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Tesla Kristallnacht – The CyberTruck Wardrobe Malfunction

November 21, 2019. The night of the broken glass for Tesla Motors. We think it may be one of those strange seminal inflection points usually unrecognized at the time, but hailed in arrears as THE moment in time. On this night, Tesla Motors transitioned from challenger to the status quo automobile industry to DOMINANCE and …

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Grid Wars

The oddities and ironies encountered in the march of technology forward are legion. EVTV videos are consistently about “how”. But once or twice per year, we try to share a bit of the “why” behind our sometimes perplexing wanderings from one apparently random project to another. It is true that I can obsess on the …

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Model 3 CAN bus Connections.

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Solar MQTT. Selfish Solar on a Global Scale – BOB (Battery on Board).

Hurricane Florence again pointed up both the vulnerability of our grid system and the advantages of solar power – along with its’ principle weakness. Duke Energy is an interesting case.  This utility grid operator is putting in solar photovoltaics at a furious pace all over the southeast.   The largest is at the Warsaw Solar …

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Tesla to a T

Tesla continues to awe and amaze the aborigines.  Elon announced Friday that he was reversing position and backing away from his plan to take Tesla private.  I for one am quite relieved.  I have publicly stated that Tesla has some enormous blue sky opportunities ahead and have predicted a stock price of $1500 by February …

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White Like Me….

I’ve been asked, numerously and recently, to blog a bit about phillisophical and political matters having nothing to do with Electric Vehicles and Solar Energy. I confess I don’t know quite what that’s about, but it appears that some of my asides on EVTV cause curiosity regarding my “beliefs” and how they came about more …

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SOLAR RESET.

We continue to stumble along and find our way. In this case, I think its important to share the process and ignore the embarrassment of “being wrong” as we go along. We need to walk our sins out with you. It’s peculiarly important in this case. As my needs for personal self-aggrandizement are modest and …

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Trump Tarrif in the Internet Wonderland. Alice joins METOOs.

Yes Alice in Wonderland has joined the METOOS and has accused Donald Trump of unwanted sexual Solar Tarrifs. Other mythical animated female characters join in. Or something like that. Over 140 years ago, Samuel Clemens noted that those who didn’t read the newspaper were uninformed and those who did read the newspaper were misinformed. Not …

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Predicting the Weather – Dancing in the land of the Buffoons.

Everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. I was recently confronted by a long time viewer displeased that I am not working hard enough these days, particularly on my “blog”. I have never considered the “blog” very important as there are so very MANY people blogging and it is rather easy …

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The Power of Creative Failure and Separating the Players from the Poseurs

I’m delighted to report the first shipment of the first Tesla Model S drive unit with our Alset control kit. It is going to a startup in Oakland California that has big plans for electric boat propulsion – ergo the shipment. They have no need of a Quaif ATB Limited Slip Differential. That program is …

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Storms in the Petri Dish and One Brazillion Percent Growth

VW shares are now down some 43% and the cloud over diesel has spread across the autoscape to encompass everything diesel. The scandal started with the International Council on Clean Transportation attempt to show how clean diesels can be. They contracted with West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions (CAFEE) to actually …

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Bolted On

  I’m thoroughly enjoying the CAN/Arduino aspects of EVTV these days.  I can quickly edit a source file and compile it to a small Arduino board in about 20 seconds from any  Mac OSX machine in the shop or at home.  I can e-mail those files to myself or thumbdrive em to get back and …

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Apple iCar and the CAN Primer for GEVCU/EVIC – The Only Constant is Change

In 1985 I started a ragged little newsletter titled Denver PC Boardwatch in Denver Colorado listing 218 electronic bulletin board systems. Over the next five years it kind of grew to encompass all that was going on online including online services such as CompuServe, GEnie, and what would become America Online. In 1987 we did …

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Your Car Are Still Belong to Them – But CHAdeMO May Be More Than We Thought….

