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What if an electric car uses a petrol generator to generate electricity and then run the car with it? Will it be feasible?

Yes, it is very feasible and is the basic concept behind the range-extender approach. For example, the BMW i3 is what is called a BEVx under California rules which means that it is a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) with a range extender (BEVx). The range extender in the i3 is a small two cylinder motorcycle engine sourced from BMWs motorcycle division. In normal operation, the car is basically a normal electric car with the normal big electric car battery. But when you drive it really far (about 85-95 miles) and the battery gets down to 6% remaining, the range extender engine comes on and powers a generator which produces enough electricity to keep the battery at or near that 6% level. Even though the rex engine is only about 40hp, the car still has full performance because the battery acts as a buffer. For moments when high power is needed such as acceleration or a steep mountain, the car allows its normal electric motor to draw the battery down below 6%, and then when it is on flat ground or going down hill, the range extender engine is able to build the reserve back up to 6%. The range extender engine is small and very light and it is specifically tuned to run at optimal efficiency for the job of running the generator, so the overall package can be quite efficient. Works extremely well. And because you can count on your range extender back up, you can confidently use every last mile of electric range, meaning that Rex cars tend to be driven almost entirely on electricity - unlike a normal electric car where you would start to worry and take shorter trips or look for a charger, with a range extender you can drive right until the battery is nearly exhausted. (For example, I've had my i3 for a year and even though I take quite a few long trips a year, my overall miles driven is still over 90% electric.)

Would it be correct to assume that most people who have bought an Electric Vehicle, stay loyal to it and won't go back to a regular fuel car? If so, what are the strongest factors for such loyalty?

It’s not a question of “loyalty.” Six years ago, in August of 2013, I took a gamble on ordering a car from an unproven manufacturer based on an unproven technology. I had no idea who Elon Musk was, but I wanted a car I could keep for five years. I figured that in five years it might be tricky to sell a used diesel, so I wanted to get an electric car. I was lucky enough to be in a position where, if it turned out to be a dud, I could take the hit and move on. After a six month wait, the car - a Tesla Model S - was delivered. Pretty much immediately it was evident that this was a game changer. Incredible responsiveness and power, lots of room and practicality, and all the range we needed 364 out of 365 days a year. No more range anxiety, trying to make the tank of gas last until Sunday, when gas was cheaper. A full tank every morning. Pre-cooling the car in summer, and pre-heating it in winter. It was all just so effortless. When our requirements suddenly changed a couple of years later, and we needed to replace the car, my wife was the first to say it: “it has to be another Tesla.” Our Model X loaded up for Easter in the mountains. Six people, two cats, eight pairs of skis. Now my oldest kid is almost old enough to drive, and we’re thinking about getting a second car. It won’t be another Tesla, but we wouldn’t even consider an internal combustion engine (edit: we ended up getting a 2016 BMW i3). Again; it’s not a question of loyalty. If you’re not driving hundreds of miles every day, an electric vehicle is simply better.

What is the best value in electric or hybrid cars today?

Which specific car that is an electric or hybrid is the best value? The best value can be found with a used Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 or Tesla Model S. There may be other, less popular, cars that offer similar value but those may be hard to find depending on what area of the U.S. you live in. To be clear, I am ruling out hybrid cars because of the potential repair and maintenance costs as they obviously also have an internal combustion engine system. I would recommend one of these cars depending on your budget: $10k -> Nissan Leaf $20k -> BMW i3 $40k+ -> Tesla Model S Personally, I was not impressed with the Leaf driving experience or interior design although it is the most economical and affordable EV option. The Tesla is still a great value because most used Teslas at the bottom of the price range are early models that will have free lifetime super charging. If you are near a super charger or take semi-frequent road trips past one your ‘fuel’ cost is effectively $0. Also Model S is mostly aluminum construction and along with the sealed motor system - should last for many years and many miles as compared to more traditional car models. I went with the middle-of-the-road option, the BMW i3. I found a 2014 all electric version with 13,000 miles for $16,000 in Minnesota. That’s about 32% of the original $50,000 price tag - after about 3 years but with very low mileage. The i3 has an aluminum frame and carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels which means it’s light weight and will be resistant to rust and corrosion compared to the Leaf or other steel based cars.

