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2012-06-24 01:39:15 PM
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Battery swap isn't going to work.

If I take good care of my car, why would I want to give the battery away in exchange for one with an unknown history?

I can wait for a charge.
2012-06-24 02:29:37 AM
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I have no use for a car that can't order me some tomato soup on a rainy day.
2012-06-24 02:27:01 AM
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I hope the dashboard GUI is configurable like a linux desktop.

Resize and hide icons as you wish. Each driver can have their own setting.

The EV is here to stay. The US carmakers will insist on going down with the gasoline ship.

Bye bye.
2012-06-24 12:51:28 AM
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Representative of the unwashed masses: I quite often have to drive this kind of distance for work. Also if I go to visit my dad on a weekend it's a 400 mile trip roughly each way. The inability for a vehicle to either make it there all in one shot, or be refuelled quickly is an issue for me. Until an electric vehicle can overcome the range hurdle (minimum of 12+ hours on the highway) then for me it's a non-starter.


Well then you are in the .1% people. Most people drive 60 miles per day. That's well within the Tesla's range.
2012-06-24 12:11:10 AM
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Oh look it's this thread again....

Don't argue with the "well I can't drive it from x to y" without spending all night charging. There is NO distance they will find acceptable - if it was 12000 miles between charges they'd complain you can't drive it from the US to Europe because it doesnt float.
2012-06-23 11:28:49 PM
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www.thechargingpoint.com
2012-06-23 11:10:03 PM
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haemaker: VictoryCabal: Durendal: Am I the only one that thinks this is a horrid idea? The whole point of physical buttons and knobs is that only a slight glance and the feel by hand can locate what you need with minimal eyes off the road. Not so with a touchscreen, especially if a small bump has you hitting the wrong button, and then you have to undo, go back, find the right one...I just can't see this as being a step forward.

You're not the only one at all. It doesn't long to learn all the buttons in your car by feel, and then you can control every feature without ever taking your eyes of the road. Stupid, stupid idea, but it looks cool just like THE FUTURE so I think we're stuck with it.

If you guys are taking your hands off the wheel, you have already failed. Use the buttons on the steering wheel for the functions offered there, or voice commands, otherwise pull over.


1. Not all cars have controls on the wheel.
2. Not all cars have voice commands.
3. What about manual transmissions?
4. If you think I'm going to pull off the interstate just to adjust the heat on the defogger then you're bloody nuts.

Taking one hand off of the wheel to make a quick adjustment does not a lousy driver make.
2012-06-23 10:58:56 PM
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/the best reason to buy one
2012-06-23 10:23:15 PM
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Durendal: The whole point of physical buttons and knobs is that only a slight glance and the feel by hand can locate what you need with minimal eyes off the road


'cause that's TOTALLY what I do, not look at anything and grope at the radio. NOT!

The Tesla is a rich guy car company. It's $100K or more for their normal model. They aren't making cars for people who are driving anywhere buy in LA traffic. Besides, the girl is the one who's gonna be doing all the button pushing because only nerdy guys will buy this and they'll all be pretending it's the Millennium Falcon because of the noise the electric engine makes.
2012-06-23 10:10:19 PM
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Durendal: Am I the only one that thinks this is a horrid idea? The whole point of physical buttons and knobs is that only a slight glance and the feel by hand can locate what you need with minimal eyes off the road. Not so with a touchscreen, especially if a small bump has you hitting the wrong button, and then you have to undo, go back, find the right one...I just can't see this as being a step forward.


You're not the only one at all. It doesn't long to learn all the buttons in your car by feel, and then you can control every feature without ever taking your eyes of the road. Stupid, stupid idea, but it looks cool just like THE FUTURE so I think we're stuck with it.
2012-06-23 09:47:30 PM
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The first sight that greets you behind the wheel is a 17-inch touchscreen that fills the dash, eliminating almost all the buttons and knobs that clutter up most car interiors

Am I the only one that thinks this is a horrid idea? The whole point of physical buttons and knobs is that only a slight glance and the feel by hand can locate what you need with minimal eyes off the road. Not so with a touchscreen, especially if a small bump has you hitting the wrong button, and then you have to undo, go back, find the right one...I just can't see this as being a step forward.
 
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