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  • n3sjh
    6:05pm - Fri Nov 30th, 2012
    Electric cars, rent a Nissan Leaf
    Chris your comments about electric cars being impracticable is not unfounded but not exactly true. The do have limited range (more like 80 miles for the Leaf) but they are very cheap to operate getting the equivalent of 100MPGE+. While electricity is generated by coal, you have fallen into the trap that electric cars are the same as gasoline cars when utilizing energy, they mainly charge on unused generating capacity at night and gasoline engines are inefficient beyond comprehension.

    I recommend renting a Nissan Leaf for a month (I did for 5 months) and tell us how bad it is, there is great joy in leaving the house on a full charge everyday and knowing it cost very little to put it there.

    I do agree the Tesla is not very affordable and an expensive toy, but the Nissan and others are very practical and fun to drive.

    Just to prove I hear you, my work truck runs on Natural Gas just like most of the Metro Bus and Montgomery County fleet, so supporting something other than gasoline to run our vehicles, is a Core Value.
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  • Rockville Rob
    9:16pm - Fri Nov 30th, 2012
    Chris Core completely misses the point on Tesla
    I was disappointed to hear Chris Core's short-sighted criticism of Motor Trend magazine's selection of the Tesla Model S sedan as its 2013 Car of the Year. The Tesla is a beautiful and innovative car, incredibly fast, virtually silent, uses no petroleum, emits no exhaust, and is made entirely in the United States. Tesla's founder, Elon Musk, has another company which sends rockets to the International Space Station.

    Contrary to Core's implication, this is not an impractical sports car that real people would never buy; It seats either 5 or 7, has 4 doors, and can charge from any electrical outlet. While it can be outfitted to cost up to $100K, it starts at $47K after Federal and Maryland tax incentives. This is more costly than the average car, but I'm sure Chris has met people with Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes that cost as much or more, and remember that this car will never have any bills for gasoline or oil changes.

    The Tesla is a wonderful example of American engineering and innovation. Instead of faulting that, Chris should do as I did and drive a Tesla. It just might make a believer out of him.

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