Can new electric entries in a hugely popular segment convince U.S. buyers to buy EVs from Nissan and VW as family vehicles? Two new battery-electric models from major global car brands are about to bring electric cars into a category where they’ve been notably absent: family crossover utility vehicles. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 and 2022… Read more »
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We’re used to extremely ambitious (not to say unrealistic) timelines from Tesla—a new Terafactory in a few months, a fleet of Robotaxis before the end of the year—so Elon Musk’s measured, conservative predictions at the long-awaited Battery Day event caught the mainstream press on the wrong foot. “In three years…we can do a $25,000 car… Read more »
When it comes to automobiles, Sandy Munro knows whereof he speaks. His company specializes in taking new cars apart and analyzing every little bracket and screw—what it’s made of, who made it, and how much it cost. Charged was fortunate enough to have Sandy present a couple of video sessions at our Virtual Conference on… Read more »
A motor is nothing without power and controls.
PM motor technology, Neodymium magnets, hair pins vs. windings, induction rotors with aluminum or copper core are meaningless if the inverter that controls all functions is not designed properly. During the session, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro will address questions like: What is profound knowledge? When is the right time for a buy decision? What has Tesla done to take control of their own destiny? What are the common points between running a PM motor and an induction motor? How much commonality is there between the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y (with a side by side comparison of the competition on the heels of Tesla)?
A motor is nothing without power and controls. PM motor technology, Neodymium magnets, hairpins vs. windings, induction rotors with aluminum or copper core are meaningless if the inverter that controls all functions is not designed properly. During the session, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro will address questions like: What is profound knowledge? When… Read more »
Tesla’s Autopilot is designed to seem simple, smooth and effortless to the driver. We all understand that there’s a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes, but few realize how many highly skilled people are working on this ever-evolving system. CleanTechnica’s Zachary Shahan was fortunate to score an interview with Elon Musk, who… Read more »
Tesla is increasing its focus on perfecting its manufacturing process. As Zachary Shahan writes in a recent CleanTechnica article, “the machine that builds the machine” just may be Elon Musk’s favorite phrase these days. In fact, Musk expects Tesla’s manufacturing prowess to give it an edge over other EV-makers. “Tesla’s long-term competitive advantage will be… Read more »
Tesla’s mission has always been to advance the transition to electromobility, and Elon Musk has said many times that he’s open to licensing deals that would allow other automakers to use the company’s technology. As far as we know, only two major brands have ever taken Tesla up on the offer: back in the 2010s,… Read more »
Croatian supercar builder Rimac Automobili has appointed Chris Porritt to the role of Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Porritt has spent over three decades in the automotive industry—previous positions include Chief Engineer at Aston Martin, VP of Engineering at Tesla, and lead at Apple’s Special Projects Group. He has overseen the development of several bespoke performance… Read more »
Tesla can’t seem to take a wrong turn these days—the company announced a second-quarter profit that sent the stock price soaring, and cleared the way for the California carmaker to be added to the S&P 500 stock index. Tesla has now been profitable for a full year on a GAAP basis, which is one of… Read more »