Downloads October 3, 2011+:
On the Road to Detroit’s Big Pileup
A G.M.-Ford merger? That’s how desperate
Detroit’s auto industry was in the summer of 2008, according to “Once Upon a Car,” a new book
by Bill Vlasic.
Tesla Opens Factory, Allows Model S Test Drives.
$420M in advance orders,
(10/3, Waters, Subscription Publication) reports that Tesla Motors unveiled
its mass-produced model S sedan over the weekend from its California factory. Tesla says that it
received more than 6,000 advanced orders for the model S. The company expects to launch
model S sales next year. Tesla plans to increase model S production so it can produce 20,000
vehicles by early 2013. The model S will cost just shy of $70,000 and will have a range of 300
(10/3, McBride) adds that Tesla allowed those with model S preorders to visit its
California factory Saturday evening. During the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked buyers to
rally support for the model S. Those at Saturday's event were allowed a
short test drive of a
Nissan And General Electric Conduct Research On Leaf Batteries.
More & more co-
Detroit Free Press
(10/2, Thompson) reports, "Nissan and General Electric are partnering to
research ways for electric vehicles such as Nissan's Leaf to connect with homes and electric
grids, the companies said Friday." Eventually,
"the research could lead to a way to use the Leaf's
lithium-ion battery as a backup for a home power outage, said Bob Sump, vice president of
Nissan's Farmington Hills engineering center." Also, "the partners are exploring
incorporate the Leaf into GE's Smart Home concept, which uses its Brillion technology to allow
appliances to 'talk' with a system that monitors home energy use."
Dreamliner Cited As First Of Several New Planes.
+10% is good, but still a heavy carbon
Los Angeles Time
(10/2, Hennigan) reported, "A new age in air travel is set to be ushered in
later this month when a 787 Dreamliner operated by All Nippon Airways lifts off from Tokyo to
Hong Kong on its first passenger flight." The article called the plane "a major technological
shift" in plane development for its use of composites. However, more advance planes are in the
work like Airbus' A350. The two companies "are also developing engines for their bestselling
respective jets, the 737 and A320, that would achieve
about a 10% improvement in fuel
efficiency." Meanwhile, other groups are researching planes that are "decades away" from being
Bigelow Aerospace Lays Off Almost Half Its Employees.
(10/1, Berger, Leone, Subscription Publication) reported, "Bigelow Aerospace,
which is developing inflatable space habitats for commercial use, laid off some 40 of its 90
employees Sept. 29, a company official confirmed." Mike Gold, Bigelow Aerospace's director of