If Tesla BEVs and Powerwalls can’t use all the batteries being built in the gigafactory, can Tesla’s Powerblock save the day? The factory was built to supply 500,000 Tesla vehicles yearly, but it’s very unlikely Tesla will reach sales of Continue reading Tesla Powerblock and the Gigafactory
The Tesla has received all the publicity, but there is another zero emissions vehicle available, the Toyota FuelCell Vehicle (FCV), the Mirai. The Mirai has an MRSP of $57,500, which is less than the Tesla’s 70D. (Tesla advertises a price Continue reading The Race is On
The general impact of renewables on the utility industry was discussed in Part 1, using Diagram 2. While the Duck curve displays the over generation caused by renewables, the effect of renewables can better be seen by examining a load Continue reading The Duck Speaks, Part 2
Many people expect the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to disappear over the next decade, and be replaced with battery powered vehicles (BEVs). But could the opposite be true? Perhaps BEVs will disappear. Table 1 shows the basic estimated cost information Continue reading Is There a Future for Battery Powered Vehicles?
Let the battle begin. It pits liquid filled Lithium-ion batteries against solid state Lithium batteries. The Department of Energy has established a goal of $125/kWh for EV batteries. Currently, many cite the rating of current EV batteries as being around Continue reading Is Tesla Gigafactory a Bad Investment?
It’s generally accepted that wind and solar require storage if they are to be utilized on the grid without the very expensive cost of back-up power, such as from gas turbines. California has issued a mandate requiring the addition of Continue reading The Quest for Storing Electricity