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Commented On: As Predicted, Tesla To Launch All-Wheel-Drive Model S For 2014?


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Not sure if 4WD really adds that much to modern electronic stabilisation systems but if there are enough people out there who think it does and are willing to pay enough extra for it to make it worth Tesla's while, Tesla should offer it of course.

Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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What I could find was that part of the 2nd gen (457 units) was fitted with NiMH +200 retrofits. So although probably the minority of vehicles were fitted with NiMH it was the final configuration that all following production would have had if the program had not been cancelled. A 26KWh NiMH battery in such a light and aerodynamic car made for a combination that even today only Tesla can beat in terms of range.

This car is not be dismissed as an obsolete lead-acid contraption with no serious range.

Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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Apparently Chevron had a somewhat different take on the capabilities of NiMH than you do.

The EV-1 was developed with intent of production, not as a mere compliance car as demonstrated by the fact that it wasn't a converted ICE job. As I understand it this would have been brought to the market as a car people could buy if it hadn't been for CARB intervention.

Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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So tired of the "they were only test vehicles" excuse. Don't forget how GM sold the battery tech to Chevron which made very sure it was never to be used in 4 wheeled plug-ins ever again. This was scorched earth policy by a car company that at the time was pretty desperate to get plug-ins out of the minds of the public and policy makers.

Tragic, because I think GM was pretty serious about the EV-1 at the time. It was when CARB started to force their hands with misguided dreams of the market potential of plug-ins given the state of technology at the time that GM opinion changed radically. No longer a product to be further developed but one that had to be decisively exterminated.

Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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The GM EV-1 wasn't mythical in any way but very real and what happened to it was the automotive equivalent of genocide which was bound to cause some resentment against the old and by then rather infamous General Motors Corporation (after its bankruptcy succeeded by the General Motors Company), hardly something to be dismisses as "blind" hatred as other commenters have noted.

Also most versions weren't lead acid powered but NiMH powered so their range wasn't 60-80 miles but up to 160 miles.

It's curious that a classic like this should be left to rot away. No doubt there is some serious value in this car for collectors of really rare and historically important cars.

Commented On: Tesla Earns 'Modest' Q2 Profit, Delivers 5,150 Cars, Boosts Margin On Carmaking


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Glad to learn you are not an investor John. If you had put your money where your mouth was you would have lost a fortune by now betting against Elon Musk.

Commented On: Tesla Earns 'Modest' Q2 Profit, Delivers 5,150 Cars, Boosts Margin On Carmaking


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John Voelcker's early scepticism based on ancient ICE age wisdoms without even giving the company a chance to prove itself always seemed rather unwarranted. Having said that: I'm not exactly sure what warrants Tesla's current skyhigh market cap either. Tesla's numbers are certainly encouraging but the way I see it it will take a major battery breakthrough to live up to the sort of expectations it's current stock prices (which more than quadrupled this year)seem to reflect. If we accept those prices are actually a reflection of underlying economics rather than say speculation games and psychology of course.

Commented On: Why 'Compliance Cars' Turned Out To Be Good For Electric-Car Buyers


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Those lower prices will definitely help EV adoption by putting cars on the street but it's too bad they are the result of increased subsidization, not lower cost. The only company that can't afford to subsidize its product -Tesla- had to substantially raise its prices which is worrying.

Commented On: 2014 Chevrolet Volt Price Cut By $5,000, To $34,995


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I'm sure $35K will more than cover GM's variable cost for Volt production. About R&D...note that at ~23K units per year Volt sales aren't going to amount to 200K units any time soon, certainly not before the next generation will arrive that no doubt will be severely re-engineered to meet the $7-10K cost reduction goal. On the plus side there is the contribution of foreign and ELR sales.

Commented On: 2013 Tesla Model S: New Options, Packages, And Prices


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It would appear that the new option price structure amounts to a substantial price hike where the general trend in the market is for EV prices to drop. That doesn't rhyme very well with creating a viral growth engine Elon Musk talked about in the Teslive event. Makes me wonder how sales are doing. Either they are very good and Tesla is just taking advantage of that or volumes are less than expected and Tesla is looking for higher per unit revenue to generate the cashflow it needs. That in turn wouldn't help sales of course. Maybe tomorrow's second quarter earnings report will shed some light on this change in pricing strategy.
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