EVSE Federal Tax Credit Reinstated and Retroactive from December 31, 2011

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For American citizens and the U.S. economy, the avoidance of the “fiscal cliff” by Congress on January 1, 2013 was a big relief. Some other “end of the year” amendments were also added to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that favored electric vehicles and reinstated an Alternative Fuel Infrastructure federal tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicle supply equipment, that originally expired on December 31, 2011. The federal tax extension has been made retroactive from December 31, 2011, so anyone that has purchased and installed EVSE during 2012 for their home use can now claim a 30% deduction up to a maximum of $1,000 when they file their 2012 tax return.

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Commercial installations can also claim a 30% tax credit up to a total of $30,000 for any EVSE installed on commercial property.

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For an example of the 2011 tax form 8911 government publication in PDF format, titled “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit”, go to this website link at:


The EVSE tax extension, as well as a two-wheel and three-wheel EV tax credit modification, were noted by the Director of Government Relations at the Edison Electric Institute:

“…American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Both of these provisions were also included in the Senate Finance Committee-passed tax extenders bill.

Section 402 – Extends the 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property credit through 2013, retroactive to the 2011 expiration of the credit. The 30C credit is a technology-neutral incentive for consumer and business investment in infrastructure to support vehicles that run on alternatives to oil. The tax credit is 30 percent of the cost of any “qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling property” (electricity, ethanol, natural gas, CNG, LNG, LPG, hydrogen and fuel blends of at least 20% biodiesel) up to $30,000 for property subject to an allowance for depreciation, and up to $1,000 for residential fueling equipment.

Section 403 – Modifies the 30D electric vehicle credit to include the purchase of two-or-three wheeled plug-in electric vehicles. Previously, a tax credit for the purchase of electric motorcycles were contained in Section 30. During Committee consideration of tax extenders, Senator Wyden offered an amendment to modify 30D to include electric motorcycles, while capping the credit for two-or-three wheel vehicles at $2500 (the same level as the Section 30 credit). The Wyden proposal – which was retained in the fiscal cliff bill – mandated that a “qualified” vehicle would have to be capable of achieving a speed of 45 miles per hour or greater – so that low-speed, non-highway vehicles (such as 3-wheeled golf carts) would not be eligible. The modified credit is for purchase after December 31, 2011 and before January 1, 2014.

Additionally, Section 104 changes the law to allow non-refundable credits including the 30C and 30D credits, to offset Alternative Minimum Tax liability.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Chris Hickling

Edison Electric Institute | Director, Government Relations

p: (202) 508-5051 | c: (571) 283-9461 | chickling@eei.org”

Finally, here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property federal tax credit (Disclaimer: The FAQ below represents the best information NEVA has at the time. Please consult your tax professional to ensure accuracy of your particular tax situation).

1. Question: Does the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property federal tax credit cover the cost of installation, such as construction (trenching, conduit, wire, etc.) or just the charging station equipment?

Answer: Cost of installation is included.

2. Question: If a property owner decides to install charging stations at multiple locations, are they eligible for multiple tax credits up to the $30K max for “each” commercial location ($1000 max for each residential location) or an aggregate total of $30k/$1K for “all” locations combined?

Answer: The credit is allowed for the property placed in service at EACH LOCATION where the property is placed. The property would also be available for a Sec. 179 deduction and/or available for the credit or both assuming the Section 179 limits are met. If tax liability of the business entity is less that credit, the credit is available for carryback (one year) or carry forward (20 years), but no refunds or rebates. For the personal credit of $1,000, if it is NOT used in the year in which the equipment is installed, it is LOST, no carryback, carryover, or tax refunds or rebates.

3. Question: Can only taxable entities apply for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property federal tax credit (excluding municipalities, non-profits, and other non-taxable entities)?

Answer: Normally, this is true. However, non-taxable entities can negotiate with a partner/vendor, if the vendor qualifies for the tax credit. The vendor can then pass on the savings to the non-profit as a reduction in cost of equipment and installation. A “letter of understanding” between the vendor and non-tax entity is highly recommended and well as confirmation from their local tax/accounting expert.

4. Question: Can the benefit of this federal tax credit be carried over if the taxable entity reports a loss?

Answer: Since the provision is a reduction of the tax liability, qualified entities that have losses can carryback and carryover the credits.

Blog post by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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Nissan Thinks “Outside the LEAF”

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Nissan has begun showing “Innovation That Excites” – a global video commercial on television and on the internet for the all-electric LEAF that goes beyond the use of the car just for transportation. The “Innovation That Excites” advertisement highlights the capability of the driver to use a mobile phone app to remotely monitor the battery pack “state of charge” as well as pre-condition the vehicle cabin climate remotely from the electric vehicle supply equipment while it is charging. It also shows how public recharging infrastructure can be integrated into daily activities for a zero-emissions vehicle. This Nissan LEAF commercial is the first one by an automotive manufacturer to show “vehicle to home” (V2H) capabilities of an electric car that can provide backup power to a house.

More detail about Nissan’s “LEAF to Home” battery backup power system is shown in this video:

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Now Available in Nevada

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The Toyota Prius and its revolutionary “Synergy” gasoline-electric hybrid system were just a novelty when they were first introduced into the U.S. car market during 2000. most of the early sales were in California. Since then, the company has sold over 2.8 million of these vehicles around the world as of October 2012. During 2011, the company expanded the Prius family to also include the Prius v, an extended hatchback wagon, and the Prius c, a subcompact hatchback version.

