We just have to remind the flamers.....
Lots of people love their cars. But as we’ve consistently seen in our yearly owner-satisfaction ratings, the vehicles that inspire the strongest loyalty are ones that are fun to drive, deliver great fuel economy, are fashionably green, or envelop you in a high-tech, luxurious driving environment. So perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sports sedan, which provides all of those attributes in one car, topped our latest ratings with the highest satisfaction score we’ve seen in years: 99 out of 100.
While the $89,650 Model S isn’t for everyone, we did draw about 600 survey responses from owners of 2012 and 2013 models. Moreover, its owner-satisfaction score matches the near-perfect 99 overall test score that the Tesla earned in our test program, which made it our highest-rated vehicle. It stands out for its innovative design, outstanding performance, surprising practicality, long 200-mile-plus driving range for an electric car, and low driving costs.
Other models that topped their categories in our latest owner-satisfaction ratings are the Porsche Boxster sports car (which was second overall), Audi A6 luxury sedan, Mazda6 midsized sedan, Subaru Forester SUV, V8 Dodge Charger large sedan, and diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf TDI compact car.
Our annual owner-satisfaction survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, asks Consumer Reports magazine and Web subscribers a key, revealing question, “Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?” A model’s score is based on the percentage of respondents who answered “definitely yes.” This year, we received responses on about 350,000 vehicles and more than 285 models and variants spanning the 2011 through 2014 model years.
Adam Galas concludes that fuel cells are 'inferior automotive technology' that will always be mere government "compliance gimmicks.'
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) has been one of the hottest stocks of the last year, fueled by explosive sales growth and a slew of media accolades:
2013 Motor Trend car of the year
2013 Automobile Magazine car of the year
99/100 rating on Consumer Reports (the highest score ever achieved)
99/100 Consumer Reports Owner survey (the highest score in years)
Safest car ever tested (5.4 stars safety rating in combined vehicle safety score)
In fact, Tesla's flagship supercar, the Model S, is arguably the best car ever made. Tesla is working hard to become the premier electric vehicle maker in the world, having already expanded to Norway and now gaining inroads into the UK, Continental Europe, China, Japan, and Australia (a factory is open in the Netherlands and one is planned in China). The company's supercharger network currently has 120 stations worldwide, but is expected to increase by 200 by year end. By the end of 2015 Tesla says its network will cover parts of Canada, large stretches of China, and almost all of the United States and Europe.
REAL USERS NOT FAKE POSTERS!
The world is about to get its first look at SpaceX's new astronaut taxi.
Next Thursday (May 29), the company will unveil the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft, which SpaceX hopes will be ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station a few short years from now.
"Sounds like this might be a good time to unveil the new Dragon Mk 2 spaceship that @SpaceX has been working on [with] @NASA. No trampoline needed," SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Twitter post late last month. "Cover drops on May 29. Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup."
When asked at a shareholder meeting if Tesla is worried about a battery breakthrough coming from elsewhere in the industry, Musk answered simply. He said that so far, none of the supposed breakthroughs have held up at a laboratory level or actually exceed Tesla’s own composition.
As far as the Gigafactory goes, should one of these breakthroughs happen, it would be relatively simple to retool the factory to utilize the new anode or cathode, where most battery research is focused. In fact, Musk expects “…to evolve the anode and cathode. It’s not merely, ‘What if that happens.’ We expect that to happen.”
Right now, lithium-ion batteries remain king of the energy storage world, but Musk is hopefully staying afoot of all the advancements being made. One of the most promising is the aluminum-air battery debuted by Phinergy and Alcoa, through a rival automaker could be the one to come up with a better battery at the end of the day.
It’s obvious Musk and Tesla are looking well ahead into the future, and they won’t be caught by surprise when a battery breakthrough inevitably happens.
Solar3D's SUNworks Announces New Sales of 1-Megawatt of Commercial Solar Systems
Date : 05/29/2014 @ 3:01AM
Source : Marketwired
Stock : Solar3d, Inc. (QB) (SLTD)
Solar3D's SUNworks Announces New Sales of 1-Megawatt of Commercial Solar Systems
The Company Recently Signed Contracts on Large Custom Solar Projects for Two Prominent Northern California Agriculture Companies and Are Set to Complete by August 2014
ROSEVILLE, CA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2014) - Solar3D, Inc. (OTCQB: SLTD), a leading solar power company and the developer of a proprietary high efficiency solar cell, today announced that its SUNworks division recently finalized contracts on two large custom solar projects that will total just south of 1-megawatt between Scully Packing Co. and Sacramento Valley Walnut Growers.
