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    • CommentAuthortinker
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2014
     
    There's a coincidence. The intermittent wipe on my Merc goes but...but....but....but.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2014
     
    It goes and then stops and then goes and then it stops...
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2014
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinOr is it even possible to operate a Tesla automobile in the rain?
    Only inside a giant condom.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014 edited
     
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    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014
     
    Posted By: tinkerI think Musk has another motive. At present, Tesla is a gnat on the arse of the motor industry, of little importance other than it's marketing trend demonstration value. But when you are planning to build the 2 biggest battery factories in the world you need customers, and 'giving away' the patents is his way of encouraging them to buy the tech.
    I think the problem is more that Tesla realizes that in order to sell cars to more than a small niche they need a charging infrastructure that will be very costly.
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    I see that as simple business sense rather than as a problem
    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014 edited
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanI see that as simple business sense rather than as a problem
    It's a problem if the cost is greater than the profit that they can see from it if they have to bear the costs alone. In that case it would be a business Catch 22 as nasty as a software deadlock.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014 edited
     
    Posted By: maryyugo
    Posted By: bloodymedia[/utl]
    Ha! Well, at least, it didn't burn.

    http://www.torquenews.com/2250/stolen-tesla-model-s-crashes-and-burns-spectacular-fashion


    Though it is hardly surprising that the battery caught fire after being split into several pieces, the incident nevertheless does not look good for Tesla. Even though any vehicle would have suffered a similar if not worse fate, Tesla is held to a higher standard whether fair or not. It will be interesting to hear what the company has to say about this spectacular collision.


    Be fair.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014 edited
     
    To be really fair... high-speed police chases in urban areas should be prohibited except under very dire circumstances. A stolen car isn't one of them.

    If you want someone to run from you... chase him. If he's in a "hot" car, meaning high-performance and or stolen, he will run even faster when you chase him.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014
     
    True
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2014
     
    C'mon. You gotta admit that it takes a serious automobile to do that much damage.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2014
     
    2.1 million Jewels or not so shiny, joules. Mostly that's what it takes.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2014
     
    Maybe we should be rating sportscars in kilotons.
    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2014
     
    Did we slip a decimal place or two? The 60kWh standard Tesla S battery is a bit more like 216 million J.
    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2014
     
    Posted By: AngusMaybe we should be rating sportscars in kilotons.
    Everyone knows tht furlong lumens are the preferred units for evaluating motorcraft of distinction.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2014
     
    Posted By: joshsDid we slip a decimal place or two? The 60kWh standard Tesla S battery is a bit more like 216 million J.

    It's the kinetic energy of the TS at 100mph.