During 2012, the first Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHV) was added to the Prius family, with a distinctive logo, an additional J1772 recharging port to supplement the gasoline fueling port, and a portable SAE J1772 AC Level 1 electric vehicle supply equipment cable assembly. Over 6,000 units have been sold in the U.S. during the first six months since its introduction.

The combined worldwide sales of these new versions of the Prius family have achieved an additional 500,000 units since the time of their introductions through October 2012.

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Logo

EVSE Port for Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The AC Level 1 EVSE is capable of supplying power to the Prius battery pack from any 110-volt AC outlet with 15 amperes of current available. The onboard charging system inside the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can recharge its lithium-ion battery pack in about three hours because of its relatively small capacity of 4.4 kilowatt-hours. A J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE can recharge the Prius Plug-in Hybrid battery pack in about 1.5 hours.

J1772-2009 connector for Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid lithium-ion battery pack with a 4.4 kilowatt-hour capacity has more than four times the capacity of the standard Nickel Metal-Hydride battery packs rated at 1.3 kilowatt-hours that are still used in the other versions of the Toyota Prius family. This enables the plug-in version to travel from six to 11 miles in electric-only mode up to 62 miles per hour, before reverting back to the traditional gasoline-electric hybrid mode of operation.

By using the electric-only mode frequently for local driving while plugging in to recharge the battery pack when an EVSE source is available, the gas mileage of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid model can achieve up to 90 miles per gallon equivalent. Combined highway and city driving normally exceeds 50 miles per gallon.

Some local Nevada Toyota dealerships began receiving their first demonstration vehicles of the Plug-in Prius Hybrid during September 2012. Findlay Toyota in the Henderson Valley Auto Mall actually had five of the vehicles available on their dealership lot for test drives and sales at that time. Other local Toyota dealerships can get the Prius Plug-in for interested customers by negotiating with related dealerships in other states.

As a result, there were ten Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid cars already registered with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles as of October 2012.

Nationwide monthly sales of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid are just behind the Chevrolet Volt while already selling more units per month than the all-electric Nissan LEAF. Initial target sales goals for Toyota are to sell 15,000 units of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S. during each of the next two years.

One other nice feature of the Toyota Prius Plug-in is that it has two 12-volt DC ports inside the vehicle that tap into its auxiliary battery pack to provide power that can recharge personal electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. An inverter that converts the 12-volt DC supply into a 110 Volt AC supply can also be connected to one of the 12-volt ports.

The 12-volt auxiliary battery receives a steady supply of power from the larger traction battery pack through a DC-to-DC converter that makes a good backup power supply system, as well as from the gasoline engine operating as a generator to maintain minimum power once the main traction battery pack is discharged to its minimum level.

This additional auxiliary power in the cabin is needed to handle all the extra telematic features that are available to the driver and passengers of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid for wireless connectivity of personal electronics devices through the vehicle to the outer world.

The Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Toyota Plug-in Prius is $33,000 less a federal tax credit of $2,500 for the 4.4 kilowatt-hour traction battery pack for a net price of $30,500. A standard Toyota Prius without the plug is priced at about $25,000.

By comparison, a 2013 Chevrolet Volt has an MSRP of $42,500 less a federal tax credit of $7,500 for its larger 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack that allows it to travel 40 miles in electric-only mode. Net price is about $35,000. The Chevrolet Volt is a series hybrid, where the electric motor drives the wheels of the car about 95 percent of the time. The onboard gasoline engine is primarily used to fuel a generator that produces electricity, allowing the engine to run at a steady pace, unaffected by the changing motion of the wheels of the vehicle. The only exception is when the Volt exceeds 70 miles per hour. At that speed, the gasoline engine can then engage the drive train to provide an extra 15 horsepower in support of the electric motor. The fuel efficiency rating is about 100 miles per gallon equivalent for this dual fuel vehicle. Combined highway and city driving normally exceeds 60 miles per gallon.

By contrast, the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid is a parallel hybrid where the electric motor, gasoline engine, or both can drive the wheels of the car. However, the gasoline engine is still moving the wheels of the car the majority of the time while driving. Overall gas mileage efficiency from the engine is susceptible to terrain and type of driving due to the changing speeds of the wheels of the car.

For Nevada, the increasing amount of choices available to local consumers for both plug-in hybrid vehicles and all-electric battery-powered vehicles can improve the local economy, personal family pocketbooks, and the quality of the air we breathe.

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National Electrical Contractors Association Convention Highlights and EVITP

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The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) gathered at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from September 30th to October 2nd for their annual Convention and Expo.

Madison Burnett, Director of Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of Southern Nevada, talks with NECA Convention attendees.

The Electrical JATC booth at the NECA convention also showed a pictorial history of how southern Nevada and Las Vegas were built over the last century, including Hoover Dam.

NECA has helped fund and start up the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) to train each electrical contracting company’s employees about proper installation techniques, building codes, load calculations and other considerations when working with electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and plug-in electric cars.

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt as the centerpiece for the EVITP display at the booth of the Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada during the NECA Convention. Photovoltaic solar technologies were also on display at the booth.

Rear view of photovoltaic solar panel exhibit showing a battery storage system that can harness sun power so that it is still available during the night.

Wind turbine display at the booth of the Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada during the NECA Convention.

In southern Nevada, EVITP training is facilitated by Madison Burnett and Robert Buntjer of the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) of Southern Nevada at: http://www.earnwhileyoulearn.org

Robert Buntjer, EVITP Trainer, shows a visitor the insides of a Chevrolet Volt.

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) helped EVITP stage a one-day seminar on applicable National Electrical Code issues and residential appliance load calculations at two locations in Nevada during May 2012. These webinars were held during successive days, with one event in Reno and one in Las Vegas.

