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  • rickster

    Gasoline had its time…and it will eventually be left alone where it belongs …” miles below the surface of the earth”. But, don’t worry now, for those who love gas you still have 50 years more of stinking gasoline. You guys are making a storm out of a glass of water. Tesla, will continue to be successfully check the numbers it sold equal numbers as the leaf, and chevy volt this year, even thought is a 50-70K more expensive than the leaf and volt. The stock will go up with some ups and downs. Instead of complaining you should invest.

  • sandy222

    As Elon said last week, it’s the best time in history to be alive.
    I look forward SO much to 2017 to see where we will be.
    Superchargers every 100 miles.
    Model S’s and X’s visible every ten minutes. Outside San Francisco.
    And the launch of the Model E (Gen III).
    I admire those who bought Roadsters back when.
    The Model S is incredible. Imperfect but close enough to make all other cars irrelevant.

  • http://www.toddrlockwood.com/ Todd R. Lockwood

    Major car makers have made two fundamental errors in their approach to electric cars:

    • They’ve entered the EV market at the low end, where buyers are more price sensitive. Entering the market at the low end guarantees that the product will be compromised by limited driving range. Imagine if television manufacturers had only made book-sized flat screen TVs when that technology first became available. Instead, they aimed for the top of the TV market, just as Tesla is doing with its Model S. Over time, the market for flat screen televisions has broadened dramatically, and the same will happen for electric cars.

    • Manufacturers have placed too much faith in focus groups. Buyers who have never owned an electric car before can’t imagine being entirely reliant on electric power, so they think they need a gas engine on board as a backup. Tesla owners know quite well how illogical this thinking is. If manufacturers removed the gas engine and replaced it with a larger battery, they’d have a much more compelling car. The nominal range for a EV should be 200 miles. With this much range, public charging stations become irrelevant in daily driving. You simply plug in every night and enjoy hassle-free driving during the day.

  • Fooyoo

    “then its up, then its down”… you sound like a tired nursing home patient looking at the weather channel. Its not what the stock is doing… its the company, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, who is obviously willing to become a third world curruption office for certain gasoline engine manufacturers and bankers. Fortunately, the world can see it, and it wont be tolerated.

  • Steve H

    No automaker has revealed a concept car with over 200 miles range, let alone the rest of Tesla’s combination of performance, safety, SuperCharging network, tech (i.e. over the air performance improvement) and cargo space that led Consumer Reports to give the car a score of 99 only once achieved ever by all the other manufacturers combined.

    Thus, Tesla has the field to itself through the launch of Gen III circa 2017. Whatever date other automakers do introduce a car which on paper matches Tesla, it will still need another year or two of real world experience before their EV gains some of the credibility of Tesla’s.

    Most importantly, if (yes, there is no need for blind faith) Tesla hits its mark with that car, it really does not matter what the larger players do… from 2017 on out the replacement of Camry’s, Accords, Fusiohs Jettas, etc. with $35K EVs that save you $1K/year in gas will be on. If it’s Tesla alone, it will be a few hundred thousand of those ICE cars replaced each year to begin. If anyone else delivers a car matching the Gen III, it will simply mean more of this category replaced more quickly.

  • grendal

    No other manufacturer is on the same playing field as Tesla. Tesla is driving the EV market by making a compelling car, not only because it is an electric car. BMW just spent $2 billion on electric technology and the best it comes up with is the i3. It’s not a bad car but it isn’t dramatically more compelling than the Nissan Leaf. With the i3 you’re mostly buying the BMW badge. The Chevy Volt is arguably a better car though you lose half your electric range. Tesla’s Model X will be a very compelling vehicle and when they finally get their mass market car out there in 2017 it will be a compelling car too. That is the difference between Tesla and the major manufacturers, they want to build great car that happens to use electricity. The major manufacturers just want you to buy something and give them money. They aren’t going to make a bad car but they aren’t going to go out of their way to make a car as good as it can be. Tesla is out to show the world that you don’t have to have an odd dull electric car, you can have something that excites you to drive it. That’s why the Model S scored the highest in customer satisfaction. 99 out of 100 owners said they would buy the car again. And owners are well aware that the fires were all about the media and had nothing to do with safety. No one has ever had a serious injury and no one has ever been killed in a Model S. That is the definition of safety – being safe. Paul Walker learned that lesson the hard way in a Porsche. There have been much more severe accidents that have happened in a Model S and the drivers and passengers have all walked away from the car without injuries. Including the second incident of fire, where the car was travelling over 100 MPH and the car went through a concrete wall and smashed into a tree. That’s twice as fast as the Porsche that killed Paul Walker was going.

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