February 24, 2012
The Brick Strikes Back
Posted by scott at February 24, 2012 08:22 AM
The on-again/off-again Tesla "battery brick" story is on again. Turns out the story originates with the guy who stored his Tesla for two months and then was presented with a $40k repair bill. You'd think that, with enough disposable income to buy a Tesla, he'd have enough scratch to get a lawyer and file a class action suit or something.
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People buy electric cars to be insufferably smug, not because they've researched all the economic and environmental factors. If they had done the research, they'd be demanding a recall on all electric and hybrid cars ever sold, to save the planet from the excess energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions of processing fossil fuel into electricity, as well as having to spend half again the cost of a new car to buy a replacement battery (or lose that value on their trade-in... you don't expect dealers to just eat that cost, do you?)
But that would make sense and be productive. Why would anyone in their green mind want that?