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  • Pulling The Plug On Tesla [View article]
    Oil has been spilled by the millions of gallons and continues to do so. It's not just about how cheap oil is, it's also about how oil is causing havoc time after time and polluting our air and water day after day - as well as killing, over and over, our wildlife and much of the microscopic organisms in our soils. I prefer to salute Tesla for it's initiative to help protect our environment and the health of all of us. I drive my Tesla with pride knowing that I'm not polluting the world every time I take it out.
    Mar 11, 2015. 10:41 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Tesla's Deceptive Self-Defined Gross Margin REALLY Compares To Porsche's [View article]
    Having purchased two Teslas, Model S Signature born in the first thousand vehicles and now the P85D, I fully know the capabilities of the car and how well it lives up to the hype. This is far better than any car I've ever owned and it performs as well as any vehicle out there; it is truly a game changer and it will, in my opinion, and over time, prove to be a car that will eventually become the epitome of what considerable engineering and thought by a company who ultimately will have helped start to help improve our environment and specifically help halt the spread of untold amounts of oil, grease, and other environmental spills on and over our land and water supplies. The idea that we can continue to perpetrate very considerable damage to our environment is ridiculous and every thing that we do to reverse that damage needs to be applied.
    Dec 28, 2014. 02:01 PM | 25 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Special Investment Rules? [View article]
    Whoa, "For the most recent quarter, the company missed its own projection by a staggering 15 cars" - seems like a rather disingenuous statement, at best. As an owner of a Signature S and a trade up buyer for the P85D, to be delivered next month, I find the Model S to be an amazing car and all my friends have been very impressed with it. The lack of hundreds of parts carried around by most other gas and oil-guzzling vehicles, holding the promise of almost zero leaks of any kind from all- electric vehicles, - which has essentially zero emissions - makes an EV totally unlikely to cause any of the catastrophes equal to the leakage and spills from trucks, railroad cars and other handlers carrying oil, grease and gasoline throughout our country and the rest of the world.
    Nov 11, 2014. 01:34 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Special Investment Rules? [View article]
    Whoa, "For the most recent quarter, the company missed its own projection by a staggering 15 cars." What % of the cars manufactured does this number represent? Such a comment seems to be highly disingenuous - at best.
    Nov 11, 2014. 01:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Will The Model 3 Make A Mark? [View article]
    @Retired Securities Attorney: I got my Model S Signature, VIN # 753, in early Nov., 2012 and the only thing I didn't get was the jump seats and I paid $108,700. Did you wait until the performance version was out; and if so I was told that the performance version added about $8 to $9K to the package. If you didn't get the jump seats or the performance version added later, what else could bring the cost up to $123,700? I have most all the extras that have come out since - (including the floor mats for cabin floor, trunk and frunk mats, the carry-along air compressor for inflating a tire when on the road, the roof rack and the premier center console)? As an aside, I have found all the add-ons to be as good as what one would believe that Tesla would produce to overall make the car truly all that it is!
    Jul 18, 2014. 02:47 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla May Have A Huge Unfunded Warranty Problem Due To Defective Drivetrains [View article]
    Logical thought; my Model S Signature Tesla was #753 off the assembly line and I have not been to the Tesla repair center except to pick up accessories and to have the titanium shield put on. I've had no brake issues or anything else with the car - and believe me I put it through its paces very often. Your diatribe is reminiscent of the only little boy not getting a piece of cake before everybody else has eaten the whole cake.
    Jul 13, 2014. 07:30 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - 20 Key Risks That Longs Are Ignoring [View article]
    Electricity costs will likely not greatly increase as large providers of electricity continue to put up mega sized solar arrays (and better tracking facilities and greater use of more steam generation from solar facilities) and as they also roll out ever bigger windmill projects. It also appears that newer solar panels could, in the near future, become as much as 50% more efficient using newer types of panel materials. Backup battery systems will also be more available and will provide available power as storm debris is cleaned up and before power is restored to the most devastated areas.
    Apr 10, 2014. 03:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NHTSA closes probe on Model S fires [View news story]
    Now maybe all the naysayers will have to look for something else to claim that the sky is falling on Tesla.