NEVA again supported EVITP educational outreach efforts during the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention and Expo, by arranging with Findlay Chevrolet to provide a plug-in Chevrolet Volt as the centerpiece of the Electrical JATC booth representing southern Nevada. Other technologies featured in the booth were a ChargePoint EVSE station, photovoltatic solar cell array electrical wiring exhibit, and a wind turbine display. NEVA Southern Nevada Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel helped answer questions about NEVA, electric cars, and electric car infrastructure efforts in Nevada during the three days of the exhibit. Visitors from Hawaii, upstate New York, Indiana, Louisiana, California, and other regions shared their educational experiences promoting EVITP to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), as well as other members of their EV infrastructure communities.

Bernie Kotlier, EVITP National Co-chair, who helped organize the two EVITP workshops for NEVA during May 2012, also presented at the NECA Educational Booth in the center of the exhibit hall, where he answered questions about electric cars and EVITP on the final day of the NECA convention.

Siemens AG booth at NECA Convention featuring EVSE equipment that included both residential SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE, as well as public EVSE mounted on bollards that were linked to the ChargePoint network.

The electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) industry was represented in the NECA Exhibit Hall by Leviton, Siemens AG, GE Energy and Schneider Electric, who all exhibited their EVSE product lines. Leviton and Siemens AG support ChargePoint, a networked EVSE technology company, by adding this feature to their product lines. An EcoTality representative also handed out brochures about that company’s “Blink” network and EVSE product line, as well as their participation in The EV Project sponsored by Idaho National Laboratories.

Leviton booth with ChargePoint EVSE

Besides SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE in each of the exhibit booths, Schneider Electric also displayed a DC Quick Charge station capable of recharging the battery pack in a Nissan LEAF (24 kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity) to 80 percent state of charge in just 25 minutes. The DC Quick Charge station used the CHAdeMO connector protocol established by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and already adopted as an option by automakers in Japan for the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Schneider Electric DC Quick Charge station with TEPCO/CHAdeMO cable and plug.

TEPCO/CHAdeMO connector standard for DC Quick Charge used by the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. DC Quick Charge Station EVSE by Schneider Electric.

Because the Society of Automotive Engineers International has not yet established an accepted worldwide DC Quick Charge standard, eight automakers in the United States and Europe have decided to come up with their own de facto standard, know as the Combined Charging System (CCS). Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, GM, Porsche and Volkswagen have all agreed to adopt the CCS standard. This system will eventually only require one charging port on an electric automobile for both AC and DC power sources, rather than two separate connector ports as Nissan and Mitsubishi are using at this time. The CCS connector protocol will be similar to the existing SAE J1772 standard. It adds two large pins at the bottom of the standard SAE J1772 connector set to handle the high voltage and current avaiable from a DC Quick Charge system that can exceed 400 Volts DC at 100 Amps and above.

Once the new CCS standard is finalized, the Schneider Electric DC Quick Charge station has an extra slot available in its EVSE station, where it can retrofit a CCS standard cable and plug connector just to the right of the TEPCO/CHAdeMO cable and plug that are already present. This allows the DC Quick Charge station to be used by any electric vehicle with a Quick Charge port, whether equipped with the TEPCO/CHAdeMO standard port or the CCS port. An RFID card with account information is passed in front of the symbol on the right side of the station to activate the device and a digital color display screen adds helpful prompts.

Both Leviton and GE Energy also presented technical workshops during the event. The Leviton workshop was entitled “EVSE Installation Observations and Trends”. It was presented by Manoj Karwa, Senior Director of EVSE at the company. In addition to presenting the Leviton product line, Karwa also talked about “lesson learned” from his experiences selling and facilitating EVSE installations. One notable example highlighted during his PowerPoint presentation was the fact that each electric car may have its recharging port located in one of five areas on the vehicle – front, right driver side, rear driver side, front passenger side, and rear passenger side.

When choosing an EVSE bollard with two SAE J1772 Level 2 cables and plugs for two parking locations, it is important to consider cable length when making the installation. If the EVSE is positioned at the head of the two parking spaces at their center point, then a 25-foot cable would be preferable to an 18-foot cable in order to reach to the opposite rear side of each vehicle.

GE Energy EVSE, including two Wattstations positioned at the left and center, with a GE Durastation shown on the far right.

GE Energy presented a technical workshop entitled: “Solar and EV: A Winning Combination”. Seth Cutler, Lead Product Manager for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Industrial Solutions, as well as Brian Schmalberger, Solar Solutions Manager, presented talks about the decreasing price of solar cells due to Chinese competition. Current prices are now at about 84 cents per cell, as compared to $30 per cell in 1970. Installation of a rooftop photovoltaic solar cell array that includes peripheral equipment and labor is now about $4 per watt, down from $5 per watt just one year ago and $6 a watt just two years ago. Federal tax credits of 30 percent are still available for home installations.

Seth Cutler, EV Infrastructure Manager at GE Energy, demonstrates the company’s GE Wattstation EVSE.

Seth Cutler gave an overview of the growth of the plug-in electric car industry, including upcoming 2013 models from Ford and Mitsubishi. He also highlighted his company’s EVSE product line of GE Wattstations and Durastations.

Both he and Schmalberger talked about recent installations by GE Energy of photovoltaic solar canopies that covered parking areas while also providing partial electric power for EVSE available at each parking space for plug-in electric cars. The presenters emphasized GE Energy’s capabilities as a “one stop shop” for all the equipment needed to harness the efficiencies gained by combining solar and EV technologies.

