Gasoline? NatGas? Take your pick, GM says

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    They have trains run on natural gas now and I believe they're working on ones that run on battery power too
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    Sorry, Gr8t. I was tongue in check as I believe demo was poking fun by pointing out that trains are powered by electric engines due to their torque. (Diesels have historically been the gen set of choice)
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    World's largest golf cart.
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    I own a small used car lot just sold mine but loved it great power and millage The Jetta is some what larger than the golf The resale value is great also
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    Golf cart? The Tesla is the safest car ever tested. It broke the machine that tests roof crush, but that doesn't even really matter since because of the batteries placement, it is impossible to flip the car. There's no engine to get smashed into the car, so the front crumple zone is large. It's definitely no golf cart.

    And because it's electric, there's no lag when you hit the accelerator, which means a large amount of torque immediately. 443 pound-feet at 0 rpm.

    Yeah, it's expensive, but they will only get cheaper.
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    I remember reading this the other day. Timely. Not all the kinks havee been worked yet.

    http://business.time.com/2013/10/03/americas-safest-car-ablaze-after-fire-starts-in-battery-pack/
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    As if gasoline isn't combustible too. An object strong enough to puncture through the steel steel plate protection hit the batteries on that car. The same thing would have torn through a gas tank and likely floor board of an ICE vehicle as well. Not exactly a kink. More like a freak incident caused by 25 tons of force.
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    This is an outstanding idea. I hope we start to see the benefits of domestic Natural gas.
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    Isn't the Tesla touted as the worlds safest?
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    Are you under the mistaken assumption that "the world's safest car" will never have a negative outcome?

    And in this case "negative" is the car burning with no one hurt due to the design slowing the spread of the fire.
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    Of course not.. things happen. Like I said the article was timely/ironic. You have stock in the company?
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    One Tesla just caught fire, and it was filmed. Cost the company a billion. Oops
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    Nope, wish I did.
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    Really? You better look that up again.
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    What's their market cap? There are better companies to invest in now but if you'd bought in early you would be doing very very well.
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    Read this.

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    Let's recap.

    There was one fire in a Tesla.

    Balance that against 194,000 vehicle fires per year.

    Let me know when ICE vehicles figure out the fire problem.

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