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Old 11-02-2008, 12:03 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I wasn't trying to make any kind of point. I just pointed out your error.
My error? Sorry, but the discussion was about the TESLA, where the (according to the article) deposits ranged between $4k and $6K. I took $5K as an average to get a ballpark figure: how is that an error?

So what is your point in bringing in figures for the Aptera to a discussion of the Tesla?

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Old 11-02-2008, 12:47 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Bill gates should quit naming his company after his weenie

I'm still trying to figure out why cars MUST go 0-60 in 4 seconds in order for Tesla to sell them. They could learn a lot from the EV1.
Lmao, Bill Gates AKA, "Microsofty"

I feel same way about this "problem" more people sitting on their billions could promote a lot of change, quickly.

They could learn from the EV1 that is for sure. Aim for a larger audience, not just Cali and it's actors offer it to everyone. I would be totally happy with an EV1.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:09 PM   #33 (permalink)
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My error? Sorry, but the discussion was about the TESLA, where the (according to the article) deposits ranged between $4k and $6K. I took $5K as an average to get a ballpark figure: how is that an error?

So what is your point in bringing in figures for the Aptera to a discussion of the Tesla?
My mistake. I had several windows open. Mea culpa.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:36 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I got to see a Tesla Roadster in person this summer, see it, touch it, sit in it, and talked with the sales guy for at least an hour.

It is a great car, but the transmission was one of the first things I asked about.

Here is video of the actual car I was chilling out with.


It had a stick shifter that had 1,2 & R on it. I asked about the transmission, and was told selecting either 1 or 2 both put it into the only (single) gear that it had.

This car has really got people talking about electric cars in a way that Forkenswifts and Electro-Metros haven't.

We DO need an electric Model-T, an affordable, everyman's electric car.
Part of my rant against the Auto X-Prize rules a while back was about how everyone wants crazy fast 0-60 speeds, unlimited range, and zero emissions.

The single-speed transmission in Tesla Roadster would be PERFECT for a great, no-nonsense electric car!
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:41 PM   #35 (permalink)
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We DO need an electric Model-T, an affordable, everyman's electric car.
Perfectly worded right there, a People's electric. Not a rocket ship, but that has to come first to boost the want department, it is a shame.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:21 AM   #36 (permalink)
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The single-speed transmission in Tesla Roadster would be PERFECT for a great, no-nonsense electric car!
Or just better to do away with it all-together, and lose the torque loss, excess weight and cost.

(hub motors FTW)
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$40M should help...

Tesla Board Approves $40M in Convertible Debt Financing

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