Does a 620 mile range change your mind about Tesla and electric cars?

I am now 17 months in owning a EV car. 620 miles is about 1000 km. My car does 350 km without much hassle, this is more than enough, you see double the battery would also double the weight of the battery, which in turn not only uses more electricity but also puts more wear and tear on everything. This would also make charging times significantly longer, much more than double the time. I drive a lot, easily drive 30.000 km a year. Last year I did drive than and then some more, because I am driving a Tesla and it is so much fun to drive. I think I only said once in that time that I did not want to charge when I needed to, the weather was just crazy, but I am so glad it was not a petrol car as you need to stand outside the car and wait while you pump, I could sit in the car, nice cozy and watch a netflix episode while I was “pumping”. Longer range isn’t what most people want, they want cheaper cars, so in Norway the biggest selling EV cars are BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, and VW eGolf, all who have quite small batteries compared to a Tesla, which is in 4th place, though Model 3 will surely take top spot when they start delivering.

Are Lexuses really cheaper to maintain and they break less often than BMW/Mercedes, or is it just a myth?

For the past 2 decades, I bought a new BMW 3, a used Merz E320, traded these last few years with BMW i3 (x2), a Nissan … Also had during these times a new Chevy, a used Mini, a new Civic, a used Saab. Never regret the BMW and Merz. Can’t say the same on the others. In general, these are the two most important keys: Whatever make you get, you will be much better off NOT to go to the dealers after the warranty expired. Yes, you need to first find a trusted mechanics. I used AutoBahn for all the German cars. The one I used are some of the most honest mechanics in the world. I think I paid for maintenance and repair less than that of a Chevy at the dealer over the years. (It’s true that AutoBahn has longer appointment wait list though.) Traded for a new BMW i3 couple years ago, then just bought another i3 16 months old. The used one cost only 40–45% of the original sticker price, with all the top upgrades. Yes, that’s has to do with the government incentive for electric cars in this particular case. But in general, if you are cost conscious, buy used car came off 2 or 3 year lease, those are the best values. If you keep these two key points in mind, BMW/Merz won’t cost that much more, if at all, than a Lexus. So it is left with just the pure driving experience to be considered. Guess which one has the better drive and handling.

If you woke up to find 99.99% of the population disappeared overnight, what would you do?

I live in Melbourne, Australia, which has a population of over 4,000,000. That means, statistically speaking, there will probably be over 300 survivors in this city. I would drive my old Volvo to a car dealership, and take something practical. I’m thinking… all of these: a Toyota Hilux a Land Rover Defender a Subaru XV a BMW i3 (for when gas starts to eventually become hard to find… in maybe 4 or 5 years) Then I would drive from my girlfriend’s house (where I am currently living), to the farmland here: Yes, there’s a tiny patch of farmland in the middle of the city, next to a park. I’d start with the rudimentary gardening supplies in my girlfriend’s mum’s shed, and then by next year, I’d be a farmer in the middle of a city with enough people so that it still has a demand for food. I’d make a few trips out to Geelong to take some oil out of their processing stations, ideally with help now.

Will Tesla's competitors be able to beat it with an electric car?

Will Tesla's competitors be able to beat it with an electric car? This is an interesting question because the situation is constantly evolving. Tesla has raised the bar to entry in the electric car market so high that it’s going to be very difficult in the foreseeable future to make and sell an electric car that surpasses ANY Tesla model in sales. Here’s where the fully electric market in the US currently stands 2018 year to date through the of ,end of June,: Tesla Model 3: 24,367 Tesla Model S: 10,820 Tesla Model X: 9,525 Chevy Bolt: 7,858 Nissan Leaf: 6.659 BMW i3: 3,504 Fiat 500e: 1,420 (The remaining 7 EV vehicles have sold under a thousand for the year and aren’t worth listing.) By the end of the year the Model 3 is going to swamp everything else in sheer numbers. They are on track to sell an additional 120,000 cars by year’s end and will sell at least 300,000 next year based on producing roughly 6,500 per week. No one is even remotely close to competing with that. There are going to be a lot of electric vehicles coming on the market soon and some of them may outsell the model X or model S if they advertise the everloving shit out of them. It’s hard to tell. Tesla has the supercharger network and no one else has anything like it, so practically speaking, their cars are better suited to people’s needs. Rational people will choose a Tesla over anything else, but people aren’t always rational. The Ipace outsold the Model X last month, in France, but we’re talking 20 sold, versus 16. Big deal. One thing to look for is what happens when the initial buzz of a new electric car dies down. I suspect that many will have an initial boost, but have trouble maintaining solid sales numbers over time. Fast charging everywhere is a big deal and so far Tesla is years ahead of everyone else. Tesla is really hard to beat at this point. They’re dedicated solely to electric cars and it shows in everything they do. Their cars are simply better, technically superior electric cars than anyone else’s and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Why did the Porsche EV fail? Was it price or something else?

