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End Of Year EV News

December 17, 2010

LEAF and Volt EV’s delivered to Customers

2010 will likely mark the dawn of the modern era of Electric Vehicles. The Tesla IPO, first deliveries of the Nissan LEAF and GM Volt EVs for the mass market and lots of interesting EV start-ups and alternative vehicles from Oregon and elsewhere show that the industry is getting traction. Innovational Musings has reported on the EVs and the nascent industry.  Below is a sampling of breaking stories that caught my eye. Let me know if you’ve seen some EV innovations that should also be noted.

Traded in His Prius for a new Volt

Jeffrey Kaffee of Parsippany, N.J., is the first customer to take possession of a Chevy Volt, GM's electric hybrid car. (Credit: Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet/General Motors)

Retired airline pilot Jeffrey Kaffee on Wednesday became the first customer in the United States to take delivery of a Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability.

Kaffee returned early from a vacation to pick up his Volt at Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, N.J. His is one of 360 Volts being shipped this week from the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Others were delivered to Chevrolet dealers in the Washington, D.C., area and are en route to California and Austin, Texas.

Driving a New LEAF Instead of His Electric Bicycle

The first page of a new chapter in green-car history was written yesterday, as Nissan formally handed over a 2011 LEAF electric car to Olivier Chalouhi of Redwood City, California

Family Electric Car

“Chalouhi, 31, is the founder and chief technology officer of Fanhattan, a venture-backed stealth start-up in the connected TV space. His daily commute to work from Redwood City is roughly 10 miles, he said, noting that he commuted to work on an electric bicycle before the Leaf became available.

Chalouhi told reporters the Leaf will be his primary car, but that his wife Jana has another vehicle that the family plans to use for longer trips. A 240-Volt charging station has already been installed in the family’s garage.” See full story at Green Car Reports…

Continue with EV 2010 news…

This Mother Sizzles the Track at 160 MPH

The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc Amadeus Photography The big red button under the tail is an emergency shutoff, required safety equipment for any electric racer.

MotoCzysz raising $6M for EV market push

by Christina Williams, 12/16/2010

It’s been a seminal year for MotoCzysz LLC.

The low-profile Portland company shanghaied the attention of the motorcycle-racing world this summer with its remarkable electric racing bike and a high-profile win on a European track.

Popular Science magazine awarded two-year-old MotoCzysz one of its “Best of 2010” innovation awards.

The company inked a deal with a global automotive parts company, Remy International, to co-develop an electric drive system with applications throughout the electric vehicle industry.

And last month MotoCzysz CEO Michael Czysz went to Shenzhen, China, for the World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition where he met with a number of potential customers from all over the world.

Now Czysz is raising $6 million in venture capital, an investment he plans to close in January, to grow enough to keep up with the interest his eponymous company has generated. Read full story in Sustainable Business Oregon…

Tesla Partners and Plans for Model S Launch

The year the Model S is to launch, 2012, will see validation of production-intent vehicles assembled on the plant's tooling, and the build of "release candidate" vehicles that will undergo final testing to make sure that everything's in place.

By John Voelcker, December 17th, 2010

Excerpt from Green Car Reports…

Aggressive schedule

Tesla hasn’t said much about the Model S lately, but a number of updates are contained in the 8-K update it filed Tuesday with the Securities & Exchange Commission (and soon after conveniently sent to several journalists).

The document is essentially 15 slides from what is marked “Investor Presentation,” containing an update on Tesla’s executive team, growth of its engineering team, partnerships with Daimler, Panasonic, and Toyota, progress on the Model S program, and finally, information on the Fremont factory Tesla bought from Toyota.

But it’s the above slide with the two-year schedule leading up to production that reveals the most.

During 2010 (which is all but over, of course), Tesla listed engineering tasks including structural and safety design, external design and engineering, and the alpha build–meaning the very first prototypes. On the manufacturing side, the company is sourcing suppliers and preparing the Fremont site to receive tooling.

Next year is where it gets really busy. During 2011, Tesla’s design and engineering team must do … well, more or less all the rest of the development. The company has only listed two tasks: “Beta build” and then “Crash test program begins.” We like a company that’s modest about what it must do.

On the manufacturing side, during 2011, the body stamping presses must be brought online and the paint shop has to be made operational. There’s also much additional tooling to install.

Quite a year that 2010, glad I was here to see it happen and that Innovational Musings was here to report on it…

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