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Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) slip 3.5% premarket after a New York Times article from over the...

Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) slip 3.5% premarket after a New York Times article from over the weekend paints an unflattering portrait of life for an EV owner. Though it isn't news that first adopters should expect issues for cross-country trips, the news gives shorts (26.13M shares) something beefy to latch onto. Next for TSLA: A critical Q4 report.
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  • youngman442002
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    another government failure is UQM..they got 45 million and have never produced a profit in over 25 years...but they were green...and electric...what a waste..oh they built a huge brand new factory
    11 Feb 2013, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • Vico Confino
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    Vico Confino: Happy and satisfied owner of two Tesla S sedans.
    Re: New York Times article about EV's
    Look who's calling the kettle black. A once successful newspaper now on the verge of insolvency trying to save itself by selling bad news.
    As famed sports writer Grantland Rice intoned.
    "When one final scorer comes to mark against your name, he asks not whether you won or lost but how you played the game:.
    Nuff sed,
    Vico Confino
    11 Feb 2013, 09:21 AM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    I'd love to be behind the wheel of one.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • winston123
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    Youngman

     

    You appear not to be watching the "sea change" in car driving attitudes.

     

    Tesla is a game changer! Watch as Tesla takes hold in Europe and china!
    11 Feb 2013, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • D. McHattie
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    Tesla is not a game changer.

     

    Batteries still take too long to charge and don't hold enough energy.

     

    It's that simple.

     

    And there is no battery technology on the horizon that will change this for at least a decade, likely much longer.

     

    D
    11 Feb 2013, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Plenty of 30m chargers hitting the market right now, as in, the present.

     

    In fact dozens of solutions are hitting the market at all angles.

     

    I suspect the naysayers are hardly as informed as they presume themselves to be.
    11 Feb 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Just read today on engadget:
    http://engt.co/WL4uKx

     

    "There's no shortage of attempts to build a better battery, usually with a few caveats. USC may have ticked all the right checkboxes with its latest discovery, however. Its use of porous, flexible silicon nanowires for the anodes in a lithium-ion battery delivers the high capacity, fast recharging and low costs that come with silicon, but without the fragility of earlier attempts relying on simpler silicon plates. In practice, the battery could deliver the best of all worlds. Triple the capacity of today's batteries? Full recharges in 10 minutes? More than 2,000 charging cycles? Check. It all sounds a bit fantastical, but USC does see real-world use on the horizon.

     

    Researchers estimate that there should be products with silicon-equipped lithium-ion packs inside of two to three years, which isn't long to wait if the invention saves us from constantly hunting for the nearest wall outlet."
    14 Feb 2013, 11:54 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Darcy
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    The New York Times article actually justifies everything that TSLA is doing! There are currently only 2 supercharger stations in place between D.C. and Boston. 9 in total that are active. All this showed was for TSLA to eliminate range anxiety in this scenario they just need ONE more station. Each one in addition to that will be icing on the cake. And the plan is for 100 more total by 2015? Does anyone care that he got coffee at a diner that was 10 minutes out of his way?
    11 Feb 2013, 10:30 AM Reply Like
  • Cassina Tarsia
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    Here we go again! Every time someone writes something that is not flattering to Tesla, especially when it comes from a lack of awareness of what they are doing, there are those that react. The same thing happened with gasoline cars a little over a hundred years ago - it always happens with new technology until people absorb what is necessary to use it wisely. Wake up and use a little common sense and these things would not happen.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • hallkevin
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    The reporter did not top off when he charged. Who does not fill up on intercity travel?
    11 Feb 2013, 11:13 AM Reply Like
  • spybreaker
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    ummm, a lot of people fill up when they are close to empty or even quarter tank because of an abundance of gas stations. Besides, you have reserve capacity of 1 gallon during which the warning light flash which is usually sufficient to find another gas station. The same can't be said for this one..
    11 Feb 2013, 11:32 AM Reply Like
  • orthophonist
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    A feeble attempt at a hatchet job published one day before an anticipated outstandingly impressive 4th quarter. I find it a strange coincidence that has a certain odor to it.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:13 AM Reply Like
  • Supersuccess
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    Tesla, since the beginning, has been very much aware of the technical challenges to overcome. Tesla has made an impressive progress toward reaching its goal. I believe Tesla has and is continuing to do everything right. This is the nature of innovation and the challenge of leadership.
    11 Feb 2013, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • juicejack
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    I'm sure I'm not the only driver in America who fills his gas tank before he goes out of town.

     

    When I crossed Nevada on US 50, I found out that there aren't many town out there. It's billed as the "loneliest road in America" and I believe it. So whenever I found a town, I checked my fuel and filled up if it were necessary.

     

    So let it be with electric cars. Oh, and combine fuel and food stops, then you won't feel you're wasting time filling up your car.
    11 Feb 2013, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    Early autos had it a little easier - smithies used fuel for the furnaces they fashioned horse shoes with and were glad to sell a bit at a profit to the infrequent auto owner. Everyone has electricity to sell - just need fast charging batteries. Stores could charge a small fee for "refueling" as you shop.
    12 Feb 2013, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    I do not think the Tesla car will ever be a primary car in a household...it will much more a political statement than a utility vehicle...like the Prius..go ahead buy them...love them...but in five years we will know if you made a good investment...
    12 Feb 2013, 08:15 AM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    I don't see too many cars as an investment.
    12 Feb 2013, 01:37 PM Reply Like
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