Oprah’s New Tesla, Model X Price, BMW i8 Sales Up 2233%… (Clean Transport Highlights)

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Here’s some more clean transport fun. In this daily share, we’ve got Tesla stories (of course), some other EV stories, bike & pedestrian stories, and a BRT story. Enjoy! (As always, click the subheadings to read the full titles.)

Oprah Buys A Tesla Model S

Shit’s getting real now (as they say) — Oprah just bought a Tesla freakin’ Model S. Yep, the media godmother of the United States, and one of the most influential people in the world, just joined the Tesla mamba train….

Tesla Model X Price, & Model 3 Plan — Elon Musk Has To Inform Lame Media

As I wrote two days ago, a top-of-the-line Signature Model X P90D all tricked out costs about the same as a top-of-the-line Model S P90D all tricked out. But when the $143,750 total leaked, some in the mainstream media took that to mean that the Model X was waaaay more expensive than the Model S. (Whoops… unless their aim was to smear Tesla and scare people away from electric cars.)…


BMW i8 US Sales Up 2233% (August US EV Sales Report)

Well, let’s be honest, August was a lame sales month for electric car lovers. There are clear reasons for this. Historically, the two highest-selling electric cars in the US have been the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt. The 2nd-generation Chevy Volt, much improved and even a little cheaper, is just hitting the market, and many buyers have surely been waiting for it. Nissan has remained rather silent about it its 2016 model but has indicated it will be bringing a long-range electric car to market before long. We also gathered word that it will be offering a 110-mile battery option in the 2016 LEAF, for an extra cost, of course (the current model only offers an 84-mile battery). So, it seems very likely buyers are holding off for the long-range electric Nissan or at least the 2016 LEAF… or even the Tesla Model 3 now that it is closer….

Tesla Is Most Searched Car Company In China & Norway

Well, it comes as no surprise that Tesla* is the most popular car company in Norway, a country where~¼ of new car sales are now electric car sales, and many of those Teslas. But China?…

tesla most search car company china

280-Mile Electric Concept From Peugeot

Peugeot very certainly did not make my top 10 list of the car manufacturers most leading the way into an electric future, but a day later, it dropped a big announcement (which many will certainly dub “vaporware”). The announcement, as the title already told you, is a fully electric concept car with 450 kilometers (280 miles) of range on a single charge. That’s a lot, even in the EU testing scheme….

Peugeot long-range electric coupe 3

What’s Really Going On Over at Blue Indy?

Blue Indy is one of those projects that seems like it was made to have Gas 2’s praises heaped upon it. For the unfamiliar, Blue Indy is a ride-sharing scheme, which is good for cities, city-dwellers, and the planet. More importantly, though, it’s the only way you get to drive around in a Pininfarina-designed Bollore EV, which is a weird little electric car that you can’t buy. All great stuff, in other words — but is Blue Indy too good to be true?…

Blue Indy

BMW i Ventures Invests In ZIRX

In the age of automated lane change, adaptive cruise control, autobrake, autosteer, and autopark, we may well forget that humans can be hired to drive our cars too. ZIRX is a startup that puts a person behind your wheel to park your car for you in busy cities. Of course, it still relies on a mobile app and your smartphone or tablet….


Edison Electron One With Graphene Battery Coming In 2016?

CNN Money reports that Sunvault Energy and Edison Power Company have joined forces to produce an electric supercar featuring 4 electric motors, 1,000 lb-ft of torque, and a ground-breaking “graphene integrated hydrogen fuel cell” that can recharge in just 5 minutes. Oh, and the car will be here in the Spring of 2016. By my lightning-like calculations, that is less than 8 months from now. Really……



Fisker Karma Owners Can ‘Code’ Their Cars To Add Features Too

Thanks to modern computer controls, it’s possible to change the behavior and functionality of a car without ever turning a wrench. Software modifications can help owners alter their cars’ performance in ways the manufacturers never intended. Recently, it came to light that BMW i3 REx owners were “coding” their cars, adding features not available from the factory. Now it seems that Fisker Karma owners can do something similar with their cars….

justin bieber chrome fisker karma

How The Model X Seats Will Work, Based On Conjecture Over At The TeslaMotorsClub Forum. Confused? So Is Everyone Else. (SLIDESHOW)

Model X seats animation

From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share

In 1965, Amsterdam implemented what is now considered the first bike share system in history. Known as Witte Fietsen (“White Bikes” in English), the program collected bicycles, painted them white, and simply placed them on the streets for public use. However, without any payment system or dedicated locks, many of the bicycles were quickly damaged and stolen, bringing the project to a halt. While Witte Fietsen’s implementation seemed like a failure, the project was an important first step for bike share….


