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|User Info||ROFL! Buy A Tesla Electric Car? No F*#ing Way; entered at 2012-02-26 21:06:06|
Registered: 2009-03-09 Inside you, the force is!
Strider, you've given me the confidence to come out of the closet:|
Preemptive answers to any snarks, and uninformed BS will be ignored or killfiled:
* I'm a single renter with no kids. Have you deducted mortgage interest or claimed dependents on your taxes? You're welcome. You can have your share of my $7500 when I get my share of all of that unpaid tax you got for as long as I've been in the workforce and paying taxes, which this year will have been 28 years. "But would you have gotten the car without the subsidy?" "well would you have bought that house? or had those kids? Did it enter into your calculations?"
* I don't give two ****s about so-called "global warming". I do care that the US subsidizes conflict oil with both treasure and blood. If not for our dependence on Saudi, we'd have bombed those camel ****ers back into the ice age, and rightly so. But we gin up bull**** wars and spend trillions in damage control for blowback based on our addiction, not to mention the maiming and killing of many of America's best. If my electric car prevents one serviceperson from getting injured or killed defending oil interests, that would be good enough for me.
* On that note, 15 of the 19 hijackers were not disgruntled nuclear techs or coal miners. Plus, AFAIK the US does not import any of the fuels for its electric generation, except maybe for possibly coal from Canada or Pu from Soviet nukes. While on electric, my car is 100% American powered, with that money theoretically staying in the country.
* "cutting off your nose to spite your face"? ****, I would cut off my face to spite my nose. Research into psychology has shown that people are willing to accept a loss if it means that others who deserve to be punished are punished. I'm like that, but cubed.
* The Volt's battery is approx. $3k (after factoring out the core charge). That's a nice chunk of change, but that's comparable to parts and labor for a number of ICE problems that a pure EV wouldn't have, and that a light duty cycle generator would have spread across a larger timeframe. For example, replacing the snapped accessory belt and associated pulleys, clutches and damaged AC parts cost about $2500. EVs have more reliable electric accessories that don't deal with variable RPMs and related stresses. Based on my generator use, I can go approx. 2 years between oil changes, at which point the threat of water or other congealing contaminants in the oil starts to outweigh the risks of it being 'used up'.
* The price of my Volt is mostly covered by the state income tax I'm no longer paying.
And if you're curious as to how it's like living with an EV as your daily driver and sole 4-wheeled vehicle:
* 273ft/lb of torque at 0 RPM, so it feels basically like a 4-cylinder diesel with zero turbo lag and zero noise.
* Even with the backup generator there's still a twinge of 'range anxiety' for those trips out of radius, which is why I wouldn't go for a pure EV as my sole vehicle.
* I drive it in 'Sport' mode and 'L' (max regeneration) gear basically at all times, as assertively as I would drive any other car (think bumper-to-bumper on the FDR drive at 65mph). It returns 1mi for 390Wh as a lifetime average, and blending electric costs runs me about 5-6 cents per mile on retail-delivered power to my house.
* Austin Electric provides unlimited charging for 6 months on the power points in and around town for $25, so when I charge at work it's essentially "free". That is, I get 6 months of power access for cooking a meal at home instead of getting Family Style at the Salt Lick once. And for those of you whose schools are paid for out of the property taxes that were factored into my rents? You're welcome.
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