jeepn30 got a reaction from TD in Tesla Model 3
I have had my Model S now since the end of October. What an amazing car. It goes 0-60 faster than my Challenger with the 5.7 hemi. It handles just as good as my 3 series BMW I owned in the past. My kids fight over who's sitting in the rear facing seats (just like sitting "gunner" in the old station wagons). The interface is so intuitive, so it's easy to operate. I understand now why they have sold a bunch of these. I wake up to a "full" charge (well, set at 90% for daily use per Tesla's recommendations) every morning. Is it a perfect car? No, and believe we'll never see one. Range does take a hit in the winter, about 20 to 30% (or almost 50% if you just do short trips on a cold battery in the real cold, like 0 degrees F. Once in a while my phone unpairs from the car's bluetooth. My commute is 10 miles to work, so the range is not an issue. I've spent a few days running errands all day, and still don't have any issues with range.
What I don't miss is things like oil changes. Had to bring the Mrs. car in for that. The stealership tries to tell me things like power steering lines are leaking (just as my dad's van and my jeep was 6 months ago, in the same week we had oil changes on all 3 of those cars).
Tesla has a decent thermal management system of its battery, which supposedly prolongs life of the battery. Somebody uses one as a taxi between LA and Las Vegas, with 200,000 miles and only 6% range loss. All while charging on Superchargers only.
The thing I like is that Tesla is pushing the envelope. They have a great looking car on the market with performance that can match Supercars (if you have enough money). The leaf, i-miev, and Bolt are basically compliance cars. The leaf is truly ugly, the i-miev looks like an egg, and the bolt looks like a shoe. None of these other auto manufacturers have really pursued electric cars. Why? They don't want to cannibalize their own sales of conventional cars, which is their cash cow. The whole way the EV1 program was scrapped still leaves a bad taste in my mouth from GM. Tesla has done something nobody else has done with an electric car- create demand for them.
Just like ethanol, I see electric cars as being PART of the solution. I don't believe a single technology will reign supreme (unless big oil finds a way to rid alternatives). Choices are good, and hope to see these choices as time goes on.
jeepn30 got a reaction from TD in Tesla Model 3
Well, I have taken the leap. I have a reservation on a Model 3, but decided to get a Model S. Hopefully will have it in the next week or two. I bought a certified pre owned one that's 3 years old. They give you remaining battery and drive unit warranty (which will be 5 years left and unlimited miles), and 4 years, 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty (which is the same warranty as their new cars). I am trading in both my jeep and challenger. This is the car I really wanted, and being that the cpo's run roughly half or slightly more than half the cost of a new one, I decided to go for it. With the rear facing seats, I can now fit all 4 kids in the car at the same time, which gives us more flexibility. Plus it's even more fun to drive than my challenger (which I truly love). I just got my charger installed in the garage for it yesterday. I am glad i can finally give the big "F@CK YOU" to big oil. I still can't wait for the model 3 to come out, to hopefully really start to shift the paradigm.
jeepn30 got a reaction from dan45mcc in Got my e85 rebate check today
This year's rebate check finally came. I wonder if the state is getting more applications, or if it just keeps getting slower and slower. This is the last year I could claim the rebates on the Grand Cherokee and converted Grand Caravan, as they allow you to claim up to 3 consecutive years. So I ended up getting $2,040 back in rebates over the 3 years of the program- which paid for 2 conversion kits and over $1,000 in free E85. This was very well worth it.
jeepn30 got a reaction from dan45mcc in Next New Vehicle.. What to Get Nissan Leaf , Chevy Volt , Ford Focus , Jeep Wrangler
I have had 4 jeeps in my life, and can tell you the wrangler is the worst out of them all for traction in the snow unless you have a bunch of weight in the back...If I wasn't careful, my '06 Rubicon would spin like a top. My '04 Grand Cherokee and '11 Grand Cherokee are a bit better in the snow. My '04 Liberty by far was my most reliable vehicle I've ever owned in the snow. Maybe it also helped that I had General Grabber at2 tires on it, which were a pretty beefy tire.
jeepn30 got a reaction from storky in Political crony-ism hurting Tesla
This is total crap. Government is trying to ruin this country. Any politicians in these states that claim they are trying to help the environment are full of it by supporting this garbage. The Tesla is an amazing car. Perhaps one of the most important cars brought to market in my lifetime (if we can get past the government and big oil hurdles).
jeepn30 got a reaction from WilliamPl in Ethanol and Ethyl historical presentation
I was flipping through channels, and noticed some movie from 40 or 50 years ago where the guy said "fill 'er up with ethyl". I remember my dad saying this once or twice when I was 5 or 6 years old, back when he had his 1973 yellow Buick Electra (AKA yellow submarine). So I searched ethyl gas, and I found an interesting presentation on it that also talks about that and ethanol from a historical perspective: http://www.radford.edu/~wkovarik/papers/ethylconflict.html.
It's amazing how some of the same concerns and issues from 90 years ago still persist today. I couldn't believe it talked about cellullosic ethanol production in 1920. It goes to show you just how true the saying, "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" can be. The ethanol industry needs to learn from these mistakes from yesteryear.