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In TRANSLOGIC 4 Bradley finally gets behind the wheel of a Tesla Roadster. Also, from General Motors to Local Motors, these are the cars that are shifting the way we look at the auto industry.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I've reserved a spot for local motors first vehicle...build date will be middle of 2011...can't wait... The rally fighter should be featured in Gear Patrol I think...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet episode and completely jealous (yet again). This time you're actually behind the wheel rather than just sitting shotgun. Curious though, how much does the "charging" affect your electric bill at home? Does the increased savings in not having to buy gas get offset by the increase in your electric bill at home?

      And to the guy that says all the save the planet talk is hype, are you serious? Do you live under a rock? People like you are the reason this planet will continue to go down the tubes.
        leolux10
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, Pat. If you actually have to ask that, then you really don't need to consider this car any further. This car is more suitable for a eco-hobbyist. Not a penny-pincher. Just a thought. =/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is the idiot driving the car saying he is using the gas pedal when this car is electric? The oil companies will get the politicians to kill of this idea very soon. GM already had a great electric car back in the 90s. The car was called the EV1 and very popular. There was a waiting list and GM could not build enough in time to supply demand. It was a success but the oil companies and politics killed it. Oil companies know they will go out of business with an electric car. Politicians know they won't get any perks or bribes from the oil companies. They took perfectly working cars of the road and crushed them. Only one survived in a car museum underground somewhere. Remeber when California had all those electric charging stations for GM's electric cars. The world will never change to a better technology until the oil supply runs dry.
      petehanse
      • 4 Years Ago

      Oh well all I can say is remember the Edsel and DeLorean ......both failures. All is not lost with the TESLA ...SHORT the stock and make a TON of money!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The most efficient available technology to date is the diesel engine. More torque per horsepower and cheaper to make than anything on the market. Consider the LOREMO, 156 mpg and the Jetta, 58 mpg. Where's the support?

      And you're right, Al Gore takes us all for foolishness. Follow the money.
      rockijr
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice concept car. I think this is little premature and would not feel good about a road trip. You all remember the GM turbine car that ended up trashed. Reason was breakdowns. You just do not break down and call AAA and go for service.. That is the problem as i see it. Charging is also a factor. Takes 3 min to get gas, over 3 hrs to charge and where do you do that on the road... On the positive side, nice design, efficient, clean. Hope he makes it work so price will drop.
      CANDIMIKE
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bradley, one doesn't "step on the gas" driving a Tesla, without doubt a fun car, but practical, not really. Cannot take a road trip with it, at least not until charging stations are common place. For the time being basically a rich person's toy. Practical EV's will be somewhat inexpensive town cars or motorcycles, but who wouldn't love to drive a Tesla for a day, now there is market potential.
      ulatula
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have any of you 25 year old pricks calculated the cost of "filling up" this piece of Tesla crap at 247 volts@ 70 amps for 3.5 hours?

      Go ask any electrician yhe cost of retro fitting your house with an exterior 240 volt/70 amp outlet. It will be a "huge shock" to you !!!!!

      So you are driving along and need a fill up. Where is a convenient 240 volt/70 amp outlet? Do you have 3.5 hours for a full charge? How much will this "electric gas station" charge you?

      Oh, you thought the electricity was for free --- you are such an asswipe !!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ulatula
        This site sure attracted a lot of morons. No offense Ali...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ulatula
        It sounds great for commuters! The electrical outlet at your home would suffice. If these cars were popular there'd be outlets at work sites. Where's your imagination. With people like you doin' the thinking we'd still be riding in horse drawn buggies!
      cnmcnm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have but ONE word to say............................................T E S L A........................................
      • 4 Years Ago
      A car that will save the planet? The planet can take care of itself. This "save the planet" talk is pure hype. I blame Al Gore. If Cap and Trade is passed, Al Gore will be laughing all the way to the bank and we will be paying higher taxes to fix a problem that dosen't exist.
        barham619
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kudos Bob Malito. You are so, so right on. The save the planet crap, and global warning crap are big contributors to our economic problems, and they are NOTHING but hype.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hmmm acura honda and all thoughs cars would beat ford cause they do not break down as much they do lol but audi is a differant story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        people like you are the reason the earth is slowly going down hill every year. it can only take so much man and right now we are pushing it to the limit
        • 4 Years Ago
        take your head out of your b*** and start watching other tv news instead Fox news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed
      SMRTNUP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yo, . . Sparky ! . . It takes over 4000 hard working, dedicated, hopeful, constructive, productive individuals to build all the components of an American automobile, . . each using the products which are a culmination of decades of research and development and the expertise of ultimate educational and motivational American Style ingenuity to put it all together into a wonderful creation which everyone who contributed can be proud of and the end User can Love to Love and drive !!! . . . THEN IT TAKES ONLY ONE FOOL TO FAIL TO RECOGNIZE ALL THIS INNOVATION AND TO OPEN THEIR MOUTHS AND LET ALL THEIR IGNORANCE SPILL OUT ON ALL OF US WHO DO RECOGNIZE IT, . . And they tear it down with their negative, counter productive DUMB opinion within a MATTER OF SECONDS !!! . . .
      WAY TO GO, . . FOOL !!! . . .
        • 4 Years Ago
        @SMRTNUP
        I forgot to mention hard-working. Sorry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @SMRTNUP
        Thanks for your very upbeat innovative productive and I'm sure well researched opinion! 4,000? Sounds pretty complicated! You must be pretty dedicated, huh?!
      Chuck
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am all for electric cars. #1 reason is to give oil some competition #2 It will be less noisy, and #3 it could keep our economy alive. I have a problem bailing out automakers that are not 100% American Made and assembled here in the USA. That is like paying your competitor. Just cause it says GM or Ford does not mean it is American. It means it is "World Class" - that is NOT US !!!! We need Unions that can and will stand up to unfair trade whether it is NAFTA, CAFTA, or anything else our Secretary of State deems appropriate. Trade is not a ONE WAY street and the average citizen has not a clue as to how we are being sold down the drain by our very own disfunctional government. Federalists rhymes with Imperialists.
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