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Technical Innovations Help Explain Why Tesla Is Succeeding and Fisker Is Failing | MIT Technology Review

Technical Innovations Help Explain Why Tesla Is Succeeding and Fisker Is Failing | MIT Technology Review | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
Tesla’s innovations in batteries give it an edge that Fisker, focused on design, lacks.

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Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors, two startups founded to make battery-powered cars, are both in the news, but for very different reasons.

 

Fisker seemed to think if you designed a beautiful car, people would buy it,” says Brett Smith, codirector for manufacturing, engineering, and technology at the Center for Automotive Research. “The Tesla vehicles are good looking, but Tesla focused more on the technology, not the sheet metal.”

 

A key example is Tesla’s battery technology. “Tesla’s lithium-ion battery pack technology is five to 10 years ahead of competitors when it comes to a passenger electric vehicle application, as measured by performance and cost to manufacture,” says Andrea James, an analyst for Dougherty.

 

“Tesla’s battery lead allows it to produce a better vehicle at more affordable price.”

 

When Tesla was founded, it was based on an idea from J.B. Straubel, now Tesla’s chief technology officer, that commodity lithium-ion batteries designed for portable electronics could be used to make relatively low-cost battery packs for electric vehicles.

 

The advantage of these batteries was supposed to be twofold: the batteries were designed to be safer and, because they were bigger and flat rather than cylindrical, they were simpler to package together into a battery pack.

 

Tesla not only benefits from lower costs for its own cars, it’s also been able to sell its technology to other automakers, providing a boost of revenue that helped it survive in the time between producing its first car, the Roadster, and the current Model S.

 

Unlike the Tesla Model S, which runs only on batteries, the Fisker Karma has both batteries and a gas engine for powering long trips.

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Fiat Bringing Jeep Brand To India In 2013

Fiat Bringing Jeep Brand To India In 2013 | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it

This 2013 Jeeb will be sold by Jeep dealer. It’s service and parts will be also sold by Jeep dealers. It is more stylish, luxurious and offering great riding experience with its world’s class features. The Wrangler and Grand Cherokee both are good looking SUV. http://auto.indiamart.com/autoblog/fiat-bringing-jeep-brand-to-india-in-2013.html ;


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EUROPA - Newsroom - Calendar - CARS 2020: plan d'action pour une industrie automobile compétitive et durable

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fonds d ecran voitures, des voitures en fond d écran

fonds d ecran voitures, des voitures en fond d écran | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
voitures pour fonds d écrans, diverses marques de voitures pour fond d écran, fonds d écran pour ton pc
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Placement: les voitures de collection mieux que l'art et la Bourse | Slate

Placement: les voitures de collection mieux que l'art et la Bourse | Slate | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
Quel est le meilleur investissement depuis plusieurs années, loin devant le marché de l'art, la Bourse et l'immobilier: les voitures de collection. Et pour plusieurs raisons. Tout d'abord, c'est un vrai marché mondial.
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JEU.info le meilleur site de jeux de voiture gratuits

JEU.info le meilleur site de jeux de voiture gratuits | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
Comme moi, viens jouer aux meilleurs jeux de voiture gratuits sur JEU.info !!!
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Vettel : "Nico était imbattable "

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Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) s'est incliné samedi face à la vitesse de Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) en qualification. Mais il n'a pas dit son dernier mot.
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La voiture sans chauffeur de Google : comment ça marche ?

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Google a fait sensation avec son projet de voiture autonome, ou "sans chauffeur", appelée la Google Car. Mais concrètement, comment fonctionne-t-elle ? Sur quelles technologies repose-t-elle ?
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Google driverless car - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Google driverless car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars. The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. Thrun's team at Stanford created the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and its US$2 million prize from the United States Department of Defense.[2] The team developing the system consisted of 15 engineers working for Google, including Chris Urmson, Mike Montemerlo, and Anthony Levandowski who had worked on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges.[3]

The U.S. state of Nevada passed a law on June 29, 2011 permitting the operation of driverless cars in Nevada. Google had been lobbying for driverless car laws.[4][5][6] The Nevada law went into effect on March 1, 2012, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles issued the first license for a self-driven car in May 2012. The license was issued to a Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology.[7] As of April 2012, Florida became the second state to allow the testing of driverless cars on public roads. [8] California became the third state to legalize the use of self-driven cars for testing purposes as of September 2012 when Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law at Google HQ in Mountain View. [9]

The project team has equipped a test fleet of at least ten vehicles, consisting of six Toyota Prius, an Audi TT, and three Lexus RX450h,[10] each accompanied in the driver's seat by one of a dozen drivers with unblemished driving records and in the passenger seat by one of Google's engineers. The car has traversed San Francisco's Lombard Street, famed for its steep hairpin turns and through city traffic. The vehicles have driven over the Golden Gate Bridge and on the Pacific Coast Highway, and have circled Lake Tahoe.[3] The system drives at the speed limit it has stored on its maps and maintains its distance from other vehicles using its system of sensors. The system provides an override that allows a human driver to take control of the car by stepping on the brake or turning the wheel, similar to cruise control systems already found in many cars today.[2][11]

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Don't Blink: Counting Down the World's Fastest Cars: Video

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Honda’s Ito: Chinese Drivers Don’t Want Green Cars

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Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito doesn’t think Chinese consumers are looking for green-tech rides despite the new wave of eco-friendly cars unveiled during the Shanghai auto show.
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Voiture du Futur: Hydrogène : la solution évidente à l’horizon 2050 (et avant)

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Voitures du futur - Xoup's site

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Audi AVATAR Audi Audi RSQ La voiture du film « Retour vers le futur » La voiture du futur de Clever (électrique) Une voiture du futur (…)
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Secteur Automobiles et équipementiers, Cours actions bourse - Les Echos Bourse

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Retrouvez le cours de bourse des valeurs du secteur économique Automobiles et équipementiers sur Les Echos Bourse
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Top 28 des voitures modernes au look délicieusement rétro

Top 28 des voitures modernes au look délicieusement rétro | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
On dirait qu'elles sont vieilles. Et pourtant non. Puisque la mode est un éternel recommencement, les designers automobiles savent aller puiser dans leurs souvenirs et leurs vieux magazines auto (on
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Test Grand Prix 3 / PC

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Grand prix 2 avait déjà fait ses preuves en matière de réalisme, mais Microprose place cette fois la barre encore plus haut avec la suite de la série à succès.
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Les Google Cars sur les routes d'ici 3 à 5 ans

Les Google Cars sur les routes d'ici 3 à 5 ans | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
Depuis quelques années, les Google Cars automatisées parcourent les routes du monde entier. Mais la technologie de Google qui permet à n'importe quel véhicule de se balader sans chauffeur et en tou...
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Latest Formula 1 News - Grandprix.com

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Get the latest Formula 1 news, features, photos, results, history on drivers and teams in our encyclopedia - all on Grandprix.com
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World's fastest electric car, the Detroit Electric SP:01, unveiled in Shanghai

World's fastest electric car, the Detroit Electric SP:01, unveiled in Shanghai | CARS DESIGN COLLECTION | Scoop.it
Gizmag gets its first look at Detroit Electric's SP:01, the world's fastest production electric car.
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