The EV Juice Bar (aka John Wayland’s house)

The Wayland Invitational IV: recharging at the EV Juice Bar before heading to the track Saturday July 25th.

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Tesla offers faster Sport model

Tesla Sport with Carbon Fiber accents

Tesla Sport with Carbon Fiber accents

Tesla Motors Introduces Roadster Sport
Next-Generation Sports Car Has 15% More Peak Power and Delivers 0-60 Mph in 3.7 Seconds

SAN CARLOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tesla Motors Inc. began taking orders today for the Roadster Sport, a high-performance sports car based on the world’s leading all-electric, zero-emission vehicle.

The Roadster Sport does 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster. It comes with a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. In addition to Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires, the Roadster Sport has improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that will be tuned to the driver’s preference.

The Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States and €112,000 (excluding VAT) in Europe. Deliveries begin in late June.

“This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans,” said Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. “If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option.”

The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla’s proprietary, patented powertrain. San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla plans to begin producing the all-electric, zero-emission Model S five-passenger sedan in 2011.

Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1,100 people are on the waiting list. Customers who haven’t taken delivery may upgrade to the Roadster Sport.

“The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla’s spirit of continuous improvement,” said CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo.”

Solar car Xof1 in Seattle now

Marcelo da Luz is currently in Seattle with his solar car project Xof1. This vehicle has been travelling across North America from east to west for the past few months. Marcelo spent 4 years designing and building this car. He has spent everything he has on this project. He has taken the car all the way to the artic circle to prove that it could be done. He currently owns the world distance record for a solar vehicle.

Marcelo stops on his route to teach at schools and provide media interviews on the technology and his travels.

Here are the specs on the the solar car.

Why Electric Cars Have Stalled

CNN Money has an article online taking the position that electric cars have stalled. They have listed four examples of companies. To me this seems inaccurate. I see more activity happening than ever before. Have there been some delays? Yes, of course. But has the electric car stalled out? I hope not. We are really screwed if that is the case. There is not enough oil on the planet to run a functional economy for another 20 years. We have to figure out how to move around without gasoline/diesel. It is that simple.

The article reviews the progress of Ian Wrightspeed’s X1, Tesla Motors, Aptera and the GM Volt. I can understand reviewing the Tesla, Aptera and the Volt because all three of those companies had funding and were clearly developing a production vehicle. But as far as I know, the Wrightspeed never had anything serious in development other than on paper. So why his opinion matters is beyond me. He made one fast prototype that got a lot of attention. But he never attracted any serious money.

Tesla and Aptera are still moving forward. The article has some facts wrong or out of date. Tesla has actually delivered 100 cars and is producing about 15 per week. Aptera appears to be alive and well with over 4400 orders in just California for their vehicle. Imagine their numbers if they would open up the order form outside of California. It would likely be 20,000. The Chevy Volt is a real car and likely depends on GM getting some bailout money.

Here is the article.

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.

for the full story…

About this blog

If you understand the issue of Peak Oil, then you understand that transportation needs to change dramatically in the coming years. This website is not about debating whether Peak Oil is true/false or when it is happening. I am already beyond that and I don’t care for that type of debate.

I am focused on how to handle it in my own life and the changes that we need to make to transition away from oil as it becomes more scarce.

I believe that electric vehicles are the sensible choice to deal with a world that is running out of oil. This blog (Peak Oil Garage) will be a way to show the various electric vehicle choices available to people.

I am active in the Seattle EV Association and I come into contact with electric vehicles on a regular basis. I personally own a Vectrix electric maxi-scooter and I ride it on a daily basis. My other vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Prius that has been upgraded with the 5 kwh Hymotion battery pack. This converts a Toyota Prius to a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

So based on my own personal experience and my contacts with other electric vehicle owners, I will attempt to showcase the many options that are now available or that are coming soon.

This is my Peak Oil Garage.