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  • Tesla - 20 Key Risks That Longs Are Ignoring [View article]
    I have two solar panel arrays. The cost of electrons is a steady $.102/kWh for the next 20 years.
    Apr 11 10:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - 20 Key Risks That Longs Are Ignoring [View article]
    Actually, the Model S is less expensive and faster.
    The Jaguar XJ is the better luxury car, and the Model S is the better driver's car.
    Apr 11 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Yes To GigaFactory [View article]
    With EV sales doubling every year and current EV owners never wanting to buy a gas car ever again, there is a growing market for EVs that will never be satisfied with a high mileage ICE-age car. Once people go electric, most of them never turn back. I know a Ford Focus EV owner who also owns a VW Jetta Diesel because he drives over 100+ miles a day, and sometimes he doesn't stay in one spot long enough to charge up for the next trip. He would have bought a Tesla Model S if he could have afforded it because of the 200+ mile range and fast charge capability. He'll probably buy the Model E and sell the other two cars when it comes out.
    Mar 31 12:25 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Yes To GigaFactory [View article]
    BTW: All the car brands follow this pricing model esp. Premium automakers; start low and have plenty of expensive "gotta have" options.

    For the same price, would you choose another EV that couldn't travel VS a Tesla that can? It's a no-brainier.
    Mar 31 12:12 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Yes To GigaFactory [View article]
    In the article, you said you would buy a $20,000 Tesla. Tesla Motors is NEVER coming out with a $20,000 car. They are a premium automaker like Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Porsche, Jaguar, etc. none of which sell a car cheaper than $29,998. Tesla's Model E is supposed to start at $35,000 for the basic model with the smallest battery and no options. Option it up to compete in its class, and it'll be $45,000. Upgrade to the larger battery, and it'll be $55,000. Max it out, and we're talking $60K+. The Performance version will be more.

    Another thing: Tesla is not going to die if other automakers come out with comparable EVs for the simple reason that Tesla has a nationwide Supercharger network and the others don't and don't even plan to fund one. Without it, none of the competition can travel, making them long range commuters giving Teslas the edge in every review and comparison test.
    Mar 30 08:22 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Success Bad News For Hybrids And EREVs, Good News For BEVs [View article]
    I disagree. The largest percentage of Tesla conquest sales is from the Toyota Prius. Hybrids and PHEVs are training wheels for the real thing. Those that can afford to to stepping up to the Tesla Model S. When desirable (200+ mile range, good looks and performance, good passenger and cargo space, fast charging, etc.) affordable EVs hit the market people will flock to them, esp. hybrid and PHEV owners who don't want to burn gas. Every hybrid, PHEV, and EV purpose serves to make more sales. The market is big enough for many hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs; but I agree with the author. EVs will triumph in the end.

    BTW: An ICE-age vehicle does NOT have "unlimited" range considering you have to stop and fill it up with some expensive noxious flammable fluid. They also have range anxiety because most cars don't display miles-per-tank; simply a full symbol and an empty one.
    Mar 20 03:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Race To The Affordable Electric Car [View article]
    What car gets nearly 70 mpg? and don't say the Prius, because the EPA rates it at 48 mpg highway. (I know customers have been able to achieve more) driving fast on the highway is illegal, inefficient, and dangerous.
    Mar 19 01:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Race To The Affordable Electric Car [View article]
    Two words: Supercharger Network

    That's why the other corporations will take forever to catch up to Tesla. That and the fact that other corporations don't really want to sell EVs.
    Mar 19 01:12 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Race To The Affordable Electric Car [View article]
    The Leaf is by no means incredible. It's normal and familiar except for its weird exterior and different interior. In short, it is unexciting and it was designed to be so. They are nice cars because they have the EV drivetrain, but to say that it's "incredible" is not accurate. Tesla's are the exact opposite: exciting, beautiful, lust-worthy, very capable cars.
    Mar 19 12:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Race To The Affordable Electric Car [View article]
    The Volt will continue to be popular, but will be overshadowed by the quicker, better-looking, better handling, higher tech, more practical, and similarly priced Tesla Model E. Most EV enthusiasts hope that every electric car is successful (except for the iMiev which is horrible). Range anxiety doesn't exist in a Tesla unless you are a bad planner.

