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    There is a lot of variation depending on a half...

    There is a lot of variation depending on a half dozen variable, but your bottom line seems in line with what I'd expect.
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    Since the standard for batteries is that they...

    Since the standard for batteries is that they reach EOL (end of life) when they lose 20% of capacity that would have to be usable. Also note the manual says "up to". This strikes me as CYA language....
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    Congrats on the car. I've not really followed the...

    Congrats on the car. I've not really followed the Saks version but $20K off seems like a decent price.
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    Maybe you don't want to go faster. Statik had an...

    Maybe you don't want to go faster. Statik had an interesting article over at INSIDEEVS.COM where he suggested all the drive train failures -- a $10,000 repair -- in the Tesla Model S were due to...
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    Shouldn't be any different. Maybe a bit better...

    Shouldn't be any different. Maybe a bit better because the depreciation has been lower than average.

    Leases are structured so that the first half of the payments are less than the expected...
  6. I've never looked at AutoTrader. Try CarMax. In a...

    I've never looked at AutoTrader. Try CarMax. In a broadly defined area there are two. A 2011 MY with 33K miles for $23K and a 2012 MY with 17K miles for $24K.
  7. Might also account for the person who ran into...

    Might also account for the person who ran into the sign at the Tesla dealer.
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    No but I've never had a problem with the camera...

    No but I've never had a problem with the camera or anything else for that matter. But I have a set routine so that may play into it.
  9. If it hasn't changed you can submit your...

    If it hasn't changed you can submit your application now. You just need the VIN. You have to wait for the DMV registration before you apply for the HOV stickers.
  10. The driver here is that so long as the off peak...

    The driver here is that so long as the off peak rates cover the cost of generation then the utilities have an incentive to provide these rates. The transmission and distribution costs are fixed. The...
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    The acceleration is quick, even at higher speeds,...

    The acceleration is quick, even at higher speeds, but what makes it seem faster than it is the combination of the lack of downshifting and how quiet and smooth it is. You're going one speed and then...
  12. Thanks Walter for the great explanation....

    Thanks Walter for the great explanation. Personally I very much like how my 2011 MY credits the regen on descent to battery. Gives me a thrill! LOL Ultimately it doesn't matter since you're using the...
  13. What a mess. Very glad no one was hurt. This is...

    What a mess. Very glad no one was hurt. This is obviously a case of "unintended acceleration" in that the acceleration wasn't intended.

    No doubt it was an older driver. Everyone knows how "those...
  14. You've identified the national and state...

    You've identified the national and state incentives. Don't know about local incentives where you live. Perhaps someone else can jump in.

    Note that you should be able to get a TOD rate from PG&E...
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    Yup, the leasing company gets the credit since it...

    Yup, the leasing company gets the credit since it is buying the car from the dealer. In most cases the leasing company adds the credit to your residual which cuts the payments. You get the benefit...
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    Unfortunately you're not the first person to...

    Unfortunately you're not the first person to experience this issue. But it's hardly widespread. I believe that, for insurance purposes, if the rock fell out of a pickup truck in front of you and was...
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    We have a few members who have had both....

    We have a few members who have had both. Basically the ELR is a better looking, nicer handling, more luxurious version of the Volt. Those are the good things. The bad things may be less interior...
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    I think all manufactures are moving in this...

    I think all manufactures are moving in this direction, and I'd hope this would be offered as an option in the Volt. It is, after all, supposedly the future of driving.

    Not sure of the...
  19. The Volt battery is now 17.1 kWh. It uses more...

    The Volt battery is now 17.1 kWh. It uses more than 50% but less than the 80% which is standard on most BEVs. Also, batteries charge faster in the middle SOC than at the bottom and top so the time...
  20. Making cars is hard. Making reliable cars is even...

    Making cars is hard. Making reliable cars is even harder. Tesla doesn't have a long history making cars, and I suspect that will show up. However, most very expensive cars aren't all the reliable....
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