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  • New Mercedes electric minivan has a Tesla touch [View news story]
    These BIG companies that have their own R&D departments and who according to all the experts that make comments here on SA will put Tesla in the shade, instead are using Tesla's technology - seems like a harbinger of the future for EV's and Tesla -
    Apr 17 09:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Tesla, Sinopec to hold talks about charging network in China [View news story]
    At least if they build the system and then oil becomes irrelevant, the stations can stop selling oil products and simply expand the SC's - is that okay, in my opinion yes - China is a completely different animal when it comes to business, one not easily understood here in the US - Musk seems to have tapped into the Chinese ability to get things done, also not easily accomplished in the US - just look at his battles over here with dealership issues with states fighting free enterprise -
    Apr 14 09:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - Driven By Noise, But High-Quality Noise [View article]
    Vince Megna is an attorney known as "king of the lemon law lawsuits" - it has been reported that some of his claims may not be legit based on the information Tesla collects from it cars via the net - not a very good example of a "lemon experience" -
    Apr 10 11:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla's Gigafactory Becoming A Gigafarce? [View article]
    It would be a great exercise to go back 4 years and play each of the detractors comments about the advent and success of the then upcoming Model S - that same exercise should also be done in the realm of space technology - it would not surprise me in the least to see a whole pack of detractors predicting the demise of both Tesla Model S and Space X - perhaps, the contributors and commentors here could do that for us in a concise format -
    and then we have what is - what actually happened ?? -
    Apr 8 10:19 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla's Gigafactory Becoming A Gigafarce? [View article]
    Ergo - ICE cars !!!
    Apr 8 10:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla's Gigafactory Becoming A Gigafarce? [View article]
    I suggest watching "how do the build that" on TV - bottling plants, auto fillers, milking machines are just a few of the already existing technologies that can be expanded upon to provide the appropriate techniques - I know that I don't know, and I am guessing that the many naysayers who think the know, don't - why? - boxed in thinkers - Musk not only thinks outside the box, he lives outside the box -
    Apr 8 10:01 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla's Gigafactory Becoming A Gigafarce? [View article]
    Are you saying that building a car manufacturing plant and a rocket manufacturing plant at the same time is not complex and difficult? - that astounds me, because I am a simpleton and the proof appears to already be in the pudding -
    Apr 8 09:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla's Gigafactory Becoming A Gigafarce? [View article]
    That is undoubtedly the same argument made against Space X putting a rocket into orbit - I don't know the whole of it but it appears that Musk and team did the same thing there (built it inhouse) - yep, they failed the first three times, and then they hit a home run - Musk is smart, he learns from his mistakes and then forges ahead - the Tesla Roadster (although not a mistake) was a precursor for the Model S, which hit it out of the park on the first try - Solar City is the #1 solar dealer in the US - why is that important? - because Musk is building a Utility Company that has no moving parts, no generators, no grid, and it will continue to deliver year after year, profits, yes profits !! - napkin plan? well, if that is all that is required for some people, then so be it - and as far as the ability to reshape the battery technology, perhaps he will have to use a second napkin -
    Apr 8 09:47 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors launches business leasing subsidiary [View news story]
    Why not have internal leasing - one stop shopping - easier - BTW my S was financed through Alliant at 1.5%, also done over the phone in 15 minutes - another lender is Pentagon Credit Union at slightly higher rates - Tesla through BofA or WF do not offer the very best rates, but they make it easy - isn't that what car shopping should be - easy!
    I posted the above info for all of the guys who think they know Tesla, but do not - I have made is EASY for any one of you to go out and buy one, see what all of the fuss is about -
    typically, you don't plant a full grown tree - you plant a seed or a seedling - Tesla does something good for its business and all detractors can do is complain about how this show failure - go figure -
    Apr 8 09:26 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - Driven By Noise, But High-Quality Noise [View article]
    Looks like Musk is smarter, again!
    Apr 7 09:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - Driven By Noise, But High-Quality Noise [View article]
    cpar - you are right, 3 Prius = 1 Tesla - what you ignore is that when you buy 3 Prius, that's exactly what you have, 3 Prius, not 1 Tesla - personally, I'll keep my one Tesla
    Apr 7 09:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Markets: Pricing Utopia [View article]
    Not many comments on the above pranks - could it be that there is more truth to these than some would like to imagine - in the real world my home is a charging station for Model S and other EV's, coincidentally between LA and Palm Springs - look me up and stop in for a charge -
    Apr 6 09:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - Driven By Noise, But High-Quality Noise [View article]
    My grandson sells Chevy's - Musk has it exactly right when it comes to the dealer network - they don't try and sell Volts, they actually try and unsell them - NADA and the other dealer associations know that, but continue to try and force Tesla to sell through the dealer model - why? - not because the Tesla sales people will not unsell or even under sell Tesla's - rather, they want to burden Tesla with extra cost hoping to stall or even kill off the automobile maker, which presents a marked threat to them -
    Apr 5 10:30 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Markets: Pricing Utopia [View article]
    and as long as we are in the absurd, another April 1 disclosure -

