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  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    Marshgre,

    "I can see a windmill out of my window. ;-)"

    What a hideous notion - a bird cuisinart outside my window would certainly not give me comfort. :)

    You are the one ignoring the basic facts. 87% of the electricity in this country comes from coal/fossil fuels/nuclear which means 87% of the energy powering your electric vehicle comes from these sources. That's actually factual. The hydropower component, meaning dams, are despised by the environmental movement so without that you really have no energy production from wind and solar at this point - absolutely no hope of running a modern grid with these sources especially when the sun goes out or the wind blows too little or too much.

    I personally think that the current sources of energy do not bother me in the least and I would love to see more nuclear energy which has no CO2 emissions come on stream. I applaud EV's for those that want to use them but you certainly can't ignore their power source because all forms of transportation have tradeoffs.

    It appears that some people that use electric vehicles (obviously not you) think the plug is the power source and doesn't pollute ;)
    Mar 23, 2015. 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    Also before I get up on by the usual suspects, I just want to reiterate that I think as an EV the car is awesome as an engineering and aesthetic feat but as a stock I think it is going to be proven to be a disaster. I look forward to hopefully buying the stock after the air is let out :)
    Mar 21, 2015. 02:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    marshgre,

    Thanks for the reply that does help.

    "If one driver charges to 80% and discharges to 20% every time that battery will last longer than the driver that charges to 100% and discharges all the way to 0%."

    Your advice is probably sound but it does reduce the range to effectively 60% of the maximum quoted range.

    Does supercharging reduce battery life?

    What does it cost to replace a battery pack?

    Thanks,

    P.S. I am short the stock through options and I want to make sure my understanding of the product is accurate.
    Mar 21, 2015. 02:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    marshgre,

    Do the batteries in a Tesla lose charging potential/range over time?

    Can they really provide the same range over time?

    My assumption is that they do. Just wondering because most batteries, even Lithium, lose charging capacity over time.

    Am I missing something here with Tesla's?

    Thanks
    Mar 20, 2015. 07:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    winfield100,

    "@Galt google "the myth of the long smokestack" to answer your question"

    I focus on facts not myths:

    "http://1.usa.gov/TasNhy

    What is U.S. electricity generation by energy source?

    In 2013, the United States generated about 4,058 billion kilowatthours of electricity. About 67% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 39% attributed from coal.

    In 2013, energy sources and percent share of total electricity generation were

    Coal 39%
    Natural Gas 27%
    Nuclear 19%
    Hydropower 7%
    Other Renewable 6%
    Biomass 1.48%
    Geothermal 0.41%
    Solar 0.23%
    Wind 4.13%
    Petroleum 1%
    Other Gases < 1%"

    Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Energy power the electrical grid of this country and hence your Electric Car, not that there is anything wrong with that!
    Mar 20, 2015. 04:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    Kazetg3,

    Where do you think the electricity from the plug that powers your car is generated?

    I don't blame you for being confused on this issue - feelings do tend to trump logic for a lot of people.
    Mar 20, 2015. 12:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mercedes Price Its Plug-In Hybrid Midsize Sedan So Low To Embarrass Tesla? [View article]
    If you drive a gas powered vehicle, the best thing that could happen is to see electric sales take off because that will mean demand for gas will fall and that means prices will follow.

    Maybe we can get back to $2 or under if we can get enough electrics on the road. As a driver of one of those gas powered vehicles I sure hope so!
    Mar 20, 2015. 11:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features [View news story]
    PeterJa,

    "Do you have an intelligent question? "

    If I did (which I did) I wouldn't ask you.

    :)
    Mar 20, 2015. 12:23 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features [View news story]
    Peterja,

    Can't resist. Since we are discussing practical logic here. How do you get a Tesla to an available outlet if it is out of energy?

