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To: Jamie153 who wrote (10165)6/17/2019 1:40:02 PM
From: kidl
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I saw this story too. The man seems to be addicted to Twitter.

The part I don’t get ... The man apparently works some 100 hours/week. How does he find the time to fart around with inconsequential tweets?

The rather bizarre story:

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To: kidl who wrote (10167)6/17/2019 1:46:45 PM
From: Jamie153
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Investors are happy. The stock is up over 5%.

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To: Jamie153 who wrote (10168)6/17/2019 2:04:13 PM
From: kidl
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Investors are happy. The stock is up over 5%.
Maybe this should read "Traders are happy". I am :-)

My personal current bet ... Musk will get close to his Q2 delivery target but Q2 financials will be ugly. A great trading opportunity!

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To: Eric who wrote (10163)6/17/2019 2:06:28 PM
From: d[-_-]b
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The biggy I can think of off the top of my hat is most Honda's have interference engines, that darn timing belt.
Half or less of Honda's - most have gone to timing chains. But the replacement schedule is at 100K miles not 75K - so it should probably not be included in the ownership cost. That said the dealer charges about $1,000 for the service, a local Asian car repair place I've used charges $500 and the one I did myself was about $200 in parts including the belts, water pump etc.

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To: kidl who wrote (10169)6/17/2019 2:24:01 PM
From: Jamie153
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I erred when I used the word "investor."

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To: d[-_-]b who wrote (10170)6/18/2019 7:51:13 AM
From: Eric
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Where is the correct puller to pull off the crankshaft damper? It's a pain having to change cogged belts or chains on an ICE engine. A lot of them can be gear driven directly as I have worked on in the past.

The fuel delivery system, ignition system, cooling system, you have to get rid of the majority of all that heat that doesn't do anything.....

One of the big problems with ICE's.

The ongoing maintenance...

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From: Eric6/18/2019 7:55:37 AM
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Tesla is planning a series of surprises for the second half of the year

Fred Lambert

- Jun. 18th 2019 5:37 am ET




Tesla had a difficult first half of the year on many levels, but the second half of the year could prove to be quite interesting as we learn that Tesla is planning a series of surprises to be unveiled by the end of the year.

It’s not that the first half was without big announcements.

We have seen the Model Y for the first time and Tesla finally launched its Supercharger V3 – though the rollout has been quite slow.

However, we expect that things will ramp up for Tesla during the second half of 2019 with a series of increasingly more existing announcements starting with…

Tesla Model S and Model X Refresh We have already seen a partial refresh of Tesla’s flagship sedan and SUV earlier this year with a motor and suspension upgrade, but we expect something bigger to be released in a few months.

It will mainly consist of an interior design refresh, which we have been talking about for a year now.

In July of last year, we reported that Tesla is planning a significant interior refresh for Model S and Model X and we even leaked the first design drawings:

As seen on the images, Tesla plans to bring to Model S and Model X a similar interior design as currently found in Model 3 but with an extra screen and more “premium materials.”

At the time, we were told that Tesla was planning to release the new interior early in the third quarter 2019 – although plans might have changed since last year.

While Tesla introduced a new exterior for Model S and Model X in 2016, the interior design of those vehicles has only received minor incremental improvements since launching the Model S back in 2012.

It would make a new interior long overdue, but it is also expected not to be the only significant change introduced to the lineup by the end of the year.

Tesla’s Own New Battery Technology with Maxwell We expect Tesla to introduce a new battery technology, probably starting with Model S and Model X, by the end of the year.

T esla’s recent acquisition of Maxwell and its dry electrode technology is a clear indicator that the automaker is upgrading its battery chemistry, but we are also expecting an announcement about Tesla making its own battery cells.

We have recently analyzed a conversation between CEO Elon Musk, CTO JB Straubel, and VP of Technology Drew Baglino about Tesla’s battery technology and we concluded that the automaker all but confirmed that they aim to introduce a plan to produce their own battery cells with Maxwell’s technology.

