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2013-08-24 01:24:45 PM
7 votes:
Subby, TFA is about Tesla cars, not Volkswagens.
2013-08-24 02:36:30 PM
5 votes:
Subby is trolling. The Model S got a 99 out of 100 from Consumer Reports, Motor Trend car of the year and maxed out the NHTSA safety rating. Like it or not, nothing there would make anyone think the car is unreliable. Overpriced? Well, given the high-standard of quality and safety, that's a very subjective thing to say. Like many others have said, if I had the cash, I would buy one, and having said that, I would not buy an equally priced BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, or even those manufacturers cheaper models for that matter.
2013-08-24 11:56:22 AM
4 votes:
If I could afford a $80-100,000 for a car I would buy one, but I can't so I won't.  Electric cars are becoming mainstream, I see more and more Nissan Leafs on the road every day.  That is good. The Tesla will create some great new technologies I'm sure but it will never be mainstream.  It has a chance to become as popular as the Mercedes S class or BMW 7 series, but I see that as the maximum volume for their business model.
2013-08-24 02:39:26 PM
3 votes:
I remember hearing about how all of those Prius owners would one day be sorry.  I get it.  It's new.  Try not to be afraid.  It's only a car.
2013-08-24 02:32:56 PM
3 votes:
Funnt how there's been a spate of negative headlines on Fark lately about electric and hybrid cars.  It's almost as if the oil industry was paying people to submit them.  But, of course, that would never happen.
2013-08-24 01:59:08 PM
3 votes:

Tom_Slick: If I could afford a $80-100,000 for a car I would buy one, but I can't so I won't.  Electric cars are becoming mainstream, I see more and more Nissan Leafs on the road every day.  That is good. The Tesla will create some great new technologies I'm sure but it will never be mainstream.  It has a chance to become as popular as the Mercedes S class or BMW 7 series, but I see that as the maximum volume for their business model.


Well, people buying Teslas for $80K-$100K help advance the technology to the point where we'll have electric cars in the $20K price range.  It's like any other technology: the early adapters pay for its advancement.

Subby's cheap shot on Tesla seems especially tone-deaf, since the consensus I've seen on the Tesla Roadster is that it's the first all-electric car that performs as well as most gas-powered cars.  It's the first electric car that stands on its merit and you might want just because it's an awesome car, not because you want to make a statement and drive an electric car.
2013-08-24 02:55:19 PM
2 votes:
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Consumer Reports = Best car ever tested. http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/09/autos/tesla-model-s-consumer-reports/ i ndex.html
2013-08-24 02:39:11 PM
2 votes:

The article is about tesla, not GM.

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/So far it sounds like they've been knocking it out of the park.
/too rich for my blood, but its good to see electrics gaining a foothold.
2013-08-24 02:38:23 PM
2 votes:
Was subby touched in the bathing suit area by a Tesla once?
2013-08-24 04:34:59 PM
1 votes:

netgamer7k: ghare: Why is it that "conservatives" hate conservation? Why does someone riding a bike or driving an electric car fill them with such rage and hatred?

It's the smug look from liberals they can't stand.


Pretty much. In general conservatives have self esteem issues, and they freak the fark out if they think that someone thinks they are better than them.
2013-08-24 04:19:49 PM
1 votes:
Meh. Vanity buy. You're saving gas alright, instead you're burning coal (where's the electricity coming from?)

Chemical batteries simply don't have the energy density of gasoline. Plus, it takes time to recharge the things. It baffles me that all these electric car designs do not have easily swapped out battery packs, so you can stop somewhere, swap packs, and be on your way.....
2013-08-24 04:18:02 PM
1 votes:
Why is it that "conservatives" hate conservation? Why does someone riding a bike or driving an electric car fill them with such rage and hatred?
2013-08-24 03:59:55 PM
1 votes:
If this keeps up, we will see more and more red States banning the sell of Teslas. The spice (oil) must flow.
2013-08-24 03:19:57 PM
1 votes:

Zizzowop: Subby is trolling. The Model S got a 99 out of 100 from Consumer Reports, Motor Trend car of the year and maxed out the NHTSA safety rating. Like it or not, nothing there would make anyone think the car is unreliable. Overpriced? Well, given the high-standard of quality and safety, that's a very subjective thing to say. Like many others have said, if I had the cash, I would buy one, and having said that, I would not buy an equally priced BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, or even those manufacturers cheaper models for that matter.


Speaking of safety: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-20/teslas-model-s-sedan- d estroys-safety-tests-dot-dot-dot-literally
2013-08-24 03:15:27 PM
1 votes:

lilbjorn: Funnt how there's been a spate of negative headlines on Fark lately about electric and hybrid cars.  It's almost as if the oil industry was paying people to submit them.  But, of course, that would never happen.


They don't have to. It's a lot of old people. Old, useless people who have nothing better to do than cry about how things are turning worse.
2013-08-24 03:07:06 PM
1 votes:

Pockafrusta: subbyisretarded.jpg

Consumer Reports = Best car ever tested. http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/09/autos/tesla-model-s-consumer-reports/ i ndex.html



It's interesting to me that there are so many other equally expensive--of not more expensive--cars that don't rate anywhere close to the Tesla for safety. It's nice to see an automobile manufacturer actually care about making a safe car and not offer excuses as to why they can't do it.

Hopefully, some of the Tesla engineering safety advances will become available in less expensive cars.
2013-08-24 02:56:45 PM
1 votes:

kendelrio: As the owner of a Mustang California Special, I'm getting a kick......


/very reliable
//and fast
///I have a small penis.


Which one, the old one or the new one? If the former, great car. If not, you spent a lot of money for what amounts to a paint job.
2013-08-24 02:48:17 PM
1 votes:

dkimball: That would be Mercedes-Benz.  Their quality has plummeted while their prices have sky-rocketed


Who cares about quality when you can download parts?
2013-08-24 02:41:02 PM
1 votes:
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2013-08-24 02:39:04 PM
1 votes:
Isn't this how everything cool in the auto industry goes, though?  Neat new features start out as big-ticket items in high-end luxury cars so that people who are willing to shell out $80k for a car can pay for the research, design and implementation of the new feature and once it's popular enough that the company can benefit from economies of scale, it trickles down into the models that the rest of us can afford.  There was a time when only rich people could have power windows or keyless entry.  I don't see why it would be any different with electric engines.
2013-08-24 02:32:28 PM
1 votes:
That would be Mercedes-Benz.  Their quality has plummeted while their prices have sky-rocketed
2013-08-24 02:31:02 PM
1 votes:
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