Gas Gearheads are so strange.
People are complaining about Tesla’s roadster and Model S as being a waste of time and money due to the fact that they are “niche” vehicles that only the rich can afford. What I want to know is why there is no furor over the new Corvette or Viper. “The first production run of the 2013 SRT Viper is nearing an end and all 800 of the new Vipers built have been spoken for with a surprising 80% of those 2013 Viper coupes being fitted with the high performance GTS package but more importantly … the 2013 Viper GTS comes with a price tag that starts at $120,395 where the base Viper starts at “only” $97,395.” By Patrick Rall on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 14:11 The Tesla cars are outperforming most of the gas guzzling sport cars and outperforming all electrics also. Even though I cannot afford a Model S, at this time I am still holding out that I will find Publishers Clearing House at my door sometime soon, I have researched and watched their growth from the beginnings of the T-Zero roadster created by AC Propulsion through Tom Gage, the president of AC Propulsion, suggesting that the two independent teams, consisting of Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning and Ian Wright on the one hand, and Elon Musk and JB Straubel on the other join forces to maximize the chances of success. They agreed to merge their efforts, with Musk becoming chairman and overall head of product design, Eberhard becoming CEO and Straubel becoming CTO, and then the brouhaha over Martin confirming that he was no longer employed in Tesla Motors and was only a shareholder in the company. Tesla's Model S has been named Motor Trend's car of the year -- the first electric car to get the nod in Motor Trend's 65-year history. The Tesla does have its share of problems as written by David Noland, GreenCarReports “Here, in any case, are some of the handful of blemishes sighted on the otherwise happy face of the Tesla Model S, as recounted by owners on Tesla Motors’ own online forum. * Self-opening door locks. Several owners report having returned to their supposedly locked cars to find them unlocked, with one door slightly ajar. This has occurred both after manual remote locking with the key fob, and in the “walkaway” auto-lock mode, where the car locks itself when the key fob recedes to a certain distance. * Sticking sunroof. Owners have reported difficulties opening the sunroof, which is controlled entirely from the touch screen. * Software glitches. Model S software update 4.1 was designed partly to offer a “sleep” mode to reduce power consumption when shut down. But it has proven prone to bugs, with numerous reports of unpredictable glitches with the panoramic roof, door handles, locking, wipers, displays, and controls. (In fact, the two problems listed above are likely software problems, not mechanical.) Rebooting seems to resolve many of these malfunctions, but for a few owners, rebooting has become almost a daily occurrence. * Balky charge port doors. Owners report that the doors, disguised as part of the left taillight, occasionally don’t open or close properly, and sometimes pop open repeatedly. One poor fellow had his charge cord jam in the socket, immobilizing the car. He had to be rescued by a Tesla service rep. * Substandard Floor Mats. Even top-of-the-line Model S cars come with no mats for the back seats, and cheap, low-quality mats in the front footwells. “They are the crappiest ever,” complains one owner. If you want nicer ones, Tesla will sell you “premium” mats for the front and rear footwells for $400. * No regenerative braking in the cold. The recent Midwest cold snap has revealed an odd characteristic of the Model S: In subfreezing temperatures, the regenerative braking doesn’t kick in until the car has been driven 10 or 15 miles. This is apparently because Tesla engineers don’t want a cold battery to receive the sudden charge that occurs when a Model S driver suddenly backs off the throttle, or descends a steep hill. So the regen is automatically disabled or limited until the battery warms up. But the vast majority of Model S owners aren't suffering any problems, or seem far more willing to cut Tesla some slack and give the company time to work out the few bugs.” Read more at http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1081935_tesla-model-s-glitches-quirks-and-peccadilloes-roundup#r01vUiq3Fifb8pCu.99 ,
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