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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by svs, Jun 4, 2013.
The Tesla is plugged in....
Got in on the First Response!!
That picture is historic for me as it's the first electric vehicle I've seen parked in a residential driveway and plugged in... I think that will be much more common in years to come...
Cool Tesla! They are getting to be more common. Yesterday I saw 2 within a half mile stretch.
Why can't other car makers produce beautiful, sexy "green" cars?
Now all you need is a roof full of solar panels.
I saw one on my street a while back.(Red Deer AB)
Couldn't imagine what it took to get it here in time or money seeing as the nearest
dealer is Seattle.
That, because the other vehicle is a Land Rover, your fleet average fuel economy is still only 14 mpg? (I wonder about long-term damage to your charging cord from having the garage door sitting on it.)
Buddy of mine just got a Volt as a company car. Surprised me when I rode to his house and saw a car in his driveway with a cord running to the house. . .
I was really surprised by the acceleration when we took it for a ride. That instant power could get pretty addicting.
I never did like their music.
White is a terrible color for that car.
It's nice looking except for the carp front end. The nose is terrible looking.
Because they typically have terrible range, obscene charge times, and aren't *really* green, especially depending on where you live. In some places (like here, where most of our electricity comes from hydro dams), for some people (those who drive short distances to work) they make sense. Everywhere else, for the rest of the population, they suck.
You haven't been keeping up. Elon Musk is building charging stations, with a goal of being able to go coast-to-coast (on I-80) by winter, and with coverage of 98% of the population of the U.S. and Canada by 2015. They're testing a new rapid charger that can fully recharge the battery pack in 20 minutes, and expect to deploy them this summer.
No, it's not a TDI, with its 600-mile range, but it's not a Leaf, either. It'd be nice if the stations weren't Tesla-only, but until battery packs and control circuits are standardized, it would be dangerous to try to rapid-charge any Joe Blow who happens along.
Yes, they're getting better. And in the future, with greener electricity available, I believe they will be THE mode of transportation. However, a claimed 200 miles to a charge (ever try to get 36 mpg out of a car rated for 36 mpg?) and 30 minutes to charge to 50% just won't cut it in the long run. That's 30 minutes charge time to go 100 miles, in addition to travel time.
Definitely a step in the right direction, but not up to snuff compared to typical ICE engines.
With that said, I can't WAIT until they get batteries/capacitors figured out. The simplicity of electric vehicles is something that we will ALL benefit from... eventually.
From your link, "Tesla said new technology is being tested now that will allow its cars to be fully recharged in about 20 minutes. The technology will be available at stations this summer, the company said." So, the implication is that the battery in the car is charged but it's an imprecise statement.
My neighbor with the Model S said that the rumor is battery swaps. Apparently the battery can be removed very quickly.
I don't see how that's the actual solution, especially since they're letting the folks with extended-range Model Ss recharge for free.
I do think an electric motorcycle could be set up with swappable range-extender batteries, fitting a couple of briefcase-sized compartments between the side cases and the rear subframe, and using a system similar to a BBQ propane tank exchange to swap batteries on a trip. The difference is that the batteries would be recharged on-site, unlike a propane bottle.
The Land Rover isn't in the shop
The license plate on the Tesla:
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I thought that was what the OP was pointing out...
the car is "green" pay attention man
Is anyone out there working on developing electric cars that have easily swapped batteries? That really seems like the ideal situation: just pull into a fueling station and swap the battery.
Or hell, allow for an "extender" battery- something small, like briefcase size, that could be grabbed at a fueling station and plugged into the car to get some extra mileage in a pinch.
It really seems that electric vehicles are viable, even with today's batteries, but the infrastructure really needs developing. And sorry, but quick charge stations are not the way to go.
The Tesla battery can be removed in about five minutes apparently, from under the car. Maybe it will still be free to swap batteries. I don't think fully charging an 80Kwh battery in 20 minutes can be done with the batteries Tesla uses without a huge cooling system if it is possible at all. Also, I did some rough calculation and I think it would require a four inch conductor.