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Old 12-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
Andy2108
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Originally Posted by kuksul08 View Post
I have friends that work for Tesla and I picked their brains for everything I could learn about the car at a technical level. They are trying really hard to be competitive and make the best quality car possible, no exceptions. There are a few funny things they had to do as a result of the development process and engineering "fixes" after the fact. Safety is never compromised (specifically the batteries catching fire), but I could definitely see them improving it a lot in the following years.

Still, the batteries need improvement. With the DOE's investment in battery technology over the next 5 years (http://www.extremetech.com/computing...can-it-be-done) I could see this car finally being realistic. Right now, it's still too expensive and limited. They also went overboard with ridiculous things like those retracting door handles, and they could easily make this car more affordable by just using simpler, cheaper accessories and keeping the powertrain the same.
The RAV4 EV starts at 50k http://www.toyota.com/rav4ev/index.html
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