Isn't front wheel drive different in ICE cars because of weight distribution with the engine over the driving wheels, which is not at all the same in a Bolt or Tesla? The Beetle had the engine over the rear wheels.
ummmm - no they aren't.Claims about how good the Tesla Model 3 is are rather illogical.
Nissan Leaf, VW eGolf, Kia Soul, Ford Focus EVThere is exactly one, count it, one, electric sedan in the sub $40,000 price range.
but let's be honest - isn't this more about Tesla banning you from owning their products because they don't want you associated with them?There are several reasons I would never buy the current Model 3 or, in fact, any product Tesla sells.
lack of any facts associated with this assertion renders it "unfounded opinion" - which you are entitled to - but it doesn't make it correct or even relevant.The problems with the Model 3 are both unique to that model and one is common for all current electric cars. The common problem with the current crop of EVs is their batteries - they are far to heavy, too large, too expensive and have too limited a lifespan, and are about to be rendered obsolete.
correct Tesla is currently working on figuring out how to produce the Model 3 -if you're so certain of their failure I recommend shorting the stock - if they do fail you will make a small-large fortune if you put your money where you mouth is.Problems unique to the Model 3, aside from sight unseen but likely electronic and mechanical problems when they ever manage to figure out how to manufacture the car
style issues tend to vary by person - so I grant that you believe thisare the front end design - as ugly a front end as I've ever seen.
then either order the car without the aero wheels or simply remove them - the stock wheels look great without the aero coversDitto for the aero wheelcovers.
I predict a locus swarm - which is about as likely as a recall over the screen that you predict - you don't like it - fine, but please don't confuse your distaste for something with an actual problem.The square touchscreen located in the worst possible place, looks as out of place as a TV in an Indian teepee. It is also dangerous- I predict a recall after a suitable number of accidents.
factually incorrect - the Model 3 has normal/physical window control switches - it would have been stupid for the back seat as well and no one is stupid enough to not have physical windows switches requiring back seat customers to lean forward to use the center touch screen you hate.The crazy strange idea of locating the power window switches on the touchscreen leads me to believe that the interior was designed by a non-driver.
so to summarize:Overall, Tesla's engineering is absurd- tons of electronic gadgets, certain to fail, certain to cost a small fortune to fix, if one even bothers to fix them, etc. Tesla has ruined the basic simplicity of the electric car.
There are AC induction motors with windings for stator and rotor, as invented by Nikola Tesla, and used by Tesla car company, in the Model S, and Model X. There are also permanent magnet motors with magnets replacing the windings on the stator or rotor. The oldest, and simplest use DC with brushes, and commutators (simple rotary switches). However, most EVs now, including the Model 3, use brushless, permanent magnet motors, which are a bit of both thanks to their sophisticated controllers. The simplest brushless, DC motor controllers just replace the rotary switch with solid state switches. But we have gone far beyond that now. Modern solid state controllers can simulate alternating waveforms, and at very high frequencies and power levels. There is much more that can, and is done with the controllers for these motors than I fully understand, not being an electronics engineer. But I do try to glean what little I can grasp.http://media.caranddriver.com/files/...boltev2017.pdf says the motor is an AC motor. I know we charge via either AC or DC and, if AC, convert to DC (rectifier) to charge the battery. Do we reconvert that battery power to AC (inverter) for the motor, or was the Car & Driver evaluator wrong? All motors are not AC, are they?
It's because they are the only cars that have such a long range at such a low price. There simply aren't enough other EVs out there yet for there to be anything else to compare them with. If the only two ICE models in the world were a Honda Fit and a Audi TT, then you can be sure that people would compare them.I am still completely baffled why everyone continues to compare the Bolt and Model 3 both in terms of price/value and features.
From the point of view of the US mass consumers, (which is not the same as EV "analysts", early customers aka beta-tester or investors), Model 3's doesn't exist (yet). Therefore, its range is 0 miles, giver or take 0%, and its price is $0.00 less incentives.It's because they are the only cars that have such a long range at such a low price. .
Most people don't care about cars, or pay attention to cars. The first thing out of most people's mouth when I tell them I bought a Bolt and it's electric is, how many MPG does it get? It's not easy to reach the mass consumer because they just don't care. The best way to reach them is the way we are doing it. Word of mouth.I recently showed our Bolt to a guy who didn't know that Teslas are electric. Even those who know think it is some sort of hybrid. Fourteen years on the market, and this simple fact hasn't reached mass consumers.
Yup. And when you tell them it is 100% electric, their eyes get huge, and they ask how much the replacement battery costs. This is a perfectly sensible question, based on their experience. Every battery powered device they own needs a new battery very few years. Telling them it lists for $15K has them shaking their heads. They can't believe you are that stupid.The first thing out of most people's mouth when I tell them I bought a Bolt and it's electric is, how many MPG does it get?
Not quite. Its been a while since we started buying devices with irreplaceable batteries. I think my first was the gen 1 iPhone, for example, ten years ago. I have laptops that are 7 years old that are still using the original battery, although I must admit I keep 'em charged most of the time. The warranty on the Bolt EV battery is eight years or 100k miles. I believe that is likely a good clue to how long the battery lasts. In eight years, it will be interesting to hear the songs on here about "battery replacement woes".Every battery powered device they own needs a new battery very few years. Telling them it lists for $15K has them shaking their heads. They can't believe you are that stupid.
Actually the question I get after I tell them it's all electric and there is no gas motor is, who far can you go? So far 100% of the time. When I say 240 miles, most are impressed or satisfied. I don't think anybody has asked me about replacement battery cost yet.Yup. And when you tell them it is 100% electric, their eyes get huge, and they ask how much the replacement battery costs. This is a perfectly sensible question, based on their experience. Every battery powered device they own needs a new battery very few years. Telling them it lists for $15K has them shaking their heads. They can't believe you are that stupid.
I'd also add another method: When sitting beside young dudes in muscle cars at red lights, put that Bolt in Sport mode and peel out. Gets their attention 99.87% of the time.Most people don't care about cars, or pay attention to cars. <snip>The best way to reach them is the way we are doing it. Word of mouth.
I have an ICE rental for a few weeks. Before Bolt EV (sort of like bc, but bbev) I would have thought my rental was a reasonable car with reasonable pick-up. These days it feels truly awful. Herky-jerky motion is one way of putting it; unresponsive is another.I'd also add another method: When sitting beside young dudes in muscle cars at red lights, put that Bolt in Sport mode and peel out. Gets their attention 99.87% of the time.