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(SeattlePI)   Tesla Model S drives through a puddle, nearly kills driver   (seattlepi.com ) divider line
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2013-10-02 11:48:06 PM  
9 votes:
If by "puddle" you mean "large metallic object" and by "drives through" you mean "collided with" then this headline is...

... still not in any way accurate.
2013-10-03 05:16:34 AM  
4 votes:

gaspode: Latest attempt by the entrenched industry to try to kill electric cars eh? Its like being back in the 70s or something.. ludicrous scare stories about rivals. Hell it is like being back in Edison's day. Wankers.


Still waiting for the CEO of one of the big car companies to use a Tesla battery to electrocute an elephant.
2013-10-03 05:13:59 AM  
4 votes:
Latest attempt by the entrenched industry to try to kill electric cars eh? Its like being back in the 70s or something.. ludicrous scare stories about rivals. Hell it is like being back in Edison's day. Wankers.
2013-10-03 05:22:04 AM  
3 votes:
Stock's taking a hit. Time to buy, if you ask me.
2013-10-03 09:03:53 AM  
2 votes:

AngryDragon: Can someone explain to me why the Tesla has such rabid followers and the Volt and Leaf are such political hot potatoes?


Tesla built something that's electric and actually looks nice to drive, the Volt and Lead, not so much...

Which would you rather drive...
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2013-10-03 08:00:33 AM  
2 votes:

Pick: I'll keep my safe gasoline and diesel powered vehicles, thank you.


Yep. Car fires never happen in gasoline or diesel powered vehicles...
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2013-10-03 06:11:50 AM  
2 votes:

CasperImproved: I'm no chemist, and I'm not doing research this early in the day (5:30am local), but wouldn't lithium related accidents create a scenario where poisonous gasses are created as apposed to just a cloud of avoidable smoke from the petroleum?


The "cloud of avoidable smoke" caused by burning gasoline is incidentally also made up of poisonous gasses, so I'm not sure what sort of distinction you're trying to make.

I suppose you're wondering if the poisonous gasses are invisible; well, when lithium's on fire it's scary enough that you'll want to get the hell away from it.  NORMAL gasoline engine exhaust, however, is invisible AND poisonous.
2013-10-03 06:11:36 AM  
2 votes:

fusillade762: xria: gaspode: SoothinglyDeranged: So yeah, lithium metal fires are bad. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Guess what? Petroleum fires arent a farking birthday party either and they kill hundreds.

Being killed by the same thing that has killed thousands of people every year for decades isn't scary. Being killed by something that has never killed someone before is scary.

/not sure why, but that is the way it is

Most humans seem unable to do basic risk assessment. More Americans are killed by lightning and bathtub drownings than by terrorism, yet no one is "ZOMG BATHTUB LIGHTNING?!?!?"


During the DC sniper incident, the #2 cause of worry among interviewed residents was being shot by the sniper.  People have no sense of proportion.  Everybody laughs at Dustin Hoffman as Rainman thinking candy bars and cars cost $100 each, but they do similar useless math in their own heads every day.
2013-10-03 05:39:25 AM  
2 votes:
www.filmwad.com

Wait a minute, wait a minute. What have we here, gentlemen? General Motors have themselves a journalist.
2013-10-03 05:14:46 AM  
2 votes:

SoothinglyDeranged: So yeah, lithium metal fires are bad. Just in case anyone was wondering.


Guess what? Petroleum fires arent a farking birthday party either and they kill hundreds.
2013-10-03 12:54:29 AM  
2 votes:

Uranus Is Huge!: If by "puddle" you mean "large metallic object" and by "drives through" you mean "collided with" then this headline is...


Yeah, but "Car hits large object, catches fire" isn't really a newsworthy headline.
2013-10-03 12:35:22 AM  
2 votes:
So yeah, lithium metal fires are bad. Just in case anyone was wondering.
2013-10-03 12:01:25 PM  
1 vote:

The_Philosopher_King: I just think it is proof that Tesla is going after the Lamborghini market segment.

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Pics hot it more ways than one.


Did you know Lamborghini makes tractors, too?

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2013-10-03 11:15:16 AM  
1 vote:

CtrlAltDestroy: It connects via a planetary gear.


