DonC, You seem pretty negative on Tesla and Elon. I won't begrudge as I'm assuming you have your reasons. But just as I think people need to have an open mind about the Volt, I think the same for the Tesla.
As for 2-cycle vs 5-cycle tests, I believe that the new standard test is a 5-cycle test. That only older cars that were certified under the 2-cycle could opt to do the 70% factor, or re-submit under the new 5-cycle test. But I'm no expert in this.
265 is only about 10% off from the claimed target. And given that they used the roadster's numbers (and tests) as a benchmark, given the new standard, that's pretty good. And depending on your drive style, 300 is very possible. (Just as I can get 40+ regularly out of my Volt, even though its officially 35 or so.)
I'm looking forward to the Model S. Not just as a potential purchaser. But as a believer in the EV movement. I think it presents another viable alternative. It will be great to have another choice for another segment or other drive situations. The Volt is one great solution to the movement away from petroleum-fueled vehicles. But it doesn't (and shouldn't) be the only one. The Leaf and FFE present another. And the Model S presents yet another type of solution.
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