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  • Something Rotten With Tesla? Doubtful [View article]
    Check out this website - forget about subscribing, but watching the video and listening to and grasping the significance of the information could shed light on topics discussed - - Rather than dunning California or Nevada for being proactive in getting the US off the oil standard, they should be applauded - Remember, the railroad was subsidized by the government, oil exploration and recovery is subsidized by the government, fracking and natural gas production is subsidized by the government and each of these is finite, meaning at some point the investment will turn into vapor - while solar energy capture and distribution can be here for eons to come -
    Nov 22, 2015. 11:15 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Something Rotten With Tesla? Doubtful [View article]
    Chi - I agree 100% - A friend of mine who is not green and is most conservative told me about a web advertisement he received about how sand is the next big fuel that will take us off the oil standard -I don't think he watch it himself, but I did - It was talking about sand being converted in to silicon wafers for solar PV, and how governments, especially those with their heads outside of their collective pants are investing billion and that experts expect this to become a 40 trillion dollar enterprise - It also talks about battery storage and transportation, all three of which Elon Musk's companies are smack in the middle of - here is the link -
    Nov 22, 2015. 11:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors falls after Model S seat belt recall [View news story]
    CHP - please provide a photo of you with your Model S and a photo of the registration - you can block out the address - I have an earlier Model S (5/13) with 48,000 miles on it and just a few weeks ago took it in for service - while there I ask the service writer to check for a little low intermittent non bothersome whine, usually below 30mph (which did not affect the cars operation in the least) - they did and guess what, they replaced my drive unit - does that disappoint me, absolutely not, I'm ecstatic that Tesla would be so pro active - if you own a Chevy perhaps you could get them to change your ignition switch because it hangs up a little - good luck -
    Nov 22, 2015. 10:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors falls after Model S seat belt recall [View news story]
    Ralph - thanks for the photos - I own a Model S and I feel better having seen them - IN EVERY PHOTO except two, the passenger cabin is intact and one can surmise from that fact that the passengers were too - please provide photos of other high end cars with equally intense collisions for comparison - Oh, wait, they won't be equal , right, one because you are not qualified to make that assessment and two, you wouldn't post the truth anyway -
    Nov 22, 2015. 10:48 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors falls after Model S seat belt recall [View news story]
    Unfortunately for you and the rest of us, only a few, less than 3 percent of all scientist world wide (see if you can grasp that concept) do not agree with climate change assessments - It is far more likely that the 3 percent are the "paid hacks" and far less expensive for whoever is paying the bill, and you can guess who they might be -
    Nov 22, 2015. 10:38 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors falls after Model S seat belt recall [View news story]
    Am I worried about resale value? - Not in the least, and for several reasons -
    1) - Had I bought a Mercedes or other high end car, the resale value would already be lower - so a slight drop in the value of mine is no big deal -
    2) - I plan on keeping my car for 8 years plus and so I purchased the extended additional 4 year warranty on my Model S - given Tesla performance with me so far, any minor issue results in all new parts, so I will have a car that is in great shape in 8 years - can't say that for ANY OTHER manufacturers cars -
    3) - A drop in value may give me an opportunity to by a second Model S -
    Nov 22, 2015. 10:29 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors falls after Model S seat belt recall [View news story]
    It will definitely be a Chevy Bolt - it will be about 3" long with SAE threads and can be carried in any Chevy glove box as a reminder of just how solid a Chevy is
    Nov 22, 2015. 10:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors falls after Model S seat belt recall [View news story]
    I have a Model S, born within the first 10,000 - I got a voluntary recall notice today - From Tesla's letter there has been ONE instance of this seat belt safety concern in Europe and up to the notice of recall had inspected over 3,000 Model S's - I will take my car in, but am not worried in the least - AT LEAST they didn't try to hide it and did not experience any injuries nor death as Chevy did with their ignition system - but if you must, short away -
    Nov 20, 2015. 01:54 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Something Rotten With Tesla? Doubtful [View article]
