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Electric vehicles to pay for detroit bailout?

by mgb_phys
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Brian_C
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Feb10-10, 03:44 PM
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My opinion is that Elon Musk is an absolute moron. Tesla won't last very long. They can't compete with the big boys.
mgb_phys
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Feb10-10, 03:52 PM
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My opinion is that Elon Musk is an absolute moron ..... can't compete with the big boys.
Yes you obviously need a very special kind of intellect to get into the state of GM/Chrysler/etc
mheslep
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Feb10-10, 07:14 PM
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Yes you obviously need a very special kind of intellect to get into the state of GM/Chrysler/etc
Yes, cue Doctor Evil here with pinky finger to lip to say GM's market cap is $4.5 MILLION DOLLARS. Whoops, wrong GM. Symbol is MTLQQ - $357 MILLION DOLLARS. That compared to scrawny Tesla Motor's $359 M.

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Feb10-10, 11:06 PM
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The GM technique, lose money on every sale - but make up for it in volume !
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Apr7-10, 03:04 PM
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Following up on several of the earlier delivery/service truck fleet posts here and other threads, it appears FedEx will be the first out using EVs for van/truck fleets on any large scale.



http://rumors.automobilemag.com/6662...-66/index.html
FedEx sourced its electric truck from U.K. firm Modec and completely revamped all onboard systems. In prototype guise, an electric motor draws power from an 80-kilowatt-hour battery and generates 102 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. While range is a major concern with pure electric vehicles, the truck reportedly offers a 100-mile range and is equipped with regenerative braking. Additional important specs include a 3000-pound payload rating and a top speed of 50 mph.
mheslep
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Apr30-10, 06:35 PM
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The first modern operational battery switching station is open in Tokyo. Looks like a good design to me. It services a 90 day trial run of three taxies running around Tokyo. They are converted Nissan compact SUVs, using batteries made by A123, 17 kWh. Station switches batteries in about one minute.

Promo video showing construction and operation of the station.


Still no word of any US car manufacturer taking an interest in battery switching.
mheslep
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May20-10, 05:08 PM
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Navistar, the parent of International, is manufacturing these FedEx trucks.

Specs:
80 kWh battery, 100 mile range, 102HP, 4400 lb payload, 220 VAC 3 phase charge, 6-8 hours to charge. A123 is making the battery. Cost is $100k greater than a similar diesel truck, but fuel costs may pay for themselves over 10-15 years at ~$8k savings per year in energy costs.
http://gas2.org/2010/05/13/navistar-...l-2-ton-truck/


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