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Tesla Recall

January 14th, 2014 ernie Posted in Electric Cars No Comments »

Tesla RecallCan you imagine that you are just about to unveil your latest designs at the Detroit auto show and then the Feds announce that there is a recall associated with your flagship car! This Tesla recall came at the wrong time.

Yep that is what happened to Tesla today at the Detroit Auto Show. Poor timing and poor management by the marketing team regarding release of information. Also someone in the Government is playing politics when they
release information about a recall timed to coincide with the companies newest releases. Do it before or do it after, but not during the auto show. Sounds like someone is involved with the competitors of the Tesla Model S!

Tesla Recall Model S

Someone is playing with words. Here is the gist of the Government announcement, “federal safety regulators classified as a recall Tesla’s move to provide upgraded wall adapters and charging software for up to 29,222 owners of 2013 Model S vehicles, citing the risk of fire.”

That’s right Tesla had already announced an upgrade to the charging system in terms of hardware and software to deal with a potential over heating situation for their charging systems.

All of this taking place at the auto show where Tesla announced that they expect to double their foot print in 2014 and sales are booming. We are sure that more information will be coming out on this issue.

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Electric Cars – A Fad?

July 31st, 2013 ernie Posted in Electric Cars No Comments »

Electric Cars - A FadAre electric cars a fad that will go away over time? Are driverless cars another fad that will go away over time? We think that both of these form part of the future and many of these kinds
of things are developed and then evolve into something that we’re
not quite prepared to accept initially! Remember the horseless carriage! It was supposed to never go beyond becoming a novelty and something that the rich would use. After 10 or 15 years horses and buggies began to disappear in favor of horseless carriage.

We think that the driverless car and electric vehicles are part of our future and will over the next 10 to 20 years make a significant introduction into the economy and into our world in the developed countries. What you think of this opinion, we would appreciate your comments?

Electric Cars – A Fad

The combination of the electric vehicle and the driver less car will have significant impacts on our economy. There will be less gas stations, there will be fewer accidents, insurance premiums should decline and there will be less garages were repairs will have to be made. These vehicles will be in far fewer accidents based on the driver less car.

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Is There a Market for Electric Cars

February 13th, 2013 ernie Posted in Electric Cars 1 Comment »

Market for Electric CarsWe think there is a market for electric cars and so does Tesla who sells a high end electric vehicle, the Model S. Their success has identified the emerging market problem of recharge stations. Now all of the car manufacturers are getting on board announcing new electric car models.  They will solve the battery problem, but in the mean time? What do you do when your batteries run down?

Toyota solved this problem with the hybrid Prius model. Tessa’s all electric runs a good distance and can be driving a high end car recharged in an hour at a supercharge station. There are not enough of them and the locations are not great. If you are going to hang around somewhere for an hour it should’ve some place pleasant to spend time at.

Market for Electric Cars – Charging

Regular charging stations take a lot longer to get a full charge, which in todays immediate response society is a problem even if you are driving a high end car.

We believe electric cars will penetrate the market, but we need to have a huge infrastructure built to meet the needs of the totally electric vehicle. This infrastructure for electric cars must include quick change battery bays, quick charging stations.

There Must also be many charging stations even if they are only 110 volts and not the high speed charging stations equipped with 220 volt connections.  The market for electric cars will develop also when the price of gasoline returns to the high levels it was a few years ago.

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Were Do I Charge My Electric Car’s Batteries

May 7th, 2012 ernie Posted in Electric Cars 1 Comment »

Were Do I Charge My Electric Car's BatteriesAll of the major auto manufacturers are offering some form of electric cars these days. Some are hybrid cards while others are electric only. Hybrid cars run on both gasoline engines as well as electricity. Most recharge the batteries utilizing the engine, the brakes etc to recharge the batteries. Electric cars on the other must be recharged each night. Or after discharging the batteries over a 40 or 60 mile trip depending on the what they are rated for and how you drive. The problem for many prospective new  electric car owners is were do I charge my Electric Car’s batteries and who will pay for the cost!

If you pay for your own electricity were you live, then there is usually no problem. But what do you do if you share the cost of electricity as in a condo or apartment building? What if there are no places to plugin your electric car for the night? then what do you do?

A Primer on Electric Car Recharging Systems

Some electric cars have two different charging systems. One system will accept 120-volt and the other will accept 240-volt power from a normal electrical outlet.

The normal 115 volt household charging system has the advantage of convenience — anywhere you can find an outlet, you can recharge. The disadvantage is charging time and what the owner of the outlet thinks about it.

A typical household 120-volt outlet has a 15-amp circuit breaker. This means that the maximum amount of energy that the car can consume is approximately 1,500 watts, or 1.5 kilowatt-hours per hour. The battery pack in a typical car needs 12 to 15 kilowatt-hours for a full recharge. So it can take 10 to 12 hours to fully charge the vehicle using this technique.

By installing a 240-volt circuit (such as the outlet for an electric dryer)(you will need an electrician to install this circuit). The car might be able to receive 240 volts at 30 amps, or 6.6 kilowatt-hours per hour. This connection provides significantly faster charging, and can fully recharge the battery pack in four to five hours.

What does it Cost to Recharge

Electricity in Ontario, Canada is 18 cents per kilowatt-hour at peak and 8.7 cents per kilowatt-hour at night. Assuming a full charge of 15 KW’s, it will cost you $2.7 during the day or $1.30 at night to recharge your car. Assuming 80 miles on a full battery, the cost per mile is therefore 1.63 cents per mile, assuming off peak charging. Gasoline costs $3.60 per gallon on average at time of writing this post. If we assume a car gets 30 miles to the gallon, then the cost per mile is 12 cents per mile for gasoline. A huge Savings!

Let’s assume you drive your car on average 15,000 miles per year, then the savings in gasoline alone would be $1635.00. Now while you are achieving these savings, someone has to pay for the electricity you are using if you are not recharging from your own homes system.

Were Do I Charge My Electric Car’s Batteries

So where will you recharge your car’s batteries? At home of course, but there may be other places as well, such as:

  • While visiting a friend
  • At work
  • In a condo or apartment complex parking lot
  • Public recharging places

While we are not talking about a lot of money, many people are going to not like the idea that they are paying for you to recharge your car. That is just the way people are and there is not much you can do about it. So if you are visiting a friend for the evening or for a few days, do you plug in your car? Do you offer to pay for the electricity? We think that yes you  should and you should have available the calculations to show just how much you will be using. We also think that most people will say, forget it when they see what it actually costs to recharge your cars batteries.

Some work locations will offer recharging as an incentive and a public relations incentive, so take advantage of this feature when it is offered. Otherwise you may have to negotiate with the property manager to allow you to plug in and recharge your cars batteries.

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