Hey all. Car enthusiast from Connecticut here.
Anyways, my family and I have no qualms about switching to an electric vehicle, but it's near impossible to find one in our price range and in the type of car we want. For an example, I tend to prefer sport compacts with a soft spot for hot hatchbacks. We tried getting in on the Mini-E program back in 2008 but were denied because we don't live in California, New Jersey, or New York. For those who don't know, BMW/Mini leased 500 all electric 2 seater Mini Coopers called the Mini-E to people in the aforementioned states. To this day, I drive an Ecotec powered (L61) Saturn Ion sport compact (Don't mock. I have over $3,000 into this thing, and you'd never know from looking at it. Sleeper-style ;) ).
The next time we had a chance at an electric vehicle was in 2011, when my father needed a new vehicle. We were looking at a Chevrolet Volt, but couldn't get one. The problem wasn't price, but rather that my father has hip and back issues which kept him from getting into it. As a result, he got a 2011 Chevy Silverado instead (we wanted the hybrid but the dealer refused to order one) because we also do a bit of camping. It's frustrating waiting for the electric car market to catch up, and I think that Tesla has the best chance of fulfilling these markets.
Do any of you think Tesla will eventually come out with a sport compact/hot hatch or a pick up truck with 4 wheel drive? Tesla, come out with a car in each of those categories and we'll snap them up. If not, I may just pick up an old hatchback and convert it to electric. I'd rather not as I'm no electrical engineer.
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