SpaceShipOne and mothership White Knight in flight, trailed by a chase plane.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, spoke on the last day of the keynote address about the benefits of staging a competition with a significant cash prize award to stimulate breakthrough engineering efforts by independent teams of entrepreneurs. The inspiration for this event was Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis, who embarked upon a heroic flight without knowledge of all the risks that still might arise. Lindbergh was at least partially motivated by the Orteig Prize, a $25,000 monetary award by New York hotel owner Raymond Monteig in 1919, given to the first person who could fly across the Atlantic from New York to Paris or from Paris to New York.

Diamandis related his own life experiences founding unique start-up companies as well as the challenging journey to establish the Ansari X Prize that launched the first civilian astronaut into outer space. Bert Rutan and Mojave Aerospace Ventures captured the first $10 million X Prize by launching SpaceShipOne from its mothership, White Knight, in mid-air. Twice within a week, the rocket plane ascended 64 miles into suborbital outerspace before returning through earth’s atmosphere to land at its spaceport in Mojave, California.

Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne

Diamandis pushed to get the X Prize off the ground, even though he didn’t initially have the $10 million available to award the winner. Thanks to a timely “angel investor”, he was able to pull out the financing and watch history unfold.

Now the X Prize foundation is now well-funded with a strong advisory board that includes Sergei Brin of Google, Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, James Cameron, film director of the Titanic and the 3D film Avatar. Diamandis is now staging multiple X-Prize competitions in parallel. The Progressive Automotive X Prize focused on electric car performance where 40 teams competed to push forward electric car technologies.

Edison2 was the first place winner of the Progressive Automotive X Prize. The Edison2 team was awarded $5 million while 2nd and 3rd place teams split the remaining $5 million.

When asked during his speech what he thought about the future of electric vehicles, Diamandis said that they are very much here to stay. One future X Prize he is organizing will award a monetary prize for the best new battery cell technology that can be produced and scaled up for electric cars.

Diamandis, a self-confessed Star Trek fan, just released his latest book: “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think” available through Amazon. In the book, he cites the breakthrough work, discoveries, and entrepreneurial spirit he has witnessed while organizing his X Prize competitions. One of his next ventures is to develop a “Tricorder” medical unit as used by the medical staff in Star Trek. That X Prize competition already has over a thousand applicant teams.

The NECA convention exhibit hall closed at 2:30 PM on the last day of the trade show. Attendees continued the party by taking their families to see the Cirque du Soleil production of “La Reve” at the Wynn Resort before returning home.

The next NEVA convention will be in Washington, D.C. during 2013, or as one moderator called it, “Sin City”.

Viva Las Vegas!

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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National Plug In Day 2012 Brings Good Turnout in Reno and Las Vegas

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On Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 25,000 residents in 65 cities across the U.S.A. turned out for National Plug In Day 2012. There were more than 1,500 electric vehicles on display, and more than 1,600 people took test-drives.
Nevada celebrations were held in Reno and Las Vegas, with visitors and electric vehicle owners from local communities, as well as from neighboring states like California and Utah.


In Reno, attendance was estimated at about 350 people, most of them non-EV owners. About 28 participants brought electric vehicles and about 30 to 40 electric car test drives or rides were conducted.

Officials attending included one County Commissioner, a State Senator, and several professors from local educational institutions.

Hi EVeryone!

Wow–thanks so much to all of you, and all of the parts, whether large or small, that everyone contributed to making National Plug In Day, Reno 2012 a great success!

I’d like to thank everyone of you individually, but frankly, that would not be possible because so many do so much to make Reno’s first NPID happen.

Thanks all–and I hope we can do it again next year.

Be well,

Bob Tregilus

Las Vegas

Professor Mark Larsen talks with LVEVA President Lloyd Reece during the midpoint of his 296-mile round trip in a Nissan LEAF from St. George, Utah to Las Vegas and back.

In Las Vegas, the Clark County Government Center was the initial staging point for electric car tours of local public recharging sites. In the government center parking lot, six SAE J1772 Level 2 and three Level 1 electric vehicle supply equipment connections are available on a ChargePoint network, partially powered by a photovoltaic solar cell array mounted on the canopy above the parking spaces.

Tesla Motors Roadster Sport and Chevrolet Volt at Las Vegas National Plug In Day 2012

Plug-in electric cars that joined the gathering during the day and gave electric car tours, included two Chevy Volts, two Nissan Leafs, a ThinkCity EV, a Tesla Motors Roadster Sport, and a Ford Focus EV.

ThinkCity EV

The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association also brought a Hyundai sedan EV conversion and a Pontiac Fiero EV conversion to showcase homebuilt electric vehicle technologies.

Pontiac Fiero EV conversion battery pack

Two visitors from Fontana, California stopped by to recharge their Chevy Volt before visiting a time share tour. Professor Mark Larsen from Utah State University also established a distance and endurance record during this first Las Vegas event by driving a Nissan Leaf from Saint George, Utah and back during the same day, covering 296 miles round trip on a journey that included multiple recharging stops along the way.

Craig Morganson drove a red Tesla Motors Roadster to the event and also informed the attendees about the unveiling of the Tesla Motors SuperCharger system through a website video at:


The SuperCharger system from Tesla Motors will be able to recharge a fully loaded Model S with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack in just 45 minutes. These standalone devices will be located at strategic traffic corridors along major highways in the U.S.

The first four SuperChargers will be located in California on highways I-5, I-80 and I-15. The good news for Nevadans is that there will be a Tesla Motors SuperCharger at Folsom, within range of Lake Tahoe while another SuperCharger is located at Barstow, within range of Las Vegas. These Superchargers will be built, installed and maintained by the company.

