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  • Why A Profitable $35,000 Tesla Model E Is A Pipe Dream [View article]
    Every metric in the Q4 report has at one time or another been called impossible.

    Every milestone that has been met or exceeded has been called impossible.

    There ya go.
    Feb 24 06:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The Perfect Earnings Trade And The Company That's Set To Keep Running [View article]
    Isn't it interesting then to see a company with such a small market share having such a profound influence on the entire industry, and doing it so quickly???

    Of course it will take time, but much less than you think.
    Feb 24 05:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Is A Buy As Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Priuses [View article]
    There may currently be fewer than 200 Free Superchargers, but that is rapidly changing.

    There are actually many more public charging stations that Tesla vehicles can use since they have adapters for every other charging system, which are also growing rapidly in number.

    Then there are the millions upon millions of private electric outlets that Tesla vehicles can use.

    There is also 90 second battery swapping available.

    All of these options cost less mile per mile than using gasoline, and all Superchargers are Free. Driving cross country in my Astro van would cost about $780.00, in a Tesla Model S, it would cost $0.00.
    Feb 24 04:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tremendous Risk Awaits Tesla Investors In Q4 2013 Earnings Release [View article]
    Really, Who Cares???
    Feb 24 04:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evidence Of Peaked Model S U.S. Deliveries Continues To Pile Up [View article]
    The premise of this article is such a waste of time, and in the long run very irrelevant.

    Who Cares???
    Feb 24 04:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Car-to-car talk around the corner [View news story]
    I think that the benefit of these mandates is that they take the technology out of the category of being an option that the manufacturer gets to charge a premium price for, and makes it standard which ultimately costs less for each vehicle because of higher volumes.

    Basically it shortens the time the manufacturer gets to gouge the consumer for an item by making it optional.

    I sure wish the government had mandated 4 wheel disk brakes decades ago. Disks on the front and drums on the rear is just a stupid application of available technology for many reasons, but that arrangement still exists on some models.
    Feb 17 03:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors hits $200 a share [View news story]
    I'm wondering if a short selloff to lure more shorts won't precede another longer climb.

    It has happened before.
    Feb 11 11:40 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Earnings: 7 Things To Look For [View article]
    All very good points.

    One surprise I would like to hear about would be news of Daimler's , or another manufacturer's , plans to let Tesla produce drivetrains for a previously un-announced model.

    News like that would really provide a boost for Tesla.
    Feb 11 03:30 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is TaaS the key for Tesla Motors? [View news story]

    It seems possible that forward thinking independent companies would see opportunities and seize them. I certainly hope that is the case.
    Feb 6 02:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is TaaS the key for Tesla Motors? [View news story]
    I am perfectly aware that Elon Musk has never said anything about this.

    It's not speculation, it's an Idea of mine that I have shared on this blog.

    Anyone is free to read it and comment on it. It is NOT presented as anything but an Idea.
    Feb 5 08:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is TaaS the key for Tesla Motors? [View news story]
    Who pays for the gas for any taxi, the passengers.
    Feb 5 05:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is TaaS the key for Tesla Motors? [View news story]
    I never suggested that Tesla would pay to recharge taxi fleets, no more than Tesla pays to recharge anyone at a supercharger.
    Feb 5 04:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is TaaS the key for Tesla Motors? [View news story]
    I'm not sure how you get that?

    This is a model for generating revenue. Of course there will be expenses, but there would also be more profit than the current taxi companies are making.

    Scale this out worldwide.

    The passengers pay the fair, which pays the expenses to run the Cab.
    Taxis already run at a profit considering the higher cost of the vehicle, higher fuel costs and higher maintenance costs.

    Tesla would save on the cost of the vehicle by being the manufacturer, EV's are considerably less costly fuel wise, and they are most efficient in city use where ICE's are least efficient they're also less costly maintenance wise.

    They also don't pollute which is an extremely desirable feature for the cities of the present and the future.

    All these factors would enable Tesla Taxis to make more profit and charge less in rates than any competing taxi company.

    Add in the other benefits mentioned above giving a boost to Tesla's exposure, brand recognition and vehicle sales.

    Like I said, No-Brainer.
    Feb 5 03:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is TaaS the key for Tesla Motors? [View news story]
    I'm betting that the current taxi market will swing decidedly over to EVs once the Gen III is on the road.
    By making them Supercharger compatible, Tesla has first crack at creating EV Taxi Stands that allow taxis to charge for free.
    This eliminates a huge expense for taxis and when you factor in the lower maintenance, and groundbreaking leasing plans, Tesla Taxis are a No Brainer.
    Tesla could form a worldwide Taxi Service that is Supercharger Supported and Tesla Maintained. This service could charge Independent Drivers the lowest per mile rate in the industry by far. They, at that point could offer Luxury (Model S), Utility (Model X), and Low Cost (Gen III) service options.
    They could also opt to hire the drivers directly and run their own fleet.
    As self-drive vehicles are developed, they could also be phased in.
    Either way, the Tesla Cabs would also be equipped to take passengers’ orders, allowing them to serve as rolling Tesla Advertisements, Demos and Storefronts.
    Remember who you first heard this from.

    Disclosure: Long TSLA, SCTY
    Feb 5 02:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Consumer Reports ranks automakers by consumer perception [View news story]
    Tesla has only produced under 35,000 of one vehicle, for only one full year, and they are in fifth place!!!!

    Tesla clearly is building a remarkable brand. They have innovated beyond expectations, produced a vehicle with award winning quality, and have not missed a step in outperforming their peers.

    All that, the potential size of the EV market, and the potential for opening up new markets more than justifies their valuation.
    Feb 5 01:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment