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Commented On: Anti-Tesla Bill Backed By North Carolina Car Dealers Is Dead


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Fortunately, it's not the NC car dealers who pass bills. It's Senators and House members.

When the Senator who is Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and Co Chair of the Finance Committee flatly states that the anti-Tesla bill is not coming back, I'd say that carries a bit more weight than the wishful thinking of a car-dealer lobbyist.

Commented On: Tesla Shows 90-Second Battery Swapping For Model S, Details Rollout Plans


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An astounding technical feat, but as a Model S owner, my reaction to the battery-swap stations is a big meh. Frankly, I wish they'd spend their $100 million some other way, like free routine maintenance.

If you're going to spend $60 every time you "fill up," might as well drive a gas car. To me, the Supercharger system seems just fine. I have no problem at all with stopping for 20-30 minutes every three hours-- and I have little doubt Tesla will speed the Supercharging process up in the future.

Did he say explicitly that every Supercharger station would have battery-swap capability? Perhaps there will be enough demand along the East and West Coast corridors, but I'd be surprised if battery-swapping catches on in other locations.

Commented On: Life With Tesla Model S: Trying Out The Service Program


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I tried that, on the advice of a Tesla hotline rep. Didn't work.

Commented On: Life With Tesla Model S: Trying Out The Service Program


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No, the car wasn't charged.

That would be a nice touch--a Supercharger to top up the battery. And if Tesla really wants to be top-drawer, they could throw in a car wash, the way the local Mini dealer does for my wife's car. She even gets a lunch voucher at a nearby diner.

Commented On: Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?


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In this section of the article, the subject at hand was the carbon footprint of "fuel" production.

The other six percent involved the manufacture of the car, which is another topic dealt with later in the article.

Commented On: Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?


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I think you missed something.

The report, as quoted in the article, says 75 percent of the lifetime carbon emissions come from driving, and 19 percent from gasoline production.

75+19=94.

94/75=1.25333

Thus 94 (driving emissions plus gas production emissions) is 25 percent more than 75 (driving emissions only).

QED: Gas production increases the driving-only carbon number by 25 percent.

There ares still 6 percent additional carbon emissions from other sources that were not included in this calculation.

Commented On: Tesla Model S Vs Chevy Volt: Owner Compares Electric Cars


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Long-awaited new sleep mode still not here. Expecting it soon. Still losing 4-5 kWh per day due to vampire losses. Total lost so far: 300-plus kWh, enough to drive 1,000 miles.

Commented On: Electric Cars: Eight Important Things Everyone Should Know (But May Not)


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There's one exception to the electric-cars-cost-more rule: the Tesla Model S.

The $60-$100K price tag for a Model S (depending on battery size, performance level, and options) is virtually the same as comparable cars. The closest ICE-powered analog to the Model S is probably the Audi A7, which starts at 60K. A high-performance version, the S7, loaded, goes for about 90K. The even-higher-performance RS7, due this fall, is expected to run about $100 K. So the price correlation with the Tesla is almost perfect.

When people ask me what the payback period is for my model S, I tell them it's zero. Compared to an A7, I start saving money on Day One. After five years, I've saved $9,000 in fuel costs.

Commented On: What Are The Best Plug-In Electric Cars For Very Tall People?


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My Model S is very comfortable--once you get in.

But getting in and out is an awkward contortion for a tall (6 ft 2), creaky old guy like me. The entry-exit for the Volt is significantly easier, and the Leaf better yet.

The problem with the S is that the B pillar (the one between the doors) is too far forward. (Stated another way, the front door is too narrow.) When the seat is all the way back, as I require, the B pillar is well in front of the seat, which means you have to scrunch around it to get to the seat. Not easy.

I'd love to see a two-door version of the S, with a much wider door. Or better yet, follow the example of the Hyundai Veloster--a single wide door on the driver's side, and two doors on the passenger's side.

Commented On: Tesla Tunes Up Model S Warranty, Loaner Cars, Service Plan


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Is Tesla guaranteeing the capacity of the battery? They didn't say that specifically.

I think most of us Model S owners worry more about long-term capacity loss than bricking. I do, anyway.

In the aftermath of the Leaf's hot-weather problems, Nissan now guarantees that the Leaf battery will maintain at least 70 percent capacity after five years. If Tesla wants to have an industry-leading battery warranty, they need to beat Nissan. As far as I can tell, at this point they haven't even matched Nissan.

I talked to a Tesla sales guy at a local event yesterday, and he said they've tested Roadster batteries that are five years old with 100k-plus miles, and they still retain 90-plus percent capacity. If true, that's a very good sign.
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