Teslas electric truck will have a 200-300 mile range

August 25, 2017 by  
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More details have been obtained about the Tesla semi truck, which is set to be unveiled next month. According to Reuters , the big rig will have a working range of 200 to 300 miles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also considering developing an electric tractor trailer to accompany the vehicle. Scott Perry of Ryder, a fleet operator in Florida, told Reuters that Tesla is building “an electric big-rig known as a ‘day cab’ with no sleeper berth, capable of traveling about 200 to 300 miles with a typical payload before recharging.” It is possible Perry has seen the truck first-hand, as Elon Musk mentioned in June that he would be gathering feedback from the trucking industry. At a meeting with Tesla shareholders, Musk said “We’re getting them closely involved in the design process, so the biggest customers of the heavy duty Tesla semi are helping ensure that it is specified to their needs, so it’s not a mystery. They already know that it’s going to meet their needs, because they’ve told us what those needs are. So it’ll really just be a question of scaling volume to make as many as we can.” A conventional semi truck can travel over 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. This means the Tesla version will have a substantially lower range. To make up for this, Elon Musk is considering developing an electric tractor trailer. Now, he and his team just need to make sure the technology is feasible. Even if Tesla’s big rig doesn’t surpass 300 miles, there is still likely to be a market for it. Approximately 30 percent of US trucking jobs are regional trips of 100 to 200 miles, according to Sandeep Kar, the chief strategy officer of Toronto -based Fleet Complete. “As long as (Musk) can break 200 miles he can claim his truck is ’long haul’ and he will be technically right,” said Kar. The fact that the vehicle will have self-driving technology is an added benefit. Read more: Solar-powered Tesla Tiny House hits the road in Australia Transportation firms are also interested in acquiring electric semi-trucks, as they are less costly to maintain than conventional vehicles. Energy from the grid is also less expensive than diesel . The main challenge is ensuring the big rig’s battery doesn’t take up precious cargo space. When Tesla was pressed for comment via email, a spokesman replied, “Tesla’s policy is to always decline to comment on speculation, whether true or untrue, as doing so would be silly. Silly!” Tesla isn’t the only automobile manufacturer seeking to expand into the trucking industry. Reportedly, Daimler , the largest truck manufacturer in the world, will begin production this year on an electric delivery truck. The big rig will have a driving range of 100 miles and will be able to carry a payload of 9,400 pounds, or about 1,000 pounds less than its diesel counterpart. + Tesla Via Reuters , The Verge Images via Tesla

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From now on all Smart cars in North America will be electric

February 14, 2017 by  
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Soon when you see Smart cars zipping by on the streets of North America, there’s a good chance they’ll be powered by electricity . Automotive company Daimler said in a letter they’ll stop selling gas-powered Smart cars in the United States and Canada, and instead will sell only electric versions of their micro cars in those countries. German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung broke the news based on a letter they obtained, reviewed by Reuters. Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler wrote the letter to car dealerships in North America informing them the car company will cease selling combustion engine Smart cars in the fall when the 2017 model year is finished. Related: Daimler Goes Smaller Than the Smart Car with Its Smart E-Bike The fortwo, fortwo cabrio, and forfour will all be offered as electric vehicles. A 17.6 kilowatt-hour battery will power the cars, which all have around 100 miles of range and a top speed of 80 miles per hour, according to the car company. The German prices for the cars are between $25,000 and $28,000, according to Electrek, although they note prices could vary slightly in the United States. Depending on the final prices, when electric vehicle incentives are accounted for, the sharp little electric cars could end up being quite affordable. Exler writes, “Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current smart product portfolio. A dedicated focus on the electric drive in the U.S. and Canada provides a logical step to support a sustainable, zero emissions future.” Markets outside of America and Canada will still have access to gas-powered cars. Mercedes-Benz USA sold just 6,211 Smart cars in 2016, while global sales totaled 144,479. Reuters points to Exler’s recent letter as the latest signal showing the small car market is struggling in America. Via Electrek and Reuters Images via Daimler and smart Facebook

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Mercedes-Benz Reveals Its Car Interior of the Future

November 19, 2014 by  
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Autonomous cars represent a future in which cars will be able to drive to your desired destination with little input beyond entering an address into the GPS system. Since drivers and the cars’ occupants will be freed from the tedious task of actually piloting their vehicles , the interiors of autonomous cars have the potential to look very different from those of today. Mercedes-Benz has just revealed its vision of the “interior of the future” at the TecDay “Autonomous Mobility” event in Sunnyvale, California. Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz Reveals Its Car Interior of the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , autonomous car , autonomous driving , Autonomous Mobility , daimler , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , self-driving car , TecDay

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

November 19, 2014 by  
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Lightweight Visio.M Electric Car Weighs in at Only 900 Pounds