    The whole point of Tesla Motors is to get other companies to make compelling EVs. They may achieve that goal when the Model E comes out and the others are forced to respond with their own. The one thing will make a Tesla the obvious choice over a competitor is the Supercharger Network. The ability to travel for free without burning gas will distinguish Teslas from the rest off the pack. The other EVs even if they have long ranges won't be able to travel because of the widespread lack of fast chargers with the exception of Superchargers, and the PHEVs have to burn gas most of the way which is a bummer.

    As EV sales double every year, most EV owners are only buying EVs and won't buy a gas car. They don't want to burn gas, but PHEVs are the most convenient option right now, allowing electric commuting as well as high speed traveling. Once Superchargers become ubiquitous, there will be no need for PHEVs. People will still buy them, but the ICE is like training wheels. PHEV and hybrid drivers are and will continue to transition to EVs once they get comfortable with the electric tech.

    Remember, the Tesla Model E will be the best overall EV on the market as well as have the absolutely critical advantage of a nationwide Supercharger Network. It's the charging network that will guarantee the Model E's success.
    Mar 19 12:44 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Tesla Electric Car On A Road Called 'Overvalued'? [View article]
    The Tesla Model S can.
    Mar 8 03:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Tesla Electric Car On A Road Called 'Overvalued'? [View article]
    Nobody said a Tesla Model S was cheaper than a $30,000 car. A Tesla Model S IS cheaper to own than ALL the cars in its class though. If you are already going to get an expensive car, you mind as well get a Tesla Model S and not spend time and money on gassing up and maintenance.

    The Tesla Model S and equivalent vehicles are more than point A to B transportation; otherwise, everybody would own Nissan Versa's and Toyota Yaris's. It's not about saving money as it is about owning one of the best cars in the world and helping to accelerate the development of long range EVs. If you want to save money, buy a Nissan Leaf instead of said $30,000 car. Use your other car for traveling.

    Burning gas sucks. It's expensive and pollutes. One of the many reasons to buy an EV is to NOT have to buy gas. Another reason is recharging at home. It's very convenient and cheap. Another reason is the perfectly smooth, quiet, instant, linear torque available from any RPM.

    Just the energy used to refine one gallon of gas can power an EV for 25 miles. Only 25-30% of the energy in gas is used to propel the car forward. The rest is wasted. EVs are 85-90% efficient. Overall, they are just better. It's only a matter of time before the masses realize that.
    Mar 8 03:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Tesla Electric Car On A Road Called 'Overvalued'? [View article]
    That's exactly it. Tesla's patented small form factor battery packs give it the advantage. Thousands of inexpensive cells in a pack are cheaper and more energy dense than a hundred large specialized "automotive-grade" batteries. No other automaker can do what Tesla is doing at a cheaper price and still make a profit.
    Mar 8 02:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla Motors Worth $65 Or $320? Are Ford, GM Or BMW Better Bets? [View article]
    So far, they haven't reached 200 miles without an ICE onboard. Tesla Motors is still the only one with a long range EV at any price point. Whether you think they can do it or not is irrelevant to the fact that they haven't and don't plan to anytime soon. It looks like they'll be clinging to PHEVs.
    Mar 1 03:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla Motors Worth $65 Or $320? Are Ford, GM Or BMW Better Bets? [View article]
    The Tesla Model X will cost slightly more than the Model S. The $35-60K+ Model E (Gen III) will come out in 2018, and in est. 2021 there will be a small affordable CUV based off the Gen III platform. After that, Tesla will probably build a hypercar like the Rimac Concept One, and then a truck.
    Mar 1 03:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment