Chris. I know that you have been around for a while. Are you happy now. Nice payday on Thursday, more to some, with a bit of noise though..
NoM0MoNey has been flaming Tesla since before they produced he Model S. Just another worthless basher.
More money for EM!
Air Force has exclusive deal with defense contractors to launch spy satellites.
he United States government has lost its bid to toss SpaceX's lawsuit over lucrative national security-related launch contracts.
In two orders issued on Thursday, the US Court of Federal Claims said that the two parties have been ordered to seek mediation as a way to resolve their ongoing dispute.
Three months ago, the private space firm sued after learning that the Air Force had entered into exclusive agreements with government contractors that locked out private companies from competing for the launch contracts without providing suitable justification. As of now, the only authorized contractor to send up Air Force payloads is United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
“To facilitate the good faith efforts of the Government and Plaintiff to undertake these initial steps in a mediation process, all parties are ordered to decline to comment in the press about the substance or assignments set forth herein,” the order stated.
In April 2014, just before SpaceX filed suit, CEO Elon Musk said that the government’s current system for orchestrating such launches “blocks companies like SpaceX for competing for national security launches. We feel that this is not right."
“We’re just protesting and saying these launches should be competed. And if we compete and lose, that’s fine, but why were they not even competed?” he said.
SpaceX may not necessarily win this battle. The company previously sued Boeing in 2005 on related allegations of anticompetitive practices—that case was dismissed the following year, and the ruling was upheld on appeal.
I looked at GE reveal LEDs , they really sucked. I'm totally happy with my CREE conversion.....
I had to shop for those bulbs for my daughters apartment. It had the smaller socket. Ended up with 4 TCP 40W EQ 5000K, 400 Lumens 5 real watt daylight bulbs. They go in on saturday.
Solar3D Completes Third Generation Working Prototype
"We are pleased to have completed our next prototype. We are very encouraged by our lab results and have concluded that it is time to prepare to take the next step toward commercialization by working with a manufacturer partner."
Our early computer simulation analysis indicated that the combination of these two features would produce double the power of a conventional solar cell. Our early indication is that we will be able to meet that ambitious goal. This device could be a giant leap forward, allowing solar power to achieve grid parity."
Dr. Son continued, "Our mandate was to create a solar cell that would produce substantially more power than the current technology at a low enough cost of production to deliver a considerably lower cost per watt of solar electricity. Now, we intend to partner with a manufacturer who can take us to the last step -- final commercialization and manufacturing."
With an EPA-rated range of 265 miles per charge, the Tesla Model S is the longest-range electric car you can buy today. In an interview with AutoExpress though, Elon Musk revealed that a 500-mile battery will be possible “soon”…but at an exceedingly high cost.
When asked “How far will a battery-powered car be able to go?”, Musk had this to say;
It will be possible to have a 500-mile range car. In fact we could do it quite soon, but it would increase the price. Over time you could expect to have that kind of range.”
For a car that can easily exceed $100,000 even with Federal and state tax incentives, jacking the price even higher probably isn’t a priority for Tesla. However, it’s been widely speculated that the Model S is in line for a bigger battery pack, which could go along with a stretched-wheelbase version that’s rumored to be in the works. It’s more than just a bigger battery that gives the Model S more than twice the range of any other electric car; aerodynamics and a unique drive unit make the Model S remarkably efficient despite its heft.
-Surely all the greens believe it was generated by whale fins powering ocean going windmills.
If you can produce power that way, it can power a Tesla!
The last time you could buy a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. for 75 cents was around the late 1970s.
If you own an electric car today though, the price you're paying for electricity is equivalent to about 75 cents per gallon.
According to a study by the Northeast Group (via Charged EVs), 25 utilities in 14 states currently offer electricity rates tailored towards electric vehicle owners.
With discounts for off-peak charging, the cost of topping up your battery is very low indeed. By converting the energy you're storing into a gasoline-equivalent figure, the price works out at about $0.75 per "gallon".
For comparison, the current average for gas prices in the U.S. is about $3.70 a gallon--almost five times as much.
But they really don't Do anything. Tesla makes sustainable transport. Solar City makes sustainable power. MELY mines bit coins?