Infographic: 8 Reasons Why Electric Vehicles are the Future of Transportation

By Rebecca Hill

Do you spend your evenings scrolling through EV forums, perhaps skipping out the sunsets?

It’s no doubt an exciting time for electric vehicle fans.

After all, news stories and events just keep on getting more exciting, whether they are developments from brands themselves or consumers warming up to electric cars.

To fuel your interests, Auto Loan Solutions has created an infographic that showcases the electric car scene, as well as what’s to come.

“8 Reasons EVs are the Future of Transportation” examines the efforts brands and governments around the world are putting forth to create a sustainable system for EVs.

It’s a sharp contrast to the claims of those who believe in the eventual downfall of electric vehicles. And you’ve most likely seen your fair share of negative comments out there.

For example, skeptics often say a greater fleet of electric cars will have little (if any) impact on our cities and roads.

“They won’t stop air pollution” or “They won’t replace  gasoline cars” many say – the skepticism is never-ending.

But here’s the reality: only 25% of cars now cause 90% of air pollution, and those emissions contribute to chronic illness and premature deaths.

In regards to our oil dependence, several countries are adopting pro-EV initiatives that prove we don’t need gasoline as a crutch (as you’ll read see in the infographic).

Additionally, the electric car revolution has renewed interest for other environmentally-friendly technology.

For example, there’s now a push for more home and public charging stations that use solar panels.

Also, EVs themselves will have components that are more recyclable than their gasoline counterparts.

It goes without saying that electric cars have much more to offer than what critics say. Of course, you that already.

However, it’s always nice to see more evidence of their value, and this infographic provides more proof.

So take a look and see how EVs will further impact your world:

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Here’s How Elon Musk Is Going To Save The World

By Matthew Alvarez

A lot of people wonder when the future’s coming, while others make it.

That’s what Tesla is currently doing, and most everyday folks either don’t know or don’t care about it unfortunately.

A revolution of how we use energy to power our homes and transport ourselves is on the horizon, and the future is very bright.

For over a hundred years, the oil and car manufacturing industries have had smooth sailing, not just dominating their respective fields but also literally controlling how we as a species power the world.

That incredibly strong foundation is however, starting to show small cracks with concepts like climate change earning widespread recognition and evidence that we might be running out of fossil fuels sooner than later. Whether we want it to or not, the methods we use today to extract and use energy has to change, and Tesla is leading the way in widening those cracks.

Let’s start with a bit of context as to why Tesla is more than just your average high end car dealer. The company was founded by Elon Musk (a dude who not only created PayPal, but is currently running SpaceX, SolarCity and Tesla).

Realizing that electric cars could not only be practical, but also eventually affordable, Musk set out to create just that vision.

Tesla’s plan from the beginning was to make the Model 3 (which we’ll get to soon), but they needed capital and trust from the automobile market before, so they made the Roadster, a high end 100% supercar that goes 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.

Then came the Model S, a 4 door electric luxury sedan that goes 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and has the highest safety rating of any vehicle ever, followed by the Model X, an electric luxury SUV. The sales, high praise and recognition from these three EV’s (Electric Vehicles) paved the way for the flagship product that has every tech geek and automobile enthusiast either panicking or cheering for, the Model 3.

The Tesla Model S. Photo Credit: Christopher Dorobek/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

The Tesla Model S. Photo Credit: Christopher Dorobek/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

There’s a reason The Model 3 made over 325,000 preorders with a $1000 deposit within days of its announcement.

Without any significant advertising the company has captured the world’s attention with its grassroots origins and completely unique business operation.

Tesla built their cars from scratch, reworking the idea of what makes a car, all with the goal of making the Model 3.

It starts at $35,000, goes from 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds, has a 5 star safety rating in all categories, can drive up to 215 miles on a single charge, and has autopilot. Oh and that’s just the basic version of it, Tesla is known to continuously update their vehicles, beefing up both software and hardware.

Alright cool, all that has somehow failed to impress you, so why should you care?

Because that package comes in the same price range as a Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes CLA, and Lexus IS (without Tax incentives). The Model 3 won’t just be competing with high end luxury vehicles like its predecessors, but will now enter the market of middle class affordable vehicles, which is the most important market to tap if they want to reach their goal of selling 500,000 Model 3’s.

The Model 3 is offering quality on par with luxury brands while staying just above current competitor EV prices. Tesla already proved you don’t need to sacrifice the commodities of a gas powered sports car for an electric engine, so if they keep up their end of the deal with the Model 3 they’ll prove that you can get more out of an electric powered car than whatever you’re driving right now.

To accomplish this very, very ambitious goal, Tesla started building their own battery production plant, a lithium ion battery Gigafactory, which will also happen to be the second largest building in the world volume wise.


The Tesla headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Photo Credit: Windell Oskay/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Other than needing their own supply of mass produced car batteries, Tesla built this plant with another end goal in mind: Driving up the global supply of lithium ion batteries while cutting down production costs by getting rid of the middlemen, which in turn lowers prices of the battery by a projected 30%.

This is crucial for Tesla if they want to produce the Model 3s both in time and for a profit. Once production begins sometime in 2017, the Gigafactory will aim to double the world’s production of these batteries by 2020 when it becomes fully operational. To account for the lack of infrastructure to supplement long range travels with an EV, Tesla is building hundreds of charging stations worldwide along highways and major cities, called Superchargers, giving incentives for people who like to take long distance trips.

Of course all these magical accomplishments haven’t come without massive struggles. Tesla’s stocks have zig-zagged since its inception, and they almost went completely bankrupt in 2008.

