Can Tesla’s Semi Truck Be Profitable?

Seeking Alpha just published my article “Can Tesla’s Semi Truck Be Profitable?“. I look at the surprisingly low price of Tesla’s truck and break down what it would take to make the truck profitable. Also look at how Tesla can provide “MegaCharging” for only 7c/kWh guaranteed. I’m expecting the usual litany of comments calling me…

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Adding Electric Vehicles Into the Oil Consumption Equation

In my last two posts on the subject, I looked at the US light duty vehicle fleet and oil consumption followed by projections of oil consumption going forward based on extrapolating the past. This time I’m going to add electric cars to the equation to determine their impact. For this calculation, I’ll assume that a…

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Peak Oil in the US: Light Duty Vehicle Consumption

I often see discussions, calculations, estimates etc. of when we will reach peak oil. Originally peak oil was related to when we will run out of oil, i.e. when production will not keep up with consumption. Currently, however, it seems that we will reach peak demand first. Estimates for global peak oil demand vary wildly…

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Infrastructure For EV’s Part 2: The Future Grid

In Part 1, I covered what would happen if 10% of the cars on the road became electric overnight. In Part 2 I look at the the technology used to solve the problem – storage. However, before we get into storage, lets look at some grid basics: Different Types Of Power In extremely oversimplified terms,…

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How Much Infrastructure Is Required For EVs?

Every time I post an article on Seeking Alpha about the growth of electric vehicles, I get a bunch of posts from naysayers that it will require major upgrades to the grid. However, none of that is likely true. There probably needs to be little to no change in infrastructure and here’s a look at…

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Double The Solar = Net Zero House

We more than doubled the size of our solar power system in December and the new system got connected to the grid a few weeks ago. The new system consists of 29 325 Watt (9425 W total) Solarworld Bisun panels with SolarEdge optimizers connected to a 10kW SolarEdge inverter. This increases the total size of our…

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2016 Full Year Solar Production

Happy New Year! In 2016, my solar system produced 8328 kWh. The cumulative total so far is 23948 kWh. Visit my solar production tracker page for more details. Since it takes about 1 lb of coal or 10 cu ft of natural gas per kWh of power, so far my production has offset nearly 24,000 lb…

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My Articles at Seeking Alpha in the Last Month

Over Thanksgiving weekend I was busy writing articles at Seeking Alpha and submitted three of them. I missed being called names and arguing with random folks online. Here are some highlights: State Of The Top 4 Solar Module Makers Attack Of The Tesla Killers? Hats off to the editor that came up with that title…

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