Nevada will be the first major out-of-state destination avaialable to Tesla Motors owners in California.

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson Sells i-MiEV

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Courtesy Mitsubishi in Henderson, Nevada began selling the all-electric i-MiEV this summer, as well as installing three SAE J1772 Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at the company’s dealership parking lot and in the service bay.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a range of 70 to 90 miles, depending on driving style and terrain. The vehicle is sold with an SAE J1772 Level 1 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) cable assembly that can recharge the battery pack in about eight hours overnight.

The Level 2 EVSE installed at the Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson dealership are manufactured by Eaton and can provide 240 Volts DC at 30 Amps to recharge the 16 killowatt-hour battery pack in about four hours. The lithium-ion battery pack in the i-MiEV uses a liquid cooling system to maintain optimum battery pack temperature, even during hot Nevada summers. The Mitsubishii-MiEV can be equipped with an optional DC Quick Charge port with a separate access port on the driver’s side that can accept the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) standard ChadeMo connector plug and recharge its battery pack in about 25 minutes.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV drive train employs a rear-wheel AC synchronous permanent magnet motor rated at 49 kiloWatts (66 horsepower equivalent). Top speed is 81 miles per hour at about 6,000 revolutions per minute.
Acceleration in this small car is respectable from an electric motor that can generate 145 lb.-ft. of torque at all speeds. For more specifications, visit the Mitsubishi website at:


On the gear shift console, there are two modes of operation – Drive and Eco for more range efficiency. Use Drive to accelerate on the on ramp up to freeway speeds but switch to Eco mode once you are freeway cruising speed. Regenerative braking can be switched in manually by dropping the gear shift into “B” to manually control the duration of regen as well as assist the mechanical braking system in slowing down the vehicle.

The front seat driving experience is comfortable and quiet. The rear seat locations make adult leg room a little tight, although the seats are capable of reclining backwards about 30 degrees. The rear seats can also be folded down to increase the size of the rear storage area.

The touch screen display console adds lots of information and navigation features, including a backup camera with ranging indicators.

Retail price currently starts at about $32,500 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, bringing total cost to about $25,000

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is manufactured in Normal, Indiana and was highlighted in commercials this year that emphasized that the electric vehicles are the “new Normal”. Mitsubishi has installed many EVSE stations throughout the city of Normal to make access to electric fuel as easy as possible.

To test drive an Mitsubishis i-MiEV at the Valley Auto Mall in southern Nevada, visit:

Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson
260 North Gibson Road
Henderson, Nevada 89014-6700
Tel: (702) 567-8000
Website: www.courtesyimports.com
Contact: Chris Rashbaum, Internet Manager

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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Venetian and Palazzo EVSE Stations

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The Las Vegas Sands Corporation has installed electric vehicle supply equipment on its properties in Las Vegas and has offered free electrons to electric vehicle drivers who visit their resorts.

The company first installed three Tesla Motors high-power charging stations within the valet parking garage of the Palazzo Las Vegas resort. These can recharge the Tesla Motors Roadster and the new 2012 Model S.

Tesla Motors high-power charging stations at the Palazzo Las Vegas resort valet parking garage.

Tesla Motors high-power electric vehicle supply equipment

During August 2012, the Venetian Las Vegas resort added two SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE to its facility. The two GE Durastations are located on the sixth floor of the self-parking garage near the elevators. They can be used to recharge the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Fisker Karma, Mitusbishi i-MiEV, Toyota PHV, Toyota RAV4 Electric, Ford Focus EV, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, or any other eletric vehicle that uses this automotive industry standard connector set.

Sixth floor location of EVSE at Venetian resort near elevators

Plugging in at the Venetian Las Vegas

Visitors can browse the Grand Canal Shoppes while they are waiting for their electric car’s battery pack to recharge.

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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MGM Resorts International Las Vegas EVSE Sites

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Over 35 million people visit the Las Vegas region every year to partake in business conventions, entertainment, fine dining, gaming, and other tourist activities. Some of those visitors from nearby California and Arizona will be driving electric cars.

Several of the resorts in the Nevada gaming industry have been out in front to meet the needs of these clients as well as help build up local infrastructure by proving electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at no cost to visitors on their properties.

Partnerships between the gaming industry, local government agencies, electric car dealerships, and energy provider NV Energy have resulted in good coverage of the Las Vegas Valley region with EVSE infrastructure, as seen on the Google locator map below. The main traffic corridors of Las Vegas Blvd. on “The Strip” and Main Street in the downtown area are populated with many public EVSE sites from the Shoppes at Mandalay Place to the North Las Vegas City Hall parking lot.

As part of this blog, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator would like to profile the different EVSE installed by its participating task force members

One EVSE provider from the business community is MGM Resorts International, who led the way to establish recharging sites on three of its properties in the summer of 2011. All of the electric vehicle supply equipment meets standard SAE J1772 Level 2 specifications. These locations include the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, Crystals in the CityCenter complex, and a corporate office on Frank Sinatra Blvd.

1. The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
Address: 3930 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119

The valet parking garage for the Shoppes at Mandalay Place is located midway between the Mandalay Bay and Luxor resorts. There are two SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE at this site as well as a 110 VAC outlet rated at 15 Amps, that can provide Level 1 recharging or be used for any non-standard electric vehicle port.

2. Crystals Boutique Shops at CityCenter
Address: 3720 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119

3. MGM Mirage Design Group
Address: 4802 Frank Sinatra Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89158

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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Fisker Automotive Turning the Corner?

