Submitted by lacarguy on August 13, 2013
Am curious how and what Elon and Tesla have planned for increasing efficiency of the S. BMW i3, albeit ugly and not a good comp to the S, will be using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic ("CFRP") made in its green production facility in Moses Lake, Washington. BMW indicated its ideal was to reduce weight to the entire car so that all stress and resources required for the vehicle from suspension, tires and batteries be relieved or improved. If battery life and efficiency is such a big deal to Tesla, why not immediately move into lighter weight body panels that are equally if not stronger, green, and produced at a site like BMW's that relies on cheap power and thus can still be profitable?
I am looking to order an S in the immediate future for its class, styling, technology and green factor. I wish that it could come with max efficiency and green production as well. Certainly if they moved to CFRP body paneling instead of just aesthetic carbon fiber interior trim, I would trade in my old S for the new! Heck the 60 batter would be able to go the 265mile range the 85 has. Forget about new battery technology! Go to Moses Lake or wherever and join BMW's CFRP project!