The new battery cells should result in lower cost, more volume, higher energy density, and even better longevity.

We have high expectations for the new technology and we expect the details to be announced by the end of the year at Tesla’s Battery and Powertrain Investor Day, which currently doesn’t have an official date.

Tesla Pickup Truck

This one is not as much of a “surprise” since Tesla has been guiding the unveiling of its pickup truck for “this summer” or “by the end of the year” for a while now, but the truck itself is apparently going to be surprising.

Musk has been talking about a futuristic design and everyone is struggling to figure out what it will look like.

We recently shared a bunch of renderings and drawings of Tesla’s Pickup truck based on new information about the official teaser:

On top of the design, we are expecting some incredible specs following comments from Musk about the truck.

The CEO recently said that the Tesla Pickup truck will cost less than $50,000, be better than a Ford F150 and a Porsche 911.

Tesla is expected to unveil the truck during the second half of 2019.

Tesla Insurance

Musk has been promising a new Tesla insurance program to launch in the next few months.

Two years ago, we published an exclusive report revealing that Tesla was working on a new car insurance program, which it started offering to its customers in Australia and Hong Kong. It has since expanded into several other markets including North America.

But we learned earlier this year that it was only a first step toward building Tesla’s own insurance products and the automaker is aiming to soon release a “more compelling product.”

It was originally supposed to launch last month, but Musk said that they need to complete an undisclosed acquisition before they can launch the insurance product.

Tesla has been applying for regulatory approval of the product and it is expected to launch in the coming months.

Maybe More

There could be some more surprises before the end of the year, but it would already be a pretty full year for Tesla in terms of product announcements either way.

If Tesla was to announce something else by the end of the year, what do you think it would be? Let us know in the comment section below.

My comments:

Don't you just love teasers!


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From: Eric6/18/2019 8:07:34 AM
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Investor's Corner

Tesla stock (TSLA) climbs as bull predicts potential short covering over next weeks

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From: Eric6/18/2019 8:18:08 AM
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How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Tesla Around The Globe?

Jun 18, 2019 at 7:27am


Where in the world is it cheapest to charge a Tesla?

The rates utilities charge for electricity vary wildly across different parts of the world, just as gas prices do. However, electric vehicles are cheaper to operate on a per-mile basis just about everywhere, thanks to the electric motor’s far greater efficiency, and to the fact that regions with high electricity prices also tend to have high gas prices. A very rough rule of thumb is that driving an EV should cost about a third of what driving a comparable legacy vehicle does.

More EV Charging Content:

Tesla Model 3 & Audi e-tron Charging At IONITY Side By Side: Video

Electrify America and ChargePoint Partner To Simplify Charging
  • This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Charging at a Tesla Supercharger (Image: Tesla)

A fun infographic from the UK site Compare The Market offers a very general overview of electricity rates in selected countries, and calculates how much it would cost to charge up a Tesla (the figures are based on a Model S with a 100 kWh battery pack).

The cheapest place to charge on the list is Chile, which is blessed with abundant hydro and geothermal power. According to Compare The Market, the average electricity tariff in the South American country is $0.07 per kWh, which works out to a cost of $2.70 to drive your Model S for 100 miles. Other low-cost locales are Canada and Australia.

The United States is #7 on Compare The Market’s list, with an average tariff of $0.13 per kWh, and a cost of $5.02 for 100 miles of Tesla driving. However, these figures aren’t very meaningful per se, as electricity costs in the US vary widely. According to Choose Energy, a resource for utility customers, the cheapest American electricity is to be had in Louisiana, at a little over 9 cents per kWh, and the most expensive is in Hawaii, where you’ll pay a whopping 34 cents.

As we noted above, driving electric will save you money in either place - Louisiana, a major oil-producing state, has some of the country’s lowest gas prices (an average of $2.35 a gallon at press time, according to AAA), and Hawaii, which imports all its crude oil, has some of the highest ($3.65 a gallon at the moment, second only to California).

