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Woo-hoo! WOW!!! WHOPEE!!!

I've been following Tesla for about 4 years, maybe a bit more. About 4 years ago I visited the Tesla headquarters in San Carlos and was given a ride in (but not allowed to drive) one of the four existing engineering prototype Roadsters. It had a two-speed transmission, but low gear was disabled due to problems. (I was adamant that a transmission was a bad idea.) The car was fast, and it was cool, but it was uncomfortable to sit in, and the battery cooling system was loud. Wait time was unknown, and I decided it was not the car for me.

I bought a Zap Xebra instead, and it's been a fun little car. It's been my daily driver and I've put on thousands of electric miles since I got it. But it only goes 35 mph on level ground, and struggles to get up hills. With an aftermarket LiFePO4 battery pack it's got a 40-mile range, though it's better for the batteries to not go below 20% SoC. It's been a nice car.

Today I flew to Seattle and drove a 2.5 Roadster Sport. As the thread title says: WOW!!! I expected to dislike having the regen on the go pedal. I wanted the regen on the brake pedal. But within 5 minutes I was feeling very comfortable with it. And, boy, does it move! (Well, most of you reading this already know that.) The car was really quite comfortable to sit in, the opposite of the prototype four years ago, though it's still awkward to get in and out of. Even in range mode the car was like a jackrabbit on crack. I never put it in performance mode.

This is not intended as a review of the car, just an expression of enthusiasm. I've been committed to electric for several years, and the Roadster is an amazing car. In the end, I bought number 1117, presently in Chicago, and due to be shipped to me. Five to ten days, depending on whether expedited shipping can be arranged. It's a non-sport model with few options. The only options are premium paint (bright orange) and the "infotainment group" which I'd happily have passed on, but it's what the car had. All the other available cars had far more options, and correspondingly higher prices for stuff I didn't need or want. I'd actually have bought a Nissan Leaf if they'd delivered it any of the half dozen times they promised me. But I finally got tired of waiting for a car that Nissan seemed to have no intention of ever delivering, which was why I decided to make the trip to drive the Tesla. Let me say thank you to Nissan for being such a crummy company, and breaking so many promises, since I know I'm going to be much happier with the Roadster than I'd have been with the boring old Leaf and its measly 85 mile range.

Now I won't be able to sleep for anxiety as I wait for the car to arrive.

Nope Daniel. The Xebra is definitely to low of a range to be useful to me. The shortest distance from my house to Spokane is about 17 miles, and then I couldn't go anywhere else around Spokane. Again, let me know when you get either your Roadster or Porsche.

Why not donate the little beastie to a tech university or college? That'd probably take the thing apart, but it's a good way to help educate the next generation on the short comings of the previous generation :)

As Vawlkus said. At least it would be a tax deduction then.

For now I'm not ruling out any options. In any case, until I have the Roadster I won't believe that it's really coming. I was screwed on the Porsche, and the Leaf never came. Realistically, Tesla is a whole different thing. But the truck could have an accident; the car could be stolen en route; it could get caught in an attack by terrorist loonies; the car could be smashed by a drunk driver while the trucker is moving the cars around to reorganize them into delivery order... anything could happen, and my luck so far has been about as bad as it could be.

I am too excited about this for anything good to come of it.

On June 17 it was 5-10 days. Time's up! Post photos.

The salesman told me it would be ten days. The head office told me 10 to 14 days. The trucking company said ten to 14 days. Today is 12 days.

I think it was a week ago today that they said it shipped, but I am not at all certain about that.

Yesterday I realized that they had had me sign some papers, including the temporary registration form, and return them, so that I would not have the registration when the car got here. So I phoned them, and they overnighted it to me. At 7:45 this morning the temporary registration arrived.

At about 9:45 the truck arrived and unloaded my Very Orange 2.5 Roadster. I think I put about 80 miles on it driving out to a friend's place in the country, and then giving another friend a ride on the freeway.

It's in my garage now charging at 240 volts, 40 amps and making a lot of noise. All normal, apparently.

I don't need to tell you folks how much fun the car is to drive. Floored it from a stoplight up to the 35 mph speed limit and glanced in my rear-view mirror and all the other cars were about a block behind me. With the Xebra, it was just the other way around!

Anybody know how many Gs it is when you stomp on it?

I don't know how to upload photos here. But hey, google Very Orange Roadster and I'm sure you'll see the identical car.

David70: Based on something you said earlier, I thought I knew who you are. But now I think I may have been mistaken. If you are who I thought you are, I'll be phoning you tomorrow. But if I'm was wrong, and the person I phone is not you, you know who I am on Prius Chat and you can PM me there. During the next week or so I'll be offering rides to anybody who wants. I'd PM you here but I don't think this site has PM and I'm not about to publish my phone number in an open forum.

