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Old 23rd August 2007, 15:24   #16
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Wow, I like this idea a lot, but one thing, they should keep a good surround sound system hidden behidn the passenger compartment, permanently playing some nice car sounds for the full effect, because I dont think this battery powered thing is going to make any evocative noises by itself!!
Made me think. Just imagine peak office hour traffic 20years down the line with only electric vehicles plying ! Eerie silence it will be.

Unless the ICE brigade takes over
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Great new for we indians who are getting squashed under the load of global oil pool deficit!!!! Nice find 1Day....thats a nice looking machine....!
Yea wait till you hear the price of the Tesla its more than 200K USD !
Anyway i agree with your point in a way what you probably mean is electric cars are a good cheap city alternative
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Yea wait till you hear the price of the Tesla its more than 200K USD !
Anyway i agree with your point in a way what you probably mean is electric cars are a good cheap city alternative

Correction Its only 90,000 USD

I dont think the telsa is expensive at all !!!

For 90k USD you get a car that can do 0-62 MPH in 4.1 secs
an average of 135 Miles per US Gallon
Carbon fibre Body
Excellent Lotus elise handling ......

now how many internal combustion engine sports cars can match that ??
and at that price ????

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Based on what I've heard around here, we might be seeing a common-rail diesel version of the Corvette within the end of this decade.

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For 90k USD you get a car that can do 0-62 MPH in 4.1 secs
an average of 135 Miles per US Gallon
Carbon fibre Body
Excellent Lotus elise handling ......

now how many internal combustion engine sports cars can match that ??
and at that price ????
If I buy a regular elise over a Tesla (sic), I will get the following:

1) $40,000 to buy gas with. This should last me a lifetime.
2) Genuine Lotus handling because the Elise weighs about 30% less
3) Its just cooler to NOT have an electric motor in your car for anything other than starting the engine.

Oh, and by the way, the Elise is geared for a true 150 mph top speed, and still does a decent sub-5 second run to 60 mph. If it were geared to 130 mph (Tesla top speed) then it will do the 60 mph run in about 4 seconds or less. So sorry, battery power isnt there yet.

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Made me think. Just imagine peak office hour traffic 20years down the line with only electric vehicles plying ! Eerie silence it will be.
Never in India....you will still have the incessant honking!
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Correction Its only 90,000 USD
hmm very interesting. well 200K was what they were proposing way before the car was released i guess it had a sub 3 second 0-60 timed version which senator arnold schwarznegger drove. but anyway i get the point. its still too expensive at 90K for the benefits. they'd put all that technology in a slower longer driving range car and try to make the batteries cheaper some how it'd help.
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By the way does anyone remember the GM EV1? Sadly its gone crushed due to all the lobbying. Read about it and you'll know what a great car it was. Theres a movie
Thats the trailer. The movie talks about how we have the technology but regular auto mfg's and oil companies lobby against it. Excellent movie and a must see to realise that its never about the game but all about $$
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Never in India....you will still have the incessant honking!
True. But what about SpeedRun ? F1 ?
Jeez .. will be awful.
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Daily Kos: State of the Nation

Why do bail out GM, instead lend a helping hand to Tesla
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Tesla has unveiled the Roadster 3.0 package. The upgraded model takes a three pronged approach to improving efficiency by reworking the battery, aerodynamics and rolling resistance. When put together, these changes boost the Roadster's range up to nearly 645 kms. Tesla will be demonstrating this in the real world during a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in early 2015.

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Tesla / Lotus Battery Magic: 0-60mph in about 4 secs and 135mpg 250mile range-roadster25rearwindroof.jpg
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