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Curious. Are you sure there's not an access hole already in the footwell? There is on the G-cars by design, and it's still as much a PITA as it sounds to remove (monkey arms holding wrenches inside and out, or breaker secured on the outside end and wrenching from inside )
Nope, no hole. I'd have to drill one into the foot well. The upper wishbone bolt is also put in the same way, though there is a section of the body that is ground down there, not sure if it has an access hole there off the top of my head. But really no good way to remove the front suspension.

I'm sure on the assembly line it seemed fine, with the body off...

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Lotus only made 27 Elise and Exige vehicles in four months???
...and 345 Tesla Roadsters... Not to mention any 211, Europa or Evora they may have been working on.

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Did you know that the new Tesla (the big one) holds 7 people with two jumpseats in the back (that face each other) for kids?

Goes 300 miles on a charge.

And it recharges in 45 minutes or you can change out the battery in 5 minutes?

Sounds like a much better arrangement overall.
Read the fine print Larry.

Even for the Roadster they have * at the bottom of the page. Tesla Motors - charging & batteries

"Even after a 100-mile trip, you can be completely charged in less than two hours.*"

* With a Home Changing Station installed operating at 70 amps.

If you download the spec sheet for the Model S Tesla Motors - Tesla Showroom you'll see 480v as a charging option. Who has 480V at home? I think they're on the right track but...

And battery swapping in 5 minutes? Where- home/garage/driveway/Chevron? How heavy is the battery? How much life is left in the battery you swap for? How much will these new batteries cost? For the Roadster they are $20k and are supposed to have 100k usable miles or 5 years life.

I haven't been on the Tesla forum for a while, Tesla Motors Club Forum - Powered by vBulletin , but I'm sure there are owners on there sharing their real world experiences on there, including actual range, charge times, and issues. I think it's definitely worth a peek.
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