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Tesla’s Supercharger Network is History in the Making

March 31, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, Supercharger, Tesla

Supercharger debut  Photo courtesy of Tesla

Supercharger debut
Photo courtesy of Tesla

The Supercharger station network being built by Tesla has the potential to revolutionize American transportation.  The United States has been overtly focused on oil as a transportation energy source for about a century now.  However, the game is changing.  Oil is no longer cheap.  Most of the easy oil is gone or declining.  Forward looking companies are seeking alternatives.  Tesla Motors is a leader in the new electric energy era, and the company’s vision is gaining momentum.  Tesla’s plan is to have its electric charging network stretch from coast to coast, enabling a Model S driver to one day drive cross-country for free.  The Tesla website states that the company has nine stations installed and will have over one hundred available in 2015.  Many of the Supercharger sites will have a solar system installed for electric power generation.

A cross-country Supercharger fueled drive would certainly be seen as an American moment.  The country has been seeking ways for many years to break its oil dependency and begin anew.  Undoubtedly, there are a number of Model S owners waiting anxiously for the day to take such a drive.  As this moment approaches, I believe it will capture the imagination of the country as to the possibilities ahead for clean sustainable energy.  George Blankenship of Tesla blogged on March 21 that the next additions of Supercharger stations are coming relatively soon.  Mr. Blankenship stated: “We will be adding Supercharger coverage in many areas over the next three to four months, installing our first Superchargers in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Illinois, and Florida with additional coverage in the Northeast and California.  We’re also expanding existing locations like Harris Ranch, where we’re adding five more Superchargers in the next month.”

The company does plan to produce a more modest priced electric car in the future.  Let’s hope that this vehicle is developed sooner rather than later.

US Federal Gasoline Tax Hike Debate

March 30, 2013 in EV News, Oil, Politics

The International Monetary Fund released a study this week that was primarily focused on the worldwide problems associated with fossil fuel subsidies.  The study caused some debate in the United States, because it also recommended a substantial increase in the federal gasoline tax in the US.  Of course, any gasoline tax hike would increase electric vehicle demand, but I doubt that Americans would tolerate a substantial tax hike.  This is a conundrum for President Obama, because he has certainly recognized on many occasions that Americans are sensitive to gasoline expenses, but he would also like to move the country away from oil.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on infrastructure, at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Fla., March 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on infrastructure, at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Fla., March 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The President did speak in Miami yesterday about his broad infrastructure plan, but there was no mention about raising the federal gasoline tax to support such infrastructure projects.  The White House Blog stated: “Called the Partnership to Rebuild America, this partnership with the private sector has three main components: creating an independent fund which would leverage private and public capital for infrastructure projects that show the greatest merit; fund more projects, at less cost, by establishing new America Fast Forward bonds which will give mayors and governors more flexibility and power to attract private investment for public projects; and strengthening a loan program (the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act  or TIFIA) that will give cities and counties better access to funds for infrastructure improvements.”

Tesla Supercharger station Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Supercharger station
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Taking a different infrastructure route, Tesla Motors is building a network of free electric fueling stations across North America, which makes one wonder whether gasoline taxes are even worth a debate.  The future question may simply be: Why would anyone pay for gasoline when Supercharger sunshine is clean, sustainable, domestic and free?

Shale Oil, Is It a Mania?

March 30, 2013 in EIA, EV News, Oil

Source: EIA Today In Energy March 18, 2013

Source: EIA, Today In Energy, North Dakota Oil and Gas Wells
March 18, 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words.  It sure looks to me that this shale oil boom is a mania.  Yes, it is true that there are a lot of potential shale oil deposits, but there are also a lot of sites that are turning up little to empty.  In addition, reports have been advanced that many successful shale oil fields have steep decline rates after peaking (example): http://evnewsreport.com/pop-goes-the-shale-bubble-by-t-brilliant-post-carbon-institute/2302/.

