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Old 07-20-2006, 08:20 PM   #1
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WOW is all I can say. Tesla Motors has a new electric roadster with 250 mile range that goes 0-60 in 4 seconds! It's still a bit steep at $80K but I imagine the price will come down over the next few years...http://www.teslamotors.com/
They say they will have another model in a year or two that will be much less expensive.

The average joe drives about 15,000 miles a year in a car that averages 20mpg...- at $3.00 a gallon it adds up to around $2250/year for fuel.....I'd like to see a model for around 25-30K.
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Glued extruded aluminum chassis and no obvious mention of the weight...hope to god you dont hit anything.

Nice to see someone building something fun to drive thats also fully electric. Bit of a problem if the electricity you're charging it with comes from a coal fired plant.
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Hmmmm

Now there's an adult tech toy one could lose his cheap bastardhood over.

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Old 07-20-2006, 09:29 PM   #4
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Hm:

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We are currently in the midst of the important and time-consuming safety and durability testing for the Tesla Roadster. While we are confident of our numbers, this testing may require design changes that affect the final specifications.
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Absolutely awesome! Looking forward to seeing the final specs.

Here I was thinking my first electric car would have to be something like one of those 'Smart' cars or a Yugo
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If they can bring that to market for 80k they will get a lot of orders (none from this board...ok maybe CFB). Those performance numbers are in Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo territory. It will be interesting to see if they get it done.
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I'm waiting for the station wagon :
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If they can bring that to market for 80k they will get a lot of orders (none from this board...ok maybe CFB). Those performance numbers are in Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo territory. It will be interesting to see if they get it done.
Nah, I dont like speedy little cars anymore, I like gigantic things I can haul all my stuff on. Besides, economy is sort of irrelevant to me. I think we've put about 5k miles on our cars in the last six months. Constantly fighting with my insurance company who wants to know what vehicle i'm commuting in (I DONT!) and cant believe that I dont put at least 15k miles a year on my cars... :P
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:58 PM   #9
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I am pretty sure that it was one these they showed on tv in the new show eureka
http://www.hybridtechnologies.com/products.php?sec=1
I own a few shares of the stock in my roth.
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:24 PM   #10
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In Italy we saw some SmartCars parked facing the curb in parallel parking situations--yup, thery're about as long as other cars are wide! We also noticed very, very few American-made vehicles--and they were mostly Ford Focus wagons. Lots of Fiats of course, and a surprising number of Korean cars. Luxury cars were always German--didn't see a single Acura, Infiniti, or Lexus. There were Hondas and Toyotas though, including some models we don;t have in the US.

My mother still doesn't believe me when I tell her that my 4Runner SUV fits into a shorter parking space than her Acura TL. But my car is actually about a foot shorter in length and a few inches narrower in width. All she sees is the height!
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You don't even have to stop to recharge; just drive within a few miles on one of the "tesla coil" generator towers and get a "jolt"...
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What a great concept.* No one would buy an electric smart-car type car for $80,000 because it's small, expensive, and dangerous

But this is a sports car -- they're supposed to be small, expensive, and dangerous! They've turned small, expensive, dangerous from a liability into a selling point.
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Not mention wildly impractical(for me) and ego stroking.

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It lacks the most important feature of a fast car.

No "blub blub blub" at idle, and theres no way to rev the motor up when a corvette pulls up next to you at the red light.

Plus, you're gonna feel dumb when you hit the end of the extension cord and the car stops.
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i like it. seems liek a pain to be serviced though....not evena an option if u dont live in the cities they put the delaerships into
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If it breaks, you just take it into the Vacuum Cleaner/Sewing Machine shop.
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Aint it funny how many things are fixed at those places?

and I had a hard time getting just the vacuum cleaners and sewing machines into the same part of my brain.

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