Need some more electric vehicles, bike, walking, and dieselgate articles? Here’s a handful:
According to a Fortune reporter, Elon told him there were already 20,000 and 25,000 pre-orders/reservations for the Tesla Model X. However, there’s also been a surge of reservations since the unveiling, and they have reportedly risen to >30,000.
A video from Mark Templeton (the CEO of Citrix) — one of the 6 people to take delivery of a Founders Series Model Xs at the recent launch event — captures his Tesla Model X being delivered to his house. He recently tweeted the video for our viewing pleasure.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my MS, but also love my eGolf. For the price, as a leased stand in until 3 is available, it is perfect as local driver. But…
Will the recent successful launch of the Model X result in improved investor confidence in Tesla? Considering that the unveiling/launch is yet another feather in the caps of Tesla and Elon Musk, one would presume that it would mark ever-growing confidence in the company, but who can say for sure? The market is “unpredictable” — as they say.
I test drove a 70d yesterday and was very impressed. These cars just seem to be getting better and better. I had driven a 60 and an 85 prior to the release of autopilot and the thing that struck me the most about the new car (other than the stellar performance) was how much more stuff you get for the base price.
Model X: Price high, volume low for quite a while.
Model III: Probably more of the same upon rollout.
Therefore: Tesla will require more time to become a mainstream automaker.
That’s the gist of today’s analyses by analysts.
After almost a year and a half with my Model S, after a few months posting entries in my blog and after having watched many videos about the Model S (especially Bjorn Nyland’s), I have realised that there are very few resources out there about the Model S in Spanish. Not to mention youtube videos. These are really scarce!
So I decided to launch a youtube channel with videos about the Model S in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP92h2vCD3hw1xbNqIGY2RQ/videos
Nissan is continuing to expand the promotional range of its “No Charge To Charge” program, with three new cities recently added, according to a new press release. The cities (or metro areas) in question — Austin, Texas; Monterey, California; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina — will now be home to the interesting promotion, allowing new Nissan LEAF owners/lessees to utilize public electric vehicle (EV) charging for free for the first two years following purchase. The promotion, of course, only applies to purchases made at LEAF-certified dealerships.
Rarely in the 27-plus years I’ve been testing and writing about cars has any vehicle changed this much from my initial impression until I was later able to spend more time in one. Nearly two years ago, I got a brief test drive of the then-new BMW i3 EV on a selection of both flat and hilly, curvy roads west of Los Angeles the day before LA Auto Show press days. My impressions at the time were mixed: polarizing exterior and interior designs but roomy, easily accessible rear cabin; great twisty road handling but somewhat brittle rough-road ride; good performance but annoyingly strong (always on) regenerative braking. And there was no opportunity to test one with the optional range-extender (which BMW calls a “REx”) engine. So I wanted an extended experience in a REx-equipped i3, and recently got one. And, I’m here to report that, driving it for a week like I owned it, the quirky i3 soon won me over.
Those purchasing a 2016 BMW i3 will have the option of getting the well-regarded electric vehicle (EV) in 3 new colors — Fluid Black, Mineral Grey, and Platinum Silver — according to recent reports.
The second-generation Chevy Volt is a quantum leap forward from the original. Chevrolet can be justly proud of the engineering and technical achievements that make the car lighter and more responsive while giving it more range. It even managed to cut the price $1,000 in the process. But instead of trumpeting all the good things about the car, it has decided to roll out a new ad campaign that attacks the Toyota Prius and Nissan LEAF. C’mon, guys. Seriously?
GM isn’t the only one striking out in the advertising of electric vehicles lately. Ford just released its first commercial for the Ford Focus Electric, a car that has been on the market for nearly 4 years. If that doesn’t tell you enough about how much Ford has put into the car and how much it is working to help advance the EV revolution, maybe this commercial will put the period on the end of the sentence.
Is the fact that EV heavy Nissan-Renault is owned by the French gov’t the real reason they’re cutting back on incentives for hybrids and PHEVs?
Those living in the Canadian province of Ontario may be happy to know that the province is offering up to $1,000 to people purchasing + installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for business or home use.
Very recently, POD Point, a supplier of electric vehicle charging stations, launched a fresh network of public charging stations in the UK. The new public charging network will enable more convenient charging of electric vehicles.
