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Old 05-09-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Tesla Model S is "top scoring car"

http://news.consumerreports.org/cars...oring-car.html

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I want them to be successful. It's a cool looking car and electric vehicles are without a doubt going to gain popularity. For most people, it will be ideal since you can just recharge it at night and it will be plenty for commuting and occasional trips.

Having driven one, they definitely have room to improve. It is really cool how it accelerates quietly and smoothly without shifting. However the lack of sound, dull steering, weight, and big open cockpit are not targeted toward having an engaging driving experience. If the target is purely transportation, it works very well.

Cost aside, the biggest deterrent in my mind is the size. It's a huge car. The Roadster was too small. They should make a car about the size of an E46 and it would be perfect.
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I've been seeing a ton of them around here.....2 of them a day typically
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I'm surprised how many I see on the road. That is all I know about them.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:47 PM   #4
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I like the Model S a lot and wish the best for the company's future. Their market strategy was to lead with luxury cars that make electric transportation appealing, then move downmarket towards smaller, sportier, and less expensive cars. I'm sure that a compact luxury electric is in their product roadmap, but I agree that they needed to produce a Panamera/S-Class/7-series competitor in order to get people who could afford the new technology interested in the vehicle. I feel like the score of 99 is probably biases with a love of the green tech and perhaps a fear of Elon Musk, the car is definitely not without teething issues but it sounds like Tesla has been pretty good with customer service to account for inevitable problems with a new model, new technology, and new company.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:55 PM   #6
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lots of good reviews about them...but it doesn't do anything for me...
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http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/mi...or-their-tech/

interesting. I like both cars!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #8
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practical for short distances. It just kind of disturbs me that in all of the cars I've driven the battery or the window's electric motor were the first things to go. I mean how rare is catastrophic failure of a gasoline engine? Change the oil and you won't really have any problems for many miles, where as electric **** craps out seemingly unexpected all of the time in my life. Add that to the fact that the most frustrating issues in a vehicle is any issue that is electrical related. I don't think it's for me.
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I feel like they are gonna become the Apple or Google of electric cars. Other new companies will find it tough to compete or get a start. Murica.
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practical for short distances. It just kind of disturbs me that in all of the cars I've driven the battery or the window's electric motor were the first things to go. I mean how rare is catastrophic failure of a gasoline engine? Change the oil and you won't really have any problems for many miles, where as electric **** craps out seemingly unexpected all of the time in my life. Add that to the fact that the most frustrating issues in a vehicle is any issue that is electrical related. I don't think it's for me.
Its purely a function of the number of miles driven.

Right now, gas engines have billions of hours of testing, real world driving, racing etc. I'm sure when the first gas cars came out people said, why do i need internal combustion? my horse doesn't need gas, just water and grass.
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Electric drive vehicles have been around for over 100 years, same as internal combustion.
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I appreciate that Tesla recognizes that electric cars need to look less dorky if they want people to buy them. I think the S is a good looking car, and I would consider buying one if I were in the market for a new car. The driving dynamics might kill it for me, but I would at least go kick the tires, which is more than I can say for any of the other electric cars out there today (Nissan Leaf, anyone?).
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I feel like they are gonna become the Apple or Google of electric cars. Other new companies will find it tough to compete or get a start. Murica.
I don't know anything about them. Who are they backed by?
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Apparently it handles well for being so heavy.

Leaf and other EVs are in completely different market. The Tesla starts at $62k, and only goes up when you add battery packs. Its in a different league completely.

Smart eDrive is probably the cheapest EV that you can call a 'car' on the market, at $25k. Leaf they just lowered to $29k.
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I don't know anything about them. Who are they backed by?
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Electric drive vehicles have been around for over 100 years, same as internal combustion.
But has it had potential advantages for 100 years?
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Advantages? The potential has yet to be fully realized, certainly. But its potential has existed all this time, and people have recognized that, and studied it as a result.
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Apparently it handles well for being so heavy.

Leaf and other EVs are in completely different market. The Tesla starts at $62k, and only goes up when you add battery packs. Its in a different league completely.

Smart eDrive is probably the cheapest EV that you can call a 'car' on the market, at $25k. Leaf they just lowered to $29k.
My point was that electric cars across all price points have always been made so they look "electric-y." I think that's a mistake. Making a car look dorky so that it stands out as electric (or even hybrid) is not a good sales strategy, IMHO.
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It's actually a very attractive car in person, I've seen a few already.

Though I think where Telsa has been really making their money is selling their "green" credits given by the government to other manufacturers at a huge profit.
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I don't think the Leaf looks too electric-y, it doesn't look too much different than a Versa hatchback.

Cars with a lower cD are bound to look a little more space-ship like
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