Tesla is taking some major risks by accelerating production of Model 3

May 19, 2017 by  
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Tesla is raring to get its Model 3 sedan on the road, and it looks like the electric-car maker isn’t above taking a few risks to do so. In its self-imposed race to launch the car by September, Tesla is leapfrogging past the testing phrase of its production line and eschewing temporary prototype tools in favor of permanent—and far pricier—equipment, according to Reuters . The move is a high-risk one, industry experts say, because of the higher cost of any tweaks to equipment designed to produce millions of cars. Certainly Tesla isn’t immune to quality issues: The company has fielded complaints of steering-wheel malfunctions , foggy windshields , and improperly latching doors in the past, all of which resulted in expensive recalls. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, said during a call with investors that “advanced analytical techniques,” i.e., computer simulations, would help the company bypass what he dubbed “beta” production testing. Related: Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers But the gambit, if successful, could spell bigger profits. The faster Tesla can drop the Model 3, which has an estimated base price of $35,000, the sooner it can rake in billions it anticipates from customers who have already placed deposits. “It’s an experiment, certainly,” Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher told Reuters. + Tesla Via Reuters

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White House Unveils New 2025 Fuel Economy Standards

July 29, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Maia via Flickr/CC BY-SA It’s official; cars sold in the U.S. are going to have to be quite a bit more efficient by 2025. I reported earlier in the week that the major automakers had agreed to new, stricter fuel efficiency rules , and today, President Obama announced the detailed plan. The American fleet will have to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. I just got off of a call with EP… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Japanese Citizens Cut Energy Use in Tokyo by 15%

July 29, 2011 by  
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So, Japan’s per capita energy use is already half that of the United States. Half. And that’s the energy consumption of one of the world’s richest, most technologically advanced nations. That stat should make us ashamed of ourselves. But this might be even more impressive: in the aftermath of the nuclear crisis, Japanese citizens have cooperated to help save electricity. In the process, they’ve reduced energy usage by 15% in Tokyo, one of the world’s most electric cities. The New York Times explains how they did it…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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