Electric Vehicles

No deviation expected from Tesla’s Musk

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Elon Musk – due to speak at the auto show in Detroit this week for the first time in two years -- does not anticipate changing his plans for Tesla Motors despite increased competition from other players in the industry, The Wall Street Journal reports.

GM plans affordable 200-mile electric car in 2017

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to start selling an affordable electric car in 2017 that will be able to go 200 miles on a single charge.

A person briefed on the matter told The Associated Press that GM plans to start selling a $30,000 battery powered family car called the Chevrolet Bolt sometime in 2017.

CES gets Chevy Volt sneak peek

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

General Motors offered no details, but a brief chance for a photo of its next-generation Chevy Volt electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sunday night, ahead of the vehicle’s official unveiling at the Detroit auto show, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Tesla looks at battery swaps instead of battery charging

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Tesla is testing the market for battery swaps: Near California supercharging stations where Model S owners can top up their batteries for free, the company is creating a facility where drivers can pay a cost equivalent to a tank of gasoline and get a fully-charged battery installed in three minutes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Leaf customers to get free chargers

Source: 
The Dallas Morning News

Through Jan. 2, customers buying a new electric Leaf from Nissan will get a free charger, in a deal being offered in the car’s top 13 markets, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

Ethanol isn't so green, either.

Boss of Tesla’s China operation quits

Source: 
Bloomberg

The China unit of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has lost another manager, as the company has announced that chief Veronica Wu is leaving after less than nine months in the post, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla stock slumping but not on lower oil prices: Analysts

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Researchers at Bespoke Investment Group say they don’t attribute the recent drop in Tesla Motors stock to the dramatic fall in oil prices, which led The Wall Street Journal to look for other reasons, including the broader stock market decline.

Tesla sales could be hit by lower gasoline prices

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Projections for sales of Tesla’s Model 3, to start shipping in 2017 with a price tag of $35,000, could be seen as overly optimistic if gasoline prices remain relatively low, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

Yet U.S. and international officials have been slow to adopt safety restrictions that might affect the powerful industries that depend on the batteries and the airlines that profit from shipping them. The batteries are used in products ranging from cellphones and laptops to hybrid cars.

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