When Google debuted their “driverless car” a few years ago, they caused quite a stir in the auto market. Were they considering launching their own line of automobiles? Was this just an experiment, or were they looking to share their technology? How long would it take for this to become mainstream? Google isn’t the only car company rocking the waves, however. Tesla, GMC, and Nissan currently build and sell some of the best electric vehicles on the market, with Tesla being the new startup in the industry. Just last year, Tesla was named the “Auto Trend Car of The Year”… read more
Over the span of the past 18 or so months, Apple has been meeting with Tesla, and reportedly considered purchasing the electric car company. Tesla, a pioneer in the automotive industry, won Motor Trend’s Car of The Year award in 2013, bringing them to the forefront of eco technology. Apple, listed as the 4th greenest company by the EPA, appears to be looking at expanding their foray into the ecological market. Among the news of the important meeting between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple is reportedly looking into the development of technology that could predict heart… read more
With bigger and better electric vehicles debuting on a regular basis, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure to upgrade to a more eco-friendly mode of transport, i.e. the Tesla Model S. Unfortunately for most of us with moderate budgets, going out and buying a new vehicle just isn’t an option, even with government subsidies. Luckily, there are tons of tools readily available to help us convert our own cars into environmentally-friendly street vehicles. And if the DIY scene isn’t your thing, take a look at our article on quick tips to green up your car. Here’s Part 1 of a series… read more
Tesla Motors, the company behind the award-winning ‘Tesla Model S‘ electric car, gave a behind-the-scenes exclusive to Wired magazine a few weeks ago. They displayed their latest robotic assembly line, and discussed how car companies will soon adopt their efficient construction model. Below is a video showing us how the company manufactures their eco-friendly cars. It’s revolutionary, to be sure. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.
Elon Musk, the famous South African entrepreneur and visionary, sat down with TED a few months ago to talk about his latest projects and his goals for the future. If you don’t know the name, perhaps you’ll recognize his career achievements. He’s the creator of the Tesla Model S electric car (that incidentally won Motor Trends Car of The Year for 2013), the founder of SolarCity which leases solar energy, and the creator of the SpaceX reusable rocket. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.
For those prospective electric car owners who exhibit range anxiety or have charge time angst, Tesla just blew away those worries with their recent battery swap event, where they demonstrated an extremely quick battery swap for their Model S. In less than the half the time it takes to fill up a gas tank, Tesla Model S owners could drive away from a Supercharger station with a full battery pack, thanks to the new quick-swap setup. According to Forbes, the fast-swapping service will be offered at about the same price that 15 gallons of gasoline is selling for locally, which… read more
The majority of the successful entrepreneurs we hear about everyday didn’t receive their wealth or fame by advocating on behalf of our planet, but some of the most notable in the business world are so popular for this very reason. Depending on their industry, branching out to matters of ecological concern would seem rather out of place, though not unwelcome. Then again, if you’re a few of the names below, this would seem completely in character for you. Blacklemag is proud to present a list of wealthy individuals we feel are doing their part to clean up our planet. Sir… read more
Posted in Technology,TransportMay 24, 2013
In a time when some green and clean tech investments have been going up in smoke, one company is showing the reverse of that by not only paying off their government loans, but doing it years ahead of schedule. Tesla Motors, which received a $465 million US Department of Energy (DOE) loan in 2010 as part of the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, just wired almost $451.8 million to pay off the entire balance of the loan. This makes Tesla the only US car company to have fully repaid their loans to the government. “I would like to thank the… read more
Driving an electric car long distances is about to get a little easier, thanks to the announcement that Tesla is expanding its Supercharger network to cover additional areas across the U.S. Not too long ago, owning an electric car was somewhat of an oddity, and held plenty of challenges for drivers, not the least of which was the question of where to charge it up when not near their own garage or home. But now we’re starting to see a wider adoption of electric vehicles, including the iconic Tesla Model S, which is getting infrastructure support from the company with… read more
Say goodbye to annoying charger cables, and welcome the future of electrical charging; wireless energy transfer. This marvel of science and technology was first invented by Nikola Tesla in 1890, with his “World Power” towers that unfortunately didn’t quite match up to his vision of free global electricity. Ultimately, Tesla’s idea laid the foundation and opportunity for modern scientists to perfect his design. The first iteration of these wireless devices is called Inductive Coiling. Not dissimilar to the size and appearance of a mousepad, this coil can transmit wireless electricity to a distance of a few inches. Nothing substantial, but… read more