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  • Tesla Model S P85D impresses in testing while falling short of 'Ludicrous' [View news story]
    Another flop? You really don't know what you're talking about. In its class and price bracket, the Tesla Model S has outsold every other vehicle. They are taking away market share from the most profitable models from BMW, Mercedes, and others. That is why they are taking notice and talking about building "Tesla competitors."

    The Model X already has over 30,000 reservations with $5K+ down for each. Early indications of demand show that it will be a smashing success.
    People have been begging for the Model III since the Roadster came out back in 2008. An affordable Tesla (beauty, long range, fast charging, high performance, safe, lots of cargo room, etc.) will sell like hotcakes!
    Aug 21, 2015. 12:40 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report Claims Mercedes Ditches Tesla And Upgrades Electric Car To 310 Miles Of Range [View article]
    The Mercedes B-class is really quite a good car, but it's unremarkable in appearance and costs quite a lot. It's quick, quiet, smooth, practical, and it has the longest range of any non-Tesla EV on the market 87 miles EPA +17 miles in Range mode (104 miles total). If they doubled the range on it while keeping the cost the same (I highly doubt this), they might double their sales.

    A 200-mile Mercedes B-class EV would NOT be in any way, shape, or form a serious Model III competitor for the same reasons that it's not already a competitor to the BMW 3-series. Few people are going to compare them solely based on the fact that they're both electric because that fact alone doesn't make them competitors. Rule of thumb: Whenever any European automaker mentions range or efficiency, it's going to be based on NEDC testing which yields highly optimistic and unrealistic results.
    Aug 20, 2015. 07:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report Claims Mercedes Ditches Tesla And Upgrades Electric Car To 310 Miles Of Range [View article]
    How about a 30% improvement in 2 years?
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    Aug 20, 2015. 06:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Report Claims Mercedes Ditches Tesla And Upgrades Electric Car To 310 Miles Of Range [View article]
    "I think there has been far too much attention on the significance of Tesla's charging network. I don't believe the network has changed Tesla's sales by more than about 2500 units total. In other words, without their own charging network, they would have sold almost as many cars as they have sold."

    Pure speculation, and I totally disagree with you.
    Would you or anyone you know buy one now without the Supercharger Network?
    Aug 20, 2015. 05:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Model S P85D impresses in testing while falling short of 'Ludicrous' [View news story]
    Consumer Reports (CR) consistently gets lower than advertised performance numbers on EVERY car they test. Motortrend achieved a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 sec. when the P85D first came out. Also, Duh! Ludicrous Mode hasn't even come out yet, and when it arrives, it will improve top end acceleration by about 20%. When everyone else achieved 0-60 mph times roughly inline with Tesla's 4.2 sec. 0-60 mph time for the P85, Motortrend did it in 4 sec. flat whereas CR took 4.6 sec. to get to 60 mph.

    I trust CR for normal car reviews, but for performance vehicles? Not a chance. Motortrend, Car & Driver, Road & Track, etc. are far more reliable sources for performance data.
    Aug 20, 2015. 11:55 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Lack Of Management Focus Remains A Concern [View article]
    Competition? What competition?
    Jul 20, 2015. 11:49 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How A Part-Time Uber Driver Can Buy A Tesla [View article]
    And never driven.
    Jun 20, 2015. 07:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How A Part-Time Uber Driver Can Buy A Tesla [View article]
    Why would you drive 500 miles at a moment's notice without planning? That makes no sense.
    Jun 20, 2015. 07:17 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How A Part-Time Uber Driver Can Buy A Tesla [View article]
    Tesla's battery packs are expected to last 8-10 yrs with no more than 80% degradation. They are NOT going to suddenly quit working, the range just very slowly goes down until you decide to replace it.
    Jun 20, 2015. 07:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How A Part-Time Uber Driver Can Buy A Tesla [View article]
    Tesla's Superchargers will be "free forever" (cost is rolled into purchase price), but not other EV chargers.
    Jun 20, 2015. 07:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How A Part-Time Uber Driver Can Buy A Tesla [View article]
    That's not true at all. The majority of houses in the Northeast could have solar panels for zero down. It's just that people either don't know, are somewhat apprehensive, or just don't care.
    Jun 20, 2015. 07:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How A Part-Time Uber Driver Can Buy A Tesla [View article]
    Your math is off, and comparing new to used is ingenous. A 2015 Honda Fit gets 36 mpg combined (actual tested mileage is close to this). If one drove 20,000 miles per year, assuming $3/gal gas prices, it would cost $1,667 per year to fuel it. After 5 yrs, that's $8,335. Maintenance and higher insurance vs EV would bring that figure up. Monthly fuel cost would be $139/mon. in addition to the lease or loan payments which ends up being a lot more than if you leased a Nissan Leaf.

    If one leased a Nissan Leaf for $199/month, it would only cost $62.50/mon for electrons at $.12/kWh (national average) if you drove 20,000 miles/yr.
    Jun 20, 2015. 07:04 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV Spotted On Test Track; Does GM Have A 1-2 Year Lead On Tesla's Model 3? [View article]
    Rolling out a network of hundreds of single chargers rather than charging stations shouldn't be too difficult. However, 50kW is NOT fast, and single chargers scattered around the country are not very convenient for traveling. If there are 8 chargers, the chances of all of them being blocked is far less than a single charging point.

    Upgrading a 50kWh charger to 100kWh is not easy either. If you have ever been to a Supercharger station, you would notice the large boxes containing electrical equipment for the station. CHAdeMO chargers (62.5kWh) can be used to charge the Model S with an adaptor. I'm sure that Tesla will make an adaptor for CCS DC "fast" chargers (50-70kWh) sometime in the future.

    The Tesla Model S will eventually be able to use all other chargers via adaptors, but only it can use Tesla's awesome Superchargers. This charger rollout is a PLUS for Tesla!
    Jun 14, 2015. 04:54 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla's Competition Does Not Have A Lead Over Tesla [View article]
    GM has mentioned that they only plan to build ~30,000 Bolts a year, not 100,000. I think the reason is that they are battery supply constrained.

    The Bolt will probably need 50kWh to have a 200-mile range. The Model III will need more. Elon Musk has said that the Tesla Model III will have a 200-mile real-world range. The 60kWh Model S did not have 200-mile real world range, but the 70D does. A 50kWh battery would give a Model III (80% smaller, 80% lighter, slightly more aerodynamic) a 200-mile EPA range, but that's not 200 miles of real-world range. I think that the Model III will have a range slightly under the Model S 70D requiring a 55-60kWh battery pack.

    The Chevy Bolt is also expected to arrive per GM with a price of $37,500, $30K after the $7,500 federal tax credit. That's more than the expected starting price of the Tesla Model III which is supposed to be $35,000.
    Jun 14, 2015. 04:13 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volvo Makes An SUV Out Of The BMW i8 To Compete With Tesla [View article]
    Not so. Because of the low power of the EV system, almost all acceleration will cause the ICE to cycle on. Unless you drive like grandma (0-40 mph in 30 sec.), you'd find yourself burning gas everyday.
    May 26, 2015. 12:42 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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