Teslas Model 3 electric car to finally go on sale this Friday

July 3, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s highly-anticipated Model 3 electric car will officially hit the market this Friday, according to an early-morning tweet by CEO Elon Musk . Estimated to sell for approximately $27,500 with a federal tax credit, the five-seater will be able to travel 215 miles on a single charge and it’s capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. According to Musk, production for the Model 3 was supposed to start in July, but the company has faced numerous delays. The Palo Alto , California-based company is seeking to churn out 5,000 Model 3 sedans each week by the end of 2017, and 10,000 per week in 2018. As Phys.org reports, the speed at which Tesla can meet its production goals is questionable because last year, the company only produced 84,000 cars. In comparison, competitors such as General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota sell 10 million vehicles per year. Related: Chevy unveils first pre-production Bolt EV ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut An additional concern is how Tesla will meet all the servicing needs for all Model 3 vehicles, as Model S and Model X owners will have to share the company-owned charging stations with an influx of new cars. One way Tesla intends to assist consumers who are far away from charging stations is to deploy a fleet of mobile service trucks who are on-hand and ready to help. The company also seeks to double its high-speed charging points to 10,000 by the end of 2017. Tesla’s Model 3 will face stiff competition, however – the Chevrolet Bolt costs $36,000 and can travel 238 miles per charge, and the next-gen Nissan Leaf is expected to have autonomous driving technology and a range close to 300 miles. + Tesla Via Phys.org Images via Autoblog , Wikimedia

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New Palo Alto Building Code Requires Wiring for Electric Cars

October 15, 2013 by  
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A big hurdle facing potential electric vehicle owners is installing the equipment to charge their new car at home. Installing a home charging station can be a complicated process, often involving retrofitting the appropriate electrical service and wiring. However, adding the required wiring to a new house is relatively inexpensive, only about $200 extra. That’s why the city of Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley, has adopted a proposal requiring all new homes to come prewired for the installation of 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations. Read the rest of New Palo Alto Building Code Requires Wiring for Electric Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building codes , building standards , electric car charging stations , electric cars , electric vehicles , encouraging electric car use , palo alto , public policy , residential electric car chargers , san francisco bay area , silicon valley        

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Rumors Swirl that Google Might Try to Purchase Tesla Motors

June 26, 2013 by  
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Bloomberg got the rumor mill running with a recent article speculating about whether Google might have eyes for high-end electric vehicle manufacturer  Tesla Motors . The Palo Alto-based car company was able to pay off its US government loan nine years early . Only ten years old, Tesla has managed to trade at 816 times its estimated 2013 earnings, and may be attractive to a certain tech giant with a lot of cash. The company’s initial offerings began at $17 a share back in 2010, and have surpassed $99.50 as of this month. However, would CEO Elon Musk be willing to part with his pet project just as it seems to be making some serious headway? Read the rest of Rumors Swirl that Google Might Try to Purchase Tesla Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acquisition , bloomberg , California , electric vehicle , elon musk , Google , model s sedan , palo alto , stock , tesla        

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June 26, 2013 by  
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Bloomberg got the rumor mill running with a recent article speculating about whether Google might have eyes for high-end electric vehicle manufacturer  Tesla Motors . The Palo Alto-based car company was able to pay off its US government loan nine years early . Only ten years old, Tesla has managed to trade at 816 times its estimated 2013 earnings, and may be attractive to a certain tech giant with a lot of cash. The company’s initial offerings began at $17 a share back in 2010, and have surpassed $99.50 as of this month. However, would CEO Elon Musk be willing to part with his pet project just as it seems to be making some serious headway? Read the rest of Rumors Swirl that Google Might Try to Purchase Tesla Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acquisition , bloomberg , California , electric vehicle , elon musk , Google , model s sedan , palo alto , stock , tesla        

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

June 26, 2013 by  
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Africa’s Western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006, the Northern white rhino is also “ teetering on the edge of extinction ,” and Asia’s Javan Rhino may not be far behind if strong measures are not taken to stem poaching and conservation measures. This news comes after IUCN conducted a new review of 60,000 species of animals and plants in order to update the Red List of Threatened Species . Read the rest of Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amphibian , fauna and flora , habitat destruction , IUCN , nature conservation , Northern white rhino , poaching , red list of threatened species , Southern white rhino , Western black rhino , Wildlife conservation        

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Africa’s Western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006, the Northern white rhino is also “ teetering on the edge of extinction ,” and Asia’s Javan Rhino may not be far behind if strong measures are not taken to stem poaching and conservation measures. This news comes after IUCN conducted a new review of 60,000 species of animals and plants in order to update the Red List of Threatened Species . Read the rest of Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amphibian , fauna and flora , habitat destruction , IUCN , nature conservation , Northern white rhino , poaching , red list of threatened species , Southern white rhino , Western black rhino , Wildlife conservation        

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

June 26, 2013 by  
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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

June 26, 2013 by  
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Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco , Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags have a huge environmental cost as they enter landfills , waterways and ultimately the ocean , and campaign groups fought hard for the measure, which received 11-1 votes in favor from the council. The measure will go into effect on January 1st, 2014, and it makes Los Angeles the largest city in the U.S. to ban plastic bags. Not only that, but it means that by the end of 2014, over 30% of California’s population will be covered by laws regulating plastic and paper bags. Read the rest of Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , la environment , la pollution , Los Angeles , los angeles city council , plastic bag ban , plastic bags , reusable bags , reycling , single use plastic bags        

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Facebook Gets Approval for Green-Roofed Frank Gehry-Designed Menlo Park Campus

March 29, 2013 by  
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Facebook’s green-roofed, Frank Gehry -designed campus was just given the green light by the Palo Alto city council. Submitted for approval last fall, the campus will connect with the company’s current headquarters in Menlo Park via an underground tunnel, and it will feature Gehry’s signature furling architecture – although it was slightly toned down from the original plan. The sprawling 433,555-square-foot complex will rise like a hillside with an oak tree-filled park on its roof. Read the rest of Facebook Gets Approval for Green-Roofed Frank Gehry-Designed Menlo Park Campus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Facebook , Forested Roof , Frank Gehry , Gehry Facebook Headquarters , Green Building , green design , menlo Park , menlo park campus , native plants , palo alto , sustainable design , Sustinable Building

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Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

March 29, 2013 by  
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Primove , a subsidiary of transportation giant Bombardier , just announced plans to test wireless induction charging on public buses in Manheim, Germany! In a few months the company will outfit two buses with “invisible” inductive technology that powers the vehicles with wireless chargers installed below the asphalt of existing bus routes. Read the rest of Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charging battery electric vehicle , electric vehicle range , electric vehicles , induction , induction rods inside the street , plugless power , primove , wireless charging of electric vehicles , wireless electric bus charging

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