Plant gets Tesla closer to electric car for masses

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    I read elsewhere that Tesla was demanding $3B in incentives - either he wants the state to pay 60% of his costs, or the source was incorrect.

    but of course greenies will say the governmenr should subsidize it. I know a readical greenie who thinks SLC should pay the cost to recharge her Volt every night. Does she care about contributing to road costs (now funded by gas tax) or even paying for her own electricity? heck no! She is OWED it because she is not burning gasoline (despite the fact her electricity come from burning coal)

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Get a horse.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    @ greatbam22:

    What Anti-government said is true. Currently, the cost of a Tesla starts at about $50,000 which basically does make it a rich person's car. Once the price is dropped to around $35,000 then it will be in range of middle-income America.

    It's hard to imagine being able to drive over 200 miles for about the equivalent cost of a gallon of gas... making the cost per mile ridiculously cheap. I've ridden in (but sadly not driven) a Tesla a couple of times and their acceleration is remarkable.

    They make a quiet humming sound when accelerating and are basically noiseless once up to speed. It's actually quite difficult to hear one approaching. Perhaps more pedestrian accidents?

    My understanding is that electric recharging stations are being built along many major interstate highway corridors, which will make it possible for people to travel cross-country using these cars that go over 3 hours at highway speeds before a recharge is necessary.

    Those stations will have a quick-charge option that will take only about an hour, which people could utilize while they eat a meal and/or take a nap.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 4, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    I hope Tesla will be very successful but I wonder where we will get all the electricity for them! Coal? Nope. Nuclear? Nope. Wind or solar? Perhaps some of it but it will be very expensive without government subsidies and we all know how liberals feel about "corporate welfare", right? How will the state and federal governments make up for all the fuel taxes they will lose? Tax electricity! How many UAW workers will it eliminate? Thousands. How will we mine and process the lithium, lead, nickel and cadmium for these millions of batteries without harming the planet? We won't. What will we do will all the spent batteries? Recycle some of them, dispose of the rest in landfills. Again, I hope Tesla will be successful but brace yourself for higher costs of electricity and more dangerous environmental consequences!

  • greatbam22 andrews afb, MD
    Sept. 4, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    @ Anti Government

    It is a rich persons car at the moment. In the article it stated "Tesla's choice of Nevada over California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico takes it a big step closer to mass producing an electric car that costs around $35,000 and can go 200 miles on a single charge. "

    A $35,000 car isn't ridiculously expensive to put it out of the market of a lot of people.

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    Hopefully more people will buy electric cars so that my gas price will go down for my cars.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    I can only imagine what the electric bill would be when My life stile has changed because of the rising cost of electricity which has the cost of my water bill and my phone bill. My car is an other utility bill that's gotten too expensive

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    Fair is fair.

    Can't wait for all the greenies to show up and bash this awful business for accepting/extorting close to $500 million in tax breaks. They scream corrupt government every time it happens with a business they don't like but my guess is that it will all be A-OK since it is a business they like.

    Personally I think the Teslas are gorgeous cars. Unlike these ugly hideous things the other car makers produce. These electrics would probably would be more widely accepted but some lame brain decided that most electric cars and some hybrids as well must be ugly. That helps with sales I'm sure. /s

    Tesla will squash them all when they get their price down just because their cars are gorgeous. As it is though, it is a rich persons car only. Too bad.