With a “double-double” being Canadian shorthand for a coffee with two creams and two sugars, we might call September a “triple-triple”: Three plug-in electric car models hit the 100-sales mark last month.
Could anodes made from mushrooms revolutionize the batteries of the future? Every battery has two electrodes — an anode and a cathode. They are the terminals that connect the battery to the outside world. All the electrons that flow into or out of a battery must pass through one or the other. Much of the research into higher performance batteries is concentrated on improving the electrodes so that electrons can flow more efficiently.
On Sunday, September 27, Paris went “car free” for a day. What happened? Along the Seine in the city center, pollution levels were down by about 40%. At the busy Place de l’Opera, levels were 20% lower, according to The Guardian. Bruitparif, which measures noise, said sound levels dropped by half in the city center. And people danced and rode bikes in the middle of the famous Champs Elysee to celebrate the absence of automobiles.
Ever since its launch in Gurgaon in 2013, Raahgiri Day—an open streets initiative—has become a game changer of sorts.
Six down, two to go. We are close to the end of our eight-month search for the best U.S. city for “everyday biking.” As we do each month, before we get into the specifics of this month’s count, a little reminder. “Everyday biking” is casual, utilitarian trips around town and all it takes for cities to compete for the title is a little counting. Each month, bicycle advocates in cities across the country pick an intersection and from 4:30 – 5:30pm they count the total number of bicycles as well as a specific category of bikes or bike riders. Last month it was kids on bikes, and this month we were looking for people riding in work attire. (Check out our previous counts of racks, cargo bikes, skirts/dresses and kits).
On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1096, legislation that clarifies the regulation of electric bicycles (e-bikes) in California. This new law is the result of a coordinated campaign between PeopleForBikes, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), and the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) to refine how and where cyclists can ride electric bicycles. A.B. 1096 will encourage the safe use of e-bikes by providing clear rules with respect to how they must be equipped and operated. The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support in both chambers and takes effect on January 1, 2016.
As the old ad/saying goes, you meet the nicest people on a Honda. That was definitely the vibe people got when they saw the smiling riders who were piloting the ultra-practical Honda Cub through the urban gridlock of 1960s and 70s America, at least — and Honda seems serious about bringing that kind of positive vibe back to its US lineup. To that end, the brand has revealed it’s latest take on the classic and versatile Honda Cub, and this one is all-electric.
When Honda first launched the Acura NSX, the car redefined enthusiasts’ expectations of what a super car could and should be. Fast, nimble, eye-grabbing, and utterly reliable, the NSX paved the way for the modern water-cooled Porsches and Audi R8s we take for granted today. It’s been more than twenty years since then, however, and Honda has spent the last few of those teasing us with images and videos of an all-new, hybrid powered NSX — but that may just be the tip of a secret and sporty Honda iceberg.
Are you still pining away for a new Volkswagen diesel, despite the fact that the company has admitted to cheating on fully 11 million of their TDi’s emissions tests? If you are, you might be surprised by what you find over at Volkswagen’s US website. Or, rather, what you won’t find: diesels.
The New York Times and others are painting the Volkswagen scandal with nationalistic colors. Some people apparently believe that anything coming out of Germany represents the German character. They are then surprised when they get mixed signals.
Some foreign onlookers predict that Volkswagen’s emissions fraud will discredit German climate efforts. German climate campaigners see the event as an opportunity to bring the energy transition to the transport sector, as Craig Morris writes.
Volkswagen of America Temporarily Withdraws Application for US Certification of MY 2016 Vehicles; AECDs
In his prepared testimony for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing tomorrow (earlier post), Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, says that in discussions with EPA and the California ARB, Volkswagen said that its emissions control strategy also included a software feature that should be disclosed to and approved by the agencies as an auxiliary emissions control device (“AECD”) in connection with the certification process.
A large number of Volkswagen executives and managers was involved in #dieselgate, “many more than Volkswagen wanted to admit.” This according to the usually well-informed Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The thesis that it all was the work of a few criminal engineers is not tenable,” the FAZ heard from a member of Volkswagen’s Supervisory Board.
Ecopreneurist’s picks for the top green startup jobs of the week, courtesy of Green Job Post….