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Model S buyer--previous EV/Hybrid owner?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by efusco, Jan 13, 2012.

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What's the highest evolution of vehicle propulsion you've had?

  1. Full EV (highway capable)

    39 vote(s)
    22.8%
  2. Hybrid (Prius, Volt, etc.)

    47 vote(s)
    27.5%
  3. Conventional only

    84 vote(s)
    49.1%
  4. Never owned a car

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  1. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Curious how many of us are 'upgrading' from a hybrid to a full EV. If you've had a hybrid and now have or previously have had an EV, just say EV (ie. your highest 'evolution' in auto propulsion), likewise if you've ever owned a hybrid but now have a conventional, answer hybrid.
     
  2. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    You're going to get an unusually high proportion of "Full EV" given all the Roadster owners here...
     
  3. grisnjam

    grisnjam P6316

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    I'll be coming from a 3.2L V6 Audi A3 with all wheel drive. A blast to drive but I get 18mpg with my heavy foot and with $1800/yr in performance tires I can't wait for the Model S :)
     
  4. Rifleman

    Rifleman Now owns 2 Model S's!!!

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    I currently have both a 2006 Trail blazer, and a 2011 Mustang. The S will have the performance of the mustang, and the storage space of the trail blazer. I am replacing to ICE's with one Tesla!
     
  5. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Been waiting for that perfect EV through 12 years of driving 5 different conventional cars - '99 VW Passat, '01 BMW Z3, '04 Acura TL, '05 BMW 325i, '08 Mini Clubman S - the best fuel economy from which was barely 27 mpg :redface:
     
  6. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    I currently own all 3. I assume that means I check the EV box.
     
  7. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    My first car was a Dodge Neon. 2000 pound 0-30 rocket. 30-30+ snail. 95 top speed death trap. My brother totaled it.
    I have owned a VW Jetta TDI. Back before gas was more than $2 a gallon.
    I now own a VW GTI. Because they didn't have any TDIs in stock, and the salesman got me to drive it. Whoops!

    But lacking in this poll is Human Powered Vehicle. I used a bicycle as primary transport (with some MARTA in Atlanta) for 3 years. Commuting 12 miles one way during 1 year.

    I personally see Hybrids as awful compromises between an EV (I have always wanted a AC Induction powered vehicle) and a regular car. The original Insight I liked, and the Volt concept of EV with generator (it needs more battery capacity, and no default GM bungling), but the Toyota model of 2 substantial drive systems seems a waste.
     
  8. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Yea, I appreciate that, but I guess I'm most curious about the proportion of hybrid to conventional owners mostly, but didn't want to leave the roadster folks feeling left out and unloved!
     
  9. rlawson4

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    I have 2 Hybrids. A 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (which I will sell when i get the Model S) and a 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid which we will keep for long trips and trips to Costco etc.
     
  10. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    I wonder how the cargo volume compares between the Mariner and the Model S.

    I have a Roadster, but my Model S will be replacing a Toyota Prius.
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    #11 dsm363, Jan 13, 2012
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    According to Edmunds.com
    "Cargo volume stands at a useful 29 cubic feet with the rear seat in place and 66 cubic feet when that seat is folded down  not bad given the Mariner's relatively compact footprint."

    It looks like the Model S has 36.8 cubic feet normally and over 66 cubic feet when the rear seats folded down.
     
  12. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    Take the Model S to Costco!
     
  13. Dan5

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    Replacing a 2010 Toyota Corolla that was a beater car for a year or two and will use it to haul garden stuff and get dinged up in the city/train station/shopping centers.
    I have no respect for internal combustion engine cars. 100 years, 600 and some odd moving parts that are meant to break/wear out/need replacement and keep the dealerships busy.
     
  14. rlawson4

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    I wonder the same. We don't have kids, so we keep the seats down. We do load up a great deal on those 3X a year treks to Costco. We also take a couple of long 700 mile plus road trips. As mentioned earlier, my wife does not have the patience to deal with charging on a road trip. She' s pretty high strung. So, we will keep a regular vehicle.
     
  15. tomanik

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    We will be replacing one of our hybrids, just no sure which one; 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid and a 2011 Lexus CT200h
     
  16. ddenboer

    ddenboer MODEL X #1770

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    Replacing my Honda Civic Hybrid which used to get 49mpg but since the last service pack has only been getting 34-36 mpg.
     
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  18. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    It may "seem" like a waste - but it's the largest car available that consistently gets 45-50MPG. The system is optimized so that the electric and gas torque curves complement each other. This allows the use of a low-torque/high-mileage Atkinson cycle on the engine. That's what provides the big efficiency win.
     
  19. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Despite the fact that the sample of this forum has an obscenely high proportion of prior EV owners compared to the general population, the high percentage of "Conventional Only" answers (currently at 50%) is extremely promising. So half of the people on this forum (approximately) are getting interventions and changing their drug of choice from gas to electrons. That's a very good thing.
     
  20. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    I've been owner to 17 cars over 22 years (wow, that's some pretty ugly statistics). No EVs or hybrids.

    All bought used, some very used. Only 2 from dealers, the rest from individuals.

    The most expensive one was $17k. The second most expensive about half that. Believe me, I'm still having trouble reconciling the prospect of buying an $80k car...
     

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