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  Reply # 1523180 31-Mar-2016 10:26
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I saw a Tesla Model S driving around Wellington the other day. I've not seen one in the flesh before but felt it was pretty sharp. Reminded me of a new shape Mazda if i'm honest... certainly didn't stand out like the BMW i range does. 


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  Reply # 1523183 31-Mar-2016 10:28
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Yeah needs to be better but realistically could replace a lot of vehicles at that price. The next generation could displace the Prius from some markets.

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  Reply # 1523185 31-Mar-2016 10:30
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1039km's from Etihad Stadium, Melbourne to the Sydney Opera House via the Princess highway\A1 (Greta Ocean Road?)

 

877km's from Etihad Stadium, Melbourne to the Sydney Opera House via the M31 though Wodonga, Gundagai and Goulburn where the Supercharger stations are.


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  Reply # 1523186 31-Mar-2016 10:32
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Disrespective:

 

I saw a Tesla Model S driving around Wellington the other day. I've not seen one in the flesh before but felt it was pretty sharp. Reminded me of a new shape Mazda if i'm honest... certainly didn't stand out like the BMW i range does. 

 

 

I saw a grey Model S P85d yesterday parked outside the library in Wellington, and you're right it does have a touch of Mazda to it


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Even with a 30 minute fast charge to 80%, you'd still be adding significant time to a road journey between the 2 cities.

 

 

I'm not sure what the Supercharger stations are like in Australia, but in the US I think they're generally paired with a diner or similar facilities. The idea being that you have a bit of a break from driving with a cuppa & something to eat. Once done, your car is also refreshed and ready to go.

 

So rather than seeing the range as a barrier to long distance travel, I see it as a way to encourage safer driving practices. 


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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

Even with a 30 minute fast charge to 80%, you'd still be adding significant time to a road journey between the 2 cities.

 

 

A 30 minute break every 320km (say, 3.5 hours) is probably not a bad thing, assuming there's a cafe (& toilet) handy to the recharge point.

 

 

It's a good start, but the range needs to be better, ideally by 50%.

 

 

Hmmm... 50% increase on 320km would get you 480km, which is still a bit less than (I think) most decayed-dinosaur-powered cars. My car gives me about 530km from Full until the light comes on, with probably 50km or more remaining. So I'd say a 50% increase would be minimal rather than ideal. Especially if recharge points are thin on the ground.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1523358 31-Mar-2016 14:34
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

Disrespective:

 

I saw a Tesla Model S driving around Wellington the other day. I've not seen one in the flesh before but felt it was pretty sharp. Reminded me of a new shape Mazda if i'm honest... certainly didn't stand out like the BMW i range does. 

 

 

I saw a grey Model S P85d yesterday parked outside the library in Wellington, and you're right it does have a touch of Mazda to it

 

 

The designer of the Model S (and Model X) is Franz von Holzhausen, he worked as the top designer at Mazda before joining Tesla in 2010.

 

But the design of the Model S predates the Mazda 6 2013 model... So don't think there has been any theft involved on Franz and Teslas part.

 

I think the Model S has some design similarities with Jaguar XF, but sitting inside it and seeing its wide backside in the rear view mirror it felt more like sitting in an american muscle car.





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  Reply # 1523645 1-Apr-2016 00:18
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gzt: Thats the guy whose daily commute is 320 + 1km : ).


Do these things consume power at a fixed rate or does it vary with incline decline loading head wind accelerations etc?

 

 

 

It varies and varies greatly depending on what you're doing with the car. Air conditioning and heating are particularly range sapping. The specific range is based on a standardised calculation but in practice you'd get far more or far less depending on your driving conditions and the condition of the battery. When a degraded battery can take you 400km while the air condition is on full is when range anxiety disappears. 


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  Reply # 1523857 1-Apr-2016 11:37
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Model 3 available in NZ announcement:

http://mobile.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.php?c_id=3&objectid=11615141

Reserve yours NZ 3:30pm approx. : ).

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  Reply # 1523947 1-Apr-2016 13:20
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I guess with delivery next year or 2018  we'll all have plenty of time to win Lotto as that's the only way i can see to afford it..





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  Reply # 1523951 1-Apr-2016 13:31
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Hmmm, considering this.....need a new car.

 

 


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  Reply # 1523962 1-Apr-2016 13:52
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What is the warranty on these things?

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  Reply # 1523964 1-Apr-2016 13:57
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Will they list a NZ price on website before you place deposit ?

 

A.

 

 


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  Reply # 1523966 1-Apr-2016 13:59
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Will they list a NZ price on website before you place deposit ?

 

A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They must do unless the deposit is refundable.   Can't put a deposit on something without knowing a price. 

 

 

 

Potentially this thing might sell for over 100k nzd (nz tax) in which case I'm out haha. 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1523976 1-Apr-2016 14:26
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I cannot see it being cheaper than NZD$80K for a decent one.

 

USD$35K = NZD$50K
Add $10K of options & $10K extra for NZ related costs
Then add GST = $80K

 

I would consider putting a deposit down at that rate, assuming it is refundable.


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