Tesla has been trying to drive down the price of its electric vehicles, but you can only do a lot to make large solar panels affordable. The company's solar energy business has been falling behind in recent quarters, but a new lease program could spark consumer interest. Consumers in more than one state may rent Tesla solar panel configurations for their home for as little as $ 50 a month.
Tesla bought the SolarCity solar panel installer about three years ago, while he was fighting for the top spot in residential solar power. Tesla sold the systems, which can cost more than $ 30,000 in Home Depot stores for several years, but now relies entirely on direct sales similar to its electric vehicles. Unfortunately, the facilities have dropped. Tesla now ranks third in solar energy in the United States, behind SunRun and Vivint Solar, which deployed 103 and 56 megawatts of solar power respectively last quarter. Tesla installed only 29 megawatts.
With the new Tesla rental system, consumers pay only $ 50 a month for solar panels. This is for a "small" 3.8 kWh roof installation that could generate nearly 20 kWh per day in some sunnier states. You can only get the rental option in California (minimum $ 65), Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico. Larger facilities cost up to $ 195 per month (in California).
You're here believes that consumers will save money even with smaller installations, but not much. For example, in Arizona, where the sun is plentiful, consumers can expect to earn between $ 110 and $ 280 a year after deducting rental fees. The cost of electricity is also important. In California, where electricity prices are higher, you could reduce your bills by $ 250 to $ 650 a year.
According to Tesla CEO, Elon MuskWith discounted prices, it's easy for anyone in supported states to get solar panels in just a few clicks. It's like having a "printer of money on your roof," says Musk. However, I admitted that in the long run it was better to buy solar panels. You can not rent a Powerwall battery system with the panels, but you can buy one and have it installed the same day.
Although Tesla does not guarantee that you will save money with rented solar panels, this seems like a safe assumption. The only problem is what happens when you decide not to rent the panels anymore. Tesla will charge $ 1,500 to remove the panels and repair the roof. The company claims to be making no profit on this process, but it could still erase most of the savings from the panels.
Tesla is not supplied with a serial key, although you can buy one at an additional cost. Instead, you have two options: use a RFID card, which unlocks the car by placing it in the part that separates the driver's door from the passenger's one behind, or using the mobile with the application. The card, which has a chip and a copper filament, can be arranged in a somewhat different way to continue to work, and even implant it in your arm.
That's what a software engineer and youtuber called Friend DD, who already had an RFID tag on his arm to open the door of the house or for a cell phone to open his website when scanning. When he booked his 3 Tesla model, he realized that he could do the same with the car. When he received it, he tried to transfer the information on the chip that he already owned, but in the impossibility of doing so, the only solution was to reopen it and to l & # 39; insert.
To do this, he dissolved the card with acetone and inserted it into a biopolymer capsule that he then inserted into his forearm by going to a specialized clinic. Friend DD has uploaded a video of the process, which you can see below. Eye, there is blood from the minute 1:05, because we see how we make the incision with a tube and we introduce the chip.
It is interesting to note that in the video, the chip does not work, but in principle, it should work without problems. The copper antenna is usually needed to read the chip, but as we see in the second 0:22, the antenna has been redesigned to take up less space.
Although it is not visible in the video, the chip works, as it confirmed on Twitter, although the range is much smaller than that of the card: it is only 3 cm, which is enough for Unlock the car without having to reach the body.
The article mentioned that I had not shown the implant working with my car. The area of the arm is inflamed and swollen just after implantation of the chip. My friend is recording my videos and we did not have time to film the implant together with Tesla this week because I am @defcon ! pic.twitter.com/AkcrIwI8DD
– Friend DD @ DEFCON (@amiedoubleD) August 11, 2019
Thanks to that, you will never forget the car key, but thankfully, there are other less "invasive" methods with the human body if we want to carry the car key always above, like a car. RFID ring May we always carry in hand.
The Mini Cooper SE 2020 targets urban performance beyond the exurban beach. And the performance is exceptional. The life of the battery will be better suited to urban / suburban driving than treks on vacation. According to Mr Mini, the SE will travel between 235 and 270 km on the basis of tests conducted in Europe. Some reports say that the EPA range will be as low as € 114,000 per charge, while pricing in the US should start between $ 35,000 and $ 38,000 based on European pricing, although conversions from the euro to dollars can be simplistic.
Some drawbacks relate to the origin of the car: The three-door hatchback body is based on a Mini design dating back to 2014. The powertrain is based on the first-generation BMW i3, which dates back to 2013. Upgraded in both next years, and the electric Mini should follow.
