In wonder why the 85Kwh Battery is specified?
Since the 24kWh Leaf rates the max $2500 rebate, I can't imagine why all three Model S versions wouldn't too. Maybe they listed the 85kWh battery to generate interest in Tesla and the Model S.
Probably each battery level needs to be certified separately, although all 3 battery packs should qualify for the max rebate.
Or because Tesla asked to have the 85 first, then the 65, THEN the 40.
According to Bloomberg-Business week, the 85KW model S has $35,000 worth of zero emission credits in six states inclluding California. That means Tesla can sell $35000 worth of credits to other car companies for each 85KW model sold. They havbe already sold $13,000,000 worth. Not bad, a 28% margin on a $75000 car PLUS $35000 in credits!
I bet that there will be quite a market for fleet vehicles. It will be exciting to see that day come...hopefully sooner rather than later. Imagine electric 18 wheelers without the big black billowing cloud of exhaust pouring out. I remember being four or five and asking my dad about that as we were driving down the NJ Turnpike. He said,"Don't worry about it; it just goes up into the sky and disappears." To this day, I wonder if he really thought that, because at the age of four I knew that something could disappear from sight but that its mass and its pollution had to go somewhere. I didn't argue with him, but I remember thinking that that wasn't right.
- He said,"Don't worry about it; it just goes up into the sky and disappears." To this day, I wonder if he really thought that
Well, disappears is probably the wrong word but back then it was thought that it was dispersed into the atmosphere where it would be of such low concentration that it would matter. Of course, we now know better but originally the driving force behind the automobile was horse pollution. Automobiles were seen as green back then compared to horses even though the term wasn't used.