Electric Vehicles

Nevada lawmakers considering $1.3B Tesla package

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs he says are needed to recover from the worst economic crisis in state history.

Majority Democrats in the Senate and Assembly intended to open the session Wednesday to begin work on the package the Republican governor says would help further diversify Nevada's hard-hit, tourism-based economy through new and innovative technology.

Tesla CEO: "Nevada is it;" $1.3B package offered

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserted will create more than 22,000 new jobs and pump $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk declared the Silver State the winner Thursday of a high-stakes battle with California and three other states for the $5 billion "gigafactory" he says they need — and need fast — to mass produce cheaper batteries for its next line of more-affordable electric cars.

US auto sales boom doesn’t extend to electrics, hybrids

The Wall Street Journal

Even as U.S. auto sales have surged generally, demand for electric and hybrid vehicles has tailed off slightly, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing figures from research firm Edmunds.com.

Plant gets Tesla closer to electric car for masses

RENO, Nev. (AP) — To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will use an expanse of desert where wild mustangs still roam for a factory that the company projects will crank out enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually by decade's end.

Tesla chose Nevada as the site for the $5 billion facility, a person familiar with car maker's plans said Wednesday

Nevada's elected leaders still must deliver on the economic incentives they've promised, but if they do as expected, Tesla will open its massive factory at an industrial park outside Reno, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made. An announcement was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Nevada's Capitol.

Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs.

It's how Tesla is deciding where to build.

Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China.

Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic services in 120 cities while Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, operates the stations. The two companies also will build 20 "supercharger stations" in 20 cities to offer high-speed charging.

California lawmakers pass clean auto measures

Los Angeles Times

The California legislature has been approving measures to encourage hybrid and electric cars, looking to back the California Air Resources Board’s goal of getting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road over the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reports.

US closes probe into Camry Hybrid brake problems

DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.

Electric vehicle, fuel efficiency projects to get $55M from DOE

The Hill

The Department of Energy announced it is giving $55 million to 31 projects aimed at improving fuel efficiency and boosting electric vehicles, in particular the development of new battery technology, The Hill reports.

Confident Musk projects EV price parity with gas-powered vehicles


The cost of battery technology will have to come down by more than half, but Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk – speaking to investors during a week when he announced partnership with Panasonic to build a battery gigafactory --  is confident that will happen and electric vehicles will achieve price parity with those running on gasoline within 10 years, E&E reports.


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