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The stock of space-faring Elon Musk's more down-to-earth business of selling Tesla electric cars is heading skywards after the company reported its first-ever profit and saw its Model S sedan get a stonking 99 per cent approval rating from the testers at Consumer Reports. Tesla's stock is currently up over 25 per cent after …

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  1. Terry Barnes
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    Yay!

    Great work from Elon Musk - he's the Edison of our age.

    1. Don Jefe

      Re: Yay!

      Edison was a theiving douchebag. I don't think Elon Musk is nearly as bad as Edison.

      1. asdf
        Megaphone

        Re: Yay!

        >Edison was a theiving douchebag.

        2nd worst in modern history behind only Walt Disney. When we get eternal copyright (directly because of the Disney company) know Walt loved stealing fairy tales from the public domain and got rich doing so but his company will never let any of their stuff go public domain.

        1. User McUser
          Headmaster

          Re: Yay!

          "[...] stealing fairy tales from the public domain [...]"

          By definition, you cannot steal from the public domain.

      2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

        Re: Yay!

        That nasty Mr Edison also electrocuted an elephant. He used this to 'demonstrate' just how dangerous that alternating current was, as advocated by Tesla. He even filmed it, which I hadn't realised: YouTube linky

        I seem to recall he did the same trick with dogs at a few public displays as well.

        1. Don Jefe

          Re: Yay!

          He also lobbied (hard) for the first use of the electric chair as a method of execution, simply to demonstrate how dangerous A/C was: The first run did not go well.

        2. asdf

          Re: Yay!

          Old thread now but that elephant had killed several people including the trainer that abused it in the first place (people were such aholes to animals then) so it wasn't put down just for entertainment (although primitive screwheads did that back then, read white fang).

  2. James Hughes 1

    Musk...

    I have few people who I look up to (I'm not a hero/celebrity worshipper), but Musk is one of the few (only?). He really does seem to have a knack for this sort of thing.

    1. MajorTom

      Re: Musk...

      I feel this way too. His career--running his own space program and developing awesome, new-tech cars--is straight from an 11 year old's dream about their own future. And damn it, he's succeeding. He is my inspiration.

      1. Persona non grata

        Re: Musk...

        When the inevitable happens and he transforms into a Bond villain I will be volunteering to be among the ranks of his henchmen.

        There's a a spirit of adventure about his projects that's seriously lacking from the mercantile focus of everything else today. Some of us want to sail beyond that far horizon.

    2. foxyshadis

      Re: Musk...

      I don't understand why he gets so much hate from some people, though. Yes, he's rather arrogant, like every CEO. Is it just that he's pursuing electrics instead of oil, though?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Musk...

        Because

        a) His current 3 companies are all in big gubmint areas: EV mandates and subsidies, space* (lots of money in NASA and excesses going to other companies, and they do get invaluable help from NASA) and solar with its subsidies (tax credits, purchase mandates and net metering).

        b) Because some people just hate the idea of electric cars succeeding.

        Tesla posted a profit but they wouldn't have without ZEV credits and other special items. It was improved from Q4 2012, but they still have work to do to make it profitable long term as the subsidies dry up. But in the meantime they'll keep adding Superchargers and stores and bring in more customers. And they haven't even started selling outside of USA and Canada yet.

        I really hope they can keep improving margin and make it to Gen 3. They're using a disruptive model and their use of a commodity form factor is a great way to get access to rapid improvements in battery technology and a low price.

        * If SpaceX succeeds with reusable rockets it'd be nearly as awesome an achievement.

        1. Piro Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: Musk...

          In the meantime, oil is never subsidised at all.

      2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
        Happy

        Re: Musk...

        "I don't understand why he gets so much hate from some people, though. Yes, he's rather arrogant, like every CEO. Is it just that he's pursuing electrics instead of oil, though?"

        I've listened to him speak and compared to the rehearsed-to-death slickness of banking and most CEO's he's not.

        Watch some of the testimony of Bankers and other CEO's (car makers spring to mind, Chrysler is on its 3rd IIRC) asking for a US taxpayers government bailout.

        Americans like confidence in their leaders. He's very smart and confident of what he's planning. That can come across as arrogant to people who've not done as much analysis as he has (which is likely to be most people).

        1. fandom

          Re: Musk...

