12 Jun

Tesla Motors open sources their technology

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“Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

Wow.

At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.”

(Via All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors.)

09 Jun

Tesla will open up its Supercharger patents

Wow, that’s fascinating. Reminds me of when Mercedes Volvo allowed the patent for the seat built to be used by anyone because it was of benefit to all people. Getting more superchargers built helps Tesla, if other people do it so Tesla cars can use theirs, obviously. But since Tesla is getting the supercharger network rolled out faster than some others, it’s a big deal.

Also a big deal because I imagine Tesla will be giving away info on how the supercharger works, which might give competitors details about how their supercharger batteries work. That’s the generous part of the offer, here:

“Tesla’s CEO has been carefully dropping hints that he might ‘do something controversial’ with his company’s collection of technology patents, and now we know what he’s on about. Speaking at the UK launch of the Tesla Model S yesterday, Elon Musk said that he specifically wants to open up the designs for his Supercharger system in order to create a standard technical specification that other electric car makers can adopt. As part of this, it’s possible that Tesla might need to give away some intellectual property about components within the cars themselves”

(Via Tesla will open up its Supercharger patents to boost electric car adoption.)

08 Apr

Tesla sets a drag record for fastest production car

What people still fail to realize about electric cars, due to negative PR from anti-green types, is that 100% of the torque is available to the wheels.

Which means, if you want sporty, you’ll want electric:

“The Tesla Model S Performance ended up running a best time of 12.371 @ 110.84 MPH with 0-60 MPH coming up in just 3.9 seconds.  The National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) was on site running their Winter EV Nationals and verified the Tesla runs to have set a new world record for the quickest production electric vehicle in the 1/4 mile.”

(Via » Tesla Model S Performance sets World Record for the Quickest Production Electric Car – DragTimes.com Drag Racing, Fast Cars, Muscle Cars Blog.)

17 Jul

Tesla recharge time is 20 minutes, and they’re planning to get it down to 5

This would have an effect on electric car adoption:

“Tesla Motors is quickly reducing the charging times. Last September, it unveiled a network of ‘supercharging’ stations—designed exclusively for its Model S and future electric vehicles—that could charge a battery halfway in 30 minutes. In May, it announced an upgrade that cut that time to 20 minutes. Now Tesla’s chief technology officer, JB Straubel, says the company eventually could cut the time it takes to fully charge the battery to just five minutes—or not much longer than it takes to fill a gas tank.”

(Via Tesla CTO JB Straubel Says His Company Can Charge Electric Vehicles, With No Battery Swapping, in Five Minutes | MIT Technology Review.)

23 May

TV leaves you dark on Tesla’s loan repayment

Via Ramez Naam:

“The news that electric carmaker Tesla Motors has repaid its federal loan early is being ignored by some of the same outlets that tried to make the bankrupt solar company Solyndra the face of the Obama administration’s green initiatives — including ABC, which suggested Tesla wouldn’t be able to repay its loan.”

(Via After Hyping Solyndra, TV News Ignores Tesla’s Loan Repayment | Blog | Media Matters for America.)

Between the negativity aimed at Tesla by mainstream institutions, including politicians trying to stop it from being able to sell cars in some states, these guys are fighting quite a stacked deck.

It’s going to make a hell of a David and Goliath story if they win out.

14 May

Tesla beating luxury car model sales

CNN takes a closer look at Tesla sales. This reminds me of early adoption practices in other key technologies, like cellphones. First they’re subsidized by the rich and out of our reach, and when are tech, are roundly drubbed by mainstream thinkers as being high priced tech toys.

Today’s electric cars are likely to future electric cars as cellphones in the late 80s are to today’s cellphones.

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“You know the Tesla Model S, the $70,000 (and-up) electric car that ‘nobody can afford’? Well, evidently, more than a few people can afford it.

In fact, in the first quarter of this year, more people bought a Tesla Model S than bought any of the similarly priced gasoline-powered cars from the top three German luxury brands, according to data from LMC Automotive. About 4,750 buyers bought a Model S while just over 3,000 people bought Mercedes’ top-level sedan.”

(Via Tesla sales beating Mercedes, BMW and Audi – May. 13, 2013.)

04 May

A glimpse at Tesla’s future

Next Big Future highlights a report that suggests that Wall Street’s anti-renewables and political beliefs are shorting Tesla stock, and are getting it way wrong.

I’d say that about most renewables. There’s a lot of churn as the tech is sorting itself out, but man that field has been more interesting over the last four years than in all the time since I started following it in 1998 when I was in college.

Speaking of politics, North Carolina is trying to make it illegal for Teslas to be sold direct there.

A winning move from the state that has recently refused to follow basic democratic moves such as counting votes in order to repeal alternative energy investment and fighting to stop scientists from talking about sea level rises using legislature.

Yeah.