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  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +5.5%) wins a court battle in New York when a judge dismisses a case against the automaker trying to prevent it from selling directly to consumers. [View news story]
    Victory! Now lets conquer Texas.
    Apr 12, 2013. 10:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.2%) CEO Elon Musk pushes for support in Texas on a bill which would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell cars directly to consumers. Though the automaker has won a few victories in other states, the battle against Texas auto dealers could be a bit tougher. [View news story]
    @dennisg13 - I think that means you either sell gasoline or gasoline cars.

    Or, it could possibly mean that they themselves are a car and are jealous that they are not a Model S.
    Apr 12, 2013. 10:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.2%) CEO Elon Musk pushes for support in Texas on a bill which would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell cars directly to consumers. Though the automaker has won a few victories in other states, the battle against Texas auto dealers could be a bit tougher. [View news story]
    @bigbenorr - Tesla has extended its owners an 8 year battery warranty and there are already a few large Tesla service centers nationwide where they can do battery swapouts if needed.

    When looking into the cost of a new battery pack in 8 years.. it is important to know that Li-ion batteries will be about 25% cheaper within the next 4 years so it should really be pretty reasonable.
    Apr 12, 2013. 10:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.2%) CEO Elon Musk pushes for support in Texas on a bill which would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell cars directly to consumers. Though the automaker has won a few victories in other states, the battle against Texas auto dealers could be a bit tougher. [View news story]
    @youngman442002 - Check out the Tesla website where it covers all of the details regarding service.

    The Tesla Ranger Team will cover 90% of the nation and travel directly to you for those repairs or warranty work. However with EVs being so much more reliable than gasoline engines I would not be concerned abou this. Also, with automatic software updates many of the little things that may come up can be solved without inconviencing the owner in any way.

    So I ask, youngman442002 - What are you talking about?
    Apr 12, 2013. 10:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.2%) CEO Elon Musk pushes for support in Texas on a bill which would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell cars directly to consumers. Though the automaker has won a few victories in other states, the battle against Texas auto dealers could be a bit tougher. [View news story]
    Tesla will succeed just as it has in other states.

    Reason - The law describes that car manufacturers cannot sell cars directly to customers because it would be extremely unfair to dealerships who have an invested interest in the brands. However, since Tesla only sells cars themselves and will not allow dealers to sell cars for them it makes Tesla exempt from these laws because no unfair competion would occur. Its brilliant!
    Apr 12, 2013. 09:57 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is This The Right Time To Short Tesla? [View article]
    From a few of the comments I have a sneaking suspicion that we have a few Tesla "shorters" in our midst who have been beaten up pretty badly.

    I feel bad for all of those guys who really cannot see TSLA for the excellent investment that it is.

    Personally, I am getting tired of people slaming the company and its management. Tesla has overcome and achieved what no other automotive manufacturer has and it continues to disrupt the automotive industry, its dealerships and the news headlines. The cutting edge Model S is beating the competition hands down and it has the awards to prove it, the company is profitable and despite all of the resistance they still are leaping forward.

    If you disagree I would motivate you to reconsider your position and learn a little more about EVs. Check out the competition from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Nissan, Ford and GM; see what they are up too and then look at Tesla.

    EVs are no longer novelty cars exclusively for greenpeace activists and treehuggers alike. They are real cars that work in the real world and little Tesla is showing the big boys how its done.

    "I decided to post this comment to more than 1 SA article."
    Apr 12, 2013. 09:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Car Financing - What I Think Happened [View article]
    From a few of the comments I have a sneaking suspicion that we have a few Tesla "shorters" in our midst who have been beaten up pretty badly.

    I feel bad for all of those guys who really cannot see TSLA for the excellent investment that it is.

    Personally, I am getting tired of people slaming the company and its management. Tesla has overcome and achieved what no other automotive manufacturer has and it continues to disrupt the automotive industry, its dealerships and the news headlines. The cutting edge Model S is beating the competition hands down and it has the awards to prove it, the company is profitable and despite all of the resistance they still are leaping forward.

    If you disagree I would motivate you to reconsider your position and learn a little more about EVs. Check out the competition from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Nissan, Ford and GM; see what they are up too and then look at Tesla.

