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Contractors & Surfers need an EV utility van. Mid sized for lumber & surfboards

Discussion in 'Future Cars' started by locoviento, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. locoviento

    locoviento 2013 S Maui Cruiser Brett Gobar

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    i owned Toyota Previa vans for years...need EV van just a little bigger to carry 4x 8' sheets of plywood and long surfboards.
    an interior surfboard rack would allow board storage... AFFORDABLE price point is essential. i would buy one TODAY !

    number of Teslas in Hawaii is increasing but mine is the only surf rack i have seen.
    i had to buy the moon roof option to get the rack mounts; $ 2500 price tag needs to be reduced for that feature

    i cannot open rear boot/trunk when boards are on the roof rack..i use forward boot for wet gear.
    aloha brett
     
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  2. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    You and a few million other people. ;)

    The list of various types of long distance EV vehicles that Tesla could make and sell millions and millions of is long. But Tesla is a young company and has limited resources and therefore has to choose very carefully what it offers.
     
  3. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    The people van is supposed to be in the works so it's not too much of a push to sell it sans seats. It's supposed to be built on the Model X skateboard.

    Maybe that will be the 17th announcement. :)
     
  4. mkspeedr

    mkspeedr Member

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    easy to say now but I bet a small transit connect body on a S chassis would have made more money and sales than a model X.
     
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  5. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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    Musk has said it's likely they'll build a cargo van built on Tesla pickup chassis.
    Tesla Cargo Van
     
  6. YBT

    YBT Member

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    My ICE van will have to serve until there are long range EV options available: once one comes a flood will surely follow!
     
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    Evbwcaer Member

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    Ford made the Transit Connect van as an EV. I've seen them for sale around $10k, 50-60 mile range.
     
  9. Peteybabes

    Peteybabes Member

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    i would love a larger Tesla that can seat 8-9 adults comfortably. the first nice EV people-mover will win big. :) we have a GMC Savana LWD with the Explorer Vans Conversion and it seats 9. in the last 4 years we put on 150,000 miles or around $30K in fuel!!!
     
  10. OBX John

    OBX John Autonomous Driving Enthusiast

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    I'm both a contractor and surfer, and I agree! I'm hoping the roof racks will suffice for now since I'm not hauling around material anymore, but I'd love a big stripped down shell over a large battery "skateboard". Maybe in 5 years when batteries get cheaper it'd make economic sense - seems like the power requirements of a larger vehicle don't favor the Tesla formula at the moment.
     

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