Tesla’s Supercharged Week
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  • Andrew Allison

    “Today, Consumer Reports announced that the Tesla Model S was the highest-scoring car…ever.” Not so, it is only the second vehicle to have achieved a score of 99, and there was a major caveat, namely long-term reliability.

    Not to denigrate Telsa’s undoubted success, but let’s not go overboard.

  • Let’s suppose I drive 40 mi to work in LA, using an electric car. I plug it in at 9:00am for its 6-hr recharge. At 10:30am, my son’s HS calls to say he’s been injured, or CHP calls to say my wife’s been hurt, etc., and I need to come immediately. Do I just tell them to stop bleeding and wait for 4-1/2 hours before I can leave work to go see them? Until & unless an e-vehicle provides a decent range (at least 100mi in a major metro) and can be recharged in single-digit minutes, it’s a fantasy for the non-working elite.

    • Philopoemen

      You would do well to at least quickly look up the car’s range before criticising it. The Model S, in real-world use, can easily manage 120 miles on a single charge, and a quick charge takes far less than four hours.

  • Not that they didn’t try to muck up – they went through several “reorgs” until they finally got their stuff together and started building cars in anything resembling assembly-line fashion. But it seems that they’ve finally got actual assembly lines going at their plant in Fremont (frighteningly only about a mile from the Solyndra site).

    About four years ago, I went there for a job interview, and it was the most disorganized interview I’ve ever had: nobody knew I was there, people didn’t know what job I was interviewing for, etc. Fortunately, I didn’t get the job as they laid off half the company about a month later.

  • Charles R Harris

    Reminds me of why I stopped paying attention to CR, PC was given more weight than actual performance. That made their recommendations essentially useless if you wanted to buy something that actually worked and did what it was supposed to do.

  • Jim Luebke

    I’m very happy he’s paying off those loans.

    Is anyone else disturbed that our government (an administration of Democrats, no less) is subsidizing companies to make Rich Yuppie Toys?

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