They have pushed back every deadline they have ever set, and every new venture they take still has incredible risk to fail. Even with their impressive growth, their projected and current numbers only make a small dent in the auto industry compared to other EV’s (even if those other cars are of inferior quality).

There are endless reports on the obstacles Tesla has ahead of itself, which include likely deadlines pushes, lack of resources, long term failure to lower costs, and ultimately the demand for their vehicles outside of tech-savvy wealthy liberals (frankly). It’s important to understand all these upcoming challenges are valid and apparent, even if Tesla is currently addressing them.

What has seemed to be ignored by a lot of reports are the possibilities and implications the Model 3 would give not just Western society, but the future.

The optimistic future pans out if the Model 3 continues to run its hype train reaching 500,000 sales, and have the Gigafactory reach full manufacturing capacity by 2020 with only minimal deadline setbacks. At that point Tesla would cement itself as a serious threat to anything powered by gasoline. And of course there is the future beyond Model 3. Musk has always said that Tesla’s main focus would go to low cost, widely available products, so it only makes sense that we could possibly see cheaper versions of the Model S and Model X along with new models.

On top of its own growth, the influence Tesla has given to the rest of the industry to start experimenting with electrically powered vehicles has started seeing significant results. Cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt have gained traction, and more companies are pushing towards creating hybrids and EV’s every year.

With everything thrown at it, and every odd against it, Tesla has gotten this far and that’s an accomplishment in itself. They have passed their proving grounds, now Tesla is standing up to the test of time. It won’t be easy for them to reach the finish line that they are quite literally still building, but the change has started.

Electric cars are just a small step that the world will have to embrace and take if we want optimize our long term energy habits for generations to come. A world where you charge your car every night like you do your phone is closer than you think, and will need to be.

RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in public affairs. You can write for us

23% Of Cars On The Road In Hialeah Have Been Recalled And Never Fixed

Maybe you will want to even more careful when driving on the roads in South Florida from now on.

A new report from car history company Carfax says that over 2.7 million cars in Florida have at least one unfixed safety recall.

South Florida cities perform particularly bad in the study with over 23% of cars on the road in Hialeah and 21% of the cars in Miami having recalled elements that have never been fixed.

“Many people in Florida still are unnecessarily risking their lives by not staying informed or taking action when their vehicle is under a recall,” Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax said in a press release. “Millions of vehicles will likely be recalled this year, adding to the ones already with outstanding airbag recalls, ignition switch recalls, electrical system recalls and more.”

The company says that people can use one its free tools- to see if their car has been recalled.

Here are the top ten cities in Florida that have recalled parts on them that have not been fixed (we’ve italicized all the South Florida cities):

City                      Est. % of vehicles
1 Hialeah                   23%
2 Miami                     21%
3 Hollywood               19%
4 Jacksonville              19%
5 Fort Lauderdale        18%
6 Tampa                     18%
7 West Palm Beach      18%
8 Pompano Beach       18%
9 St. Petersburg         17%
10 Orlando                 17%

Cover Photo Credit: Phillip Pessar/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

This is What It Looks Like When Your Lamborghini Catches Fire On South Beach

So if you are a valet, you probably shouldn’t take cars under your care out for a joyride or rev their engines until they CATCH ON FIRE.

But that is seemingly what happened on South Beach a few weeks ago according to Random Pixels.

From Random Pixels:

“Valet parker is handed the keys to a Lamborghini. He’s supposed to park it. Instead he takes it for a joy ride. Revs up the engine on Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue. Car catches fire.”

Social media is always there for us though when we want to see the dumb things people have done in life.


Watch a video of the incident below:


Cover Photo Credit: Dragan Rakonjac/ Youtube (Screengrab)

Pissed Off For Nature: US Filing Clean Air Act Suit Against Volkswagen

The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday it is suing German carmaker Volkswagen over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The lawsuit alleges that the 600,000 two- and three-liter diesel engine vehicles that were installed with emissions-cheating software in fact emitted pollution that exceeds the EPA’s standards and resulted in harmful… Read More

Tesla Recall In Effect for 90,000 Model S Cars

Tesla, the American electric car maker has announced that is recalling 90,000 of its Model S vehicles due to a potential issue with the seatbelt system in the cars.

The Tesla recall is a voluntary one spurred on by one incident in Europe.

According to Business Insider, one Telsa owner sitting in the front passenger seat in Europe turned around in her seat to speak to people sitting in the rear of the car, and her seat belt came unbuckled. When Tesla tested the problem, it confirmed similar problems and issued the recall.

The issue is only impacting the Model S and a company spokesperson told Business Insider that the recall was being done out of an “abundance of caution.”

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors. Photo Credit: Maurizio Pesce/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors. Photo Credit: Maurizio Pesce/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Tesla broke the news to customers in an email.

From the email sent to Tesla customers (obtained by The Next Web):

“We are sending you this email to inform you of a proactive action Tesla is taking to ensure your safety. Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner. This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seatbelt in this condition would not provide full protection. First and foremost, we care about your safety.

This is the only customer vehicle we know of with this condition. Even though we have since inspected the seat belts in over 3,000 vehicles spanning the entire range of Model S production and found no issues, we have decided to conduct a voluntary recall as a proactive and precautionary measure to inspect all front Model S seat belts and make absolutely sure that they are properly connected. (We have no concerns regarding seat belts in the rear of Model S.)”

Tesla has asked all Model S customers to schedule an appointment at a Tesla service facility so they can do an inspection.

More to come. Stay with Rise News.

Cover Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

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