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Its sad to see an end to the car that made electric sexy.


Automaker Tesla Motors (TSLA) will stop taking orders for the car in the U.S. in about two months as the carmaker focuses on its Model S electric sedan.

With its performance and relatively long driving range, the Tesla Roadster helped change the perception of electric cars from being little more than golf cars with doors to actual viable production vehicles. More on CNN Money


I wish we would see more small innovative automakers in the US. I bet if we had let GM fail we would have a slew of them by now.


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dang.. I'd have bought one if they sold in Hawaii....

 

I think the electric sports car or motorcycle lends itself well to commuters. 

Aryn Nakaoka said:

dang.. I'd have bought one if they sold in Hawaii....

 

I think the electric sports car or motorcycle lends itself well to commuters. 


You can order them for here, I've seen a couple on the island (with Hawaii plates). Someone around Kailua drives one. Beautiful cars (well, it is a Lotus when all is said and done) There is a UK company, Lightning, who are hoping to release their Lightning GT soon: http://www.lightningcarcompany.co.uk/Lightning/Lightning.html

I forget the exact figure, but somewhere around ~90% of drivers drive less than 50 miles a day in their vehicles, well inside the range of electric cars on the market today.

When I called they would only sell me one if i was in LA or a service area... don't really want to ship my car just to have it serviced. and yes, electric cars have less service, but still a pain to lose your car for 2-3 weeks just for a service call.

 

If the leaf wasn't so ugly or take so long to charge... I'd get one. Leasing is is about $330 / month on a 36 month lease, that's good considering that's probably what I spend on fuel right now.

but it is cool that the quickest car right now is electric: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rVTIpS5zb4

Every time I hear a scooter or motorcycle with a modified muffler roaring up the street, blowing exhaust and sounding like Animal from the Muppets playing drums next to a megaphone; I wonder why there isn't a bigger push to have these on our roads instead.

 

Zero Motorcycles

 

dang.. I'd have bought one if they sold in Hawaii....

 

I think the electric sports car or motorcycle lends itself well to commuters.



Aryn Nakaoka said:

dang.. I'd have bought one if they sold in Hawaii....

 

I think the electric sports car or motorcycle lends itself well to commuters. 

Actually saw a guy riding one up La'i Road back of Palolo. Very cool. Very quiet.

Every time I hear a scooter or motorcycle with a modified muffler roaring up the street, blowing exhaust and sounding like Animal from the Muppets playing drums next to a megaphone; I wonder why there isn't a bigger push to have these on our roads instead.

Amen. People who think its OK to impose their maddening noise on all those within a block radius are generally compensating for some gross deficiency.

Not sure I'd ever buy a pure electric vehicle for general purpose until charging stations are everywhere.

I think the volt has it right and hope it succeeds.

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