          I have watched a couple of videos of his speaking and to me he looks like he is literally trembling with fear of speaking in public.

          He should get better with time but he certainly doesn't look arrogant to me although for all I know he may be in private.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Slight mistake..

    85Kwh should be 85 kWh.

    S does look like a fantastic vehicle..

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    99% from AMERICAN testers

    Does this mean it can go around corners properly without heeling over like a sailboat in a typhoon???

    Oh, OK, I wouldnt mind one, it looks a LOT better than the alternatives (except for this Chinese 3 wheeler that appears to have been inspired by TRON).

    Paris - she LOVES big electric toys!!!!!

  5. Nate Amsden Silver badge

    lost almost all respect for consumer reports

    I watched an interview with consumer reports on this topic on CNBC this morning.

    I was pretty shocked.. maybe I shouldn't of been but basically they said this car has problems - range limits, issues with not leaving it plugged in over night - "it's not a car without issues - if you want a problem free car look elsewhere". Is one approximate quote from the consumer reports guy.

    At the same time the same guy says "this car is better than any other car we've EVER (EVER!) reviewed"

    that makes absolutely no 3@$#@ sense WTF.

    He went on to say stuff like - "if at some point you can charge the car in 4 minutes we may make it 100/100" or something like that. Currently apparently the fast charging process takes 30 minutes for half a charge. At the moment those charging stations are obviously very very few and not so far between.

    I have no doubt that this car is a nice car, I'm sure it works well. but they are giving far too much credit to the electric nature and "green" that it is towards it's overall score.

    Totally ridiculous score, absolutely insane. It should probably be more in the 65-75 range at best. With other all electric cars perhaps sub 50. Maybe rank them higher if gas in the U.S. was closer to $15/gal (fifteen).

    Saving $$ on gas is obviously not a concern if you are paying upwards of $90k for a car. If being green is that important you can get significantly more impact by buying carbon offset credits. Though that doesn't make as much of a statement(in public) as driving an electric car.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

      Have you driven one?

      The CR reviewers focus on driving. They really don't give a crap about anything else. It's a classic problem with car journalism: it attracts people who want to spend lots of time driving cars.

      1. Nate Amsden Silver badge

        Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

        I have not -- I'm not in the market for $90k car.

        If they focus on driving it should still lose a bunch of points for lack of places to charge up, and range. They even specifically mentioned the issue where if you don't leave it charging overnight it loses something like ~10-12/miles of capacity overnight (they said the company is working on fixing that).

        Stuff like that is not worth a 99/100.

        There have got to be better/more fun to drive luxury cars than the Tesla and have significantly more range and flexibility. Of course they are not as green..

        I have no doubt it's probably the best electric car out there.. but they emphasised that too much over everything else.

        1. Your Opinion Matters
          Alert

          Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

          You sound like an auto shill sent to derail a thread.

          The thing has a range of 265 miles. Who cares if it loses 12 miles a night. You could leave your garage with a full load, go a hundred miles, stay there the weekend then come home. Hardly crippling.

          Charging a device that runs on electricity isn't the burden you are cracking it up to be. We charge our smart phones all the time, at night, in out cars etc.

          As to buying credits, that doesn't improve the tech. You know why I love the first gen Prius and the people that bought them? Because them buying that ugly piece of shit car meant that Toyota improved it. Now every taxi in my city is a Prius because they are flat out a better car for city driving.

          Props to Elon, and props to the early adopters who will justify the 3rd, 4th etc generations of this car.

          1. Nate Amsden Silver badge

            Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

            I'm saying those issues does not deserve it getting a 99% rating.

            I'm not saying the issues should prevent anyone from buying the car. My problem isn't with the car it's with the rating.

          2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
            Happy

            Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

            " Now every taxi in my city is a Prius because they are flat out a better car for city driving."

            I've started to notice this as well.

            Taxi drivers.

            Societies least recognized green activists.

            Who'd have thunk it?

            1. fandom

              Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

              About half of the taxis in my town are prius, the first time I took a taxi after noticing it I asked the driver "How come? is it the mileage, the low maintenance, something else?"

              He answered that the mileage is great of course, but that it was definitely the low maintenance.

              He also told me that he was one of the first to get a Prius and how the other drivers had laughed at him but "who is laughing now?"