"We could see from the initial visit that there was a natural fit between SUNworks and Scully Packing Co. Both companies have impeccable 30-year-old licenses and inherit the same core values of 'Founded on Quality, Built on Long Lasting Relationships,'" said Abe Emard, CEO of SUNworks. Located in Finley, CA, Scully Packing Co. prepares over 1 million packages of pears annually. SUNworks was competing against proposals from other top industry solar system providers but was ultimately able to secure the job with a proposed 400kW roof mounted system that would offset approximately 75% of the Exeter Facility's power needs, securing a projected savings of $2.2M in electricity cost over the next 25 years.
Of Tesla's current work force of 6,000 employees, five percent are American military veterans, with the company aiming to hire another 600 in the near future.
Tesla Motors has already made a name for itself as a leader in automotive technology, but the unconventional company has set itself a new goal: to become a driving force in the employment of U.S. veterans. The electric car manufacturer currently has over 6,000 employees. Five percent of those workers are former members of the American military, and officials say that they are looking to hire 600 more in the next few months.
The company’s workforce has boomed in the last several months as a result of a few new initiatives. Tesla is preparing to launch its Model X crossover sport utility vehicle, while also revving up production of its Model S. The California-based car manufacturer is also looking to expand its overseas division.
Both VetJobs, the country’s leading military job board, and Project HIRED, an organization that helps wounded veterans find work, have praised Tesla for its commitment to hiring former members of the military. The electric car company is known for creating a workplace culture that is especially friendly to veterans. The process is a self-reinforcing cycle: the company hires veterans who then speak to other veterans about their experiences at Tesla. Those with advanced technical and mechanical skills also find themselves particularly at home as employees of the electric car manufacturer.
Every time Elon comes through with a stupid sounding idea he comes through.
All new. Will land with an accuracy of a helicopter. Quickly reusable. Many safety ideas in it.
Did I say wow! on the tube /watch?v=FZJLAo6VRtA fast foreword to 35min 10 Seconds
in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station.
Perceived quality might have little to do with real merit, but in terms of car sales history proves that it counts for a lot.
With that in mind, Tesla should be encouraged that its electric flagship has come top of a sizeable study investigating owner satisfaction. The study of 38,361 drivers found that Model S owners were happier with their purchase than owners of any other car, including Germany’s premium brands.
“Tesla built a vehicle that generated love in attributes that were most important to segment buyers,” said Christopher Chaney, market-research firm Strategic Vision’s senior vice president.
“Tesla isn’t an electric vehicle that just has good features, but instead it’s a luxurious sports sedan that has ‘True Innovation,’ rocket-like speed and drive feeling, that happens to be an electric vehicle.”
Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Index ranks cars on criteria including reliability, excitement, and actual problems, which it says gives an accurate picture of customer perception.
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.
Pope Francis warned at the Vatican on Wednesday that if humans destroy God's "greatest gift," which is creation itself, it will in turn destroy them.
"He urged people to nurture and safeguard Creation as God's greatest gift to us, because while God always forgives, Creation never forgives and – he warned – if we destroy Creation, in the end it will destroy us," The Vatican Radio reported on Francis' remarks.
The Vatican leader also reflected that the "gift of knowledge" should steer people away from wrong attitudes, such as "considering ourselves masters of Creation. Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude."
In his speech, Francis reminded the audience of the first chapter of Genesis, where God created the world, and "saw that it was good."
"If God sees that Creation is something good and beautiful, we too must have this attitude, we must see that Creation is something good and beautiful. The gift of knowledge, of this beauty, we have to thank God for having given us this gift, this beauty," the Roman Catholic Church leader said.
He added that humans were appointed to be custodians, not masters of creation.
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May 19, 2014 10:41 AM EDT
Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) is pushing back delivery times in the U.S. for its Model S sedan as the company works on a broader global expansion.
According to InsideEVs, citing TeslaMotorsClub, a 60- or 85-kWh Model S ordered now won't be delivered until September, while the P85 high-performance model has a targeted delivery date of late August. Those times are about two to three months longer than estimated delivery times observed last month.
Along with diverting more orders to China, the company is working on right-hand drive models and will also shut down a factory in July for retooling (as mentioned with Tesla's latest quarterly report).
While it might be inconvenient for some potential owners, we don't see the added delay as a deterrent for potential buyers. Shares of Tesla are up 1.4 percent.
He reportedly said that there was no better car than the Tesla Model S in its price range and that it was very affordable given its performance. He is also claimed to have said that one of the best sports sedans on the market, the BMW M5, accelerates slower, handles poorer and isn’t as fun to drive as the Model S.
And The Toy can not be sold passing safety standards, VS Tesla setting new records, breaking the testing equipment.
Filled my Apt with beautiful CREEs. They ARE wonderful!
Never thought that I would be excited by a damn light bulb. :-)
Bad news is that I now have enough bulbs for the rest of my life....
Not a shareholder, just a fan!
Same thing that I've heard about early users. Nervous about range. 15 Min charge. 60 mile charge. Down the road they don't worry about range....