Tesla remains an enigma. After announcing he was effectively “open sourcing” his Tesla Model S, apparently Mr. Musk feels it is appropriate to actively “disable” cars that have been wrecked until they can be proven safe, to his satisfaction, by a Tesla inspection. Mr. Peter Rutman, who cachinged out $50,000 for a salvaged Tesla, was …

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SHIT ATTACK

On June 12, 2014 Tesla Motors Inc CEO and Chairmon Elon Musk issued a dramatic announcement on the company’s blog titled ALL OUR PATENTS ARE BELONG TO YOU. It has caused quite a stir. There were 476 comments on it 12 days later. I was struck by this manifesto as on June 11, 2014 I …

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Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Toil…. The Thing About Things and Military Life.

I have to tell you, I just never do get over it. This week we attempt to illustrate the pleasure of driving the VW THING. Like all our builds, we fail. We simply fail to convey the sense of magnetic electric drive. The simplicity. The quiet. And the sense of power. The sense of freedom. …

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MOVE ALONG..MOVE ALONG… Nothing to see here…move along

Thursday morning, at about 7:30, we sold our last available Renault Influenza/Better Place battery pack. Wow. Whoops. Or aw-shit. I’m not certain which is more appropriate. But people with publishing experience should NOT dabble in retail sales. That’s clear. We apparently mispriced the Better Place packs rather eggregiously. I hoped to pretty much clear these …

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EXODUS – A Parting of the Waters and My People Cannot Make Bricks Without Straw.

It was long, ugly, and expensive. But this past Saturday morning, March 1, 2014, the Renault Influenza Better Place battery packs we first sought in the first week of November finally arrived at EVTV in Cape Girardeau Missouri. In a devious plot, hatched between myself and Omer Bar Yohai, we liberated these battery packs and …

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CANopeners and Battery Life. Heat does appear to matter…

This week and last has been fun. We received Otmar Ehbenhoech’s 1990 Vanagon DoppelKabine and were pleasantly surprised at the straightness and condition of this very rare (in the U.S.) VW variant. We think it will make a great build and I kind of picture a yellow VW Thing and a yellow VW DOKA side …

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Registry of Custom Electric Vehicles – Wormhole and Stargate

From our first build of the burgundy 1957 Porsche Speedster, our mission has been to inspire others to build similar cars using these phenomenal new lithium battery cells. In our view, the lithium ionic battery made electric cars viable for the first time in history, crossing some threshold of viability that we perceive with a …

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The Spring Offensive – Raid on Heber Springs

I received an e-mail this week from my favorite adolescent delusional mental patient expressing his concern about the future of the 100,000 man army we are raising for the express intent of completely changing the world’s concept of personal transportation. It is of course true the world’s five largest and most profitable corporations are all …

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The Cost of Everything and the Value of Nothing…

We call them batteries. They are both the bane and enabler of the electric vehicle. A strange paradox in personal mobility for over a century. The term “battery” derives from Benjamin Franklin’s experiments with capacitors actually – Leyden Jars – that he could use in series to achieve impressive voltages and shocking results. This series …

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Vulcan Wallet Meld and Lithium Blood Stains on the Bedroom Floor

Busy week. I did not get a blog entry up for the show of the week of the 15th and now I already have the March 22 show up online. I had a bit of a conversation with an old friend of Boardwatch days, computer columnist John C. Dvorak. I had followed John from the …

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If I Only Had a Brain… and 12lbs of Potatoes in a 10 lb Sack

I first met Brian Noto in 1995, shortly before our disastrous BBSCON in the Tampa Convention Center in August. The advisability of holding a convention in August is on my mind these days for obvious reasons as I may have made the same mistake again with EVCCON 2013 scheduled for August 6-11. But in 1995 …

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TORRID HEAT, BITTER COLD, and Gliding About in an Elescalade. Announcing EVCCON 2013

THis week we talk a bit about several small things. Heat seems to be a pretty simple topic. It is hardly in the ballpark with range issues – right? Actually, at least for us, the range issue is almost entirely manufactured by the media. Heat in an electric car, on the other hand is very …

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Dyslexics – UNTIE!

We’re getting a bit sloppy around here. Part of it is reality intervention in our normal reality distortion field. Last week everything we touched turned to a mess. And I’m struggling here. The Ford Edge battery pack we just reconfigured we rather didn’t bottom balance. This is kind of interesting in that we have 28 …

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GETTING AN EDGE IN A WAR OF STANDARDS – THE OPEN AND THE FORGOTTEN.

