As an Australian who is unlikely to be able to justify the cost of a Telsa Model S any time soon, if it does indeed come to Australia, I feel it is my right to criticise everybody on these forums who won't give me one.
No only joking :-).
Anyway, some things I was wondering:
What is the environmental impact of the making the batteries? Some articles say this is insignificant over the lifetime of the car while others are much more gloomy - I am not sure who to believe.
How does the Tesla S cope with going on long down hill stretches of mountain roads? Normally on a conventional car the technique you would use would be to change down gears causing the engine to slow the car down, to avoid the brakes overheating. I would assume you can somehow use regenerative braking to do the same thing. How does this work? Is it possible to activate regenerative brakes without using the conventional brakes?
Is Telsa serious about the Australian market? I have seen some conflicting articles on this (sorry can't seem to find the links right now). I can't see any official articles on their website of what there future plans are for Australia.
Is there any data on average kwh/distance used? I ask because I see lots of people quoting cost/distance, which is meaningless as electricity costs may vary considerable in different countries, and at my place electricity prices are going up up and up.
If anybody wanted forcefully give me a Telsa S all expenses paid as a result of this post I wouldn't resist (resistance is futile). No violence required. Honest.
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