    EVs are no longer novelty cars exclusively for greenpeace activists and treehuggers alike. They are real cars that work in the real world and little Tesla is showing the big boys how its done.
    Apr 12, 2013. 09:40 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Car Financing - What I Think Happened [View article]
    @rhyse12 - I think that most of your comments come down to perception. I personally do not consider a $60,000 vehicle to be a rich man's toy car, but then again maybe you do. The new entry-level price of the Tesla allows it to compete in both the high-end car market and the mid-range car market. It will be directly competing with the BMW 5 and 7-Series, Mercedes, E and S-Class, The Audi A6, A7 and A8 and even the more expensive Cadillacs. The $60,000 price makes it affordable for buyers of all those cars and an excellent option for those about to enter the market of Luxury cars. Tesla does not make economy cars, they make the worlds only premium EV luxury car. So, when you talk about Tesla acting like a car company and making a real world product think about this. I wonder if you speak the same way about Apple? Since the beginning Apple has run its business the Apple way regardless of what anyone else thinks. This is what has allowed the company to remain focused and pure and is now what seperates it from everything else. The same goes for Tesla. As Ford and GM are working on selling their cars to every man, woman and child in America, Tesla is focused on a specific customer and their efforts have been successful. As Tesla grows so will their product line. Elon himself has referenced a $30,000 car in Tesla's future.

    Regarding the $7,500 credit. I think you should check out the website for the Congressional Bugetary Office. They expalin their reasonings for extending the credit and why it makes sense. In the long run it helps ease the transition to cleaner more efficient cars and saves the taxpayers money in the costs incured by operating an entire nation on fossil fuels. Not to mention our reliance on foreign oil.
    Apr 10, 2013. 03:55 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is This The Right Time To Short Tesla? [View article]
    Hi kellyatredwood - You make some very interesting points. Lets review them.

    Energy Density - Yes, you make an excellent point regarding energy density! Fossil Fuels, specifically oil and gasoline hold tremendous amounts of energy and are essential. However in terms of efficiency the car is one of the worst places to utilize this type of energy source.
    Let me explain - When developing a car manufacturers have many constraints, specifically weight and space. Both of these limitations dramatically effect the efficiency. Typical gasoline powered cars only have the ability to utilize about 20% of the energy that could be captured from gasoline. The other 80% of the energy from that fuel source is wasted entirely and generated into heat which is unusable in an ICE.
    In comparison - The utility companies do not operate under such constraints (big heavy efficient machinery) and have the ability to capture much more energy from the same fuel source, around 60%. So yes, fossil fuels are very energy dense but is it the best way to fuel our cars? I think not.

    In regard to recharge speed and convienece. Gasoline is expensive, dirty and you cannot store it in volume at your home. Electricity on the other hand is very different. The power grid allows us to "juice up" pretty much anywhere including your home. The cost and convienence EV charging offers with the Model S greatly overshadows the short time you spend at the gas station 2x a week. (Fast charging tech is still in its infancy and will only get quicker and more accessable.)

    EVs as a Small Market - Again, another excellent point. As of today I still view all EV owners as "early adopters." Obviously as the tech advances and as more charging stations appear we will see mainstream auto manufacturers invest more in their EV programs and in turn sell more cars. Most motorists are conscious of the cost they incur to drive and as battery tech gets cheaper and charging stations more accessable EVs will pick up in sales.

    Tesla as Self Righteous - I have never heard anyone from Tesla speak in a self righteous fashion. I cannot say the same about owners. I would say that this trait is probably more present in Prius owners. Bottom line, people will be proud of making an investment in a clean tech.

    Tesla owners are trying to "impress" other people - Seriously, what are you talking about? Thats just rediculous.

    Sense and Selling - Lets be clear, the cost of oil and gasoline is what sells hybrids and EVs. The Prius was esseentially first to market with a truely compelling hybrid option which accounts for its extreme success. Everyone knows the name, its unmistakable shape/look and what it stands for. Being first to market brings unmeasureable advantages.

    The Price - The model S is a very expensive car but not alone in that respect. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Bentley all exclusively sell expensive luxury cars. Why are you singeling out Tesla? Does its price make it any less relavent or legitimate? Absolutely not!

    Also, you forget that Tesla has a waiting list. With more demand than supply. This is something other car manufacturers can learn from and is certainly better than having lot after lot of unsold luxury cars waiting to be bought.
    (Fisker is a completely other story and not relavant in Tesla conversation. They are hardly even a company anymore and will probably disappear very soon.)

