Release Date For Tesla Model X Pushed Out One Year To Late 2014.

Tesla Motors - Model X 7-Passenger SUVWhen the Tesla Model X does finally come out, it’ll be the electric 7-passenger SUV/minivan that families have been waiting for. Unfortunately, it’s going to be one year later than expected which means I will not be able to afford it in 2014 instead of 2013. [Wired]


Google’s Self-Driving Cars Are Now Legal On California’s Roads.

Google Autonomous CarThis is a good thing, making the autonomous Google car street legal in California, right?

Google’s autonomous cars operate through the use of computers, lasers and sensors allowing the driver to be a passenger. The goal of the Google car is to improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve fuel efficiency. Sounds like mass transit… less the computers, lasers, sensors and having another vehicle on the road. [Inhabitat]

Jubbling: Consuming less should be less consuming.


Decided What Car To Get By First Asking Ourselves, WWABD (What Would Andy Bernard Drive)? Got A Prius.

Andy Bernard - The OfficeAs of 3pm on Sunday April 15th, we became proud Toyota Prius owners. It sure is a nice ride and the user interface tells you more than everything you’d want to know about how your car is performing. The UI can be a bit overwhelming but it does help the driver adjust their technique to maximize fuel economy in real time. My kids sitting in the back calling us out every time we switched to using the gas engine wasn’t ordered but could be an option on future models.

Being a new Prius owner does come with responsibility.Pious - Toyota Prius vanity license One big one is that we will not put any smug, pro-Prius bumper stickers on our car. Our motivation to get the Toyota Prius wasn’t to be better than anyone; it was simply a decision borne out of cheapness. Compared to our 2002 Honda Odyssey, the Prius gets nearly 3 times the gas mileage and that’s basically all it took. And ours isn’t a plugin model so we won’t be attending any National Plug In Day events but then again, we wouldn’t go even if it was.

So thank you Andy Bernard, the Nard-Dog, for inspiring us to act. We un-piously love our Prius so much that we can’t wait to not drive it!


$70-Large 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Qualifies For Tax Break (And I Kick Myself In The Middle Again)

According to Green Car Reports, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid qualifies for a $1800 tax credit and I have to wonder – how does this happen? The US government offers the rebate to motivate consumers to buy more fuel efficient vehicles but in this case, something has to be wrong when a $70,000, 380hp, 20/24 mpg car qualifies for the credit. Automakers are obviously aware of how to get their cars hybrid-tax-credit-worthy and I’d hate to think that we are all paying for it. It seems unfair, especially when the my 1999 van also gets 20 mpg’s but goes 0-60 mph in 16.1 seconds and the Porsche Cayenne gets to 60 mph 10 seconds faster.

So congrats to the person buying the Porsche Cayenne S – you are going hybrid which is better – but for karma sake, maybe you could skip the line on your tax form where you get the $1800 credit. Or take the credit and donate it to a worthwhile cause… like Jubbling or me directly.