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Tesla Retrofits 16,000 Cars To Reduce Fire Risk During A Crash

Tesla Retrofits 16,000 Cars To Reduce Fire Risk During A Crash

By Anthony Alaniz

While GM is the main focus of automotive critics at the moment, Tesla is tidying up some of its own loose ends. Tesla plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength, titanium shields to reduce the risk of road debris puncturing the battery pack during unusual circumstances.

The National HIghway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) had been investigating two recent Tesla Model S fires, but hadn’t identified a safety defect that would warrant a recall. Tesla said the retrofittings are voluntary and must cars serviced at a certified Tesla service center, said Karl Brauer, Kelley Blue Book analyst in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

In November, Tesla updated the car’s software to raise the ride height of the vehicle in hopes of allowing larger pieces of debris to pass freely underneath the car, preventing debris from penetrating the battery pack.

“We felt it was important to bring this risk down to virtually zero to give Model S owners complete peace of mind,” Musk said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Electric cars may become solution for power storage

2014 Ford Focus Electric

2014 Ford Focus Electric (Source: Ford)

By Anthony Alaniz

A pilot program out of the University of Delaware hopes to turn electric cars into energy-grid storage units, allowing the car owners to get paid for the electricity taken from their cars when they are plugged into the grid.

This would be a way to control the flow of electricity into the system when other forms of renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, are sometimes unstable.

“This is a fascinating option,” said Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “The technology works. You can do this. The question is … what do we need to do to make it happen?”

One issue with the concept is convincing automakers of the potential to create a value proposition for the car owner and boost sales, said Tom Gage, chief executive of EVGrid, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Automakers are not in the business of stabilizing the electric grid. There are also concerns about voiding a vehicle’s manufacturer warranty.

Another hurdle is utility regulations and the companies. Typically, utility companies invest in large-plant technologies that make money by charging the customers. There are no large storage plants to invest in with vehicle storage so they may shy away from this type of emerging technology.

“There is momentum behind this idea,” Willett Kempton said, the brainchild behind the program, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “These batteries are a huge resource, and we are going to need them.”

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Tesla Model S Bought With Bitcoins

2013 Tesla Model S

2013 Tesla Model S (Source: Tesla)

By Anthony Alaniz

Bitcoin, the new digital currency that is attempting to revolutionize global finance was used to buy something other than drugs and other illicit activities—a Tesla Model S.

The Model S, Tesla’s first foray into mass-market automotive production, is the future of electric automobiles.

The sale happened at Newport Lamborghini in Costa Mesa, Calif. However, why anyone would forgo a Lamborghini is still being investigated.

“Lamborghini Newport Beach is proud to announce that we are fully capable of accepting Bitcoin as legal tender for vehicles. We are excited to be opening the door to this new currency,” the dealership said in a blog post.

While the currency is still relatively new, it is gaining traction. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is now accepting Bitcoin as an acceptable form of currency. It is still unknown how popular the currency will become, or even how well it will hold its value. Like all things in finance, many are worried that there could be an impending collapse.

All that is certain right now, is that the currency is a hot commodity. A dealership accepting it as a form of legal tender is a great step at legitimizing the currency for the mainstream.

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Tesla Developing Supercharger Stations in Los Angeles

English: A Tesla Roadster, Reva i and Ford Th!...

English: A Tesla Roadster, Reva i and Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at a free parking and charging station near Akershus fortress in Oslo, Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tesla is still relatively new, but its emergence in California has definitely been turning heads. Tesla Motors was founded in 2003, and its electric vehicles hit the road in 2008. The creators of Tesla set out to make a completely electric car, as well as one that was cool.

Though a Tesla vehicle is still an expensive commodity, as the company develops the models further, the technology behind the car will become more affordable and less elusive on the streets. The sleek design is driving car enthusiasts wild, but the battery and powertrains in the car are the real phenomenon of the vehicle.

Tesla does not require any petroleum to run. The goal of the company is to increase the variety of electric cars until the dependency on gasoline becomes nonexistent. It hopes to work with other car manufacturers to further develop the technology that will allow all consumers to have an electric car of their own preference and one that will not further destroy the planet.

Though a Tesla Model S is still an exclusive car, the company is doing extremely well with consistently rising stock and revered innovation. The company is now working to set up charging stations all over the country. By the end of June, it hopes to triple the amount of electric charging stations; and in the next six months, Los Angeles and other major cities will be equipped with Superchargers.

Superchargers are different from standard electric charging stations in important ways. For one, charging a Tesla at a Supercharger will be free, now and forever. The charging time will also be dramatically decreased, so that people can quickly “refuel” their Teslas and then be right back on the road. Drivers will now be able to charge their Model S Tesla vehicles at 120 kw and that will replenish three hours of driving in less than half an hour.

Los Angeles and other Southern California cities will soon be stocked with Superchargers. This efficient and simple way to recharge a vehicle will not only improve the driving of Tesla owner, but it will also draw more attention to the benefits of Tesla’s electric cars, which will be impossible for other carmakers to ignore.

With the success and expansion of Tesla and its innovations, drivers cannot help but be hopeful that the reliance on petroleum will soon cease.

Keep an eye out for Supercharger stations around the city within the next six months. Each time you see a new one will mean that we are one step closer to improving personal driving and the environment.