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Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.5%) makes an appearance on a brand perception poll conducted by Consumer...

Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.5%) makes an appearance on a brand perception poll conducted by Consumer Reports, checking in at number ten on the list. It's a good sign for the automaker that even though the company is a bit of a political hot potato - on issues of quality, safety, performance, and design it's registering solid marks with consumers.
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  • Cassina Tarsia
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    Fabulous! Even without any paid advertising at all people are starting to become aware of this amazing automobile. Soon, after another year or so, Tesla won't be a surprise to anyone - especially once they have had a chance to drive one.
    1 Feb 2013, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • Techtrader10
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    It will be a great car until it is time to replace the battery, then the car will fall flat and be gone soon after
    1 Feb 2013, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • Value Horizon
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    techtrader, it will be great, and then, it will be great.

     

    Having concerns about the battery as you do is rational and thoughtful. You can stay rational and thoughtful and consider how Tesla addresses this in what I find a superior package than ICE vehicles.

     

    first batteries have a warranty for 8 years and either 100,000 miles on the smallest batteries, up to unlimited miles on the largest battery.

     

    second, Tesla offers consumers the option to purchase a replacement battery plan now as they buy. Price $8,000, $10,000, and $12,000 for 40, 60 and 80kwh batteries respectively.

     

    given the dearth of moving parts, lack of belts, hoses, etc, and vastly simpler design, electric cars have a far longer expected life span than ICE vehicles.

     

    think about it, you can buy a new Model S or BMW 5 series today. on Model S in 8 years you pay $12,000 for a new battery, and the car runs like it's just been delivered to you. With the BMW, eight years in you sell your old car for maybe 30% of what you paid and buy a new one. When it comes to dollars and cents, replacement cost is a benefit of the Model S, not a liability. (and this is ignoring the roughly $1,000 you save each year on gas at current prices).
    1 Feb 2013, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • winston123
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    I agree teslaflight!
    I've felt this car will be a gamechanger to a large audience that is looking for something completely different than the crap that comes out of the big 3.
    1 Feb 2013, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • juicejack
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    It's an automobile, not a "political hot potato" unless the media makes it such. The fear mongering auto press is so sure it's going to fail, and makes no bones about all the things wrong with Tesla. That anyone knows about Tesla outside of Fremont CA is a testimony to its quality as a product, not it's politics.

     

