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By Robert Rapier on Jul 2, 2010 with 55 responses

The Tesla Motors Electric Vehicle Strategy for South Korea

I am working on two essays, but it is going to be a couple more days before I have either one of them finished. One is about the recent USDA report on the energy return of corn ethanol. This essay will include a look back at how the USDA’s methodology of allocating energy inputs has changed over the years, and how that impacted upon the calculated energy return for ethanol. In the second essay, I will discuss in some detail my graduate school work (which I have never done on this blog), and report on where the process stands today. The process in question is the MixAlco Process and was developed in the lab of my former research advisor, Professor… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 16, 2009 with no responses

Electric Vehicle Update

In 2009 and 2010 we should see a lot of hybrids and fully electric cars hitting the roads. I spent a little time this weekend reviewing the potential offerings. Here is where some of the more frequently-mentioned offerings stand. 1. The Aptera 2e The Aptera 2e This is probably the most unusual offering. I first mentioned the Aptera in a story last year, and the roll-out is still on target for Q4 of this year. It is a 3-wheeled vehicle, made of light-weight composites. The shape is very aerodynamic to minimize wind resistance. The batteries recharge in 8 hours, and the car reportedly has a range of 100 miles. The cost is going to be in the range of $30,000,… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on May 8, 2008 with no responses

Automotive X Prize

Following on the heels of the $10 million Ansari X Prize, which had the following requirements: The Ansari X Prize is a $10 million purse for the first privately built vehicle that could safely haul a pilot and the equivalent weight of two passengers to the edge of space — then repeat the feat within two weeks. – and was won by SpaceShipOne, the X Prize Foundation is sponsoring a contest for efficient cars: The requirements are still in draft form. A 60-day comment window extends until May 31st. Here are some excerpts from the draft guidelines: The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) is to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 30, 2007 with no responses

Rolling Stone Article

A few months back, Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, contacted me with some questions about ethanol. Jeff’s name may be familiar to those in the energy business, as he is the author of Big Coal. (Jeff has authored several books, including Trapped, which resulted in an appearance on Oprah, Sunnyvale, and The Cyberthief and the Samurai, which is about hacker Kevin Mitnick.) What started out as a piece in Rolling Stone on Vinod Khosla ended up being a critical look at ethanol. And some of my comments even survived the editor’s hatchets: Ethanol Scam: Ethanol Hurts the Environment And Is One of America’s Biggest Political Boondoggles Don’t let the soft title fool you. Jeff pulls no punches…. Continue»