If you’ve not been to Tesla’s California factory, watch the video above for an impressive look at the production of a Model S from aluminum coils to out the door. It also bolsters those who predict a “jobless” society down the road.
Charged, The Electric Vehicle Magazine, reports the Proterra electric bus (photo below) claims a world record for battery-powered buses by clocking 700 miles in 24 hours over typical commuter and business district routes. Made in Greenville, S.C. The Proterra can be fully re-charged in about 10 minutes through a special charging head that retracts into an overhead unit. One has been in use for more than a year in Pomona, Calif. (As John Matras notes in his March 20 CarBuzzard, the range of battery-powered electric vehicles varies with the ambient temperature).
SEMA’s photo cove in Diamond Bar, Calif. is open and doing business as part of the SEMA Garage-Innovations Center that SEMA VP Mike Spagnola says, “can cut down the entire product development process to six weeks.” An open house planned for Thursday, July 17 will give members a chance to see the remarkable facility in action and learn what it can do for them.
And for those who like car-chase footage, Tony Leopardo sends along a link to a shot-by-shot recapture of the famous Steve McQueen chase in the movie Bullitt: