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  •  Tesla S is amazing, path-breaking technology (0+ / 0-)

    but you're delusional if you think it will, by itself, become a category-leader.

    The vast majority of Americans live and work in circumstances that require vehicles, and the nature of their lives means that they're regularly driving several hours to get where they're going. At highway speeds, 130 miles isn't much of a trip, yet that's the stated battery range limit—at 55 mph—of the base model listed at over $49K. How prevalent are battery charging stations on state highways across the US? If you point out that a large percentage of trips driven by average Americans is much shorter than 130 miles, you'd also have to acknowledge that a large share of those trips are driven by people needing more room than the Tesla has—it's not a minivan, which millions of Americans have bought not because they're sexy or mechanically wonderful but because they have a significantly larger amount of cargo space than sedans. If somebody simply needs a small sedan to zip around back and forth in the city, a very small number of people are going to shell out $50K for a car with a limited range. For better or worse, Americans like to have vehicles that can, if needed or desired, take them across the state or across the country with no concern about recharging.

    There's no doubt that the technologies developed by Tesla will continue to improve, but until its batteries can be developed with longer ranges at prices that average, middle-class Americans can afford, Tesla vehicles will remain an exotic niche market. You can sneer at other electrics or hybrids all you want, but your attempt to browbeat people into shelling out the dough for a Tesla is rather pathetic. If I were a Tesla marketing exec and saw your post, I'd contact you privately and tell you to shut the hell up.

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