2nd-generation Chevy Volt about to hit garages, there are some great offers out there on 1st-gen Volts. As just one example, an Iowan recently spotted a 2014 Volt for $25,900 that is still eligible for the $7,500 tax credit, bringing it down to just $18,400. However, he actually got it down another $1,000 by getting a “private offer” from another forum member….

BMW 225xe Active Tourer Coming In 2016

Want a BMW i8 but can’t afford one? Perhaps something in the compact crossover category might fit your budget better. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been selling well, and so the company has decided to take the powertrain from the i8, turn it around, install it in that car, and call it the BMW 225xe Active Tourer….

If You Don’t Like My Riding, Stay Off the Sidewalk!

With an electronically-governed top speed of 20 MPH in its normal “Economy” mode, the Bolt M-1 motorbike is fully sidewalk legal in its home state of California. Which means that you should probably take your earbuds out if you intend to keep, you know, walking on sidewalks!…

Shakeup In Tesla Sales Leadership In Germany

As Tesla has grown, it has shifted from a single Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Service* to regional chiefs of sales. Philipp Schroeder, who has been Tesla’s head of sales in Germany, just announced that he was headed back to work for former employer Sonnenbatterie (a stationary battery storage company), and Tesla is reportedly filling his shoes by Switzerland head of sales Jochen Rudat at the head of Germany. 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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