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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020
     
    Toyota may be the largest car company on the planet, depending on how you measure such things — most cars sold, highest corporate profits, or number of executive washrooms in its corporate offices — but Toyota seems to be deliberately dismissing the electric car revolution spearhead by Elon Musk and his minions. Instead, it is focusing on hybrid powertrains and hydrogen fuel cells. Are its top executives clueless, delusional, or just plain ignorant?
    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/17/toyota-super-secret-plan-to-rule-the-world-with-hybrid-cars/
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020 edited
     
    Maybe they are just careful students of the actual problem, offering a realistic route to the desired low emission goal, and not all blinded by the RCE hype.

    Remember that the whole battery vehicle thing is bullshit unless the energy can be obtained off-grid. And the "every Tesla owner with 10kW of solar generation" promise is notably unkept with beautiful decorator roof-tiles and also with free charging stations.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020
     
    :)

    Grandpa rides in a Tesla https://youtu.be/t6Nw6xp0NfM
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020 edited
     
    Posted By: AngusMaybe they are just careful students of the actual problem, offering a realistic route to the desired low emission goal, and not all blinded by the RCE hype.

    They may be careful students, but probably not students of "the problem", but on how to maximise return to their shareholders - which is, after all, their job. Those subjects may align, but certainly not necessarily.


    Whether they are making the right call we won't find out for another 10 years.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020
     
    Of course. Furthermore they have the advantage of having a very good hybrid technology to develop, so there is less incentive for them to go haring off after RCEs.

    However you look at it, their approach is not an example of cluelessness, delusion, or plain ignorance.
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020
     
    I suspect they are waiting another generation before they take the plunge. The majority of their sales are not in California, but to the sort of countries that will be adopting electric pretty slowly.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020
     
    And the question then will be: Which Plunge?

    Even now California gets about half its electricity from burning various things, so electric vehicles driven there are still powered by remote combusion.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2020
     
    BMW releases teaser image of i4, its first electric car with over 300 miles of range

    https://electrek.co/2020/02/25/bmw-i4-electric-car-teaser-range/
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2020
     
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2020
     


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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2020 edited
     
    Leak says Tesla is nearly ready to demonstrate its own “Project Roadrunner” game-changing battery tech

    Many Tesla watchers have been waiting with bated breath for Tesla’s Battery Day, which is supposed to be some time in April.

    At the event, Tesla is expected to announce the progress they have made into cheaper, denser and longer-lasting batteries.

    Now sources have told Electrek that we can expect even more – that Tesla may show off a new home-grown battery pack installed in a Tesla car.

    Developed under Project Roadrunner, Tesla’s secret project to make a $100/kwh battery for their vehicles, Tesla is apparently close to mass-producing a new battery which combines the technology developed in Canada led by Jeff Dahn and Maxwell’s dry electrode technology, and also chemistry developed in house, to produce cheaper, higher-density batteries. Tesla has been testing battery production at its Fremont facility, and has already made improvements to the process, moving from wire bonding to laser welding in its battery packs.

    $100/kwh is expected to be the point at which electric cars cost the same as internal combustion vehicles, which is expected to lead to an explosion in EV sales.

    Tesla’s Battery Day does not have a firm date yet, but it looks like it is likely to be an electrifying event.

    https://mspoweruser.com/leak-says-tesla-is-nearly-ready-to-demonstrate-its-own-project-roadrunner-game-changing-battery-tech/
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2020
     
    That'll be very interesting!
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2020
     
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2020
     
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2020 edited
     
    Awww, it's soo cute....

    What's to prevent a couple of cowboys with a pickup truck just picking it up, tossing it in the back and taking it home? I guess you could chain it to the fireplug.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2020
     
    At 28 mph, they don't want it.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2020 edited
     
    Posted By: goatcheezAt 28 mph, they don't want it.


    I hope Citroen at least put in some THX1138 sound effects.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2020
     
    Is Tesla considering prismatic batteries? https://youtu.be/BaV0Oum24AY
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2020
     
    GM is releasing a lot of electric vehicle news today and we have a lot to cover. You can keep track of all the announcements in this news hub.
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    At the core of today’s announcements, GM has unveiled its new Ultium electric platform that is going to enable the launch of several new electric vehicles in the coming years.
    https://electrek.co/2020/03/04/gm-electric-vehicle-news-hub-bolt-ev-euv-cadillac-electri/
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    Releasing? More like announcing intent.