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


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This has been my experience as well. I created an excel spreadsheet to determine the net present value of a Volt lease and an Elantra lease. I determined that at the old lease of $350 the Volt cost me approximately the same as an Elantra leased at $199 if I drove 80% of miles on battery and gas was $3.50. I have not quite hit the 80% goal, but that only means it's slightly more expensive for me than an Elantra lease at $199. At the new lease rates, the NPV is even better.

Commented On: Ford Plug-In Drivers Do 60% Of Miles On Electricity (Just Like Volt)


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I wish comparisons would cease assuming the average driver of one vehicle is the same as the average driver of another.

Purchasers choose vehicles based on their specific needs, not the needs of the average driver, which means the average driver of one vehicle is not necessarily the average driver of another.

The effect applies to all cars (e.g. average truck driver is not the average compact car diver) but is amplified in plugins and plugin hybrids because pure electric miles are so much cheaper than gas miles.

I'd like this article much more if it also cited average miles driven for each vehicle type. My guess is that Volt owners have slightly longer daily commutes and therefore achieve their 60% at a higher rate of total miles.

Commented On: It's Official: General Motors Now Sees Tesla As A Threat


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Agreed. My Chevy salesperson knew nothing of the car. My test drive was his first time in the car. He didn't know how to start it. All he knew was the price range. Before the test ride he asked if I might want to look at a high-end Camaro as well.

I think Chevy could do a better job of including the unique benefits felt by particularly situated owners (e.g. owner - "I live 18 miles from my work and so am so can drive all electric the week. The gas tank is just there for the Saturday two-hour trip to grandma's.")

Commented On: Will 100,000 Sign Petition For Tesla Motors Sales By Friday?


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Great petition. I would love to have the White House weigh in on this.

Commented On: North Carolina Wants To Make It Illegal For Tesla To E-Mail Customers


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This is very silly.

I'm ok with advocacy groups advocating for their constituents, even when, as here, the advocacy is ridiculous.

My problem is that this ridiculous advocacy was effective and agree with comments that interpret this as a systemic issue.

If our system produces representatives that are persuaded by advocates of the ridiculous, our system is flawed.

Commented On: North Carolina Wants To Make It Illegal For Tesla To E-Mail Customers


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I agree with the spirit of your comment, but your interpretation of the interstate commerce clause is inaccurate. States are permitted to regulate commerce within their state, even if it impacts interstate commerce. However, if the federal government decided to regulate, their law would preempt the state law to the extent they overlap.

Commented On: Will Future Tesla Electric Cars Use Metal-Air Batteries?


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I think the air/metal idea is very interesting and dissenters are prematurely ruling out an idea that's still in its infancy.

However, the most interesting idea in this article is of a secondary/replaceable car battery.

Car makers would be far more capable of producing a no-compromise electric car if they could build in only regularly-used range and provide rarely-used range via a secondary battery that plugs into the car and charges the primary battery while in use a la the Mophie iPhone case. Why reduce efficiency by always carrying additional battery weight when you could simply toss it in whenever needed and potentially swap out at Tesla stations as you go?

You wouldn't even need to recharge. Just swap out and charge while you drive!

Commented On: Worst Thing About The Tesla Model S? Driving Anything Else Afterwards


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I don't agree with comment regarding the disk player. It's akin to complaining about the lack of a tape player/cigarette lighter at the turn of the century.

Commented On: Worst Thing About The Tesla Model S? Driving Anything Else Afterwards


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If you're interested in the potential for the electric driving experience, watch this (posted last week on this site): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IElqf-FCMs8

Commented On: On Picking Data: Car And Driver's Deceptive Electric-Car Sales Graph


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According to the linked site, the first mass marketed hybrid car was released by Audi in 1997. If you shifted hybrids back 3 years, electric wins even if you start at Tesla 2008.

Here's the relevant excerpt:

1997

Audi became the first manufacturer in Europe to take a hybrid vehicle into volume production: the Audi duo based on the A4 Avant. The vehicle was powered by a 90 horsepower 1.9-litre TDI in conjunction with a 29 horsepower electric motor. Both power sources drove the front wheels. A lead-gel battery at the rear stored the electrical energy. The Duo was not a commercial success and therefore discontinued, prompting European carmakers to focus their R&D investment on diesels.

http://www.hybridcars.com/history-of-hybrid-vehicles
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