I have no idea when this “tulip mania” will wilt, but it will like all manias.  For now, the oil folks with black gold fever are finding it hard to restrain the rhetoric of the bounties of a new American oil age.  This alone should make many industry outsiders a bit skeptical.  The Energy Information Administration is predicting that US crude oil production will climb closer to 8 million barrels a day by late this year, which is quite a bold prediction for such an unpredictable business.  To date, the EIA has done an excellent job with its forecasts.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2013 Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2013 Short-Term Energy Outlook.

There is a generalized investment theory that if everybody is clamoring to do one thing you ought to do the other.  Natural gas prices have recently climbed back to $4.02 per million British thermal units as inventory levels normalized due mainly to the drop in rig counts for natural gas.  Rig counts have jumped for oil drilling, especially shale oil drilling as in North Dakota.  Bloomberg reported on March 28: “The number of gas rigs in the U.S. declined to near a 14-year low, according to Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI).  Gas rigs dropped by 29 to 389, while oil rigs climbed by 30 to 1,354 this week, data posted on Baker Hughes’ website show.”

Electric Car Revolution Gained Speed in March

March 29, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Nissan, Smart Electric, Tesla

The electric vehicle revolution had some great developments in the month of March.

Tesla Model S Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla management flew over to Europe to lay the groundwork for European sales and announced the plan for a European Supercharger network starting in Norway.  On US developments, George Blankenship of Tesla blogged on March 21 that the company had delivered over 500 vehicles a week in the first three weeks of March, and the company was hoping to hit another weekly delivery record the following week.  CEO Elon Musk tweeted recently that there will be some exciting company news on this coming Tuesday.  The company did not indicate what that news would entail, but it did cause a bit of a stir with the stock trading up on the week to $37.89 per share.

Mr. Musk’s tweets have added a bit to the controversy over the use of social media to release company news.  Bloomberg reported: “Social network posts by CEOs have raised questions because of a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that limits how companies can disseminate information about material events.  Netflix Inc. (NFLX) said in December that it and CEO Reed Hastings faced a potential civil claim by the SEC over a July message on Facebook about the company’s customer viewership data.  The post coincided with Netflix shares’ biggest gain in almost six weeks.”

Nissan’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, hinted in a press release that the company has seen a positive reaction from the recent price cut in the LEAF, and the company is moving forward with a plan to produce and sell the LEAF in China under the brand name Venucia.  Mr. Ghosn is undoubtedly one of the biggest advocates of the electric vehicle revolution, and probably cannot wait for the day when the media stops quizzing him on his electric vehicle strategy.  Yes, to date, the Chinese market has had poor electric vehicle sales, but Mr. Ghosn is convinced that the Chinese government will continue to press for the adoption of electric vehicles and will succeed.

Lastly, Daimler has officially released its 2013 Smart Electric vehicle to North America with a starting price point of $25,000.  We have yet to see how consumers will react to this modest price, but there are big hopes.  Over the last few years, various research companies and talking heads had propounded that an electric vehicle in the 20-25 thousand dollar range would start attracting mainstream America.  We shall soon see.

All in all, electric car sales should pick up the pace in the coming months with these developments.

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Whistleblower Case: TCR1350751714542, 540 Club owner, Jamie Brown, allegedly has/had a roommate with a shotgun.

March 29, 2013 in EV News

president Obama

The White House was requested to review TCR1350751714542.  The FBI should have had this case a long time ago.  If the White House wants to stop violence, it needs to enforce laws, including the securities laws of the United States of America.  When crime goes unchecked, it breeds more crime.  This has happened in San Francisco.  The Securities and Exchange Commission has endangered lives in San Francisco.  A further note to the White House was specific that the President be made aware of the Connecticut suspect.

San Francisco Taraval Police Station refused to prosecute this man that admitted to assaulting the journalist (EV News Report).  The journalist does not know this man and has never spoken to him. The journalist told Inspector Jefferson of Taraval Station that he should investigate immediately to put a stop to the crime.  Inspector Jefferson did not investigate.  The police have been called two more times with incidents with this man.

