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Tesla - will this be the new Prius?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2008

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For those of us who hate the quiet Prius, are we now going to find these driving around Palo Alto instead?

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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm

At 110K per car and the speed they manufacture them, I doubt you will see many on the road for quite a while.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

This will definitely not be the new Prius. This is a huge racy sports car built for the high end market. Definitely not for me.

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Posted by The Great Showman
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:23 am

The Tesla is designed for a purpose.

1. To excite the wealthy and hope to be wealthy; so they can believe with their money they are single handedly saving the earth. (read here: PT Barnum's famous saying, “There's a sucker born every minute”)

2. To whip up media-man into promoting a business that is anti-oil. This plays into media-man's ego; so that they believe they are doing something good by bringing down someone else.

3. Tesla is not making a thing unlike Toyota. Tesla is buying assemblies from battery companies and cars from Lotus and repackaging products made by others and passing it off as their own.

4. Tesla is HYPE. Toyota makes cars the old fashion way from scratch. Toyota cars work, they are reliable and provide value to customers and families.

Remember every cloud has a silver lining. It will be fun watching the wine and brie "green goofs" get fleeced by this hype machine.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:42 am

A with-it city utility would offer a special off peak charging connector for vehicles that would offer cut rate power when system demand was low. Off peak electric water heaters have been available for years from some utilities. Time for the city to come into the 20th century.

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Posted by jr
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm

The battery technology in these cars is a REAL fire risk.

I would not park one in my garage, the city should not allow them in inside parking and CALTRANS should not allow them on bridges and in tunnels.

A major lawsuit is inevitable and will mean the end of these cars for many years

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 24, 2008 at 3:28 am

The energy released from stored gasoline is limited in rate by available oxygen. The energy release from stored electrical potential is limited only by resistance.

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Posted by An Engineer
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Both your terminology and phenomenology are incorrect Mr Wallis.

Electrical potential is the difference between energy levels of a unit test charge. Potential is not what is stored, energy is what is stored. While electrical energy per se can be stored in a capacitor or inductor, what is commonly stored is a chemical mixture in a state that will produce an electrical current at a certain potential when it changes to a lower energy state in a battery cell.

Electrical resistance limits the RATE of energy release (power) but does not limit the energy released, which is the integral of power over time.

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