Tesla Motors

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Tech
http://www.teslamotors.com/index.php?js_enabled=1

Really cool looking electric car.
There are 37 comments:
Male 1,386
thats kinda expensive...
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Female 83
My DREAM CAR...
Oh I am In Love!!!!
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Male 991
I think I saw this in Time or some other magazine couple months back. Nice car. Too expensive.
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Male 1,496
once it`s affordable... maybe.
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Male 2,616
so at 100k itll pay for itself in A BILLION YEAR
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Male 51
WOW what a deal, I can spend $100000 (check the Buy Tab) and get a car that has a maximum range of 250 miles per charge. Most gas powered cars can do 350 to 400 miles on a tank. And it will be available for sale sometime around April of next year.

Lets do some simple math. If I buy a $30000 gas powered auto that leaves me with $70K in the bank. With that 70K I can buy 28000 gals. of gas at $2.50/gal. Assuming 25MPG (doable) that`s 700,000 miles I can travel on the money I save. Since no car will last 700K miles I come out ahead economically all the way around since during the life of the car I`ll be using that 70K for other things. This is known as minimizing your lost opportunity costs.

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Male 366
this just in: electric cars do not have to be japanese boxes.

electric car producers finally got a clue.

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Female 109
I. WANT. IT. But most likely it will still be out of my price range when I graduate from college.
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Male 332
70 pounds? I`m calling BS on that. Unless everything was made of plastic, I can`t see something that big being that light...
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Male 308
Yo, that is one sexaay car ;)
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Male 438
And finally I`d be interested to see how long this charges when taking power from about 4 or 5 separate outlets, because most times an electric car needs a separate plug connecting to the power source your HOUSE uses not the one which any appliance can use.

It doesn`t cost much to install but most people wouldn`t go to the trouble.

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Male 438
sitting in the car, it still accelerates faster than the original.

Also the Elise was never about HP, HP means nothing because it`s all about preformance, the mustang weighs the same as this car. 500lbs is enough to cut down track times but when compared to all road cars this will murder them. The Elise chassis would kick your car`s ass.

Once or if they halv the weight of storing electricity electric cars will crush gas cars.

The lack of sound is a very sad thing though.

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Male 438
Here are some specific figures after research, and the reason they probably based their car off the Elise was that the Elise is one of the lightest cars built in the world. It weighs 1900lbs with a chassis that only weighs 150.

The batery pack and electric engine, compared to a fule tank and gas engine, weigh 600lbs more!

That`s like having 2 fat people in your car. The values are obviously reversed where a gas engine weighs a lot and the fule weighs little, and an electric engine weighs nothing but the fule weighs I would say about 700 pounds.

The nice thing about electricity is as space age materials are developed we can make engines lighter, imagine an engine made out of depleted uranium for example. As power cell technology increases battery weight will go down, as only a very very small portion of the mass in a battery is directly used to store electricity.

Either way the advantages of Electric Engines are clear because EVEN with the equivilent of two Oprahs...

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Male 1,039
My mustang has that much horsepower with cold air and dual flowmasters...and I know it sounds a lot better tearing down the road. This thing would kill it in acceleration though, 200+ rwhp at launch..I don`t top that till about 2500 to 2800 rpm. A top speed of 140 is kinda slow though.
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Male 643
My middle name is Tesla, I would never drive anything that doesn`t run on the extinction of dinosaurs.
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Male 438
Yeah the idea is great but the name is so so.

The thing you have to understand with electric cars is yes they have great acceleration, are free to drive, and don`t polute.

But because of the battery the whole thing will have a ridiculous weight to it. It`s at best like filing your entire back seat with water.

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Male 1,383
Wow, that`s not bad either
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Female 228
sweet! pretty cool how its electric too.
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Male 22
It`s about time someone made an electric car that didn`t look like crap. Too bad it cost so much.
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Male 77
This car is not a model, it IS in production, based off of the Lotus Elise chassis.

I think it`s rated at 250hp with acceleration to 60 at around 4 seconds and a topspeed hovering near 140.

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Male 393
I bet in the real world this is absolute shi*e. Stuck in the middle of nowhere looking for a plug point. No thanks.
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Female 552
my sisters name is tesla shes always mad she cant find keychains with her name on them lol
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Female 449
cool, i want a black one
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Male 946
did ne1 notice the acceleration? `0-60 in ABOUT 4 seconds`
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Male 2,703
the one that was on the science channel was more impressive. 8 tires for better traction and speed, only problem with all these electric cars are that the battery for them costs close to 50k each, so when they go out, you have to rebuy your car. soon they will perfect it to go down to better costs, but as it is now, too expensive for the average consumer. and you just KNOW that the govt is going to intervene, just think how much they would lose in oil income!!!!
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Male 102
avatar, nikolai tesla was a man from serbia. and theres not really any one "tesla technology", he came up with tonnes of different things that are still around today

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Tesla

ps i want one of these so bad

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Male 142
Proto-choped!!!! BBBOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Female 1,972
I was hoping for the band. :(
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Male 195
its called tesla because the person who invented tesla technology,her surname was tesla and she was russian
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Female 1,228
meh, its a car.
big woop.
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Male 99
Maybe in 15-20 years, production costs will be cheap enough for the average consumer. But I want a pickup.
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Female 3,562
I like the name too, amusing homage. However, it`s not a real friggin car, just models.
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Male 1,647

Well, well, well...

About. Damn. Time. There`s hope for this world yet... Let me save some money, win the lottery or buy into the right stocks.. then you`ll see me in one of those.

For now I love my Scion tC.

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Female 344
I like the name, Tesla.
Fin.
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Male 591
wish I had 100k to buy it.
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Male 1,364
interesting
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Male 10,115
Link: Tesla Motors [Rate Link] - Really cool looking electric car.
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