San Francisco Taraval Police Station refused to prosecute this man that admitted to assaulting the journalist (EV News Report). The journalist does not know this man and has never spoken to him.
The journalist told Inspector Jefferson of Taraval Station that he should investigate immediately to put a stop to the crime. Inspector Jefferson did not investigate. The police have been called two more times with incidents with this man.

THE SUSPECT BEHIND THESE DANGEROUS PRANKS IS DANIEL SAMELA OF CONNECTICUT.  It is suspected that Daniel Samela was ousted as an executive from an oil company.  It was alleged that Daniel Samela answered the office phone of the oil company pretending to be a woman.  It is suspected that there was more behind this incident.  It is suspected that Daniel Samela enjoys playing pranks and has had access to large sums of money.  The SEC has been aware of the root of the problem for a long time.  It is suspected that the SEC, due to its utter failure to enforce securities laws, has left crime unchecked and endangered lives.

Financial Expert (FE) that made SEC Complaints Met with CEO William Hastings of oil company 7/1/2011

7/1/2011, CEO William Hastings, of the oil company, said, “I told you to call the police.”  Also on 7/1/2011, CEO William Hastings, of the oil company, said, “You don’t think I can fire anyone.”

The suspect, Daniel Samela, may have been released from the oil company with a large sum of money in June 2011.

The FE that made the SEC complaints suspects that Daniel Samela was released from the oil company around early June 2011.  The FE suspects that Daniel Samela was behind an incident in which the FE was held at knifepoint at that time.  The FE traveled to speak with CEO Hastings and law enforcement at the start of July 2011.

San Francisco Man with a Shotgun

Jamie Brown, the owner of the 540 Club, allegedly has/had a roommate that had locked himself in his bedroom with a shotgun.  The manager of the 540 Club (other roommate) allegedly shared this information with the girlfriend (GF) of the financial expert (FE) that had filed complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission about a suspect named Daniel Samela.  The GF was employed at the 540 Club.  The FE suspects that Samela is the individual behind many bizarre dangerous pranks, and the FE suspects that Samela is capable of just about anything.

SEC Whistleblower Chief

Sean McKessy SEC (No response to SF authorities)

Sean McKessy SEC (No response to SF authorities)

photo-731-764x1024To Sean McKessy: Nobody wants to be in harms way due to the failure of the SEC.  How many more times Mr. McKessy?  There are few Americans that will care to listen to why you would not protect the city of San Francisco from crime.  Why don’t you go ask the victims of violence in Connecticut?

Sean McKessy failed, repeatedly, to do the right thing.  Investigate!

Common sense should have prevailed.

 

San Francisco suspect

San Francisco suspect

Prank at Martha & Bros. Coffee Company

The man in the picture to the right is suspected of playing a prank at Martha & Bros. Coffee Company in the Inner Sunset district in San Francisco at the end of January 2013.  The suspect returned the next day in front of the home of the financial expert that made complaints to the SEC.  This incident was similar in nature to those that took place at 3121 Clement St., 4320 California St., the Koret Center of the University of San Francisco, and the 540 Club.

Bomb Threat at One Market

There was a suitcase situated in an odd fashion outside the One Market Restaurant in San Francisco at the end of October of 2012.  The GF of the FE was working at the restaurant at the time of the incident.  Apparently, the bomb squad was called to remove the suitcase.  It is suspected that this incident was a prank, and it is suspected that this incident was one of many that could have been prevented.  There are a number of individuals that could come forward with information to put a stop to these pranks, but they are protecting themselves at the expense of San Francisco.

