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EVs in the news

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EdG | 11 juli 2012

HIGH FALLS, N.Y. — The gas station in this Hudson Valley hamlet sat empty for years, leaching petroleum into the soil and well water. But a renovation that will transform the abandoned station into a yoga studio, wellness center and a charging station for electric cars has turned the eyesore into a symbol of this struggling community’s revival.

Thousands of gas stations have closed in the last two decades, leaving many communities saddled with vacant or abandoned properties. Because gas stations are often built on busy street corners, boarded-up stations have marred the entrances to many bustling business districts in American towns and cities.

More than 50,000 stations have closed since 1991 when there were nearly 200,000 nationwide, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores.

In High Falls, a $300,000 renovation is changing a derelict structure to a colonial-style strip of yellow storefronts with white trim that will be completed this summer. Then, charging pumps for electric cars will be installed where two gas pumps once stood. The quick-charge pumps will offer free charging to store customers and anyone else. A wind turbine affixed to a 30-foot ledge behind the station and solar panels atop the ledge will generate the electricity.

The five service bays have been converted to shops, and the garage doors replaced with storefront windows. The second floor has been turned into 2,200 square feet of office space offering views of the nearby falls. “People who come to a town like this, they’re looking for a memory to take home with them,” said Mark Robinson, who owns the property with Ronald F. Faia. “I’ve always loved old gas stations,” he added. “It’s a view into American history.”

Brian H | 12 juli 2012

Bloomberg Business Week:

Othmer challenged me to make my electricity consumption spike as high as other people who had test drove the car. I, sadly, failed.

I did, however, have my gut compress against my spine as the car took off down an expressway. (The Model S is indeed the brainchild of Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, who makes rockets in his spare time over at SpaceX.) The car really does seem like a sedan in name only, since it’s able to make a giant blur of its surroundings and do so in near total quiet. It’s actually kind of eerie that something can go this fast and make such little racket.

Sudre_ | 12 juli 2012

The Forbes article is a good one. I noticed one comment towards the end pointing out the raw materials needed for the batteries are causing problems in South Africa. While this may be true I don't know if that is a good reason to denounce a BEV because I don't know of any product that does not use raw materials from some country that might not be nice to it's constituents.

Heck I don't know of a single war over oil... I am sure no one has died for that stuff. /sarcasm

Brian H | 12 juli 2012

Can't find that comment. Can you link directly to it, or quote it?

EdG | 12 juli 2012

Reader comments at the bottom, and then there are currently 3 pages of those. This was on the second page...

"andrekenji 9 hours ago

"The problem of EV is the efficiency and costs relating to the batteries. That´s why Toyota and Ford created hybrid, not full elletric cars. GM only sells the Volt a few states in the US, Toyota only sells the Prius in Japan, Europe and Canada/United States. Here in Brazil the Ford Fusion is more expensive than a house.

"In fact, even producing batteries to todays gadgets is costly and expensive – there are armed conflicts in Africa to control the supply and mining of elements used to produces these batteries( ).

"Tesla is a nice company, but mass production of EV is still something to the future."

Timo | 13 juli 2012

South Africa has practically monopoly over platinum which is needed in HFC:s and catalysators in ICE cars. They do not have any kind of monopoly over any of the li-ion battery components. Lithium can be found and is relatively abundant all over the world, carbon and silicon are practically the two most common elements in the crust. I don't see how li-ion chemistries could cause wars. War against who? Everybody against everybody else "your lithium is better than my lithium"? Yes, right.

AliciaFreed | 13 juli 2012

Apart from it,What are the major uses of monopoly ?

swim caps

Volker.Berlin | 13 juli 2012

-----Original Message-----
From: Volker
Sent: 07 February 2012 08:09
To: Stephen
Subject: Rare earth metal in the Model S?


I would like to see some information wrt rare earths on the Model S Facts page. Since it isn't up there -- can you provide me with this information? Does the Model S use rare earths in its motor and/or batteries? Which elements would that be? What kind of electric motor is the Model S using, anyway?

Thank you!

-----Original Message-----
Von: Stephen
An: Volker
Gesendet: Dienstag, 7. Februar 2012 19:40:47
Betreff: RE: Rare earth metal in the Model S?

Hello Volker,

I have just been given this information by our US office:

"Tesla does not use rare earth metals in our battery or motor. Typically, rare earth metals apply to DC motors, which use magnets. One of the reasons we use an AC induction motor is it does not require magnets, which often contain the rare earth metals".

I hope this is useful.

Kind regards

jerry3 | 13 juli 2012

The thing about lithium is that it's a pretty common element. It hasn't been mined much because until recently there hasn't been all that much of a demand. That's why there won't be wars over lithium.

Epley | 10 augusti 2012

Huge rebate from PG&E for purchasing energy efficient machinces for molding plastic.

Epley | 10 augusti 2012
Brian H | 11 augusti 2012

VF, of course, is vain about its writing style. I do like this bon mot:
the Tesla is most radical in what it un-does: four decades of wrong-minded attempts, freaky over-reaches, and dampened half-steps at creating a new kind of advanced and efficient American car.

cerjor | 11 augusti 2012

When I read the Vanity Fair article, I found it ironic that a sideboard advertised a Buick.

Brian H | 12 augusti 2012

Sometimes I miss such ironies because I use the Ad-Block add-on.

Or not.

jerry3 | 12 augusti 2012

You mean there are ads on sites like that? I never knew.