April 2, 2013 |
Tesla Motors Inc. is poised to turn a profit for the first time, based on stronger-than-expected sales of its premium electric cars. The Palo Alto automaker sold about 4,750 of its Model S sedans in the first quarter, about 250 more than it projected in February. The automaker on Monday predicted "full profitability" in an amendment to its guidance for first-quarter performance. "There have been many car start-ups over the past several decades, but profitability is what makes a company real," Tesla co-founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a statement.
February 1, 2013 |
Toyota, Ford and Honda ranked highest in a consumer survey of brand perception by Consumer Reports, and Tesla - the Palo Alto-based maker of electric cars - made the Top 10. The best brands list largely mirrors the survey from last year, in which the top six brands finished in the same order, according to the product-testing organization and consumer magazine, which released the results Friday. Scoring worst in the survey were Mitsubishi and Toyota's Scion brand - tying for last place - and Ram trucks, scoring third worst.
October 9, 2012 |
Last Friday, I set out to write a blog post that would answer the question, "With gasoline prices spiking, are electric cars really a good deal?" I learned two things from this exercise. First, doing a cost/benefit analysis comparing vehicles is trickier than it seems, thanks to differing government incentive programs that can radically alter the cost equation. Second, readers are really, really passionate about this topic. After having been informed, repeatedly and in no uncertain terms, about my many failings on that post, I've decided to start over -- hopefully screw-up free this time, and with a new comparison among "green" cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1996
I read with great interest the Oct. 21 commentary on electric cars by Michael Shnayerson. The major point of the argument, which he fails to address, is: Where in the heck are we going to get the electricity to power these vehicles? Make more electricity out in the desert, burning more acid-rain-producing coal? Or generating more electricity with prone-to-implode nuclear power plants built on seismic faults? MARK VALSI Sierra Madre
September 29, 2012 |
A team of researchers at Utah State University has created a biodiesel fuel out of the watery waste of mass-produced cheese. There are two reasons this fuel, which can be substituted for regular diesel, is cool. First, it creates a use for the millions of gallons of liquid cheese waste produced by the industrial cheese industry each day. It also produces a sweet exhaust that smells like fresh-baked bread. "The smell is fun, especially when the engine is warm," said Mike Morgan, a Utah State biochemistry undergrad who recently drove a dragster that runs on the fuel.