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4/20/07 4:09 PM
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bscdthrasher
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http://www.teslamotors.com Tesla Roadster Specifications... Style: 2-seat, open-top, rear-drive roadster Drivetrain: Electric motor with 2-speed electric-shift manual transmission with integral differential Motor: 3-phase, 4-pole electric motor, 248hp peak (185kW), redline 13,500 rpm, regenerative "engine braking" Chassis: Bonded extruded aluminum with 4-wheel wishbone suspension Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS Acceleration: 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds Top Speed: Over 130 mph Range: Over 200 miles Battery Life: Useful battery life in excess of 100,000 miles Energy Storage System: Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery pack Full Charge: As short as 3.5 hours 2008 Model Base Price: $92,000
4/20/07 4:11 PM
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Outstanding
4/20/07 4:12 PM
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Fraser
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Great, now they should make ones that cost $15,000
4/20/07 4:19 PM
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^^^ Only $77,950 to go!
4/20/07 4:23 PM
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Have they started selling them? I posted about this about a year ago.
4/20/07 4:25 PM
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not good for roadtrips. You have to stop for 3.5 hours every 200 miles.
4/20/07 4:26 PM
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Sounds practical! Mark
4/20/07 4:35 PM
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How does its A/C work?
4/20/07 4:45 PM
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I would love one for everything but long drives, which would be 99.9% of all driving.
4/20/07 4:48 PM
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and being ripped off for better gas mileage. Pricelss
4/20/07 5:00 PM
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Only thing with this is, they started with a car that gets 30 mpg on the highway....electricity doesn't come from nowhere...I wonder what it's actually energey consumption as electric vehicle is compared to its consumption as a lightweight internal combustion engine vehicle.
4/20/07 5:17 PM
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Big deal. ZAP-X electric car: Drive Train: 100% Electric; 4 electronic wheel hub motors sporting an aggressive 644 horsepower with super capacitor energy bursts Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with top speed of 155 mph Mileage & Range: 350 miles per charge; about 1 cent per mile; rapid 10 minute re-charge; 9,000 life cycles (that's 3,150,000 total miles for battery life) Interior: Seating for 5 +2 with European ergonomic design; all electronic touch screen controls on-board carputer: Windows XP, Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth, High definition video, iPod ready, Fire wire, USB2 and Mini USB ports Extras: Keyless bio-metric entry and ignition, Photovoltaic glass: thermoelectric, for heating and cooling, energy collecting windows and windshields to harness solar energy Standard Features: APX Light Weight Aluminum Architecture Design Electronic Braking System (EBS) Rack and Pinion Steering Solar Glass Lithium Batteries (Bio-degradable Non-Explosive) Power Windows Power Door Locks Power Steering GPS On Board Carputer with Full Entertainment System Estimated price in Fall 2007: ~$60,000 Manufacturer's link: http://www.zapworld.com/ZAPWorld.aspx?id=4560 Interview with Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/popsci/automotivetech/f2d4d0d45a051110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html
4/20/07 5:25 PM
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oooo, non-explosive. That's a plus
4/20/07 5:34 PM
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Yeah. The 200 mile limit is not a problem for me. That's a LONG way! How often do you go on a 3-hour road trip?
4/20/07 5:36 PM
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Wow I wouldn't have thought people didn't already know electric cars aren't for long trips. Guess that explains the monthly alt energy/solar threads.
4/20/07 5:47 PM
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"Wow I wouldn't have thought people didn't already know electric cars aren't for long trips. Guess that explains the monthly alt energy/solar threads." --Yea, that 350 mile range just flat out sucks compared to a gas car. Face it, gas engines are going bye-bye. "oooo, non-explosive. That's a plus" --They had to say that, because if you know anything about lithium batteries, you'd know they are known for exploding or catching fire if they are not properly maintained. So if someone was looking at this car and they knew about lithium batteries and saw that the car had lithium batteries, it would probably give them pause.
4/20/07 5:52 PM
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sonic, I'm talking about angryinch & cuprogue's responses to the first post. Not yours. Not that I'm entirely buying the manufacturer's estimated specs from your post, but that's a different story.
4/20/07 6:57 PM
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The 200 mile limit is not a problem for me. That's a LONG way! Eve here in Hawaii that's not a long way. And how much does it cost to recharge? Talk about a huge electric bill
4/20/07 6:57 PM
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And something tells me the 3.5 hours = bullshit marketing.
4/20/07 7:07 PM
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the car was featured on discovery hd and they said it costs about $5 for a 250 mile charge.
4/20/07 8:50 PM
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lol. Mark
4/20/07 9:15 PM
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interesting
4/20/07 9:40 PM
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It's just a matter of time before better batteries and capacitors will be made. Remember all those Silicon Valley mofos who made money off the Internet before the crash ? A bunch of 'em are now investing in battery/capicitor/ethanol/green tech companies. Almost all of the investors who started Tesla came from the Internet/computer tech field: http://www.teslamotors.com/media/investors.php Also, Toyota is selling a shit load of Priuses in California. Gas is about $3.30 for a gallon of 87 now. It'll just be higher in the future.
4/20/07 9:43 PM
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Isn't ethanol more polluting than gasoline and aren't ships having their engines get all sludged up because of Ethanol?
4/20/07 9:55 PM
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There have been successful electric cars before by both GM and Toyota - which were all recalled and crushed for some reason.

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