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    son's new car

    Yesterday, my son took delivery of a new car. It is a Tesla S model. All electric, the 85kwh model. Being a dedicated greenie, he is excited. I'm still skeeptikal about driving a car with a 3,000 mile long extension cord.
    It is all electric, no gas engine back-up. About 300 miles range under ideal conditions. Here in the Ozarks, I'm guessing about half that is reality.
    Oh, well. If he is happy, I'm happy.
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    That is one sweet ride, I saw one up close here in traffic one day, seriously nice car.

    So have you asked him which is it, coal or nuclear powered....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    That is one sweet ride, I saw one up close here in traffic one day, seriously nice car.

    So have you asked him which is it, coal or nuclear powered....?
    He does not respond well to jokes about it. I once asked him how he was going to get it up my front stairs then make a right turn into the laundry room to use our 220V outlet to charge it up. Personally, I believe, in the long haul (no pun) the Tesla will be a failure because of very limited range. Their house is about 125 miles from mine on winding, hilly Ozark roads. He has a range of only 300 miles under optimum conditions. Meaning, he cannot make it here and then back home on a single charge. It is a very expensive commuter car. There are no service centers although some are being located around the country later. Tesla will have to send a tech to him if there is a problem. I read a review in a car magazine where two Teslas in a row went only twenty feet and died as the test was being started. Hope he doesn't have those problems.
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    That is a good looking car. One of my neighbors has one. He has installed a dedicated charging outlet in the driveway. I too question the price vs value. I do think people who buy this don't necessarily do it to save money but just to make a statement.
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    I'm waiting for hydrogen cars, can't wait to fill my car up with fuel with the garden hose.
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    I take it then that your son wouldn't be interested in a real nice used Hummer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I take it then that your son wouldn't be interested in a real nice used Hummer
    You have that right, big time.
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    I know a couple of people in Cali who have them and most really like them. They are pretty zippy rigs and seem to work well for city commutes (especially when there is a free charging station at work!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Personally, I believe, in the long haul (no pun) the Tesla will be a failure because of very limited range. Their house is about 125 miles from mine on winding, hilly Ozark roads. He has a range of only 300 miles under optimum conditions. Meaning, he cannot make it here and then back home on a single charge.
    Frank, I think there is a market for these cars. Here in Bellingham and the surrounding area it would work perfectly. Everything is 15 minutes away and that is more a function of traffic than distance. In a two car family, with a conventional or hybrid car/truck, it would be a great second car for all your local travels which is about 90% of all of our travel needs. The price and reliability would need to be improved first for me.
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    I agree that an all-electric car isn't practical for a lot of people, but for some it can be. Although I don't think an all-electric vehicle would work for my situation, I applaud your son for being an early adopter and being willing to spend the extra bucks to help get the new technology out there. (As I recall, he was one of the early Prius owners, and that's grown pretty strongly.) I got a good tour of the Tesla S at their showroom in Santa Monica earlier this year, and there is indeed some very cool technology behind the car.

    Internal combustion engines were pretty impractical when they first showed up on the market, too. I think if you look at history, pretty much every form of transportation had shortcomings in the beginning, and those shortcomings either went away as the infrastructure (and public opinion) changed, or they were engineered away. If not, the technology was shelved and something else took its place.
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