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[new tesla] is this the electric car you have been waiting for?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by vuk, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Rana

    Rana pfm Member

    Tesla have promised something very exciting, even I (working in the big bad oil industry) am tempted to possibly go down this route. The reality is that (i) subsidies are necessary to help offset battery costs, and these will eventually disappear (ii) leccy supply is tenuous (iii) range will always be an issue unless there is a breakthrough in battery technology. The REAL solution and one most OEMs are working on are the "plug in" electric-combustion engine hybrids which give an optimal solution to battery cost and range.
  2. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Batteries will never be the solution. Better to improve efficiency in internal combustion engines than waste money on batteries and never enough and too slow charging stations.
  3. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    If you travel at greater than 30 mph you will surely suffocate!
  4. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    I nearly laughed my coffee into my keyboard when I read this. GTE? You're having a laugh. The Tesla Model S is about the ONLY electric car that can achieve those sorts of miles without major delays at present.
  5. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    PS. I lease an i3 with the range extender and love it. Sure, I've yet to see more than 80 miles between charges, but with the REX capability I can maintain charge whilst on motorways and use the electric bit in town, but in ~3000 miles of leasing so far, we've used petrol on perhaps 100 of those miles. Total cost of travelling those miles (excluding car lease of course ;-) ) comes in at under £20, as the vast majority of our charging is done either with CYC or with destination charging at my wife's work.
  6. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    So, has anyone here actually put a deposit down? I'm really seriously considering it, save for the fact that, refundable deposit or no, I want some additional details on specification, pricing and actual performance. But I may take a walk up the road to our Tesla dealership this lunchtime..... ;)
  7. Dan43

    Dan43 pfm Member

    i3 looks a good car, the electric argument will move on as the argument is ongoing but building a gigafactory doesn't appear too ecofriendly, is it really a flash in the pan, does Elon really give a fig?
  8. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    Elon has divorced:



    He really wants to build:




  9. Dan43

    Dan43 pfm Member

    The numbers read back well, in 2 days 276,000 pre-orders at $1000 each so $276million in pre-orders in the bank making about $9billion in purchases if all actioned on, basic price is $35K but $42K an expected average with options added.
  10. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    yes I was reading this in the mags , amazing . my mum in law tried to buy a 24k vw e-up with no success recently so perhaps things are turning for electrics
  11. maxflinn

    maxflinn pfm Member

    How about the new Jaguar I-Pace?

    £60K for the entry level model though... :eek:

  12. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Staying alert

    Yup, really fancy one of those. £60k is outside my budget though. Maybe when there are some 2 year olds on the used market, perhaps...
  13. maxflinn

    maxflinn pfm Member

  14. TPA

    TPA Trade: Tiger Paw

    Jaguar will do well with that.
  15. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy


    the chap in that video doesn't know how to pronounce tesla.
  16. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I expect I'll be seeing a lot of those iPace's around here on the London/Essex border - given there are already a lot of Tesla's as well as a lot of expensive SUV's.

    I'm beginning to get tempted to replace one of our cars with an electric one, for my wife's daily commuter. I'd mostly likely go with one of the cheaper ones though as I think the depreciation on one of the expensive electric cars would most likely make it massively more expensive to run that the petrol A-Class Mercedes she currently uses to commute. The range on pure electric cars is still a big issue for me though as I drive between London and Edinburgh quite often and am now used to both of the cars I normally use for that (the A-Class or my wife's diesel SLK) being able to do the 400 mile trip without stopping, so adding in even just one re-charging stop would increase the journey time a fair bit.
  17. maxflinn

    maxflinn pfm Member

    That's OK vuk, once he can spell it correctly, or Joe Hutch might take out a hit on him.

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