Author Archives: Steve Hanley

Model X Wedding Crasher, Jonas Issues TSLA Warning, Lyndon Rive Leaves Tesla/SolarCity

May 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla, "the company that Twitter built," had a banner day in the headlines yesterday. A Model X rented for a wedding was crashed into by a stolen car. Meanwhile, SpaceX launched its heaviest satellite yet. Adam Jonas, one of the biggest cheerleaders for Tesla stock on Wall Street lowered his sights a bit. And Elon Musk's cousin, Lyndon Rive, says he will leave the company next month to pursue "other opportunities."

Tesla + Green Mountain Power Offer Tesla Powerwall For $15/Month (Vermont)

May 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla has a new idea it calls aggregation and it is the next step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the utility grid. The first phase of that plan is the installation of Tesla Powerpack grid scale storage units at substations throughout the area served by a utility. The second phase is linking thousands of individual Powerwall residential battery systems to provide extra storage capacity

Detroit Streetcar Line Opens

May 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

How important is transportation infrastructure to a city? Those who put up the $140 million needed (including $50 million from the Kresge Foundation) to build the new Detroit QLine — an all-electric, zero-emissions streetcar line — are about to find out. The 3.3 mile long route along Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue opened up to the public on Friday, May

Elon Musk’s Boring Machine & Electric Sled

May 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Donald Trump woke up Friday morning and unleashed a tirade of Twitterized venom on James Comey. Elon Musk woke up Friday morning and shared a ton of information on Twitter and Instagram about his new tunnel-boring machine — codenamed Godot — and a video showing what it will be like to race through one of those tunnels at speeds up to 125 miles per hour aboard an electric sled. Which Twitter storm is likely to be more important to the future of mankind? You decide

REC Solar Begins Production Of Innovative High-Output TwinPeak 2 Solar Panels

May 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

REC Solar has become one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels in the world, and became Europe's largest solar panel brand a few years ago. The Norway-founded company has recently started manufacturing its TwinPeak 2 multi-crystalline solar panels, rated at 350 watts peak power — a world record for a production solar panel. The TwinPeak 2 weighs 48.5 pounds — 10 pounds less than a comparable 72 cell unit

Ireland To Africa — In A Tesla

May 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Grattan Healy and his partner, Simona, live in Ireland but like to get away to warmer climes in the winter. "We have been doing these kind of trips for years in other cars, but this is the first time we made a serious trip in an electric car." In this case, the electric car was a Tesla Model S, which they drove from Galway to Ouarzazate in Morocco and back. Grattan is an energy specialist who is deeply involved in the the renewable energy world. He was an adviser to the Green Party in the European Parliament for 6 years through the end of

“Stop Tesla” = Hilarious

May 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Pollution from fossil fuels is slowly but surely endangering every person on earth. One way to reduce the threat level would be to stop burning the gasoline that makes the automobiles we drive go. The Tesla Model 3 is the harbinger of the future -- an affordable midsize car that uses no gasoline at all. Production in set to begin just two months from now, and although Tesla won't say how many reservations it has for the car, the best guess among those who follow the company closely seems to be very close to half a million

Oregon Rep. Wants To Offer Car Salespeople $250 Per Electric Car They Sell

May 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Legislators in Oregon are considering a bill that would pay anyone who sells a plug-in hybrid or battery electric car a bonus of $250. The legislation would be funded by a $1 million appropriation and would exclude stores that sell electric cars exclusively. Yes, Tesla, they are talking about you

Tony Seba: By 2030, 95% of People Won’t Own a Private Car — Automaker Death Spiral Coming

May 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Futurists make predictions. That’s what they do. Sometimes they are right; sometimes they are wrong. As futurists go, Stanford economist and RetinkX founder Tony Seba has a pretty good track record. He predicted the solar energy boom at a time when prices for solar power were 10 times what they are today. His latest report predicts two things. One, he says that by 2030, 95% of people won’t own a private car, killing off the auto industry. Two, he predicts electric vehicles will devastate the global oil industry by the same date

New Chinese Electric Car Factory Will Be Able To Produce 200,000 Cars/Year

May 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

GAC Group, which is shorthand for Guangzhou Automobile Group, has started building a new manufacturing facility on a 2 square mile campus located in China’s southern Guangdong province. The factory will be dedicated to electric car production and autonomous vehicles. It is expected to cost nearly $700 million and will have a capacity of 200,000 cars a year once completed by the end of next year

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