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  • Tesla Motors: Dilution Is Inevitable [View article]
    Interesting. I thought perhaps your arguments had some validity until I read the "novelty" comment and the context for it. That undermined your thinking entirely. Tesla is a disruptive innovation and hardly a novelty. It's a game-changer. If you can't see that you're blind.
    Sep 22 08:57 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Robert W. Baird raises its price target on Tesla Motors (TSLA) to $118 after missing a turn on the automaker's road to triple digits. The color from the investment firm focuses on the long-term potential for the Model X and Generation III, indicating that the PT only factors in moderate share price appreciation over the next few years. TSLA +3.3% premarket to $97.20. [View news story]
    All the Barron's piece accomplished was totally undermining the credibility of Barron's itself.
    Jun 12 10:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swayed By The Arguments In Tesla? [View article]
    All cars need special attention and care, especially the propulsion systems. ICE engines need oil changes periodically, the antifreeze must be maintained, the engine can't be over-reved. the transmission fluid must be kept at a proper leve, etc. If one doesn't do these things there are consequences, possibly severe.

    With the Model S the special attention and care is just different, and most of it's focused on the battery. Does this cripple the technology? No. It just means that people have to change their habits and behavior regarding proper maintenance of the car and the propulsion system.
    Mar 26 07:45 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jefferies defends Tesla Motors (TSLA -3.2%) with a note which points out that most Tesla Model S owners seem more impressed with the car than the New York Times reporter who muddled through the charging process on an extended trip. The firm boosts its price target on TSLA to $45 a share on its view the EV automaker will report that it's on track to meet stated FY13 productions goals. [View news story]
    I think I detect a contradiction in your comment. First you chastise another poster for questioning the intelligence of drivers who see flaws in the Model S. In the next breath you question the intelligence of people who bought the Model S. Give us all a break from your flawed logic.
    Feb 15 06:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A test drive of a Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%) Model S from Washington DC to Boston goes resoundingly smooth for a CNN reporter as he zooms through traffic at over 70 mph at times with enough charge left to spare at the end of the trip. The one nitpick from the drive was the 200-mile stretch without a charging station, although that should be an easy problem for the EV maker to fix. (Previous saga: NYT vs Musk[View news story]
    To Broder: Liar liar pants on fire.
    Feb 15 12:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The New York Times Can Do The Right Thing [View article]
    The logs of the trip demonstrate that Broder stretched the truth. The logs don't lie.
    Feb 14 08:29 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Magnifying Rather Than Quelling Range Anxiety [View article]
    re@wstuff.

    "Crap in in print" pretty much sums up the investing advice on SA. We're talking amateurish stuff.
    Feb 12 09:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Think Twice Before Test-Driving A Tesla [View article]
    Saibus research? That's an oxymoron. When is ideology considered "research."
    Feb 11 06:51 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.7%) CEO Elon Musk blasts The New York Times in a series of tweets (I, II, III) over its weekend test drive of the Model S which went rather poorly. In a nutshell, the exec blames user error for the mishaps and says he will line up more journalists to do the same drive. He also promises that more detailed info on charging data will be released on the Tesla blog. If Musk gives any detail on productions numbers in advance of the company's Q4 report, things could get really exciting. [View news story]
    The quality of journalism (it's being generous to call it that) today is dreadful, the New York Times included. And who is the guy's editor? A good editor would never have let this story go up as it was.
    Feb 11 06:48 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.2%) is scheduled to report earnings sometime this month with a focus on where the automaker's margins stand and if its production levels are keeping up with previous estimates. CEO Elon Musk jumped into the twittersphere earlier today to rebut a Reuters obituary on the EV industry and should have plenty to say when Tesla reports. [View news story]
    Reuters is proving nearly every day that it's a digital age rag.
    Feb 8 01:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The demand for electric vehicles in China feels the force of gravity: A deteriorating smog situation in major metro areas such as Beijing has the government testing an incentive program for electric vehicles, although consumers continue to show only a passing interest in hybrids or EVs. Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.5%) will open a retail store in the nation this spring, but may want to wait before it shifts its China plans into second gear. [View news story]
    The bigger issue is not factories but the number of coal-fired power plants, which continue to grow at an alarming rate. China's the perfect example of what happens when environmental regulations are sacrificed at the alter of growth -- they're slowly killing themselves. Electric cars are one small part of a broad-based policy solution but hardly a panacea. The first challenge for the Chinese is to get off coal. But I won't be holding my breath.
    Feb 8 10:13 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The demand for electric vehicles in China feels the force of gravity: A deteriorating smog situation in major metro areas such as Beijing has the government testing an incentive program for electric vehicles, although consumers continue to show only a passing interest in hybrids or EVs. Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.5%) will open a retail store in the nation this spring, but may want to wait before it shifts its China plans into second gear. [View news story]
    It won't be long before the Chinese government provides very strong incentives for EV's and equally strong penalties for ICEs. ICEs will likely become so expensive that EVs will be the only affordable choice for the masses. So Tesla will be in a very strong postion as all of this unfolds.
    Feb 7 08:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The burning question over how many Model S vehicles Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.5%) manufactured in 2012 might be answered if a parsing of the VIN numbers issued by the automaker can be trusted. According to anecdotal reports, the highest VIN number issued so far is #3383 - just above Tesla's latest guidance calling for 2,700 to 3,225 units. [View news story]
    Tesla does not issue VIN numbers sequentially as cars are produced and delivered, so VINs are not an accurate measure of production volume. The author could have figured this out if he had done his homework and spent a few minutes on the Tesla Motors Club web site. Yet another example of dreadful journalism.
    Jan 10 01:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A judge dismisses a lawsuit against Tesla Motors (TSLA -1.6%) filed by automobile dealers in Massachusetts. saying the group lacked the standing to sue. The courtroom victory keeps the electric vehicle company's vision to dot the landscape with Tesla stores alive. [View news story]
    "The courtroom victory keeps the electric vehicle company's vision to dot the landscape with Tesla stores alive" is a very careless way to describe this outcome. That vision has never really seriously threatened. If this statement was followed by "in Massachusetts" it would have been far more accurate. In all but a handful of states Tesla's store plans face no legal challenges or complications. This is another perfect example of the sloppiness that characterizes news reporting and journalism today.
    Jan 4 01:59 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla Motors Really Overvalued? [View article]
    The unknown but critical variables in the future of Tesla are pace of climate change and the supply and price of oil. These will put greater and greater economic, political, and environmental pressures on reduction of our dependency on fossil fuels, which in turn may benefit Tesla enormously, as it's positioned itself very well for these eventualities. And eventual they are: these are not if but when questions.
    Dec 19 01:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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