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Tesla’s Busiest Superchargers Get Interesting

Tesla's Busiest Superchargers Get Interesting

The Tesla electric car charging station in the Star Casino parking lot at Pyrmont on April 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  The Pyrmont Booster Station is currently the only stand-alone station in Australia.  It will soon be joined by the recently approved Goulburn Booster Station.

Australian Tesla drivers say Tesla is stopping them from filling up to superchargers. All this and more in The morning shift for March 28, 2022.

1st gear: Not Tesla admitting regulations might be good

Tesla appears to regulate the amount drivers are allowed to top up at some of the company’s busiest boost stations, such as The conduit reports from Australia:

Tesla drivers charging on the electric vehicle maker’s network of superchargers report that their battery charging limits have been set at 80% at some sites it says are in high demand.

Several Tesla owners – including this writer – received a message that Tesla had automatically limited their charging limit in recent days when connecting to superchargers, including Broadway in Sydney, Pacific Fair in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast and Knockrow in the North. NSW Rivers Region.

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A number of Tesla owners commenting on the official Tesla Owners Club page on Facebook noted that this is the first time they’ve seen the charging limitations post, and that’s an indication of the increasing number of Tesla electric vehicles on the road.

“I actually needed to charge more because tomorrow morning I’m taking the SYD-QLD route,” said a Tesla owner who needed to charge before a road trip, noting that the setting can be overridden if needed. .

I find it generally funny in the face of Elon spouting libertarian Silicon Valley talking points every five minutes, babbling about free speech on Twitter and putting its workers at risk by defying safety rules in California.

If you found your Tesla strangled here in the US, please contact advice at jalopnik dot com.

2nd gear: Now Mercedes is complaining about the costs of electric vehicles

First Stellantisnow Mercedes is complaining about the high cost of making electric cars because Reuters reports of this Financial Times article which exceeded our paywall:

General Manager of Daimler Truck (DTGGe.DE) said the costs of electric trucks would ‘always be higher’ than those using combustion engines, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine added to rising material costs raw.

Daimler is certainly free to continue making gas trucks and see how expensive it is for everyone involved.

3rd Gear: Which comes first: cheap EVs or an end to EV subsidies?

If you look on a decade-by-decade scale rather than year-by-year, electric cars have become remarkably affordable. (I always like to point out Mercedes was trying to sell an electric sports car for $435,000 in 2014.) Generally, we tend to lower the cost per vehicle as production volume increases, but the cost of the minerals we mine to make electric vehicles increases as do the production numbers.

In a new article on rising EV prices in China, Bloomberg inadvertently raises a question: Which comes first: cheap, mainstream EVs or an end to government subsidies for EVs? ? It appears to be the wrong one, if China is to be believed:

Many automakers are asking for more money to cover the higher cost of raw materials. Tesla, BYD, Xpeng and Li Auto are just some who raised the prices in March.

Tesla’s Model Y Performance is now priced at 417,900 yuan ($65,600) after two price increases in less than a week totaling 30,000 yuan. Some of Xpeng’s cars cost up to 20,000 yuan more today. And a BYD model will set you back an additional 6,000 yuan, after a 7,000 yuan increase in January.

Among the biggest holdouts is Nio, who said last week that he will not raise prices short term.

Let’s not forget that China has been offering subsidies since 2009 as a carrot for those who want to become early adopters. It certainly worked. Last year, around 3 million new energy vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, were sold. It’s planned to get up to 5.7 million units this year, according to BloombergNEF.

But here’s the catch: Subsidies have already been reduced by 30% this year and will disappear by the end of 2022.

The funny thing is that the situation for cheap electric vehicles in China is much, much, much better than what we have in the United States. GM is selling a really affordable and desirable electric car there. Here we look like Car Bibles’ Kevin Williams replaces his MiEV battery in his driveway.

4th Gear: Here’s Yet Another Article Crying That Bolivia Isn’t Sending More Gas

The Bolivian government has been quite progressive in using its fossil fuels for the benefit of its own people, or however you want to frame a position of nationalizing gas resources. There was a remarkably suspicious coup, and following its overthrow there was a fairly steady stream of high society articles coveting Bolivia’s sweet, sweet gas. here is Bloomberg writing about Argentina’s potential fuel crisis not having sucked enough natural gas from its shale:

“Winter is going to be difficult for fuel supply with access to hard currency in Argentina,” said Agustin Gerez, head of state-owned energy company Ieasa, which organizes the country’s LNG tenders, in a statement. interview. It feeds the hope of a mild winter which would curb demand.

Much of the nation’s predicament was long in the making. A chronically poor business climate has failed to attract enough spending to its Vaca Muerta shale play and has delayed construction of the pipelines needed to bring gas from the remote Patagonia region to industrial hubs and hubs. urban. Instead of becoming the shale powerhouse it hoped to be, Argentina has become a major importer of LNG, mostly in the volatile global spot market, with the United States and Qatar as major suppliers, data shows. shipping information compiled by Bloomberg.

Sure, but how can you also blame Bolivia’s nationalization of its natural resource extraction?

To make matters worse, negotiations to bring more gas from neighboring Bolivia via pipeline have failed, and Argentina also faces competition for those supplies, with Brazil taking the lion’s share. Argentina signed a 20-year gas deal with Bolivia in 2006, even before Vaca Muerta was on the radar, but volumes and prices are regularly renegotiated and the two countries have been in talks for months over supplies for the coming winter.

Argentina currently imports 7.5 million cubic meters per day from Bolivia, but needs about twice that during the cold period from May to September. It’s unclear whether a deal of this magnitude can be reached as supplies from Bolivia dwindle, said Alvaro Rios, a former Bolivian oil and gas minister who now heads consultancy Gas Energy Latin America. Bolivian production has fallen by 17% over the past four years as investment there has slowed following the nationalization of gas fields.

Let’s go ! Thanks Bloomberg.

5th Gear: A great story Imagining oil towns turned into ghost towns

In our multi-part history of gasoline in this country, we discussed how the fledgling oil industry absolutely ransacked Pennsylvania in the most thorough and complete way possible. The PA’s oil history is one of constant oil spills and deliberate destruction of human and natural life. That is to say, the entire continuing history of the oil industry that continues to be written was entirely planned, presaged, pre-written, written in Pennsylvania.

It is in this spirit that I appreciate this Bloomberg article I wonder if the oil town of Texas and elsewhere could end up becoming ghost towns:

For America’s small oil communities, finding the right time can mean the difference between losing the last big boom and turning into a ghost town. At stake is not just hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States, but also more than $138 billion generated annually in local, state, tribal, and federal tax revenues.

Morse Haynes, 63, directs economic development in Andrews, Texas. Having spent his entire life in or around the Permian Basin, Haynes knows what the industry means to his town of nearly 15,000 people, and he’s not ready to move on.

“A big part of our community, it’s just who we are. All of these companies, they’re here because of the oil field,” Haynes said. “We still think fossil fuels will be around for a while.”

The whole thing is fun reading and a reminder that America is really a bunch of different countries that barely hang out together. Does anyone in Texas know anyone who lived in a dry oil town in Pennsylvania? Nobody?

Reverse: It happens first in Pennsylvania

Let’s hope our nuclear future is disaster free!