October 22, 2014 by  
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Two years ago BMW , Daimler and scientists at the Technical University Munich (TUM) announced that they had joined forces to create an everyday, affordable and safe electric car, called the Visio.M . It’s been over two years since we last heard about the Visio.M, but now it’s being unveiled to the public this week for the first time ever. Read the rest of Lightweight Visio.M Electric Car Weighs in at Only 900 Pounds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , BMW , carbon fiber , daimler , eCarTec , electric car , electric motor , green car , green transportation , TUM , VisioM

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Automaker Smart Announces Plan to Launch Electric Scooter in 2014

May 14, 2012 by  
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Daimler’s Smart division, best known for small cars like the Smart ForTwo , has announced that it will bring an electric scooter to the market in 2014. Smart originally unveiled the escooter in 2010, alongside plans for a Smart ebike and electric versions of the ForTwo. The electric powered ForTwo will launch this summer and delivery of the first Smart ebikes is just beginning. Read the rest of Automaker Smart Announces Plan to Launch Electric Scooter in 2014 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: daimler , daimler electric , electric bicycle , electric bicycles , electric car , electric scooters , green transportation , Smart , smart car , Smart ebike , Smart escooter , Smart ForTwo

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Daimler Is Attempting To Make Its B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging

December 6, 2011 by  
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Daimler is working hard to make its B-Class E-Cell plug-in hybrid not need to plug in at all. The automaker is attempting to integrate wireless inductive charging into the green E-Cell, and says it has nearly achieved success. Inductive charging is a system by which a vehicle or other electronic device can be charged simply by being placed above or on a charging plate. The problem up till now has been that this system isn’t a very efficient way to charge a vehicle, but Daimler says it has achieved efficiencies of 90% already. Read the rest of Daimler Is Attempting To Make Its B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Daimler B-Class E-Cell , Daimler inductive charging , Daimler plug-in hybrid , electric car , electric vehicle , green automotive design , green car , green transportation , green vehicle , hybrid car , hybrid vehicle , inductive charging , inductive vehicle charging , plug-in hybrid , wireless charging , wireless vehicle charging

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The World’s Largest Cardboard Christmas Tree Springs up in London!

December 6, 2011 by  
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Giles Miller has wooed us with his intricate cardboard creations before and now he’s brought us the world’s largest cardboard Christmas tree! Standing at roughly 20 feet in the Design Museum London’s public atrium, the tree is comprised of no fewer than 3,600 details, individually-cut, handmade cardboard pieces. Similar to a fake evergreen, these pieces can be arranged around a central shaft to give the branches that fluid, swirling motion so essential to the nature of a real Christmas tree. Smaller versions of these incredible creations, which Giles designed exclusively for the Design Museum, are on sale to the public. More details after the jump. Read the rest of The World’s Largest Cardboard Christmas Tree Springs up in London! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard , Cardboard Christmas Tree , daniel heath , Design Museum London , eco design , Giles Miller , green design , green holiday gift guide , green holidays , green materials , guinness book of world records , London , sustainable design , World’s Tallest Cardboard Christmas Tree

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Daimler Goes Smaller Than the Smart Car with Its Smart E-Bike

August 24, 2011 by  
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You would have thought Daimler had learned it wasn’t terribly good at making small cars after its Smart car turned out to have disappointing gas mileage, disappointing build quality–well, disappointing everything–but now it is going even smaller with the Smart E-Bike pictured here. Why is an automaker getting into the electronic bike market? Because the market is blowing up right now, with a three-fold increase in Daimler’s home market of Germany in 2010 of 200,000 units up from 70,000 in 2007. And across Europe, the electronic bike market has exploded from 200,000 units in 2007 to 500,000 in 2009 and 700,000 in 2010. So, welcome to the party, Smart . And there is some hope for Daimler here. Read the rest of Daimler Goes Smaller Than the Smart Car with Its Smart E-Bike Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Daimler Grace electronic bike , electronic bicycle , green bicycle design , green transportation , Smart E-Bike , Smart E-Bike electronic bicycle

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5.2 Million Strong: Report Predicts 46x Increase in EV Sales by 2017

August 24, 2011 by  
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Clean tech market intelligence firm Pike Research just published a report called the Electric Vehicle Market Forecasts study that goes against the naysayers currently predicting the doom of EVs and plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt . The new report predicts a whopping 46-fold increase in EV sales worldwide by 2017, which would take the total number of EVs and plug-in electric hybrid light vehicles to 5.2 million. Read the rest of 5.2 Million Strong: Report Predicts 46x Increase in EV Sales by 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 13.9 million EV hybrid sales , 46 times EV sales , 5.2 million EV sales , alternative transportation , clean tech report , Electric Vehicle Market Forecasts , electric vehicle sales , EV sales predicted , EV study , green transportation , hybrid vehicle sales , Pike Research , vehicle forecasts

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