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 Post subject: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:38 pm 
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They don't seem to be flying off the lots here in Texas, but I do know one was sold last week in Houston. Hopefully, I'll add to the count this week as I'm finalizing a leasing deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:08 pm 
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rfortson wrote:
They don't seem to be flying off the lots here in Texas, but I do know one was sold last week in Houston. Hopefully, I'll add to the count this week as I'm finalizing a leasing deal.


Good luck with your purchase. Hope you can get a deal on the e-tron. It's a great car and I'm sure you'll really enjoy it.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:18 pm 
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hangtime10 wrote:
rfortson wrote:
They don't seem to be flying off the lots here in Texas, but I do know one was sold last week in Houston. Hopefully, I'll add to the count this week as I'm finalizing a leasing deal.


Good luck with your purchase. Hope you can get a deal on the e-tron. It's a great car and I'm sure you'll really enjoy it.


Thanks! I picked it up yesterday. Drove to San Antonio and got the only red one I could find in Texas. Only others I saw were mainly in Florida.

So far, I'm loving it. Drove (hard) on the highway yesterday so mileage took a hit. Assuming the tank was full (it was showing full), I got a little over 34mpg, but I was doing 80+ until I sat in traffic in Houston for half an hour without moving. Not the best conditions for mileage.

Today, I've used up the battery already in about 14-15 miles, but that includes several start/stop trips and wonderful AC (including starting the AC up in my car before leaving for lunch...just because I can). I figure I won't see my best mileage for another tank or so as it will take me a while to get over the urge to zip around and drive everywhere. :) But it sure is fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:22 am 
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Hiya, I just purchased a 2017 Premium w/ Sport Package in Austin, just waiting for it to be delivered from San Diego. I would be interested if anyone knows a good aftermarket A/V specialist in Austin, since I want to add Apple CarPlay without the costly "packages" you have to add thru Audi to get it! (Buying an Audi is like the bad old days of getting cable! "You want that one channel, ok you have to also get this 'package' of 50 others that you dont want...")


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:56 am 
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BentheRed wrote:
Hiya, I just purchased a 2017 Premium w/ Sport Package in Austin, just waiting for it to be delivered from San Diego. I would be interested if anyone knows a good aftermarket A/V specialist in Austin, since I want to add Apple CarPlay without the costly "packages" you have to add thru Audi to get it! (Buying an Audi is like the bad old days of getting cable! "You want that one channel, ok you have to also get this 'package' of 50 others that you dont want...")


Cool! Hope you enjoy the car, I'm loving mine.

And I saw my first confirmed e-tron on the road last week, a blue one in downtown Houston. (Okay, it was parked.) How did I know it was an e-tron? It had that giant sticker on the side of the car that said "A3 e-tron". :)


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:08 am 
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Is it me or do commercial chargers not make sense in Texas where gas is so cheap? I didn't want to post this elsewhere because of angry replies from folks paying $4 or more for gas! There is a chargepoint at my work which is $2 p/h, so $4+ to charge the battery for <20 miles range. $2 for a gallon of gas will give me 30-40 miles range on the ICE. I guess that's not the point of having an EV thou, right? :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:05 am 
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That's a valid question. Whether to use public chargers or not is dependent on the cost and makeup of the power in your area. In much of the country, even the EV argument of not using fossil fuels is questionable, since much of the power is generated by coal or natural gas plants.

Here in the Pacific NW, our power is mostly renewable, hydro and a bit of wind. So the EV argument is still good. But the public chargers around here cost $0.39/kWh - that equates to almost $2.80 for a full charge. Even that is pushing the envelope a bit. At $4+ for a full charge, I'm pretty sure I'd pass.

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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:43 am 
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Rfortson, being from New Orleans, my biggest concern about this car is high water. I guess I'll have to park my etron and walk if we have flooding. If possible. I just had to have this car, but I worry more about the electrical components than with a pure ICE.

I recently saw a chart about the cleanliness of states electricity production and my state was better than average because we don't use much coal. We use a great deal of nat gas which is the cleanest fossil fuel, no? And nukes.

I also saw a chart rating the best states to run a electric car and LA was #10. I think our rating was higher because our electricity is cheaper than average. I think I pay just over 9 cents a kWh.

I would be interested in installing solar panels, but Louisiana's support of them with tax credits has ended. Alas.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:46 pm 
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I use public chargers mainly for the novelty/convenience, but it doesn't make economic sense since our gas is so cheap. However, the local outlet mall (in Dickinson if anyone is looking) has free charging, so whenever I'm down there, I plug in. I'll also plug in at the Cracker Barrel in League City, which for some reason has chargers. I think I pay about $3-4 for a full charge, which is more than the equivalent gas price for sure. (And not sure the demographics of Cracker Barrel really match up with EVs, but at least there's always a spot to charge - unless someone parks their 4WD there.)

OwDeEtron wrote:
Rfortson, being from New Orleans, my biggest concern about this car is high water. I guess I'll have to park my etron and walk if we have flooding. If possible. I just had to have this car, but I worry more about the electrical components than with a pure ICE.



Yeah, we get flooding here, too, and I've been wary of driving through some deep puddles. So far, so good, but it's something to keep an eye on in the future.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Houston or Texas drivers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:41 pm 
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Yes, but all the 2016/2017 Audi E-tron lease quotes I've gotten in North Texas were terrible. This car really doesn't make a whole lot of sense in Texas, because the 16 mile EV range isn't really going to cut it, and the charging network isn't great. Also the Audi A4 Ultra gets 37 miles Highway and 31 combined (vs E-Tron's 34 cmb). And it costs only 34k. Most people are just going to get that.


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