(Anybody know why Tesla would send 7 employees to the scene?)
I don't know, but it would help to explain why their SG&A expenses are so high.
EJ, your post on on-board H2 generation has brought to mind a series of articles published in the SAE magazine back in the mid-80's. I wondered what ever happened to this technology and did a quick web search this afternoon. I came across "Cornish Hydrogen Generator" on KeelyNet. This is what the SAE articles were about. Also interesting comments from BMW. Any thoughts?
(Tesla cars do not have engines. they have one electric motor at the rear wheels.)
Actually, they have many motors throughout the car.
This is the fishiest detail of the whole incident. Except for this, everything else leads me to believe it was simply a garage fire unrelated to the car.
This quote from a Bloomberg article: “We understand we don’t qualify for direct subsidies,” Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development, said in a phone interview yesterday. “We’re hoping the government will consider the role Tesla can have in catalyzing electric vehicle adoption in China and extend those incentives to Model S as well.”
Like all other foreign companies, Tesla will have to partner with a Chinese company and manufacture in China if they want to be a significant player there. Also, it's very hard to get cash out of China. Any profits would need to be reinvested there. We'll see what unfolds.
Up through December or so, the percentage of EU VIN's has been running about 33%. But this was during the time that they were catching up on old reservations. It seems to be quite a bit less now but the data is so sparse from the EU that I would hate to offer up a number. Certainly the EU registrations in January were unbelievably low. Something in the order of 200.
I've run across BestSellingCars before, but I haven't taken the time to subscribe. The seem to have good solid data.
As expected, the VIN assignment rate continues to climb. The 8 week trend line is now at 620/wk. It should breach 700 this month before returning back to a more stable 600 or so.
Deliveries are way down in Jan and Feb, both in NA and EU. Maybe 1000 in Jan and 1600 in Feb. Not sure why. However, March will bring a bumper crop to both continents. Once I see 8 or 10 April promise dates, I'll give you a March estimate. Probably by the end of this month.
Isn't it amazing that Ford, who produce worthless junk, sold more Plug-in EV's in the US than Tesla last month. Go figure.
(This might help the range. If the car is driven with a smaller motor most of the time then the range might increase. )
KB, It's unlikely that a smaller motor running at a higher percentage of its rated power would be any more efficient than the current Model S. Unlike an ICE, an induction motor remains efficient over a very broad RPM/torque region.
I also have to wonder whether Tesla would even have the capability to disengage one of the motors. The relative axle torque is easy enough to handle by managing the relative drive frequencies. They can even manage the motor torque down to zero by matching the drive frequency to the actual shaft speed. I guess we'll find out when the Model X debuts.
( the majority of bikes above 600cc (heavyweight category) sold in the U.S. also do not use the evil fluid.)
Not sure why I get a thumbs-down for simply stating a fact, but I'll take the time to expound anyway. The majority of bikes over 600cc are air cooled. Harley-Davidson dominates with a 55% heavyweight market share. Granted, a small percentage of Harleys are water cooled, but when you add in Victory, Indian, and Yamaha Star, and the various custom builders, you are way over 50%.
Keep in mind that I have nothing against ethylene glycol. In fact, some of my favorite cars use ethylene glycol. I like my Corvair because of its distinctive styling. I tolerate its heating/cooling system.
By the way, the Leaf has similar issues with its 12V battery.
The 12V battery also powers all of the computer equipment on the car. And there is a DC-DC converter that charges the 12V battery from the main 375V battery. The system computer should be waking up from time to time to see if the 12V battery needs a recharge. It's also easy to estimate the state of health of the 12V battery to alert the owner. I have no idea why this seems to be so difficult for Tesla.
When the AWD Model S comes out, we'll be able to see whether it saves weight or adds weight.
In the spirit accurate information on this board, the majority of bikes above 600cc (heavyweight category) sold in the U.S. also do not use the dangerous fluid.
OK, so you are replacing one large motor with two small ones, but you are also adding another gearbox, differential, pair of half shafts, cooling lines, cabling, and inverter. No weight increase?