Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Killacycle: May 23rd to 25th at Altlanta Dragway

The KillaCycle will be racing at the All Harley Drag Racing Association Southern Nationals” in Altlanta Georgia at the Altlanta Dragway on May 23rd though May 25th. (May 23rd will be test sessions.) We have made some improvements (we think) in the motors, so we are hoping to go just a touch faster this time. ;-)
We will also be displaying the KillaCycle at the Advanced Automotive Battery and Ultracapacitor Conference and Symposia in Tampa, Fl from May 12th through May 16th in the A123Systems booth.
See you there!
Bill D.
We can’t afford a new one, but we really need a Toy Hauler (low profile, 30 ft or less) to go to these long distance events. A short (like 28 ft) 5th wheel or gooseneck would be ideal, but a trailer style would work OK
We will guarantee that it gets on national TV! :-)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tesla in Monaco

As part of our European sales launch, Tesla Motors participated as an exhibitor at Top Marques Monaco April 24th – 27th where we met many of our first EU customers and many potential future customers. We have a blog in the works, but meanwhile we wanted to give you a glimpse of some [...]

Sunday, April 27, 2008

7GEN: Energy Crossroads: A burning need to change course

American policies were designed for a world economic arrangement of $20 per barrel of oil. Oil is now at $120 per barrel and climbing. There may be, in the short term, a decrease in the price of oil if the short term supply situation straightens itself out. However, long term, the price of oil is only going to go up. As our dear president said, America is Addicted to Oil but like true addicts we haven't even entered the first step in the 12 step program to recovery. We haven't admitted to our addiction and are in deep denial.


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Free Ticket To Ride


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sourcing parts

One of the major challenges in this project has been finding sources for some of the materials I've needed. To date, I've done 4,887 Google searches and accumulated 237 bookmarks. In addition to the cycling specialty shops and solar energy suppliers you might expect, I've gleaned insight and ordered materials from an assortment of highly specialized industries and niche hobbies I never knew existed. Here's a list of some of my favorites:

  • Aerospace - satellite-grade solar cells (Emcore via eBay)
  • Fire performance - as in breathing and juggling fire. Bought Kevlar tape to make an abrasion-resistant border around the solar module (Bearclaw Manufacturing)
  • Sculpture - fiberglass mesh for first solar module (Compleat Sculptor)
  • Auto racing - aluminum rivets
  • Boat building - marine-grade wiring and electrical components
  • Remote controlled hobby airplanes - power meter/fuel gauge (RC Electronics)
  • Veneer woodworking - vacuum bagging supplies (Veneer Supplies)
  • Star Wars replica costume builders - plans for vacuum forming machine (TK560)

Imagine all of these people at a cocktail party trying to make small talk.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Expert Help Wanted

I'm currently working on a problem with composite core construction. Are you an expert in this area? Can you point me in the right direction?

WARNING: I'm about to seriously geek out on you here. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, this entry is not for you.
How can I maximize the strength to weight ratio in a fiberglass/Baltek Mat layup?Here's the layup: Tap Marine Grade Epoxy with slow hardener (143), 2 mm Baltek Mat with 3.7 oz "S" glass on either side using a hand layup. Pressing it between two boards while it cures gives excellent strength but at 0.40 lb/sq ft it seems needlessly heavy and resin rich. Same layup under vacuum bagging, Mylar on one side, polyester peel ply and breather/bleeder on the other at 5" Hg drops the weight down to 0.23lb/sq ft but the stiffness suffers and there's noticeable compression (30-40%) of the core material. I'm using this as the structural support for the next solar module and I'm looking for maximum stiffness and minimum weight. Carbon fiber is a little too spendy at $40-60/yd. As a composites novice, am I really going to see performance gains if I go with carbon?

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Here's an older slideshow with more information about the genesis of this project. I put this together in October of 2007 so it's a little out of date. If you want to read the captions you can pause the auto-play feature and advance through the slides manually.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

7GEN: Peak Oil

The authors of Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil were interviewed by the CBC about Peak Oil. "The likely outcome of not dealing with this issue is not an environmental catastrophe. It's an economic and social catastrophe that may leave us unable to deal with the environmental catastrophe," The gushers are gone and that's significant. Big oil discoveries aren't happening any longer.

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7GEN: Peak oil? Consider it solved

'In January, Jeroen van der Veer, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch/Shell, e-mailed his staff that the world will peak in conventional oil and gas within the decade. He wrote: "Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand." It used to be unheard of for oil executives to talk about limits to oil production. ' Several other oil company executives are saying the same thing.

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7GEN: Peak Oil : Participate in “The New Game for Humanity”

"André Angelantoni, founder, Inspiring Green Leadership, hosts the free, bi-weekly Peak Oil, Climate Change and Business Online Executive Briefing, which educates businesses and individuals on the coming oil shock and how they can prepare for it." He is interviewed by Meredith Medlin of Living Green Effortlessly. He is talking of the coming oil crunch which is an inevitable result of the peak oil phenomenon.

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Peak Oil : Participate in “The New Game for Humanity”

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7GEN: The Shape of Oil to Come

This is about an article that is about the way in which oil production is going evolve. Will there be a sharp peak, or a long lasting plateau?

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The Shape of Oil to Come

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tesla Launches European Sales

Last Wednesday the Financial Times ran a piece indicating that Tesla was now formally setting its sights on Europe. This is the first of what will be an increasing effort on our part to build the Tesla brand on the European continent with the anticipation of delivering cars to customers starting in the middle of [...]

CleverCycles: Introducing Retrovelo

Retrovelo is a small bicycle company in Leipzig, Germany, who in 2003 introduced a new style of bike: the Balloon Racer. These bikes are part city bike, part zero-generation mountain bike, and part, well, a whole lot of other elements borrowed from bikes over the last century. While “retro” in aesthetic, these bikes are not [...]

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ceago - Biodynamic and Nice (that's Neece)

I was up in Lakeport for the Sustainable WinegrowersImg_1620 workshop hosted by the Lake County Wine Commission not too long ago. It was held at Ceago in Nice, CA which is breathtaking in its Mediterranean style on the shores of Clear Lake. Jim Fetzer's attention to details like the lavender garden, the "recycled" palm and olive trees, the juniper walled 10-top for his up coming restaurant along with his commitment to biodynamic grape growing were topped off with a beautiful clear day. In my estimate it was a perfect event.Img_1623
Jim gave us a tour of the "vinegarden".Img_1621_2
His willingness to share with others the steps
he's followed to be biodynamic was refreshing.  And Shannon and the team did a great job with the event.
I thought I'd share a few photos of the view.

-Melissa Brandao

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Zero-Carbon Car: Building the Car the Auto Industry Can't Get Right

William Kemp is the V.P. Engineering for an energy sector corporation, a sustainable living and clean energy advocate, and a leading expert in renewable energy technologies. He has written a book exploring issues of climate change/carbon rationing, peak oil, urban sprawl and geopolitical and socio-economic disruption related to fossil fuel use. The second half of the book documents the successful design and construction of a zero-carbon vehicle, proving that the technology is not only possible, it is viable today.

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