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Discussion in 'Video' started by TEG, May 21, 2008.
1) TM is in Canne (on a cloudy day) to display the car at the film festival, and will go to the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo later.
2) TM decided to sell the car in Europe in large part because of a new law that allows the same car to be marketed everywhere within the EU [without further testing?]. The law takes effect April 2009.
3) TM expects to concentrate sales in the south of France, in the north of Italy, England, Norway, Denmark, etc. [It's not clear why not Paris, for instance, but I think his vocabulary escapes him.]
4) Many people were keen to see the car in Cannes and Monaco.
5) TM acknowledges the car's Lotus DNA. It's lightweight, has a similar shape, an aluminum frame, carbon fiber body, etc.
6) He displays the usual stuff about the battery, the number of cells, size, etc. The cellular batteries have lower prices and higher quality than other batteries. Capacity will increase eight percent per year. He says the price of the battery pack is about $20,000.
A quick translated summary:
- The article opens up with a quick survey of the electric car landscape where they point out that the Roadster is the only one truly available for sale today.
- They go over the similarity with the Elise, including the difficulty getting in.
- They are amazed by how quiet it is when pulling slowly out of a parking spot.
- They note that the seats could do with extra side support.
- On the road, they like the turbine sound of the motor and do not miss the sound of an ICE.
- They like the handling (again comparing it to the Elise) despite the extra weight.
- They like the claimed range (and do not doubt the theoretical numbers) and the low cost of charging.
- In closing the mention the high price and conclude by mentioning the model S.