    Do you push it?
    Mar 19, 2015. 09:26 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Higher crack spread could cut Cenovus Energy funding gap, analyst says [View news story]
    "Higher crack spread"

    For those of us who are clueless this is a very funny headline.
    Mar 19, 2015. 05:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features [View news story]
    Cecil,

    Kudos for showing up!
    Mar 19, 2015. 01:37 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features [View news story]
    JD,

    " in real time, communicates with Superchargers and destination chargers and it warns you before you drive out of range."

    What do you do if the destination you are trying to reach is in that "out of range" area?
    Mar 19, 2015. 01:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features [View news story]
    I am awaiting comments from the gentlemen who said this will be "an ICBM to the Shorts!" to make his appearance and explain how we have misunderstood this announcement.

    P.S. I have to thank all the vocal shorts on this board for convincing me to open a short put position today using a Jan 2017 expiration. It really appears to me that this is a pure hype driven, pump and dump scenario that should unravel upon any form of overall market weakness.

    The Tesla is an amazing piece of engineering but the company is another matter. If they could build a car with a 500 mile range then I think that would be a real game-changer. Until then Range Anxiety is a real disorder and it is always funny when the CEO calls attention to the biggest weakness of the product in such a sensational way - sure seems like he is a frenemy :)
    Mar 19, 2015. 12:44 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Driving range the talk on Tesla Motors [View news story]
    Surfer,

    "live in FL eh? You know how many superchargers are in Florida?

    10"

    According to the EIA, there are more than 5,800 fueling stations in the State of FL http://1.usa.gov/1BCb9WK.


    What I find amusing is that you think this is a large number of such stations. Thank you for spelling this out and this explains why Tesla will take a long time for the range anxiety to diminish especially in FL.

    The idea that I would take a Tesla to the Keys while having to stop in Miami is problematic given the one way distance is 160 miles. What if I don't want to stay at the hotel you identified? What if I live in Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm? What if there is a traffic jam which by the way happens a lot when there is an accident?

    I am not sure how to convey how ridiculous your position appears from the standpoint of an outside observer but it is. The fact that you fail to acknowledge reality as it is rather than what you want it to be does not bode well for your objectivity.

    However, I do realize that based upon the commentary I have read from you there is literally nothing that could cause you to change your mind about anything when it comes to Tesla so respond if you want but I think it's pointless because we all know what you will say ;)

    To repeat, the car is a phenomenal piece of engineering but it does not suit the real world needs of lots of people like me for a variety of reason and won't until you can get 500 plus miles of range and/or a filling scenario that is equivalent to gas. At that point, it becomes a very compelling proposition but until then it is at best a second car for most people and as such based upon current pricing it is really an extravagance for the rich - that's a far smaller market.

    Finally, to repeat what I said previously: I don't plan my life around my car's needs, I just drive it to suit my needs and I never, ever worry about filling up.

    PS. I have to admit after having read these threads for weeks I have finally decided to open a short option position today (puts) using a Jan 2017 expiration. Like some on this board I fully suspect that the air will come out of this high beta stock once the market softens.

    You can thank me later for making you richer on the short squeeze later ;)
    Mar 19, 2015. 12:12 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Driving range the talk on Tesla Motors [View news story]
    Jtb911,

    " if you are leaving your car outside in Florida this probably isn't the price point you should be spending on a car. "

    Such arrogance and condescension.

    Should know better than to try to have a rationale discussion with a bunch of cultists ;)

    I drive a 650i convertible Bro. I will take that over your vehicle any day which is why it is such a personal choice.

    You do realize that the ultimate success of Tesla in a place like FL is dependent upon selling to people like me, "mass market", who leave their cars outside, don't you?

    Obviously if you lived in FL you would know that people don't generally park their cars in garages because we don't have basements! But heck why not just assume the worst about someone.

    I don't plan my life around my car's needs, I just drive it to suit my needs and I never, ever worry about filling up.

    What are you going to do in an emergency when you need to get somewhere fast (Daughter calls and needs a ride, etc.) and you don't have the juice to get there?
    Mar 18, 2015. 01:29 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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