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During August 2012, Fisker Automotive made another management change to bring in an experienced leader to help with production problems that have slowed the ramp up of the plug-in Fisker Karma model.   The company has also been in the midst of  plans to introduce next-generation models like the mid-price Atlantic sedan, the crossover Surf, and a convertible Sunset sports car.  The company must bring these vehicles online while also starting up production within a new factory in Delaware to replace its current production line overseas in Finland.

“New isn’t easy”, said co-founder and original CEO Henrik Fisker during a recent video at a TEDx Conference, staged at Chapman University:  http://www.tedxchapmanu.com/talks/

The Karma has initially sold well by generating $100 million in revenues during the first four months of 2012 at a price tag of $103,000 to $120,000 each.   The Karma includes powerful performance from two rear-wheel drive electric motors that provide a whopping 981 lb.-ft of combined torque that can accelerate this sleek and heavier vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds. The plug-in electric car can travel 40 miles in electric-only mode before a backup gasoline generator turns on automatically to continue generating electricity for the battery pack and electric motor.  Total range is 300 miles before one or both of the fuel sources need to be replenished.  A paddle shifter on the steering wheel allows the driver to toggle between “Sport” and “Eco” modes to choose between performance or optimum range.  The ride is low to the ground but with lots of viewing area and a nice long profile.  Extra large wheels give the Karma a powerful look as well as adding speed.

However, the Karma’s rollout had been hampered by problems with the lithium-ion battery pack from A123Systems, as well as a coolant hose clamp problem.  These issues required two recalls for modifications.  Ongoing software glitches with the car’s operating system have also required several new versions and upgrades to customer cars by local dealerships.   A recent fire involving a customer’s Fisker Karma also is undergoing investigation.  To top it off, the slow progress and failure to ramp up the follow-up Fisker Atlantic model, along with its proposed Delaware production facility, have frozen U.S. government loan money that was conditional upon meeting production and performance objectives.

To resolve these issues, Fisker’s financial backers have stepped up to fill the money gap and make personnel changes.  Ray Lane, managing partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers has been the primary financier for early rounds of funding towards this “green” automotive venture.  He is continuing to raise $300 million from investors to finance another round that would continue the growth of Fisker Automotive and its Delaware facility.

Lane also hired Tony Posawatz, the former executive line manager for the GM Chevrolet Volt, to join the company in August as CEO, replacing Tom Lasorda.  Posawatz has first-hand experience with similar issues involving the Fisker Karma electric vehicle extended range (EVer) technology.  Posawatz enjoyed a thirty-year career at GM, working as a lead engineer on the early EV1 electric car.  He then shepherded the plug-in Chevy Volt from concept car through all stages of manufacturing, marketing and distribution while being promoted to product line executive manager for the Volt at GM.  The Chevy Volt also uses a gasoline generator to provide backup range to its electric motor propulsion range.  The extended range electric vehicle technology of the GM Chevy Volt has been named Voltec, instead of EVer.

The Volt also went through its share of glitches and bad publicity related to the macro-economic need for government intervention to save the company, earlier mismanagement of the GM EV1 electric car during the 1990s, and its status as a “political football” during the GOP presidential primary season, blamed in part on a fire at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) warehouse two weeks after crash testing.  After an early recall to reinforce the vehicle’s battery pack compartment, GM and the Chevrolet Volt have since put up respectable sales numbers during 2012.  The plug-in Chevy Volt still has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA after the recall modification was completed.

Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors has also struggled with similar problems while rolling out its two-seat electric Roadster and next generation all-electric Model S.  Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk used much of his own money along with the funds of fellow investors while painfully battling supply and design problems that occurred with the early Roadster.  Like the Fisker Karma, much of the vehicle was originally built on a Lotus factory production line in Europe and then shipped to a U.S. service facility in California for final integration of the electric drive train.  The rollout of the next-generation Model S along with its  factory in Fremont, California have also been met with delays and financial setbacks in meeting the deadlines and requirements for a U.S. government loan.  Reminders of one previous government loan failure is just down the road on Highway 880 where an empty Solyndra factory building is still awaiting a new occupant.

However, the recent release of the Model S in June 2012 has been met with good performance reviews from automotive writers, as did the Chevy Volt when it was first released and voted Motor Trend Car of the Year during 2010.

Ray Lane and Tony Posawatz are determined to see that the sexy designs of the Fisker Karma, the mid-price Atlantic with its second generation drive train, the crossover Surf and a convertible Sunset sports car all continue to achieve good performance and glowing reviews while Fisker Automotive strives to compete in the worldwide auto industry.

The design of the Karma and its follow-up models are stunning.  Co-founder Henrik Fisker is a wonderful artist,  dedicated to bringing back style and “Eco-chic” to the automotive industry.

Let’s hope that Tony Posawatz’s hands-on experience, combined with Ray Lane’s financial wizardry, and the rest of the Fisker team can shake off the company’s recent glitches while continuing to meet new challenges and turn this difficult corner.

For more information about Fisker Automotive, the Karma and its new upcoming models, visit the company’s website at:  www.fiskerautomotive.com

To test drive a Fisker Karma in southern Nevada, contact Paul Jarrett at the Gaudin Fisker dealership:

7200 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89117   Tel:  (702) 284-7000    Email:: pjarrett@jplv.net

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator


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National Clean Energy Summit 5.0

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On August 7th, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) teamed with John Podesta from the Center for American Progress to host National Clean Energy Summit 5.0, the fifth annual gathering of leaders from government, business, academia, and non-profit organizations to focus on new ways to develop renewable energy within the U.S. as well as the state of Nevada.  The event was staged at the Bellagio Resort.  Speakers included former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff, MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, Tesla Motors Chairman and CEO Elon Musk, FedEx Chairman Frederick Smith, American Filmmaker Chris Paine, and UNLV President Neil Smatresk.