    Mar 28, 2014. 09:53 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Shift In The Fueling Paradigm Is Coming, Driven By Tesla Motors [View article]
    I had my first solar panels on my roof for five years before Tesla came on the scene and then I added a few more kWs of panels (which are getting cheaper to lease or buy every year) for the car. The charger adds, at most, a few hundred dollars, unless you can do it yourself -which is not that hard if you fully learn and prepare yourself to do the job - and the utility company will check it out for being properly wired - at no cost - before they certify the install and put on a new net meter. At that point your set to provide the miles for the car at any time of day you want to; and you'll get credited by the utility company for any excess electricity you produce (some utility providers pay less than what the utility charges for kWs produced and sold by the utility and any excess production by the individuals with solar panels will vary in amount of payment from utility to utility).
    Feb 28, 2014. 05:11 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Models From Honda And Audi Will Consign Tesla And Its Superchargers To A Smaller Niche [View article]
    The model X will be able to bought with a 4WD capability and clean diesel is just less dirty than regular diesel.
    Feb 1, 2014. 03:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Paths For Tesla Could Supercharge Stock To $200 In First Quarter [View article]
    The Tesla 85 battery setup has a motor rated at 417 HP and the P85 version has 457 HP.
    Jan 29, 2014. 07:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Superchargers As A Profit Center For Tesla [View article]

    The installation of rooftop solar electric panels is becoming much, much cheaper than it was 20 years ago and installation can be done thru many installers (even Solar City which of course has ties to Tesla). My Model S was delivered in early Nov. 2012 and I have yet to pay for any kWh's as Colorado does have a couple of Superchargers that can be readily accessed for trips to and from the mountains when being in the Denver metro area where I live and so many people from all over the country visit. And, to date my rooftop panels have provided all my power for the car. That said, I have not taken long trips exceeding the range of the car, but, if I wanted to go further and if no superchargers were available in other locations, I could, if I wanted to drive anywhere in the country by using the more than 425,000 chargers found at motels and hotels almost along any areas traveled. And, of course, I would be limited to staying overnight at the locations with the chargers; but then, how many parts of our country don't have many things to do along our highways and byways.
    Dec 31, 2013. 04:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Is Almost Everybody In The Auto Industry Afraid Of Tesla Motors? [View article]
    Absolutely no subsidy is supplied for solar electric. I also have solar thermal, which did get a subsidy. The way the electric panels are paid for is either through a lease arrangement or you pay up front. The solar electric contract is for 20 years for either arrangement and the solar electric companies assume all responsibility for fixing any problems with the system over the 20 years. I live in Colorado where the state is able to claim, per capita, that more solar power has been supplied, to date, than any other state in the continental US.
    Dec 29, 2013. 12:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Is Almost Everybody In The Auto Industry Afraid Of Tesla Motors? [View article]
    Tesla or any other plug-in electric vehicle does not have to be polluting, whether it is charged over night or during the day. For instance, if anyone who owns these cars (as I own a Tesla Model S) has solar electric panels on the roof (as I do), the car can be charged at night and, even though it will be using some amount of "dirty" charging that comes from the utility, the other times when the car is not charging (e.g., during the day) the solar panels will be providing electricity for all uses in the home which means this clean production is improving our air and water) and at the same time sending more than enough electricity from the panels back to the grid to offset any nighttime "dirty charging". That extra production will allow the utility to send the "clean energy offset" over its wires. And, as more and more clean energy is produced through solar panels, the extra accumulation will allow cutting back on "dirty production". And, in case some folks don't know it, the cost of producing electricity from on-the-roof installations has dropped by about 75% since the mid 1970s. And, it could, with more and more at-home and at-business-facilities on-site production, mean that dirty production will likely reach a significant point where air and water pollution could both significantly drop.
    Dec 28, 2013. 12:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Long-Range BEVs Are An Economic, Energy And Emissions Abomination [View article]
    John, the cost for buying or leasing solar panels for the roofs of houses and buildings is ticking down very rapidly and their use means far fewer dirty emissions than taking it directly from the grid; especially if you are using the panels for the whole of your energy input into a house or building. And, if you can charge an EV during the day or on the weekend using your panels, you will be taking energy only from the sun. Moreover, as the diversity of alternate forms of energy continue to increase, more and more people and businesses will begin to use more energy from those sources. We can bash the move away from oil and gas sources as much as we want, but those sources will eventually run out; especially as the world's population continues to expand.
    Nov 13, 2013. 10:06 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment