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Comment Re:*The* Quickest, Not *Its* Quickest (Score 1) 171

It's not Tesla's fault if a stupid driver loses control. While I haven't driven a car with ludicrous speed, my P85 handles acceleration quite well. The traction and stability control of my model S works extremely well. Any stupid driver can cause an accident and lose control.

My experience with my model S is that it is very forgiving despite having so much power and it's very good at maintaining control. It's certainly a hell of a lot better than the Prius I drove previously.

Comment Re:Here's the problem with stereo Bluetooth: (Score 1) 362

In my Prius I had to have a ground-loop adapter added to make aux useable if my phone was charging. Before I had this adapter added the audio was quite noisy. (there was a service bulletin on this issue so it was covered under warranty). If the audio signals aren't well grounded they can also pick up all sorts of noise, including noise from a phone's antenna.

The Prius may also be feeding the AUX input into an A-D converter as well rather than keeping it analog.

Comment Re:But What About the Other 10% ???? (Score 1) 990

While I can't haul a full sheet of plywood I have hauled plenty of stuff like lumber in my Tesla (including my dishwasher). I have also taken it on dirt roads out in the middle of nowhere. Hell, the place I stayed at out in the middle of nowhere happened to have a charger (I didn't know that when I chose the place). I can charge any place that has an RV hookup if I need to.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I can attest to the previous poster's statement from my own experience. It takes me under 5 seconds to plug in my car at night and 5 seconds to unplug in the morning. I spent far more time filling up my previous car periodically at a service station. The total amount of time spent charging doesn't matter since I'm sleeping.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I have almost 44K miles on my Tesla P85 and it's over 3 years old. I have not noticed any drop in range. If and when I do eventually replace the battery, the new battery will be higher capacity and probably cheaper than the one that was in it. Numerous people have reported around 5% loss of capacity after 100K miles.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 2) 990

The maintenance for my Tesla is quite a bit lower than it was for my Prius. The motor is lubricated for 12 years. There's no belts to wear out, spark plugs, or the myriad of other mechanical parts required to keep an ICE running. Granted, there are some things, i.e. coolant pumps. Even the brakes last a lot longer due to regenerative braking. The biggest problem I have had with my car is tires, but that is more due to the fact that I tend to accelerate hard. I don't bother charging at public spots since there's no need since I have plenty of range. It's not worth the hassle or cost when I can plug in at home. I have almost 44K miles on my car. The only time I haven't been able to drive it was when I had a flat tire.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I've been without a gas powered car for several years now after having sold my Prius. Driving over 100 miles is not a problem. Last fall I drove from my home to Seattle, a trip a little over 800 miles. I spent two days driving it. If I were driving a gas car it would still take me two days since there's no way I can safely drive 800 miles in a day. I spent $0 on gas on a round trip of 1600 miles. I spent the night at a friend's house halfway so the only thing I had to pay for was food, which was readily available from a variety of places around the charging stations. If anything, I was more relaxed when I arrived than if I had been driving my gas car.

For most of my driving I always wake up to a full tank. The only time I'll use a gas station is to use the car wash.

In fact, on that trip I had to stop more often than the car did. The newer Teslas charge even faster than my car which is limited to 90KW, and they also have longer range.

It won't be long until apartments start to realize that they can make money by installing charging infrastructure. I don't see a big future for hydrogen at this point. As for replacing batteries, there are Teslas with over 100K miles that still have 95% of their original battery capacity. Many people don't realize it, but cars like the Mirai have a limited lifespan with the fuel cell stack and it's considerably worse than the lifespan of the current batteries. Also, currently virtually all of the hydrogen is generated from fossil fuels by reformulating methane. The efficiency of HFC also has a lot of catching up since with the Mirai it's not that much better than a Prius when one compares well to wheel.

Having driven my Tesla Model S for over three years I can easily say that it is not inconvenient, especially now that there are a lot more charging stations. More and more charging stations are going in while more and more service stations are disappearing because it's not very economical to sell gas.

As for cost, the main cost of an EV is the battery, but the cost of batteries is rapidly dropping. Add to that that I won't have to go in for an oil change for another 8 1/2 years (the motor is lubricated for 12 years according to the tech I spoke to at Tesla). I also have no belts or spark plugs to change or the myriad of other items on an ICE car that tend to break. Even my brakes will last much longer with regenerative braking. There's only a dozen moving parts in the drivetrain of my car.

Comment Re:Only 121 Horses? (Score 2) 113

That seems surprising to me, since I have taken my Tesla P85 up numerous long steep grades in the Sierra Nevada mountains, usually driving well over the speed limit. The only thing I notice about going up grades like that is the battery drains rather faster than normal. 120HP (90KW) for steady driving is a lot. For freeway cruising in my model S I average around 35KW.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 113

My model S actually handles quite well in turns. It also is not surprisingly heavy for a car in its class, largely in part due to the all-aluminum body. Now the newer versions of my car have even better handling. My car weigh around 4700lbs (P85, 2013). A Lexus LS weighs between 4233 and 5115lbs according to Google.

Despite the weight, the car handling is supurb since all the weight is so low.

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