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Tesla Motors’ Devastating Design Problem-Not a K-Bike!

Tesla Motors' lineup of all-electric vehicles — its existing Roadster, almost certainly its impending Model S, and possibly its future Model X — apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle. If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a "brick": a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street. The only known remedy is for the owner to pay Tesla approximately $40,000 to replace the entire battery. Unlike practically every other modern car problem, neither Tesla's warranty nor typical car insurance policies provide any protection from this major financial loss. Here's how it happens.

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Re: Tesla Motors’ Devastating Design Problem-Not a K-Bike!

Well, that counts me out, I'm buying a Fiskar instead! ...in my dreams


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That tears it, I'm not buying a Tesla.

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All the electric cars have this hidden "gotcha". Few will discuss battery life, and how much to replace them. A lot of people are in for a nasty shock when they find out just how much their "energy savings" is really going to cost! The price of a set of batteries will buy one hell of a lot of gasoline!

I saw one news article speculating that when the batteries needs replacing the cost of batteries will likely greatly exceed the value of the car at that time.

I did see a news article recently that one of the manufacturers is planning to introduce a home power module that will use the batteries to produce home power after the batteries become too depleted to efficiently power the car. I think they said that when they get to about 70% they would be switched to home use. Nothing was said about costs though.

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Hug the tree hard enough ... sure enough tree dies.
so .... for you tree huggers, yup electric vehicles still suck and can cost more creating toxic waste too.

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And you need the rare earths from China.

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