Indianapolis Brings Street Life Downtown With a Flurry of Quick Changes

Indianapolis is building public support for a major street redesign the same way DIYers and tactical urbanists do: by testing out temporary changes….


A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

A road diet is a great way for cities to reclaim some of the excess street space they’ve dedicated to cars—generally preserving traffic flows while improving safety and expanding mobility to other modes. But just as food dieters have Atkins, South Beach, vegan, and any number of options, road diets come in many flavors, too. Urban planner and Walkable City author Jeff Speck, in collaboration with graphic artist Spencer Boomhower, takes us on a tour of four types of street diets in a deliciously clear new video series. Here’s a taste….

road diet

BRT Hits 400 Corridors and Systems Worldwide

Last week, bus rapid transit (BRT) reached a global milestone, as the number of mapped BRT corridors and systems in BRTData.org’s database broke 400. As an online resource, BRTData compiles and tracks the development and progress of BRT projects globally. Additionally, the tool allows users to access data on infrastructure, performance, fleets, and road safety—equipping decision makers with the information they need to support local mobility solutions….


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11 thoughts on “Oprah’s New Tesla, Model X Price, BMW i8 Sales Up 2233%… (Clean Transport Highlights)

    • I’m expecting a rise once Model X supplier issues are resolved (maybe this year, maybe next). Buying more when the opportunities arise in the meantime. 😀

  • Oprah drives? I thought she would have servants to do all the menial stuff.

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  • I’m glad you mentioned public transportation. At least the rest of us can enjoy some of the clean technology revolution. Sometimes it’s important to remind the 1 percent there’s a need for the 99 percent, too. I realize you want to keep it positive about Tesla, but critique is essential when there’s so much government policy necessary to make it all happen. Here’s an interesting analysis on Tesla, Solarcity and spaceX from the “lamestream” media:

    “Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies”


    “Tesla and SolarCity continue to report net losses after a decade in business, but the stocks of both companies have soared on their potential; Musk’s stake in the firms alone is worth about $10 billion. (SpaceX, a private company, does not publicly report financial performance.)”

    Sounds like good old fashion stock pumping to me. Anyway, there’s a lot of government money being taken by libertarians these days. SpaceX, as a private company, gets most of its revenue from government spending. Those contracts get access to basic R&D.

    It’s curious when Tesla bypasses lithium sourcing from Nevada mines, after getting $1.3 billion in subsidies, to source from Mexico. A country with almost no environmental protection measures compared to US. Nevada lawmakers are either dumb or have something good going on. Those pesky environmentalists and their concerns for human health land, water and air.

    “Tesla lithium deal catches state lawmakers off guard”

    • I think Tesla, Space X and Solarcity are each very different companies. Two of the three are to me impressive companies.

    • I’ve edited out the bit about the horrible LA Times story because we’ve debunked the nonsense numerous times here… and I think when you shared it previously. That article was full of lies, cherry-picking, and deception, so don’t share it here again. Thanks.

      • Uncool, dude. I never shared it. Tesla can sue LA Times (a Tribune Media company) if they’d like. I get less push back on environmental protection and efficacy of technology on oil and gas blogs.

    • And yeah, I prefer transit over driving… by far. It surprises me that the super rich have drivers so they can chill, work, and do other things but most of the population would prefer to drive. 😛 ?

      • The similarity is that you don’t have to drive. The differences between the backseat of a limo and various public transit experiences are numerous. Riding in the back of a limo has more in common with riding in your own car than it does with riding public transit, in my opinion.

  • I’ve been following Sunvault. Wanted to buy some stock two month ago because I was hoping for such a claim….but not that soon.
    Set a buy signal at 1.33 :)….sell when it hits 2$…
    This will work at least till 2018….then I’ll leave it alone if there is still no product.

    Scalping pennystock on news is fun.

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