Which means that the gasoline engine has to be designed around the needs of mechanically propelling a car, though thankfully over only part of the car's speed range.  In also means you have complicated gearing.  In a true series hybrid, the engine is tweaked and optimized to turn a generator and do nothing else.  It can be directly coupled to the generator, which is similarly designed to work with the engine.  No transmission, no gear shift.  Then, motors can turn the wheels, and all of that spiffy all-wheel-drive stuff that modern cars do can be handled by electronics rather than complicated mechanical differentials.
2013-10-03 10:33:06 AM  
1 vote:

AngryDragon: Can someone explain to me why the Tesla has such rabid followers and the Volt and Leaf are such political hot potatoes?


The Tesla began with an awesome sports car, based on the Lotus.  They really knew how to play to the geeks-who-made-it-big-in-IT-and-are-now-having-their-midlife-crises demographic.  The more practical car they followed it with is, by all accounts, pretty nice too.  The Leaf is much less sexy, but I haven't hear anything bad about it from anyone who has actually owned one.  The Volt was...typical GM.  They took something that could have been cool and screwed it up.  A plug-in hybrid should be a "series" hybrid, a functional electric car with a minimal, optomized IC engine turning a generator and nothing else.  Instead they made it a parallel hybrid like everyone else, and so you have what was supposed to be an "electric" car hauling around a transmission, differential, complicated clutch. etc. everywhere it goes in addition to an engine and a generator.  It could have been just an electric car with a tiny engine and generator replacing part of the battery weight.
2013-10-03 10:04:51 AM  
1 vote:

TheBigJerk: Electric's limitations are torque


Torque, especially low-end torque, is electric's strong point.  Did you watch the video of the "White Zombie" (a converted Datsun econobox) at the drag meet?
2013-10-03 09:55:25 AM  
1 vote:
*comes out of lurk mode*

Musk has repeatedly said that it's his goal to make EVs more affordable for the average person. It's one of the driving goals for Tesla motors. It's why they manufacture batteries for other auto companies, like Toyota. Also this:

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/04/09/elon-musk-3rd-tesla-model-comin g- 2016-or-2017/

I prefer to think of it like home computers. In the beginning, only the rich could afford them. Now it seems like everyone's got one in their pocket. *Shrug* things like this take time.

I do want me some of that Model X though... *sigh* Someday!
2013-10-03 09:24:54 AM  
1 vote:
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2013-10-03 09:23:34 AM  
1 vote:

CPennypacker: I don't understand hate for Tesla. They are American, their cars are well made, function well and are beautiful. Whats the problem?


They cost 50% more than the median annual income of a family of 4?
2013-10-03 08:57:38 AM  
1 vote:

AngryDragon: Can someone explain to me why the Tesla has such rabid followers and the Volt and Leaf are such political hot potatoes?


Because the Tesla looks like sex and the Volt looks like subby's mom's snatch after a gangbang.

The Leaf because it's tiny and can't go very far.
2013-10-03 08:42:12 AM  
1 vote:

Night Night Cream Puff: You know who else we should be raising our arms up against for potential car fires. Jaguar! They nearly killed Dick Van Dyke!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50153317n

Cars of all sorts can catch fire. Your bias is quite apparent subby.


Exactly.  The problem isn't the vehicle, it's the stored energy. Whether it's liquid, gas, radioactive, or electro-chemical, whenever you unintentionally release ALL the energy, you get fire/explosion/radiation.  Can't wait for dark-energy or matter/anti-matter power. Then when you hit that chunk of metal in the road you'll accidentally open a wormhole or something.
2013-10-03 08:25:09 AM  
1 vote:

TheBigJerk: Electric's limitations are torque


Uh, no... no that's entirely the opposite of true.


Beer cap: I'm not saying that the officer couldn't have missed something. Another possibility could be that what the driver thought was an best in the road being hit was also the battery exploding.


Possible, but unprecedented. The article also states that the fire crew had to punch holes in the battery pack and cut an access panel into it - things that probably would not have been necessary if the battery spontaneously exploded.
=Smidge=

2013-10-03 07:57:28 AM  
1 vote:
So, subby... I'm curious, what exactly do you get out of slurping the greasy black slick off oil executive cocks? Is it like a sadomasochist thing? Were you sexually abused as a child? Or are you just a stupid filthy whore?
2013-10-03 07:48:41 AM  
1 vote:

Pick: I'll keep my safe gasoline and diesel powered vehicles, thank you.



