I live on the same road as the Tesla factory, and had no idea what they have been up to. A year ago they only had 50 cars in the parking lot, now there are maybe 500, so I knew they had to be getting ready to release a finished car, but they keep a low profile.
It's a real car factory though, it was originally a GM factory, later NUMMI (GM-Toyota) and now Tesla.
That center console touchscreen must be 12" x 18" or so. It's Obscene! And their front end has awesome capabilities!
kinda cool but i understand they are much heavier than the lotus they are based on
Dang! I was expecting a Tesla Transporter. (It's analog as opposed to those Star Trek idiots that use digital.)
I wonder if it has a physical switch/controls option for those like me that rarely else can't look at their dash to control things?
(Wouldn't that be ironic - I once designed or built electronic instrumentation for old cars. To think that one day I might be offering the reverse migration... LOL!)
I honestly dont think electric cars are ready for the prime time yet, I drive about 40,000 miles per year and I know for sure i could not have one. The trouble is how long it takes to charge if you could fully charge over lunch then this would work for me but you cant. And look at the cost $580 per month ore $63,000 to buy to much money. I hear Mazda is bringing their clean diesel to the usa in 2015. and I know in Europe they sell the CX-5 with the skyactive diesel it get 52MPG imagine that in the Mazda 3 or 6
oh and I forgot they just licensed Toyota's synergy drive, imagine a diesel hybrid Probably a 75+ MPG SUV
diesel hybrids are the future...
those and cng/propane.
Electric will only become standard when you can hold a charge for 300+ miles and recharge it in 15 minutes or less.
Pure electrics may not yet suit long haulers or big milers like tuminatr nor me, but they do suit those that do sub-one hour commutes to work or shops or schools etc.
But that suitability will extend. There are various quick charge and replacement technologies in progress, and other methods will evolve.
There will still probably be a role for fossil fueled vehicles... just like steam cranes may still be superior to modern (diesel-) electric cranes.
Unfortunately down here wall socket charged electrics are probably worse carbon producers than raw petroleum fueled vehicles (we have predominantly fossil power and no nukes). Not that IMO that matters much until people get it thru their skulls that buried carbon fuels must stay buried. But hey, let's not go there...
lol could not have said it better myself, electrics are just too expensive and to limiting right now. Some day they will be a better deal but I have done the math and its cheaper for me to drive a SUV than a Prius because of the cost of the vehicle. After all its your monthly payment plus cost of gas that is the bottom line, unless you buy one for image.
As I said, Pure electrics won't be popular until they can go 300 miles, charge in less than 15 minutes and don't cost an arm and leg...
Was funny seeing this video today because I actually SAW one on the road about an hour after seeing this video near me while we were headed out to a park for a get together.
Looked exactly like the one in the video. The driver looked to be of Asian decent so I highly doubt he was from the video but the car was a similar color.
The door handles were sunk into the car and it was definite that same type of car. I did not get close enough for long enough to see the computer in the dash though...