November 23, 2014


Grafton man driven to get electric car

EATON TWP — Dennis Radesic always has had an interest in alternative energy sources. Several years ago, he converted his farmhouse to be more energy-efficient with geothermal heating.
So when he learned that Tesla Motors was creating an all-electric car built from the ground up, he had to have it, even if it meant waiting four years.

On Friday, Radesic’s patience was rewarded when his new Tesla Model S vehicle — a car that will never require gasoline — arrived. Radesic said it was that feature that won him over.

“I have a really big problem with gas usage. The prices are just ridiculous,” he said.
Others may share Radesic’s sentiments.

Tesla Motors paid off a $451 million government loan nine years early from the sales of its $70,000, highly acclaimed electric car. The Tesla Motor S was rated Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year and Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Automobile of the Year.

A driver traveling at a speed of 55 mph can travel 206 to 265 miles on a Tesla Model S battery, according to the company’s website.
According to Motor Trend’s review of the vehicle, one of the most impressive features of the vehicle is its unique user interface — a giant touch screen in the center of the dashboard that controls everything from the steering, air conditioning and suspension.

Another unusual feature of the vehicle is that it has no engine. Instead, the Tesla Model S has an extra space for storage.
Radesic, who studied his new purchase Friday morning, admitted that he hadn’t figured out all of the features, and he jumped when the door handles moved by touch. Still, he was excited to take the car out for a ride, and he remarked on its smooth ride.

Although the vehicle was pricey, Radesic said he bought it to make a point. He said he believes the oil industries have made it hard on the consumer, with high gasoline prices and cars that aren’t much more fuel efficient than vehicles in the 1930s.

“I’m not into cars. I’m not into real fancy cars. That’s not why I bought this. I did it to make a point,” he said. “The technology for higher efficiency engines has been out there since the 1930s but none have been produced because big companies buy up the patents and then do nothing with them.”
Radesic said his switch to geothermal heating 12 years ago saved him money, and he believes the vehicle will do the same. Before, he was paying $600 a month to heat his home, not including his electric usage. After investing $14,000 in upgrades, his highest electric bill has been was $220.
“My geothermal system has six wells drilled down 140 feet and pull heat out of the ground. In the summer, it pulls heat out of the house and puts it back into the ground which gives me air conditioning,” he explained.

Radesic said he believes that the electric cars, like the Tesla Model S, will come down in price if consumers decide to invest in the new technology.
“Somebody’s got to get them on the road. Somebody’s got to pay the money to get the thing going,” he said.
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  • Peter Aldrich

    I won’t say it….PT Barnum did years ago……

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    The selling price and number of vehicles produced to date are proof enough that the Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine awards are nothing more than political garbage.

  • john

    Now with the oil boom and the so called end of oil, lets waste money on a electric car that still burns energy to charge it, along with toxic batterys. Also what about the tax from gasoline to fix the roads? A tax is a coming for electric cars…..

  • Dick Johnson

    I would like to see his electric bill after he uses it a few months. Next how many miles will he get when he has to run heat in the car in the winter , and or air conditioning in the summer , if it even has air.

  • Kim

    I leased a Nissan LEAF close to two months ago. Politics really had nothing to do with my decision – the car is a joy to drive. It is smooth and quiet, not to mention comfortable. And the instant torque gives you power when you need it. Even my husband, who was initially against getting the LEAF due to its somewhat limited range, is now sold on it and the car has become our primary vehicle. The cost of the lease is less than I paid for gas in a month, and our electric bill went up less than the cost of a tank of gas. There is no oil to change and virtually no maintenance. And since there are no emissions, there is no smell from exhaust fumes, something I really didn’t notice until it was no longer there. The customer service person at Nissan was surprised to hear a person in a small town in the Midwest was driving an electric car, since there isn’t much infrastructure here. So far, we’re just plugging into the regular wall outlet in our garage in the evening and the car’s good to go the next day. A 240-volt charging station would cut that time to three to six hours. I realize it’s not perfect in terms of the way our electricity is generated in Ohio, and you will still need a gas-powered car as a backup for long trips and really cold days, but it’s a start. And when the lease is up in two years, hopefully even better technology will be available at a lower price because people took a chance on something different.

  • Melissa Merrill Snyder

    I know someone who bought one of the first Tesla’s. He loves it. And, for the nay sayers, it’s their choice on what to buy and their reason’s for doing it. I bought a Prius 2 years ago and have never regretted the decision to do so. If the country develops more charging stations, we’ll probably make the switch to an electric car. It’s just not feasible for our lifestyle…yet.

  • Joe Smith

    Spends 70 grand on a car because gas is too expensive….sigh
    Also, electric cars are worse for the environment

  • JColt

    Just like any thing else that was invented. Starts out high in price and inefficient. It’s what it may be 20 years from now that matters. May run mostly on sun and wind then. People get vision block too easy.