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  1. Briz Vegas

    Tesla model Trois (3)

    From intelligent discussion to the frivolous. Not that frivolous is frivolous. Mind over matter can matter, which is kind of the subject of this post. The power of the positive vibe. ...and it’s relevant ( but frivolous) because.... https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jack-white-stages-free-concert-for-tesla-employees-at-california-plant-713099/ i may may just call my model 3 “ Jack White”.....which means I might need to go for white over red after all. .....or, go for red and call it white.
  2. Briz Vegas

    Tesla model Trois (3)

    To clarify, when I was talking about " who will make a move" I meant volume not tech. Hyundai EVs are almost here but it will be at 2012 Leaf volumes and special order only from what I read. VW have been promising something with a battery for ever, now it's 2021 ( yeah, right ) and again I expect Leaf volumes. From an industry perspective I am sure this is logical, but it doesn't help our fleet emissions. We need every new car sold to be best in class efficient, plus EVs plus renewables. We have just had four of the hottest years on record in a row, today some report says it was a hiatus at the new normal, more heat is in the post. While you tubers boast about 0 to 60 I think they miss the point. Its frustrating, but to herd cats you need cat nip/grass. Tell someone they must do something and they do the opposite. Meanwhile back at climate change, ABC science news reports on Elon' s tweets - WTF!
  3. Briz Vegas

    Tesla model Trois (3)

    II am curious about the new battery pack for 2019. They say less weight and more range. I would image it would would be a small difference unless that managed to shed say 100kg. Sounds like a win win, particularly for their bottom line. If that means a healthy balance sheet then that is good for all of us. I wonder who is going to move first in response to this growth? Who can move first might be the bigger issue. All the competitors will probably need 2 to 5 years based on the plans I have read about.
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    Tesla model Trois (3)

  5. Briz Vegas

    Tesla model Trois (3)

    Tesla Model 3 will be in Brisbane next week, 21 August. Looks like it is doing a national tour. As a reservation holder I got an invite ( yes, I am going), but it will be open to the general public afterwards, or at least that is what the invite says.
  6. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    I believe that it is due buy the end of the Japanese financial year, which starts on April 1. Hmmm. Wait for the bigger battery car with active liquid cooling ( if it appears) or downsize and buy a Kona ( if it appears). The battery is the expensive bit, it should be designed for maximum life. Who cares about second rate auto steer, one pedal driving and a tacked on analogue speedo if the bit of the car that makes it a means of conveyance ( and makes it bloody expensive) has a built in weakness.
  7. Briz Vegas

    How do you get on with your car’s touch screen

    If I was completely honest I would admit that today - I set the nav prior to departure, mostly as it gave me the arrival time estimate and I find it reduces the urge to speed as you quickly realise it’s a pointless activity. I did use the zoom function when traffic slowed to a crawl at one point, mostly to monitor where the most likely congestion bottleneck was. I don’t use Waze etc although I am aware of these types of apps. - air con was already set on climate control. - radio was either on or off. Any car hifi is poor compared to to home - it’s not a huge part of driving any more for me. It’s ABC classic or silence mostly ( despite the HD drive and some CDs in the car). - I did monitor efficiency, mostly because the car had a service ECU update last week and a suspension fix under warranty and I wanted to see if it changed fuel usage. - I left the phone in my pocket despite receiving an SMS. I”m not 19 any more.
  8. My car has a one screen does all (HVAC, satnav, music, trip computer, phone) interface and in the last 3 years I have been doing a semi regular 3 hour drive on weekends. Longer journeys tend to mean more adjustments to settings on the move. The only physical button I have is the volume knob below the screen (replicated on the steering wheel and on the screen). I read again and again that people struggle with this form of interface, even after years of use. Personally I can stab at the screen in my car and get it right 95% of the time or more. I think it comes down to interface design. If buttons are big enough it’s as good as any physical system. How do you get on with your cars basic touchscreen functions? On my next car even the glove box latch will rely on the touch screen (its a valet mode/ self driving car share feature). I am comfortable with that as I don’t open the glovebox unless stationary. I am comfortable with virtually no buttons. More voice control functions are also just around the corner. How do you feel about this trend?
  9. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    The Model X vs Kona road trip on youtube last weekend ( wasn't a race, more of a comparison) did raise two points of interest to this buyer. Firstly was the relatively bouncy ride on the Kona ( energiser bunny). I suspect it is due in part to a 1800kg vehicle on a short wheelbase. Maybe it's a suspension tuning issue or maybe there is only so much you can do on a short wheelbase. Secondly, the efficiency difference was educational. Physics of weight and frontal area have to play a part here I guess. I was a little surprised as the Kona is still relatively tall, like a Bolt, but I guess it's narrow as well. Despite our increasingly online sales model it shows that you really need to road test a car properly before you buy. These traits may or may not bother different people.
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    Tesla model Trois (3)

    I am curious to know when they will make roof racks available for the 3. Ihave been a bit slack of late but I do have 2 sailboards under the house. Reviewers pointed to the metal tabs in the roof and a test car had a set, but nothing since. At least I know that my bike will fit with the seats down.
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    electric cars

    Maybe I come across as more negative than I actually am (a bit like yourself rmpfyf?). It’s a nice looking car but I just read that it was as big inside as the F Pace. A guy at work has one of those and he confirmed that it isn’t. E.V. packaging opportunities should provide more room surely. I do hope they sell like hot cakes. Hyundai Kona seems to have a similar thing. In fact the centre console on the Kona is a copy of the bridge like design on the Jag ( in my opinion). Issue is that Hyundai should have taken the i3 route because the Kona is a small car. More premium feeling materials but less of them to give you more space....dare I say “ like a Tesla” in regard to less is more aesthetic.
  12. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Just sat in an i-pace. I reckon a Model 3 would be just as roomy, if not more so. It's not as big inside as they make out, particularly as it's an SUV.....which it isn't. Model X is huge by comparison. Different class for sure.
  13. Briz Vegas

    Tesla model Trois (3)

    PS. I like the prediction this week that the Tesla Model 3 could be the best selling CAR ( not truck) in the US in 12 months time.
  14. Briz Vegas

    Tesla model Trois (3)

    I just want to know why that article has a big picture of a beardy guy :-) I am slightly torn between a Hyundai Kona long range EV and a Model 3. The Hyundai is my conservative safe side and the Tesla is my more design oriented less safe side. My really conservative side is sticking with my perfectly fine, efficient and nice current car. At $40k I would get the Hyundai, but at a tesla base price I can't see myself going Hyundai ( long range Tesla is more but short range would be plenty car for me due to superchargers). It's great to see such competent long range capable competition at $50ish k price point and only about 12 months away- ish. Make more EVs Hyundai, 30,000 Konas per annum is not enough.
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    electric cars

    Australia to get national EV charging network thanks to a Tritium company called Fast Cities. 41 350kW chargers 150km apart starting with Brisbane to Melbourne. That distance should suit the 30ish kW cars like i3 and Ioniq, although Ioniq can only manage 80kW according to those that have used ultra fast 150kW chargers in Europe and I think i3 is 50kW capable.. I guess 350kW makes the network future proof. I hope they are coordinating with NRMA and other networks. 150km in 15 minutes sounds handy but not many cars can do that sort of charging rate now. Tesla is about the fastest currently available at around 120kW.
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