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2013-10-03 06:56:05 AM  
1 vote:
I just think it is proof that Tesla is going after the Lamborghini market segment.

1.bp.blogspot.com


beijingcream.com

Pics hot it more ways than one.
2013-10-03 06:35:29 AM  
1 vote:

robohobo: I wish Jeep would put out an fully powered, full strength Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's our go to car, we've owned a double handful in the past 15 years. So far electrics are really only faux sportscars or limp wristed compacts.


so like 10 in 15 years? They don't last very long then? Sounds like a good buy.
2013-10-03 06:18:20 AM  
1 vote:
I love how water made it worse..

Crews found that water seemed to intensify the fire, so they began using a dry chemical extinguisher.
2013-10-03 06:03:47 AM  
1 vote:

xria: gaspode: SoothinglyDeranged: So yeah, lithium metal fires are bad. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Guess what? Petroleum fires arent a farking birthday party either and they kill hundreds.

Being killed by the same thing that has killed thousands of people every year for decades isn't scary. Being killed by something that has never killed someone before is scary.

/not sure why, but that is the way it is


Most humans seem unable to do basic risk assessment. More Americans are killed by lightning and bathtub drownings than by terrorism, yet no one is "ZOMG BATHTUB LIGHTNING?!?!?"
2013-10-03 05:37:44 AM  
1 vote:

gaspode: SoothinglyDeranged: So yeah, lithium metal fires are bad. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Guess what? Petroleum fires arent a farking birthday party either and they kill hundreds.


I'm no chemist, and I'm not doing research this early in the day (5:30am local), but wouldn't lithium related accidents create a scenario where poisonous gasses are created as apposed to just a cloud of avoidable smoke from the petroleum?
2013-10-03 05:34:22 AM  
1 vote:
in a world where electric cars are becoming increasingly common ...

zombie reagan: mr. obama, how many EV motorists have to perish in puddles before you stop this insanity?

b. hussein ponders

lil girl: mommy, why did the dinosaurs die?

mom: they died for us, sweetie. they died to provide us fuel. jesus himself rode them directly into a meteor. for our sins.

LG: why doesn't mr. hussein want us to use our god-given fuel?

M: well, he's a muslim. they want all of the fuel. also he is kenyan, they don't use gasoline. it's a cultural thing.

LG: what will we do when there is no more dinosaur fuel?

M: there's no way to know for sure. barack may redistribute it to his muslim saudi arabian syrian pakistan friends.

LG: and then?

M: i assume we will all be forced to drive electric vehicles. in constant fear of puddles. constantly uncertain about the future.

LG: i don't wanna die in an electric car in a puddle.

M: For now, the government is shut down. With any hope we'll wake up to the end of the obama's reign of terror. Imagine it was all a dream.

LG: sigh, gnite mom

M: sweet dreams
2013-10-03 05:28:53 AM  
1 vote:

LordJiro: gaspode: Latest attempt by the entrenched industry to try to kill electric cars eh? Its like being back in the 70s or something.. ludicrous scare stories about rivals. Hell it is like being back in Edison's day. Wankers.

Still waiting for the CEO of one of the big car companies to use a Tesla battery to electrocute an elephant.


If it's this kind of elephant, I think most Americans by now would enjoy seeing it.
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2013-10-03 05:19:01 AM  
1 vote:

Uranus Is Huge!: If by "puddle" you mean "large metallic object" and by "drives through" you mean "collided with" then this headline is...

... still not in any way accurate.


and also

no one was injured
2013-10-03 05:17:37 AM  
1 vote:

gaspode: SoothinglyDeranged: So yeah, lithium metal fires are bad. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Guess what? Petroleum fires arent a farking birthday party either and they kill hundreds.


Damn. And here I was planning on having a petroleum fire for my birthday party. Thanks for ruining everything.
2013-10-03 05:08:01 AM  
1 vote:
Storing that much energy in that little space...doesn't matter what the fuel / power source is...why did this even make the news?
 
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