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  • Possible Tesla Supercharging Partner In Europe [View article]
    Just a reminder--superchargers are not gas stations. The majority(probably greater than 98 percent of Tesla charging is done in homeowners garages--this is a major advantage over ICE cars. During my 3 years of ownership I have only been to a supercharger 6 times. Furthermore, nighttime charging reduces charging costs for me and puts less of a strain on the grid. If there is a profitable business in building and maintaining superchargers--then go for it. Like other Tesla owners, I am a little concerned about what will happen to SC access when there are millions of Teslas on the road.
    Regarding comments about the ICE infrastructure and the millions of jobs that will be lost--we live in a high tech world now--full of constant change. People will adapt--they always do. If you think this can't happen--think Eastman Kodak
    Sep 30, 2015. 11:19 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No, High-End Competition Is Not Tesla's Worst Nightmare [View article]
    Kalpenn- good point. Tesla is currently "ludicrously" fast, and there is only one level of speed that is faster--maximum plaid. 0-60 in 2.8 seconds creates 1.1 g of force on the occupants. Although it is exhilarating --that kind of acceleration can be very dangerous in the hands of amateur drivers
    Sep 17, 2015. 12:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • No, High-End Competition Is Not Tesla's Worst Nightmare [View article]
    Nice article. I think you have accurately captured what long term investors feel about Tesla competition. Love to see German car companies trying to play catch-up with an American car company. Tesla has certainly established itself as the focal point of American automotive innovation and I agree with you that the younger generation has been looking at Tesla with their eyes wide open. Virtually none of them are saying that they can't wait for the new Bolt.
    Sep 17, 2015. 11:42 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Porsche And Audi Just Cemented Tesla's Lead [View article]
    This is fun--Porsche, Mercedes and Audi are trying to compete with an American car company. Never thought I would say that in my lifetime. Sit back, have a cold beer and think about that
    Sep 16, 2015. 05:41 PM | 26 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Tesla Bubble Is Bursting [View article]
    Ken S-- this is a better short rationale tha the one brought forward by the author. However, despite the economic advantage of large auto companies--look how they have competed thus far. The i3?
    The Leaf? Even deep pockets like Audi will most likely not be able to launch a competitive car before Tesla overwhelms the market in 2017/2018. Lastly, Tesla is light years ahead of any deep pockets competitor in 2 key facets. Charging infrastructure and battery supply. Detroit, Japan and Germany need to figure this out quickly--or they will go the way of Eastman Kodak. Nobody is against competition, but in the high tech world, you either have a vision and execute on it quickly-/or you lose.
    Sep 5, 2015. 02:48 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Tesla Bubble Is Bursting [View article]
    If you are looking to short something--look at big oil, car companies that are unwilling to go electric and car dealerships. The electric wave has started and will continue to build. Tesla investors could care less about the price of oil. If it drives the price of the stock down, it's just a good opportunity to buy more shares. If you had a chance to drive a Tesla for 3 years, you would understand how far superior it is to any internal combustion engine car--why would anyone want to continue supporting a 120 year old technology that was a bad idea to begin with?
    Sep 5, 2015. 02:34 PM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • For Electric Cars Safety Is Key [View article]
    X Tech Talker--you nailed it. Not sure why we see these headlines 2 years after the last noted fire--this whole article has a fishy smell
    Jul 7, 2015. 11:24 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Tesla's Model 3 Compete? [View article]
    Great article--very insightful. Although there is a lot of "what ifs", I feel more comfortable about the viability of a 3 series killer launching out of the Tesla stables
    Jun 16, 2015. 01:31 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors leads owner satisfaction survey [View news story]
    Been driving my P85 for 2 years and every day I still look forward to driving it. So glad I traded in a 750i for this amazing piece of engineering. I would never consider diving an ICE again. I knew we had the capabilities to build a better car than the Germans, its just that the guys in Detroit never figured it out.

    I have had a minimal number of problems my car that were taken care of immediately by Tesla. No questions no hassles---everything related to this car has been beyond all of my expectations, so pull the trigger--you will be glad you did.

    For those of you waiting for the model 3, hang in there, it will be worth the wait.
    For those of you that want to blow away every other car--the P85d will be a value based purchase. You need to spend about 2 million on a comparable ICE (Bugati) to try to keep up with a Model S.

    To the rest of you doubters--we finally build a better car than the Japanese, the Koreans, the Germans and the Italians and all you want to do is bash it. The Germans will never catch up because Tesla is light years ahead of them on infrastructure and technology and will control more than half of the worlds battery production to reduce costs.

    To investors-- Tesla is not about cars--its about energy storage. Some day every new home will be powered by a Tesla 300 kW battery. You can generate electricity however you want--solar, hydro, thermal, wind--and store it so you can eliminate your dependence on the grid.
    Dec 4, 2014. 09:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Not-So-New Manufacturing Model [View article]
    I was interested in your comment about California being a lousy location for manufacturing. Is the port of Detroit better than the port of San Francisco? When there is something important to manufacture I would argue that the commercial axis of power now sits over the Pacific--not the Atlantic ocean. Musk was smart enough to know that the East coast is slow to change and slow to adapt. You make some good points in your article and indeed there is risk, but maybe you should re-evaluate this company/car that represents a paradigm shift---after you drive the car.
    Mar 2, 2013. 09:09 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Tesla Solved The Road Trip Problem? [View article]
    Not to mention that the cost ($.08/KwH) of "filling up" is one tenth of the cost of gasoline, your not dumping millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, and we become completely energy self reliant. Keep pushing solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric power technologies for generating electricity and everything is looking brighter indeed. Lastly, far less moving parts (theoretically less service), instant torque and "made in america" are additional attributes that make all of this very attractive.
    Jan 21, 2013. 08:17 AM | 5 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]
    As mentioned previously, what they produced in the 4th quarter is really old news. The bigger questions are; (1) what is their current rate of production, (2) how many current reservations do they have, (3) what is the daily reservation rate and projections for total reservations in 2013, and most importantly--can they hit their goal of 20,000 cars sold in 2013
    Jan 10, 2013. 04:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment