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  • Tesla: Remarkable Growth, Terrific Product, But Still Needs To Come Down To Earth [View article]
    Comparing Tesla to established players is useless. Tesla is a disruptive force in the market and represents the future of automotive. Everything about Tesla is different, the product, the business model, the culture, the leadership, the following. Anyone that puts a price target like $70 on TSLA makes a fool of him/herself. Go back and do your homework.
    Dec 9, 2013. 06:55 PM | 25 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evidence Of Peaked Model S U.S. Deliveries Continues To Pile Up [View article]
    When I got my car, I realized this is it, this is the future of automotive transportation. I haven't liked any other car since. Decided right then to take all the cash I could find and invest in the stock, when it was at $30. The gain has paid for the car, and then some. There are many people like me that did the same and will do the same, even at today's price.

    Many SA articles try to come up with reasons why the TSLA must be overvalued. Could it be they are trying to talk down the stock because they missed the greatest story of 2013? I have not seen one convincing prove point that demand has peaked, and it won't in the foreseable future.
    Feb 14, 2014. 05:46 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Short Squeeze, We've Seen This Before [View article]
    Amen, I'm a Model S owner for 4 months and putting $5K down for a Model X reservation as well. Great thing about Tesla is that thanks to the shorts, this car will most likely also be paid for by the time it hits the market!
    Jun 5, 2013. 09:43 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA) lost its legal tussle with auto dealers in Texas over its plan to sell electric vehicles directly to consumers. A bill that would have provided an exception to current dealership rules failed to even make it the floor of the Texas House or Senate for a vote. [View news story]
    Agree, this may backfire. Governor Rick Perry visits California all the time to try and lure companies to conduct business in Texas. However, they are now wondering if they will be given "the Tesla treatment" also. So much for free enterprise in Texas, lol.
    Jun 4, 2013. 09:52 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Q2 Earnings Call: A View Through The Clear Lens [View article]
    Very true, I was in Lake Tahoe last weekend and folks visiting from Illinois were asking questions about my Model S. First time they saw one they said, and I gladly educated them on a lot of things about the car, incl. that with one stop at the Vacaville Supercharger you can drive up to South Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area to the resort where we stayed that's at 9'000ft elevation, at no cost! I used to spend $200 on gasoline for this long weekend trip!

    And for the record, I have an early production model, 60kW battery, and hardly had any problems with it. Minor things that all have been fixed/upgraded for free during annual inspection (which is optional by the way, this car doesn't require scheduled maintenance like every other car on the road).

    To the author: test drive the car, then form your opinion.
    Aug 7, 2014. 12:42 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Looks To Become Profitable In 2013 [View article]
    I believe Tesla's next goal is to develop the more affordable electric Gen III car (after delivering Model X in 2014) before they will get to the all-electric super car.
    Sep 3, 2012. 01:54 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Leave Tesla [View article]
    What kind of crappy argument is that, solid companies to make a so-so product to set expectations low? Read Julian's post for a list of so-so competitor EVs and see how they sell compared to Tesla.

    I'm a happy Tesla customer and I've already sold two cars for them by giving test drives to friends and colleagues. Once they've driven the car, that's it--everything else is a disappointment.

    And yes, it can get better. In fact, I'm very much looking forward to the new firmware that is rumored to include a bunch of great enhancements and new functionality. Download will install automagically over the air, which other car gets better over time!
    May 8, 2013. 04:12 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Automaker Or Graphic Novel? [View article]
    Did anyone notice domestic production of oil went down when George W Bush was president and up during Obama's presidency?
    The "liberal" media wants you to believe that it is the opposite.
    Jun 15, 2012. 02:34 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Research Dissects Lithium-Ion Battery Mythology [View article]
    Your $1400 per kWh cost for current BEV battery packs is nowhere near reality. Tesla charges $20k for upgrading the Model S battery from 40kWh to 85kWh. That is $20k/(85-40) = $444 per kWh.

    Also, keep in mind when buying a BEV you spend money on the battery but save a lot of money in fuel and maintenance cost. So the total cost of operating your car is way lower.
    Mar 31, 2012. 04:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors' Full Analysis, Its Only Mistake, Outlook And Elon Musk [View article]
    I don't know where you've been looking, in your back yard? I live in the SF Bay Area and see at least 20 Model S in a day, during my commute alone. The number has been going up steadily since the beginning of the year, when I noticed more like 3 or 4 a day.
    Apr 29, 2013. 04:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Leave Tesla [View article]
    This comment should be an article in itself, well written and great points made. I particularly like Julian's assessment of the non-competition.
    May 8, 2013. 03:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Reasons Tesla Motors Will Thrive [View article]
    I believe about 3-4% a year loss of capacity. So after 8 years you still have about 70%, not a real problem for most Tesla owners is my guess because they know about this when they chose the size battery pack. For example, I have the 60kWh pack. I leave home with 190 miles range and when I get back and plug in at home I still have 120 miles left. So even after 8 years, I would still have plenty left to not have to worry about it.
    Mar 21, 2013. 07:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • SolarCity Shines Bright Like A Diamond [View article]
    Exactly. SolarCity actually gives you the option to own the system, from the beginning or after a few years. So you can always change your mind.
    They have a business model and eventually need to make a profit to continue to exist. Cost, labor, credits, etc. all go into the equation, like with any company.
    Mar 16, 2013. 01:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The first reviews for the Tesla (TSLA) Model S start to pour in, largely on the positive side. The electric vehicle boasts impressive acceleration, a smooth ride, and a massive infotainment system chock full of delights, according to the writers. With demand for the model uncertain, and its success seen as an all-or-nothing watershed moment for the company, early buzz on the car is viewed as critical. (Reviews: Engadget, Motor Trend, Wired, CNET[View news story]
    260 miles range is well OVER the average US commute. Average US commute is 32 miles.
    Jul 12, 2012. 04:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Model X spotted on the open road [View news story]
    Likely the same car so no physical difference. The show car was repainted in white a while ago.
    Jan 9, 2014. 03:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment