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Totally agree on the about to arrive. I toured Ballard 15 years ago for a potential bus demonstration project. It was about to arrive in the client's opinion back among all the market hype at that time. They wisely stuck with CNG.
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I lost a lot of $$ in A123 stock. Asshats.
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Another Tesla trivia. They're the only car company who has paid off their government loans... in full... nine years yearly: http://mobile.businessweek.com/artic...ion-loser-loan
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We were driving from Mt. Rushmore to Dallas the past two days; we stayed overnight in Hays, KS. There is a bank of 5 'fast charge' stations behind the Applebee's. The thought being... A driver could stop for a meal and after the meal, they have a full charge to continue along their road trip.

I saw a driver that was doing just that... A cross country trip in an electric car.
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We were driving from Mt. Rushmore to Dallas the past two days; we stayed overnight in Hays, KS. There is a bank of 5 'fast charge' stations behind the Applebee's. The thought being... A driver could stop for a meal and after the meal, they have a full charge to continue along their road trip. I saw a driver that was doing just that... A cross country trip in an electric car.
Because you average tesla owner really eats a Applebee's ....
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Old June 14th, 2014, 10:48 PM
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Because you average tesla owner really eats a Applebee's ....
I know... I made a similar comment to my wife. But for Hays, it was one of the nicer places to eat.
We stayed in an abutting hotel, when my daughter noticed a large group of people standing around the car. Then I realized what it was... I had read somewhere that Telsa was putting these charging stations on major interstates to encourage road trips in their cars( alas, it is the first one I've actually seen. I'm told there is one also between Dallas and Austin.
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There are nicer places to eat in Hays.KS but we like to keep you sightseers close to the highway so you can be on your way.
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Nice rollout of the Tesla 3 last night. More preorders than the # of BMW 3-Series sold in the US last year.
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Nice rollout of the Tesla 3 last night. More preorders than the # of BMW 3-Series sold in the US last year.
Agree - it's really amazing what Tesla has done - they were up against big oil and auto dealers and are close to their end goal - I'm biased as I have an S but cool to see it all unfold.
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There are nicer places to eat in Hays.KS but we like to keep you sightseers close to the highway so you can be on your way.
Funny I was born in hays ks...
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Anyone know the math of 200000 new tesla's all plugging into the electric grid to re-charge every night. At which point do we go to rolling black outs ? Anyone tried the math behind how many extra MegaWatts are needed to fuel all these cars ?
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Electric cars can actually be used to balance the grid. Nighttime electrical use drops making for an inefficient state so is a good time to charge. With a large fleet they can be used to put power back in during the day to cut peak generating demand.
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Anyone know the math of 200000 new tesla's all plugging into the electric grid to re-charge every night. At which point do we go to rolling black outs ? Anyone tried the math behind how many extra MegaWatts are needed to fuel all these cars ?
Yea that and the supercharger stations will be a nightmare - doesn't affect me in the boonies but gonna be some long lines in the big cities.
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If Tesla keeps adding charging stations...and the goal is to add many more.... hope lines are not too bad. Have not had a problem with "lines" yet and I've traveled from Chicago all the way to Florida and most of East coast in the Model S. Also, as battery packs get more efficient, will gain more mileage out of battery packs.
JQ11: Musk said he will have a 120 battery pack around 2018...I'm all about the swap.
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Love knowing that the electrics ride for free on the roads that the others who pay fuel taxes pay for.
Doesn't seem quite right.
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If Tesla keeps adding charging stations...and the goal is to add many more.... hope lines are not too bad. Have not had a problem with "lines" yet and I've traveled from Chicago all the way to Florida and most of East coast in the Model S. Also, as battery packs get more efficient, will gain more mileage out of battery packs. JQ11: Musk said he will have a 120 battery pack around 2018...I'm all about the swap.
Yea swap will make sense at 120+. Put down a deposit for the 3 when it opened so we'll see what battery/options look like then - put down deposit on the X a while back too but decided against as still too crossover/minivan for me but good to grab a spot in line.
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Anyone know the math of 200000 new tesla's all plugging into the electric grid to re-charge every night. At which point do we go to rolling black outs ? Anyone tried the math behind how many extra MegaWatts are needed to fuel all these cars ?
My neighbor across the street has his own solar panel charging for his Nissan Leaf. Their other car is a Prius.
And here I am with two fuel gulping Rovers. That balances it all out.
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So.. Just asking

Why did you (anyone) buy a tesla?

I mean cool looking car, but still limited and at 100k spec'd up for a mod s...

Why?

Curious...
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Agree - it's really amazing what Tesla has done - they were up against big oil and auto dealers and are close to their end goal - I'm biased as I have an S but cool to see it all unfold.
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So.. Just asking

Why did you (anyone) buy a tesla?

I mean cool looking car, but still limited and at 100k spec'd up for a mod s...

Why?

Curious...
For the same reason People buy Lambos, Ferraris, GT3 and never drive them faster than the speed limit

A must have so the neighbors measure your success :-)

Drove my friend's P85 , impressive acceleration, but freaks me out not listening to the engine noise, not impress for the price tag of 150k
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