Mini took advantage of the occasion of the Formula E race in Brooklyn to invite a dozen writers and automotive writers to try the new car on the 1.5 mile track. (Once the professionals have finished the race for the day.) Flat driving was not possible on a narrow track. What was clear was how fast the car was accelerating at speeds such as the one you felt when you racked up steam when you entered a freeway ramp or when you turned to a red light that had turned yellow. There is very little inclination even at the 180 degree turn of the track.
More importantly, when you press a console button for maximum regeneration, the resistance provided by the generator charging the battery effectively takes over braking tasks. Driving in a very close wave of five similar Minis, the release of the throttle immediately dramatically slowed my car down for the next turn. It was enough for me to brake the brakes several times on a 15 lap track, usually when the pre-collision warning indicator was flashing on the head-up display. (The PCS warning provides sufficient notice.)
If you have already practiced karting, you feel the same feeling of a pedal: as soon as you release the throttle, you brake. If you do not have kite, it's like being on a riding mower when you lift it. (If you have not been on the mower yet, well, it's exciting for 15 minutes.) For drivers who find that maximum regeneration is disturbing, at least in the beginning, you can operate the switch for a more minimal braking regeneration.
To complement the urban sporting experience, Mini offered night tours during the weekend race. In this case, the cars were driven by professionals of the company, because it was difficult enough to drink at 18 hours without drinking (the FIA race sponsor has a 0 alcohol rule, 0% for all those who go on the track) and impossible to do it. arrive at 22 hours without a cocktail or two.
In Brooklyn and Manhattan, where there were a lot of people, it was an ideal car to move at night, many times, with zero emissions. This is a good car for two, although this two-door has seat belts for five. At 152 inches long (over 12 feet), it's easy to find openings in traffic and then on the sidewalk.
The Mini Cooper SE (American name) / Mini Electric (European name) is a front-drive car with front drive. The 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery forms a T that sits between the front seats and under the rear seats. The electric motor has a nominal power of 135 kW or 181 US and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). This is a graft of the BMW i3 carbon fiber urban vehicle, or Mini, "The drive technology comes from the BMW Group's competence centers for electromobility in Dingolfing and Landshut (Germany). ). " The production is in Oxford, England. .
The battery / engine combination is suitable for 7.3 seconds strokes at 0-100 km / h (0 to 62 mph). It feels particularly strong at 30 mph. The low position of the battery packs lowers the center of gravity of the car by 30 mm (1.2 inches). You will have to work to roll this Mini. It weighs 1,365 kg (3,010 pounds), or 145 kg (320 pounds) more than the Cooper S gasoline engine with automatic transmission. The maximum speed is 93 mph. Charging is possible from a 12-volt outlet, a wall-mounted AC charger or a public charging station, including the 50 kW DC fast charge. At 50 kW, you get 80% charge in 35 minutes.
Electronic components include Apple CarPlay, a 5.5-inch multi-information display in the dashboard, and a 6.5-inch LCD screen forming a large circle at the top center of the stack.
The car is shipped to the United States for a year and a half. But judgments are being formed. Some of the early press reports / analysts say that it would cost a lot of money for a car traveling only 114 km in the United States. (Ed Kim, an analyst at AutoPacific, says it's a good price / performance ratio for the EV 2015). Prices in the United States should be in the mid-thirties for a Mini. This is a bit better value for money at 140-150 miles (European WLPT rating). BMW executives said they did not want to impose a higher price on the Mini Cooper SE. Our US starting price estimate of $ 35,000 to $ 39,000 is a simple conversion of the British price of £ 27,900 or European price of £ 34,400. There will be three cut lines: Signature, Signature Plus and Iconic.
At a press conference held in Brooklyn last weekend, Pieter Note, a member of BMW's board of directors for brand-name sales, was mistreated by his half, who said that A short-range EV was more of an urban than suburban car, yet most urban areas, especially New York City, have a limited number of loading stations. (BMW and Mini have a relationship with the ChargePoint network.) And, according to the writers and editors living in the Big Apple, when you go to a garage that claims to offer charging electric vehicles, it may that he is not the type to work properly. , or there is no free loading space. This is not a BMW-Mini problem, however.
The real problem of BMW Mini lies in the future of Mini: it is primarily a brand of sedans / coupes at a time when SUV dominate. The electrification could boost sales of Mini, which peaked at 66,502 in the US in 2013 and which had led Mini to say that they would sell 100,000 vehicles a year by 2020. Instead, they are only 43,684 last year and could be only 36,000 this year. , based on cumulative sales of less than 18,000 in June. Mini's problems may be one of the reasons why President Harald Krueger chose not to seek an extension of his contract, which will expire next year.