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

                Not only the low maintenance, but the absence of a gearbox, meaning that it is as easy to pootle at 3mph in a jam as at motorway speeds. The controllability of a Prius at low speed has to be experienced to be believed.

                Because of the regenerative braking, you can travel for an hour in a motorway traffic jam without the engine coming on, and without the ordinary brakes ever being applied.

                I imagine that electric cars behave like this as well, but without the security of doing 600 miles on a full tank.

            2. Ian Johnston Silver badge
              Holmes

              Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

              I wonder if immunity from the congestion charge influences mini cab owners in London?

          3. Tom 13

            Re: leave your garage with a full load, go a hundred miles

            So it's suitable for maybe Denmark or Luxembourg, but probably wouldn't get me to and back from my alma mater's Saturday football game.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

          Do you know the range on a Bugatti Veyron?

          Clue - it does 3 mpg at top speed. Three.

          I don't see Jeremy Clarkson whinging about it's range, though

          1. I think so I am?
            Facepalm

            Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

            its doing 3mpg but you are going 250mph

      2. Tom 13
        FAIL

        Re: CR reviewers focus on driving.

        Right, that's why their car reviews always include information about frequency and cost of repairs as well as resale value when calculating the ratings for other cars.

        1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

          Re: CR reviewers focus on driving.

          that's why their car reviews always include information about frequency and cost of repairs as well as resale value when calculating the ratings for other cars

          Not to mention efficiency, comfort, safety, convenience, fit and finish... The "focus on driving" claim above is unsupportable. CR reviews have often rated cars with mediocre handling relatively highly, and the road-test portion of their reviews starts with "ride quality and comfort" before moving on to handling.

          They put the Tesla in their "luxury car" category (reasonable), which means somewhat different expectations - that group should have excellent fit and finish, for example. But if anything they put less of an emphasis on handling for luxury cars than they do for, say, sedans; the Hyundai Genesis is currently their #8 luxury car, with an 87 rating, and they complain about its "unsettled" ride and say the responsiveness "isn't in the category of a sports sedan". CR is not Car and Driver.

    2. TheVogon
      Mushroom

      Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

      Gas powered cars are way greener than the Tesla as most of the electricity used to charge the Tesla is generated by non renewable sources, and making those batteries generates a lot of pollution, whereas gas is just Ethane and is one of the cleanest burning fuels that there is....They also have the advantage that they can be designed to be dual fuel and use petrol too....

      1. Steve Todd
        Stop

        Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

        @TheVogon - do you do ANY research before you come up with this $h*t? There is plenty of evidence to the contrary, including scholarly reports that say that unless you get your power mostly or totally from coal then EVs are a better solution.

        1. TheVogon
          Mushroom

          Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

          Really? post some of these reports then. The only ones I can find say Gas is less polluting:

          http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/02/13/chinese-electric-car-pollution-more-harmful-to-humans-than-gas-cars

          http://www.afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/natural_gas_emissions.html

          For instance The Chrysler CEO said natural gas is the “cleanest alternative available”

          http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/chrysler-ceo-rush-to-evs-will-be-masochism-in-the-extreme-pushes-for-natural-gas-options/

      2. DavCrav

        Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

        "whereas gas is just Ethane and is one of the cleanest burning fuels that there is"

        You mean octane? Most of it isn't even octane, it's some more complicated molecules, for example (2,3)-dimethylhexane. But anyway, no need to let facts get in the way of a good bullshit.

        1. ducatis'r us
          Headmaster

          Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

          Maybe a transatlantic language problem here? I think @TheVogon is referring to LPG power which is usually Butane or Propane rather that the US meaning of 'gas' which of course is 'petrol' in Europe! LPG is very clean as far as particulate emissions go and produces about 80% of the CO2 of a petrol/gasoline engine. Whether that makes LPG vehicles 'better' than an EV I couldn't say.

          1. Steve Todd

            Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

            Assuming that he WAS talking about LPG (which certainly isn't ethane) you still have the same problems of using an IC engine (30% efficiency if you're lucky, compared to 80%+ from a modern power station, nitrogen oxides as by products of the combustion, the need for oil lubricants etc.) combined with a limited refuelling infrastructure. You could equally well have used the same fuel at a power station, where you can get more bang for your buck AND mitigate any emissions problems in ways that mobile IC engines can't. Gas fired power compared to coal is a factor in favour of EVs.

