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Commented On: Are Diesels The Future For Luxury Sport Sedans? Audi Says Yes


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Your post gives me the opportunity to point out that PG&E here in Northern California supplied no coal-fired electricity at all in 2012 and California's only nuke plant was recently permanently shut down. I'm sure you are also aware that Tesla's flat 100% torque/RPM curves require no transmission at all, you being a car enthusiast and all. I think fascination with pointless shifting is a little weird but what do I know? I'm just a consumer.

Commented On: Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars


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Yes - that's exactly what this is about. If you had to pay out-of-pocket today to upgrade your local transformer because your neighbors might someday all buy electric cars with 20 kW chargers, would you do it? But that's exactly what the utilities want to do for you. They get the benefit of a guaranteed return on the upgrade investment today and you get the benefit of paying for it. Can I sell you a shiny new nuke plant?

Commented On: Electric NASCAR? Not Yet, Just Dozens Of Teslas On Track


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"Ask the average NASCAR fan whether they think the sport should go electric, and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in polite company." Ask the average electric car owner what they think of the average NASCAR fan and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in polite company either. Just sayin'...

Commented On: Elon Musk's Hyperloop: 30 Minutes In Windowless 800-MPH Pod?


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Call me crazy, but I decided not to comment until I had read all 57 pages of Elon's proposal. Based on some of the comments here, others could benefit from this view. I think the proposal is brilliant. Maglev is cool, but the economics of a partial tube vacuum and air bearings are compelling - he sold me. The use of linear accelerators, solar power and battery storage is very clever. As for this not being an original idea, Apple didn't invent the tablet, Henry Ford didn't invent the automobile and Elon didn't invent the electric car either, but they got the ideas to actually work. The hyper loop idea should be VERY thoroughly explored before we go too far down the hi-speed rail path.

Commented On: Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras


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That's an interesting theory. I'm glad I don't have to ride with you. I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

Commented On: Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras


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I think you are misinterpreting the response. Tesla customers are paying $10k to increase their range from 208 miles to 265 miles. 3-6% of 265 miles range is NOT trivial to them. It IS trivial if you are already throwing away 75% of your energy in an ICE vehicle and there is a gas station on every corner.

Commented On: Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars


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I used to work for an electric utility and I assure you that if the (unlikely) need arises, they can upgrade distribution transformers a lot faster the car manufacturers can fill neighborhoods with electric cars. They are monopolies, have a guaranteed rate of return and make money on every kWh and every dollar they invest in hardware. Given their recent arguments for why solar power is just so unfair to their other customers, excuse me if I am a bit skeptical.

Commented On: Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars


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My utility data feedback shows the duty cycle on my A/C running over 75% for hours at a time and we could get down in the weeds about distribution transformer ratings and running in the cool of the night, but no need. When I see three more of my neighbors get Teslas, I will start to worry - or not.

Commented On: Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars


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You know, I totally do not get this. My car does not pull any more power than my air conditioner and my car has the good manners to draw its power at midnite during off-peak. If utilities can supply power for every air conditioner in my neighborhood running flat out during the hottest part of the day, why can't they supply electric cars in the middle of the night? Saying that the electric car draws as much as the rest of the house combined is just BS. I fully charge my 60 kWh battery every night through a 30 amp breaker - what's the problem?

Commented On: Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras


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Some way to eliminate that dreaded blind spot over my left shoulder is long overdue. If I can't have a cool radar map of what's around me, I'll take the camera. C'mon Tesla!
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