Source: Tesla Motors
quote: Yes, there's millions of people that will be fine with a pure EV and a few hundred superchargers around the nation. But there's also millions that won't.
quote: Look, I'm just being rational.
quote: But even if only 10% of the auto market will buy a pure EV, that's 20+ years of growth opportunity for a company like Tesla.
quote: What's even more telling is places like the UK and Europe. Where gas prices are way higher. Even THEY aren't buying EV's and hybrids. You would think with fuel costs like that any alternatives would be pounced on.
quote: apparently america is addicted to petrol and refuses to switch to diesel
quote: NOBODY IS BUYING THESE
quote: They're betting that by making a good looking EV that's faster and roomier than its similarly priced gas competitors, they can capture a decent market share. It already happened with the Model S in the large performance sedan segment.
quote: If the Model S was an ICE vehicle, nobody would buy it.
quote: The acceleration of the Model S isn't all that "useful" either, because hard driving DESTROYS the battery capacity and quickly.
quote: The Model S is a well built car, don't get me wrong. If you don't mind the fact that at any moment it could spontaneously combust and burn your garage down. Has the interior quality and amenities of a Honda Accord, and needs massive Government aid to be possible.
quote: Doesn't a $4000 battery plus a $1500 range extender make more sense than a $10000 battery?
quote: According to Tesla, its new factory -- dubbed "Tesla Gigafactory" -- will be located in either Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas. Tesla is likely choosing among these Southwestern states because the factory will be largely powered by solar and wind power, and the Southwest has plenty of sunshine to feed the plant.
quote: Want those jobs? Let me sell my cars here.
quote: Tesla has a lot of showrooms across the US
quote: I know in Musk's mind everyone will just buy cars off the Internet, but that's just crazy talk. It's only working now because his current cars cater exclusively to the rich, they can afford to not be discerning.
quote: The public overwhelmingly wants to cut out the dealer
quote: I don't know a lot about the constitution (I didn't grow up here), but isn't this kind of trade restriction against its spirit?
quote: I guess by your logic we shouldn't have grocery stores either. Why am I "forced" to buy my food through a third party?
quote: In the meantime, I maintain the opinion that it's costing him sales. Without his cars being in dealerships, nation wide, he's losing visibility and public access to his vehicles.
quote: Giga is derived from the Greek ???a?, meaning 'giant'.
quote: He also raised the wages of his employees so they could afford the Model T.
quote: Not really...from Ford.com
quote: Musk hasn't raised his workers wages so they can afford the cars they build.
quote: Musk is no saint and no revolutionary
quote: Elon Musk will not have such luck. There are other problems facing EV's that will have to be overcome to make it viable out in the field. Charging - just how many super charging stations can the electricity grid sustain? Power's gotta come from somewhere. Raw Resources - unless Musk plans to open up a few lithium mines this price isn't going to drop, quite the opposite. New technology - there's no way batteries will see the research advances ICE cars saw in the beginning. It's not new tech, advances in EV efficiency and batteries have been slow indeed.
quote: Everything else you mention is a non-issue.
quote: Their 2017 car is, IMO, going to aim for the BMW 3 series in price and performance.
quote: It's a decent jump, but nowhere near "triple", and there are plenty of mines already opening up to handle that.
quote: Their 2017 car is, IMO, going to aim for the BMW 3 series in price and performance. BMW sells 400k a year of that line.
quote: Remember, 25% margins.
quote: You're not going to get that margin by pricing low.