If Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.2%) can get its ducks in a row - including meeting production deadlines...

If Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.2%) can get its ducks in a row - including meeting production deadlines and turning a profit in the affordable electic car segment - expect the automaker to build a "supercar" within 4 or 5 years, according to CEO Elon Musk in a response to a question from a Jalopnik reader. Though it sounds rather dreamy, investors will still want to know if the company plans to perpetually be in development mode. (full Q&A session)

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  • Pwdrskir
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    How much is it to replace a Tesla battery when it goes "bad"?


    I know a guy who had a GMC Hybrid with a battery that went bad after 4 years, they wanted $7K to replace it. He sold the GMC and bought a Ford gas powered SUV.
    30 Aug 2012, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen Pace
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    Well, the Model S has an 8 year warranty on the battery, so if it goes bad, Tesla will fix it. Based on the experience with Roadster, especially the later Roadsters, I have no worry whatsoever that the battery will go bad. These are automotive-grade standard cells, so it isn't like this is experimental technology they are working with.
    30 Aug 2012, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    The business model looks more like Lotus under Colin Chapman. In years past, Lotus went racing and produced limited edition sports cars. They were well regarded for engineering prowess, leading to numerous larger automotive companies contracting with Lotus to help with technology changes on specific vehicles. Even after Colin Chapman died, that technology and research capability sustained the company, as sports car sales were quite low volume. Eventually the company was bought out as a valued brand with unique engineering capability. Tesla (TSLA) appears to eventually follow that path, more than they might become a new Mazda, Suzuki, or other small level auto maker. It does not appear to me that simply selling high priced electric cars will bring in enough revenues, despite that the vehicles may be somewhat profitable eventually.
    30 Aug 2012, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • Christopher Cowan
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    Business model: build roadster to break myths about electric cars, build model S to show they can compete with BMW like cars but electric, build a $30k model for mainstream. The model S and X are just to get them to the $30k model that will make them the money
    30 Aug 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • pat1000
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    The price action of the stock will tell us if Tesla has all it's Ducks in a row-----
    Just an opinion but I will buy Tesla at 35 and really buy it if makes a new high------
    The 13 points to a new high I'm letting someone else make is the insurance that Tesla is really going to take off------
    30 Aug 2012, 03:52 PM Reply Like
  • Randy Carlson
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    If we see them "spooled up" and making several of tens of cars a day by the end of September - middle of October, they will make it. Musk's engineering team are superb, and they are working for a really bright perfectionist - at both real engineering and company engineering.
    30 Aug 2012, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • juicejack
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    Hypothesis built on conjecture built on guesses. I'm not running to dump my stock, nor buy some other car before the S becomes available.
    30 Aug 2012, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • CashRates
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    A little silly to lump Tesla into the whole Chevy Volt fire thing - two different products. Reminds me of Apple way before the whole iPhone/iPod/iPad phase, hoping to carve out market share by intelligent design and loyal customers.
    1 Sep 2012, 01:32 PM Reply Like
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