    Look forward to picking up my own one day! And yes, I do own a few shares of stock.
    1 Feb 2013, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Techtrader10
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    It is interesting that everyone is making such a big thing about the sun panels for the Tesla car. If someone takes a trip late in the day or at night...no electricity. What are all these people going to do when the battery needs replacing? That is a major investment for a 5 year old car. And the car is useless without it.
    1 Feb 2013, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • Value Horizon
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    tech see message above. fwiw, if your battery failed after 5 years (and useful life is expected to be several years longer. based on their testing 70% capacity after 7 to 8 years), but if it did... well Tesla's on the hook to give you a new battery under warranty.
    1 Feb 2013, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • MarkosM
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    Wait, do you actually think Teslas have solar panels?
    5 Feb 2013, 03:26 PM Reply Like
  • Locked Down Investments
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    ??? Tech??? There are no solar panels on the Tesla.
    If you drive less than 50 miles per day on average, as 95% of all people do, then the Tesla battery should last you about 10 years.
    However when you replace your battery in the Tesla you get a brand new car good for another 15 years that will give you more range and be faster than the original car you started with! As battery tech gets better/lighter the Model S will actually IMPROVE over time...you can't say that about an ICE car. An electric motor will run forever (perhaps needing a rewinding every 15 years at a pretty minimal cost).
    Add in the fact that an EV costs 1/5th the amount to run/maintain over a gas car and is faster/safer/ better handling and offers more storage space and you can easily see that Tesla and the EV is the obvious future if you just take the time to think about it.
    1 Feb 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • Locked Down Investments
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    I would also add to the author that I have not heard of ANY complaints regarding the Tesla's safety, performance, or design so not sure where that comes from!?
    In terms of quality I have heard of no critical problems, most have been software issues that Tesla can address with upgrades via wireless internet connection with their cars. Only issue I see is long term quality issues which of course is always an unknown with any new company...however if the Roadster is anything to go by we have heard of no major quality issues on it after 5 years on the road.
    So far so good for Tesla. Author should do more research.
    1 Feb 2013, 02:50 PM Reply Like
  • I.R.
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    teddyg101 - re your question about the article's comment on Tesla's safety, etc.: I believe you misread the sentence, as that's what I did at first. It's a bit of a "run on" sentence. I misread until I read the end and then reread. It says: "on issues of quality, safety, performance, and design it's REGISTERING SOLID MARKS WITH CONSUMERS." That was preceded by the confusing phrase about political issues; as we know those "political issues" are not Tesla's issues, or consumers' issues either. They belong instead to those who stand to lose money if Tesla succeeds (because of shorting the stock, or because they are pro Big OIl or both reasons.)
    4 Feb 2013, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • Steven Flint
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    It is correct. Once you drive or own a Tesla you understand. Tesla cannot be adequately described. It is an experience.
    Everyone understands the range and battery anxiety, including tesla and Mr Musk. They flew SpaceX without a flaw. Te battery is at the essential core. Within the next 5 - 10 years the battery cost will drop by 50% and the range will double.
    Tesla is all new. Steven
    2 Feb 2013, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • wellnext
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    Tesla is a breath of fresh air so needed in those times of hot air we cannot capitalise on...
    4 Feb 2013, 11:36 AM Reply Like
  • wellnext
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    For once, we have an all American company with a very innovative product, full of sex appeals and no shortage in giving back. Capitalizing on people excitement to auto finance their production. This is true capitalism at his best. My wife drove a Model S in San Jose in October and is all sold on Tesla. Ingenuisity is what Tesla is on all aspect....We should be proud of being American, AGAIN...especially in those difficult times, Tesla is a breath of fresh air, so needed in this age of hot air that nobody can capitalize on... Go Tesla...GO!
    4 Feb 2013, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • wadeyr
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    There is a recent report on tesla that will be coming out? http://bit.ly/11MDN6y
    5 Feb 2013, 01:15 AM Reply Like
  • antiguajohn
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    I suspect that the Tesla Model S will become a collectors item, much like the Duesenberg or Cord or a classic Ferrari automobile.

     

    This vehicle will go down in history as the game changer in electric vehicles.

     

    antiguajohn
    5 Feb 2013, 08:20 AM Reply Like
  • kingdango
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    What are these "political hot potatoes" you're referring to? Do you have examples/references to issues of quality, safety, performance or design other than they're all spectacular? I'm honestly curious as to the author's source on these "issues" as I'm long on TSLA.
    5 Feb 2013, 08:22 AM Reply Like
  • I.R.
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    Kingdango - re the "political hot potatoes"- It's the way the sentence runs that is misleading. The sentence does not actually say that the "political hot potatoes" ARE the issues it then goes on to list - in fact it says that quality, safety, performance or design are all given HIGH MARKS. It doesn't say what the political issues are, but probably I'm not at all alone in interpreting that to mean the anti-TSLA stance of big oil companies, who don't want TSLA to succeed, nor do those who have put a lot of money into shorting the stock. Both categories are the same people I assume.
    5 Feb 2013, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • deetsm1957
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    I cannot wait to drive one. Nothing but good things I have heard!
    5 Feb 2013, 08:30 AM Reply Like
  • I.R.
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    Re the "political hot potatoes"- It's the way the sentence runs that is misleading. The sentence does not actually say that the "political hot potatoes" ARE the issues it then goes on to list - in fact it says that quality, safety, performance or design are all given SOLID MARKS. It doesn't say what the political issues are, but probably I'm not at all alone in interpreting that to mean the anti-TSLA stance of big oil companies, who don't want TSLA to succeed, nor do those who have put a lot of money into shorting the stock. Both categories are the same people I assume.
    5 Feb 2013, 12:51 PM Reply Like
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