Congrats on getting the Roadster. 12 days is a nice average for your 10-14 days. I'll wait until you get to Allan to show it off to him. If I don't hear from you tomorrow or in a few days, tell me when you have shown it to him and I'll call him to get your phone number. If you actually have a phone number for me, the last two digits would be 27 for home or 25 for cell. I actually haven't been on Prius Chat in over a year. I'm guessing you don't know more than one Allan that's owned both a Prius and a Xebra (and at least one other electric car).

As for the number of G's it's probably not as high as it feels.
If it does 0-60 mph in 4 s, that would be nearly 0.7 G, assuming the acceleration is constant. Of course, a commercial jet plane taking off might not be any more than that. We'd have to ask one of the pilots here.

BTW, you mentioned Rick, who is a Prius owner (if it's him you meant).

Daniel,

I just got onto Prius Chat again, to see if I could find you listed.

I thought your name there was just Daniel, but I see a lot of different Daniels listed including a daniel1949.

I'll PM you there if you remind me of your actual Prius Chat name.

Dave

David: I took Allan for a ride today. You may ask him for my phone number. The Rick I referred to does not drive a Prius, as far as I know, but works with the David who I at first thought was you.

I think the acceleration of the Roadster is stronger than the acceleration of a commercial passenger jet. However, it's strongest at the start, and less at freeway speed, if my subjective feel is accurate. The difference, of course, is that after a few seconds it's reached its top speed, whereas a jet continues to accelerate much longer, so it reaches higher speed.

Some of those little turbo-prop planes seem to me to accelerate harder than a jet, though of course they doing reach as fast a speed as the jets. Passenger planes, of course, have to limit their acceleration for the sake of the less robust passengers.

Okay, according to this page:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071114084817AAAN0vr

a typical sports car (and the Roadster is one of the quickest sports cars) accelerates harder than a commercial jetliner. (We're not talking here about fighter jets catapulted from an aircraft carrier.)

Good Daniel.

I'll given Allan a call this afternoon and talk to you later.

Dave

P.S.
Too bad we can't PM here.

"Anybody know how many Gs it is when you stomp on it?"

The Roadster has a G-meter (at least the 1.5 version does). Go through the drive screens and there is one that shows acceleration (and HP and torque). You can either set it to real-time (kind-of hard to look at while driving) or peak (so you can see the maximum values you got to). When I give someone a ride and remember to switch to this screen it is usually 0.65 or 0.66 for 0-35. Less for 20-60, not surprisingly. Higher without a passenger, of course.

SteveU: Thanks for that information. I'll check it out tomorrow! (I don't really feel, like going out to the garage now, unplugging it, turning it on, just to go through the drive screens.) That's cool to know.

BTW, my Customer Advocate told me the base Roadster in Standard most will do zero to sixty in 4.1 seconds. (3.9, as we know, in Performance mode.)

Today I gave a ride to a young man who likes sports cars and has something that does 0-60 in I think he said 5.2 seconds. He remarked that he could feel that the Roadster has more and smoother acceleration. (Which we know, but it's cool to hear that this guy could actually feel the difference.)

I like how quiet it is accelerating that hard. Oh, I commented about the road noise, which seems loud to me. This guy told me that it's because sports car tires have more contact area with the road, and that my Roadster actually has less road noise than other sports cars.

daniel;
Under the comment box is a grey-text list of the permitted HTML tags. One is 'img' which has a very simple structure.
<img# src="URLgoesHERE">
The URL must be to a stored site, usually photobucket or FLIKR or similar.
Here's a pic from Tesla's own pages:

:)

Correction: the # symbol should be omitted; I just put it in there to make sure the HTML displayed.

Further correction: I meant to type FLICKR, of course.

Brianh, Didn't read too far back on this thread but is the car totally charging off the solar panels, if so, this is so cool and kind of similar to something we were discussing awhile back. This is a neat deal, carport, selfcharging off solar, and car. How cool is that? Doesn't seem to take a huge amount of solar paneling to charge the car, of course alternate power plugs availabe to I suppose if weather doesn't cooperate.

Haven't been on the site for awhle, what in te world is going on in the "general" forum? Got the crazy threads blocked but not off screen? Tried to find the "battery tech" and a few other former threads couldn't locate them. Including the classically wonderful "Esoteric EV Ramblings". Tried to restart it but didn't see it appear. leaving the building now. Thnkyovermuch TCB

searcher;
I have no info about any of your questions, except that I see no sign of the spambot stuff no. That pic is Tesla's, also no info except that it's somewhere on the site. If you want a discussion of solar panels etc. try this:
http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/1540-Solar-happenings/

Searcher,
The last posting on your original EV Ramblings is June 26th.

The spam is so cluttering up posts that it's hard to find what you want. Your new Rambling is visible and should probably be deleted, assuming the originator can do that.


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