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  • 2014 BMW i3 cars in Los Altos, California, June 2014 [photo: Anton Wahlman]

    Fans of Tesla Motors, its CEO Elon Musk, and the Tesla Model S electric car are some of the most ... errrrmmmm ... dedicated advocates for the company and its products that you'll find. And loud, well-known stock commentator Jim Cramer learned that, apparently to his dismay, when he recently ran afoul of those same Tesla supporters. It all started when he distributed a photo of 2014 BMW i3 electric cars that had been posted to Facebook on June 8 by Silicon Valley electric-car commentator Anton Wahlman. DON'T MISS: RHD Tesla Model S Electric Cars Delivered To First U.K. Buyers "Outside the...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit
    Palo Alto's Electric-Car Evangelist: Sven Thesen

    Electric car enthusiasts are a passionate bunch. We've seen as much from reading the comments on Green Car Reports articles, and suspect more than a few of our readers have helped change the opinions of friends, family and co-workers on electric cars. Maybe they've even tested or bought one as a...

  • Abandoned Nissan Leaf electric car in Palo Alto, California, Oct 2013
    SOLVED! Electric-Car Mystery: Doorless, Abandoned Nissan Leaf In Palo Alto

    Most people in the U.S. have probably never seen a Nissan Leaf electric car. But Silicon Valley is different--it's crammed with plug-in electric cars, especially Teslas--and now it's got its own electric-car mystery. As longtime reader Anton Wahlman points out, a blue 2012 Nissan Leaf has now been...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott
    Palo Alto To Require Electric-Car Charger Wiring In New Homes

    With most electric-car charging today taking place in the garages of private homes, installing a home charging station can pose a hurdle to potential buyers. Now Palo Alto, California--the city in the center of Silicon Valley--is moving to make it easier for homeowners who want to switch to an...

  • ChargePoint electric-car charging station at Nest Labs, Palo Alto, CA
    Nest: Where One Electric-Car Charger Grew To Three

    While we're nearing 100,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads, they're not evenly distributed--and the largest group of them is in California. This has led to occasional congestion at charging stations, and now it turns out that happens at workplaces too. Venture-funded startup Nest Labs, a media...

  • Electric-Car Charging Stations Pop Up All Over, Hotels Included

    While AllCarsElectric posts are regularly written from at least three countries, occasionally we get to cover electric-car events in our own back yard--specifically, Palo Alto, California. On Friday, we attended a ceremony to inaugurate the first electric-car charger installed at any hotel in very...

  • Tesla Model S workshop - wiring is installed in VIN # 13, a crash-test vehicle

    Some of the loudest of the skepticism over Tesla's plans to design and build an all-electric luxury sports sedan have died down after the company showed an all-aluminum body-in-white at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Even Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda checked it out. Tesla is continuing its campaign to convince the global automotive world that it's a real and viable carmaker, rather than simply a group of Silicon Valley electronics geeks who've managed to have another carmaker build 1,500 copies of an expensive all-electric two-seat supercar. Toward that end, this week Tesla released several...

  • Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California
    Touring Tesla: Electric Car Startup Struts Its Green Stuff

    It's debatable whether Tesla Motors should even be called a startup. It's five years old, it has almost 1,400 cars on the road, and it has 700 people working for it globally. Yesterday, in a bid to reinforce its credentials as a real automaker--the kind that can design, engineer, test, and build a...

  • Martin Eberhard
    Tesla Founder Eberhard Leading VW Efforts in Silicon Valley

    Many global automakers have research outposts in Silicon Valley. BMW's is one floor of an unremarkable office building in downtown Palo Alto, while Volkswagen's much larger Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) occupies a whole building in an office park nestled in the foothills above Stanford...

  • Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
    Volkswagen Forms Research Alliance To Help Spur EV Development

    When it comes to electric vehicle (EV) development, even auto giants like Toyota and Daimler are partnering up with smaller specialist firms--in this case Tesla--to benefit from technology sharing and other synergies in their quest to become leaders in the field. So it should come as no surprise...

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