Bad information: First of all, we have to be honest about smear campaigns outside of the media. These are not theories. Some of them have been documented, others are obvious. There are very large industries that are threatened by Tesla, and by cleantech as a whole. There’s the oil industry. There are automakers and auto dealers. There are large utility companies threatened by rooftop solar. All of these industries have a track record of running misleading messaging campaigns, and there’s plenty of evidence to show that they together have formed a large, disconnected Tesla smear campaign. Throw in the very vocal, often wrong, and influential Tesla short sellers and you have a whole wide world of anti-Tesla propaganda. Look left, you can find it; look right, you can find it; look in front of you, you can find it.
Blacksmith Electric is tooling up to give riders a very grand, very Indian take on electric motorcycling. The Blacksmith B2, currently in its third generation of prototyping, offers up to 240 km (150 mi) of range, with swappable battery packs for quick top-ups.
Chinese automaker JAC Motors (江淮汽车) launched an electric-only ride-hailing service called Hexing (Hexing on-line Hailing) (和行约车/Hexing Yueche) on the 9th of January in Hefei, Anhui, China. I have been monitoring this service since launch. Today, I will explain the service, its future expansion plan, and my experience in the vehicles.
A spinoff from Solar Impulse, a company going by the short name of H55, has successfully flown its maiden flight in a new electric two-seat airplane. Using an electric propulsion system manufactured by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic airplane is perfect for pilot training and flight schools. It’s exciting to see the Solar Impulse foundational work now leading to a commercially available electric aircraft, and potentially soon an air taxi.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) will purchase five 35-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses and five 125 kW Proterra charging systems.
CLT will become the ninth airport to purchase Proterra electric buses.
Each Proterra electric buses displaces 230,000 pounds of CO2 annually when it replaces a diesel vehicle, according to the company. Proterra’s charging systems use the J1772-CCS Type 1 charging standard, which allows buses and utility vehicles to use the same charger.
Thanks to Tesla’s connectivity features, the company has detailed data on all accidents that happen to its cars. Teslas on Autopilot average one accident per 2.7 million miles driven, whereas the average for all passenger vehicles in the US is one accident for every 436,000 miles.
Vision M Next concept, exploring what the future of cars will look like for enthusiasts who want to continue wrapping their leather-clad fingers around the steering wheel. The car’s suite of next-generation technologies isn’t there to take over driving, but to connect driver and vehicle toward voraciously devouring the pavement ahead.