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EVCARCO’s Early Review of the Fisker Karma

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

EVCARCO’s Early Review of the Fisker Karma

Putting out a review of the Fisker Karma is hard. It has only been out for a very short time now, the price tag is well over $100k, and most importantly, there are very, very few of them in the United States. Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Ray Lane was lucky enough to be one of the first in the nation to get his hands on the car, and already he has set a lofty goal- to use the car daily for a full year without ever consuming a drop of gas. A big project? Absolutely. An impossible feat? Not for the Karma.

One thing we learned about the Karma fairly quickly was that the car can go a fairly impressive 50 miles daily without needing to use any gas at all. After this, the owner needs to simply switch the car to sport mode to engage the 2.0 liter engine that will charge the battery while providing another 250 miles of driving range. For those who stay under 50 miles per day, far less than the average commute, this certainly indicates that it really is possible to never need gasoline. Considering that many corporations around the globe are installing recharging stations, even those with slightly longer commutes may be able to recharge during work in order to avoid using gas in their vehicles at all.

Depending on your driving style, the Fisker Karma can range from 100 to unlimited miles per gallon. The only real complaint that users so far seem to have with the car is that the engine can get slightly loud whenever the vehicle is making use of the gas engine. To that end, however, Fisker plans to have each car retrofitted with a quieter exhaust by the end of 2011.

In terms of design, the Karma both looks and feels like a luxury vehicle. Showing off the skills possessed by Fisker, the companies CEO and a former Aston Martin designer, the exterior of the Karma is exceptionally sleek. The interior of the car is quite luxurious as well, offering recycled wood as well as the option for leather or an animal free interior. Add in a touch screen infotainment system, tons of leg and head room, and plenty of other options, and you have a car that is as fun to drive as it is eco-friendly. The Fisker Karma is truly a luxury electric vehicle with something big to prove to a market that seems hesitant to trust EVs.

Other news:

Electric-Car-Hating Top Gear Names Fisker Karma Luxury Car Of The Year

Top Gear Crowns 2012 Fisker Karma ‘Car of the Year’‎ PluginCars.com

Anaheim’s hybrid Fisker Karma in action

FISKER KARMA LANDS DOUBLE HONORS AT 2011 BBC TOP GEAR AWARDS …‎ CisionWire (press release)

Fisker Still Promises 15000 Cars Next Year

Advance Looks at Tesla Motors Model S Create Great Anticipation

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Advance Looks at Tesla Motors (TSLA – News) Model S Create Great Anticipation

(NasdaqGS: TSLA ) http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=TSLA&ql=1

Tesla Motors (TSLA – News) has not been in the EV game for long.  While the company has been in business since 2003, its first model, the Roadster, didn’t hit the streets until 2008.  The company isn’t to blame, of course, as technologies needed time to come into existence, and a nervous public needed time to adjust to the notion of a car that could only travel a certain distance.  The Roadster was soon followed by the Model S, which offered an equally sleek look but a considerably smaller price tag.  The Roadster is no longer being produced, but with the sneak peeks Tesla has offered for the new Model S EV, the company has something even better in store.

The Model S EV has a number of features that are going to put it in a class of its own the moment it hits the market.  For starters, we have learned that the car will have an ultra light lithium-ion battery pack and a liquid cooled motor that will provide higher speeds and more power over a longer period of time.  But these are not the facts that have garnered the attention of most who have heard about the new model.  Instead, the company has offered two facts that it believes will sway public opinion away from cars such as the Nissan Leaf and in favor of Tesla’s Model S EV instead.

The first spec on this list is the mile range on the Model S EV.  While EVs such as the leaf have a 100 mile range, the Model S EV is intended to have a range of 300 miles.  For all of the skeptics out there battling with range anxiety, this is a vehicular valium to quell those fears.  But there is one more feature to the Model S EV that makes it one that needs to be considered- the new model will be capable of recharging in 45 minutes.

While this may mean little to those who charge overnight, people who have long held fears that cross country vacations would be nightmarish with EVs will find that they can charge their cars at recharging stations in the amount of time it will take to enjoy a nice meal and stretch the legs.  With charging stations cropping up all over the country these days, the fact of the matter is that the newest version of the Tesla Motors Model S EV may just be the car that makes EVs a viable option for almost anyone.

Other News:

  1. Will Auto Stocks Take You Miles?


    Motley Fool – Stanley Ross – 2 hours ago

    Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA ) could also be a long-term winner. It focuses on technologically advanced battery-powered electric cars.

    Shares of Thor Industries Underperformed its Peers in the ‎ Financial News Network Online
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  2. Bullish Moving Average Cross by Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA)


    Financial News Network Online – Mallory Stone – 2 days ago

    Today, shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) have crossed bullishly above their 10-day moving average of $32.84 on a volume of 304K shares.
  3. Tesla Puts Model S Technology on Display


    MarketWatch (press release) – Nov 23, 2011

    PALO ALTO, CA, Nov 23, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Tesla Motors /quotes/zigman/118681/quotes/nls/tsla TSLA -1.93% is showing off the advanced technology
  4. Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA): Today’s Featured Automotive Winner


    TheStreet.com – Nov 16, 2011

    By TheStreet Wire 11/16/11 – 05:03 PM EST Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today’s featured automotive winner.

    Buyers Accumulate Shares of Tesla Motors Inc, Up 2.6%‎ Financial News Network Online

Electric cars Electrify the Frankfurt Motor Show

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

BMW i3 Concept

The IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, kicking off Thursday, will pit the latest electric cars equipped with the best environmental credentials and designs.

