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Preserving for the future Modi and the lady The rise and rise of KCP Building loyalty through the stomach Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Modi storms Silicon Valley Adharma of opposition politics Editor's Says GNS - 100: our first subscriber China invests in India Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel TIAM turns a full cycle Cement prices continue to rise… No Maha Koottani in TN... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Delhi Chalo... MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Shale gas and its shallow future Robber barons everywhere Silver Years of Madras Musings The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya How Air-India loses customs... Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ GM Technology at last! B H Kothari - a tribute Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Alexa – Talking Wikipedia There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Why this malaise in medical education? More heat than light F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Where a state respects its litterateurs… CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Make standards certification mandatory... Kulandai was a giant Secularism and anti-Hinduism Medical costs hit the roof... Telangana in top gear… TELANGANA at last…BUT Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Quality education through the PPP mode Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu EVM is tamper-proof An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Russi Mody – a tribute The Gulf aviation boom Valli, they are more marginalised Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Demise of a media baron... Plummeting profits of PSBs A think tank for Chennai TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Things happen by accident and not by design... Vibrant Gujarat ONGC at KG Basin Tough task taking states together Road development slows down The few handicaps... Shipping woes of Chennai companies Tax agriculture The balancing act Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Auto components surge… PC’s preference for professionals TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Protest masters... Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Paytm karo... 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The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Revive development banks... Which side are you, Montek? The power-full Hindujas WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model A welcome initiative by the judiciary Gay abandon in pricing Editor's Notes He continues the focus on social amelioration Sweeter prospects for sugar …and of a popular trade leader Intellectual of rare qualities Fortune for Indian Airlines A proud Madrasi Kinetic Karnataka Why land prices zoom in TN? Remembering Indira Sivasailam... EEC at the National Media Centre Increasing non co-operation of state leaders The Jan Dhan bonanza Rahman at CIC Solar, solar everywhere … Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Quality silica from Neyveli Solar thermal shines… Where is Rajaji? Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Tatas moving out of urea production... Come elections, come advertisements... When Ratan Tata visited SRM Tatas moving out of urea production... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Funding the un-funded Tribute – M V Murugappan Shanti and Sadhana through Music For whom the MIDS bell tolls? A glass full of corruption Readers' Mail Welcome GST Making ‘my Amaravati’... An inexplicable neglect Waning interest in public discussions… Revving up the manufacturing sector CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? When small is no larger beautiful.. An enemy’s enemy is a friend London, London Narayan Recognition to role of NBFCs.... IAS invades NDDB... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Gas is the way forward Tribute Sweet news for TN sugar mills Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Roaring Ro-Ro facility Align crops to agro climate endowments… Mu Sigma – is no more Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Pharma – overdose of copying Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Maximising the micro pricing … Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Delhi returns to BJP PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Polls and promises Poor quality of university VCs Delhi is distant The rise and fall of Annamalai University Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Another Indian music maestro at the UN Engineering seats go abegging The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Towards speedy justice Permanent secretariat for TN GIM When online building permits work…. 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Breaththrough in malaria control Excel Generators provide the vital back-up When nations steal growth from one another… A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Music happens Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities The why of tax incentives Streamlining mandatory third party cover Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Build close rapport with business leaders No engine for this car Should we change the official year? When the President was rendered homeless… Nuclear power at the nucleus The sea- saw battle continues... Small units prefers to remain small... Muffled voices for merit… He saved millions from starvation... Parliament in paralysis... Moily’s bold thrust A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Strengthen the base... A more liberated TN… A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Convulsions in The Hindu Multi-faceted Venkat Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Discoms deserve better… The star of Spencers is no more Wise Presidents When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Don’t seem to feel the pulse… More tributes to GR Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL
 
No engine for this car

Another wonder product is the fully electric Tesla car. While not the first fully electric car by any stretch, this technology wonder has captured people’s imagination and interest in electric vehicles in a way no others have.

There is no engine beneath the bonnet in this fully computerised car powered by re-chargeable batteries.  The company has taken enormous care in setting up quick recharge centres across the country and building these into the price of the car. The distance covered in one charge is up to 300 miles (480 km) for its higher end car model. The base models are priced around $ 66,000 and the fully loaded ones easily cross $110,000. The company has constantly been refining the technology. Since software and technology are more prevalent than in traditional cars, car ‘upgrades’ are done through the Internet.  For example, if you didn’t have an auto-park feature before and would like to ‘order’ one now, you can put in a request, pay the fee and the new capability is downloaded to the Tesla. No need to wheel the car to a dealer! There is even an ‘autopilot’ feature that has the car driving on its own by using several sensors and cameras to determine road markings, the proximity of other vehicles and people. Oops.  

Tesla has been in the news a lot more recently for building the largest automotive battery plant in the world (called the Giga Factory) which will help it ramp up production to meet the demand from over 400,000 people who have put down deposits for this car.

While initial Tesla models – pricewise – aimed at both the environmentally conscious and luxury appeal market, the focus on the newer/cheaper model will indeed bring it to a mainstream level. The challenge for Tesla is that it has indeed created the interest and the demand but is struggling with the supply and meeting expectations portion.

Reva Motors made a beginning in electric cars several years ago. Mahindra & Mahindra acquired the company. Other large global manufacturers, including General Motors and Toyota, have also been working on electric vehicles. It would require extensive research and development efforts to perfect the battery technology that will lend for easy recharging and large funds to invest in producing batteries to  volumes.

My ride in the Tesla was smooth, exciting and cozy. I still wonder at the large boot space available both at the front and the rear!

 

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