Tesla : It Only Costs $90,000, And Takes A Minumum Of Half An Hour To Recharge Every Three Hours

the Model S, currently priced between $60,000-90,000. The profit that Tesla reported in the first quarter of this year was not achieved entirely through selling cars, but through selling $68 million in Zero-Emissions credits through California state law.

In other words, Tesla isn’t profitable without a massive government scam.

A company press release announced last week that this year it will vastly expand the supercharger network its cars use to refuel — for free. This year, the network will “connect most of the major metro areas in the US and Canada,” and a year from now, the company says the network will stretch across the continent. The chargers themselves have been upgraded to allow for a full three hours of driving in less than a half hour.

How Tesla Is Addressing Range Anxiety And Sticker Shock And Global Warming | ThinkProgress

Nice – so if ten Tesla’s show up at once at the recharging station, they only have to wait an average of 2-1/2 hours to recharge for the next three hours of driving. And then do it again.

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23 Responses to Tesla : It Only Costs $90,000, And Takes A Minumum Of Half An Hour To Recharge Every Three Hours

  1. Duby says:

    obama should be using one–

  2. I. Lou Minotti says:

    But it looks nice & sporty! Maybe a few solar panels could be incorporated in the redesign.

  3. Gamecock says:

    The local coal fired electric company will appreciate the business.

  4. NoMoreGore says:

    Maybe owners could keep a gas fired generator in the trunk, just in case…. or a few boxes of D cells? 🙂

  5. gator69 says:

    What if you don’t like big cities? I avoid them like the plague that they have become. Then again, I’m not a leftie.

    This makes light rail look good.

  6. Justa Joe says:

    Base Curb weight 13′ Ford Explorer: 4534 lbs.
    Base Curb weight 13′ Tesla Model S: 4,647 lbs. (claimed)

  7. They’ll have more than one plug I’m sure.

    • Really. Have you thought about how much current is required?

      If it took half an hour to fill up a car with gas, and you had to do it twice as often, the congestion would be off scale.

      • I’d imagine a lot. So that adds to the cost. But I don’t see many gas stations with only one pump in popular areas so I’d expect they’d do the same with recharge stations. I’d be more sceptical of the numbers being tossed around. My car has a stated range of 800K to the tank but gets something closer to 550K. Maybe you get 800K if you drive at exactly 63.5K per hour in a straight line without using your breaks. Know what I mean?

  8. gofer says:

    I’m sure Tesla owners have several cars. and making Teslas are a waste of resources since it’s only a status symbol and does nothing but make some people rich and rich people feel better about themselves while destroying huge amounts of resources that could be put to better use.

    • Marian says:

      They tow a spare fully charged Tesla behind the Tesla they’re driving. That way one of the cars can be used while the other is being charged. 🙂

    • Justa Joe says:

      Usually the libtards rail against regressive taxation and conspicuous consumption. The well off libtards want everyone else to finance their “luxury” EV, pay for their free electricity, and no doubt pay for the disposal of their depleted batteries once that cycle begins.

    • Gamecock says:

      If “rich” people want to spend their money on status symbols, I’m fine with that. It’s not a waste of resources. You buy what you want; they buy what they want.

  9. And, since it only gets about 208-265 mi per charge (according to the EPA), those charging stations better be pretty close.

    A cross-country trip (NY to LA, for example) might require at least 13 stations along the route (Google Maps says 2,790 mi, 41 hours), and add an additional 30 hours minimum to the trip.

    I know that my insurance will deliver emergency fuel if needed. Who would a Tesla owner call?

  10. gregole says:

    $68 million in Zero-Emissions credits through California state law…

    Sound of breaking glass! Where, what, huh?

  11. Robertv says:

    I don’t think Tesla would give his name to this product. It very much sounds like Patriot Act also a pruduct that has nothing to do with the name they gave it.

  12. Andy Oz says:

    Hang on! “Range Anxiety and Sticker Shock” are real phenomena.
    Global Warming is the scam. ‘Think Progress’ need to become more discerning with their headlines. 😀

  13. Blade says:

    … the Model S, currently priced between $60,000-90,000. The profit that Tesla reported in the first quarter of this year was not achieved entirely through selling cars, but through selling $68 million in Zero-Emissions credits through California state law.

    Pure and utter fraud. The fact that leftists promote this is all the proof you need that they are the enemy. They have evolved into crony capitalists of the worst kind, which is ironic after the show they put on criticizing Enron and Milken. They are far worse and will do anything to benefit themselves and their benefactors. Criminals all.

  14. higley7 says:

    No one has mentioned that a hot charge of these batteries vastly shortens their lifetime. There are thousands of cells in a battery pack and if a few fail? Boom?

    Tesla has three versions of battery pack, 160 miles and 300 miles being the low and high mileage packs. To get the higher one costs an extra $10,000. Replacement of this 750 lb pack is $45–50,000 ! That’s a huge chunk of the cost of the car in the first place! Count on a pack lasting 2–5 years and you end up buying the car 2 or 3 times in a 10–12 year period. No thanks, even as a gift.

    AND, let’s not forget that these batteries suffer under cold conditions (energy has to be used to keep the passengers warm as well) and hot conditions seriously damages these batteries, shortening their lifetime, also.

    AND AND, let’s not forget the BRICK-effect. If the battery over goes totally discharged, it cannot be recharged—it becomes a brick—that will be $50,000 please. It can do this while sitting in your garage while you are on vacation (I guess it has monitoring circuitry that continually suck battery power), so it had better be plugged in while you’re away. And, if a few cells fail while you are away—let’s just say that you really need to have your fire insurance checked for proper coverage when the pack burns down your house, as has been accomplished by some of the Fiskar battery packs.

    The good new is that the great savings in energy costs with the Nissan Leaf allows the buyer to break even in only 234 years! This is, of course, ignoring the $12–18,000 battery replacement every 3 to 5 years, in which case the break even point . . . , well, if there, ah, is one, might be maybe a couple of thousands years, . . maybe.

    Gotta love modern (er, 1904) technology! It didn’t work then and doesn’t work now. But it costs so much more now, so that’s progress.

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