Apresher i agree with you that Tesla has done a wonderfull job in development of this car but obviously $90,000 car is not affordable by everyone because its a luxury car , The most important thing done by Telsa will be to reduce the charges without having impact on battery and milage covered .
Chuck, Excellent article. But Tesla has still accomplished something very noteworthy, gaining this much attention to their technology. A more practical goal will probably be to move their price targets down to the $70,000 level and continue their quest. But I agree, ultimately battery performance will be the most important factor. Thanks.
When it comes to energy savings in the automobile industry I believe that the Mercedes BlueEfficiancy tech is the best which focus not only the fuel consumption but also aerodynamics, weight, and much more. They were the first to introduce the eco start/stop function for the vehicle.
Cabe, I will be right after you to buy the $20K car if taxes not matter for me,
Normally tax rate will be 350% and the India it will be within 350% to 450% of the original price of the vehicle. I believe that government should provide a tax reduction at least for the hybrid vehicles in order to promote those over the gasoline vehicles.
Back in the '90's the GM EV1 was by all rights a very good EV and loved by all who were able to get a lease for one. Fast forward 20 years or so and here we have another arguably better but still really expensive EV. One thing that can be said for the Teslas is they're less likely to be recalled and crushed.
Just because you can make something really well for a lot of money doesn't mean it will be a success as a retail product. In this case even if the car were free, the cost of the battery alone exceeds what most people pay for an ICE car. The question is if their business model can outlive the development cycle of a cost effective battery. There's only so many of these cars they're going to sell before they've saturated the $100K a copy EV car market.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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