    Dave - I bought my system - savings interests rates have been at or just above nil, so no gain there - the decision to put solar on my home was made in large part to reduce my carbon footprint (and set a neighborhood example - it worked as at least 5 of my neighbors now have PV systems) - the purchase of my Tesla was made for the same reason (and no I don't have a dirty EV, I over produce 5000Kwh even with charging it - so I help cut the utilities production needs) - I lucked out though, I got a great car as a result - Paying some utility bills?, yes $500 per month with the thermostat set on the thin edge of comfort was my cost here in southern CA, now I can set the thermostat at complete comfort, save $500+ month on electricity + $400 month on fuel, so about $900 per month in my pocket for now and into the see-able future - and as utility prices and gasoline prices rise in price, my investment looks better every day - to have waited as you suggested would have cost me $20,000 in electricity, not saved me $11,000 - and if I had put my money into shorting Tesla I would have lost my patut - fortunately, I bought my solar, bought my Tesla and bought Tesla stock so I'm up collectively over $100,000 - how are you doing? - and remember, when I wake up tomorrow my little business venture (solar, Model S, Tesla stock) keeps on producing, day after day, year after year -
    Nov 18, 2015. 12:43 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Model 3 design talk [View news story]
    Toolgrinder - or perhaps they have figured out how to produce all the batteries they need in just 14% of the space - remember Musk is all about becoming more efficient and saving money - I guaranty this guess is a good as yours
    Nov 18, 2015. 11:39 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Model 3 design talk [View news story]
    Dreaming never ends in the land of the bears - I'm an enthusiastic raver (just not a rich one), I do drive long distances, have 45,000 miles on my 30 month old Model S car - love it - and when one talks about $10,000 drivetrains, they must have a frosted perspective or else they must be thinking ICE - the two shims that Tesla replaces probably cost under $5 - (plus the mechanics time of course) - for comparison, Ford charged me $1400 to disassemble (they were asked not to) my motor, NOT FIX IT, and they wouldn't give me vehicle back unless I paid it or had them fix it for $12000 - I paid the $1400 and had it fixed elsewhere for $1000 - Tesla is simply the best car, best service, best warranty, can I say BEST more -
    Nov 18, 2015. 11:30 AM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors eyes Germany for new battery factory [View news story]
    And you know Elon talked to Sigmar how? - link please
    Nov 17, 2015. 01:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors eyes Germany for new battery factory [View news story]
    Frank - perhaps you should provide your financial statement to post against Elon Musk's - that way folks can evaluate for themselves the financial expertise of each of you - I think that would only be fair
    Nov 17, 2015. 01:35 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Something Rotten With Tesla? Doubtful [View article]
    Just a couple of comments on the above discussion - First, you cannot look at Solar City for what it's returns are today, but what they will be - Example - I put Solar on my house at the end of 2011, even with the subsidies I spent over $30,000 out of pocket - my electric bills were about $6000 per year, so for five years you could say I'm in the red - but what happens in year six, $6000 per year profit, and every year thereafter with no additional cash input required - that's the Solar City magic, a) it cost them far less than I spent on a per Kw basis, and b) they get incentives and huge write downs in the beginning and then huge profits once they've paid off the hardware - trust me, they will be immensely profitable -
    Secondly, they don't need subsidies anymore - my system cost north of $70,000 for the hardware, that number is about $25,000 -
    I agree with the notion that Tesla "is a good company to fail" - Elon's personal wealth is in the billions and he proven that he is not timid when it comes to investing his own money to "save" the company - Add to that the Ron Baron's interview wherein Ron used the terms "we" and "our" when discussing Tesla - perhaps there is something more to be gleaned than just an interview - Some of the most amazing minds and investors see Tesla, Space X and Solar City as true game changers - I'll take my ques from them rather that the many FUDsters on SA who make a few feeble dollars shorting the stock, yelling "fire" and "the sky is falling" ceaselessly -
    Nov 17, 2015. 11:51 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors underestimating Tesla cash burn, Barclays says [View news story]
    I own a 3 years old Model S and would buy it again in a heartbeat - I am considering buying another 3 year old Model S or waiting to buy an X - and then to put a deposit on 5 Model 3's, one for each of my kids and grandkids
    Nov 14, 2015. 12:24 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment