Sunday, June 13, 2010

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With Oil Spill all over headlines you would think that mass media will be busy buzzing about alternatives: Electric Cars, batteries and Lithium supply. It is still not the case and Big Oil is still day dreaming with some journalists about Electric Cars' "pollution" and jobs created in the Gulf. We have already asked ourselves with SAI:

"Didn't anyone notice that it is the height of insanity to be drilling down 18,000 feet down into a seabed which is 5,000 below the surface of the sea?

There's plenty of oil around, really; we're just drilling down 23,000 feet into marginal oil deposits just because we enjoy a challenge."

Now it is time to ask when people will waken up to this reality and existing alternatives. We think this time is very close and Electric Cars like Tesla S will bring it fast once they will be on the street. Elon Musk has experienced difficulties with launch of this break through EV. It will be a head turner, but in "affordable range" for mass market in upscale sector. We hope that recent deal with Toyota will bring necessary financial support and mass production technology to the company.

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The Tesla Model S, the Spark in Electric Cars

Why is it that most electric cars look like they’ve been designed by five year olds? The Gee Wiz, the Nice MyCar, the Sakura Maranello 4, all cars that would, without the benefit of CGI, fit quite comfortably into the next Pixar Cars Movie. Why? When electric car designers roll up their sleeves and sit in front of a drawing board, do they suddenly regress to an age where trees look like lollipops and sheep bear a striking resemblance to the clouds above them. Funky, innovative, ground breaking designs that are hardly ever practical. That was until the launch of the Tesla Model S.

Now many people will point to the Tesla Roadster. That doesn’t look like it’s been designed by a child. And no it was wasn’t, it was designed with help from Lotus. A beautiful looking car without a doubt, but hardly practical. In fact rumours abound over the internet that Governor Schwarzenegger – one time android and full time green warrior – would like to return his roadster as he has difficulty fitting in it.

So why is the Model S any different? Put simply, it looks fantastic and it is extremely practical. Designed by former Mazda man Franz Von Holzhausen, the Model S would look just as at home on the streets of London as it would in the Hollywood Hills. Drawing inspiration no doubt from the likes of Jaguar and BMW, The Model S has distinctly European looks and will appeal to a worldwide market, which is more than can be said for many other “normal” American cars.

With a price tag of just under $50,000 after a $7,500 tax rebate the Model S may look slightly expensive, but if this price is achievable it will only be $4,000 more than a BMW 5 Series 528i, certainly not a price that could prove prohibitive. So what do you get for your hard earned cash? The base model will come equipped with a battery pack with a 160 mile range, add more cells and a range of 230 miles can be achieved, move up to the high capacity battery pack and the Tesla Model S will offer a range up to 300 miles. Tesla have also announced plans to allow owners of base models the ability to rent higher capacity battery packs when they need to make longer journeys, although it is not yet that clear how long it will take to change batteries. Charging time could be as little as 45 minutes on a fast charge, although a full charge is more likely to be in the region of four hours, making overnight charging the best option.

With regard to performance the Model S will certainly be no slouch, nought to sixty times are expected to be under six seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 130 mph. A sport model slated to be released in the second year of production is expected to trim another second off the 0 – 60 time.

It’s not just technology that produces power for the car, a video screen in the centre console that is effectively a small computer with 3G internet access – a computer that Tesla can access with your permission to diagnose any problems – controls the cars systems including sat nav , audio, air con plus many other features and it’s a touch screen too.

With seating for up to seven, the Tesla Model S shows what can be achieved when the right people get together, hopefully Tesla will get adequate funding from the American government to push this technology through, before they spend it all on Chevy Volt – a car that certainly won’t sell worldwide.
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