Tuesday, May 29, 2007

High CARB Diet

Last Thursday I participated in a panel at the Future in Review (FiRE) conference in San Diego, Calif. Very cool – I got to meet one of my heroes: iRobot founder Helen Greiner. (My own Master’s thesis at the University of Illinois was in robotics.) Helen took a ride in the Tesla Roadster and came [...]

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Introducing Tesla Energy Group

Well, the rumors have been flying and the press releases are coming, so it’s about time for me to talk about Tesla Energy Group. Tesla Energy Group is a group within Tesla Motors, Inc. created to allow us to design and sell Energy Storage Systems (ESSes) to other companies. (By ESSes, I mean large lithium [...]

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Electric Pink Bunny Slippers

A Senior Director of Engineering at work never specifically said that she would cause me bodily harm if I did not write a blog entry about my bunny slippers. So I wrote, “They are size 7-½ fluffy pinks with big ears and little, white puffy tails, and I really like them.” She said that [...]

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Miles of Progress

They call me “the range guy” at Tesla Motors, which is fitting since it’s my job to characterize and improve the driving range of the Tesla Roadster. This means I get to:

Conduct official range testing according to EPA/CARB procedures,
Work with our development teams to extract the most miles out of the car,
…and best of all…
Spend [...]

Friday, May 4, 2007

On Tour Part Two – Inside the Beltway

You may not be aware, but for the past six months Tesla Motors has been very busy in Washington, D.C. As with our consumer marketing efforts, we’ve been trying to get the word out to key influencers in the nation’s capital that there is a company in California that’s applying good-old-American ingenuity to address the [...]

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Mr. Tesla Goes to Washington

Yesterday was my first experience testifying before a Senate subcommittee – this one was called the Hearing on Advanced Technology Vehicles: The Road Ahead, before the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure.
Unfortunately, many of the usual members of this subcommittee were not present, due to Jack Valenti’s funeral. In attendance were: [...]

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

How To Make Policy Fiscally Resonsible.

May 2005… EV Owner: I’ve converted my vehicle to electric drive, here is the completed approval paperwork. Queensland Transport customer service representative: Err…we don’t have a category for electric vehicles, it’ll have to remain registered as a petrol vehicle. EV Owner: Oh. …Two Years Later… Journalist: Why are you opposed to the proposal of free [...]

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How To Make Policy Fiscally Resonsible.

May 2005…
EV Owner: I’ve converted my vehicle to electric drive, here is the completed approval paperwork.
Queensland Transport customer service representative: Err…we don’t have a category for electric vehicles, it’ll have to remain registered as a petrol vehicle.
EV Owner: Oh.
…Two Years Later…

Journalist: Why are you opposed to the proposal of free registration for environmentally friendly vehicles such as hybrid and electric vehicles?
State Gov’t Rep: Because we already provide a discount for registered electric vehicles, they only pay $159.35.
Journalist: How many electric vehicles are registered in Queensland?
State Gov’t Rep: Err…none.
Journalist: Oh.
Mmm. A few E-E friendly folk took the time to point out this article in the local rag, printed Friday the 20th of April;
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So after a 20 minute phone call and a one hour visit in person to the Customer Service Center of the local transport authority I was advised to write a letter to the “Policy” people to get the discount I’d never heard of. Did that today so we’ll see what transpires…in the meantime I’ll continue to hover around in my non-existent E-E.