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Comment Re:Sports car != 0-60mph (Score 1) 213

For the thousandth time, a low 0-60 time does not make your car a sports car. There is so much more to a sports car than raw acceleration. The Miata is 3x slower than a Tesla to 60mph but it's ten times the sports car. Go drive one and use a manual transmission.

This is an article about Porsche making an electric sports car. Porsche knows a thing or two about sports cars.

Parent was a reply to all the "Tesla is a sports car" comment.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 904

This makes it popular and gives it a party trick (insane mode) but doesn't do much for driving enjoyment.

Party trick? You could say that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Get back to me when anyone ever has that much fun with an M3. :-)

Yeah, like that never gets old. I've had fast cars and slow cars and it was always the car that communicated with you the most that was the most rewarding to drive. There is so much more to driving then acceleration...

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 904

A Tesla is nicer to drive than an M3.

Ha! Ha! Ha! You can't compare a Tesla to what is the benchmark to automotive excellence that is the M3...

The Tesla has exactly 2 things going for it: torque and the fact that it's an EV. This makes it popular and gives it a party trick (insane mode) but doesn't do much for driving enjoyment.

People who actually know and enjoy cars care about things like engine sound, steering feedback, torque delivery, shifter feel (yes, manual transmissions still exist) and a zillion little things that make some cars special and others not so much. I'm sure the Tesla is a fine ride but it sounds very boring to trot around in silence with nothing to do (no transmission) other than play with the iPad glued to the dashboard.

No wonder EV proponents naturally gravitate towards the self-driving car argument. EV cars are boring as hell....

And you have it completely the wrong way around on snow handling. EVs are out in the snow when ICE cars are stuck. It's the low end torque and the extra weight.

Actually, no. Snow and ice tend to be slippery so you don't actually want a lot of torque going to the wheels because that makes them slip. In general, you want weight over the driving wheels, good winter tires and the ability to control your cars gear, throttle and clutch precisely. For most of these things the EVs are not a good fit...

A Nissan Leaf is nicer to drive than a Nissan Versa.

And you have it completely the wrong way around on snow handling. EVs are out in the snow when ICE cars are stuck. It's the low end torque and the extra weight. Don't bother arguing the point, you'll find out if you google.

Biofuels are irrelevant (except for pork barrelling). Virtually all ICE cars run fossil fuels. But when I said in all ways, I clearly didn't just mean the global warming effect. I meant more generally that ICE cars are oily, sooty things.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

But you're also making the case for how absurd it is that people use additional energy (compounded over several million vehicles I bet it ads up) in the form of gasoline to always carry around stuff they only sometimes need.

The whole system is designed for people having stuff "they only sometimes need". Most commuters only need a single seat and a 20 mile range but they keep the 4 seat SUV with a gasoline engine so they can take the family to the lake once a month. It's not just cars. Most people have a "guest bedroom" and additional extra rooms in their house that are only used occasionally. It gets even worse than that, how often does someone actually use the ladder, extension cord, etc... that's hanging in their garage. I doubt that in an average city that more than 1% of ladders are being actively used at any one time. The "parent with extra crap" stuff is actually easy to solve. Just get a large duffle bag with all the stuff and throw it in the trunk when the car shows up but there is a ton of "extra capacity" everywhere in modern life. I would venture to guess that if we could efficiently distribute items only when needed that we could reduce our consumption of things like shopvacs, ladders, ext cords, by 90+% because a vast majority of the stuff in the average house is not used on a daily basis and some of it sits and rots for months between uses.

I'm looking at that iPhone 6+ in your hand right now... ;)

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