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That's 8% faster than a Tesla Model 3 Long Range on a v3 Supercharger. Not bad :-P for a vehicle that costs twice as much and has 80% of the range. How many of the currently deployed EA chargers are 350kW-capable? I know we haven't really seen any v3 Superchargers outside of SoCal yet (and one in Vegas).
Wow. When Fiat merged with Chrysler, the Fiat styling and brand had some cachet that got them some new sales in North America, albeit as niche player. They will be destroying that brand by dropping their line-up to nothing more than a couple of even-tinier-niche vehicles with no EV and no future. Arrivederci Fiat! So FCA really doesn't have an EV roadmap (no pun intended) to offer in North America at all. They must be relying even more heavily on their billion $ emissions pooling deal with Tesla to meet fleet emissions standards for all Chrysler brands since Fiat sales will be ~0. I assume the 500X is a Mini knock-off for those who don't want to buy German (not really an issue in NA). And the one 500L owner I know is just counting the months until the payments are made so she can move on. Does the 500E continue to be available in Europe or RoW?
Why? Fun and nostalgia. Who wouldn’t want to go on an adventure in a bug that actually accelerates in seconds rather than minutes! It wouldn’t be your everyday car, just for special excursions and trips.
So not that big a gain then (3.6% over a mass-produced vehicle)? That sample battery weighs about twice the typical fuel load of a typical light aircraft. An electric plane doesn’t need a surge of power like a hypercar would, it needs sustained “full” power for climbing and then about 60-75% power for cruise at a higher airspeed than the climb. So I don’t see any advantage to this hybrid battery application in aircraft.
16GWhr? 2024? That doesn’t seems big enough or soon enough if VW Audi Group was seriously trying to transition to EVs. After all Tesla is producing 24GWh of batteries annually now at GF1 and is producing about 7000 vehicles per week with them (plus other projects) So how many electric vehicles can VAG produce with only 16GWh? How many ICE Golfs do they currently make per week? I hope they have other battery contracts out there or we’ll never get the transition done before I die!
It says "largest aircraft flying without any fossil fuel support". 2 rebuttals of that, firstly that is unlikely to happen for this aircraft in the real-world. Operators will probably use a natural gas reformer to obtain the hydrogen on-site at the airport. just like hydrogen-fuelled city busses do. Anything coming in a tanker truck will similarly be derived from natural gas. It is not fossil-fuel-free just like my Tesla is not. It's certainly better, but fuel-cells are not dinofuel-free. They *could* be, but they're not. Secondly put suitable biofuel in any Jet-A burning aircraft and it is fossil-fuel-free. That has been done already for many much larger aircraft. It's also cheaper to run, because it doesn't have the million dollar fuel cell cost.
Apparently pulling a train isn’t that hard due to the steel wheels and track. https://www.teslarati.com/ford-f-150-ev-1-million-lb-tow-demo-explained/
"50% by By 2035" 2035?? Nothing like setting the bar low to ensure "success". Problem with that is every other China-based manufacturer will be way beyond 50% before 2030! Why are they so pathetically timid?
Hmm, helping hand for the corn farmers, but what does it do to our atmosphere?
Early production issues are hardly an indication of the reliability of Model 3 cars being produced now or in the future. There is always a period of “shakedown “ with a new model for any manufacturer where the manufacturing process is tweaked or even substantially changed as they improve production methods.
Yawn. Harvey sounding like a broken record again. Same unfounded remarks as last time. Anytime Tesla gets mentioned he trolls out this rubbish.
Just to correct the statements about land-use for nuclear power, please factor in the land-use for nuclear exclusion zones necessary when a major accident occurs, and they do occur. Chernobyl exclusion zone is 2000 square miles (including the exclusion area of Belarus), Fukushima is about half that as far as I can tell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusion_zone#Nuclear_disaster_exclusion_zones Oh, and nobody got Leukemia from a solar panel.
Oh, Harvey. That's the same sad tune you sung last time.
Despite the downbeat attitude of other commenters, I am impressed. They faltered in 2017, but which manufacturers haven't, and Tesla are recovering as expected. Don't forget either that these are the high-end 300 mile version they are making first. 5000 a week in 2Q18 means >150,000 on the road by year end. I'm hopeful I'll see mine in 2018, which is earlier than I expected when I put my money down.
Being the most popular PHEV in the world, it was strange that we've been disappointed many times by Mitsubishi postponing the launch of the PHEV Outlander in North America, so it's good to see it's finally going to make it to the US. If they had started selling them two or three years ago, it would have stolen a good share of other manufacturers hybrid/PHEV/BEV market. But I think a 12kWh battery PHEV is less than the what is achievable now, even for that price point. It's definitely well-spec'd with all those features. I didn't see mention of different models so hopefully you get all of the above for one easy payment of $35,000.00.
A distinct lack of specifics in this announcement. What will be the battery capacity and expected vehicle range is just basic info that is need in such a statement.
A lie? How would he know? He's an expert of nothing, making stuff up because he doesn't like the look of the figures put before him by professionals in the field like this article. Where have we seen that before? Oh, yes: the "friends" he says will fix everything. Trolling doesn't change the facts you don't like.
How does the magnitude of this compare to the impact from 'dieselgate'?
Brings new meaning to the British phrase "complete bosh".
I guess they mean that alternator failure is a "non-event" in that the vehicle can keep running on batteries until the next scheduled stop. Obviously they can't prevent alternator failures happening without some redundancy.
Hmm. Anon writes "Reducing CO2 can only be accomplished by not burning carbon in the air." I think you need to check your math. Not doing something doesn't get rid of something that's already there. And FYI, burning fuels created using CO2 from the air is a carbon-neutral operation, just as biofuels do today, or are you a downer on those too? Sequestering the carbon captured this way would improve the climate situation, but this method allows portable fuels to be created without making things worse. As for the cost to commercialize, if oil and gas were priced to include the cost of their impact to the planet, these methods would look commercially priced to everyone. Just as I pay monthly for a sewerage treatment plant rather than dump it in the street as used to be the case ~150 years ago.
I know this was an aerobatic aircraft, but the electric power train being used is designed for more conventional General Aviation applications too (260kw = 350hp, which is high, but not unheard of for GA). The rate of climb that's available is really good, about 2,260 feet per minute. That's ear-poppingly fast! 1000kg (2200lbs) is a typical weight for GA aircraft, so even if it used "gobs of energy" (DSL's comment is unsubstantiated) for this test, it shows that electric aircraft can perform and provide an extra safety factor. You can never have too much power to get you out of trouble, even if you only need it for a minute.
Hmm, someone in the comments section is making stuff up, and hopes no one will spot it. 'Arthur' stopped production in 2012 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_(TV_series)). The first public mention of the Tesla Gigafactory was in 2013 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigafactory_1). Did car manufacturer's meet these standards because of CARB or in spite of it? If the former, then logically CARB should continue its work and its services are still very much needed.
Maybe, but CARB standards also apply to many other states that have opted to follow CARB rather than federal standards, including many of the biggest markets. I don't think Trump is going to be able to overrule/dismantle CARB. And states have other options too.