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Gotta love Elon Musk!
The success or failure of Tesla be damned, the man is a visionary plain and simple

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Gotta love Elon Musk!
The success or failure of Tesla be damned, the man is a visionary plain and simple

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I think they'll survive due to their batteries finding their way into Toyota's and Mercedes but what do you think his secret battery cell arrangement is? Are they really arranged some secret way or is that just hype?

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I think they'll survive due to their batteries finding their way into Toyota's and Mercedes but what do you think his secret battery cell arrangement is? Are they really arranged some secret way or is that just hype?

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It's not really a secret but I believe Tesla may have applied for patents on some of it.
It is a series-parallel-series connection matrix that utilizes electronic switching and as such permits improved cell-balancing and potentially even "healing" characteristics. (ie a single bad cell will not necessarily result in significant power or energy loss or even require immediate replacement) Similar designs are used in fail-safing electrical systems in aviation and aero-space engineering.
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I like my EREV!, it gives me the flexabilty of a BEV without the panic of needing to charged it all the time. Arizona weather has been good since I purchased my 2013 Volt, I have been getting a nice range per charge. Tesla is a nice car, but further out of reach for most consumers for the 60kW base model. Thanks GM for the extreme effort put into this car, it is awesome!
 

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Tesla Motors improved the "lease." They are: "...raising the Model S resale value guarantee to be the highest of any premium sedan brand made in volume (excludes rare, low volume or limited edition vehicles). Buying a Model S through the Tesla financing offering now comes with a guarantee that the resale value will be higher than that of BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus or Jaguar."

http://ir.teslamotors.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=761913

You might want one after reading next month's Consumers Report. See the "next issue" preview comment here:

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/11124-Consumer-Reports-quot-The-electric-car-that-shatters-every-myth-quot/page6
 

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This is exciting news and maybe some of the glean will rub off on our lowly Volt. While after 13 months and almost 11K miles I'm operating over 90% from the battery/grid (and with the OEM 120V charger) I feel I'm more than getting my monies worth from the Volt.

But I do admit I love everything about Tesla, I just wish pricing would come down a bit and more significant for me I wish they would start installing their Super Charging Stations here in the mid-west. Until that happens either I need a car like the Volt or a second vehicle. With my wife about to retire we could easily get buy on one car, I wish it could be a Tesla. But I can't afford a $65K+ car and a second one for trips longer than 250 miles. And I don't find renting a car for long trips while the best long distance road car sold sits at home due range anxiety a viable option.

So for me until more mid-west cities are connected via their Super Charging Stations our Volt will be our prime vehicle.
 

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I agree. Very nice car but nearly twice as much as a Volt. (I actually far prefered the Fiskar but alas they couldnt swim)
FYI since Tesla has dropped the 40kW version the base starting price for 60kW version (w/o any special order options) is $77,800

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I agree. Very nice car but nearly twice as much as a Volt. (I actually far prefered the Fiskar but alas they couldnt swim)
FYI since Tesla has dropped the 40kW version the base starting price for 60kW version (w/o any special order options) is $77,800

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FYI the base 60kWh version with no extras is $69k. $62k after fed rebate.
Still expensive, but not as bad.
 

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FYI the base 60kWh version with no extras is $69k. $62k after fed rebate.
Still expensive, but not as bad.
I was referring to Teslas web page that lists the starting price for the 60kW version as $77,800
Is it incorrect?
http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA/models/options
I realize it includes the deluxe interior and heated seats but from what I can tell those are "no choice" options included in the 60kW car
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