    Also, Tesla will be bringing a $30K vehicle to market in the next 2-3 years for those without, "condos in Maui, personal aircraft." - (another rediculous comment)

    Lastly, that Tax Credit - The $7,500 tax credit does play a very important role in the sale of EVs. It is an investment in what is obviously the future of motoring and the government sees it. The website for the Congressional Budget Office offers up all the numbers and many articles explaining the logic behind this Tax Credit and why they will continue to extend it. Basically it comes down to how much our government spends to clean up the environment annually and the effect EVs would have on this figure. Its not tree-hugging environmentalism bro-science. The cost we pay to try and clean up the smog, oil/gasoline spills etc. can and will be reduced if EVs are sold in volume. This is why the Tax Credit exists. Eventually, the biggest motivator is money and that is what resonates most with consumers.

    Tesla is not a novelty, EVs are not a novelty and with the progress we are making you will probably be driving an EV within the forseeable future.
    Apr 8, 2013. 11:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Car Financing - What I Think Happened [View article]
    Dave_M - You have a really great point. There are many people who will not be able to get the payments that low but some will be able to come very close.

    The "$500 a month for a Model S" may on the surface appear to be a little misleading but remember that it is in terms of cost of ownership compared to gasoline cars. It will be interesting to see what the actual numbers are from people who choose to take advantage of the Leasing Program.

    Lets take a closer look at the numbers we have available today.

    You can lease a Brand New 2013 MB Hybrid S-Class for $1,391 + $263.83 monthly fuel costs ($3,166 annual cost of gasoline at $4.75 a gallon).

    Total - $1,654.83 Total cost of ownership per month.

    Or, you can Lease a (non-business) 2013 Tesla Model S for $1,097 - $80 (CA EV incentive.) - $40 (Guaranteed Resale Value) + $59.40 ($6.60) cost of electricity for a full charge (charge fully 2x a week, 9 times in April.)

    Total - $1,036.40 Total cost of ownership per month.

    (If the model S is used as a business vehicle you can take an additional $345 a month taking the total cost of ownership down to $691.40)

    So, point well made. The $500 a month figure Tesla is promoting is very difficult to achieve. If you ask me the $200+ in savings you experience every month filling your car with electricity rather than gasoline is the much more important number.

    What tesla should be saying is this:

    If you lease a Tesla Model S instead of a Mercedes-Benz Hybrid S-Class for 3 years then you will save $5,000. (Not to mention you will be getting a much rarer, cooler car.)
    Apr 5, 2013. 11:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Car Financing - What I Think Happened [View article]
    I really do believe that people are missing the point of the calculator. Like Elon said, If you do not believe that one of the factors applies to you (Ex: The value of your time.) then just uncheck that box and it will no longer apply. Its that easy. However, the point is that the calculator is challenging people and their way of thinking.

    The only way to move forward is to question what we do today.
    Apr 5, 2013. 09:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk went on the offensive in an interview on Bloomberg TV. The exec says he will "personally guarantee" that the residual value of the Model S will match those of the Mercedes S-Class with "all" his assets. As for Tesla's fuzzy math on the true cost of its leasing option, Musk notes the nit-picking over the true cost diminishes the overall theme that the Model S is now more affordable for many consumers. TSLA -2.5% premarket to $43.24. (video[View news story]
    Wigit5, I think a lot of people feel the same way you do. I don't think we will see the low 30s again but if we do then it will be an unbelieveable buying opportunity!
    Apr 3, 2013. 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk went on the offensive in an interview on Bloomberg TV. The exec says he will "personally guarantee" that the residual value of the Model S will match those of the Mercedes S-Class with "all" his assets. As for Tesla's fuzzy math on the true cost of its leasing option, Musk notes the nit-picking over the true cost diminishes the overall theme that the Model S is now more affordable for many consumers. TSLA -2.5% premarket to $43.24. (video[View news story]
    I agree. Its an important announcement but was a little overhyped. I think it took away from the great earnings report. Should have come out with the leasing program last week and left theis week to the news of profitability.
    Apr 3, 2013. 12:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk went on the offensive in an interview on Bloomberg TV. The exec says he will "personally guarantee" that the residual value of the Model S will match those of the Mercedes S-Class with "all" his assets. As for Tesla's fuzzy math on the true cost of its leasing option, Musk notes the nit-picking over the true cost diminishes the overall theme that the Model S is now more affordable for many consumers. TSLA -2.5% premarket to $43.24. (video[View news story]
    I actually think they appreciate in value only because there are none available!
    Apr 3, 2013. 12:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Car Financing - What I Think Happened [View article]
    Dave_M: Thank you! I'm seeing the same thing in my city. I drove past the Mercedes-Benz Dealership today and they have more cars than they can handle! Its all about that supply/demand.
    Apr 3, 2013. 12:46 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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