quote: since the battery tech just isn't there, and doesn't appear to be on the horizon.
quote: Capacity isn't everything
quote: Those batteries perform poorly in extreme temperatures
quote: degrade badly over time
quote: and are prone to fireballs
quote: Quick charging further degrades their performance, meaning that a combination of extreme temp and constant quick charging could half your range in a couple years.
quote: Not to mention the poor heater and AC you get with an electric car, that dramatically reduces that range.
quote: Then consider the impact of a dead battery in a remote location,
quote: the so called range anxiety
quote: and the damage that is done by towing or pushing these cars.
quote: Add to all that repairs that are complicated and can't be performed by the average mechanic, making this at best a rich mans toy, not a dependable automobile.
quote: Roaming bands of mechanics who you have now made homeless will eat your flesh while you ride to work on your Tesla loaner bicycle.
quote: How much charge do these batteries lose at -40 Celsius?
quote: I've yet to see a battery that has good frigid weather performance.
quote: It is people who push aside valid criticism that make electric car proponents look bad.
quote: The battery tech is absolutely there.
quote: If your kid borrows your car and leaves you with an almost empty gas tank, it will only take you a few minutes to fill it up on the way to work.If they forget to plug in your electric car, you'll need to call in sick while you wait most the day for it to charge at home. if they happen to have left enough battery charge to drive to a quick charge station, then you might just be an hour late.
quote: His "Gigafactory" will be used to drive Model S/X margins even higher. NOT to enable affordable Tesla's.
quote: Standard Tesla cock-boy talking point. With zero evidence or reasoning to back it up, besides maybe the crystal ball that told you so.
quote: So, in short, the master plan is:Build sports carUse that money to build an affordable carUse that money to build an even more affordable car
quote: Tesla Motors had built approximately 2,600 Roadsters by the conclusion of its production.
quote: This capped a year in which we delivered 22,477 vehicles
quote: By the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent.
quote: Gigafactory Projected Figures2020 Tesla Vehicle Volume ˜ 500,000/yr2020 Gigafactory Cell Output 35 GWh/yr2020 Gigafactory Pack Output 50 GWh/yr
quote: "Tesla is not for sale. Our mission is to make a compelling, affordable electric car, and I will not stop until that's accomplished."