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    1. 05-12-2019 11:37 AM #1
      I haven't. I think I'm going to go test drive a Tesla this week, just to see what electric cars feel like.

      For those of you who have driven full electric (Tesla or others) are they exciting? Most reviews seems to be like, "They sure are fast but....."

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      05-12-2019 11:56 AM #2
      Yes, Model 3 Performance. It was great, smooth and way it should be from an acceleration aspect.

      What I did miss was the exhaust noise... That's about it. I can see myself own a Model S P100D in the future.






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      05-12-2019 12:11 PM #3
      What is with that vertical license plate on the Audi?
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      05-12-2019 12:18 PM #4
      Yes, Tesla P85D and i3.

      I did like them both. A lot. I'll be getting an electric car within the next 2-3 years tops.
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      05-12-2019 12:23 PM #5
      Drove a Leaf once. It was fine, not very fast though.

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      05-12-2019 12:24 PM #6
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      What is with that vertical license plate on the Audi?
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      05-12-2019 12:29 PM #7
      Model S P100D, Model 3, BMW i3 - liked them all, but didn't love.
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      05-12-2019 12:31 PM #8
      My first outing with a BEV was with a Nissan Leaf back in late 2011. Already then I was convinced that this was going to catch on. Fast forward two years and I get to take a Model S 60 for a quick test drive, leaving even more convinced. Still no cars that can affordably make my commute, so another year passes until I mid 2014 take a Kia Soul EV out for a test drive, and promptly order one.

      Since then it has been all about BEVs for our household.

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      Currently we have a Tesla Model 3 Performance and two 60Ah BMW i3 BEVs, the latter ones being the commuters for me and her.

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      05-12-2019 01:07 PM #9
      i3 and a Bolt. I guess a Volt doesn't totally qualify since it has an ICE backup. Although I've driven a Volt many times all EV and much distance all ICE generator.

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      05-12-2019 01:09 PM #10
      Regenerative braking feels a little weird, but you'll get used to it eventually.

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      05-12-2019 01:42 PM #11
      There's a reason the Tesla driving experience converts so many people.

      Once you experience the effortless acceleration, feel how handling is improved by placing the battery in the floor, and enjoy the luxury of a quiet drivetrain (even an S-Class can't compare), many ICE cars seem obsolete. Then for day-to-day driving you consider the significantly cheaper running costs (who doesn't want to save money on their commute?), and if you care, the benefits to the environment of centralizing emissions at the power source, potentially taking advantage of renewable sources of energy. Full EVs make a ton of sense, and fortunately for us, many are fun to drive (Leaf excepted).
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      05-12-2019 01:57 PM #12
      Yes! An i3 and a Model 3 70D. Going to try to get behind the wheel of a Model 3 soon, standard model and performance as well.


      Regarding BEVs, and Tesla especially, I'm sold. Just can't afford it yet.

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      05-12-2019 01:59 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Wimbledon View Post
      Then for day-to-day driving you consider the significantly cheaper running costs (who doesn't want to save money on their commute?)
      Except that you have traded off the much larger upfront initial investment of an EV for the spread out savings of an EV. Only government assistance helps offset that somewhat.

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      05-12-2019 02:01 PM #14
      Cheaper running costs is very car dependent. Going from an M3 to a Model 3.... yea, you will save a ton of money. Going from an Ioniq Hybrid to an Ioniq EV... you'll pay about $10K more to save $300 a year in fuel. BEVs are weird in that their efficiency seems to fit in a much tighter band... i.e. the worst BEV might do 2.5 miles per kWh whereas they can't seem to do better than 4. Similar ICE vehicles might go from 15MPG up to 55MPG. I don't think any BEV has reasonable payback compared to a similar car though, so at this point you have to be in it for something outside the financials.

      For me they just aren't there yet. Nothing compelling for what I can afford. If the e-Golf had like 50-80 more HP, or Honda made a ~200HP BEV Insight, I'd be interested. I do want to test drive a BEV just to see what's up though

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      05-12-2019 02:02 PM #15
      I’ve driven a few pure electrics - Leaf, e-Golf, 500e - that seemed to be really good clean transportation. The e-Golf was even fun to drive, like any decent Golf.

