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  1. In Topic: Tesla's New Pickup

    28 November 2019 - 10:16 AM

    View PostTorchsport, on 27 November 2019 - 01:02 PM, said:

    I drew better looking trucks when I was 7...

    I am a Tesla fan boy that already drank the kool-aid and bought a model 3. I love the 3, and I need to drive a pickup truck for work. This seemed like a potentially great choice, but I just can't take the aesthetic. I am generally a function over form guy, but this one is just too much. I can't do it. A terrible pesudo space age cross between a Delorean and an early Chevy Avalanche. I can appreciate trying to swing the needle with radical departures from existing norms, but I am afraid this one is a swing and a miss. Some people like it evidently though. Even if every pre-order opts for the lowest trim level 146K * $40K = $5.8B

    Maybe in 5-6 years Rivian will have a model in the $50K range that I can actually afford.
  2. In Topic: Tesla's New Pickup

    25 November 2019 - 01:35 PM

    146,000 pre-orders yo
  3. In Topic: Tesla cars ?

    16 June 2019 - 06:58 AM

    View PostJim, on 09 June 2019 - 01:33 PM, said:

    My own personal exploration into EVs started with trials bikes. Trials is a good application for an EV -- but the cost is at least twice that of an equivalent ICE trials bike.

    Then I discovered the Nissan LEAF. You can buy those cars shockingly (no pun intended) inexpensively. I've seem them as cheap as $5k. So for less than the cost of an electric trials bike, I could have a much more useful vehicle. But by all accounts, the early model LEAFs have a very limited range (like maybe 70 miles in the winter). One can, however, buy LEAF battery packs on eBay. I considered "doubling up" the battery. This would probably take nearly all the available cargo space, and certainly would not be an easy hack -- but I do enjoy a challenge. In the end though, I don't need 3 cars (or that much of a project). But it was fun to think about for a while.

    In answer to your previous question, I have a 240v 30a charger at home. I know the Nissan Leaf is cheap, but range is poor and acceleration/handling are pretty weak. I understand doubling up the battery pack would be a fun engineering exercise, but that won't make it fun to drive.
  4. In Topic: Tesla cars ?

    07 June 2019 - 07:10 AM

    View Postcrakerjac, on 05 June 2019 - 02:49 PM, said:

    Personally, I think the hybrid tech is what is going to stick around. Make a tiny fuel efficient motor, then slap a turbo and a battery pack onto it to get some performance.

    I have to disagree on the hybrids. A more expensive vehicle with twice the drivetrain complexity and parts count just to get a marginal increase in fuel economy? I think hybrids are an awkward bridge between ICE cars and all electric vehicles, which have a dramatically simpler drivetrain and lower parts count. A messy compromise from an engineering perspective. I think hybrids appeal to conspicuous conservationists, who plaster their instagram feeds with close-ups of that hybrid badge and put the solar panels on the North side of the house because that's where the neighbors can see them.

    Full disclosure, I did buy a Tesla model 3 last November and I am a Tesla fanboy. I believe that ICE engines have a long future ahead, and I appreciate improvements in ICE engineering too. I just don't like the "jack of all trades, master of none" hybrid.



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    15 Oct 2016 - 09:50
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