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Old 09-06-2017, 01:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Some can't wait for an RV variant.
https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2...a-camper-mode/

The Model X's falcon doors could spread its wings for a larger tent coverage...
Tesla Model X Goes Coast To Coast With A Camping Trailer In Tow!

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Old 09-06-2017, 03:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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People have turned Prii into campers. Someone give a Tesla a mullet!

"Total cost of electricity spend on the 15,000 km journey? $8.50"

The gas to drive my Civic the same distance would be roughly $600, but I would also need an oil change. You might be able to pay for fuel in a vehicle large enough to pull a trailer for less than a Tesla payment.

I think I have read full-sized luxury cars get about 20 MPG and AAA says the national average is 2.661. 9,300 miles sounds like a lot of gas.

What is interesting is that drove from Arizona to Alabama (or visa-versa) and avoided Texas, you should enjoy some of the cheapest gas in the country: AAA Gas Prices
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Old 09-07-2017, 12:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Could be worse I suppose... they actually made a Rover Montego stretched limousine and hearse for the "lower end" of the funeral business in the UK.. there are so many ways that's wrong.. they also inflicted hearse hood on the Austin/Wolseley Princess and the later Ambassador.

I guess the Tesla has one advantage, if it rains or there's an accident and the battery shorts.. you get a free cremation..

FYI.. it's illegal in the UK to overtake a funeral vehicle, even apparently if it's empty (hearse) - which is probably why sadists are over represented in the funereal industries (I love the smell of 17mph & suppressed rage in the morning).
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Could be worse I suppose... they actually made a Rover Montego stretched limousine and hearse for the "lower end" of the funeral business in the UK.. there are so many ways that's wrong..
Doesn't seem to have been that bad. Even though limousines are not a common feature to the funeral business in my country, newer hearses based in small coupé-utilities (including the Fiat Strada) have been quite common.


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it's illegal in the UK to overtake a funeral vehicle, even apparently if it's empty (hearse) - which is probably why sadists are over represented in the funereal industries (I love the smell of 17mph & suppressed rage in the morning).
IIRC in my country it's only illegal to overtake a funeral procession, which is usually identified by the roof-mounted lights turned on, but otherwise it's not illegal to overtake a funeral vehicle even if it's hauling remains.
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it's illegal in the UK to overtake a funeral vehicle, even apparently if it's empty (hearse).
This is not the case at all. It may be disrespectful but it is certainly not illegal.
If the funeral has a horse drawn hearse, then the undertaker will contact the police and, depending on the route, they may provide a couple of cars as an escort. But that is just for safety.
A normal hearse will leave the church or house slowly, but after they have gone a bit they will travel at a normal speed. They will then slow down for a bit before the cemetery or crematorium. I followed a hearse yesterday, with the undertaker walking in front. After about 100 yards she got into the hearse and off it tootled.
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That Volvo hearse actually looks quite cool. It may seem quite weird, but I have been attracted to hearses since I was at least 11.


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It may be disrespectful but it is certainly not illegal.
Not even disrespectful.


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If the funeral has a horse drawn hearse, then the undertaker will contact the police and, depending on the route, they may provide a couple of cars as an escort. But that is just for safety.
I haven't even seen a horse-drawn hearse on service, they've been fully phased out in my country. Police escort here is usually provided only for state funerals or some celebrities when a larger attendence is expected to a public funeral.


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A normal hearse will leave the church or house slowly, but after they have gone a bit they will travel at a normal speed. They will then slow down for a bit before the cemetery or crematorium. I followed a hearse yesterday, with the undertaker walking in front. After about 100 yards she got into the hearse and off it tootled.
I have never seen anybody walking in front of the hearse, but anyway, I'm not used to European funeral traditions. 4-door hearses with seats for relatives of the deceased have been introduced here in Brazil only recently, and I haven't seen more than a handful of those.
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When I say a police escort, I don't mean like you would have for state funeral. Just a car or van ahead of the procession to warn approaching motorists and the same behind. And probably not in town. Just on the country roads. The hearse can have to travel 10 miles to a crematorium, where I stay.
They are only provided for the safety of the public. Last thing they want is a truck running into the back of a slow moving funeral procession.
Walking in front of the hearse seems to be something that is coming back into fashion. As is the horse drawn hearse. Not what I would want. Suppose it appeals to the same people who like horse drawn weddings!

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