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  •  When calculators cost $150, and cell phones $700, (14+ / 0-)

    "everybody" said they were just impractical toys for rich people. And now .....
    Hmmm... they said that about the first cars and refrigerators, too.
    Anybody arguing against electric cars for ANY reason is firmly planted in a 1950's America attitude.

    Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizzam!

    by fourthcornerman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 11:00:02 PM PST

    •  That's one advantage to having rich people. (5+ / 0-)
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      Sychotic1, otto, SLKRR, BachFan, Quicklund

      Rich people are first adapters.  They will spend $60,000 on a Tesla, letting the company ramp up production to accommodate the mass market.

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 12:58:01 AM PST

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    •  Case in point: the HP-65 (6+ / 0-)

      I think that Hewlett-Packard calculator cost $895.  It was so expensive because it could read or write a program, yes, one program, onto a little magnetic strip that you could remove and swap around.

      A couple years alter I got an HP-25C for about $200 or so.  It couldn't do everything the 65 could, but I didn't need it to.  It did 90% of it, it was still a rugged HP model, and it had all kinds of amazing functions.  I also remember a $100 four-banger that had ONE memory storage spot, and you lost whatever you stored in there if you used the (gasp) SQUARE ROOT KEY.

      A year later that calculator was being sold at discount stores for $9.99, I kid you not.

      EVs are already getting cheaper.  Witness the newest version of the Nissan Leaf. While stripped down a little, it's $10,000 cheaper than the 2012 Leaf SL.  The 2013 SL costs a little bit less than the 12 and has a slew of improvements including an onboard charger that works almost twice as fast (6.0 vs 3.3 kW).  They saved money moving production to Tennessee for the North American market, too.

    •  are you confused? It's not EV being questioned (1+ / 0-)
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      it's Tesla in particular.

      There will be other EVs - the FSM won't reach down and cancel all future EV work because someone had a sad over Musk's plaything. FSM also won't tell Musk he's a naught boy.

      There will be improvements from Tesla, and other EVs will come up if it's such an enduring idea.

      Technology progress is based on failure in various degrees, and improvements

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