      The Tesla P90D I drove was ridiculously fast, and that’s always amusing. But it was driving my friends Model 3 Performance that was the most thought-provoking - I’d never driven an electric that that could handle like that, and only wished I had more time and better conditions to learn how to exploit the advantages it had.

      They clearly still have limitations, and the lack of noise is interesting, though I’d miss having the sound of a good ICE motor on a regular basis. But the electrics are finally fun to drive in their own right.
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      05-12-2019 02:05 PM #16
      Yes, an i3. I liked the experience, particularly at low speeds. Regen braking is fun as well. For what is essentially basic transportation, it was more fun than lot of A-B cars. Then again, the bmw isn't super cheap either (at least at sticker).

      When it's time to get rid of the Tucson in 5 or so yrs, I'd consider an EV or hybrid depending on costs and the state of battery/motor technology.

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      05-12-2019 02:57 PM #17
      Yes, drove a Bolt and joined my father who test drove a mid-range Model 3. I giggled the entire time I drove the Bolt. That car was a riot and I loved the quiet operation and regen braking. The only reason I didn't buy the Bolt over the Regal is the dorky styling and terrible seats. I'm a big guy and felt I was sitting on top of the seats, rather than in them. As for the Model 3, at the time the mid-range was the cheapest on the market which still was more than I wanted to spend for a rwd Tesla (rwd cars have awful resale around here).

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      05-12-2019 04:13 PM #18
      Yes. But it hardly counts. It was a Jetta conversion that an engineer in energy storage did. Had a manual gearbox still. I think he worked for Tesla for a while.
      If you are going at a speed that causes you to run off the road before ESC can provide any assistance, you may not experience the benefits of ESC

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      05-12-2019 04:25 PM #19
      I’ve only driven a first-gen Leaf. Haven’t ridden in any other EV either.

      Looking forward to experiencing a modern 200+hp EV at some point. I’m pretty sure I’ll be in love. I did enjoy the Leaf despite it running out of steam by 35mph or so (even it was quick off the line).

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      05-12-2019 04:41 PM #20
      I really liked the i3. As I've said before, I just don't know how annoying the rear doors would get at school drop-off time.

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      05-12-2019 04:43 PM #21
      Yes. I own a 2018 Leaf, purchased new last August for $21k after taxes/credits. It rolled 10k miles yesterday - charged at our house, averaging 3.7 kWh/mile over the past month. The ride is fine, for the ~50 miles I drive per day. The wife and I trade it out for whomever is driving the furthest, but staying within its range.

      Not sure it'd be worth it if we didn't own solar panels on net metering - CT electricity rates are insane when you factor in the fees they tack on - but its still averaging $0.055/mile in operating costs (not including local property tax or cost to purchase).

      That said I'd love to get a Tesla, preferably something AWD and performance based. Just not there yet, with the new kid at home and a single income.
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    23. 05-12-2019 05:32 PM #22
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      Regenerative braking feels a little weird, but you'll get used to it eventually.
      I would say it's actually more natural for me. In fact, when I return to an ICE after driving electric it is the ICE coasting and creep that I find very odd.

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      05-12-2019 05:35 PM #23
      I wish more vortexers who comment in the tesla threads but have never driven one, lived near me.... It'd be fascinating to let them drive my 3 and then hold a group discussion to see how opinions changed. The better question is have you driven one and would you have it as your only car.

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      05-12-2019 07:10 PM #24
      Yes. Besides the acceleration, it's much nicer going through traffic in quiet smoothness than in an ICE vehicle.
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      05-12-2019 07:20 PM #25
      I’ve driven a p85D on a few occasions and a Bolt. Both drove well, but the Bolt was more like a Honda Fit with a much smoother power train. The P85 definetly has an “oh ****!” quality when you bury the pedal that’s nothing like launching a similarly quick ICE car. The silence is kind of eerie at first. You don’t realize how noisy even well muffled ICE motors are until you drive an EV.

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