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  • Tesla Kicks China Plans Into High Gear [View article]
    @fgrindle: I'd like to think it was a poke in the eye at all of the haters out there. Keep the shorters guessing and surprised when Tesla hits the quarterly delivery number again and again and again.
    Apr 14 10:21 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Kicks China Plans Into High Gear [View article]
    @cparmerlee: Some people are hypermilers. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't mean all of us owners are. You should watch Bjørn Nyland's videos driving around in the frigid Norwegian winter in the snow--he wears a t-shirt! The electric heater in the Model S works just fine, and doesn't even cost that much of a range penalty.
    Apr 14 10:19 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Model S sales level off [View news story]
    @fgrindle: I have the 19 inch rims with the OEM tires, and with 12,000 miles they show very little wear. Two factors in my favor: I have a non-performance car and I had an alignment done very early. Certainly some P85 owners are burning through tires faster than they would like. Some of that is frequent 4s 0-60s (fun but hard on tires), some of that is standard for those types of performance tires, but some of that may be alignment related. Whenever an owner complains about tire life, I always tell them to have the alignment checked. They may be surprised. I have also heard that Tesla has been making some changes to the camber for the rear tires on the P85 that may help.
    Apr 8 05:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • California green car incentive program goes dry [View news story]
    @Ivan Gault: Politicians in California are responsible for cleaning up smog issues, particularly in LA, so it is well within their purview to create a regulatory environment that supports that. Any EV qualifies, and a "Leaf" isn't really a status symbol. Natural gas is the largest source of power generation in CA and coal is being reduced US wide. But even on the worst grid, WV, EVs still come out on top when you factor in the entire supply chain of gasoline. Last point, Tesla owners probably more responsible than Leaf owners in helping to change the perception about what EVs can be, so sure, I have no problem with the government setting a goal of 1M vehicles and having Tesla be part of that.
    Apr 4 02:19 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Shakes Off More Worries [View article]
    @Tippydog: I hear what you are saying, and I think Tesla is trying to improve. They are an agile company and sometimes their quick changes have had unintended consequences. Selling the loaner cars out from under the service departments has been a big one--many of the complaints I've seen are about that. While it makes for a happy customer that got a good deal on the car they didn't have to wait for, they annoy current owners that thought they would be getting a Model S loaner. Service tells me that the policy has changed (again) to allow them to keep the cars for at least three months before getting a refreshment fleet, but given Tesla is still production constrained (I know some here don't believe it) refreshing the loaner fleet has taken longer than they would have liked. Still, me having a few rattles develop in a very early production car is a far cry from saying the car isn't 'reliable transportation', and that is mitigated further still by having Tesla pick the car up from me, doing their thing, and returning it to me without me having to go anywhere. Lexus had good (if not expensive) service, but so far nothing like what Tesla has been able to provide. Judging from the owner surveys, my experience isn't the outlier experience, either, the Edmunds-type cases are.
    Apr 3 01:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Shakes Off More Worries [View article]
    @Tippydog: Sure, I have had my car in to fix some minor rattles (A pillar, pano roof seal, driver's seatbelt). Since mine was pretty early, they hadn't quite fixed all of those yet, but they've developed fixes now and have retrofitted them for cars like mine. The car is so quiet, you can really hear any rattle, and I'm fairly sensitive to them anyway. My car is also in today to get the new deflector shield.
    Apr 3 12:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Shakes Off More Worries [View article]
    @Tippydog: I've had my Model S since Oct 2012 and the car has never left me stranded. I talked to one of the Edmunds guys, though (they have had terrible luck), and they said even with the issues they've had, they all love driving it when their turn comes up. I have my original battery, inverter, and motor. I'd love to develop a battery problem and get a replacement (I have an "A" battery which limits me to the original SuperCharger speeds), but alas it will probably last for 500k miles.
    Apr 3 09:27 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Shakes Off More Worries [View article]
    @Logical Thought: Norway is unlikely to start taxing EVs like gas cars, even after 50k. However, I wouldn't be surprised if they pull back on some of the other perks like free parking, ferry rides, and tolls.

