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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tesla EV auto Stores coming



Since initial sales volumes will be relatively low, and very little maintenance is required with an electric car, they won't need as many stores at first.

Initially there will be five customer centers opening up in 2007 in the strongest markets for the Roadster. After that, more will be added over the next two years in preparation for the launch of WhiteStar.

Tesla Marketing VP Darryl Siry confirmed that they have selected a location in Los Angeles and are scouting locations in the Bay Area, Chicago and New York. The Miami area is another likely launch location for the Roadster, since it's a natural market for sports cars. After launching the Roadster, they will move into other secondary markets like Seattle, Boston and Atlanta.
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= TG

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Belisarius said...

I want one. Might not be the ideal vehicle in Calgary though...

10:48 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

I know, you are sceptical about mixing cold and battery.

The Lithium Ion is far less affected by cold than the old lead acid version. = TG

12:42 PM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

. . . . . . . . . Electric Vehicle Motor Works Brochure = Page 2


= DISCLOSURE =
==========================

This E- Vehicle is not equipped with,

A gas Tank

Internal Combustion Motor

Radiator

Fuel Injection

Muffler & Exhaust System

Catalytic Converter

Air, Gas or Oil Filters

Ignition Timing

Spark Plugs

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And there is no requirement for;

[1] Toxic anti-freeze

[2] Gasoline or diesel fuel

[3] Crankcase Oil
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Of course, service for above systems is also not required.

We trust that since only the Battery Pack and Electric Drive, [ 8 and 10 year warranty ], are required to run your vehicle, that you will not miss all that other junk.

. . . . . . Electric Vehicle Motor Works. = TG

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Belisarius said...

Actually I was thinking that convertibles aren't ideal winter driving vehicles here ;-)

I wonder how much of a drain it will be on the batteries to heat the interior of the vehicle in winter?

One possible advantage: with all of our external plugs for winter block heating, it might be possible to also use the opportunity to recharge when parked outside.

9:08 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Plug-ins everywhere.

Hydrogen is clean, but who is going to gamble Billion$ on hydrogen depots that require *engineer gas jockeys* for safety with 5000 psi equipment? = TG

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Neil Shirtliff said...

Tony

I've followed you here from the Small Dead Animals blog, and I am intrigued by your promotion of electric vehicles.

Hence, I did a seat of the pants energy cost comparison between gasoline and electric driving.

Firstly, starting with a fuel economy of 10 l/100km and $1.07 cost per litre gasoline (my most recent purchase price), I get a fuel cost of travel of $0.10 per km.

Translating that through energy content of gasoline and typical gasoline vehicle efficiencies, I get an energy reguirement of 0.75 Mj/km.

Now translating this through an estimated 65% efficiency of the conversion of grid electricity to motive energy, and at $0.06 per Kw.hr cost (what I pay here in Manitoba delivered to my home), I get an energy cost of $0.02 per km. This is one fifth of the cost of gasoline.

This is probably not news to you, but it sure opened my eyes.

11:45 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Thanks for that Neil.

I read from a respectable source like the National Post or Cnet news that the average efficiency of the gas auto is about 22%.

Not sure how they got that. Did they factor in the double trucking and gas pump retailing costs?

Grid delivery, [110vac charging], is vastly more efficient and even with clean tech coal-gen, its far better to make smog at the generator site than on 4 wheels in the city. = TG

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Neil Shirtliff said...

That 22% gas vehicle efficiency is the comparison of the energy delivered to the wheels as a percent of the availably chemical energy of the gasoline in the fuel tank.

It does not consider any of the energy to create the gasoline or get it into the cars fuel tank.

Most of the loss is simply a function of the limitation of a gasoline internal combustion engine. The theoretical maximum is about 35% if I recall properly. Actual efficiency of the engine is almost always less. The rest of the loss is energy to do such things as run an air conditioner, recharge the battery and power the headlights etc.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Belisarius said...

And no more need for Middle East Oil. We really need to speed the widespread shift to electric vehicles as soon as possible.

10:06 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Yes, true, but, GM, Cobasys and Chevron-[ patent holder for Large format NiMH battery], never utter a peep about EVs on Television.

While GM has the Volt flex, [ that can be an EV], in the wings, the battery contract,[choice] has not been let yet.

The EV is still a secret to most of North America. GM and Chevron know the sheeples may want it.= TG

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Belisarius said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this Chevy Volt turns out, Tony. I hope GM doesn't blow it...

6:03 PM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Yeah, I wonder if they will use the Lithium Ion battery or the Altair-nano-safe battery.

Chevron and GM do have their *Cobasys battery firm up for sale, so I guess that means the large format NiHH battery is out! = TG

10:39 AM  

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