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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 12:39 PM

Tesla Opens First Plant in the Netherlands

Source: Mashable



Tesla Motors opened an assembly plant in Tilburg, Netherlands, and delivered the first Tesla Model S vehicles to customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany.

The 18,900 square meter facility will not produce the Model S from scratch; instead, it will receive the vehicles for final assembly and send them on their way across the continent.

To mark the occasion, first buyers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany showed up at the opening to receive their cars.

The car company chose Tilburg because of is proximity to the port of Rotterdam, as well as the high quality and availability of transportation options there.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/08/23/tesla-netherlands

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onehandle Aug 2013 OP
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #1
TheDebbieDee Aug 2013 #2
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #3
adirondacker Aug 2013 #4
itsrobert Aug 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #11
adirondacker Aug 2013 #13
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #14
daleo Aug 2013 #16
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #18
flyingfysh Aug 2013 #7
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #8
joshcryer Aug 2013 #19
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #20
joshcryer Aug 2013 #21
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #22
joshcryer Aug 2013 #23
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #24
tofuandbeer Aug 2013 #5
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #9
tofuandbeer Aug 2013 #10
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #12
daleo Aug 2013 #17
mainer Aug 2013 #15
Mojo Electro Aug 2013 #25
darkangel218 Aug 2013 #26
darkangel218 Aug 2013 #27

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 12:46 PM

1. Having a front grill on an electric is like having a buggy whip on the 1st horseless carriages.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 12:51 PM

2. At least the unnecessary grill is a good -looking, unnecessary grill!

That Tesla is a very sexy car - I wish I could afford one!

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 12:55 PM

3. One of these days people will consider front grills to be "antique".

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:06 PM

4. I'm thinking the electric motor may still require air flow cooling, along with the AC condensor. nt

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Response to adirondacker (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:18 PM

6. makes since, running an electric on the I-15 towards Las Vegas without airflow cooling

would probably cause issues.

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Response to adirondacker (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 02:02 PM

11. The Tesla motor is a rear mount. The front is an extra trunk.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 04:22 PM

13. I stand corrected. vw bugs didn't have a grill either. Thanks for the info. nt

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Response to adirondacker (Reply #13)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:23 PM

14. At this point the grill on the Tesla is decorative....

When horseless carriages first came out they included the little cup on the side where you put your buggy whip.

The reason?

People were used to seeing that detail.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:57 PM

16. It eventually morphed into a cup holder

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Response to daleo (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 01:22 AM

18. Filled with Orange Whip.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:20 PM

7. Actually, the batteries may need some cooling.

My Prius has an interior intake for air to cool the battery, and the manual has a warning never to block that vent.

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Response to flyingfysh (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:28 PM

8. Vents are needed but driving in the rain with a front grill floods the electrics.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:31 AM

19. The grille is necessary for its 0.24 drag coefficient.

It allows air flow to effectively flow under the car. It's not for cooling, it's for aerodynamics.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:42 AM

20. Not all of it. Most is fake.

It's just that people expect to see a grill in front of a car.

Look at the fake grill on the Chevy Volt.


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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:53 AM

21. The plastic part?



Model S buyers have actually expressed distaste for the transparent plastic grille and made requests for a fake one on the forums.

You may be talking about the grille-like nature of the metal behind the plastic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/niallkennedy/3433439574/in/set-72157616646220006/

But I think that serves a functional purpose (and looks nice). You don't want a solid piece of metal there so that if you hit something it crumples. It probably could be changed but I don't see a non-functioning fake grille there.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:19 AM

22. The entire SHAPE is to emulate a grill on a gas driven car.

They could go with their original concept car.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #22)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:27 AM

23. Here's one that comes close:



It still has that upper gap to be symmetrical with the (required) lower gap. But it's nice.

But sure, I get what you mean now. I tried doing a mockup of the Model S without a front circular thing there, it could look nice, but I suck at photoshop. I think the "grille" has become a place for car makers to put their logos so I don't see it going away any time soon.

Also, there's this thread here that discusses Model S nose cones. Apparently it does serve as a significant cooling feature for the car.

According to that poll your sentiment isn't without merit.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #23)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:43 AM

24. Illuminate it....

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:09 PM

5. I just saw that Texas is not allowing these to be sold in the state...

and that Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia want to do the same.
It has to do with franchise laws. Saturn also had set prices for their vehicle. I know because I bought one—it turned out to be a very good car.

I'm not sure if Tesla's approach is the same.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/nightline-fix-abc-news/why-texas-bans-sale-tesla-cars-140842349.html

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Response to tofuandbeer (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:30 PM

9. Bill Maher had a "New Rules" segment where he mentioned the "We Want What THEY Have Act".

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:37 PM

10. That's exactly what it is, huh?

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Response to tofuandbeer (Reply #10)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 02:05 PM

12. Yeah. Cuts through the crap, doesn't it.

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Response to tofuandbeer (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:59 PM

17. A state dominated by oil interests won't allow electric car sales

Now there's a surprise.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:41 PM

15. Already seen 4 teslas drive through my little town in the past month.

So yeah, they're selling. Stupid Texas.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:22 PM

25. Good for them.

A customer at my work has a Tesla Model S.



I've been for a ride in it. It's an unbelievably bad ass car. Breathtaking acceleration (the electric motor doesn't shift, doesn't need to, all that torque). Amazing inside. The entire console is a giant touch screen that controls everything, you can even look at live diagnostics and telemetry from the car. It's a gorgeous piece of technology. I would buy one in a heartbeat if I could afford it.

And I love how the door handles tuck in when you put the car in gear.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Aug 25, 2013, 01:10 PM

26. Tesla model S official walk through video

&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Aug 25, 2013, 01:23 PM

27. And how it drives.. wow

&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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