By David Herron ·
November 07, 2013

Tesla Model S Blaze in Nashville Makes Three Fires in Six Weeks

A Tesla Model S caught fire yesterday south of Nashville,Tenn., making a string of three Model S car fires in a little over a month. Like the other two incidents, nobody was injured, reinforcing claims that the Model S is safe. Few details are known other than pictures found on Twitter and Instagram, and an initial statement from Tesla Motors.

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By David Herron ·
November 06, 2013

Tesla Motors: Battery Supply Crunch Limiting Model S Production

In yesterday's conference call discussing Q3 2013 financial results, Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly said Model S production is limited not by customer demand, but constraints in supplies of parts, primarily battery cells. He hinted at a “giant” battery factory in the works.

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By David Herron ·
November 05, 2013

A "Worst Electric Car List" Reminds Us How Far We've Come

Jalopnik, the automotive blog, took aim at an easy target yesterday when it posted the “Ten Worst Electric Cars Ever Made.” The list was full of 1970s experiments, three-wheelers, low-speed neighborhood electric vehicles, and Chinese knock-offs—such as Coda Automotive's electric sedan, which hit Number 10 on the list. The goal was yucks: look at a bunch of stupid EVs. But after the LOLs get emailed and tweeted, a more important point emerges. The past era of substandard electric cars—and notions of EVs as glorified golf carts—is long over.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 31, 2013

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Fast, and They're Likely To Be Electric

Autonomous vehicles are a "disruptive" technology, said McKinsey. Sure they are, but the developing synergies say they'll also have batteries and work with wireless charging.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 29, 2013

Second Tesla Model S Battery Fire Causes Stock Plunge

Tesla was just recovering from the fallout after a Washington State crash and fire. A second incident, this time in Mexico, is worrying both consumers and the financial markets. But, again, the circumstances tend to favor Tesla's claim that battery fires will be limited and occur only in extraordinary circumstances.

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By David Herron ·
October 21, 2013

What Financing Could Mean for Public Electric Car Charging

EV Charging Station financing plans and support offered by ChargePoint, Nissan and Fuji Electric, are coming at a time when government grants may be drying up.

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By David Herron ·
October 18, 2013

The Expanding Role of Electric Cars in Managing the Grid

The killer app in the EV movement might not be the vehicles themselves—but how they can play a crucial role in a smart electrical grid. A session focusing on “Demand Response” at this week’s VERGE SF conference, revealed how key players, such as Ford, Greenlots and EPRI, see the intersection of electric vehicles and smart grid technologies. The offshoot might mean that electric car owners could earn money, rather than pay money, for electric fuel.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 17, 2013

Tesla Still the Big Winner in California ZEV Credit Sales

Tesla has the high volume in electric vehicle sales, and that pays as credit-hungry automakers buy up its lucrative credits.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 16, 2013

Are Electric Cars Elitist?

I don't think so, but some transit advocates beg to differ. Wait a minute, though, aren't poor people hit the hardest by bad air quality?

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By David Herron ·
October 15, 2013

ChargePoint Offers Blink Sites Up to $2,200 To Switch

ChargePoint hasn’t wasted any time trying to exploit the bankruptcy of Ecotality's Blink network. The company is offering—through its partner, National Car Charging—up to a $2,200 trade-in credit for any Blink commercial host site that switches to ChargePoint.

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