Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Nikola Tesla Everywhere

I’m taking a break from answering questions to tell you things about Nikola Tesla that piled on me this week. But before I start, here are a few quick answers:

Cost-effectiveness of owning a Tesla Roadster: No doubt about it, a Tesla Roadster never will pay for itself in dollars compared to (for example) a Ford [...]

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Motor City

A bit about motors, magnets, AC and DC, and weird little widgets called IGBTs, all the while trying to answer some more of your questions. (And yes, we are opening a Detroit office, but that’s another story.)
Nikola Tesla was a strong believer in AC (alternating current) as a means of distributing electricity because it was [...]

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Electric Cars and Photovoltaic Solar Cells

Elon and Martin both recognize the synergy between solar panels and electric cars. As Martin pointed out to Gov. Schwarzenegger, a million solar rooftops in California will not reduce California’s oil dependency by one drop unless we have electric cars also.
You have asked us quite a few questions about photovoltaic cells. Elon and Martin [...]

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Safety first – ouch!

This blog continues to attract some fascinating questions and perceptions regarding the philosophies of energy consumption, alternative fuels, well-to-wheel efficiency and other significant issues that affect us all. Then there’s the technology of the car itself with its lithium ion battery pack, onboard charging system, power electronics to handle the immense energy available and that [...]