        2. TheVogon
          Mushroom

          Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

          Gas for vehicles is a mix of Methane, Ethane, Propane and Butane depending on the source....

          No I don't mean Octane. Those sort of long chain hydrocarbons are only found in petrol and similar fuels, not in gas.

  6. G R Goslin

    Traditional verbiage

    It's sort of traditional in motoring circles to never give a bad review of a new model. You over-grade the innovations and ignore the fact that this is an over-priced, short lived device with no proven long term durability.. The magazines know well, that a review that is a tad critical will meet up with a serious shortfall in advertising for the forseeable future.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Traditional verbiage

      Tesla doesn't advertise anywhere. I'm sure some other luxury car companies would like to see some trashing of Tesla.

    2. Persona non grata

      Re: Traditional verbiage

      Consumer Reports is hardly a typical car magazine that runs on the manufacturers advertising. To quote them:

      "To maintain its independence and impartiality, CR accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates."

      I helped a girlfriend research them for her MBA and they really do seem to be above board. An independent and ethical voice which is amazing considering they operate in the US market. I'd be far more inclined to listen to this review than one by the regular press with their dependancy on the advertising revenue.

    3. Tom 13

      Re: a review that is a tad critical will meet up with a serious shortfall in advertising

      except that Consumer Reports is not an advertising supported magazine. Theoretically they are unbiased because they are a member supported group. In fact, if you've got a subscription you'll find it comes with a disclaimer that if they give you a good review, you can't buy copies to put in your showroom.

      The unbiased bit is of course pure bunkum. Their leftist biased. Okay as long as politics doesn't enter into it, but bring in an issue like AWG and their impartiality goes out the window.

  7. The Grump
    Mushroom

    Battery tech is still not there yet...

    if it takes a $60,000 dollar battery in a $30,000 dollar car to go just 208 miles. I don't see why electric cars cannot be designed to accept a simple lawn mower engine, which could be dropped into a generator housing by the owner. A simple, cheap range extender and battery recharger. Pump the choke, pull the starter cord, and the old Briggs & Stratton starts recharging your battery while shopping, dining, or even while driving. Use an auxiliary gas tank for even more range. Think cheap - cheap is good. Why the Volt needs a 4 cylinder range extender that could power a regular small car is beyond me. And 40,000 bucks ? Cheap is good, and that's not cheap !

    Don't get me wrong - I would LOVE to own an electric car - no oil changes, no smelly gas pump handles, and a LOT less to maintain. But the RANGE !!! It's killing electric car sales, me included. If they only had overhead grids above the roads - electric cars could be equipped with a pole to reach the overhead grid, like a bumper car. Unlimited electric range on the road - and a 20 mile range battery for areas without an overhead grid - parking lots and the like.

    Project better world - too cumbersome, changing out batteries every 60 miles. Solar roof - forget about it. The best thing would be to authorize the government to gather the best and brightest, and start a Manhattan-Project type think tank to brainstorm better energy storage solutions. Nikola Tesla is dead - we need to find new geniuses to take his place. Energy transmission via quantum physics ? Storing lightning ? Maybe something we cannot imagine yet. Round up the scientists, give them the funding, and let them do what they do best.

    Nuke because that's how I feel about L-ion battery costs - KABOOM !

    1. TheVogon
      Mushroom

      Re: Battery tech is still not there yet...

      That design already exists. It is called a Toyota Prius....

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Battery tech is still not there yet...

      Lawnmower engines won't do it. They are poor in efficiency, and they have rather limited life, and produce very little power. Even a 10HP engine, which vibrates rather a lot, will take hours to get you a reasonable battery charge. High quality small Diesels like Kubotas are a lot better, but they too vibrate rather a lot and by the time you have fixed the NVH (noise, vibration,harshness), the fuel tank and supply to vehicle safety levels, and the rest of the control gear, you might just as well fit a standard 4 cylinder petrol engine. I costed one once for a hybrid electric boat, and quickly realised that it was far, far simpler and cheaper just to carry a small outboard.

      Toyota have got it right. The engines they use in their hybrids are designed like racing engines, with slipper pistons, lightweight valve gear, and minimal friction everywhere. But they are then detuned so that very little fuel passes directly from inlet to exhaust during overlap, and with the latest possible exhaust valve opening. (They also have variable valve timing). This means that the engines are long lasting with very little wear, and use as little fuel as possible.

