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About Christopher Arcus

Christopher Arcus has studied wind, electric vehicles, and environmental issues. An electrical engineer familiar with power and electronics, he has participated in the Automotive X Prize contest. He is an avid writer, specializing in electric vehicles, batteries, and wind energy.



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Tesla Model 3 & Chevy Bolt Battery Packs Examined

July 8th, 2018 | by Christopher Arcus

Since the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt were introduced, there has been considerable interest in the heart of their performance, the battery packs. These two cars have been pivotal in introducing lower-cost long-range electric transport


Tesla Gigafactory Battery Tech Risk Is A Myth

July 7th, 2018 | by Christopher Arcus

It is no secret that Tesla's Gigafactory represents an important advantage in lowering battery cell costs and supplying battery cells for storage and electric vehicles. But its a myth that factory investment ties Tesla to one lithium battery technology. In fact, we know Tesla already produces both NCA and NMC cells at the Gigafactory, but even other tech (like solid-state batteries) is compatible with existing production equipment


Does Tesla Semi Break the Laws of Physics?

February 27th, 2018 | by Christopher Arcus

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" — Arthur C. Clarke. A while before the anticipated unveiling of the Tesla Semi, Elon Musk tweeted, "It can transform into a robot, fight aliens and make one hell of a latte."


Wind & Solar + Storage Prices Smash Records

January 11th, 2018 | by Christopher Arcus

In a new report from Xcel Energy, the company reported unprecedented low bids for wind and solar with storage. Last year, Xcel announced it would close 660 MW worth of coal-fired power capacity at Comanche Generating Station. Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company issue a request for proposals for wind, solar, natural gas, and storage


Why Truck Fleet Buyers Are Keen On The Tesla Semi (Calculations)

December 17th, 2017 | by Christopher Arcus

Large truck fleet buyers and execs are not profligate spenders. They won't spend big dollars on untested technology, but instead do trial orders to test new technology. An increasing number of companies have shown interest in Tesla Semi with pre-orders. That includes large corporations like Sysco, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, Loblaw, Deutsche Post / DHL, and PepsiCo. Recognize any of those names


Tesla vs. Ford

December 17th, 2017 | by Christopher Arcus

For decades, electric cars have been a dream of the future. Magazines showed show cars and experiments, but fielded few or no production examples. During periods of high oil prices, their prospects rose, but as oil prices declined, they faded. Tinkerers and DIY mechanics made home-built lead-acid gas car conversions. There were tantalizing forays stimulated by California’s CARB ZEV (zero emission vehicle) mandates, like the GM EV1, Toyota RAV4 EV, and Honda EV Plus, but they were in limited numbers and more often offered for lease but not for sale


Can Electric Truck Battery Swap Really Work?

October 28th, 2017 | by Christopher Arcus

Tesla is about to reveal its truck, so it's a good time to consider the range and other requirements. Pack swapping has been considered a possible scenario, but how would that work and how many packs are needed


EIA Growth Projections Confound

July 5th, 2016 | by Christopher Arcus

EIA continues to project conservative renewable growth. The authoritatively viewed administration just can’t seem to get it right. It continues the confusion of [&hellip


The Chevy Bolt — A Deeper Look

February 14th, 2016 | by Christopher Arcus

The Bolt announcement has revealed significant details of the new Chevy Bolt electric vehicle. The pleasing combination of range, performance, [&hellip


A Tale of 3 Battery Packs

January 6th, 2016 | by Christopher Arcus

The Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Tesla Model S use different batteries, and different battery packs. But how are they [&hellip


What Will The Chevy Bolt Be Like?

December 8th, 2015 | by Christopher Arcus

The new Chevy Bolt electric vehicle has been announced well in advance of its arrival, with hints and photos well [&hellip



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