Sunday, February 17, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
CEO of Tesla Calls Critical New York Times Article "Fake."
I just read a fascinating story on Engadget about Tesla. The most interesting part was the ensuing discussion, where I learned so much including:
• The First Automobile Was Electric. Electric cars were prevalent in the late 1800's and early 1900's. However, combustion took over from electric vehicles for the following reasons: greater range of gasoline cars, quicker refueling times and the vehicles were cheaper to buy. Back then they tried to solve the refueling time issue by having a quick battery swap over program which ultimately was not successful.
• According to Get Energy Active, U.S. electricity consists of a mix of 50% from coal plants (20% natural gas, 20% nuclear, 6% hydro, 1% fuel oil, and 3% renewables + other.
• Range anxiety was a primary factor against for 71% of people when considering the purchase of an electric vehicle. Without an infrastructure to support refuel/recharge that anxiety will persist.