Tesla Model 3 Sighting

I was just at the Tesla factory today and was finally able to see the new Model 3. The good news to waiting owners is that there were at least a hundred new 3s waiting to be shipped in the lot. It appears that you can get one before 2019, after all.

Here is a little advice: splurge a little on the wheels. The basic ones aren’t what you’d call attractive.  They sort of remind of the ones on the BMW i3, except wider.

And I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the car; the exterior is only slightly smaller than the Model S. It’s definitely not a compact like the Volt or Leaf, which is what I assumed from all the rumors about it.  Heck, you can pretty much call it a large size sedan. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the interior well (the security shooed me off).  However, from my quick glance, I would say it’s only slightly smaller than the Model S.

 

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The New Tesla Roadster

I’m very impressed with the Tesla Roadster concept introduced yesterday (Nov. 16th). If Tesla can deliver on the claimed performance & range, all the sport car companies better start working on their own EV. Fortunately for them Musk says it won’t be delivered until 2020, which means it won’t be available until 2030 (or later).

But that isn’t what will kill or force Tesla to merge with another car company. Their exterior and interior designers aren’t particularly the best in the industry and buyers have overlooked that before because of the new technology. But what will happen when Mercedes, BMW, and our own US manufactures (Cadillac & Lincoln), really start pouring resources into the EV market. Will brand loyalty continue (a la Apple)? I doubt it. The Roadster is a great looking car, but better looking then what European, American, or even Japanese manufacturers will be doing soon? That is the $64,000 question.

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Electric & Autonomous Cars

The Best Thing That Can Happen To Electric Cars Is What Happened To PCs In The 1990s

An interesting theory/suggestion article about standardization of electric and self-driving vehicles. I personally would of use the analogy of the internet – read below and you’ll understand why.

The propulsion system (batteries, motors, converter, controller) is not a major problem since they are fairly standardize already, if unofficially. Changing the design & retrofitting of highway & roads for lidar, radar, cameras would probably greatly accelerate EV & self-driving adoption more. But I’m not quite certain how that’s going to happen when there’s no funds (in the US, anyhow) to fix current infrastructures. In my not humble opinion, standardizing the charging of EVs should be the biggest priority right now since it’s desperately needed and fairly easy to implement.

With that said, I still want a flying car…

The New Motown by the Bay

I’m a bit skeptical this EV will actually ever be built, but the designers did an excellent job on this prototype.  The one strong case for Lucid Motors is that it’s located near Google and they have the software but no car platform. Who knows – Google Air?  Regardless of whoever funds them; wouldn’t that be something: 2 car companies here in the South Bay.