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      11-04-2015 04:22 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      We got the advertised $2349 down & $199/mo lease deal plus the $2k VW owner loyalty cash. Still got a $3k state tax credit coming. So far I'm liking the electric car experience (day 4!).
      I wish that e-Golf was available in Texas. I'd jump on it right now.
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      11-04-2015 04:26 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      Still plenty and fun, but not totally earth shattering. I drove one, it was a blast.
      All EVs have that "instant power". Passing power even at 70plus miles on highway is instantaneous.
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      11-04-2015 04:26 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post
      Great looking ride! There's another TCLer that just purchased i3 Rex Giga (top of the line in US) in exact color. Congratulations.
      How do you like it compared to Kia Soul EV?
      I think the short version is that they really don't compare looking beyond them both being EVs.

      For the relatively modest price difference you get a car that is in a completely different league, in any respect. It is literary like comparing a BMW to a Kia

      The carbon fiber reinforced body shell makes the cabin very quiet, which is great combined with the Harman Kardon audio system.

      Walking round the car, opening the suicide doors, taking in all the details just reinforces how well thought trough this car is. Everyhing is different, but still works. I already love the suicide doors as it is a lot less hassle getting the computer bag in and out of the back footwell.

      The Kia is more the opposite, while it is a great car for what it is, it's just more like any car on the road. You can tell it has it's origins as a fossil fuel car. There's a lot more road noise, the suspension is certainly less sophisticated, which combined with a much heavier car makes it feel less planted and more understeery. But, the Kia is less twitchy on the highway, I will give it that.

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      11-04-2015 04:28 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by Islander72 View Post
      Not sure then.. BMW i3 rex claims 7.9 secs 0-60. Im sure the 918 is fast but neither cars are pure electric.
      i3 BEV does 0-62mph in 7.9sec.

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      11-04-2015 04:41 PM #55
      I always find it hard to believe that it takes 10 seconds for the eGolf to reach 60. Feels so much faster. Such a hoot around town.

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      11-04-2015 04:56 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by Islander72 View Post
      Gobs of torque. I wish someone would put sticky tires on the spark and see how it performs. I am constantly slipping on the low-resistance tires on the spark when accelerating. 0-60 is fast but not rocket fast. That torque starts from 0 RPM and its quite fun in everyday city driving in sport mode. I took the car to 90mph on the freeway and it would not go past that at all since that is the limit. At those speeds since the car is so small, I get kind of nervous and have both hands on steering wheel. My wife drives the spark also and loves it. She swears the car is faster then my Infiniti G37..I told her that its the torque and the size of the car that makes it seem faster.
      Picked up a spark ev myself. Does have some huge problems putting that power down. Would be interesting to drive with some stickier rubber. The traction control kills all the fun.
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      11-04-2015 05:16 PM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Dee-Lux View Post
      The carbon fiber reinforced body shell makes the cabin very quiet, which is great combined with the Harman Kardon audio system.

      Walking round the car, opening the suicide doors, taking in all the details just reinforces how well thought trough this car is. Everyhing is different, but still works. I already love the suicide doors as it is a lot less hassle getting the computer bag in and out of the back footwell.
      I applaud BMW for taking a gamble on i3's styling, technology, and engineering. It's an engineering masterpiece that happens to be one of the most engaging EVs out there sans Tesla ModelS. i3 does everything with absolute silence. I enjoy my daily commute with serene (and soothing) feeling without any annoying ICE exhausts sounds (put flamesuit on). Driving any ICE car feels like you are taking a step back in time after driving my i3, or any EV for that matter.
      i3 is not without faults though. I'm not too crazy about the suicide doors, eccentric (and somewhat fugly) styling, and the looks I get from everywhere I go. I still have people chasing me into grocery stores and movie theaters asking me what kind of car I drive. A teenager told me once "Is that a Maserati?". I guess millenials like EVs. Be ready, you will be an instant celebrity wherever you go.

      Oh, and the best part? I spent $0 at the pump for last six months of driving. I also charge my car at a free charging station nearby, so I like to thank TCL for paying my EV electric bills.

      In either case, I'm done with ICE cars. It would be really hard for me to go back to a gasser anytime soon. I'm thinking Tesla Model 3 as my next ride as soon as it comes out.
      I will be trading in my X1 for it, not my i3.
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      11-04-2015 05:29 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post

      In either case, I'm done with ICE cars. It would be really hard for me to go back to a gasser anytime soon. I'm thinking Tesla Model 3 as my next ride as soon as it comes out.
      I'm in the same boat. I'll keep my "classic" ICE cars like my Corrado but for daily use I'm moving on to another EV. My biggest problem will be when the Tesla 3 comes out I'll need to wrestle with my wife on who gets the Tesla and who gets the Fiat.