3121 Clement St. Mr. Tanverakul appeared shifty and nervous.   Mrs. Tanverakul had a natural reaction of concern.

3121 Clement St.
Mr. Tanverakul appeared shifty and nervous.
Mrs. Tanverakul had a natural reaction of concern.

San Francisco Financial Expert Aggressively Harassed at 3121 Clement St. Residence

In January of 2012, at 3121 Clement St. in San Francisco, a young male rented an apartment room next to the financial expert (FE) that had previously made complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about an oil company.  From the room of the new tenant, obvious banging noises were coming from the adjoining wall to such an extent that the FE was having difficulty sleeping in the night.  The new tenant to the building had allegedly taken a lease for the same odd duration of time as the FE.  The new tenant making the banging noises was never seen by the FE.  The new tenant making the banging noises never moved into the apartment.  After a period of a couple of months, the room where the noise was emanating was left wide open revealing a barren room with just a futon up against the adjoining wall.  The owner of the building, Mr. Tanverakul, agreed to end the lease early with the FE that had made the SEC complaints.  The FE moved to 4320 California St. in San Francisco where his girlfriend (GF) had lived for many years.

San Francisco Financial Expert Aggressively Harassed at 4320 California St. Residence

4320 California St. It is suspected that the tenants above were removed for a long period and that degenerates had utilized the above apartment to sadistically harass and terrorize the FE.

4320 California St.
It is suspected that the tenants above were removed for a long period and that degenerates had utilized the above apartment to sadistically harass and terrorize the FE.

It is suspected that degenerates from the neighboring building to the west entered the 4320 California St. building and utilized the apartment above to aggressively harass the FE that had previously filed complaints to the SEC about an oil company.  It is also suspected that individuals with knowledge of the harassment of this man frequent a bar called the 540 Club.  The FE surrendered the 4320 California St. apartment.  Anybody with information in regards to this matter should contact the San Francisco Police Department immediately.  This is an extremely dangerous situation that requires the attention of San Francisco authorities.

Suspected Pranks with Explosives/Fireworks

July 3, 2012, a 540 Club doorman allegedly tries to convince GF to throw an explosive outside the front of the 540 Club.  GF was appalled by the attempts by the man to get her to commit a crime.  The same night explosives were shot outside at the 4320 California St. apartment, and a man said in a monotone voice outside the apartment door (inside the building) that it “sounds like someone is dropping bombs on my ceiling.”  The voice sounds prankish and that it is coming from someone in the stairway in the apartment building.

No Response from De Wolf Realty Building Management

The FE had sent a letter to De Wolf Realty to call the police about any known criminal activity in or around the building.  There was no response from De Wolf Realty.  In the building staircase hallway, outside the 4320 California St. apartment, there appeared to be soiled toilet paper stuck dangling from an interior window for months.  It was clearly placed there, and nobody was touching it.

De Wolf Realty Representative Suspected of Impeding Building Exit

A De Wolf Realty male employee walks back in forth in front of the entrance of the 4320 California St. building repeatedly over a number of days, and his timing is amazingly accurate to be there when the FE leaves the building, impeding the exit.  After the FE tells GF in their apartment that he had talked to the police about the odd behavior of this man in front of the building, the De Wolf Realty employee is never seen in front of the building again.

Suspected bizarre pranks about plumbing

Suspected bizarre pranks about plumbing

4320 California St., Plumbing Pranks

When GF returns from a trip in early March, it appears that there is a pool of water on her bathroom floor, and somebody has put some small towels on the spot.  Over the course of about a month, a few mysterious water pools appear on the bathroom floor.  Also, a pornographic magazine of some sort is left by someone in the apartment.  Some days later, Greg, the Disc Jockey, from the 540 Club, oddly stands ogling the FE and GF as they part near 6th and Clement.

Suspect “Bern” Assault

The 540 Club Picking up his GF after work at the 540 Club, the FE was assaulted by a man named "Bern" (this man sought out the FE to assault him).  The FE had never seen "Bern" before and did not know him.  About one year later, "Bern" sought out the FE again.  "Bern" is suspected to be a friend/acquaintance of the owner of the 540 Club, Jamie Brown.

