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  • GM CEO Dan Akerson has created a small team to study Tesla (TSLA) and the potential threat it poses to the auto giant. Vice chairman Steve Girsky: "[Akerson] thinks Tesla could be a big disrupter if we’re not careful ... History is littered with big companies that ignored innovation that was coming their way." Akerson has been busy trying to speed up the pace at GM implements new technologies, and promised in March GM would launch an EV with a 200-mile range. Meanwhile, Tesla is working on lowering charging times at its supercharging stations to 5-10 minutes from 20. CTO J.B. Straubel cautions "it’s not going to happen in a year from now."  [View news story]
    I have a model S P85 and it is my best car purchase ever. Even more than my BMW740IL or my Corvette Z06. However, I don't expect to see a 700-1000 mile battery for at least 5-10 years. Maybe a 500 mile battery in 3-5 years.
    Jul 18, 2013. 03:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive  [View article]
    @StevieG I have indeed fully charged my Tesla from empty in less than an hour at a supercharger. No problem.
    @fellows The battery in the Roadster is a completely different configuration. I was referring only to the Model S in the "under 10 minute" comment. Also, I was not referring to "Tesla" as "pure genius", but IMHO some of their engineers are. Finally, I also consider myself a bit of a skeptic and do lots of research before getting behind something like Tesla or the Model S. And as far as the expected life of the battery, I did not rely solely on Tesla for that info. I've done a lot of external research for that as well.
    Jun 3, 2013. 02:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive  [View article]
    @Stevie G Wow! Lots of misinformation here. "Fully charging" from a supercharger will NOT "brick" the battery. Tesla superchargers start at very rapid charging rate and then slow down as the battery gets more 'full' to prevent any harm to the battery. Expected life of these batteries is around 15-17 years. Expected remaining capability of the batteries after 8 years is around 70-80%. Battery swapping is not "ludicrous" as you suggest due to the complexity. The entire battery pack under the car can be removed in less than 10 minutes by removing a few bolts. The current economics of building out a swapping infrastructure just aren't there though. However, be careful with the term 'battery swapping'. Possible to add a temporary additional battery/charger that can be very quickly and easily swapped. These guys know more about electric powertrains than most companies have ever known, and their creativeness is pure genius.
    Jun 3, 2013. 11:34 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A test drive of a Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%) Model S from Washington DC to Boston goes resoundingly smooth for a CNN reporter as he zooms through traffic at over 70 mph at times with enough charge left to spare at the end of the trip. The one nitpick from the drive was the 200-mile stretch without a charging station, although that should be an easy problem for the EV maker to fix. (Previous saga: NYT vs Musk[View news story]
    6 of us Model S owners are setting out tomorrow to recreate Broder's NYT test drive. Temp is supposed to a low of 14F Sunday and 1-2" of snow. We will be keeping toasty in our cars, but following Tesla's well published advice of fully recharging at the Supercharging stations and not exceeding the speed limits. 3 of us are even staying overnight in Groton, Conn as he did before returning south.
    Feb 15, 2013. 09:22 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Just months after it began shipping the Model S, Tesla (TSLA +1.4%) says it plans to raise the price of the luxury electric sedan, and might also make some features that now come standard part of optional packages. The Model S, which has a starting price of $49.9K, has received solid reviews[View news story]
    I don't think it's a given that they will both raise the base price and pull some current items that are currently bundled in option packages out into separately charged for items. They might also make some items standard that are currently listed as options. Bottom line is that everyone just needs to chill until we see the final details. Meanwhile I anxiously await my new blue performance S next month!
    Nov 21, 2012. 11:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA +5.1%) spike higher to close in on $30. Dreamy rhetoric has run its course on Tesla and productions numbers are now in focus. The latest word from the company is that it hit a milestone of 50 Model S vehicles produced and is still on course to ramp up production to hit 5K for the year.  [View news story]
    Need to remember if tracking delivery estimates of current reservation holders that there are around 1000 signature cars in the queue first to be delivered, so important to count those as part of the first 5000 as well as general Production numbers.
    Aug 7, 2012. 12:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.7%) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich with a $49 target price raised from $30, as the firm expects ramped-up production after visiting the TSLA factory and corporate headquarters. The firm says it was clear that between what was on the floor and what was coming in from suppliers, production was at or ahead of schedule. (previously)   [View news story]
    It is critical that the customer experience for the first year is outstanding. There is so much misinformation and ignorance floating around (like the "fire trap" comment here) that it will take the first 10000 customers praising them and having no major problems. I have a reservation for production number 1117 and have closely followed Tesla and the S since the beginning. I still see a bright future ahead for them!
    Mar 26, 2012. 11:24 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment