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Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 688 688

I love all these "I know someone, who isn't me" posts about something.

I actually am a leaf owner. So I'll let you know from personal experience. I bought mine used for $14,000. It had just over 20,000 miles on it. It wasn't the base model it was fully packed older model with a battery in very good condition. And before you ask, the answer is "no my situation is not uncommon". My brother bought his new, and walked out having paid $22,300. If someone actually paid $32,500 for one they got ripped off.

electricity costs.. $2.50 per what?
Per month for me.. I couldn't tell you, honestly I have never been able to notice any solid increase in my bill. I notice more when my wife does a lot of cooking. The charger uses far less electricity than the hot water heater, or the stove.

The older leaf I own has a reliable range of 40-50 miles, I'll agree with that. In the dead of winter when it's freezing out and I'm running the defroster and the heater in traffic I probably wouldn't do more than 40 miles. I've had to use the quick charger a couple times when I had to do a lot of driving or if I forgot to charge at night. No more than ten minutes worth of charging on the quick charger, it's usually if I'm getting low, and I never let it get below 20% so that has to be calculated into the actual range. In the summer even with AC on full time I do more like 60 miles before getting to 20%. I don't give a rats buns about watching my power usage so I couldn't tell you what the range is without using AC, or smoking cars off the lights. The car has quite a nice bit of acceleration, and it handles hella solid in the corners because of the low CG. On top of that, my maintenance costs are zero. No oil changes, no transmission, no engine parts to replace. The regenerative braking kicks in to slow the car until you are almost at a dead stop which means the brakes last a hell of a lot longer.

Also worth noting, Nissan has just announced that starting as soon as August newer cars will be equipped with an improved 30kwh battery up from the existing 24kwh battery. It's just newer tech in the same size battery pack giving the car another 30% usable range.

Personally I don't think electric cars are for everyone. At least not yet. But they are getting there. The cost of Lithium Ion batteries have dropped 50% in the last few years and they are expected to get even cheaper and yield much higher energy densities in the future. When you can buy an electric car (that looks like a normal car, gotta say that) that will give you 200+ miles on a single charge for around the same cost of a ICE car people will opt to buy them.

Now if it only ran Linux..

Comment Re:Require licenses for commercial driving or not? (Score 1) 177 177

Exactly, in France much like New York you must purchase a Taxi medallion. In NY these are well over 1M dollars each in France they are over 300K Euros. It's a lot of moola, but it's also an investment. If and when you get out of the biz you can sell the medallion to someone else. Uber has just side stepped all regulation making those medallions worthless . It's much like burning someone’s house down. Most of these people will never be able to get back the investment by simply driving a cab. Which means Uber is stripping much of their retirement fund. So ya their pissed.

Comment Re:News Agencies Responsible for Murder and Terror (Score 1) 96 96

Terrorists are looking for reaction. We can fairly assume that they are going to tune their actions toward public exposure in any case. If reporters did not choose to report on any terrorist actions, they would simply find the next best thing. Perhaps spending more time working terror at the local level or moving toward bigger and more harmful actions in an attempt to gain a response.

While on the one hand you may be exciting evil doers who's actions were taken to prompt this kind of notoriety, you may also be leaving the public blind to potentially dangerous situations they may not otherwise have gotten themselves into. Some may say that IS stopped kidnapping reporters because there has been less publicity about it, but it might also be said that fewer reporters are putting themselves in those situations.

Comment Re:homeowner fail (Score 1) 536 536

My wife had an office built out in a building in West Seattle that only offered Comcast as an option. There were plenty of small tech companies in the building so we figured it was a no brainer. It took 8 months of calling them over and over before they even sent anyone out to look at it. It took less than an hour to actually hook up. But that was 8 months of her using her phone to connect to the internet. Not only that but more than one sales person actually lied to her about having sent someone, or not having heard from her. It was indignant and awful.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 257 257

Yes. Tesla is an exotic car maker. They thrill their owners who want nothing less than a very well designed car that is aesthetically satisfying. In the US the $7000 tax incentive can be taken off the bill on purchase. That means the $35,000 Tesla model 3 is actually $28,000, making it less than a BMW S3 before removing the monthly fuel cost.

If you are looking for an "economy" sub compact EV, you will be looking for some time. The energy density of LI batteries simply do not allow for the kind of range most people want in a car that small. You can't fit enough battery in there, even after they get the price of the battery down. Now I know that you are thinking there are plenty of mid sized cars out there that you could purchase for less than $28,000, you'd be right. But they won't be a Tesla.

Comment Re:I can't imagine the Tesla ever being "affordabl (Score 1) 257 257

So doing a little math, I may be corrected by someone, but here goes. $35000 - $7000 tax refund = $28000. 72 months at 3.7% (wife just got that, some people get better) is $434 per month, -$75 per month for gas (most people I know spend $100 or more on gas per month, and that's at current rates). That's $359 per month, after gas savings. That doesn't account for oil changes, or other normal servicing for internal combustion engines, so I'm giving it some leeway.

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