High-end brands including BMW, Audi and Volkswagen will showcase the next-generation cars at one of the largest motor shows in the world held biannually.

BMW will introduce its i3 concept car, a small and “affordable” electric car scheduled to go into production starting 2013. The all-electric city car is perhaps the most advanced take on the electric vehicle from BMW, a much more complete take than the Megacity concept car that preceded it.

To make its battery more efficient, it has filled the bottom half of the i3 with lightweight aluminum, with a Life passenger compartment on the top. It was designed to make the vehicle as light as possible which is important to raise the efficiency of lithium-ion batteries often criticized as too heavy, big, and expensive to commercialize.

Replacing gasoline with environmentally friendly power options has become obligatory with international push to meet stricter energy standards. The latest push in Korea came last week when the government announced up to 6 million won ($5,569) of fresh tax credits for buyers of electric cars starting next year.

The i3 will be capable of reaching 100 kph in 7.9 seconds. It has a single-speed transmission.

BMW said when i3 goes on sale in 2013, it will be priced at about $35,000 under current exchange rates. Continue reading “Electric cars Electrify the Frankfurt Motor Show” »

The Chevy Volt Has Inspired GM to Give It a Sibling

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Chevy Volt Has Inspired GM (NYSE: GM) to Give It a Sibling

The Chevy Volt is one of the latest in the extended range electric car offerings on the market.  Created by General Motors and met with surprising demand and success, the Chevy Volt has helped to bring EVs into the public spotlight.  Along with other entrants in the EV race, such as the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Chevy Volt allows daily commuters to make most or all of their travel on battery use alone without the need to also consume gas.

Considering that the average charge uses only about $1.50 worth of electricity and generates far fewer emissions, the car certainly has a fan base, especially in the green movement.  On August 12, 2011, General Motors made a surprising announcement by telling the press that they have given the green light to another EV- this one to be produced by Cadillac. Continue reading “The Chevy Volt Has Inspired GM to Give It a Sibling” »

Massachusetts Moving Ahead with Electric Car Charging Stations

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Electric vehicles are certainly gaining a lot of attention in recent years, but with little access to charging stations outside of home, few consumers have really made the transition.  Car manufacturers and environmentalists alike are trying to lobby governments to help make the vehicles a more viable alternative to traditional fuel based vehicles, but progress on the matter has been slow.  It is worth noting, however, that many states are certainly starting to make progress.  The Mall of America has now installed a charging station, as have many businesses in California.  And now it seems that Massachusetts is making a very active effort to increase opportunities for people who purchase these vehicles.

The commissioner of Massachusetts’ Department of Energy Resources has made it clear that he believes electric cars are a critical part of reducing emissions on the state and that he recognizes the reluctance of consumers to purchase the vehicles when there are few to no convenient places to recharge them.  In recognizing this, he has worked to garner funding to build a statewide infrastructure of charging stations that includes a grand total of 142 electric vehicle recharging facilities statewide. Continue reading “Massachusetts Moving Ahead with Electric Car Charging Stations” »

BMW GIVE MORE DETAILS OF NEW ELECTRIC BRAND

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

BMW Electric Car Project

BMW has unveiled concepts of electric and hybrid vehicles that will go into production and be marketed under its new i sub-brand. The new i3 city car goes on sale in 2013 and the i8 sports car due is in 2014. BMW plans to introduce additional i models down the road as part of a major push to meet stricter fuel economy and emissions standards around the globe.

The rear-wheel drive electric i3 Concept has a 170-hp electric motor over the rear axle. It achieves 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just under eight seconds and has an electronically governed 150 km/h (93 mph).

The four-seat car has front-hinged front doors and rear-hinged rear doors. The upper-body is made of carbon fiber and the drive system module that holds the battery package, electronics and motor is made of light-weight aluminum. The i3 Concept is a zero-emissions vehicle, which is claimed to have a range of 130-160km (80-100 miles) on a full charge. BMW said the car has been developed for use in an urban environment.

The i8 Concept plug-in hybrid uses a modified electric drive system from the i3 Concept that is fitted over the front axle, as well as a three-cylinder combustion engine with 220bhp.

BMW claims that this packaging gives the car an optimal 50/50 weight distribution. Continue reading “BMW GIVE MORE DETAILS OF NEW ELECTRIC BRAND” »

1.2MWh Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System Project In Canada

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Electrovaya to Provide 1.2MWh Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)Under the Federal Government Clean Energy Fund for Demonstration Purposes in Ontario

Electrovaya Inc. today announced that it has signed a contract to provide a lithium ion Battery Energy Storage System (“BESS”) of approximately 1.2MWh for demonstration purposes in support of renewable energy generation in Ontario.

This program is a part of an Electrovaya led $7.6 million project supported by the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF) to investigate the potential use of battery energy storage systems in clean energy project, such as wind and solar farms. Partners in the project include Natural Resources, Canada, Hydro One and others. Electrovaya is the prime contractor and system designer and will provide the full energy storage system.

“By investing $3.36 million in the Electrovaya electricity storage project, our Government is demonstrating its commitment to position Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. “This innovative project supports high quality jobs for Ontario and encourages new technologies to help protect our environment for future generations.”

“We are pleased to team up with Electrovaya to explore how Battery Energy Storage Systems can work with our grid and benefit our customers,” said Rick Stevens, Vice President, Asset Management, Hydro One Networks Inc. “We are proud to work with an Ontario company to take a leadership role in the further development of the advanced distribution system.” Continue reading “1.2MWh Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System Project In Canada” »

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