The event also included an interesting exhibit hall with three plug-in electric vehicles on display: a plug-in Toyota Prius PHV with a Leviton SAE Level 2 EVSE station, a Tesla Motors Model S, and a Volkswagen e-Golf.

Toyota Prius PHV

Plug-in Toyota Prius PHV with Leviton EVSE

Tesla Motors Model S

Tesla Motors Model S

Tesla Motors has developed its own proprietary electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)  that allow the car to be charged from AC or DC electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) power sources.

Tesla Model S EVSE charging port

Because the Tesla Motors Model S can use an 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack for a 300-mile range, it would take many times longer to recharge that vehicle compared to the 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack of a Nissan Leaf.  Tesla Motors engineers decided to create their own high power recharging technology.  However, their EVSE cable also uses several adaptors to accommodate automotive industry standard SAE J1772 Level 1 and Level 2 EVSE equipment that can be used in addition to the company’s proprietary charging equipment.

Tesla Motors EVSE and adaptors

On the input side of the cable assembly, NEMA standard plugs for both 120 VAC and 240 VAC are available.   The NEMA 14-50 adaptor is suitable for most KOA campgrounds that have 240 VAC/50 Amp EVSE at campground sites that are also used by recreational vehicles.

If a Tesla Model S owner would like to recharge the car’s batteries off the more ubiquitous SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE in the public domain as well assome  private residential dwellings,  there is also an adapter that meets the standard SAE J1772-2009 specifications for AC Level 1 and Level 2 power ranges, including extra data pins for the “pilot” and “proximity” signals required.

Tesla Motors EVSE adaptor for SAE AC Level 1 and Level 2 connectors

Tesla Motors EVSE adaptor for SAE AC Level 1 and Level 2 (back end)

The back end of the adaptor plugs into the existing Tesla Motors Model S recharging port shown above.  The front end of the adaptor provides a female socket that can now mate with the standard SAE J1772 male plug that is available from the SAE J1772 EVSE.

Tesla Motors is planning to release specifications for its “Supercharger” technology in the near future that can recharge an 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack for the Model S in just 45 minutes.

Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf all-electric car with range of 93 miles.

Volkswagen was also displaying its first entry into the plug-in electric car market with a battery-powered Golf that is scheduled for production during the 2014 model year.  40 test cars have been built and are being evalutated by Volkswagen employees as their daily drivers.

Volkswagen e-Golf electric car with GE Wattstation EVSE

The Volkswagen e-Golf has a range of about 93 miles before its 26.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack needs to be recharged.  It will compete against the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, GM Spark, Fiat 500 EV, KIA Ray, and CODA sedan within the battery-powered EV market by 2014.


Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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Bob Lutz, the Chevy Volt and VIA Motors VTRUX

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Bob Lutz was profiled in the documentary, “Revenge of the Electric Car”, as Mr. Detroit.  The storied automotive career of this former Marine pilot includes high-level achievements and executive positions at all the major U.S. manufacturers.  During the 1960s and early 1970s, he worked for GM Europe before switching to BMW where he worked on the 3-series model cars.  After three years, he joined Ford Motor Company as a vice-president, where he initiated development of the Ford Explorer.  As President of Chrysler in 1988, he worked with his automotive designers to develop the Dodge Viper, an updated version of the Shelby Cobra.  While at Chrysler, he also became President and Chief of Operations, managing all the company’s car and truck sales  and manufacturing facilities worldwide.

From 1998 to 2002, he served as CEO of Exide Technologies, the world’s largest manufacturer of lead-acid batteries.  This interesting YouTube video showcases his insight into how automation can be used to bring down the cost of battery production at:


During 2001, he was tapped by GM CEO Rick Wagoner to help the struggling company by assuming a position as Vice Chairman of Global Product Development.  His responsibilites were to revamp the design of GM vehicles to become more competitive in the consumer marketplace.  He attempted to do this by giving back more decision-making power to the design engineers in the company, rather than the manufacturing and process engineers, who were more concerned about number of units than styling or design.  The changes in this production strategy were realized during the unveiling of 2010 models of the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Equinox, Cadillac SRX, and the Chevy Volt.

Although a skeptic about climate change and global warming, Lutz was quoted in 2008 as saying that “the electrification of the automotive industry is inevitable”.  He saw production of the Chevy Volt as a means to bring back the technology innovations of the GM EV1 to compete with the success of Toyota’s hybrid Prius models that were based on that company’s Synergy parallel gasoline-electric power train.  By bringing back plug-in battery recharging technology, the Volt’s extended range electric vehicle power train can drive the wheels of the car through its electric motor almost all the time.  The onboard gasoline engine is used primarily as a generator to make electricity once the 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack becomes discharged after traveling about 40 miles.  The generator continues to supply the battery pack for another 240 miles.  This feature was intended to solve some of the range anxiety that new car buyers felt about electric vehicle platforms like the earlier EV1.

After helping guide GM through bankruptcy protection and reorganization, Lutz retired from the company in 2009.

VIA Motors

Bob Lutz is now working with a start-up company called VIA Motors that is scaling up the Chevy Volt extended range electric vehicle (E-REV) technology to drive larger pickup trucks and vans.  The VTRUX models use a larger 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack as well as larger drive train components:  http://www.viamotors.com/powertrain/

VTRUX Battery Pack Also Functions as Auxiliary Power Source

VIA Motors VTRUX SAE J1772 AC recharging port and AC outlets for operating power tools and appliances off battery pack and inverter at remote locations where there is no electricity.

