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Will Green Cars Be Exciting To Drive And Enjoyable To Own?

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    • Sales mix for Audi TDI clean diesel models finish the month at 23% for the A3 TDI and 26% for Q7 TDI. A3 sales in March 2013 were down substantially as the brand prepares for the arrival of the all-new A3 sedan in early 2014.

    The Q7 is a big money maker and it was up 48%. The dealers may not have any A3 inventory until the 2014 comes out. I don't see an A3 diesel in the state of CA for sale.

    http://www.audiusanews.com/newsrelease.do;jsessionid=541ECF0D333DA21E90BCC8E09EA- BEBF0?&id=3361&allImage=1&teaser=audi-u.s-sales-achieve-record-first-quarter-mar- ch&mid=1
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    I'm guessing it was the drop in gas prices

    Plus we're all used to paying $4 at the pump now.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No inventory for 9 months? Seems like a crazy strategy.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    I don't think the A3 has ever been a big seller. They were probably surprised it sold so well with the TDI. The A4 with the same engine is sold in the EU. Better size. Not sure why they don't offer it and the A4 Allroad Quattro TDI.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    "Not sure why..."

    I read that they will.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    I think the problem is the 2.0L TDI cannot pass emissions when you put it in a vehicle as heavy as the Tiguan or A4 Allroad. They could probably add urea injection. Not sure what that would do to the efficiency of the 2.0L diesel.

    They have both been sold in the EU for several years.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Interesting, so we get the lighter cars.

    Same with Subaru's diesel. They teased a diesel Forester but never brought it.

    For buff crossovers like the Forester and Outback, a diesel option only seems natural.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    It comes down to sales volumes on all the diesels. With the tough US emissions regs most require the urea injection, which is a major added cost to design and install. Without a large sales volume it's just not worth it. MB has a large sales base for diesel. Subaru, Mazda, etc., not so much...
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    The ICE's ongoing relevance and dominance are heavily influenced by cost and availability. The ICE is already supported by an incredibly advanced global infrastructure, and that's an advantage that cannot be overstated. This vast network has set the bar very high for would-be alternatives such as battery EVs or hydrogen-fed fuel cell vehicles."

    Why the Internal Combustion Engine Is the Future
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yet Mazda is offering the 6 diesel, and surely they'll do far less volume than an Outback diesel would. By far, I'd guess.

    Subaru's diesel does not meet CARB emissions, though.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    It was about 20 years ago CA was going to flood the highways with EVs. We all know how that ended with 3000 crushed EV-1s. I think making the ICE, without all the heavy polluting batteries and electric motors, more efficient is the key to future success. With the main emphasis on biodiesel from non food sources.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    http://green.autoblog.com/2013/04/17/tesla-readying-fleet-of-80-model-s-evs-to-u- se-as-service-loaners/

    I think Lexus used that service idea before, where they pick up your car and drop off a loaner. Now that's service.

    Of course it ain't free, but these folks can afford it.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    I also read where they are outselling the other Lux models in the class. I am still waiting to see their SEC report showing a profit. Not a chance I would buy any TSLA stock. I think the market is very limited. Will 80 loaners be enough for every dealership around the World to have one? If you are 2nd on the list do they bring you a Corolla loaner? It sounds like a publicity stunt. Which I think they do a lot of. Put me down as a Bear on TSLA and EVs in general. I like the concept, not the execution so far. Remember I looked into converting my Ford Ranger to EV. Decided the cost was more than the gain.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,978
    pick up your car and drop off a loaner

    I associate that service with Hyundai - Equus I guess.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    do they bring you a Corolla loaner?

    At least make it a hybrid. ;)

    Battery tech has hit a ceiling. We'll get diminishing improvements until they find some sort of break through.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    Battery tech has hit a ceiling.

    To me that is the issue. I think they hit the ceiling with the NiMH technology. Lithium Ion batteries have not proven their long term abilities. From the smallest to the largest they have problems lasting as long as NiCad or NiMH. And they cost more. I have NiCad batteries still taking a good charge after 15 years of use in Makita drills. Problem is finding OEM quality replacements.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    All the laptop recalls for fires were Li-ion. Plus all the Fiskers that caught fire after Sandy, too.

    Li-ion need to be cooled. Anything goes wrong with the cooling system and it's almost like a HAZMAT, handle with care.

    They are lighter and store more energy, though.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    That is the advantage. However there are many unhappy Leaf owners over diminished battery levels within a year. Will they come up with a fix???

    Ads for the 2013 Leaf model state that the vehicle can get the equivalent of 106 miles per gallon.

    Owner Randy Miller says he gets many less miles than he thought per battery charge. He says he was promised 100 miles. After just 15 months, he says he gets 67.3 miles per charge.

    Owner John Noble says he was promised his battery would have 80% life after five years. But he says it's already down 30% after 10 months.

    The ABC15 Investigators talked with three Valley owners who all say they can't drive where they want, because of battery issues.

    And they say that Nissan had done little to help. With a price tag of around $30,000, upset owners wanted action.


    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/money/consumer/alerts/Nissan-Leaf-car-owners-complain-a- bout-battery-wearing-down-prematurely-and-company-responds

    The new warranty is hardly worth much IMO

    Under the new warranty, Nissan will repair or replace a Leaf's battery within five years or 60,000 miles if it loses more than 30 percent of its charge capacity. For Leaf owners, that means the warranty kicks in if the 12-bar battery gauge falls under nine bars.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It will have the opposite effect - people will sabotage the battery trying to get it below 9 bars max.

    How? Draining it completely over and over is one way.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    They need to only sell them in mild climates. Be up front if someone wants one in a hot place like AZ, CA or NV that all warranties on the battery is void. A class action suit will be found in favor of the car owners. Even 80% after 5 years is unacceptable. There are NiMH batteries in Prius going on 10 years and still working.
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