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Elon Musk  (Source: blogcdn.com)
Tesla will make the announcements next week

Tesla Motors plans to reveal some news about its updated dealer service and the company's Supercharger network next week. 
 
While the details of these announcements are unclear right now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made it clear that service will be completely revamped and made a top priority.
 
"I'm an engineer, so service is not something that I naturally do," Musk said. "But it's the right thing for the company and I think we have the opportunity to re-engineer service."
 
As for the Superchargers, it’s likely that the company will be adding more in certain areas as more Model S’ are hitting the roads (and customers would enjoy driving longer distances knowing that Superchargers are plentiful along the way).
 
Tesla made another announcement earlier this week pertaining to financing. The automaker is partnering with Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank to offer customers more financing options for Tesla’s vehicles.
 
Tesla has had a pleasant 2013 so far, as the company recently announced that it is shipping over 500 Model S EVs weekly.
 
It also reported that the company is now profitable thanks to the Model S exceeding sales targets. Tesla Model S sales reached 4,750, which topped the sales outlook of 4,500 posted in the February shareholder letter.
 
Tesla recently shared another bit of Model S news, this time concerning the battery. The automaker decided not to produce the 40 kWh battery pack because only 5 percent of customers chose that option. Instead, customers will receive a 60 kWh pack.
 
The only small hiccup in Tesla’s schedule is the delay to production of the Model X. Tesla had hoped to begin production of the vehicle this year, but those plans have been put off until late 2014 (meaning deliveries will likely be pushed to 2015). 

Source: Reuters



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RE: The SHOCKING truth about electric cars!!!
By Drexial on 4/5/2013 3:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
I would say that the Model S is at least equivalent to the 5 series as far as how well equipped it is.

As far as having a car for under $20k. It would only need half the HP of the lowest optioned Model S, giving it around 150 HP, which is about average for a Focus/Cruze sized car. The battery wouldn't need to be as strong given the reduced power, this would also reduce weight, which would in turn require less power from the battery. Figure a car weighing between 2800-3200 lbs. I cant wait for instant torque in a car like that. Swap in the motors from a Model S, tweak the software, upgrade the batteries. There will be a future, and it will be an interesting one for electric cars.

I see this being possible fairly soon, of course with inflation that goal might be more of a $20k car when it comes out.


RE: The SHOCKING truth about electric cars!!!
By lelias2k on 4/6/2013 8:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
OMFG, I am so happy to find intelligent people commenting on an article about electric cars!

I have been saying the same arguments for years.

Furthermore, I was a Volt specialist at a Chevy dealer. Considering how handicapped that car is for having to carry the whole ICE package, it is a fantastic ride.

I notice the types of people who bash electric cars are:

a) Never drove one.
b) Close minded people who can't accept change.

During our test drives, I never had one customer coming out of it unimpressed. They might not all buy the vehicle (there are REAL trade-offs at the moment), but they all finally got their eyes opened to a whole new driving experience.

In my view there's only one thing stopping us from moving in the electric car direction: oil corporations and their endless supply of lobbying money.


By topkill on 4/6/2013 3:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, there is a small, but VERY vocal contingent on DT who absolutely hate EVs. Some of them are simply luddites who can't help themselves. Others, have somewhat legitimate issues with EVs as they are receiving subsidies.

Of course, I've argued with them that Oil gets subsidies, STILL...after over 100 years, to the tune of at least a few billion a year. And then I argue that they get much more than that in the form of a larger military that we have to maintain to support our interest in the middle east due to oil.

In comparison, EVs have had somewhere around $200million in subsidies since that $7,500 was started and they feel this is the absolute epitome of evil. Not sure how $200M TOTAL is worse than $2-$4BILLION per year for Big Oil...but there you go.


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