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New video of the 2011 Tesla Model S

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would be great to see one

i dont think Tesla will really make its way down under though.
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I think it is shaping up nicely. Still way out of my price range, but I am glad that Tesla is still there to show what is possible.

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Why does it have the same grill work up front as a standard combustion engine?

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Why does it have the same grill work up front as a standard combustion engine?
Radiator cooling for the battery pack and motor.

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Radiator cooling for the battery pack and motor.
Ahh ok.

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Makes you kind of glad that the Govt gave them $,
based on looks alone, that car is better looking than any sedan made in America.

Very anxious to see how it compares on performance and specs with the Panamerica and other high end sedans. (I'm sold on the fact that it can hold a surfboard and mtn bike! that's why i keep my Z around)

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Franz is an awesome designer. Really did a great job with the Model S, especially in the amount of time he had. I'm digging the lights too, reminds me of the Z8 neons. Having Franz speak on camera was a good call on Tesla's part. He could sell sand in the desert.

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But...we all know the actual car produced never looks as good as the prototype...

Also those door handles that suck into the body...a lawsuit waiting to happen when kids lose their fingers.

Personally, I'd really like to see the Model S succeed, and this is the first time I've taken a close look at it, but I already see flaws in the logic. Then again, I may just not know enough about it yet...

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^^ nothing complicated though - plug in electric sedan...

i agree that EV's just don't make a lot of sense, they make a little sense - just not a lot!

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The jury is still out for me on the giant flatscreen. Switch gear that's devoid of tactile feedback is NOT a good design choice for a moving car. I don't care if they can reskin it at will. (and isn't it also based on Microsoft code!?) Will it be the first car with CTRL-ALT-DEL keys on the dash?

The rest of it is very impressive.

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It reminds me of an Aston. Not bad. Now, let's see how similar this video and reality are.

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Radiator cooling for the battery pack and motor.
dont forget the A/C condensor.
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The jury is still out for me on the giant flatscreen. Switch gear that's devoid of tactile feedback is NOT a good design choice for a moving car. I don't care if they can reskin it at will. (and isn't it also based on Microsoft code!?) Will it be the first car with CTRL-ALT-DEL keys on the dash?

The rest of it is very impressive.
i agree. the 17" screen from the point of view of adding to a vehicle is a tall order... its not like you can just take a dell flatscreen and drop it into a car because it has to pass environmental testing (-40 to +140 F) vibration, 100% humidity,etc. and there isnt a 17" touchscreen in production today that will satisfy the requirements for less than $3000 which is way too expensive. And thats not including the other issues like how do you get whats essentially a big computer to start up reliably and quickly. BSOD on a tesla wouldnt look good.

At any rate it doesnt matter.... the screen has already accomplished its task which was to generate alot of interest for the vehicle, gain investor support and deposits.... if the screen quietly gets changed for a smaller model in a year its not like people are not going to buy the car if everything else works.
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Marketing machine. Call me when Tesla sells the 1000+ cars they promised over a year and a half ago.

If they had issues bringing a car to market that was largely a completed a design, what hope is a new car from the ground up?

Tesla for me died when Elon came aboard. I remain interested in seeing the result, but I wouldnt recommend anyone hold their breath...
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Marketing machine. Call me when Tesla sells the 1000+ cars they promised over 5 years ago.

If they had issues bringing a car to market that was largely a completed a design, what hope is a new car from the ground up?

Tesla for me died when Elon came aboard. I remain interested in seeing the result, but I wouldnt recommend anyone hold their breath...
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I really expected this video to me of big foot, the loch ness monster, or the abomibidamableblelele snowman.
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I apologize if this is an mildly absurd question but if, for any reason, a Tesla crashed into a body of water like a canal, river, swimming pool, etc., would the occupants be electrocuted?

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I apologize if this is an mildly absurd question but if, for any reason, a Tesla crashed into a body of water like a canal, river, swimming pool, etc., would the occupants be electrocuted?
not at all ....the battery would run out before you got that far


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I apologize if this is an mildly absurd question but if, for any reason, a Tesla crashed into a body of water like a canal, river, swimming pool, etc., would the occupants be electrocuted?
Honestly dunno what would happen, but I imagine that there's safeguards in place, or perhaps the kind of electrical system they have would short out right at the plug, rather than travel into the seating compartment.

total coincidence, but a friend just sent me a link to this photo just now:
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Franz is an awesome designer. Really did a great job with the Model S, especially in the amount of time he had. I'm digging the lights too, reminds me of the Z8 neons. Having Franz speak on camera was a good call on Tesla's part. He could sell sand in the desert.
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