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  • Soccer Mom Sticker Shock: Tesla Prices Model X At $133,200 And Up [View article]
    Well, Car and Driver led me to this belief, anywhere from 50-70k:
    http://bit.ly/1ceQFif

    I think 100-140k is too much.

    Makes me think Tesla will be way over their $27,500 price for model 3 whenever that launches in 2 or 3 years.
    Sep 1, 2015. 10:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Soccer Mom Sticker Shock: Tesla Prices Model X At $133,200 And Up [View article]
    I thought this was going to be 50-60k?!
    Sep 1, 2015. 06:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Motors: Another Scandal Away From Being A National Embarrassment [View article]
    Orange Peel's analysis is embarrassing.

    GM:
    1. Contributes more to U.S. economy than any other automaker.
    2. Pursuing tremendous innovation
    3. New management
    4. New product integrity organization to prevent another ignition crisis from ever happening again
    5. Dozens of new product launches in next couple years
    6. Tremendous presence in China
    7. Improving margins
    8. Cost structure aligned to breakeven at lower U.S. auto market

    Lots of positivity for the future.
    Jul 11, 2015. 04:11 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Tesla's Model 3 Compete? [View article]
    PeterJA,
    And as the Model S is now 3 years old and new competitors come out in the coming years with large lux BEV vehicles, the Model S will get passed as there are no plans for a new Model S and people will get tired of the way it looks.
    Jun 18, 2015. 10:10 PM | 1 Like 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]
    If Tesla buys all their graphite from Canada, then they will pay a higher price and then they will not be able to reduce battery costs and will go out of business. China offers best pricing for graphite.
    Jun 16, 2015. 11:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Tesla's Model 3 Compete? [View article]
    Randy,
    Well written piece, enjoyed it.

    But, respectfully, you have no idea what Tesla's margins will be on the base model 3 because the car has not been designed and production parts have not been sourced. So while I appreciate your attempt, it is just speculation.

    Further, what evidence do you have that Tesla will be able to source higher quantities of raw materials at the right cost effectively/efficiently without building too much raw material inventory or missing cost targets? For example, most graphite comes from China...tough to buy, tough to store, etc...Tesla has little to no control over raw material costs. If they buy in too much bulk, then they will have too much inventory. Also, how will Tesla achieve their high environmental standards if they are just buying dirty graphite from China to hit their cost targets?

    Regarding BMW 3 series, the interior is nicer than the model S. How do you expect the base model 3 to have a comparable interior to the BMW 3 series?

    Also, regarding BMW 3 series...it is not a family car. If the model 3 is going to be "similar" with 4 inches longer wheelbase with slightly different proportions, it just seems like it will be cramped for any family to consider?? Do you think the model 3 and Bolt will be the same size? Interestingly, the Chevrolet Bolt (while smallish too), seems like (from the spy photos) that it has some space for families due to it's tallish body.

    Also, this talk of Tesla selling 500,000 model 3's per year by 2020...I don't know. All the competition offering great cars...I mean, it's not like Tesla will be the only game in town.

    Also, model S needs an upgrade at the same time model 3 will launch. How will this be possible? Who will want to buy a 5-6 year old model S?
    Jun 16, 2015. 10:53 PM | 2 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]
    GM has taken responsibility. The ignition situation was very unfortunate and has been corrected from ever happening again.

    Before you decide on your hatred for GM (not even taking into account dealer's contributions to local economies), according to American University's index, GM has generated more positive economic impact for the U.S. economy than any other automaker...many models scoring much better than Tesla.
    http://bit.ly/1cTbsI2
    Jun 13, 2015. 04:37 PM | 1 Like 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]
    Love...,
    Graphite is one of the dirtiest things to mine...and lots of Graphite is needed to make Tesla's batteries. JB Straubel can elude to being responsible, but it really means nothing because Tesla has not done anything that JB Straubel is trying to say. If Tesla tries to do what JB Straubel is trying to say, then Tesla will not reduce their battery cost by 30% and will go out of business. Tesla needs cheap CHEAP CHEAP raw materials. Most cheap graphite comes from China. Tesla will have to buy cheap graphite from China. The financial media needs to watch Tesla very closely on this issue. If JB Straubel and Tesla violate their "responsible raw material sourcing" promise, then Tesla should be help accountable.
    Jun 13, 2015. 04:28 PM | 1 Like 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]
    Randy,
    I trust you've been inside a BMW 5 series. Tesla Model S' interior looks and feels very cheap compared to a BMW.
    Jun 13, 2015. 04:12 PM | 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]
    Why do you hate GM so much? Check American University's recent Made in America Auto index and tell me if you still hate GM.
    Jun 13, 2015. 04:05 PM | 1 Like 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]
    No, it is the start of many EV cars.
    Jun 13, 2015. 03:59 PM | 1 Like 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]
    Where is a picture of the model 3?

    If Elon is not showing a prototype until March 2016, then how do you think it is possible that Tesla will launch the model 3 in 2017? Tesla does not have a good track record of launching on time.
    Jun 13, 2015. 03:57 PM | 1 Like 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]
    No, pretty sure Tesla's gigafactory will need lots of graphite, among other raw materials.

    Another point: If China will end up being the largest EV market, what is Tesla's strategy to make/sell in China?
    Jun 12, 2015. 12:11 AM | 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]
    Tesla cultists who comment in these articles are not objective. Put your bias and emotion aside.

    Being first to market in this segment is a huge advantage for GM.

    Tesla will be facing more EV competition from many other OEMs in next 2-3 years.

    GM and others are pursuing more advanced battery technologies that are smaller with better performance vs. Tesla's old battery technology.

    Where will Tesla buy all the graphite to make all the batteries? Graphite is very dirty and mostly comes from China. Do you really believe Tesla will magically be able to buy clean graphite at an affordable price? Tesla is trapped on graphite. If they try to buy cleaner graphite, they will pay more, thus eroding savings from gigafactory. If they try to buy cheap graphite from China, then they are severely damaging the environment. Plus, if you're selling graphite and you know Tesla needs a bunch of it, what are you going to do? Raise your price. I just don't see how Tesla will be able to manage raw material costs.

    Tesla model S is 3 years old. How will Tesla plan to refresh model S, ramp up X and launch model 3 when they don't have a good track record of launching on time???
    Jun 11, 2015. 11:21 PM | 2 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]
    Where is the model 3?
    Jun 11, 2015. 10:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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