A side panel port at the rear passenger side of  the truck or van has a standard SAE J1772 port to recharge its battery pack but it also includes two standard NEMA AC electrical outlets that can be used to operate power tools at remote construction sites where there are no available sources of electricity.  These outlets can also provide backup power for home appliances or for other instruments used by emergency rescue vehicles.

A video from a visit by Bob Lutz with the VIA Motors VTRUX  to “Jay  Leno’s Garage” is available from YouTube at:


More information about VIA Motors can be found at the company’s website at:  www.viamotors.com


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Upcoming NEVA EVents

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NEVA will be helping stage or participate in several public events related to electric vehicles and infrastructure over the next few months.  Here is a look at the calendar for August and September.


August 6th — REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR documentary screening at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Science and Technology Building Auditorium.  An electric car display is planned from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  Screening of the documentary will commence at 7:30 PM, followed by a question and answer session with documentary director Chris Paine.

August 7th — National Clean Energy Summit 5.0  This is the fifth consecutive year that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has teamed with John Podesta from the Center for American Progress to stage a national summit to discuss renewable energy, business development and public policy.  This year’s gathering of speakers at the Bellagio Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip includes former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff, Tesla Motors Chairman and CEO Elon Musk, FedEx CEO Frederick Smith, MGM Mirage International CEO Jim Murren, and UNLV President Neil Smatresk.

August 15th — Statewide NEVA webinar conference from 8 AM to 9 AM.  This bi-monthly web conference allows all NEVA participants an opportunity to gather together on one conference call and find out the latest electric vehicle and electric vehicle supply equipment infrastructure news within the state of Nevada.  At least one guest speaker is usually invited to present to this group.  This month it will be Ford Motor Company representatives with the latest information about their EV product lines.



September 23rd — National Plug-in Day is a joint effort by the Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association and Plug-in America to stage a nationwide event in fifty cities that will introduce new drivers to electric cars.  The state of Nevada will host two of these gatherings, one in Las Vegas and one in Reno.  Visitors to each event will be encouraged to ride in or drive some of the newest electric cars available from local dealerships as well as learn about plug-in electric vehicle supply equipment and EV infrastructure development within the state.

For more information, visit the event website at:  http://www.pluginday.org


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Welcome to NEVA and “Revenge of the Electric Car”

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Welcome to the new website and blog page of the Nevada Electric Vehicle Acccelerator, a non-profit task force founded in February 2011 to promote the use of electric vehicles and infrastructure within the state of Nevada.

“Revenge of the Electric Car” director Chris Paine talks with NEVA members Travis Johnson and Stan Hanel

On August 6th, NEVA participated in an electric car rally on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, to help support a local screening of the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car.

Director Chris Paine attended the event to answer questions and meet the local electric vehicle community.  On the following day, Paine spoke during the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 at the Bellagio Hotel along with Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors, who was also featured in the documentary.

The “Revenge of the Electric Car” profiled four men, including Elon Musk as he attempted to make Tesla Motors into a credible automotive manufacturer by producing over 2,000 electric Roadster sports cars that were capable of both performance and range.  The battery pack in the Roadster allowed the two-seat sports car to travel a distance of 240 miles before it needed to be recharged.  The electric motor power train was also capable of quick acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds.

Musk and his team not only succeeded in bringing the Roadster to market, but by this year have also begun producing a follow-up Model S.  This new electric car has been designed to be one of the best performing automobiles in the world, at a lower cost than the Roadster and with a longer range of 300 miles.

The aluminum Model S rolling chassis is one of the main ingredients to a cost-effective design platform that is also easy to assemble by robots at the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California.

The electric motor, gearbox and electronics controller/inverter are all neatly integrated between the rear two wheels of the Model S, allowing plenty of room for storage and passenger space inside the body of the vehicle.

The relative simplicity of the vehicle design makes it easier to produce more of the its parts within the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California. Like Henry Ford before him, Musk and Tesla Motors have taken a hard look at factory automation and decided to employ even more advanced robotics technology on the factory floor.

Production targets are to make 5,000 units of the Model S by the end of 2012 and 20,000 vehicles each year after. The company needs to produce and sell 8,000 vehicles to break even on its first production rollout.

In 2014, Tesla Motors plans to produce the Model X crossover SUV, based on the same rolling chassis as the Model S. Elon Musk presented this new vehicle and his vision for the company during a February 2012 unveiling.

The Model X will add “falcon wing” vertical doors to the rear of the vehicle while also adding a second electric motor between the front wheels to give the Model X all-wheel drive. Model X acceleration in this crossover SUV is 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, faster than most sports cars.

During National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, American filmaker Chris Paine introduced Elon Musk to the audience.  An archived video of Musk’s 15-minute presentation can be found at: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1206539/events/1034074/videos/2562327

During his speech, he talked about the importance of the next six months to Tesla Motors in ramping up its production and becoming a profitable company with a strong gross margin on Model S sales.  If Tesla Motors can make money selling and producing both the Model S and Model X at 20,000 units a year each, this should lead the way to the company being able to realize its third generation of electric vehicles, priced at about $30,000 and produced in volumes of about 200,000 per year.  Successful achievements of these goals would grow production by another factor of 10 in about five years.

During November 2012, Tesla Motors received a unanimous vote of approval by Motor Trend editors, who awarded the Model S as “Car of the Year” for 2013:

For more information about Tesla Motors, visit the company’s website at:  www.teslamotors.com

Posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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