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The bankruptcy filing of A123 Systems could turn up the heat on Tesla Motors (TSLA) with another...

The bankruptcy filing of A123 Systems could turn up the heat on Tesla Motors (TSLA) with another high-profile failure in the alternative energy industry reverberating. Though the reality of Tesla's business model probably falls somewhere in between President Obama's goal of having 1M electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and candidate Mitt Romney's "loser" label on the sector, the spotlight on Tesla's repayment schedule to the government is likely to stay bright.
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  • Tony Petroski
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    "Though the reality of Tesla's business model probably falls somewhere in between President Obama's goal of having 1M electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and candidate Mitt Romney's 'loser' label on the sector..."

     

    Please tell me this was written by an intern.

     

    Lose "business model." It ranks second to "double down."

     

    Why should President Obama have a goal that I should be keeping to?

     

    That "loser" line was a good one.
    16 Oct 2012, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • John Painter
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    Mitt, I assume your guy, did indeed infer loser status to Tesla. I personally hopes he eats that. Long Tesla.
    16 Oct 2012, 10:22 AM Reply Like
  • Randy Carlson
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    A123 is (was) a battery manufacturer focused on making batteries specially taylored to the needs of electric vehicles. This is a "Don Quixote" mission until the electric vehicle demand is in place and until the optimum battery chemistry has been sorted out.

     

    Panasonic is changing their cathode chemistry every 2-3 years. They are just starting to use silicon in the anode. Each generation of their Li-ion cells improves energy density by tens of percent. And all this battery advance is being driven by the lelectonic industry which is highly competitive and consumes billions of cells a year.

     

    Tesla differs from the other electric car makers in large part because they have chosen to utilize these "consumer format" Li-ion cells. And it is also why the energy density of the Tesla battery is roughly TWICE that of the battery in the volt. And, why the Tesla goes 300 mi on a charge and the Volt and the Leaf and the Fisker don't.

     

    If the A123 bankruptcy has anything to do with Tesla, it should be to reinforce the wisdom of Tesla's battery strategy. It is an example of why Tesla is on the right track and GM, Ford, Nissan, etc are headed for failure in the lelectonic car business.
    16 Oct 2012, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • emergence
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    "The bankruptcy filing of A123 Systems could turn up the heat on Tesla Motors (TSLA) with another high-profile failure in the alternative energy industry reverberating."

     

    Because we all know that all companies in the alt energy sector are interconnected in a gaian weave of hippie self destruction.

     

    Why oh why do people think Tesla is trying to compete in a energy or commodity market? That is exactly what Tesla chose to avoid.
    16 Oct 2012, 09:44 PM Reply Like
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