Compare The Market’s figures are more meaningful for smaller countries, and those with more centralized electrical systems, because they tend to have much less regional variation in prices than the large and diverse USA. CTM’s list shows that electricity prices don’t line up neatly with national prosperity - sources of power, tax policies and other factors have more influence on local energy costs. For example, Iceland and Finland, countries with high standards of living and high taxes, have lower average electricity rates than less-affluent Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Italy.

Above: A look at the Tesla Model S (Image: Tesla)

The two countries with the priciest electrons on the list, Germany and Denmark, are leaders in renewable energy. In Germany, where renewables now account for 41% of electric generation, electricity costs as much as $0.33 per kWh ($12.74 to drive your Model S 100 miles). In Denmark, which has long boasted the world’s highest share of wind power, Compare The Market says juice is going for an average of $0.34 per kWh, and driving your Tesla 100 miles would cost $13.13.

That sounds pretty pricey, but let’s put things in petro-perspective. According to Global Petrol Prices, in Denmark gas is currently going for 12.17 krone per liter, (about $7 a gallon). Driving a comparable gas-powered luxury sedan 100 miles (assuming 30 mpg) would cost you the equivalent of at least $23.

Before you get the idea that going green means getting gouged on your electric bill, consider that renewables, and the storage and smart grid infrastructure that makes them practical, are new technologies requiring a lot of up-front capital investment, and that cleaner energy means cleaner air, which is expected to pay future dividends in the form of reduced health-care costs.

In some areas, there are ways for consumers to reduce electricity costs, which Compare The Market’s calculations don’t take into consideration. Some local utilities offer time-of-use (TOU) plans, which charge less for power consumed at off-peak times, and some of these plans are tailored to EV drivers.

Some countries allow consumers to shop around among electricity providers. UKPower is an energy comparison service that helps British consumers compare deals among energy suppliers, and possibly save money by switching providers. Similar opportunities are available in Germany. Udo Sieverding of the Consumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia German explains in Clean Energy Wire that customers can choose from at least 20 different providers that cover the entire country, potentially saving as much as 20-30 percent on their power bills.



Written by: Charles Morris; Infographic: Compare The Market

My comments:

Not correct charles. Washington State does.

We have the cheapest rates in the U.S.

On the Columbia River in Eastern Washington.

Chelan County PUD:

I have a number of friends who have Tesla's in Eastern Washington. They have the cheapest electricity rates in the U.S.

Maybe the world?

Less than $.03 per kWhr.

Disgusting, I'm jealous!

Less than a penny a mile to go down the road on electrons..


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From: Eric6/18/2019 8:38:27 AM
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In 2018, 75% Of Plug-Ins Sold In U.S. Were Made In U.S.

Jun 18, 2019 at 8:27am

By: Mark Kane, European Editor

75% of plug-ins sold in the U.S. last year were manufactured in the U.S., while more than half come from California

According to the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, every year except 2011, the majority of plug-in electric vehicles sold in the U.S. were also made in the U.S.

In 2018, roughly 75% of all plug-ins sold in the U.S. were made in the U.S., which is quite an achievement. The remaining 25% falls on:

  • Japan: 9%
  • Germany: 5%
  • Rest of the world: 11%
  • A big reason behind the result is the huge share of Tesla sales out of overall volume - around 53% in 2018 according to IEVs estimates, and over 52% so far this year (through the end of May).

    By the way, it also means that the majority of plug-ins sold in the U.S. are made in California.

    More about U.S. market

    In 2018, U.S. Plug-In EVs Displaced 323 Million Gallons Of Gasoline

    Number Of Plug-In Electric Models In U.S. Exceeded 40 In 2018

    U.S. PEV Sales by Production Location, 2011-2018

    "In 2011, 55% of the PEVs sold in the United States were produced in Japan, 43% in the United States, and 2% in France.

    Note: PEV sales began in December 2010, thus 2011 was the first full year of sales. PEV include both all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Includes sales of light-duty vehicles only.

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010–2018, ANL/ESD-19/2, March 2019."


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