Our interpretation is that the range – say 140 km – is a little disappointing in terms of price. But Mini needed to put an EV on the market. His prototype, released in 2008, was made available to 400 enthusiasts and had a lot of time to digest their comments. (One of them was that they did not like replacing the backseat, which shows how much technology has come in. Now, the back seat is back.) That should have already been. We assume that the Mini Cooper SE will remain in service for 2-3 years, then we will see a significantly improved version using the new BMW-Mini technology. BMW will ship the iX3 – an electric X3 battery – in about a year, with a 300 hp engine and a battery that can travel 250 miles with a charge. The next electric mini will probably use a smaller version of this engine.
Meanwhile, for the price of what the Mini Cooper is likely to cost, you can get Tesla Model 3, Kira Niro EV, Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf Plus with 226 to 258 miles or range. Only the Tesla corresponds to Mini as a perceived luxury brand, which may justify some of the prices. Or for $ 30,000, you could get a 150-mile Nissan Leaf. Mini must rely on the pleasure factor to seduce buyers. Whether: fun and fast.
Tesla has had its ups and downs over the years with exploding cars, autopilot incidents and CEO Elon Musk, who has said and done nonsense on the Internet. But this week has been a big "up" for the electric car manufacturer. Tesla's latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95.200.
Tesla shares rose as expected following the news, gaining 7% after a 35% drop since early 2019, year in which their turnover would have been slower than expected. Tesla took advantage of a full quarter to sell Model 3, its most affordable vehicle, in Europe and China. Model 3 had been launched previously for US buyers in 2018, after taking reservations for years.
Model 3 makes the vast majority of Tesla's record sales, at 77,550 euros. This is a 50% increase over the first quarter of the year. Sales of the more profitable S and X models also increased from 12,100 to 17,650. However, this number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018. This suggests that model 3 is moving some buyers of the most profitable cars. Nevertheless, the increase in sales made up for it.
Tesla also indicates that its production capacity increased by 13% in the second quarter of 2019. Only 7,400 cars were still in transit for buyers, compared to 10,600 at the end of the first quarter.
The increase in sales may be more difficult to maintain in the future. Tesla has cut prices several times in an effort to sell 400,000 cars this year. The automaker is also facing the end of the government's tax breaks for the sale of electric vehicles. The $ 7,500 tax credit dropped to $ 3,750 earlier this year and is now down to $ 1,875. It will disappear completely at the end of this year. The company is also always operating at a loss.
The upcoming launch of the Y model by Tesla may be a good point on the horizon. This vehicle shares the difference between the 3 model and the high-end X model. model X. The model will be launched at the end of 2020 for US customers.
The Tesla Model 3 may well be the company's "economical" offering, but it has some of the company's newest and most advanced features. For example, Model 3 was the first to receive continuous assistance from the autopilot. Today, Tesla unveiled a new accessory for model 3 – a wireless charger for your phone. This is a bit expensive compared to basic wireless desktop chargers, but not as much of similar OEM car accessories.
Model 3 Wireless Charge Kit $ 125, and you can buy it today. Tesla expects it to be shipped in 2-3 weeks. The charger can accommodate two phones and should work with any device compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard.
The prices of wireless chargers have dropped considerably since the adoption of the standard by Apple – you should be able to find a dual coil charger like this for your home office at $ 20-30 maximum. Even the cheapest Tesla is a premium vehicle, so it's no surprise that there is a small premium. Although the price is not compared to a lot of OEM accessories in cars. For example, Honda manufactures a wireless charging kit for some of its vehicles, and this equipment will cost you over $ 200.
The Tesla wireless charger plugs into the center console just below the large touch screen. It comes with two USB cables and a plastic lower lip to snap. The installation should therefore be as simple as plugging in a few cables and inserting them in the available space, but it uses the two integrated USB ports on the dashboard. In contrast, some wireless car charge kits (like the aforementioned Honda option) require partial disassembly of the dashboard for installation.
Unfortunately, Tesla does not provide charging specifications for the device. The basic charge rate Qi is 5W, which is much slower than the wired load. Devices such as the new Pixel 3, new iPhones, and Samsung flagship products support higher wireless charging speeds of between 7.5 and 10W. It's unclear whether Tesla's $ 125 wireless charger supports these faster speeds. The Nomad wireless charger for Model 3 is almost identical to Tesla's, and it offers a fast charge of 7.5 W for iPhones. It's not cheaper, though.