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Old 07-05-2014, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Instead of a Camry or Sonata family car, Tesla Model E

Elon Musk aims for 'Murica's sweet spot. $30,000 Tesla "Model E" Will Be the Company's Most Affordable Car | TechnoBuffalo

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Old 07-05-2014, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He also said he didnt care if someone copied his patents.
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I thought somebody else had captured the rights to the "Model E" name. Musk was saying he already had the S and the X sewed up but he wouldn't be able to have S-E-X because somebody else got it first.

Turns out it's Ford.
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From what I'm reading it should have around a 200 mi range. While that's better than most, it's still not enough for many people to make it their main car. I say this as someone who owns and drives a leaf daily, and can't wait for my lease to be up. I love my car, but I feel very constrained by its range.
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it's still not enough for many people to make it their main car.
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Wife and I wanted to go with an EV Ford but didn't because of the range limitations. Went with the C-Max instead.
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IMO the biggest problem with mainstream appeal of electric cars isn't the range but the recharge time. There are plenty of cars that have a less than 200 mile range on gas depending how you drive but you can stop and be filled up in less than 10 minutes with an electric car you have 200 miles but then hours till you're fully charged. Plus finding a place to plug in isn't as easy as finding a gas station though there are getting to be more and more charging stations. That's why I still think that electric cars won't be the way of the future unless we find a technology that is quicker to recharge or solar panels become efficient enough to be able to recharge cars as they're moving.
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IMO the biggest problem with mainstream appeal of electric cars isn't the range but the recharge time. There are plenty of cars that have a less than 200 mile range on gas depending how you drive but you can stop and be filled up in less than 10 minutes with an electric car you have 200 miles but then hours till you're fully charged. Plus finding a place to plug in isn't as easy as finding a gas station though there are getting to be more and more charging stations. That's why I still think that electric cars won't be the way of the future unless we find a technology that is quicker to recharge or solar panels become efficient enough to be able to recharge cars as they're moving.
You obviously haven't heard of Tesla's Supercharger.
Charges at >250 miles per hour of charging. Sometimes >300. And they are slowly updating various chargers to increase this to much faster.

It is not yet known if the "Model E" will have this feature or not.
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From what I'm reading it should have around a 200 mi range. While that's better than most, it's still not enough for many people to make it their main car. I say this as someone who owns and drives a leaf daily, and can't wait for my lease to be up. I love my car, but I feel very constrained by its range.
200 is enough for me, if its a true 200. I have the VX for longer drives.
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I borrowed a camry when I took my scion in for service back in the day for 4 hours and returned it with 215 miles on the odo.
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Uh, this statement has a problem:

"Porritt doesn’t reveal much about the car itself, though we know it will be roughly 20 percent smaller than the Model S. The upcoming compact will also use cheaper materials, possibly swapping out aluminum for steel. “I expect there will be very little carry-over,” he says."

Aluminum is MORE costly than steel -- firstly, in raw material cost and, secondly, in manufacturing costs. Maybe someone left out an "...and..." between the words, like this "...materials, and possibly..."?

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