EVs are not fungible. A Nissan Leaf and a Tesla Model 3 and a BMW i3 are not the same thing. EVs are also not a zero sum game. Not every sale of manufacturer X’s EV results in the loss of a sale for manufacturer Y. It’s important to keep both of those things in mind when you look at the market. Porsche makes cars which are unmistakably Porsche. There’s a design sense, how they look and feel to sit inside, how the cockpit is laid out, and of course… the driving. When the ads said “there is no substitute”? It was only slight hyperbole. Driving at full chat, on a track, or on a sufficiently open windy road, there are very damn few cars which provoke the same kind of joy. The joy comes from an incredibly visceral driving experience - it’s not refined, it’s not luxurious, it’s nearly the exact opposite. And if that’s what you love… then… yeah. No substitute. Tesla on the other hand makes a fine series of vehicles. But they are not made to deliver that kind of driving joy. They’re not BAD in any objective sense, they’re just made for a different set of sensibilities. It’s a highly software driven vehicle, where the software is exposed and frequently updated to unlock new features and capabilities on the same hardware platform - just like your cell phone, but with wheels, and a bigger battery. That’s a huge difference. There is a staggeringly vast amount of software in your average Porsche (or BMW, or Mercedes or for that matter Hyundai) but it’s all fully encapsulated in embedded systems. It’s not exposed. It’s not updated via over the air updates. It doesn’t unlock new capabilities. Ever. That’s also how very nearly every car on the planet works, and has worked, since the first microprocessor controlled fuel injection systems showed up in the mid1980s. Some people believe that the Tesla paradigm is The Way. Others believe that a car should have a certain character in how it comports itself, while being driven. Neither is right or wrong - but the two viewpoints are pretty much not reconcilable. The Porsche EV, the Taycan, was late to launch. I’m just not seeing examples in the wild in the last few months. In an area where you practically have to swat Tesla Model 3’s like cockroaches to get them out of your way (they’ve seriously replaced BMW 3-series as the go-to yuppiemobile in these parts) I’ve seen… three. I typically see at least a couple of 911s a day, and at least four or five Panameras a week. But there aren’t many Taycans out, yet. With global production so far at about 4k net, that’s believable. They’re out there, they’re just not where I am at the moment. It’s kinda like the Panamera - when they first came out, the production was low, the units were on allocation and you just didn’t see them. They sold every unit they made, usually for cash, usually over MSRP, and usually before it had even been put on the boat to the US. My Porsche connectedness has not yet opened an opportunity to audition a Taycan. One of my best friends, an auto journalist of some note, has also not as yet been afforded seat time. That tells me that they’re not hurting for sales - they’re probably backlogged on delivery. I expect that in the next three years, they’ll be selling around 7k a year, about where the Panamera has been for the last decade. And that’s fine. It’s not 70k, it’s not 700k, it’s not 7M. But it’s what they’re going for. They’re winning the game they’ve chosen to play. So don’t be surprised if they’re not winning the game as you’re defined it. And also don’t be surprised if they don’t care at all about that.

Why was the BMW i3 designed the way it is?

It looks to me like it's a Beemer version of a smart car, just more of a mid-size. The smart car is what I've heard some folks call an upholstered roller skate - and it's a vehicle that's gained significantly in popularity over the last few years. I'd venture to say that it's going after that green market for buyers - the i3 is a green vehicle, an electric car that gets 80-100 miles per charge and over 120 miles per gallon comparable in mileage. Here's your smart car for comparison, and the picture below is the newer 4-door smart car - they look like cousins don't they. Waiting for a new four-door Smart car in the States? Keep waiting

What is it like to own and drive a Tesla?

