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Electric Vehicles here to stay, for good or bad?

Discussion in 'Rants and Raves' started by HKShooter65, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 Well-Known

    About 10 people I know have recently bought Teslas.
    Tesla owners are becoming sort of a cult, proselytizing all the time.

    Wishing to stay culturally literate, I went and test drove one today.

    0-60 MPH between 2 massive electric motors in the diminutive little Model 3 in 3.2 seconds is just an indescribable exhilaration. And that's their entry level sedan.

    Think how fast the chuck on your cordless Milwaukee drill reaches full speed and you will get the idea.

    Never mind that the thing costs almost exactly the same as a new Ford Raptor.
    It is amazing.

    The still-to-come high end Tesla Roadster will do 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. Go 250 MPH and drive from Austin to to a Beto rally in El Paso without stoping once!! Oh. It's expensive.

    Just about all the auto makers are about to introduce their respective versions.

  2. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 Well-Known

    Just a matter of time before we all plug in our Ford F150s before we crawl into bed?
  3. Coiled

    Coiled I'm full of sunshine & happiness

    Nov 25, 2016
    Lol .. I'm certain you meant PC+.
  4. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Vodak, The Choice of a New Generation TGT Supporter

    Sep 22, 2017
    The acceleration on them is insane. The super charger infrastructure and long range had helped their staying power. There's no denying they are nicely appointed cars and their tech is pretty amazing.

    Electric vehicles will remain a rich commuter's car though until they can meet and exceed the range of a Tesla in a much cheaper offering.

    And charging needs to become as widespread and fast as a regular gas fill up.
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  5. EZ-E

    EZ-E III%er TGT Supporter

    May 4, 2017
    You still have a battery to replace in 5 years & it won't be cheap. I know several people that bought a Prius. When the battery died it was 5k for the battery + labor if your not a do it yourself type. I'm not much on the whole electric cars yet. Especially when the US government & other countries gives million of dollars to Tesla in subsidies.

    This all compares to Tesla reporting a $312 million profit for the third quarter. Subtract the $713 million in U.S. subsidies, and Tesla's results would be far weaker. Add in the international subsidies received from countries such as Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and the U.K., and the situation would look even worse.
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  6. Bozz10mm

    Bozz10mm TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Oct 5, 2013
    Electric vehicles do have a lot of advantages over gas powered vehicles. They are much less complex. No oil changes or tune ups required. No transmissions to maintain or rebuild. Zero emissions, great acceleration and torque. Technology will eventually solve the battery replacement and range pitfall. I can picture, in 100 years or less, 100% self driving and electric vehicles on the road. What fun is that?

    I don't think the infrastructure in it's current state could support a 100% conversion to electric. Maybe not even 50%.
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  7. para_bellum

    para_bellum Member

    Jun 29, 2019
    Dripping Springs, TX
    A friend at work has one and I got to experience the acceleration, it is indeed amazing!

    Subsidies are unlikely go away, the "climate change" religion allows convenient allocation of tax dollars.

    By the time I'm old & grey I'm sure governments will be mandating EV use in order to save Mother Earth. I'll stick with fossil fuels as long as I can.
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  8. Kar98

    Kar98 TGT Addict

    Aug 8, 2016
    If battery powered cars made sense, they would have been successful the first time around.


    To me it looks like they only make sense as commuter mobiles for the wealthy (house needed, second weekend car needed, office job with chargers in the parking garage needed), and the proles can go eff off and take the bus, but they can still pay the taxes that subsidize their bosses' electric cars.
  9. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

    Feb 19, 2015

    No, not zero emissions. Where does the electricity come from to charge them? It ain't all wind power.
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  10. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

    Feb 19, 2015
    Drive a few hours and then wait over an hour while it recharges? {If you can find a place to recharge.}

    No thanks.

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