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Old 11-16-2020, 03:29 PM   #1491
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I saw one of these driving down I-95 today, except it clearly said "Volvo" and "T5" on the trunk. I has confuse.
Just saw one of these in the flesh yesterday, nice looking wagon

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/11/16/...-t6-road-test/
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Old 11-16-2020, 05:16 PM   #1492
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It's a neat looking car, but the whole Polestar thing is kind of weird, especially since there's just SO MUCH Volvo in the design language.
It is a cool looking car and looks considerably better in person ...
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:18 PM   #1493
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I saw one of these driving down I-95 today, except it clearly said "Volvo" and "T5" on the trunk. I has confuse.


You sure it wasnít the regular S60 sedan?


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Old 11-17-2020, 07:31 AM   #1494
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You sure it wasnít the regular S60 sedan?


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That was the joke.
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:18 PM   #1495
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Inspecting a freshly delivered 3.

Probably worth watching for an idea of how to look at a new car. Then again, you might not want to.

I like the detailing videos these guys do.
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:31 PM   #1496
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This guy (Sandy Munro) owns a company that does tear down analysis for a lot of manufacturers. He's done a bunch of videos on Teslas and has actually become a huge fan (his initial analysis of the model 3 several years ago was "built like a kia from the 90s"). He interviewed Musk a couple weeks ago was well.

Here's his latest series on the current Model 3. Seems they've made some good improvements over the past 2 years but he is still mystified as to why they continue to struggle with exterior fit/finish. Interior is near perfect. Really interesting stuff if you watch the whole series. Love the little zingers he throws in occasionally.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPBGVI2oFLI
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Old 03-06-2021, 08:35 AM   #1497
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The other day I saw a Tesla sitting on side of the expressway by an off ramp and it made me think what happens if a Tesla runs out of battery similar to a car running out of gas ? Are you stuck getting it towed or is there some type of portable back battery you could carry ?
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Old 03-06-2021, 08:47 AM   #1498
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The short answer is no, thereís no backup you carryóthe Tesla already has a very energy dense battery, so anything with enough juice to move you any distance would just be...a big huge battery.

The longer answer is that while this might seem like a concern, Iíve never gotten close to actually having to worry about it. Especially if youíre home charging (yes, Clyde, I know not everyone can do that), the car has a full battery every morning, and it provides you with tons of tools to understand your energy usage.

That, coupled with the Supercharger network thatís basically all over the place now (at least on the coasts) means that the chance youíll be stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery is pretty low. Itís thousands of percent more likely that what will stick you on the side of the road, in fact, is 19th century pneumatic technology, since like most cars these days they donít come with spares.
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Old 03-06-2021, 09:33 AM   #1499
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The other day I saw a Tesla sitting on side of the expressway by an off ramp and it made me think what happens if a Tesla runs out of battery similar to a car running out of gas ? Are you stuck getting it towed or is there some type of portable back battery you could carry ?
Mostly what JST said... AAA in some areas has trucks equipped with chargers that can be used to give a car 5-10 miles of charge in ~20 min.

But have you ever run out of gas? What do you do when the yellow light comes on indicating low fuel?

EVs are basically the same. They let you know when the battery is low (the battery icon goes yellow below 20% and red below 10% on a Tesla), and predict remaining range. Tesla goes further by telling you if you don’t have enough to get to your destination and back home again. On longer trips, it routes you to the Superchargers and includes charging time in your ETA.

I’ve never run out in nearly 8 years. The lowest I’ve taken a Tesla was down to about 2 miles remaining — but I did it on purpose and was close to home below the 10 mile mark. The lowest I pulled into a Supercharger was my first ever Supercharger stop in 2014 - arrived with 13 miles remaining, and that was within a mile of expected (this was before Tesla added advanced route planning into the car, so I had done some planning on a website). That route now has multiple Superchargers along the route that help avoid running so low.

Edit - also remember that you mostly charge at home. You basically never leave home without enough to get where you are going and back home again. I currently charge up about one a week, but when I was still commuting, I charged most nights...
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But have you ever run out of gas? What do you do when the yellow light comes on indicating low fuel?
Actually yes only once in my life and I am embarrassed to say I was in my upper 40's when it happened ... you would think this would happen when you're a kid first starting to drive.

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to about 2 miles remaining —

arrived with 13 miles remaining,
Both of these scenario's would give me major anxiety ... I remember being on a road trip where we were down to the last bar of gas and I was so stressed until we finally found a gas station plus what if the car/gauge is wrong.
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