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  •  Unfortunately, I'm not a good candidate for an (6+ / 0-)

    electric car.  I drive almost all highway miles and get my electricity from a coop, which means I pay about double what most people do for my electricity.  I also need AWD since I live in the boonies where we get lots of snow and I frequently have to slog through quite a bit of it to get to the highway to get to work.  I'm very limited in what cars will work for me.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Sun May 12, 2013 at 08:57:37 AM PDT

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    •  Traction control (2+ / 0-)
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      AnnCetera, FarWestGirl

      Tesla cars in general are great in snow as well, since the electric drive allows perfect traction control.  

      I talked to a guy who lives in Reno recently and he was telling me he left the performance tires (21" summer tires) on through winter.  His only adjustment was tuning the regen braking down a bit because the strong regen would slide on ice.  

      He also put 15000 miles on his Model S in 6 months.  

    •  Range will decrease with age... (1+ / 0-)
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      The batteries don't suddenly die, they slowly lose capacity over the years. By the time an electric car is 10 years old, you'll be lucky to have half the original capacity.

      •  The capacity is also warrantied with Tesla Model S (2+ / 0-)
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        AnnCetera, Bule Betawi

        Range might decrease eventually, I guess.  Only had our for 8500 miles (a little over 6 months) and have seen ZERO degradation in capacity.


        Hard to imagine how much degradation we might eventually get when so far it is zero.  If it was even 1% after 8500 miles, we'd see at least a 2 mile range loss and we're not seeing that.

        The Roadsters were seeing some loss after a lot of miles.  Other electrics do see some loss.  I think it would be safe to assume 80% capacity after 150,000 miles... but I'm still stumped by having zero loss so far.  

        Maybe they've improved the battery maintenance that much.  It is one of the things that Tesla holds many patents on.

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