      It also means that the engine can be used directly, so that part of the cost is offset by the smaller electric motors.

      The Toyota drive is simply unbeatable, as GM and others have found out.

    3. Greg D
      Thumb Up

      Re: Battery tech is still not there yet...

      You sir have received an upvote from me. Purely for the Tesla comment :D

      Rest of it makes sense.

    4. Ru

      Re: Battery tech is still not there yet...

      I don't see why electric cars cannot be designed to accept a simple lawn mower engine, which could be dropped into a generator housing by the owner

      See also: series hybrid vs parallel hybrid electric cars.

      The Volt/Ampera has a purely electric drivetrain (albeit with some slightly curious dual motor stuff) and a combustion-engine driven generator. Compare this with the Prius, which I believe can be run using the combustion engine alone (using a similar dual motor setup).

      There are some more interesting (and exotic) things on the drawing board too... there's a Brit company (Bladon Jets) who have a very small gas turbine engine design, and a couple of fancy series hybrid concept car ideas have been based around using such things as generators. Much more interesting than piston engines, and rather more versatile too! Too bad it will take a good few years more for that sort of tech to trickle down into the sorts of vehicles normal people can afford.

  8. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    "I was pretty shocked.. maybe I shouldn't of been but basically they said this car has problems - range limits, issues with not leaving it plugged in over night - "it's not a car without issues - if you want a problem free car look elsewhere". Is one approximate quote from the consumer reports guy.

    At the same time the same guy says "this car is better than any other car we've EVER (EVER!) reviewed"

    that makes absolutely no 3@$#@ sense WTF."

    This really isn't contradictory. Every report I've seen is that it handles great, accelerates very well, while still having low operational costs, has nice controls, nice ammenities, and is nice to ride in too. I.e. very good if you exclude the simple fact common to EVs that you can't charge any of them up in a few minutes like you can gas up a car, so you wouldn't want to go on a cross-country trip in one (in the US, where "cross-country" is over 2500 miles.)

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Unhappy

    Bah

    If they suddenly figured out cold fusion and got it to market so that we could all have cheap, clean power, then I'd be all over it. Until then, I'm trying to CUT my power bill, not pay out of the nose for power from a nasty coal plant to charge up my $90k car to lug around 556kg of batteries full of toxic chemicals!

    1. Steve Todd
      Stop

      Re: Bah

      1) The US has only got coal power stations hasn't it? People should know better before trotting out this argument.

      2) The lithium cells that Tesla use aren't toxic, and they are recyclable. Meanwhile the petroleum spirit (or gas as you yanks call it) that your car runs on is toxic and a fire risk. Stop kidding your self on this one.

      1. squigbobble
        Trollface

        Re: Bah

        ...and try recycling petrol/gasoline/whatevs after you've used it.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Bah

          And try recycling the coal after you've made electricity from it!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bah

        1) No, of course not, but MOST of them are indeed coal. You should know better too. Wind farms don't produce enough energy, hydro is popular but also doesn't produce enough. Nuclear is great, but unpopular. The majority is either coal or gas.

        2) It's called diesel, it's not a fire risk at all. With all of the EPA-mandated filters (DPF, EGR, DEF, etc), it's fairly clean these days. Lithium itself is not entirely safe, I'm not sure how you think otherwise.

        1. Steve Todd
          Stop

          Not even close

          1) Coal stations made up only 37% of US power last year (source http://phys.org/news/2013-04-coal-power-energy.html ) and has been falling.

          2) Diesel is still toxic, even if it's a little harder to light (and yes, it still can be a fire risk). Even with the filters in place diesel engines emit more nitrogen oxides, which are bad for public health. No-one said that lithium batteries were entirely safe (ANY method of storing large amounts of energy is dangerous), just it's no more dangerous than using fossil fuels as you seem to be claiming.

  10. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Profits?

    It's always hard to figure "profits" with companies such as Tesla. I'm sure they still have massive amounts of debt to cope with and a marketplace that is rather small. $90,000 is a very large sum of money to pay out for an automobile and at that price point financing is next to impossible unless you already have the cash on hand. Yeah, it's bank-think and doesn't make much sense, but for some financing you have to already have enough money on hand to get a loan. The Tesla sports car wasn't all that much more ($120,000ish?) Nobody cared about range on that one since it was obviously a toy for the weekend and not necessarily something for the workday commute.

