Inside Electric Vehicles - July 5th, 2016

Inside Electric Vehicles (Jul 5th, 2016)

Tesla fails to meet 2nd quarter delivery projections, the "virtually indestructible" ATV EV, meet the luckiest guy in Labrador, Sonic sets up charging stations, Leaf sets up more, and a Tesla Model S on Craigslist draws speculation. 
Tesla Motors has failed to meet delivery targets for the last three months, coming up short for the second consecutive quarter this year. The company announced it delivered 14,370 cars between April-June, which is a decline of 450 vehicles from 2016’s first quarter. – DAILYMAIL

Phoenix’s Tom Car Holding Co. LLC, known for making virtually indestructible vehicles for military and commercial use, is releasing its all-electric ATVs for commercial use (previously, they've been limited to military sales). – BIZJOURNALS

Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s Paul Snelgrove is the owner of Labrador’s first electric car, a 2014 Chevy Spark. “I just feel good about driving past gas stations,” Snelgrove says, although he still considers his Japanese mini-truck ($35 to gas up locally) his primary vehicle. – CBC

Oklahoma-based fast-food chain Sonic has installed EV charging stations at a drive-in location in San Antonio. The stations are free for customer use. (McDonald’s remains the national leader for fast food chains with 46 electric vehicle charging stations nationwide.) With Tesla's 4,001 Superchargers and Chargepoint's nearly 30,000 charging stations, Sonic's announcement comes at a time when electric vehicle chargers are becoming more prevalent. – BIZJOURNALS

Do you think the concept of a gas station will be obsolete in the EV era? Will we recharge cars at restaurants and grocery stores instead of a dedicated business like a gas station?

Tesla has lost a ruling in Norway regarding the listing of the power output of its Model S P85D, and may be required to pay out 50,000 Krones (about $6,000 USD) to each of the country's 150 owners. The ruling states Tesla wrongly listed the horsepower rating for the P85D at a cumulative 691 HP, a level the car was never capable of delivering. Tesla still has time to appeal the decision. – INSIDE EVS

An Emeryville, California man has listed his 2013 Model S 85 on Craigslist for $35,000, saying because of “a few dents and dings” (i.e. body damage from a severe rear-tire accident,) “you can finally own a Tesla!” Commenting below the article, Electrek reader Birgit exclaims, “This guy is crazy! How about the charging port?? It is completely destroyed!”; JB adds, perhaps sardonically, “That’ll buff out.” – ELECTREK

Nissan has announced the addition of 11 new charging stations in the U.S., bringing the total number to 38. The new stations are part of Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” promotion, which offers new Leaf owners free charging for two years. About 84,000 Leafs have been sold in the U.S. – TFL CAR

Staff at a Honolulu middle school are upset that outside drivers have been freely charging their EVs at the school’s staff-only charging station. The idea of people “sneaking around the parking lot at night” looking for a free charge has locals worried about safety issues for the school. The school’s charging station is powered by solar panels that reduce the cost of electricity on campus, but the installation was still a controversial move. – KHON

A Tesla Model X driver clipped one of the car’s Falcon Wings on his garage door, proving that the car can now be driven with the doors completely extended. This capability allows for quick repositioning of the SUV for a better exit, if needed. – ELECTREK


Last week we asked readers to send in their thoughts regarding the Autopilot-related death of Tesla uber-fan Joshua Brown. 

Reader Paul says "Autonomous vehicles should be a component of a federal government mass transit program.  We need to have smart roads, intersections, etc. as part of a national transportation network.  The piecemeal approach by individual automakers and Google is an incomplete and unstandardized potential mess." 

Nicholas writes: "From what has been described it seems like a situation that would have resulted in death even if the S was swapped for any other sedan that had similar dimensions. If the driver didn't see anything (maybe instead of relying on autopilot the driver was simply changing radio stations or their kid in the back seat did something to take away attention) then it doesn't really matter if autopilot didn't see anything either... The best thing I like about cruise control in regular cars is it means I can keep looking out the windscreen & checking mirrors without having to focus for 1-2 seconds (every 30-60 seconds) on the speedometer. So surely Tesla's autopilot (in its current form) just takes this to the next level and assists with lane control, speed, braking, lane changing, either way I'm still the one driving, if someone pulls out in front of me and I don't see it for whatever reason it is freak accident and not much I can do, which is the risk I take when I get into a car and go driving..."

Thanks to all who wrote in. It's certainly an issue we expect to be hearing a lot about over the coming months. 
User Dakujem has kickstarted an upbeat conversation at the EV subreddit with the exuberant statement "I haven't bought any gas since I got my electric car just over a year ago. It feels great, both morally and financially." Sweintraub says "That feeling hard to put into words but probably the best part of driving an electric vehicle." HiTechCity stirs the pot a bit: "I drive an electric car, and also haven't purchased petrol, but the smugness that hangs in the air with many ev drivers is a real impediment to their wider adoption, don't you think?"

Over at Tesla Motors Club, member Allante's post "Beware of Faraday Future and its Potential to Harm the U.S. EV Industry" has picked up some interesting comments: Cosmacelf says "The only thing FF has demonstrated so far is its incompetence. I don't think the US car industry needs to worry too much."; JonSnowNW is equally dismissive: "Not only do I not think FF will be successful, I think their demise will be used as a cautionary tale for years to come."
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