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  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    And both a bitch to park in the city where I do most of my driving.
    Dec 19, 2014. 04:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    @happy?

    I am not going to bother with your snotty and snide whinge.

    If you have a question, ask it is a reasonably civil manner.
    Dec 19, 2014. 04:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    @jtb:

    I agree that the Model S weighs the same as other cars in its class.

    The combination of that and huge acceleration especially 0-30 make it a particularly lethal way of transporting normally 1-2 occupants on roads shared with pedestrians as well as other vehicles.

    I do not regard a death rate of 30,000 or so in the US as acceptable, nor do I accept that it is in any way reasonable that people should be able to travel faster or with more acceleration than is safe for other road users.

    No doubt the 'Fast SUV' syndrome will continue, but I think and hope that the BMW i3 is much more in tune with the future.

    I saw an Audi A6 the other day - they are rare here.
    It is approximately the same size as a Tesla S, and I thought it a perfectly ludicrous contraption to haul around city streets.

    Most streets here have a 20 mph speed limit, or at most 30 mph anyway.

    I appreciate that roads are different in the US, but in most places I think the Tesla S design is about as much a pointer to the future as tail fins were.

    I hope so, anyway.
    Dec 18, 2014. 08:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    Watching:

    A total lack of concern for other road users is about what I would expect from some of the more immature Tesla advocates.

    The rules of physics are what they are, and if this is the way of the future it is a monumentally selfish and inefficient one.

    If the aim is rapid, convenient and safe transport this has fundamental flaws.

    Enjoy yourself.
    No one and nothing else matters, after all.

    The social awareness of the Kintergarden is about what you aspire to, it seems.
    Dec 18, 2014. 06:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Leasing Program And Its Implications [View article]
    @MB said:

    'Panasonic could not have increased their capacity by 200% this summer. '

    That notion exists only in your own head anyway.
    You should stop talking to yourself.
    Dec 18, 2014. 03:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Leasing Program And Its Implications [View article]
    I used to work in the cost and works department.

    Panasonic will certainly not have increased their production to cater for three shifts if their customer, Tesla, have no intention of running them.

    What they will have done is expanded capacity to cater for Tesla's sales forecasts, which is one of the reasons forecasts are important.

    I don't know if that means that Panasonic will be geared up for Model X production from the start of 2015 which was the original date.

    I doubt it, as it has been apparent that that would be missed for some time.
    Panasonic however has to order the machinery to produce the cells ahead of time from its own suppliers, together with the materials, so it is possible that they have not been able to slow that down.

    They will have built the supply lines for 35k this year, not 33k though.

    Evidence for that is in Tesla's unfinished goods inventory at the end of Q3, which was a massive $500 million, or around 60 days supply.

    Not just batteries but everything else piled up.
    Dec 18, 2014. 03:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Utility Rate Changes An Ominous Sign For SolarCity [View article]
    Hi Tom.
    Check out the BYD offerings:
    http://bit.ly/1z91GL2

    AFAIK they are not for retail sale yet in the US, but they have a complete suite of solutions.

    In my view their lithium iron phosphate chemistry is a good way to go, and certainly far more suitable than the temperamental NCA chemistry Tesla uses, which needs sophisticated cooling.

    They should be virtually zero maintenance unlike lead acid, and clearly BYD can provide a complete integrated solution with solar.
    Dec 18, 2014. 01:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Leasing Program And Its Implications [View article]
    @MB:

    If you wish to claim that I said that Panasonic tripled its cell capacity this summer provide a direct quote and link.

    You will not be able to as I made no such claim.

    Be aware that continued repetition of false and malicious inventions regarding my posts will result in your being reported.

    Don't invent things and put them into my mouth.
    Dec 18, 2014. 12:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Utility Rate Changes An Ominous Sign For SolarCity [View article]
    Hi twoheadsnake.

    The latest plug in hybrids are interesting from an emergency power point of view.

    The Japanese in particular after the tsunami found electric power from BEVs very useful, and are now installing out connectors not only in them with their limited power but in PHEVs.

    For instance the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has power out, and of course as long as you have petrol you are golden.
    Dec 18, 2014. 12:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Utility Rate Changes An Ominous Sign For SolarCity [View article]
    @CA:
    I would argue that the US is mainly better at hiding the scope of government intervention than that it is any better at limiting it.

    But no matter, we are on a similar page.

    It ain't gonna stop.
    Dec 18, 2014. 11:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Leasing Program And Its Implications [View article]
    @MB:
    I have no time to waste on someone who wrote that it is easy to get off the grid:
    'Simply stop paying the bills, and watch how fast you are disconnected'

    And then was not man enough to admit the utter folly of what he himself had written, preferring to swear black is white that that is not what his words meant.

    I will leave you to your wholly disingenuous folly.
    Dec 18, 2014. 11:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    @Biz:

    Your next article should be a treat.

    In this one you have gone on about what Buffet thinks about investing, when what he thinks about investing in electric cars and lithium battery storage is staring you in the face.

    His money is in BYD, not Tesla.

    Too obvious for you?
    Dec 18, 2014. 11:50 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's New Leasing Program And Its Implications [View article]
    @MB:

    Typical distortion.
    What I have said is that there is no evidence at all that Tesla is constrained in its production by battery shortages.
    Dec 18, 2014. 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    @watching:

    I said it was trivial to get a lot of acceleration from a large battery pack.
    That does not mean that I think that is a good idea for road use.

    Couple that with the high weight inherent in cars with big packs and present battery technology, the relevant 'technology/physics' is that impact still equals mass times velocity squared.

    These cars are not 'safe cars'.

    They simply externalise the damage.

    I think the BMW i3 with its far lower weight and relatively modest pack size is far more the 'wave of the future' and that the next generation of batteries in 2016 or so will make that even without a Rex a formidable contender, especially since that design philosophy can be used on a host of models.

    So although the engineering of the Tesla is excellent, that does not mean it is not an overweight dinosaur, albeit an electric one.

    Cparmerlee is perfectly correct in viewing the acceleration of the Tesla as too high, here in the real world for street use.
    Dec 18, 2014. 11:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dissecting Tesla Motors' Competitive Advantages [View article]
    @jrb:

    I have never dissed the engineering in the Tesla.

    However other makers can also produce some excellent cars.

    For instance the BMW i3 with the next generation batteries due in 2016-7 should have perhaps 150 miles of AER, and there are a host of other BMWs for a start coming with AER of 62 miles on the NEDC.

    That is just one manufacturer.

    Other than Tesla no manufacturer wanted to use 18650 batteries, which meant that they have been slower off the mark.

    With decent energy density batteries in other formats coming over the next couple of years, that gap will close, and they will have many designs taking full advantage of BEV and PHEV possibilities.

    IOW, as a snapshot you have a point.

    That is rapidly going to change over the next two or three years.
    Dec 18, 2014. 10:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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