    I wouldn't put any money into Tesla stock until they have a proven track record (pun intended) of profit performance over at least a year. I would also like to see statements about work being accomplished on a design that would sell for 1/4 the price. Perhaps Elon might be in a position to get the US Gov to bust the NiMH battery patent that Chevron is sitting on. That would lower the price of batteries considerably. Li chemistry batteries have better power density, but the cost is too high at this point.

    An electric car with a 200mi (320km) range is perfectly serviceable for many people as a daily driver. Even a 100mi (160km) range will work fine for most of those people. The cost of the car has to be comparable to a moderately priced petrol or diesel car for the fuel savings to have any effect. I haven't seen good data on the savings electric cars have over ICE vehicles when it comes to all other service, but it makes sense that they would add up even considering that at 100k-150k miles, the battery would need replacing. Need more range for trips on the weekend? Rent something nice or pick up Chevy Suburban on the cheap. The savings from using the electric should balance driving a tank for longer outings.

    1. tomban
      Thumb Up

      Re: Profits?

      > 200mi (320km) range is perfectly serviceable for many people as a daily driver.

      Yup, I do 85 miles a week traveling to work, be it by car or bicycle.

      1. Richard Barnes

        Re: Profits?

        You're right - there are lots of us in that category. However, I'm not sure about the cost / benefit case of spending £90k on a car to get me to the station and back every day, even if I don't have to pay for petrol or road tax.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think its well priced for the first practical electric saloon

    I think its amazingly priced, my new car cost me £45k (~$70k), and this is only $89,675 (~£58k)

    I can't wait for them to hit the UK market, 300 mile range here gets you nearly across the whole country!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I think its well priced for the first practical electric saloon

      Good grief, cars are expensive, aren't they?

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: I think its well priced for the first practical electric saloon

        Good grief, cars are expensive, aren't they?

        I paid $1 for the car I'm driving these days. Of course, once you add taxes and insurance, maintenance,[1] and so on it's a bit more.

        Eventually it'll get to the point where it's not worth coaxing any more miles out of it, and I'll probably have to part with a few hundred dollars for another one. Oh well.

        Of course it helps to live in a state where you're allowed to put pretty much anything on the road.

        [1] On the "is this vehicle entirely unusable unless I fix this?" plan.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have no issue with charging my car overnight at my house - I'd much rather that than have to refill / top-up at the petrol station. Now if supermarkets, motorway services and fast food restaurants got charging points - if you were running low - stop for a wee and a coffee - 50% in 30 minutes is not horrendous or even 25% in 15 minutes would probably get you home / to your destination.

    Yes of course if you are bashing up and down the motorway it's probably not the car for you.

  13. Tom 38 Silver badge

    I only have two problems with the Tesla, namely that 1) I'm highly unlikely to ever be able to afford it, and 2) the range is just too low to have only this as your primary car (in which case, see 1 again, since I definitely won't be able to afford 2 cars).

    EVs may be unquestionably better for the environment than petrol, but they will never be a serious replacement until battery tech can be made significantly cheaper. At the moment it's only a rich man's toy - lets hope by making enough rich men's toys they can work out a way to make car for regular people too.

  14. Dr_N Silver badge

    I like it.

    Had a look round the Tesla showroom at Santana Row last week.

    The 'S' does look the business. Very Maserati.

    But this car seems to have been developed for the Bay Area:

    Flat, quite a few recharge points (now) and most commutes involve siting in tailbacks where this car will not expend too much energy. Also solar home installations to power these make sense in California too.

    For Northern Europe, I'd need more convincing.

    But it is a very big step in the right direction for EVs.

    Unfortunately (as with all luxury items from the US) it'd turn up here with more than the reasonable (62,000) dollar price-tag. e.g. £70,000 instead of £40,000.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the right idea

    Get the car right first time, all that technology is tried and tested. Every generation of battery technology is just going to extend the range and decrease the charge time.

    I know that the first brand new car that I buy will be electric. With a wee windmill in the drive you need never pay for fuel again...

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