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Tesla To Provide Drivetrain Components To Mercedes-Benz

Posted in cars on February 15th, 2012 by admin

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Tesla Motors has announced that it will provide battery packs, motors, gearboxes, inverters and all the software for a new electric Mercedes-Benz.  So far, Mercedes-Benz is staying tight-lipped about the partnership.

In the past, the Palo Alta based electric car company provided Daimler with components that were used to test electric car production, so a Merc-Tesla partnership is not too hard to believe.
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The Real Math of Owning a Chevrolet Volt.

Posted in cars, Reviews on October 28th, 2011 by admin

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Here in Houston, at Autospotters HQ, we pay ten cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity used. With the Volt fully charged, we were averaging thirty miles on a full charge. According to the Volt’s own computer, it took approximately 10 kWh’s of electricity to go thirty miles. Ten cents equals one kWh, one dollar equals 10 kWh’s, 10 kWh’s got us thirty miles, so one dollar equals thirty miles.

How does that translate into mpg?
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2011 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid. Rule The Road While Looking Like You Care About The Planet.

Posted in cars, Reviews on June 13th, 2011 by admin

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We took another trip to the ultimate one-mile challenge – the Texas Mile. The May 2011 event was a big deal for the Texas Mile, it was the inaugural running at their new home located at Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas and the first ever running of the Texas Mile in May. For those who do not know, the Texas Mile is an event that allows drivers to see how fast their vehicle can go in a standing mile, and until May 2011 it has always been held at the Goliad Industrial Airpark in Goliad, Texas.

The May event was also a big deal for Autospotters because we became too large to fit the crew and gear, comfortably, into one car – so for the first time ever, we took two cars. Not just any two cars, but a 2012 Ford Mustang GT convertible and a 2011 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid. The fact that both vehicles have four wheels and took us to the Texas Mile is about where any comparison ends.


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2011 Chevrolet Volt. Efficiently Inefficient.

Posted in cars, Reviews on June 4th, 2011 by admin

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Five hundred and twenty miles, eight hours of driving, one hour and twenty minutes in line at a drive through, all for a three dollar cheeseburger and we only used fifteen gallons of gasoline.

In our week with the Chevrolet Volt, we discovered that most people do not know how the Volt operates. About half thought it was an all electric car and the other half thought it was a traditional hybrid that splits operations between a gas engine and an electric motor. The Volt does have a gas engine and an electric motor; however the gas engine is only a generator and does not directly power the car’s drive wheels or electronics. The electricity produced by the gas engine does several things, such as power the car’s electronics and power the electric motors that turn the wheels. At times, such as braking or going downhill, when 100% of the electricity is not needed to drive the car, the remaining electricity is used to charge a lithium-ion battery pack. Once the battery pack has reached a certain charge, the gas generator shuts off, to preserve fuel, and the car operates completely on stored electricity.

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Tesla Shares Spiked On Rumors Of An Electric Car Tax Rebate

Posted in cars on February 8th, 2011 by admin

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Tesla Motors shares jumped to finish more than 6 percent higher Tuesday, on speculation that electric car buyers could be motivated by a new tax rebate.

Tesla stock [ TSLA 24.49 +1.42 (+6.16%) ] spiked from around $23 to nearly $25, an increase of more than 8 percent in early afternoon trading, as the speculation first circulated.

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