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      11-04-2015 05:33 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by G0to60 View Post
      I'm in the same boat. I'll keep my "classic" ICE cars like my Corrado but for daily use I'm moving on to another EV. My biggest problem will be when the Tesla 3 comes out I'll need to wrestle with my wife on who gets the Tesla and who gets the Fiat.
      Same here. I still have to wrestle my i3 keys off my wife's hands every morning. I'll just lease another i3 and let her have the Tesla this time. I plan to go fully go electric by 2018. I will buy the Tesla home charger at that time as well. I might also consider getting the other "i" car by then too.
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      11-04-2015 05:54 PM #60

      Forgot to put the pic. It has the DC fast charge option, so I should be able to charge up to 80 percent in a half hour. Haven't stopped at a station that can do it yet though. Out in the central valley, ev chargers are a little thin on the ground.
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      11-04-2015 06:47 PM #61
      We just picked up a used Volt for my dad's new commuter car, and I spent all last week driving around in it.

      I'm sold. When it is time for me to get a commuting car, or when my current car is paid off, I'll be looking at some kind of EV.

      Second-hand Volts are a steal right now.
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      11-04-2015 07:27 PM #62
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      11-04-2015 08:09 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Car_Guy View Post
      TCL Karma checking in....

      I think you're the only one here that has one...she's a beauty!
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      11-04-2015 08:09 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Gvr4-330 View Post
      We just picked up a used Volt for my dad's new commuter car, and I spent all last week driving around in it.

      I'm sold. When it is time for me to get a commuting car, or when my current car is paid off, I'll be looking at some kind of EV.

      Second-hand Volts are a steal right now.
      Weren't you comparing Mazda 3 GT verses Volt? In either case, used Volts are a steal right now with gas being so cheap. Just out of curiosity... where is the charging wire???
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      11-04-2015 08:30 PM #65


      picked one up last month. In true VW fashion it malfunctioned the day I took delivery and I was stuck in a Yaris for a week. But after that was taken care of I really like it.

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      11-04-2015 08:33 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by monoaural View Post

      Forgot to put the pic. It has the DC fast charge option, so I should be able to charge up to 80 percent in a half hour. Haven't stopped at a station that can do it yet though. Out in the central valley, ev chargers are a little thin on the ground.
      Ya I was trying to map out a trip to 99 from 1, pretty bleak.

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      11-04-2015 09:48 PM #67
      We picked up an I3 last Saturday, white, loaded Tera version.

      I was sold after the extended test drive, awesome vehicle.

      So, what do we call the gas pedal now? Juice pedal, the amps, lolgo or what?
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      11-04-2015 10:05 PM #68
      Just blocked the lower grille on mine.. In preparation for the winter..


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      11-04-2015 10:06 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by DasCC View Post
      In true VW fashion it malfunctioned the day I took delivery and I was stuck in a Yaris for a week. But after that was taken care of I really like it.
      I'm glad you like the car! I love eGolf.
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      11-04-2015 10:14 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by andyA6 View Post
      We picked up an I3 last Saturday, white, loaded Tera version.

      I was sold after the extended test drive, awesome vehicle.
      Congratulations! Welcome to the EV brotherhood.
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      11-04-2015 10:19 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by urogolf View Post
      Just blocked the lower grille on mine.. In preparation for the winter..
      Even after all these years, I still think Prius is pretty cool.
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      11-04-2015 11:09 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post
      Weren't you comparing Mazda 3 GT verses Volt? In either case, used Volts are a steal right now with gas being so cheap. Just out of curiosity... where is the charging wire???
      Yup! This is the Volt we ended up getting. I think my dad is much more excited about it than he was with the Mazda, especially since his hotel is letting him charge it overnight out back. With a new MSRP twice that of a new Mz3, this was definitely a great buy.

      It's hard to see since it's black, but the cable is there.
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      11-04-2015 11:38 PM #74
      Also, we'll be turning past 36k tomorrow in our 2013 Volt. Purchased July 2014 with just over 16k and the only issue has been to add the wind buffeting kit. Perfect commuter car imho.

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      11-05-2015 02:10 AM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by andyA6 View Post
      We picked up an I3 last Saturday, white, loaded Tera version.

      I was sold after the extended test drive, awesome vehicle.

      So, what do we call the gas pedal now? Juice pedal, the amps, lolgo or what?
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