Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lightning Motors At Love Ride With ATK

The 28th annual Love Ride happened last weekend in Glendale, CA with the usual lineup of motorcycle riding celebs supporting Autism Speaks,  including Jay Leno, Danny “Machete” Trejo, and Robert Patrick (Terminator Cop). ATK’s Frank White was there with his Autistic son Jeff. Curiously, another rising star of motorcycle racing’s coolest niche was there in [...]

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What Happens if it Gets Wet?

Its like dropping a toaster in the bath tub…right? Well actually that’s totally wrong. Unfortunately the general public’s view of electricity and water has been extremely skewed, due to many Hollywood movies and myths. The truth of the matter is that distilled water is actually completely NON-conductive! Yes pure water is actually an insulator, but [...]

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Milwaukee Makerspace

A few months ago while displaying the E*speed motorcycle at the Detroit Maker fair I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Nelson, a fellow EV motorcycle builder, EV car builder, expert camera operator and all around nice guy! He invited me to the first official EV meet at the Milwaukee makerspace. Many EV’s came and [...]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mission Motors receives CEC grant to develop advanced on-board vehicle charger

We are proud to announce that the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Mission Motors a $94,000 grant to develop a lightweight on-board charger for electric vehicles. The grant is an Energy Innovation Small Grant (EISG), a part of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Power electronics in motor control and battery charging are key to any electric powertrain system. Mission is dedicated to making these components smaller, lighter, more intelligent and more efficient. The CEC grant award will help Mission achieve these goals even more effectively. We applaud California’s support in building a clean transportation future and congratulate our fellow award winners. This marks the second CEC grant awarded for Mission Motors. The first grant, awarded in November of 2010, was an investor-matched $505,000 to support the commercialization of Mission’s cutting-edge powertrain technology.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beta Reveal (Pt. 3): Interior & Touchscreen

Tesla Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk steps inside the Model S Beta vehicle to showcase the car's 17-inch LCD touchscreen that controls everything from media and navigation to the panoramic roof and headlights. With wireless access and voice command built-in, Model S is setting a new standard for automotive tech savvy.

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Tesla Roadster in Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport 4, the newest Forza game out of Turn 10 Studios, lets you get behind the wheel of the Tesla Roadster. Check out game footage and behind-the-scenes development here. That quiet acceleration? True to life.

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Beta Reveal (Pt. 1): Intro & Safety

After rolling on stage in a Shasta Pearl White Model S Beta, Tesla Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk shows how Model S' electric vehicle architecture and lack of an internal combustion engine makes it a smarter, safer car. Not to mention it has twice the cargo capacity of similarly-sized sedans.

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My First Ride in Model S

Thousands of enthusiastic Model S reservation holders attended Tesla's Model S Beta Reveal event on Oct. 1-2 at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. Each of them got the chance to ride in their future vehicle as it wound through a slalom and showed off its electric acceleration. See what some of them had to say about the experience.

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Beta Reveal (Pt. 2): Performance

Tesla Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk highlights Model S' superior performance and handling -- both enhanced by the vehicle's ground-up electric design. Built on the platform of a rigid, floor-mounted battery pack, Model S offers the smooth acceleration of a sports car in the body of a premium sedan. Equipped with Aero wheels, the car will travel up to 320 miles on a single charge. And a performance-tuned version of Model S, available at start of production, will go 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Mia | Fully Charged

A quick run through some renewable energy news and a short test drive in the electric Mia. LIKE Fully Charged on Facebook @ Fully Charged Podcast on iTunes @ Fully Charged is an online show hosted by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool), which looks at why we need to change how we think about energy consumption now. From looking behind the myths of renewable energy, to seeking the truth about electric cars, Robert Llewellyn demonstrates what the future could have in store for us all.

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