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  • 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 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 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 04:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment