Chris Paine’s 1st week with his Tesla

Chris Paine, director of “Who Killed the Electric Car” had an interesting first week with his Tesla. It involved getting pulled over by some curious cops and special attention from hotel valets.

Even I was surprised. In my rear view mirror I watched a Los Angeles Sheriff’s car pull out of the Chevron and turn on both its blue and red flashing lights to pursue me down Ventura Boulevard. It had only been hours since I eased out of the Tesla dealership in West Los Angeles and already I had a date with the police.

This was not the Burbank police who arrested Alexandra and Colette in 2005 for trying to stop EVs from being crushed. Nevertheless, I was a bit nervous as three officers approached. I had conducted a couple of acceleration ‘experiments’ during my drive from Santa Monica to Hollywood via Malibu, but it just seemed too soon to get pulled over.

“Your car is missing plates,” the officer said.

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Hymotion update: 99.9 mpg for 728 miles

99.9+ mpg for 728 miles

99.9+ mpg for 728 miles

A few weeks ago there was an article in Popular Mechanics where they questioned whether 100+ mpg is really possible with a Hymotion battery in a Toyota Prius.

At the time, I posted one of my pictures and videos where I showed it was easy.

I received some emails suggesting that my demo was not a real world test. Some would claim that in real world everyday driving, the acceleration of dealing with traffic, highway driving, etc, would drag down the average into the 80 mpg range.

So I started tracking over the past few weeks. I no longer reset my Prius consumption screen. This is not just short range driving. This is my everyday use of the Hymotion Prius. Some days are 50+ miles per day, some days are 20 miles. I recharge at every opportunity during the day so that my Hymotion battery has power beyond the typical 30-40 mile range.

The other criticism that I hear is about the cost of electricity. When Hymotion makes a claim like “100+ MPG” that doesn’t account for the cost of electricity. Because electricity rates are different everywhere, that makes it tough for the company to include the number.

I pay around 8 cents per kwh in Seattle. I have heard of some people paying 4 cents per kwh at the cheapest rates. There are also some areas of California where it is 30+ cents per kwh. So with a range like that in different regions, how can a national company make a broad statement for everyone?

The battery is 5 kwh and the average cost per kwh in the USA is about 10 cents per kwh. So a full charge costs the average person about 50 cents. You get between 30-40 miles out of a full battery, depending on terrain and driving style. So your electricity cost is between 1.2 cents to 1.6 cents per mile.

So I think it is fair to describe the Hymotion battery as “100+ MPG plus 2 pennies per mile in electricity.”

Aptera: Interview with Steve Fambro

Two new videos with the founder of Aptera, Steve Fambro.
These videos include some new close shots of the interior and exterior.

Part 1

Part 2

Tesla: From the Factory to Our Garage

Tesla #33 in England ready to ship

Tesla #33 in England ready to ship

Here is a great story if you are interested in the Tesla. (and who isn’t?)
A new Tesla owner took a vacation to England during October 2008 and timed it to coincide with the manufacture of his vehicle. The first step in manufacturing a Tesla occurs near Norwich, England at the Lotus factory. The “glider” is shipped to California, where the final assembly of the battery and electric components happens.

Here is the story from the perspective of a new owner.

From the Factory to Our Garage
by Stephen Casner

In October, Stephen Casner and his wife Karen toured the Lotus factory in England as their Roadster rolled off the assembly line. They took delivery at the Menlo Park store three weeks later. Stephen, who has written several other blogs about Tesla, describes the tour and his first impressions with the car.

Chevy Volt – Plug In Hybrid Electric Drive Animation

A quick video of how the electric drive system works in the Chevy Volt.

To read the words during the video, it might be easier in FULL SCREEN mode. The button is directly under the YouTube logo in the bottom right side of the screen.

AutoBlogGreen test drives Tesla #16

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It is VERY orange…

Posted Nov 24th 2008 at 3:30PM by Sam Abuelsamid

Jason Calacanis was a co-founder of Weblogs Inc., the professional blog network of which ABG and Autoblog are a part. He also played a major part in the advent of AutoblogGreen before he left the company about a year after it was sold to AOL. Since a week and a half ago, Jason has also been the proud owner of a bright orange Tesla Roadster. Jason’s car is #16 of the Signature 100 series that followed the original Founder’s Series, which were a short run of cars that went to the original investors. After we finished up our official duties at the LA Auto Show last week, Sebastian and I headed over to Jason’s offices in Santa Monica where he runs his current endeavor, the human-powered search engine Mahalo.com, to catch up on old times and check out his new toy.

for the rest of the story, click here.

The full gallery of Tesla #16 pictures

Bad Boy Buggy: Electric 4×4

Check this out. The Bad Boy Buggy. I test drove one of these in downtown Bellevue Washington. This thing rocks.

It is a 4 wheel drive electric buggy designed for hunters, parks, offroading, etc.
They have a classic slogan. “They’ll never hear you coming.”
Here are the videos.
Here is the full photo gallery.

It even has a winch on the front to pull yourself out of the muck or drag something out of a rough area.

From what I have heard, it is good for about 20 miles of electric range. You can even take a generator with you to recharge during your hunting trip or whatever purpose you might have.