Yeah, longs are as touchy as Tesla security. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the delays at the gigafactory. BTW, did Panasonic pull out?
Bentley Announces EV With 300 Miles Of Range
November 20th, 2015 by James Ayre
Editor’s Note: Bentley is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, which has announced a few potential long-range EVs in the past few months, and which has announced a strong focus on EVs coming out of dieselgate.
A 4-wheel drive all-electric version of its EXP10 Speed Six concept is currently being worked on by Bentley, according to recent reports.
The new electric luxury car is reportedly expected to possess a single-charge range of around 300 miles and a top speed of about 200 miles per hour. No launch date has been revealed yet, but estimates are for sometime around 2020.
There are now expected to at least two versions of the production model of the EXP10 Speed Six concept — a petrol one sporting a V8, and the aforementioned electric one. The electric version will reportedly possess 400 to 500 horsepower — in addition to the 500 kilometer range (~300 mile range) and the top speed of around 200 miles per hour already mentioned.
“We believe battery technology are reaching a point of where such vehicles are making sense,” stated Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer. “And the performance will be stunning.”
Spira — EV With 140-Mile Range For $10,000
November 25th, 2015 by James Ayre
If one doesn’t need or want a fancy supercar like the Tesla Model S, or even a relatively “normal” car like the Nissan LEAF, but still desires to go electric, what can one do? Get one of the smart cars that are becoming a more common sight in many large cities perhaps? Or a Renault Twizy if in Europe?
On that note, I was recently made aware of the “Spira” — which is a rather interesting-looking, low-cost vehicle that can be purchased as either an electric or a gasmobile.
Here are some details for the electric version: a 140-mile single charge range (via 144 amp hour batteries); a top speed of 70 miles per hour; a 300 miles-per-gallon-equivalent fuel-economy rating; one or two 10 kilowatt 72 V motors; a starting price of $10,000 plus shipping
Dyson, the U.K. company famous for its bagless vacuum cleaners, has acquired Michigan-based solid-state battery startup Sakti3 for $90 million and announced plans to build an important $1 billion battery factory to mass produce the next generation battery technology.
This is the second important solid-state battery technology acquisition in a short period of time – Bosch recently bought Seeo Inc. to bring their battery technology to market. Solid-state batteries are thought to be a lot safer than common li-ion cells and could have more potential for higher energy density, but we have yet to see a company capable of producing it in large-scale and at an attractive price point.
Sakti3 made the headlines last year when it announced that it had produced a solid-state battery cell with 400 Wh/kg energy density, compared to Tesla’s cells believed to be around 230 Wh/kg.
Dyson had already invested $15 million in Sakti3 before now buying the company.
Founder and CEO Ann Marie Sastry will join Dyson as an executive and lead development of her battery technology for the company. When she first unveiled her technology and was trying to attract investors, Sastry said that the company’s solid-state cells aimed at the electric vehicle industry.
Dyson says that they remain open at licensing the technology and the cells could eventually find their way into electric cars, but for now the plan is to integrate the technology into Dyson’s cordless vacuum cleaners. The company expects to start producing its systems with the new batteries within a year or two.
“If we are to continue to create new and disruptive technology we must develop more advanced core technologies,” said Dyson founder James Dyson. “We have invested nearly $310 million into the research and development of the Dyson digital motor, a technology that now powers our most successful machines. We will do the same with batteries. Sakti3 has developed a breakthrough in battery technology."
Holy krap, I'm headed out to dyno my Hellcat tomorrow.
If its like the Tesla and comes in 33% less horsepower,
what do I ask for in the lawsuit?
The car wouldnt be the killer collector I thought it would be with a third fewer ponies.
Musk will de-emphasize anything which isnt positive, so he will spend stupid amounts of time on really small future projects, etc.
Might even talk about the NEW roadster.
You are welcome to your own opinion, but not your own facts.
Several Hondas and Toyotas have more American content than Tesla.
Patriots should demand a true representation of American content, not the nonsense youre content to repeat.
Hype and subsidies are what Tesla may ultimately be known for, and not the superb car they built.
How they ever going to make 55k at this rate?