Pretty good week last week. Made some progress on the test bench, got Speedster Nippon inspected for the registration process, and updated the Ford Edge which appears to be running pretty well. If you recall, we had rebuilt the Netgain 11 motor to some degree, and replaced the transmission in the Ford Edge. We also …

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TESTING…TESTING…1…2…3….

Part of the disjuncture in almost everything has to do with a paradox described formally in a paper that examined test subjects taking an examination on technical material and then estimating their performance. Amazingly, those with the LOWEST scores on the material always rated their performance on the test HIGHEST of the group. The “experts” …

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Hardware is Not Hard, and Software is not Soft.

And a $6,500 dollar $23,000 van is better than a $57,000 dollar $23,000 van. Duh. Busy week. We moved 15 sets of Siemens motor/DMOC 645 controller from Saturday to Thursday. Shot our video on Friday and I was infuriated to find that the Sound Juicer battery had failed halfway through our Friday session. Yes, of …

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CYCLE OF LIFE AND COLD WEATHER LIFE CYCLES

It’s a deal. We’ve had quite a busy week, but not terribly productive. Just a lot of interruptions. One of the pleasant ones was receipt of a brand new HPEVS AC-75 motor – a pre-production prototype. This motor goes into production within the next month and we’re very encouraged by it. The only really affordable, …

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CATIONS, ANIONS, ONIONS and JACKIONS. Through a glass darkly in the land of the Motor Verks

We struggled to get a show out this week. Part of the problem was that I spent entirely too much time playing with RechargeCar’s AutoBlock AMP. For some reason, I keep having a brain freeze and calling it the AMPBLOCKER. I have no idea where that came from. The REchargeGuys chose PROCESSING to develop the …

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DENOUEMENT

It’s the day after EVCCON. I’m beaten down to a pile two and a half feet tall and six feet in diameter. Until last night, I had about 11 hours sleep spread across six days. It’s a good tired. But I’m left stunned, dazed, and confused. Attendance was a disappointment with slightly over 200 people …

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See this TURTLE goes into a BAR and says to the bartender….

This week, we take on a couple of oddities. The first is the Leaf range loss issue. This has been widely reported elsewhere with an inordinate amount of information I’ve found implausible. So this week we went to Tony Williams, organizer of the group in Phoenix purporting to refute a Nissan claim that there was …

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The Trouble With Tesloids – They’re Not Tribbles.

The Trouble With Tesloids is that they are not like Tribbles. They don’t multiply very quickly. No one would question that Apple’s iPod, iPhone, and iPad represent truly disruptive technologies that have sold literally hundreds of millions of units and dramatically altered telephone communications, the Internet, and personal computers, all in one fell swoop. The …

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Escalade Cooling System

Not a lot going on this week. We reinstalled the Soliton1’s in the Cadillace Elescalade EXT, installed a cooling system for these controllers, and began reassembly of the front end. [jwplayer file=”news081012-iPhone.m4v” hd.file=”news081012-1280.mov” image=”http://media3.ev-tv.me/news081012.jpg” streamer=”rtmp://s3einxnpkaij93.cloudfront.net/cfx/st/” provider=”rtmp” width=”950″ height=”584″ html5_file=”http://media3.ev-tv.me/news081012-1280.mov”] We are getting closer to the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) scheduled for September 26-30 of …

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APPLE Aquires Tesla Motors – On a Cold Day in July in Cape Girardeau

It’s cold here in Cape Girardeau for July. Actually, not. It has been over 100 degrees Fahrenheit every day and most of our shop is devoid of air conditioning, making EVTV a pretty miserable place to be, much less pinned to for two hours writing down battery measurements every minute on the minute. But we …

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CALB CA180FI NEW LiFePo4 CELL

This week we begin testing the new CALB gray cell, the CA180FI. As I mentioned in the last post, these new cells sport some interesting improvements. The most minor, and most welcome, is they are labeled with a serial number and a tested Ah capacity. The cells are manufactured on a newer, much larger production line …

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