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Old March 12th, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Tesla sighting

One of these gorgeous Tesla sedans passed me on 322 in Harrisburg, PA in the pouring rain today!
I am not in favor of electric cars.....but I jumped for my phone, bad pic I know I was doing 70 and he went by me pretty fast!
All I thought was I hope that car is waterproof!
$94,000 for one of these!
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Old March 12th, 2013, 10:32 PM
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Friend just bought one. Takes delivery by months end. Can't wait to drive it
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Old March 12th, 2013, 10:38 PM
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I've driven their original roadster. Accelerating off the line is like being shot out of a gun. No gears, no lag ... Honestly it's kind of weird.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Looks like a Maserati from the the front....at first thats what I thought was in my mirror until it got up beside me!
Beautiful car and I admire what this guy has accomplished.......but to bad its electric, thats where I lose my boner!
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:06 PM
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I see one almost daily. Its at on office building next to my sons school. Id love to see a "COAL POWERED!" bumper sticker on one.

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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:07 PM
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I walked past one a few days ago in San Francisco... nice looking machine.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:13 PM
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I've had mine for almost a month, and it's the most incredible thing I have ever owned. I had high expectations and this car has just blown me away. The concept of never going to a gas station is a very easy one to adjust to, especially at over $4/gallon. I splurged on the P85 version, which hits 60 in about 4 seconds, and passengers can hardly process the experience. I wouldn't trade this car for any other sedan on the market at any price.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:15 PM
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i've seen at least 3 different ones in Raleigh, plus the roadster. Good looking car.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:17 PM
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Here's mine...
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:23 PM
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So how do you feel about not being able to use and dc chargers other than tesla's?
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:29 PM
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Yes its cool and the styling is awesome....but it would be extra cool if it sounded like a Ferrari!
I would be bored with the "no noise of anykind " real quick!
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:30 PM
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So how do you feel about not being able to use and dc chargers other than tesla's?
It's just a business/client and around town car for me, so I only charge it at home. The outlet is a NEMA 14-50 --- basically a step up from a dryer connection --- and costs me about $6 for a full charge (265 miles of range). They gave me adapters for a regular 110 outlet as well as the one that is compatible with Blink, ChargePoint, and other chargers you'll find all over the place. I'll put about 12K/year on it and only plug it in every 3 or 4 days. I was an electric car skeptic at first, but this thing is a complete game changer. The only downside of the car is that long distance driving isn't very practical unless you're in areas where the Tesla Superchargers are easily accessible, so I'm keeping my extra car for road trips.

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I would be bored with the "no noise of anykind" real quick!
You'd think so, but the hauling ass in near silence (or with the stereo cranked) is a really cool sensation. I have a 911 that is about to get traded on a M-B SL63 for when I want to hear an aggressive exhaust note, so I feel fortunate (and work my tail off) to have the best of both worlds.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 11:37 PM
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Exactly. There are many manufacturers making quick chargers (like my company) but tesla refuses to reveal the protocol between the battery management system and the dc charges). So sure you can use a level II ac charger as those are standardized but that would take a tesla 6hrs plus to charge 80% There is no way tesla is going to strong arm the infrastructure to have every dc charger be tesla, so I think they are really hurting themselves in the long run.

When prices go down another 20% and range increase another 50% I will be first in line to buy

But right now the economics are still way out of being sensible for your average joe
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Old March 13th, 2013, 12:12 AM
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When they make an electric car that weighs less than a defender I will consider it. I have driven the fisker and tesla roadster and the jag V8 and exige S (both comparable gas powered cars to the electrics) drive circles around them due to the weight issue.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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there is one puttering around Leesburg - I saw it at the local grocery store. Very cool looking - caught my eye without even knowing what it was.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 08:55 AM
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There is at least one in my hood, although I don't know the owner.

If your beef with electric is no sound, i am sure there is software to give you noise if you want noise. But I don't see why you would want a fake engine sound.

It's out of my comfort zone price wise, but I'd buy one if I could convince my wife to get rid of 2 other cars
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Old March 13th, 2013, 09:01 AM
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I see a couple in DC but see more Fiskers than anything else. Im not a fan of the limited mileage of a battery only electric. The motor as a back up generator is a great thing. I like the Fiskers solar cell roof panel as well.

Tesla has had some really bad press lately in regards to range, or the lack thereof.

The more Volts I see around, the more appealing they become to me. They have a pure electric range of at least 25 miles (which is enough for my commute round trip) but are road trip worthy with the motor.
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The more Volts I see around, the more appealing they become to me.
I want to like the Volt, but it's a very, very small car. It is similar in concept to the plug-in prius - except that it has the interior of a Honda Civic from the 90's, as opposed to the Prius, which feels like a modern Camry on the inside.

I think that if GM stretched the wheelbase of the Volt by 14 inches and put all of those 14 inches in the rear passenger legroom, they would have had something that was unique on the market. Sort of a futuristic plug-in stretch limo.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 09:13 AM
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I agree you need at least one other car that can do long trips but combining them has their negatives as well. The Fisker is sweet but even more expensive iirc.

The press you recently saw really wasn't bad for Tesla and it was really more about a guy who didn't charge the car properly when doing a test drive. You wouldn't not buy gas if you were on empty and kept passing gas stations would you? That's what Broder did, including not charging the car overnight (a no brainer) and also attempting to kill the battery intentionally. The only real problems revealed were that the range is reduced in cold weather (but still more than acceptable) and that the software reporting the range was inaccurate at times.
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When they make an electric car that weighs less than a defender I will consider it.
I think a leaf is already lighter than a defender. Not sure about the tesla products, but they say the low center of gravity makes them handle well too.
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