by | May 25, 2018

The death of the perpetually tardy Model 3 may ultimately have less to do with it being an overpriced electric car than with something even more lethal to its chances… It’s a too-small sedan. Electric or not, they aren’t selling….

by | May 14, 2018

The defenders of Silicon Valley are fond of pointing to the many benefits that America’s tech sector has conjured, seemingly from thin air, and to the great virtues of those who run these modern day titans of industry. We all…

by | Mar 16, 2018

If automated cars ever do become technically feasible — and that’s a long way off, despite the trendy imminence we read about every day — it will certainly mean the end of personal vehicle ownership, at least as far as…

by | Mar 15, 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump publicly praised entrepreneur Elon Musk at a cabinet meeting, applauding the Tesla and SpaceX leader for his work in producing aeronautical technology and rockets. Amid more general praise for private sector efforts to advance space…

by | Nov 6, 2017

Should the American taxpayer be required to subsidize an industry that could not survive on its own? Following news that President Trump’s draft budget repeals the $7,500-per-vehicle federal tax credit for electric cars, Tesla’s share price took more than a…

by | Sep 14, 2017

Sacramento In a Meet the Press interview in March, Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the Trump administration’s threat to cut off funds to California if it becomes a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants. “We’re the innovation capital, high-tech, agriculture, $40 to…

by | Jul 31, 2017

Maybe the worst thing about this electric car business is the way it will — if it succeeds — homogenize cars, make one just like another in every meaningful way. Think about bumper cars. You pick a different body or color — but…

by | Sep 8, 2016

You may have read that GM killed the electric car. This isn’t true. The government did. The practical electric car, at any rate. By imposing car design edicts that have made it impossible (so far) to build an economical electric…

by | Aug 5, 2016

Logic — let alone reasonableness — is not one of government’s stronger suits. There are many examples of this, but here’s a newsie one: The use of public roads as test tracks for Tesla (and Google) self-driving car technology. On…

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