Electric vehicle roundup: 1) The NHTSA says vehicles traveling slower than 18 mph must make an...

Electric vehicle roundup: 1) The NHTSA says vehicles traveling slower than 18 mph must make an audible noise that can be detected by bicyclists and pedestrians. The agency thinks the measure will only add about $35 to manufacturing costs. 2) Year-end sales totals for Chevrolet Volt (GM) indicate the model saw sales grow 206% to 7,671 units, below some early sales targets but above dour estimates from notable EV critics. 3) Chatter on the Tesla (TSLA) Forums indicates the automaker saw a surge of activity late in Q4 which could tip off it met its quarterly production goal.

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  • Gary Jakacky
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    If you are driving less than 18 mph, roll dwon your window and grumble Vrooom Vroom! It is alot cheaper.
    8 Jan 2013, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    if you are only going 18 mph the noise you will hear is the big Kenworth truck ramming your rear bumper....
    8,000 units out of 16 million.....come on....more airplanes are sold than this
    8 Jan 2013, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • GotLife
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    Government sales contributed greatly.
    8 Jan 2013, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • labas112
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    Frickin' bikers. Until I see a biker get a ticket for not obeying the regular traffic rules, I will continue to my disregard for them. Haha.
    8 Jan 2013, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • PatPatterson
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    I took delivery of my Model S Tesla just before Christmas. My reservation number was in the mid-5000 range (which does not include the Special series which got delivery first). I was told during a tour of the factory that they were up to production of over 400 a week (which you will note translates to 20,000 a year, their production goal for 2013). I was also told that reservations for the Model S were at around 17,000 even after the satisfaction of the backlog to that date. Seems to me they are on target.


    Oh, yeah...THE CAR IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! Even my skeptical wife was blown away. I'll never buy an internal combustion engine vehicle again for my personal use, and my Maserati Quattroporte - which the Tesla TOTALLY dusts in every way - is now on the market - cheap! I also have in reservations for five of the Model X, for my entire family!


    Disclosure: I'm long the hell out of the stock!
    8 Jan 2013, 01:54 PM Reply Like
  • juicejack
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    Testimonials like yours, Pat, are worth more than all the "financial experts" nay-saying.


    The car is fast, cheap to operate, and -- apparently -- FUN to drive. Can't wait to get on the list, though I'm thinking I'll try the intermediate range one.
    8 Jan 2013, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • winston123
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    Pat!!!! Your comments make my heat sing! I'm right there with you!


    Adios to big oil,,service dept. rip offs, price gouging at the pump!


    Welcome to a nation on the electric grid, generating clean renewable energy!
    8 Jan 2013, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    baseball card in the spokes!
    8 Jan 2013, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • ranchdog
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    Won't it be cool in parking lots, parking garages or school pickup and dropoff lines with a herd of autos beeping or honking or whatever audible noise the are mandated to emit all going off at the same time. The inmates are running the asylum again.
    8 Jan 2013, 04:21 PM Reply Like
  • oldpartsnrust
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    Here's an idea... If you are going to step into the road, LOOK FIRST! For the bikers, if you are going to cross an intersection, LOOK FIRST! Have to protect the incompetents.
    8 Jan 2013, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    Railcrossings work great.....all that noise and lights...as if the train can move out of the way or something...
    9 Jan 2013, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • Cassina Tarsia
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    Stop! Stop! Stop! ... Enough! I have had enough of these government regulations that are supposed to protect people from their own mistakes and lack of attention! The next thing they will think of is a flashing strobe light on all cars so that the deaf will know that you are coming - after all, they can't hear ANY car coming ... don't they need to be protected too? I wonder, how they can possibly avoid being hit by all those cars on the road (not just the electric ones)?


    I have a Tesla Model S, and it actually sounds like any other car close-up when the climate control is on, because of the compressor and air-flow noise - otherwise, it is silent, which is really nice, and much easier on the nerves, making me a better driver because I can pay attention to what is really important.
    9 Jan 2013, 11:54 AM Reply Like
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