    http://n.pr/1j4k9y6
    Apr 3 09:07 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Norway loves the Model S [View news story]
    @cparmerlee: Minor quibble, but actually the Model S is approximately the same price as in the US adjusted for transportation and fees. It is really that gas cars in Norway suffer a tax penalty while EVs are untaxed. True, they get other benefits like free tolls, parking, and ferries, but it shows that Norway incentives for EVs are working as planned (actually, even better than they had planned). When they first created the programs, they thought that 50k vehicles was going to be a decade+ stretch, but they now see they'll get there much faster than they originally thought.
    Apr 2 12:53 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Model S A Disruptive Innovation And Tesla Motors A Disruptive Company? [View article]
    @benjib: I think Model E will be more of a direct competitor for the BMW 3 series. That said, a lot of Prius owners moved to the Model S, and even more will move to the Model E given the price. But I still think they are different market segments. By 2017 it will be also more clear that selling 1000 fuel cell cars at a loss in a single market with limited refilling stations won't hold up well against a 200 mile car that has access to a free nationwide SuperCharger network.
    Apr 1 10:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Japanese automakers take small steps toward fuel cell adoption [View news story]
    @Anton Wahlman: All true, and I'd add two more factors to the battle:

    1) Cost to produce hydrogen. For instance, if it uses lots of electricity, it may be more efficient just to use that electricity to charge. If it uses lots of natural gas, it might be better to use the natural gas to turn a generator to generate power instead of hydrogen. Etc.
    2) Cost to produce fuel cell. Toyota seems to think they'll be able to do it reasonably, but if average consumer can't buy a car comparable to what they have at a comparable price, they will never buy it, especially if driving one requires more planning for refuel. At least EVs have lower cost of maintenance and operation to partially offset a higher initial cost, but even there, EVs need to get cheaper before mainstream acceptance will happen.
    Mar 25 03:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Tesla And BitAuto Will Kill Auto Dealers [View article]
    @beaky: And how exactly will Tesla cause the dealer system to collapse? If the dealers are selling a better product using a better model, they should win, correct? By taking this fight to Tesla, the dealers may have shot themselves in the foot, though. Just like the Fisker dealer who sued in MA that helped Tesla to get their store there, if Tesla is successful at the federal level, the dealers may have opened the doors on BMW or Audi having company owned stores. If they had just ignored Tesla (selling a very small number of cars now) or allowed them to carve out a Tesla specific exception like the TX amendment that failed, I think dealers would have been much better off. We'll see. However, what I do know is most dealers make their money on service, and EVs require less service. That means if Tesla is successful in the mission in helping bring about sustainable transportation (from all manufacturers), then there will have to be less dealers, period. Said another way, you can try to legislate against Amazon all you want, but you are unlikely to be able to save Borders.
    Mar 18 03:56 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Tesla And BitAuto Will Kill Auto Dealers [View article]
    @Miro: What you describe as "charity", Tesla describes as "break even". Tesla would prefer to make a good product that doesn't break as often as ICE vehicles than offer a revenue stream for people that don't add a lot of value to the process.
    Mar 18 03:21 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Tesla And BitAuto Will Kill Auto Dealers [View article]
    @rennatus: Tesla has already had a hardware recall (for a seat latch). The reality is, Tesla can scale service to ownership without dealers. There is no difference other than who owns the facility.
    Mar 18 03:16 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Deflationary Creative Destruction Has Not Even Begun [View article]
    @Valueplay98: I'm not sure I believe that 8/10 top selling cars are under 20k anymore especially if you convert that to 'vehicles'. Forbes has this list:

    http://onforb.es/1mfLnp0

    This is relevant since Tesla is about to have a crossover that may appeal to some of these SUV buyers. More relevant perhaps is the price of a 2014 Toyota Camry Sedan which has an MSRP $23,045 - $30,705. There are lots of ex-Toyota/Lexus folks in the Tesla camp now, and if Tesla can really deliver a base $35k Model E nicely optioned to $42k with the cost of ownership of that Camry (no gas, no oil changes, etc.), I think Tesla will sell a lot of them. That is before any incentives. If there are any remaining federal or state incentives that reduce the price even further, it will be very interesting indeed.
    Mar 18 01:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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