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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/31/2014 | 1:31:23 PM
Love Me Some Tesla
Truly, I love me some Tesla. If I had $70K to use on a car, I'd buy one. No doubt. I'll also probably be first in line for the Model 3.

But I have to say, for some reason some of this was offputting to me. The 17 inch tablet screen for one thing. The concept of the "computer you drive," too. I know the modern car has crazy amounts of computing equipment in it, too. You can't escape it.

But one thing that has always bothered me about the way we load our cars with computers is that it makes it impossible for the average person to fix, especially at the side of the road.

I just did a slide show about loading cars with even more computers myself, so I'm not naive. It isn't going to stop. But there's something about the way that Musk seems to like the technology over the function that perks my ears the wrong way. I mean, it is a car first. Not a computer first.

I guess that is all marketing and maybe I shouldn't care. but i'd love a version without a tablet console and a little more emphasis on what a car means (room for passengers, range, getting you there comfortably, etc). They seem to take that for granted.
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 1:59:37 PM
Re: Love Me Some Tesla
@David: Sad to say I've never had the opportunity to test drive a Tesla myself, though I did get to sit in one and have all the grooviness explained. To your point: "a little more emphasis on what a car means (room for passengers, range, getting you there comfortably, etc). They seem to take that for granted."

It's not so much that they take those things for granted as they've sort of been asked and answered a thousand ways to Sunday in automotive design. While some reviewers did complain that the internrio trim looked a little cheap for a $70,000 car, the overall response to the room, range, getting you there questions have all been extremely positive.

In the case of Tesla, it really is the technology that makes my favorite cartoonist calls his "An Intergalactic Spaceboat of Light and Wonder."

Click here for more on his Tesla observations: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla_model_s

 
Laurianne
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7/31/2014 | 2:36:26 PM
Tesla
There's talk today that Tesla may build a big new battery factory in the US in Nevada. More on this after Tesla releases earnings. Do you actually see Teslas in the wild in SF?
Thomas Claburn
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7/31/2014 | 5:01:39 PM
Re: Tesla
>Do you actually see Teslas in the wild in SF?

All the time. I haven't kept track but I'd bet I see at least one every day.

What's more, the infrastructure is starting to adapt. Many garages downtown have stalls reserved for electric cars.
tekedge
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tekedge,
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7/31/2014 | 6:38:25 PM
Wanted to admire the Tesla
I really was excited when I heard about Tesla and wanted to see the looks of one. I must admit look wise I was a bit disappointed with Tesla.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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7/31/2014 | 6:56:28 PM
Re: Love Me Some Tesla
@David' "it impossible for the average person to fix, especially at the side of the road. " My sentiments exactly, not only would the Tesla be difficult to offer your standard road side assistance, you would be limited where you can get help if you go for a cross country trip. Luv the technology, but it may be ahead if its time
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/31/2014 | 7:00:00 PM
Re: Tesla
@Thomas- Agreed. I'd even go so far as to say the best spaces in the city are reserved for electric cars. they are usually the spots next to those reserved for disabled and in some family oriented places for pregnant women. 

Not everywhere will be able to adapat as easily but SF has easily created the needed infrastructure and social acceptance.
mak63
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mak63,
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7/31/2014 | 10:12:33 PM
pricing
"Do you drive a Tesla?"
Nope, but I would love to. The Model S is a thing of beauty,
Anyhow, I wonder if the upcoming Model 3 will also have the tax credit of $7,500


Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:19:53 PM
Re: Tesla
@Laurianne: Yep, that battery factory is going to be key to their ability to deliver the Model 3. And, yes, I see Teslas (Tesli?) on the roads here, in fact just saw one driving around Berkeley tonight. My first Tesla sighting was actually on the highway in NJ, actually.
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:25:13 PM
Re: Tesla
@Thomas: That's true, and if you drive any kind of electric car in the Bay Area you are allowed to use the HOV lanes, even when you are driving in the car by yourself.

Tesla opened its 100th Supercharger Station in Hamilton, NJ (of all places) back in April, those are the stations that enable you to charge up quickly. This is its 100th worldwide and 86th in North America.

according to Tesla: The network is already robust enough to support long-distance drives on the most popular routes across America, whether it be a cross country trip from Los Angeles to New York, an East Coast jaunt from Rhode Island to the southern tip of Florida, or an epic 12,000-mile journey to every corner of the United States.

And that groovy 17-inch dashboard monitor makes it easy to locate a charging station.
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