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First Ride: 2012 Tesla Model S

Discussion in 'News' started by NigelM, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Motor Trend has done a very good write up, summarizing lots of bits and pieces from other smaller articles.

    First Ride: 2012 Tesla Model S

     
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    #2 AnOutsider, Oct 10, 2011
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    I was also looking at the Karma specs and sheesh, 50 miles on a charge, and 300 miles max range? Even my gas guzzling sports car can go 400 miles. Doesn't seem to take the best of both worlds.

    Having not seen the charger in person, I was still unclear whether I had to install something, or if this guy will plug right into a standard wall socket?

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    All of the photos in that article are of the prototype though :confused:
     
  3. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Thread over here.
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    It was a fair assessment of the Model S but I wonder where did he get this information CO2 emissions = 1.16 lb/mile (est)?
     
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    That isn't true. All 3 of those vehicles come with a 'charger' capable of charging from ~100-240V.
    Model S will come with a more capable, standard, mobile EVSE capable of up to 9.6kW charging, unlike those other vehicles which have relatively 'wimpy' smaller current chargers, and lower capacity EVSEs.
    (USA LEAF included EVSE is only 1.4kW [email protected], but can be upgraded to 3.3kW [email protected] by a 3rd party.)
     
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    :confused::mad::scared::mad::confused:
     
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    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I think you've got the steps to grieving a bit mixed there :)
     
  8. NigelM

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    I believe in Tesla and put my money where my mouth is; but I don't think the article is unfair, it's just a reflection of the reality that Tesla is going somewhere no one has been before and that has inherent risk.
     
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    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    I agree completely. Reading between the lines, it seems like the author is clearly rooting for Tesla to succeed, but has to throw in cautionary notes that they haven't actually accomplished their goals yet, with which even Tesla would probably agree. He seemed to be as much of a "fan" of the car (and touchscreen) as any theoretically objective journalist could be.
     
  10. PopSmith

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    #10 PopSmith, Oct 10, 2011
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    I thought the article itself was fine. The author seemed to be positive-but-realistic with their feelings on Tesla as a company which is always good to see. The article did contain one error that stuck out to me, though:

    Torque in the Model S (according to Tesla) is flat from 0-7000 RPMs and then slopes downward.

    I don't understand why they used Alpha pictures when they went to the event and Tesla has lots of pictures of the Beta on their website...
     
  11. Mycroft

    Mycroft Life happens

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    I'm sure the author had nothing to do with that. A lazy editor just slapped together the text with some pictures (s)he found on their server.
     
  12. Todd Burch

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    I for one wonder where the 14/22 mpg (est) came from...
     
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    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

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    It's cool that the article compares the exterior and interior dimensions so precisely to an A7. That way, I can go to the Audi dealer in the next city to test ingress/egress, etc.
     
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    #14 PopSmith, Oct 11, 2011
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    That sounds correct to me. Those silly editors and their (very plausible) laziness. :tongue:

    Those are the exact numbers from the Motor Trend review of the 2012 M5, a couple of values from the table were probably used by accident. It's been fixed now, though.
     

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