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Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby protocoach » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:53 pm UTC

http://www.paloaltodailynews.com/article/2008-7-1-sc-car-side

Tesla Motors has committed to making a $30k all-electric car by 2012. This is great news. Hopefully, we'll have taken some steps towards making the necessary infrastructure for long distance travel in all-electric cars.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

I'd be more impressed if they could actually get their first car out as originally specified and on time.

Oh wait, too late.

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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Robin S » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:05 pm UTC

Having not heard of Tesla Motors before, I naturally assumed that the great man himself was posthumously developing a budget-friendly vehicle.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby protocoach » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:46 pm UTC

Endless Mike wrote:I'd be more impressed if they could actually get their first car out as originally specified and on time.

Oh wait, too late.

They've delivered a few of them. They just don't have much manufacturing capacity yet. And actually, I think they're currently building a new plant to address that problem.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

They delivered them well after originally announced and not meeting the original advertised specs, yes, with a transmission that they've already stated will prematurely fail.

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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby william » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:04 am UTC

Robin S wrote:Having not heard of Tesla Motors before, I naturally assumed that the great man himself was posthumously developing a budget-friendly vehicle.

That would be awesome.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby EsotericWombat » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:28 am UTC

Maybe another company called Edison is going to sprout up with a better method, which Tesla motors is going to smear as unsafe...
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Pixel » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:03 pm UTC

EsotericWombat wrote:Maybe another company called Edison is going to sprout up with a better method, which Tesla motors is going to smear as unsafe...


Um, did you intentionally reverse Edison & Tesla's positions as compared to the history of AC vs DC current? I honestly can't tell if that was part of the joke or if you got it wrong.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Hawknc » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:27 pm UTC

Endless Mike wrote:They delivered them well after originally announced and not meeting the original advertised specs, yes, with a transmission that they've already stated will prematurely fail.

Given that they're a small startup who had their work stolen by Fisker, it's impressive they're getting vehicles out the door at all. Vehicles very rarely, if ever, have the specs at Job 1 that they did when they were first announced - it's just a fact about complex projects that sometimes you're going to need to create workarounds for otherwise insurmountable problems. Tesla just made their design process more transparent than most vehicle manufacturers. Even the Big 3 have their programs delayed by months or even years because of excessive cost, supplier problems and changing customer needs; the fact that Tesla is getting cars out the door without the same sort of bargaining power that larger companies have with suppliers is an achievement in itself.

That said, if their Model S comes out in 2010 and is successful, I expect Tesla will probably get bought out by whichever of the Big 3 is left before 2012 and produce its $30k electric car under their badge.

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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby EsotericWombat » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:20 pm UTC

Pixel wrote:Um, did you intentionally reverse Edison & Tesla's positions as compared to the history of AC vs DC current? I honestly can't tell if that was part of the joke or if you got it wrong.


The former.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Pixel » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:37 pm UTC

EsotericWombat wrote:
Pixel wrote:Um, did you intentionally reverse Edison & Tesla's positions as compared to the history of AC vs DC current? I honestly can't tell if that was part of the joke or if you got it wrong.


The former.


Ah. That's why I asked rather than assuming and correcting you. Thanks.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby e946 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:25 pm UTC

You kind of ruined any potential the joke had though.

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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Mabus_Zero » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:34 am UTC

Yes! Then Fast-Neutron Breeder Fission Reactors, then fusion reactors, as far as the eye can see! Bring me my death ray!
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:23 pm UTC

Endless Mike wrote:They delivered them well after originally announced and not meeting the original advertised specs, yes, with a transmission that they've already stated will prematurely fail.
What I've heard is that this isn't entirely true. The transmission will work just fine, but won't deliver as much horsepower as the final version. It won't die early, it's just underpowered.

Of course I couldn't tell you if that's actually true. >_>
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Roland Lockheart » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:06 am UTC

It should have a deathray. Electrical, of course.
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:53 pm UTC

If it looks like this I want one:
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Indon » Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:15 am UTC

Ian Ex Machina wrote:If it looks like this I want one:


The prism cars would be better.

They run more efficiently depending on how many of them are on the road with you!
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:49 am UTC

Indon wrote:
Ian Ex Machina wrote:If it looks like this I want one:


The prism cars would be better.

They run more efficiently depending on how many of them are on the road with you!


Why not go camping in mirage cars, a nice private holiday away from the crowds, no-one here but us trees...
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby EsotericWombat » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:54 am UTC

yeah, but if we go in the IFV, we can do whatever the fuck we want!
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Re: Tesla Commits to Cheaper Car

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:00 am UTC

I think we could all be convinced to ride with the mastermind, forcibly if necessary...
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