    Elon Musk and Tesla announce Superchargers for consumer garages!
    youyouxue | April 1, 2014

    Here is a recent quote from an article I read from the Los Angeles Times:

    "LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Tesla CEO and Product Designer Elon Musk unveiled a new series of Superchargers, aimed at consumers. The Superchargers, available in June 2014, will allow homeowners to install Supercharging stations in their garages. "We're really excited about these new Supercharging stations", Musk said, "it will help our Model S owners charge their vehicles faster, and take advantage of the power grid more than ever before". Tesla's existing Supercharger network allows consumers to charge Model S vehicles to half-capacity in only 30 minutes. The current Supercharger network covers the entire United States, and allows for coast-to-coast travel. "We here at Tesla hope that this new line of chargers will allow homeowners to make some money charging Model S owners money to use their garage's charger", said Sam Sampson, the electrical-engineer behind the project. Sampson told the AssociatedPress that the new chargers will cost $20,000 for the base model, the P600V, and runs up to $50,000 for the P10000V model. The chargers will take approximately 4 hours to install, and requires no prior experience. The chargers deliver voltage to Model S electric vehicle batteries, and the 10000 volt model will be able to charge vehicles to full capacity in 20 minutes. Sampson credits this advancement to a loophole in the physics of lithium-ion batteries that will allow drivers to charge at consistent rates with no compromises. James Novitsky, a Supercharger-beta owner, told the AssociatedPress that he enjoys seeing 6 to 7 drivers lined up in front of his house, waiting to use his garage's charging station. "It's really cool that my garage can be the link between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for Model S drivers, and I like how my garage will take away Tesla-anxiety from driving in the hot weather and using the A/C in the cars", he said. Sampson says that he hopes to see at least 100,000 Superchargers across the United States by the end of 2015.

    Elon Musk also announced battery-swapping technology for the home, and promised 15 second battery-swaps while you wait for the light to turn green. "We are partnering with the city of Palo Alto to install battery-swapping stations throughout the major intersections of the city. Drivers will have to pull up to an intersection, and if they are first in line, the battery-swapping station will unscrew their batteries, bring the old battery into the ground below, and install a new, fully-charged battery. The driver will be responsible for the costs of battery-swapping, and will receive a bill in the mail if he or she decides to use this advanced feature", Musk said, "you can expect to see this technology by 2022"."

    I don't know who these, but their thesis is at least as fortelling as much of the detraction written by some of the SA contributor, in other words, fanatasy -
    Apr 4 10:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Markets: Pricing Utopia [View article]
    and then this - this was an April 1 prank, but very well written and perhaps a truer glimpse of the future than many imagine -

    Tesla announces 125 kWh battery, replacement plan
    youyouxue | April 1, 2014

    Quote from Tesla PR release:

    "Today Tesla Motors announced the latest battery configuration of the best-selling Model S sedan. Product designer Elon Musk called the new 125 kilowatt-hour battery a new innovation, and said that it would allow for Model S owners to take longer road trips. Model S engineer Steven Simpson said that the 125 kWh battery delivers an unprecedented 410 miles of range. Mr. Simpson also encouraged current drivers to swap out their batteries at local Service Centers, for a flat fee of $5000.00. The new battery pack is made in collaboration with Panasonic, and delivers the energy customers are looking for from their Model S. Drivers will feel the power of the new battery pack, which allows for the Model S (P125+) to accelerate from 0-100 mph in 4.12 seconds on flat ground, and allows for acceleration from 0-60 mph in 2.30 seconds. CEO Elon Musk asked drivers to be patient, as the Supercharger network needed to be upgraded to provide ten thousand volts of energy to the new on-board charger, built into the battery. With the new Supercharger network, Tesla Model S owners will take advantage of a record six-minute charging time for 125 kWh batteries. New technology allows for Model S vehicles to directly take advantage of voltage, and bypass heat regulators and safety mechanisms, all in the name of charging faster."

    Anyone going to upgrade?
    Apr 4 10:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment