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In TRANSLOGIC 4 Bradley finally gets behind the wheel of a Tesla Roadster. Also, from General Motors to Local Motors, these are the cars that are shifting the way we look at the auto industry.

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I have but ONE word to say............................................T E S L A........................................

July 17 2013 at 7:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rollando

As far as I am concerned, the one thing that will kill this EV first is the price tag. How many people can seriously come up with that much money in this recession? How many lending institution are going to make it easy for anyone these days to borrow like they did in the heydays of the Hummer? Another killer for this project would be lack of recharge stations. Currently it will be okay as a local car. You can recharge at home. How would you take it on a trip? Many areas have rest stops that are farther than the range of the electrics. Thirdly, the idea of having a electrically propelled car sounds great. But is it really practical? People being people, will we have the patience to wait all night for the car's batteries to recharge? So technology has already made some inroads in extending battery life. When the time comes, how expensive will it be to replace the batteries ? By the time it needs to be changed for new batteries, will the costs to replace the batteries exceed the value of the car? I think I will wait around a bit first before making my plunge into an all electric vehicle. Uhm ... I am looking at steam technology. With a steam car, one can use any burnable liquid fuels. Some liquids burns more cleanly than gasoline or diesel. Check out the Stanley's and Dobles. You might find it interesting.

July 06 2010 at 6:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SMRTNUP

Yo, . . Sparky ! . . It takes over 4000 hard working, dedicated, hopeful, constructive, productive individuals to build all the components of an American automobile, . . each using the products which are a culmination of decades of research and development and the expertise of ultimate educational and motivational American Style ingenuity to put it all together into a wonderful creation which everyone who contributed can be proud of and the end User can Love to Love and drive !!! . . . THEN IT TAKES ONLY ONE FOOL TO FAIL TO RECOGNIZE ALL THIS INNOVATION AND TO OPEN THEIR MOUTHS AND LET ALL THEIR IGNORANCE SPILL OUT ON ALL OF US WHO DO RECOGNIZE IT, . . And they tear it down with their negative, counter productive DUMB opinion within a MATTER OF SECONDS !!! . . .
WAY TO GO, . . FOOL !!! . . .

July 06 2010 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sparky

Thanks for your very upbeat innovative productive and I'm sure well researched opinion! 4,000? Sounds pretty complicated! You must be pretty dedicated, huh?!

July 17 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sparky

I forgot to mention hard-working. Sorry.

July 17 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocki

Nice concept car. I think this is little premature and would not feel good about a road trip. You all remember the GM turbine car that ended up trashed. Reason was breakdowns. You just do not break down and call AAA and go for service.. That is the problem as i see it. Charging is also a factor. Takes 3 min to get gas, over 3 hrs to charge and where do you do that on the road... On the positive side, nice design, efficient, clean. Hope he makes it work so price will drop.

July 06 2010 at 5:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Galt

I've reserved a spot for local motors first vehicle...build date will be middle of 2011...can't wait... The rally fighter should be featured in Gear Patrol I think...

July 06 2010 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ali

Have any of you 25 year old pricks calculated the cost of "filling up" this piece of Tesla crap at 247 volts@ 70 amps for 3.5 hours?

Go ask any electrician yhe cost of retro fitting your house with an exterior 240 volt/70 amp outlet. It will be a "huge shock" to you !!!!!

So you are driving along and need a fill up. Where is a convenient 240 volt/70 amp outlet? Do you have 3.5 hours for a full charge? How much will this "electric gas station" charge you?

Oh, you thought the electricity was for free --- you are such an asswipe !!!

July 06 2010 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sparky

It sounds great for commuters! The electrical outlet at your home would suffice. If these cars were popular there'd be outlets at work sites. Where's your imagination. With people like you doin' the thinking we'd still be riding in horse drawn buggies!

July 17 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sparky

This site sure attracted a lot of morons. No offense Ali...

July 17 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BILLL

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz boring sounds like crap and looks like a miata let me test it the good old fasioned italian way and ill tell you if its any good a kid reporter doesnt know any thing long ditance road trip they a big big state is my test

July 06 2010 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
justplainnuts

OK....I get the electric thing, the government not renewing coal mining applications, threat to close coal fire electrical generators, refusing to issue new permits for natural gas exploration, refusing to allow building of nuclear generators, where is the power going to come from?

July 05 2010 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lucibyrd2

A $ 100,000.00 for a souped up Golf Cart. Are you nuts?

July 05 2010 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
strokin6L

I'll take my 550+hp 6L powerstroke that gets 15mpg on average over one of these pieces of shit anyday. Takin a vacation with one of these would seriously suck. A battery that only holds a charge for little over 200miles and then take 3.5 hours to charge it back up...not to mention the battery only lasts 100K miles. I bet the battery probably costs 10K to replace when it takes a dump. Doesn't seem very logical to me. Like i said...i'd rather drive my hotrod diesel truck and pay over $3.00 a gallon that get one of these.

July 05 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sparky

Gosh! You're really smart! Everybody should drive 6L Powerstrokes! That way even when they are just driving twelve miles a day back and forth to work they can be prepared to go on an annual vacation. Like I said you're really smart! Did you go like to Yale or somethin'?

July 17 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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