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  1. VolkerP

    Days of Hybrids numbered?

    An interesting thought struck me during the last days, discussing battery breakthroughs and oil prices. A McKinsey study from 2012 featured a nice graph for the economic viability of different drive train technologies. While some years have passed, I think the fundamental idea is still valid...
  2. VolkerP

    Oil Sands

    In between the all Canadian shoulder pats, when do you predict to stop extracting tar sands?
  3. VolkerP

    BBC: The electric truck gains momentum

    BBC - Autos - With Lutz at wheel, electric work trucks gain momentum Nice read: VIA motors brings a hybrid line up of work vehicles, albeit at the cost of a Model S. Bob Lutz is board chairman since Feb 18.
  4. VolkerP

    World's largest power-to-gas plant for methane synthesis goes online

    In the German news (sorry): Stuttgart: "Power-to-Gas" als Energiespeicher der Zukunft? - Nachrichten :: Baden-Württemberg | SWR.de press release (German, too - they don't have translated it :frown:) ZSW: Weltweit größte Power-to-Gas-Anlage zur Methan-Erzeugung geht in Betrieb The news article...
  5. VolkerP

    VDE calls for improved EV safety standards

    translators note: VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik und Informationstechnik) is the German equivalent to IEEE more text (in German) and pictures here: VDE fordert bessere Sicherheitsstandards für Elektrofahrzeuge | heise Autos
  6. VolkerP

    Best Guess on Future Model S Options

    Tesla may announce new options in 2013 that make buyers defer their order to wait for them. Awesome exterior colors. 4WD. ACC. Lane departure warning. 110kWh pack...
  7. VolkerP

    How to protect/insure your EV from power damage?

    Questions arose in different threads concerning damage an EV would suffer while charging from the grid. voltage drops or power spikes can prevent your EV from charging or even damage the car/the EVSE. Lloyd reported that a cogeneration plant in the vicinity polluted the grid, preventing his...
  8. VolkerP

    What's a fair price for the supercharging option?

    Since Tesla still doesn't lift the cover on supercharger option for the 60kWh equipped Model S, I turn to TMC community: what would you find a reasonable cost for that option? Notes: This option is only available for 60kWh Model S, since it is included in the 85kWh pack at no extra cost...
  9. VolkerP

    2012 Model S launch vs. upcoming US elections

    Tesla's gonna take a lot of heat launching Model S so close to U.S. presidential elections. Even if nothing goes wrong, the cars work OK, customers are happy, no re-calls -- the GOP will open fire, that's for sure. Might I suggest that EU deliveries are brought forward :biggrin: (running & ducking)
  10. VolkerP

    Mandatory seatbelt/helmet law discussion for United States

    IIRC there were federal states in the US where you are not mandated by law to buckle up. Others had no requirement to wear helmets on motor bikes. Dunno if this is still valid.
  11. VolkerP

    UNOFFICIAL: Bluestar Pricing and Options

    Bluestar is the Tesla code name for the vehicle platform following the "skateboard" platform on which the Model S and Model X were based. As of today, only very little is known: The platform is intended to spawn an 'affordable' vehicle suitable for mass production, priced at $30k...
  12. VolkerP

    Tesla Stammtisch near Stuttgart

    Hello all, yesterday I joined the Stammtisch ("regulars table") for the first time. The event was held in Meilenwerk, Stuttgart (actually it's in Böblingen). I found a nice row of Roadsters outside, one was charging from a HPC that appeared to be connected to 64A mains. Inside, two new owners...
  13. VolkerP

    BMW to provide engines to Tesla? No, Fisker

    A short message on heise cars mentions supply agreements between BMW and other car manufacturers. among Toyota and Citroen/Peugot, Tesla Motors is listed to recieve engines: My translation: Did they mix up Tesla with Fisker? I read somewhere that the Karma's GM-supplied engine should be...
  14. VolkerP

    Driving Model S in the Vacuum

    Hi all, just another thread to kill the time until Model S is launched... Wouldn't Model S be the perfect vehicle to drive on the moon? The astronauts still wear their space suits, but apart of that... With its light weight architecture and 300 miles of terrestrial range, it surely is...
  15. VolkerP

    Mute - TU Munich experimental vehicle

    Could not find a thread about this car, so I started a new one. Translation of German article 21.09.11 - News - Mute: TU München zeigt ihr Elektroauto auf der IAA | heise Autos follows, but you might want to see the complete picture gallery there. Mute: TU Munich shows Electric...

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