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Tesla Drops Base Models S 60 and 60D

Customers willing to pay for better range.

by on Mar.20, 2017

The low end of the Model S range failed to attract much interest from buyers.

Tesla hoped to win over buyers on a budget by introducing two more affordable versions of the Model S a year ago, but both the 60 and 60D battery sedans are being pulled from the line-up next month, according to the Silicon Valley automaker.

Turns out buyers are willing to come up with the extra cash to get the extra range offered by two slightly more expensive versions of the Model S, the 75 and 75D, Tesla has discovered. They offer a minimum EPA rating of 265 miles per charge.

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That fits with the general direction of the battery-car market, according to several industry analysts and insiders who spoke to Demand for shorter-range electric vehicles is largely flat-lining, while there’s growing interest in vehicles that can deliver at least 200 miles per charge.


Nissan Bumps Up Battery Range of Leaf By 27%

Further improvements expected.

by on Sep.10, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Leaf will get up to 100 miles per charge using a larger battery pack.

The 2016 version of the Nissan Leaf will now be able to travel an estimated 107 miles between charges, a 27% increase over the original version of the battery-electric vehicle.

The Japanese maker is taking advantage of improvements in lithium-ion technology to squeeze a 30 kilowatt-hour battery into the 2016 model. Until now, the Nissan Leaf had used a 24 kWh pack. Nissan now claims to offer “best-in-class” range, and the numbers are better than such competitors as the Ford Focus EV that get less than 100 miles per charge. But it still lags well behind the much costlier Tesla Model S, as well as the 200-mile Bolt model Chevrolet is currently developing.

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“We know that to maintain that leadership, we must continue developing battery technology that strikes that ideal balance between capacity, packaging, durability and affordability,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales & Marketing.


Cadillac “Ultimately” Planning to Tackle Tesla

GM CEO pushes battery cars – though still skeptical about demand.

by on Sep.23, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson with the Chevrolet Volt.

It builds fewer cars per quarter than General Motors produces in its pickup truck plants in a matter of days, yet the giant Detroit automaker is increasingly focused on the California battery-car start-up.

That has led GM to launch a study of its little rival’s strategy and technology – and to lay out plans for its flagship brand to take on Tesla with a high-mileage battery car of its own.

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“If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac,” GM Chairman and CEO tells the Detroit News.


Tesla Founder Short-Circuits Over NY Times Review

Elon Musk declares paper’s story “fake.”

by on Feb.11, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, shown here with an early prototype of the Model S.

Never shy to take on a major media outlet that has leveled criticism at his products, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is accusing the New York Times of publishing a “fake” story regarding a lengthy drive of the battery-car start-up’s Model S sedan.

The entrepreneur – who also founded the Space X rocket company – took offense to a report by Times correspondent John Broder who claims he was unable to complete a drive from Washington, D.C. to Boston and had to finish the trip on a flatbed.

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Musk has shown a prickly sensitivity to negative reviews and also filed suit against the popular BBC automotive series, “Top Gear,” when it ran a story claiming Tesla’s earlier Roadster model ran out of juice during testing.

“NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour,” Musk declared in one of several Tweets he has issued about the Times review.


Nissan Adding Range, Lowering Base Price on Leaf

New entry-level model to reach US showrooms in 2013.

by on Nov.20, 2012

Nissan will have some updates to the Leaf battery car coming in 2013.

Nissan aims to address two of the most common concerns about its Leaf battery-electric vehicle, range and price, with a series of updates that will extend driving distance and lower the cost on a new, stripped-down model.

The announcement in Tokyo, earlier today, focused on versions of the Leaf sold only in the Japanese home market. But Nissan plans to take similar steps in the U.S., as well. A new entry-level version of the Leaf will reach American showrooms next year while all U.S. versions will likely also see range extended as Nissan continues to evolve the breakthrough battery-cars electric drivetrain.

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“People who try out the Leaf are moved,” said Nissan Senior Vice President Masaaki Nishizawa. “But they are worried about cruise range.”

In Japanese trim, the updated Leaf will now get 142 miles per charge compared with 124 miles before.  Range is a highly subjective number and depends heavily on driving conditions including weather.  Operating a vehicle like the Leaf at highway speeds on a cold day significantly reduces the distance it can travel between charges.


GM Betting on “Game-Changer” Battery

New technology could yield huge jump in range.

by on Aug.10, 2012

GM may have found a partner that could double the range of battery-based vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt.

Perhaps the single biggest problem with electric vehicles is the limited range of today’s batteries.  But General Motors is betting that a small California company may have a breakthrough that could substantially increase so-called energy density yielding a major increase in the distance battery cars can travel between charges.

The automaker’s investment arm, GM Ventures LLC, is investing heavily in Envia Systems, based in Newark, California. The firm claims to have developed a new way to pack about 400 watt hours of energy into a kilogram of battery.  Put into perspective, that’s a full ten times as much “juice” as the nickel-metal hydride battery in a Toyota Prius can hold and as much as twice the energy even the best of today’s advanced lithium-ion batteries can manage.

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That would potentially permit a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid to go 70 miles on a charge, for example, compared to 35 today.  And pure battery-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus Electric, could deliver range closer to what a gas-powered vehicle might yield on a tank of petrol, rather than the 70 to 100 miles they can eke out today.

“I think we’ve got better than a 50-50 chance to develop a car that will go to 200 miles on a charge,” says GM CEO Dan Akerson, who calls Envia’s technology a potential “game-changer.”