2017 Brings More Tesla Superchargers and New Usage Regulations

by Bianca Rodriguez

Tesla Superchargers are currently the best and fastest charging option for long-distance travelers driving one of Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. A Supercharger takes a mere 30 minutes to replenish batteries from 10% to 80% charge, enough time to take a restroom break or grab a coffee during a long trip; or 75 minutes to reach a full 100% charge, enough time for a meal at a nearby restaurant. A battery charged at 80% will provide about 170 miles of driving range, which should be enough to reach the next Supercharger along some of the more popular routes. Even so, Tesla is continuing to increase the number of Supercharger locations around the world to fill the need of an increasing population of Tesla drivers. This is especially necessary due to the new Tesla Model 3, which is expected to be available after 2018. Starting at $35,000, the Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable car and will most likely increase the number of Tesla drivers as more people will be able to afford these high-tech full electric vehicles. Continue reading

Plunging Oil Prices and Their Effect on the Electric Vehicle Industry

by Jason Xu

In an invterview with CNN, CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, acknowledged that the electric vehicle industry will be hurt by falling oil prices, saying that “it just makes economic sense.” However, Musk showed little concern toward his own company Tesla Motors. He explained that even though the entire industry will be hurt by plunging oil prices, Tesla’s Model S and Model X will still be competitive in the market, because they are hugely differentiated, unlike other cheaper electric vehicle in the market. Musk also talked about Model 3, Tesla’s affordable electric vehicle aiming to hit the market in 2017. Continue reading

Tesla’s New Battery Factory in Nevada: How it Came About

by Emil Morhardt

An extremely interesting article by Peter Elkind in the current issue of Fortune magazine looks at the evolution of the siting decision for the largest lithium battery factory in the world; by 2020 it will equal the world’s current production. This is particularly interesting to me because I’ve been following one side of the location decision on the University of Nevada Reno NPR station, which I get in Bishop, California, and because I bought a lithium-battery gas-hybrid car over the weekend (not, I’m sorry to report, a Tesla—the least expensive version of Tesla’s Model S all-electric sedan costs $71,000, well above my vehicle price tolerance), and I could clearly see that a plug-in hybrid would be preferable if the batteries cost less and I thought they would be reliable. Same for the Tesla cars for which the batteries constitute at least a quarter of the cost according to the Inside EVs website.  Continue reading