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This isn’t the best video I took that evening. But it’s the only one that has all the electric charging station vendors. Keep in mind the video was taken using a digital camera and I had forgotten to turn on the anti-shake option. This video starts off showing the backend of a Tesla Roadster. You can see the battery pack enclosure and some of the charging cables. You’ll see the yellow emergency kill switch – when pulled this kills all power to the vehicle. This makes it safe for emergency responders to do their job. As far as I’m aware – all production electric vehicles have a similar device. When looking inside this Tesla Roadster you can see it’s an earlier version. This is determined by the center console and shifter.
After an interior look inside the Tesla we have a quick glance at a Chevy Volt. Next to the Volt we see a Nissan Leaf. Right next door to the Leaf we come across a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Off in the corner by the main entrance we see an electric motorcycle – ElectraWing. The owner of this vehicle is friends with CitiCar owner Dave Yoder. If I remember correctly the motorcycle owner might be the person pulling the tow rope in the CitiCar video.
After walking around the Mitsubishi i-MiEV we come to vendors row. A bunch of electric charging station companies mostly. There was a very decent selection of charging options on display. While I spin around a couple of times you’ll see the backend of a Nissan Leaf. Then we see the rear of a Chevy Volt while it is charging ( actually that wouldn’t be correct since the charge port isn’t located there ). Another spin takes us back to the charging station vendors. It’s then that we come back to where the video started – the trunk of the Tesla Roadster.
Parked next to the Roadster is the much hyped Fisker Karma. I’ll save my opinion on this vehicle. Lets just say it’s eco street credibility might be in question. For that kind of money I’d rather purchase a Tesla Model S Signature Series. We are getting close to being done – but wait there is more. After a glimpse of the Fisker Karma roof solar panels we head to the Vanguard CitiCar. Yes the CitiCar was parked right next to the Karma. This very well could have been someones idea of an EV geek joke.
As I headed to get some quick video of the electric bicycles – Kevin Smith of a Illuminati Motor Works Automotive X PRIZE fame says hello. Their vehicle Seven wasn’t at the show but they did have a booth and were busy chatting with those who passed by. That would be the end of this video journey. I have several other videos recorded earlier before the room has opened to the general public. I’ll work on getting those live here soon.
Video above was taken inside the Marriott Hotel ballroom during the EVening of EVs event in Normal IL ( Thursday January 26th 2012 ).
Article very negative about Tesla Motors. Obviously unaware of the Model S other vehicles they will have a hand in / or produce themselves. Honestly their would be NO electric car revolution if it wasn’t for the efforts of Tesla Motors. The fact that the author screams that the Fisker Karma “oh baby is it sweet” clearly shows this person has not done their homework. Just because it looks good in your eyes doesn’t mean it meets it’s hype or all electric numbers. Take a look at a Model S then tell me who got styling points first. Granted if I remember correctly in the legal fight between Tesla and Fisker – Fisker did in fact accuse Tesla of stealing their design ideas etc. No matter your opinion on that one it’s very clear which company takes using less or no gas more seriously. Hint it’s not Fisker. Only reason Ashton Kutcher drove and hyped the Karma on Two and a Half Men was do to the fact he has money invested in Fisker.
By the way dear Decrepit Old Fool I’d tend to bet you that the Tesla Roadster and for that matter – Model S both would smoke that Fisker Karma off the line like it was a Yugo. Your love of “muscle-powered transportation” clearly shows in the choice of vehicle you chose to praise.
Fisker Karma “reaching 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 5.8 seconds”
Tesla Roadster 3.9 seconds for the Standard Model and 3.7 seconds for the 2010 Sport Model
Tesla Model S 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) acceleration of 5.6 seconds for standard model
Tesla Model S Sport claimed 0-60 mph (97 km/h) speed would be 4.4 seconds
Tesla Model S is a large sedan ( saloon ) car that can fit more people than the Fisker Karma and the Model S has sleek lines curves as well. For the record = yes I am a Tesla “fanboy” – was long before I owned a couple shares of their stock.
Hang on minute folks – did this guy hit the crack pipe before writing that story? Fisker Karma a high-production model? Since when? The vehicle was just released after not meeting it’s original release date at least once if not more. I’m not aware of it selling in any great numbers or any numbers that would back up a claim of high production model.
“As of July 2011, Fisker claims it has received 3,000 pre-orders and that the plug-in hybrid is sold out until early 2012. Deliveries to retail customers began in November 2011. The first production batch of 39 units was allocated for dealerships as demonstration vehicles. Around 40 units were delivered in the U.S. through December 2011.”
“As of December 2011, Tesla had sold more than 2,100 Roadsters worldwide and the carmaker announced it intends to sell a total of 2,500 units before it discontinues the model in early 2012.”
Keep in mind with the Tesla Roadster those numbers are sold out the door in customers hands = not pre-orders. But lets have a look at Model S sold out pre-orders for comparison.
“As of November 2011, Tesla reported that more than 6,500 reservations have been made”
That looks like over double the number of per-orders for the Tesla Model S versus Fisker Karma. So who is producing the high production numbers?
We do agree on one thing other than cats – that would be in regards to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. While it under performs in regards to miles per charge for the money compared to similar electric cars. I’m very much in favor of the car being manufactured in Normal IL.
“manufacture it at the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois”
A bit of history – the Mitsubishi plant had considered part of Springfield IL where Parkway Pointe is located for their plant location years ago.