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Old 10-29-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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It's no secret that how you drive has as much or more influence on a vehicle's efficiency than any technology. Case in point is this week's Global Green Challenge in Australia. Simon Hackett shipped his 2008 Tesla Roadster down under for the event and proceeded to set a new world record for a production battery-powered vehicle. Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas managed to squeeze 313 miles out of the lithium ion battery pack of the Roadster.

As the drivers crossed the finish, approximately three miles was left on the charge at the end of the run south from Alice Springs. That easily topped the 241-mile run by another Roadster earlier this year in the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives and the 244 miles the car achieves on the EPA test cycle.

Of course achieving those kinds of range numbers means completely forgoing the performance capabilities of the Roadster, just as it would in any other sports car. The 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and 244 mile range is an either/or choice, you sadly can't have both. Tesla's press release is after the jump
http://green.autoblog.com/2009/10/27...-green-challe/
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:23 AM   #2
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That's better than i was expecting.... better than a lot of modified cars in here can eek out of a tank of fuel, that's for sure...
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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They cheated by using such lightweight jockeys to drive the cars.




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Old 10-29-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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That's better than i was expecting.... better than a lot of modified cars in here can eek out of a tank of fuel, that's for sure...
My EVO barely does 200 miles to a tank in my normal driving.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:03 PM   #6
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My EVO barely does 200 miles to a tank in my normal driving.
same here with my car.


the sad part is that it is a non turbo 1.8 liter subaru impreza wagon with a 4eat and AWD.

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Old 10-29-2009, 10:31 PM   #7
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i get an average of 25-28mpg, so around 300-360mpt. i try to do a lot of freeway driving, at 63-65mph. it really helps, just driving a couple miles an hour less than normal (about 70), and keeping it at like 2500rpm. my car is basically stock, except for TBE and boost tuned up to 18psi.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:06 AM   #8
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And the Tesla Sedan is supposed to have a greater range than the Roadster.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:56 AM   #9
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You mean if they actually produce it and sell it.
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:02 AM   #10
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And the Tesla Sedan is supposed to have a greater range than the Roadster.
Well the regular range in roadster is way, way, way less.

They need to work on fast charging, only problem is that Tesla uses crappy batteries. Otherwise a 15 min recharge could be possible.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:35 AM   #11
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If they could make it 65000 dollars less, I would totally be fine with it only going 100 miles between charges if they would remove half the batteries to save some weight. Until then, its a useless toy.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:36 PM   #12
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It would be a pretty dang fun city car that is for sure (100 miles is a city car to me).
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:50 PM   #13
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #14
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A $45k Elise gets similar mileage from a $30 fillup (10 gallon tank), and is actually lightweight and a blast to drive. $60k worth of gas is going to go a lot further than a Tesla.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:02 PM   #15
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A $45k Elise gets similar mileage from a $30 fillup (10 gallon tank), and is actually lightweight and a blast to drive. $60k worth of gas is going to go a lot further than a Tesla.
Well do that math how 60k in electricity take you? Around 3 million miles.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:15 PM   #16
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I could do that math as I would have time, because if you fully discharge a Tesla it takes 16 hours to recharge it. I can fill up an elise in 5 minutes, and go another 300 miles.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:39 PM   #17
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How and the hell did they even fit in that car?
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:57 PM   #18
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I could do that math as I would have time, because if you fully discharge a Tesla it takes 16 hours to recharge it. I can fill up an elise in 5 minutes, and go another 300 miles.
Like I said that is a problem that can be overcome. 15min charge is reasonable for modern batteries if the infrastructure is there to support it. I am not denying gas is easy, but it gets more expensive every day.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:46 PM   #19
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I could do that math as I would have time, because if you fully discharge a Tesla it takes 16 hours to recharge it. I can fill up an elise in 5 minutes, and go another 300 miles.
You can get a setup that will give a full charge in 3 hours.


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A $45k Elise gets similar mileage from a $30 fillup (10 gallon tank), and is actually lightweight and a blast to drive. $60k worth of gas is going to go a lot further than a Tesla.
People aren't buying this car to save money. For one thing, after 7 years or so it is going to require a new battery and that will cost ya. However, the car doesn't make financial now, and perhaps neither does the Volt. But what do you think the price of gas will be in 10 years? By then, the legwork will have already been done ideally a car like this will cost half as much as it does today.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:27 AM   #20
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Well then in 10 years I may consider an electric vehicle. If you want to know what I think gas prices will be in 10 years. Oh about 3.50 a gallon.
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In 10 years the tax on gas might be $3.50 a gallon. I good with that.
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