Archive for November, 2012

Tesla is opening a web of quick charging stations capable of giving electric vehicles a charge that will last 150 miles in just about half an hour. The electric carmaker announced that the so-called Superchargers will make owning a specific electric car much easier. So far, the solar-powered Superchargers are only in southern California.

However, the launching of these Superchargers is not all cotton candy and teddy bears. No, they, the charging stations, not the spun candy and stuffed bears, are capable of charging only the Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model X. When it comes to getting one for the road, the Tesla Roadster, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf are plumb out of luck.

Ready for the Fisker Atlantic? Fisker Isn’t!

Fisker Automotive has announced that the launch date for the $55,000 Atlantic is being delayed.

This postponement is the latest in series of setbacks the electric carmaker has experienced with its new mid-size plug-in hybrid sedan that has, on paper at least, been engineered to compete with the BMW 3 series and other similar vehicles. The launch of the vehicle will either be in late 2014 or sometime 2015.

The reason for this current delay has not been released and industry observers can only guess at its cause since, according to Fisker, the car has already been 90% engineered. One thought is that the delay has little to do with the car, but rather due to the federal government’s decision to stop funding pie-in-sky start ups while voters are paying attention.

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Fisker Karma has asked for the bankruptcy auction of the automotive battery maker A123 Systems to be delayed. The request for the dates of the bid deadline, auction and other related events to be pushed back by at least 30 days comes just about two weeks after A123 Systems declared bankruptcy.     

A Fisker attorney, Gregg Galardi, said in filed court papers, “A hurried sale process will be damaging to the estates and deprive creditors of value that may be realized through higher and better offers.”

The collapse of another green company that had been a recipient of taxpayer moneys is not merely politically troubling, but also an ill omen for both the Fisker Karma and the Chevrolet Volt, two vehicles powered by A123 Systems batteries.