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Comment: Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (Score 1) 333

by BasilBrush (#46817925) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

You're way off. The average person doing an average walking pace would take about 35-40 mins to do 2 miles. 30 mins at a brisk walking pace. 15 mins would be walking-race speed, and far beyond most people.

"Specific studies have found pedestrian walking speeds ranging from 4.51 kilometres per hour (2.80 mph) to 4.75 kilometres per hour (2.95 mph) for older individuals and from 5.32 kilometres per hour (3.31 mph) to 5.43 kilometres per hour (3.37 mph) for younger individuals;[3][4] a brisk walking speed can be around 6.5 kilometres per hour (4.0 mph).[5] Champion racewalkers can average more than 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph) over a distance of 20 kilometres (12 mi). An average human child achieves independent walking ability at around 11 months old.[6]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

Comment: Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (Score 2, Interesting) 333

by BasilBrush (#46817867) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

1000 times thank you. I've had to repeat the "Volt is a Prius" mantra far more than I care to.

The reason you are having to repeat it so often, is that you are mistaken.

The Volt is a serial hybrid. The ICE only powers a generator. The power from the generator can be fed both into the electric motor, or can be used to recharge the batteries.

This is unlike the Prius, where the motor has a mechanical linkage to the drive wheels.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1) 90

by BasilBrush (#46817181) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

I'm afraid that's your wish rather than reality.

This was the 90s Mac before the iMac. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...
Dull beige PC looking thing with equally uninspiring specs.

The current iMacs, Macs, Macbooks, Macbook Air, iPhone 5, iPad and iPad Mini are certainly not dull and uninspiring. And the specs of every one are amongst the best in the industry. Customer satisfaction is the very best in the industry, and has been every year for more than a decade.

Comment: Re:Is this really a problem? (Score 1) 189

by BasilBrush (#46806057) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

Will it be half, which is what you claimed higher up about batteries (admittedly in reply to some imbecile who thought it'd be a tenth)?

Wow! One sentence and you managed to make comprehension errors on both short posts you mention.

I never claimed it would be half, and the person I replied to never claimed it would be a tenth.

Comment: Re:volume (Score 1) 189

by BasilBrush (#46805973) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

First question, is there only one battery company in the world?

The idea behind your question is that competition always ensures the lowest price for products. That is clearly not true, even in the naive theories of Adam Smith. It's even less true when you consider that the true mechanism is game theory, and Nash showed there are other equilibriums.

Second question, what has price got to do with cost?

Lower the costs and reduce the profit margins by cutting out middle men and using economies of scale, and you can reduce the price. If you are motivated to do so.

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 189

by BasilBrush (#46800941) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

It sounds like insurance. You are paying someone else to take on the risk. That costs extra money, but it's predictable.

Personally I self-insure everything for which there isn't a legal necessity to have insurance. I don't see any point in paying someone else to take a risk when I can do it myself.

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