Monday, March 30, 2009

"If You Build It, They Will Drive It"

Not a bad looking ride, and it gets 300 miles to the charge. Yep, I said "charge"! This is the new "S" series, 5 passenger sedan. As I mentioned in my post back in June, 2008, "Drill Now, Nuclear Later" , all Tesla Motors would have to do is enlarge their Roadster, and bring down the cost and it would be a hit. Well, it looks like they listened to me......Okay, I'm sure they had this in the works, but I think it will be a hit. I mean, look at the thing, great lines, and performance that rivals any top selling, gas powered sedans. The cost is still a little high, starting at $49,000. But I'm looking forward to a few years down the road, to something about $30,000 and never paying for gas again.

It can run, like I said before, for 300 miles on one charge, and that charge is just 4 hours. Just park it in your garage and plug it in and you're ready to go for the next day. Instead of using the old style, lead batteries like the current crop of hybrid vehicles sold today, this one uses lithium batteries, much like your cell phone or lap-top computer. These take less time to charge, are lighter and better for the environment.

The performance is fantastic, 0 to 60 is 5.5 seconds or less, better than most gas powered cars out there, and a top speed of 135mph. That's nice to have, but not necessary. But if you need it, scooting past a couple of 18 wheelers or merging in to traffic, it would be nice to know it's there. With electric motors you have instant torque, meaning that there would be no hesitation, just press the peddle and instant power.

And for the "Greenies" out there, just like the roadster, this car has zero emissions. Well, only if we convert to zero emission power, like nuclear. Yes, you could have solar, or wind, and even have it at your home, but for the grand scale of living in this great country, we need nuclear.

Building the new cars of this country's future should be left to the new thinkers out there, like the owners of Tesla Motors. Let's hope the this administration doesn't kill this golden-egg-lay'n goose, like they're killing GM (government motors) and Chrysler.

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