The 540 Club
Picking up his GF after work at the 540 Club, the FE was assaulted by a man named “Bern” (this man sought out the FE to assault him). The FE had never seen “Bern” before and did not know him. About one year later, “Bern” sought out the FE again. “Bern” is suspected to be a friend/acquaintance of the owner of the 540 Club, Jamie Brown.

On March 18, 2012, a heavily intoxicated man named “Bern” appeared to make an effort to run at the FE at 2:30AM as the FE approached the 540 Club to walk GF safely home.  The Disc Jockey of the 540 Club, Greg, was down the block in front of the Club.  There was nobody else around.  As the FE approached the 540 Club, Greg walked past with his head down saying nothing.  The FE waited at the Club for GF to finish her job.  As he waited, the intoxicated man “Bern” was let back into the Club.  After some time, “Bern” got up from his seat and circled behind the FE and shouldered him in the back.  The owner of the Club, Jamie Brown, appeared moments afterwards and told the doorman to remove the intoxicated man.  Shortly after this incident, the FE tells GF that he thinks it will be safer for her to walk home with others, because he has been repeatedly targeted for harassment and assault.

Another Suspect from 540 Club

A large municipal bus driver that frequents the 540 Club allegedly hissed at GF across the street from the 4320 California St. building.  She was returning from the home of a coworker.  The FE had seen this man walking in front of the building in recent days prior to the incident and told GF that the man was acting oddly.

USF Koret Center As the FE crossed this street one day, a young white male in a green car mocked running the FE down in the street.  This was one of many odd incidents with individuals in cars.

USF Koret Center
As the FE crossed this street one day, a young white male in a green car mocked running the FE down in the street. This was one of many odd incidents with individuals in cars.

USF Koret Center

At the USF Koret Center, the FE suspects that several individuals on the USF Masters Swim Team engaged in prearranged organized hazing.  The FE contacted USF campus police and made a report.  The USF officer stated later that the Koret Center manager, Mr. Chuck White, had told the officer that he would handle the matter.  Chuck White said that such behavior would not be tolerated, and he addressed the team.  When the FE returned, Coach Valeriy Boreyko walked off the pool deck, and two individuals appeared to be making a mockery of Chuck White and Clare Rudd (Aquatics Director) looking over the team roster.  After practice, one of the suspected hazers made it clear that the hazing was not going to stop.

Relatively shortly after these USF incidents, the FE and GF were returning from the local movie rental business, and one of the USF hazers, Kent, was outside the business looking oddly at the FE and waving his hand.  Kent did not try to communicate, and he looked unhappy.  Some days after this, the FE was walking back alone from the movie rental business, and the swim coach appeared behind him in a SUV looking unhappy and ashamed.

This is the vehicle make, model and color.

This is the vehicle make, model and color.

Identity of Girlfriend from over 20 Years Ago

In early May, a man and a woman drive in a Jeep past the FE when he was running, and the woman yells out the window the name of the FE’s girlfriend from over twenty years ago.  The woman and the man start laughing and turn the vehicle into a turnabout and go back the way they came.

EV News Report Suspects Website Targeted by Identity (name) McCann

Gray haired woman, regular at California St. coffee shop, said there are men watching FE across the street.

Gray haired woman, regular at California St. coffee shop, said there are men watching FE across the street.

EV News Report suspects that its website was targeted in January 2013 by someone using the identity (name) McCann.  It is suspected that Daniel Samela was behind the use of this identity.

There is more but to Conclude

This is an extremely dangerous and hostile situation.  There are a number of individuals that could come forward to keep the peace but have chosen to protect themselves at the expense of San Francisco.  The degenerate activity had become acutely sadistic at times due to the lack of authority.  With that said, anyone with information in regards to this matter should cooperate with the San Francisco Police Department.  Once again, this is an extremely dangerous situation and every precaution should be taken.