I think it's wonderful that you can use an electric vehicle. An 80 mile
range would work for me when all I have to do is go to the pharmacy, the
grocery store or other shopping but that's not all I do during a day. I
combine trips and I often plan a route to combine shopping with my
service calls. It's a simple concept that seems to be beyond the mental
capability of many people. ^_^
On Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:42:07 -0600, The Daring Dufas
Plug-in hybrids will probably be the best compromise once they get a
bit better, and for a while after that until electrical storage
technologies get good enough that electrical vehicles become practical
The real question with most of these technologies is: Do we want to
develop them, or do we want to wait and buy them from the Chinese? I
vote for investing in these types of things now so that we will own
That isn't the correct way of doing the calculation. What
you want to find is the INCREMENTAL cost of charging a
car. That could be lower or higher than the rate with your
method. For example if you have a monthly fixed charge
of $25, you're paying that regardless of the car and it
should not be attributed to the car. And if you're
in an area where rates escalate if you exceed a certain
amount, then you're going to pay more for the car
charging than shown by your method.
Could be. Here in NJ it's been around 15c to 17c.
The Tesla is a performance car that does 0 to 60 in like
I don't know. But rather than winging the calcs, there must be
some actual real world test results available online. One key
factor is that you're assuming the battery fully discharges on each
cycle. They don't. How much is left IDK.
I think your math may be off a bit, but I think the conclusion
is probably valid. That's why the govt is subsidizing these things
with big tax credits. They were picking up about 12K of the cost
of the Volts, don't know what the deal is now. And from what I
saw, even with that, the car still wasn't as good as a conventional
BTW, do you know that if you ever let the Tesla battery go
completely dead, it's bricked? That it cost like 30 -40K to
replace it? That's a nice feature. Even better, you would
think that would be in big print in the owners manual. It's
buried somewhere in there, but not made obvious. The car
can self drain the battery in about a month from a FULL charge.
So, what happens if you drive to the airport, arrive with the
battery low and leave on a week long trip?
It does have a phone home system where it alerts Tesla
that it's about to go kaput. And they then try to contact
you. LAst resort, when they could not find the owner,
they have even used the GPS to find the car and dispatch
their own Tesla service folks to plug it in. Despite that,
some have been bricked. A homeowner put one in a
garage for a couple months and thought it was plugged
in. Something happened with the cord getting disconnected.
Battery bricked and it isn't covered under warranty.
Another nice feature for pioneers.... But they seem to be
hippies that are focused on the idea that the car is zero
emission, conveniently forgetting that in most cases that
power is still coming from coal, nukes, etc.
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