I have owned a Tesla Roadster Sport for four years, and it is my only car. Many people just garage their Tesla Roadsters and treat them as collectibles (which they are, since Tesla is no longer making them), but I drive mine every day. I have also driven the Model S extensively, though I do not own one. So I thought I would answer the question from more of an "early adopter" viewpoint, with some specifics about the Roadster. The car is a head-turner. People are always taking pictures of it; I once walked back to where it was parked and there were three middle-school boys taking selfies using it as a backdrop. Almost every day, people give me a "thumbs up" or shout "I love your car!" And I hear the same questions repeatedly, and predictably. A sample conversation: "How many miles can you go on a charge?" I tell them 240, but that Tesla is now offering an upgrade that will raise that to 400 miles and that they plan to demonstrate that by driving a Roadster from San Francisco to Los Angeles without recharging. "How long does it take to recharge?" I tell them it recharges a mile a minute, and they have to digest that. "Think of it this way: If I drive thirty miles and come home, I plug it in and in half an hour it's fully charged again. It's just like charging a cell phone." "So you have a special charging station?" "Uh, it's called a ,wall outlet,. You can use a regular 120 volt wall outlet, but the 220 volt outlet in my garage charges it faster." "Is it… ,all, electric??" This is the one that always makes me smile. People simply cannot believe that there isn't a gasoline engine in there somewhere; with many car companies building serial hybrids like the Chevy Volt and the BMW i3 and calling them "electric vehicles," I can see why there is confusion. So I point out that there is no exhaust pipe on my car. And then add, "No tune-ups. No oil changes. No smog inspections. No fuel pump or transmission to wear out." "No transmission! What do you mean, ,no transmission,?" "The motor is connected to the drive axle, and the torque curve is flat. That's why it can go from zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds. But the fun part is zero to thirty in 1.8 seconds, which looks like something out of a Road Runner cartoon, and feels like an amusement park ride." "Wait… if there's no transmission, how do you go in reverse?" "You run the motor backwards." "Oh." A few seconds pass as the questioner struggles to find a fatal flaw in the car. "But how long does the battery ,last,?" "Well, after four years I still have 90% of the original capacity. I suppose at that rate, in twenty years it will have the same range as a Nissan Leaf, but by then, replacement batteries will be much cheaper and much better than this one so I'll be glad to get a new battery." "If you charge the car off the power grid, aren't you just pushing carbon emissions upstream, back to the power plant?" "I have solar panels on my roof that are enough to power my house and recharge my car, with kilowatts to spare. And even if I didn't, the CO2 from even the dirtiest coal-powered electric generator would be far less than the amount of CO2 I would produce to go a given distance using a gasoline engine." "How fast can it go?" "It's limited by software to 150 mph, but I don't think I've ever exceeded 85 mph. Lots of cars have higher peak speeds, but you never get to use those anyway. It's the acceleration that matters, in everyday driving." It is thrilling to ride even when the speed limit is only 30 mph; I enjoy the game of ramping up to exactly the speed limit in the shortest possible time, without exceeding the limit. There is no numerical legal limit on acceleration, only on speed! And unlike a gasoline car or a hybrid, there is really no penalty for jack-rabbit starts, other than wearing out the tires more quickly. And a very funny thing often happens after I accelerate like that in city traffic when the light turns green: after a few seconds, some car like an Audi or BMW goes ,roaring, ,past me, exceeding the speed limit by at least 20 mph, as if to say, "Oh yeah? I can go fast ,too,!" And at least once, they were then pulled over by a cop. I couldn't stop laughing. If you want to go over the speed limit, you can do that in a Yugo, so I'm not impressed that they managed to catch up. A lot of what I have written applies equally to a Tesla Roadster and a Tesla Model S P85D. The difference with the Roadster is • It's very low; you ride with your butt about six inches away from the pavement, which makes it feel even faster, like riding a go-kart. • It's not sound-insulated like the Model S, so you hear more wind at high speeds (but the motor is barely audible, just a whine like that of a distant jet engine starting up). The Model S is a very refined ride, but in the Roadster, I can't really have a hands-free cell phone conversation if I'm driving. • You really feel the road, very directly. The steering is manual, not power! I have never loved a car as much as I love my Tesla Roadster.

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