I am convinced in the future, the massive Model S will be seen as a flagrant energy hog. The electrons you need to push 4,700 pounds of heavy metal down the road could take an electric rickshaw so much further.
I had a 2013 volt for a year. I think my MS is more efficient then the Volt in the cooler weather.
Very nice!! Now... hmmmm, how to install the front license plate: http://www.teslarati.com/installing-tesla-model-s-front-license-plate/
Size matters. Heavy modern cars are safer than light modern cars.
Then again, if you want an electric rickshaw, I'd be happy to make you one and trade it for your Model S.
Also even in warm weather the Model S is not very inefficient. The most efficient electric cars on the market are getting around 120 mpg equivalent, and those are teeny little tin cans compared to the Model S. While 120mpg is higher than the Model S's 89mpg equivalent, it's actually not really better if you have seven passengers sharing the 89 versus 2 or four passengers sharing the 120.
I'll take the Model S anyday over any other pure BEV on the market. I own a Volt and yes it's true: a HUGE Achilles heel of the Volt is its (up to) 50% decrease in electric range in cold weather.
EPA's e-mpg ratings for both Leaf and Volt are just over 90mpg. That's only a few percent better than the much bigger and roomier Model S. When Elon said Tesla has much better battery and electric drive train technologies than competitors it's not without any bases.
BTW the also tiny BMW i3 seems to be even worse if you consider EPA number is usually a little lower than manufacture's number.
Now when Obama and the EPA cause electrical rates to skyrocket, as they promised, they can blame those evil Tesla drivers who are sucking up all the electricity.
I can hear the speech already. They always have an evil somebody to blame for every failure. It will be your fault that electricity costs so much, not that we drove half the electricity producers out of the market.
@Roamer What are you (or Fox "News") talking about? The new EV rate with PG&E costs about $8 to fill up the 85kWh tank. You charge up your EV with the low rate at night when the whole grid was usually sitting idle and depreciating. What a brilliant idea! Thank you President Obama and EPA, and Elon of course.
Electricity rates have not gone up because Obama took office, and I charge for about 1/4 the gasoline rate.
I blame Obama for that. I want to pay the same rate as gasoline.
If I remember, didn't the energy rates in California climb through the roof right after "W" took office?
I guess that was the invisible hand. . . .
Yes, as they rightly should have. Enron charged rates that were 'market' rates. I want to go back to that. Obama is standing in the way, most probably. Impeaching him can remedy the situation.
From Fact Check.org
There’s no question that curbing greenhouse gas emissions would bring about higher energy prices. Obama, speaking to the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 17, 2008, said electricity costs (not gasoline prices) would “necessarily skyrocket” as a result of capping emissions levels, and that his job as president would be to convince the public and Congress that benefits outweigh costs. “If we can’t make that argument persuasively enough, you can be Lyndon Johnson, you can be the master of Washington, you’re not going to get that done.” On June 26, 2009, the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill, by a vote of 219-212. The bill included allowances to electric companies to protect consumers from increases in electricity bills. But the bill died in the Senate.
We can credit the democrat controlled Senate for killing the Cap and Trade and keeping rates lower
I work in the California power industry and the recent rate increases are substantially related to upgrading an antiquated delivery system. Whether you own an EV or not, I venture to say that you demand reliable electricity. Can't have the lights flicker, but I sure don't want to pay for it! Anyway, because of this upgrade, I am in sales and able to buy my P85! Ain't capitalism grand?!?
Upgrade capital equipment now, or pay much more later. For CA, it's always "later", no matter when it is. ;)
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