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http://www.teslamotors.com/

 

I was shown this by a friend at work. It is a sports car that goes 0-60 in 4 seconds, tops out at 135 mph, costs about 1 penny a mile, and each time filled up gets about 250 miles in. And produces next to no politian into the air.

 

It is an electric sports car. The first of the company that will be mass produced across the US. If it indeed does what they are proclaiming, what do you all think? Screw gas, go electric and just plug in the car once a week instead?

 

All hail those that end the evils of oil :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy

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EVs are by far the best alternative to gasoline cars; even with their present shortcomings (the technology is getting better by the minute).

 

Personally, I can't wait until the Tango comes out -- I'd get one in a blink. Of course, I'd have to keep the Bug for long trips; but it'd still be worth it.

 

If you're really interested, I recommend you go see "Who Killed The Electric Car?", a documentary that's playing right now. It demonstrates quite convincingly how Detroit, Big Oil and their politician friends will try everything to keep the Electric Car down. Quite an eye-opener.

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EVs are by far the best alternative to gasoline cars; even with their present shortcomings (the technology is getting better by the minute).

 

Personally, I can't wait until the Tango comes out -- I'd get one in a blink. Of course, I'd have to keep the Bug for long trips; but it'd still be worth it.

 

If you're really interested, I recommend you go see "Who Killed The Electric Car?", a documentary that's playing right now. It demonstrates quite convincingly how Detroit, Big Oil and their politician friends will try everything to keep the Electric Car down. Quite an eye-opener.

 

You should see the Volkswagen "1".

 

The VW 1-litre car is a two-person concept car designed to travel 100 km using just 1 litre of fuel (equivalent to 235 miles per US gallon or 282 mpg Imperial). To achieve such economy, it is made from lightweight materials; the body is streamlined; and the engine and transmission are designed and tuned for economy.

 

For aerodynamics, the car seats two in tandem, rather than side-by-side. There are no rear view mirrors and it instead uses cameras and electronic displays. The rear wheels are close together to allow a streamlined body. The drag coefficient (Cd) is 0.16, compared to 0.30 for typical cars.

 

For light weight, the car uses an unpainted carbon fibre skin over a magnesium subframe. Individual components have been designed for low weight, including engine, transmission, suspension, wheels (carbon fibre), brakes (aluminium), hubs (titanium), bearings (ceramic), interior, and so on. Empty vehicle weight is 290 kg (639 lb).

 

The engine is a 299 cc (18.2 in?) diesel producing just 6.3 kW (8.5 hp). It drives through a six-speed transmission that combines stick-shift mechanics, weight, and drive efficiency with automatic convenience and efficiency controls. The engine is switched off automatically during deceleration and stops. According to Volkswagen, fuel economy is 0.99 L per 100 km (238 mpg US, 285 mpg Imperial). A 6.5 L tank (1.7 US gallons), gives a driving range of 650 km (400 miles). If diesel were $3 a gallon, it would cost a little over $5 to travel 400 miles.

 

The body and frame are designed with crush zones and roll-over protection, and the tandem seating means large side crush zones. Volkswagen claims protection comparable to a GT racing car, though the light weight compromises safety in collision with heavier vehicles.

 

There is 80 L of storage space.

 

Like other concept cars, Volkswagen has announced no production plans. However, the clearly substantial engineering effort combined with being the only car in its category has led many to be enthusiastically hopeful the car will reach production.

 

 

 

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If they ever produce this thing, I will have one in my driveway.

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*dies*

 

 

*resurrects*

 

 

Actually, after reading that, I think the hull is too britle. Plus, there are no plans to produce.

 

I'd still stick with the Tango.

 

Despite the lightweight construction of all components, safety has been a major element in all phases of the development of the 1-litre car. For example, the concept vehicle's safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, ESP electronic stability program and a driver's airbag. Deformation elements at the front end and the spaceframe construction provide impact and roll-over protection comparable to that of a GT racing car.

But yeah, having no plans to produce that machine bums me out. They've had the concept since last year, I believe but still no plans to produce.

 

 

 

The Tango is really nice. 0-60 in 4 seconds is pretty damn sweet. Same tandem seating idea, also.

 

An electric car that is 39 inches wide and 8 1/2 feet long. Goes 0 to 60 in 4 seconds and up to 120 mph. The price tag? A mere $85,000 for the higher end model.

 

 

 

Very nice.

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edit: nevermind, it's $100,000 just to put a deposit on one..... what a waste.

 

That's for the Signature One Hundred Collector’s Edition Roadster; nothing more than an attempt to lure initial investors.

 

The projected price tag of the production model is actually closer to $89,000.

 

They also plan to release two other lower-end models in the next 2-3 years, which promise to be far more affordable.

 

 

Incidentally... the Tango will sell for around $18,000, which is why I'm getting it instead.

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edit: nevermind, it's $100,000 just to put a deposit on one..... what a waste.

 

That's for the Signature One Hundred Collector?s Edition Roadster; nothing more than an attempt to lure initial investors.

 

The projected price tag of the production model is actually closer to $89,000.

Oh. Well in that case, i'll take two!

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but it is a step in the right direction at least.

 

 

plus I am sure FPL would endorse it, more money for them with folks plugging in their cars.

 

 

there have been positive environmental steps taken for years, and most of the time its amounted to zero. like i said, it sounds positive, but until its actually done its nothing more than a pie in the sky.

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edit: nevermind, it's $100,000 just to put a deposit on one..... what a waste.

 

That's for the Signature One Hundred Collector?s Edition Roadster; nothing more than an attempt to lure initial investors.

 

The projected price tag of the production model is actually closer to $89,000.

 

They also plan to release two other lower-end models in the next 2-3 years, which promise to be far more affordable.

 

 

Incidentally... the Tango will sell for around $18,000, which is why I'm getting it instead.

I don't even think they have a price range for the 1-litre yet. I'm guessing it's going to be more than 18,000 since VWs run expensive as it is already.

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