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My suggestion for a limp-home safety net is for everyone who buys one of these cars to also buy a very small Honda Generator and store it in the trunk with a 1 gallon can of gas plus a short extension cord. When you try to go a long way, and the car leaves you stranded, pop it out, sit it on the ground, start it up and charge for half an hour to get 20 miles of range to limp to a place where you can plug in...alternatively, put a trailer hitch on it, get a small trailer and a 240Volt 6000Watt generator and a 10 gallon tank. Hook it up and start driving in Hybrid mode!!!!

Now, THAT'S range anxiety!!!

sounds bazaar but

here in the uk there was a tv program (think it was fifth gear)
they did a test on electric smart car to see how long it would travel for
at the end of the test they connected up a small generator witch was sitting on the back shelf and then drove off

Or you could just roll up to a gas station, convience store, or even a friendly house, plug in for an hour or two and drive home on that.

Electricty is EVERYWHERE people, it's not like gas where it's only available in certain spots!

steve_a;

I found your bazaar comparison bizarre! Why would it be like a street or square full of various small shops and street vendors?

;p

I've been driving for almost 15 years and have never, ever run out of gas.

If it's not a problem, why would I always carry an extra 50+ lbs of weight around with me all the time?

Maybe it's just the pilot in me, but if you find yourself running out of gas often on the side of the road, you need to check your gauges more often. Driving electric is no different.

My only concern is if the battery back drains unexpectedly like when the battery dies on my laptop after 3 years. I have never run out of gas in my car either (although I have used it as an excuse for being late). There need to be really REALLY good measures for how much real world driving time / miles you have left as the car's power source ages.

The Roadster's "miles left" gauge seems to be pretty accurate, from what I hear. Monitoring voltage is a pretty good indicator.

Although Teslas use essentially laptop batteries, the reason they die so quickly in a laptop is because they always get so hot. Most computer manufacturers make little to no effort to regulate battery temperature, so they tend to die quickly. More money for them, right? (Customer Joe needs another laptop battery replacement!)

That explains why I have to spend $4k on APC batteries for my network backup system after my AC unit died this summer on a really hot day. Battery technology is still one of the least evolved and I would love to see a huge bump on this stuff soon. Or maybe Tesla is thinking wireless electricity later on? They are "Tesla" after all! Imagine your Model S with a Tesla Coil on the roof sucking energy from the power poles while cruising down the highway? :D

Actually, the reason laptop batteries die like that is because there's no hardware to prevent them from being overcharged and, literally, burned out.

If you go to any good PC repair shop, you'd see them take the batteries out when the laptop is plugged in for testing. Why? Probably because the techs are going to be doing long term diagnostics, and if the battery was left in, it'd be junk by the time the customer got the laptop back.

The same is NOT true of electric cars: they ALL have hardware in them to stop the flow of power to the battery once the battery is full. At least, that's the case for all the ones I've read the specs on ;)

Vawlkus--you're right...quality charging technology (or the lack of it) is a huge factor in the short life of laptop batteries. That, along with poor temperature control and a number of other issues.

I have communicated with Tesla multiple times regarding my "range anxiety." I live 200+ miles from Palo Alto. Unless the Union Square parking garage or a restaurant is willing to let me recharge my car at 220V (for free or a fee), I cannot make the round trip home. What about going from SF to LA? Again, even if I plan to spend one night half way into the journey, I have to carry enough extension cord and find a space right outside my motel room. Still keeping my deposit and place in line; but I am having more doubts the S is a practical green solution for my needs.

well I believe most of us on the forum, would be considered enthusiastic EV users
as some of us have an almost religious / willingness to make it work
in general I would not recommend a car that has a range that is less than 2x daily commute
what if you forgot to charge the car when you got home
it is strange to read about some of the member, that they need to recharge there car during work in ordre to get home, what if the charging spot is take by a other car or it is faulty for some unknown reason, you are stranded
but for the 2 times a year where I go on a long trip I dont see any problem in planing recharge spots, but doing that every day is beyond the normal consumers comfort zone

well I cant complain as my daily commute is only 12miles (including shopping)


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