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Old 05-07-2013, 03:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The wide banded areas are buffers between the spaces, and since they have to back in, that is not so bad. Give 'em a little more time with their new car, and they should get better.

Rich, the parking is obviously not free (given the meters) but are the charging stations paid or free?

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The wide banded areas are buffers between the spaces, and since they have to back in, that is not so bad. Give 'em a little more time with their new car, and they should get better.

Rich, the parking is obviously not free (given the meters) but are the charging stations paid or free?

My wife said there were charge-card readers on each pole.. I didn't look too close at them..



These two are the only ones in the photos..

Here's a link to a pic (similar gizmo) you can clearly see the charge card unit..
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As high performance and sexy and sleek as the Model S is - it is almost 2X as efficient as a Prius.
At least for me, comparing a pure-electric to a parallel-hybrid is still like apples and oranges. If the Prius was at least a serial-hybrid with all-electric drive and the internal-combustion engine acting only as a genset, the comparison would be more fair.
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bosses frienfds daughter just traded in her S8 for a Tesla model S..... i think it was around 111k$?
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bosses frienfds daughter just traded in her S8 for a Tesla model S..... i think it was around 111k$?
No, that's the Roadster. The Model S is a 7-seat sedan (yuck!) for only about $50K
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When I saw this picture, Model S | Tesla Motors

It made me wonder, what's 5+2 Available Seating?


Wow! 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds? Sounds like a modern motorcycle..
256 miles per charge?

Ah, that's the Performance Model..
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If I exclude the EV's I saw on display at the National Plug-In Day event in Huntsville, AL this past year, I have yet to see a BEV in the wild locally. We do have 3 Volt's running around my home town, one belonging to my sister.

I finally saw a Leaf in the wild while I was visiting my daughter in Plano, TX a couple of weeks ago. It was an Ocean Blue Leaf and I really like that color. While there, we went to the Dallas Earth Day Fair and they had a new Tesla Model S & Fisker Karma inside on display, roped off of course. Outside there was a privately owned Tesla Model S, a converted Golf {Warp 9, Soliton 1, Lithiums, etc} and a Leaf. I almost overdosed on EV joy!
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Yeah, the standard Model S is *such* a slug at 5.6s 0-60MPH.

The optional seats are rear facing rumble seats in the rear hatch - the occupants look out through the back window. Remember, the Model S has a "frunk" i.e. a front trunk, as well.
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I saw my first Honda Fit EV today! So, the only production EV's that I have not seen yet are the Spark EV and the Smart Electric Drive.
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Saw a dark gray Tesla S a couple weeks ago in La Crosse WI. Saw a red one in Minneapolis on Saturday night. Very sleek.

I like them purely because they don't LOOK like the typical electric vehicle. It shows that at least someone recognizes the need for realistic-sized EVs.

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