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Old 05-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Has anybody gone full EV? I need some suggestions on how to properly adapt for an EV and need the suggestions of those that have gone to the dark (read: tree hugger) side.

So far my list of changes:
1. Install 220V outlet in the garage
2. Adapt driving style to conservation not performance
3. Keep a back up Internal Combustion car for road trips
4. Hope electric prices don't go up to offset to non-use of gas

I can back out at anytime up to 30 days prior to delivery which is estimated at May 2013 (assuming Tesla doesn't go under prior to).

Cliff notes on why the Tesla:
I have been looking for a more adult car to accomodate a couple of kids and I was looking at MB E-Class, BMW 5 series, etc. but I couldn't find anything that I really liked. The Tesla popped on my radar as a sexy sedan that has the bonus and drawback of being full EV.

Bonuses are no gas ever, cool tech in the car, light chassis, quick, little maintenance (to be seen of course), and plenty of room

Drawbacks are limited range and charging stations in my area, venturing into the relatively unknown space of EVs, cost of electricity possibly going up to offset the savings of using no gas.

Update:

Deposit Placed - May 2012
Configured car - September 2012
Car delivered - January 2013

No issues to date other than a cracked windshield and a driver's side door handle that decied to not let me in the car for 12 hours. All other handles worked except the driver's side. Started working again after engineering remoted into the car and pushed a patch.

7 months of ownership update at post #460
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Im too poor to go all EV rich boy!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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Who are you?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #4
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jeremy clarkson will now hate you
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #5
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you sir are no motorpotor

edit: damn it motorpotor
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:01 PM   #6
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you sir are no motorpotor

edit: damn it motorpotor

It's a thread about nothing, Jerry.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:02 PM   #7
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Install some solar panels while you're at it.







And I hope your new car leaks acid all over you.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:03 PM   #8
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Im too poor to go all EV rich boy!!
The WRX and S2000 will be getting sold and all monies will go towards a downpayment on the car. It should get my financed amount down to a more normal range.

The plan that I have been working for sometime is buy a car for a decent price. Pay it off and then continue to upgrade but keep the payments consistent using the downpayment plus the value of the payed off car. My fear is that I will waste the progress that I've made so far if the residual value of the Model S tanks and I can't get anything out of it down the road.

The roadster has held its value well but it also is a niche vehicle and it was a limited "production" run vehicle.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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The WRX and S2000 will be getting sold and all monies will go towards a downpayment on the car. It should get my financed amount down to a more normal range.

The plan that I have been working for sometime is buy a car for a decent price. Pay it off and then continue to upgrade but keep the payments consistent using the downpayment plus the value of the payed off car. My fear is that I will waste the progress that I've made so far if the residual value of the Model S tanks and I can't get anything out of it down the road.

The roadster has held its value well but it also is a niche vehicle and it was a limited "production" run vehicle.
This isn't going to end well for you. Buy a Volt or wait for the serial hybrid Fusion.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:25 PM   #10
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This isn't going to end well for you. Buy a Volt or Prius.
This.

Have fun with maintenance on a Tesla.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #11
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I hope it doesn't get bricked and you're out $40k out of warranty like other Tesla owners!
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:27 PM   #12
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Make sure you never let the batteries completely discharge.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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OT,

Has anybody gone full EV? I need some suggestions on how to properly adapt for an EV and need the suggestions of those that have gone to the dark (read: tree hugger) side.

So far my list of changes:
1. Install 220V outlet in the garage
2. Adapt driving style to conservation not performance
3. Keep a back up Internal Combustion car for road trips
4. Hope electric prices don't go up to offset to non-use of gas

I can back out at anytime up to 30 days prior to delivery which is estimated at May 2013 (assuming Tesla doesn't go under prior to).

Cliff notes on why the Tesla:
I have been looking for a more adult car to accomodate a couple of kids and I was looking at MB E-Class, BMW 5 series, etc. but I couldn't find anything that I really liked. The Tesla popped on my radar as a sexy sedan that has the bonus and drawback of being full EV.

Bonuses are no gas ever, cool tech in the car, light chassis, quick, little maintenance (to be seen of course), and plenty of room

Drawbacks are limited range and charging stations in my area, venturing into the relatively unknown space of EVs, cost of electricity possibly going up to offset the savings of using no gas.
bam. you should go post in forum 139, non subaru news and rumours. Heads will assplode.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #14
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What size battery in the Model S? 40kWh? 60? 85? I ask because they range in price from $50k to 70.

That's a stupid amount of money to be a techno hippie. Buy a prius/volt/etc.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #15
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I agree with the above. I think the volt would be a safer investment.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:34 PM   #16
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I agree with the above. I think the volt would be a safer investment.
did both of you fail to see the comparisons he was using? The volt doesnt fullfill then. The only car that comes close to them will be some luxury hybrids and the fisker.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #17
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What size battery in the Model S? 40kWh? 60? 85? I ask because they range in price from $50k to 70.

That's a stupid amount of money to be a techno hippie. Buy a prius/volt/etc.
Going with the 60kWh. The additional range of the 85 isn't necessary since I am keeping an ICE car (the wife's CC). The 85 is also WAY too expensive for me.

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did both of you fail to see the comparisons he was using? The volt doesnt fullfill then. The only car that comes close to them will be some luxury hybrids and the fisker.
This.

I want a more upscale car and the BMW/MB/Audi just don't tickle my fancy.
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lexus ct 200h is the only decent looking hybrid out there.





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Compared to a vehicle like the BMW 535i, Model S will save its owners approximately $8,000 over five years in fuel costs alone.
I wonder if that includes inflation and depreciation...
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lexus ct 200h is the only decent looking hybrid out there.







I wonder if that includes inflation and depreciation...

And the cost of the electricity to recharge it.
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And the cost of the electricity to recharge it.
Electricity is cheap, silly!

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Old 05-28-2012, 03:37 PM   #22
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OT,

Has anybody gone full EV? I need some suggestions on how to properly adapt for an EV and need the suggestions of those that have gone to the dark (read: tree hugger) side.

So far my list of changes:
1. Install 220V outlet in the garage
2. Adapt driving style to conservation not performance
3. Keep a back up Internal Combustion car for road trips
4. Hope electric prices don't go up to offset to non-use of gas
I though the point of a tesla was to have a battery powered sports car?
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:39 PM   #23
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I have been looking for a more adult car to accomodate a couple of kids and I was looking at MB E-Class, BMW 5 series, etc. but I couldn't find anything that I really liked.
Audi Q5? (small SUV, available in 2.0L turbo, 3.2L n/a, and diesel soon)
MB GLK350? (small SUV, coming in diesel soon)
Audi A4? (adult sedan, I'd recommend the 2.0L turbo)
MB ML350 CDI (medium-sized diesel SUV)

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Just some of my suggestions from the list of cars my dad's looking at right now. Smaller diesel SUV's (like the Q5 will soon be) are becoming more and more practical/efficient. They're also very reliable, if that's a significant plus for you.

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I though the point of a tesla was to have a battery powered sports car?
That's the point of the Tesla Roadster, not as much the point of the Tesla Model S... at least that's what I think.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:28 PM   #24
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I wonder if that includes inflation and depreciation...
I've seen the calculations that they use and, no, it isn't factored in. They are based on today's prices/costs which does give me pause.

If electric prices go up, if gas costs go down, etc.

As I mentioned earlier, there is also the fact that Tesla is a brand new company with an unproven record and unknown residual value for the car.

Being an early adopter has its risks.
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