The Secret Behind Norway’s EV “Miracle” Isn’t Oil

12 Jul

This is Part 1 of my journey around the world to understand the future of transportation.

I want to believe our electric automotive and autonomous future is around the corner, but with the stench of clickbait fouling most rational discussion, I took a road trip around the world to investigate the narratives most frequently repeated by lazy media and gullible investors.

Let’s start with electric vehicles. Are EVs really about to reach a tipping point?

My first stop was Norway, the most electrified country in the world, where an EV “miracle” has allegedly taken place. The car? A state-of-the-art Tesla Model S P100D, a car I know and love. The route? Eight hundred miles from Oslo to Kristiansund and back, with a detour to drive the legendary Atlantic Road.

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Teslas Can Use Chargepoint, But Non-Teslas Can’t Use Superchargers, Ergo…

20 Sep

Chargepoint

Last week Forbes published one of the shoddiest articles I’ve ever read in that once-vaunted publication. Noted Tesla foe Bertell Schmitt — former VW insider whose whose coverage of Dieselgate got my attention — showed an outrageous lack of intellectual honesty in his story “Who Has The World’s Biggest Charging Network? Trigger Warning: It’s Ain’t Tesla.”

His claim? That Tesla’s 4,359 Superchargers are outnumbered by Chargepoint’s 30,200 charging locations.

That’s still like calling water fountains and waterfalls equivalent as water sources. Tesla Superchargers charge at up to 120kW, or up to 170 miles of range within 30 minutes. Chargepoint “Fast Chargers” charge at up to 50kW, or less than half that of Tesla’s. Once Tesla’s “Destination Chargers” were factored in, the Tesla network comes to 9,659, of which slightly less than half are Superchargers, but the story doesn’t end there.

Read the rest over at The Drive

Alex Roy Digest 5.9.16: Is Driving The New Smoking? Cheap Oil & Tesla

9 May

Is Driving The New Smoking

Driving Will Be The New Smoking? There is a War On Driving, and this is exactly what I’m against.

Will EV Sales Growth and Global Spread of Fracking Keep Oil Cheap Forever?

Can Tesla afford to keep the Supercharger Network running? Another interesting article from the usual skeptics at Seeking Alpha.

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Alex Roy’s Digest: 5.5.16.2: Charging, Gumball 3000, Ford, Tesla, Porsche, Satan

5 May

Gumball 3000

I was arrested, then kidnapped during the Gumball 3000. How amateur. Actually, wait. I was too. Once. Article coming.

A map of Electric Vehicle charging sites from 1914. Thanks, pluginsites.

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Chevy Jolt Is The Tesla Model 3 Competitor GM Should Build, But…

4 May

Chevy Jolt

The Chevy Jolt is the Tesla Model 3 competitor GM should build, if only it wasn’t a hoax. Our friends at electrek just found this brilliant hoax page that looks just like the real thing (except for the typos), and lays out precisely how GM could own Tesla:

An all-electric sports car offering an estimated 230 miles of range per charge for an affordable price is finally here. Designed utilizing Chevrolet’s new EV platform from the ground up, the Jolt EV delivers: from the sport sculpted proportions to its distinctive technology, efficiency and performance are combined to make driving the Jolt EV an experience like never before.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.2.16: Panamera Wagon, Analog Carpooling, Uber vs. Renting, Autonomous Driving vs, Bad Roads

2 May

Panamera Wagon

Porsche should just make THIS the Panamera. Cosmetically, a Panamera wagon eats a Tesla Model X alive, and would probably attract the same customers, especially once it’s electrified.

Analog carpooling. It still works. Toby Barlow approves.

Autonomous Cars Confused by America’s Shabby Roads? Something tells me this is going to be a way bigger problem than people expect, but guess what? Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Digest 5.1.16: Electric Ferrari, Charging Stations, Tesla Skeptics, Self-Driving Civic

1 May

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat: Electric Ferrari 308

An electric Ferrari 308? Be still my beating heart. This speaks to me on so many levels. Magnum, P.I. is the obvious one, but 32:07 is the other. A red Ferrari similar to this one set the Transcontinental Driving Record in 1983 on the U.S. Express, and will always be the quintessential Cannonball car. Except for a certain E39 BMW M5.

How to buy an electric vehicle charging station. Just in case you wanted to know. Continue reading